hide from home

FIERCE’s 2018 Christmas Gift Guide for The 22 People In Your Life

The holiday season can be the most wonderful time of the year thanks to the pretty trinkly lights, hot cocoa, cookies everywhere and the smell of Christmas trees all around. But it can also be a stressful time of year because sometimes, despite your best intentions, you just might not know what to get for your family and friends. You love them, sure, but some of them are impossible to shop for.

That’s where we come in. We’ve scoured the internet for the best and most inventive gifts that you can get for everyone in your life. From something for your abuelos to your new boyfriend to your BFF, this is the ultimate FIERCE Christmas Gift Guide for the 22 people in your life. Oh, and don’t worry, we’ve even included a bonus gift for all of the people who you might have forgotten about in years past… Because, yes, they deserve a little something too. Happy Holidays!

1. For your mami

Walmart.com

The Instant Pot ($79) might just be the perfect present for your mami. It’s a 6-in-1 machine that works as a programmable pressure cooker, a slow cooker, a rice cooker, plus it can sauté, steam and warm. That might really take the pressure off of her (no pun intended) by helping her to make food much quicker and easier. That way you can actually spend time with her more. It’s a win-win!

2. For your papi

Amazon.com

This AncestryDNA Kit ($59) might just be perfect for your hard-to-shop-for papi. He’s always talking about where his family comes from and now he can really see it. The best part is that this kit from Amazon is $40 off the original price tag, so it’s kind of a deal too. Don’t be afraid to get YOURSELF one for a Christmas present, too.

3. For your crush

normanloveconfections.com

How do you tell someone that you kind of sort of like them? Well, nothing beats chocolate. Period. Specifically, I’m talking about Norman Love Confections dark chocolate espresso bar ($8). They have many different options, including ones with raspberries and cherries plus different varieties of chocolate, but you can’t go wrong with this one that includes espresso in dark chocolate.

4. For your hookup buddy

Amazon.com

Sometimes, if you want to keep your relationship strictly platonic but still get a little something-something, you have to send a clear message with your gift. And with the Massage Oil Candle ($14), that message is clear. And that message is: Romance me, massage me and thanks but bye.

5. For your new love

The J.Crew X S’well X charity water bottle ($35) makes for a pretty sweet gift for someone that you haven’t been dating for all that long. You know that you SHOULD get them something but you can’t be sure what. However, this water bottle is great because everyone needs to be more hydrated so it shows that you care without going overboard.

6. For your boyfriend

Amazon.com

Your boyfriend has probably been obsessing over the All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet ($80) for a while, amirite? It’s a great device to show him that you truly care and especially that you care about his love of books, television and everything else. Heck, maybe you can even watch your fave HBO Now shows together.

7. For your girlfriend

zarahome.com

If you want to let your girlfriend know that you’d like more nights spent snuggling in front of Netflix, then there’s no better gift than the Loop Thread Blanket ($139) from Zara. It’s cozy, perfect and comes in two different colors so that you can pick what is best for her to adorn her home with.

8. For your fiancé

Amazon.com

Welcome your fiancé into your life by welcoming them into your bed with this very cool Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Cloud Lofty Queen Size Pillow ($99). You’re probably already living together by this point but you can always get comfier in your life together. They will definitely enjoy the added ZZZ’s thanks to this awesome pillow.

9. For your husband/wife

ellaparadis.com

Do you sometimes feel like some of the romance has gone out of your relationship? That’s okay and that’s totally normal but you CAN do something about it. This holiday season, get your husband or wife this limited-edition Adult Advent Calendar Gift Box ($99) from Ella Paradis. It technically says 1-24 in the traditional advent calendar sense but you can do these boxes any time. They each include a sexy surprise and a booklet explaining what to do to make your nights, ahem, a little naughtier.

10. For your sister

ivyandwilde.com

Your sis might just fall in love with this Frida Kahlo tote bag ($20). Not only is it adorable but it is obviously the perfect thing to carry around all of her things. Sure, she probably already has 17,000 tote bags but this one is clearly the winner. Don’t worry, we’re sure she will let you borrow it. *wink wink*

11. For your brother

Amazon.com

Your brother is going to get a KICK out of this Millennial Loteria ($22) game. It’s just like the game we all know and love except with some really hysterical millennial signs. Now he can totally get everyone in on a game, whether that’s with your family or his friends.

12. For your tia

uncommongoods.com

This one’s for your tia who LOVES hosting #TacoTuesday parties: The Taco Serving Kit and Storage Box ($85). It allows her to keep planning her parties while also making it easier than ever for you to come over and make tacos just like you want them. She will enjoy having all of the different elements for her next taco party.

13. For your tio

Amazon.com

The TABLETOPICS Family ($25) card game is pretty perfect for your one tio who is not only a conversation starter but tries to get the entire family in on it. This is a great piece for any family member, really, but I think he will appreciate it most of all. The best part is that it’s the kind of present that is meant to be shared.

14. For your prima

uncommongoods.com

The Scratch Map Deluxe ($32-48) is the ideal gift for your prima who dreams of traveling the world. You can help to encourage her wanderlust with this scratch-off map of the world that helps her mark every country where she’s been and where she plans to go.

15. For your primo

Amazon.com

Your primo might just fall in LOVE with this Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote ($40) that will help him watch all of his favorite television shows easier than ever. The even cooler Alexa Voice Remote will have him feeling pretty good about himself, too.

16. For your abuela

uncommongoods.com

What will truly warm abuela’s heart is this Personalized Family Hobby Art ($85-175) print that can be customized for up to 12 family members. Sure, that might not actually fit everyone but do your best and she will enjoy it for a long time. In fact, I’m betting it will adorn her wall for years to come.

17. For your abuelo

Amazon.com

For the abuelo that has everything comes this Mini Movie Projector ($60), which promises to help him show his photos and movies with ease. Remember those nights when all he wants to do is have all you grandkids sit around him as he talks about the homecountry? Well, now it’s even easier for him!

18. For your BFF

Amazon.com

My Cinema Lightbox Mini LED Marquee Lightbox ($23) is the PERFECT gift for your bestie. You can craft a message for her to start with, perhaps her favorite inspirational quote or a powerful saying that she loves? Afterward, she can use this to inspire her to do good work or just to jot down ideas.

19. For your girlfriends

Amazon.com

You can get all of your best lady friends something that will make them totally relax, which is this Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray with Extending Sides ($29). I’ve been using this tray for a while and it’s definitely my favorite bathtime product since it not only helps me to relax but also allows me to keep snacks and other goodies nearby when I need a break. Sadly, the cute plate of cherries is not included.

20. For your guy friends

Amazon.com

The Codenames Deep Undercover 2.0 ($20) is a great board game for adults and your guy friends will love it. Sure, they’re difficult to shop for but this game is a surefire winner. Next time you’re getting together with your crew, your guy friend will be able to break this out and have everyone roaring with laughter. Trust me on this one.

21. For your professor

uncommongoods.com

These Jumbo Magnetic Fidget Spheres ($13) are an ideal gift for your professor who is totally awesome but needs a bit more decoration on his or her desk. The bonus perk of these is that your professor can fidget a bit while the classroom is listening or otherwise occupied, or even while they are lecturing. It’s a little something they can do and a little something you can give them as a token of your appreciation.

22. For your boss

Amazon.com

This Boss Lady Travel Mug ($20) is absolutely the gift you should give to your favorite boss who is so great that you think you might want to work for her forever. Now she can get her coffee on the way to work and carry around with her all day long, which might also keep you from having to fetch it for her. It’s definitely a winner of a gift.

BONUS: 23. For just about anyone else

Amazon.com

If you still have people on the list, then why not go for an Indoor Zen Garden Relaxation Kit ($27)? It’s a great gift for pretty much anyone since we could ALL use something to de-stress. That is especially welcome during the holidays but this gift is perfect any time of year to help your loved ones relax.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

13 Latina Fantasy Books For the Sci-Fi Lover in Your Life

things that matter

13 Latina Fantasy Books For the Sci-Fi Lover in Your Life

Fantasy literature by Latinx authors is it’s own kind of genre with commentary on the Latinx experience and culture imbued in the magical elements. From Young Adult lit to classic sci-fi tomes, this list features a variety of authors who’ve created their own unique fantasy worlds that’ll captivate you. While science fiction is rooted in the make-believe, most of the Latinx writers are woke and using their words to comment on the very real state of Latinos in the U.S. and the immigrant experience. But, like in any good fantasy lit list, there’s plenty of adventure and romance for a great escapist read. Here are 13 of the best fantasy books by Latinx writers that’ll make you want to believe in the supernatural

 The Centenal Cycle by Malka Older

Malka Older’s series The Centenal Cycle has been described as a cyberpunk political thriller with three books receiving acclaim. The fast-paced thrillers center around an omnipotent search engine that has completely revolutionized politics taking warring nations and turning them into global micro-democracies. But, like in any other government, there are those seeking to take down the powers that be and people on both sides of the conflict battle it out. The series kicks off with “Infomocracy” followed by “Null States” and concluding with “State Tectonics”.

Buy it here.

“Her Body and Other Parties” by Carmen Maria Machado

View this post on Instagram

???????????? #Repost @maponce

A post shared by Carmen Maria Machado (@carmenmmachado) on

In this award-winning genre-bending debut Carmen Maria Machado blends psychological realism and science fiction with both humor and horror. The collection of short stories are unsettling and outlandish features madwomen and even “Law and Order: SVU”doppelgänger along with ghosts and urban legends. Remember the story of the girl with a ribbon around her neck that haunted you as a child? You’ll revisit her here. The narratives reshape the realities of women’s lives and the violence they experience in stories like “The Husband Stitch”. The book is so spooky and otherworldly that FX will adapt it into a series next year.

Buy it here.

“Spirits of the Ordinary” by Kathleen Alcala

Kathleen Alcala’s debut novel follows the journey of the Carabajal family and melding of Mexican-Jewish and American culture. Father and husband Zacarças leaves his family behind on a journey for gold in North Mexico setting off a series of events that affects the whole family. Alcala was likened to magical realism writers  Isabel Allende and Laura Esquivel after this magical tale of faith and family.

Buy it here.

“So Far from God” by Ana Castillo

View this post on Instagram

I meant to post something earlier, but hey, it's #HispanicHeritageMonth ! I usually like to focus on Latinx authors from September 15th-October 15th, but I haven't actually read anything for fun since this semester started ???? Either way, here's a book rec: SO FAR FROM GOD by Ana Castillo discusses feminism, environmental racism, sexual violence, war, and a LOT more by following the lives of four daughters in New Mexico. It's an amazing book (with magical realism!!) by an amazing Chicana author, and I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to get into some Chicana literature for Hispanic Heritage Month! . . Who are your favorite Latinx authors? ???? . . #bookstagram #books #bookphoto #bookphotography #chicanaliterature #diversebooks #booksrecs #bookrecommendations #bookrecommendation #sofarfromgod #anacastillo

A post shared by ✨ Nicole | 22 | Charlotte ✨ (@loversinalibrary) on

In Ana Castillo’s “So Far from God” we’re introduced to Sofia and her daughters , Fe, Esperanza, Caridad, and la Loca in Tome, New Mexico. The story is replete with supernatural elements as they combat very real issues including racism, poverty, exploitation, pollution, and war. It spans two decades unfolding in flashbacks that can be humorous but also provide biting commentary on society.

Buy it here.

“The Island of Eternal Love” by Daína Chaviano

View this post on Instagram

《La belleza es el comienzo del terror que somos capaces de soportar》 Cecilia se refugia en un bar cada noche para huir de su soledad en Miami; ahí conoce a una misteriosa anciana quien le narra 3 historias que han comenzado más de un siglo atrás en ciertos lugares del mundo; un suicidio en China, una extraña maldición a ciertas mujeres en un pueblo español y una joven arrancada de su hogar en la costa africana. Las vidas de estos personajes se irán entrelazando conforme la historia avanza, desde una Cuba bajo el dominio español hasta nuestros días. Hoy terminé este libro y sin duda está en mi lista de favoritos. #laisladelosamoresinfinitos #dainachaviano #Miami #cuba #lahabana #destino #amor #amalia #Pablo #mercedes #caridad #cecilia #amorespredestinados #pasado #masalla #books #bookstagram #instabook #instaread #lecturaterminada

A post shared by daniela???? (@ownthxbooks) on

This is Daína Chaviano’s first English translation and it follows Miami-based Cuban journalist Cecilia and her relationship with the elderly Cubana Amalia. While investigating a “phantom house” she meets Amalia in a bar in Little Havana whose family saga spans Africa (Kingdom of Ifé), China (Canton) and Spain (Cuenca) and converges in Cuba in the mid-19th century. The book was so popular and beloved that it’s become the most translated Cuban novel of all time.

Buy it here.

“Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was ” by Angélica Gorodischer

Celebrated Argentinian fantasy writer Angélica Gorodischer’s first English book was translated by none other celebrated American sci-fi writer Ursula Le Guin. Together these iconic sci-fi escritoras create this fantastical world featuring an unnamed empire and its numerous rise and falls.

Buy it here.

“The Goldsmith’s Secret” by Elia Barceló

View this post on Instagram

En esta bellísima pieza literaria su autora nos recuerda que somos palabras. En la búsqueda nostálgica de algo que puede estar o no estar allí, esta novela corta tan breve como intensa presenta una historia de amor e identidad que desafía los hilos del tiempo, de la soledad y de la memoria, en aquel espacio en el que el deseo tiene su propia dimensión y la pasión sus propias leyes. Una novela llena de lírica y sentimientos, una historia de amor imposible. Una pieza de orfebrería, una joya literaria que nos lleva a sumergirnos en lo más recóndito de nosotros mismos. Porque también estamos hechos de la materia con la que se construyen los recuerdos. • • •¡???????? ???????? ???????????????????????? ???????????? ???????? ????????????????! • • #EliaBarceló #ElSecretoDeOrfebre #Entrelibros #Librería #TiendaDeLibros #Manta #Manabí #Ecuador #Libros #AmorPorLosLibros #BookManía #InstaBook #InstaPhoto #BookInstagram #Bookstagrammer #Readers #Leer #BookLove #Read #InstaLibro #Instabooks #BooksLover #BookAddict #Lectora

A post shared by Entrelibros.ec (@entrelibros.ec) on

Fans of time travel and romance will be enthralled with Elia Barceló’s novel about a goldsmith with an unrequited love. In “the goldsmith’s secret” a lonely  New Yorker returns to his hometown hoofing to encounter Celia aka the Black widow and his former paramour. Instead he, meets a young woman who introduces him to different eras in Spain as they travel through time. They discover a love trapped in two different periods in time and culminating in a magical twist.

Buy it here.

“United States of Banana” by Giannina Braschi

In her first book written in English, Giannina Braschi takes on displacement and imprisonment of Latinos in post-9/11 NYC. She brings in historical literary characters Hamlet and Zarathustra (Zoroaster) to join forces with her alter-ego Giannina on a quest to liberate Puerto Rican prisoner Segismundo from the dungeon of the Statue of Liberty. In the midst of this rescue, the king makes Puerto Rico the 51st state and grants American passports to citizens of Latin America causing a shift in power. The book is a commentary on Puerto Rico’s position as an American territory, and Braschi’s struggle for liberty after her own displacement from her home in New York.

Buy it here.

 “Certain Dark Things” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican-Canadian writer Silvia Moreno-Garcia is known for her sci-fi works including her acclaimed second book “Certain Dark Things” about narco vampires in Mexico City. In true fantasy fashion, it features a love affair between a mortal (Domingo) and Atl, a descendant of Aztec blood drinkers. As their attraction grows so does the danger as they find themselves in the midst of rival vampire gangs and a cop on their trail. The novel was selected as one of NPR’s best books of 2016.

Buy it here.

“Kingdom of Women” by Rosalie Morales Kearns

In an alternative universe, as imagined by author Rosalie Morales Kearns, women have come together seeking vengeance on rapists, murderers, and child abusers in her nove “Kingdom of Women.”. Through female Catholic priest Averil Parnell we see the moral dilemma she faces as a child of God who also understands the need for vengeance as the lone survivor of a massacre of female seminarians. The book explores themes of forgiveness and justice, revenge and mercy through the evolution of Parnell as she embarks on this journey as a key figure in the societal changes taking place.

Buy it here.

“Ink” by Sabrina Vourvoulias

In this immigration dystopian work by Sabrina Vourvoulias, there’s eerie similarities to modern day that may be unsettling as well as thought provoking. Vourvoulias is known for her intelligent and and biting commentary on race and immigration evident in this futuristic novel.  The book opens with a biometric tattoo being approved for immigrants, otherwise known as ink,s as a form of control. The novel spans 10 years and features four narrators who struggle with their definitions of home and community and the feeling of “otherness.”

Buy it here.

“Dealing in Dreams” by Lilliam Rivera

In this forthcoming dystopian novel about sisterhood, Lilliam Rivera explores the meaning of home and family. Sixteen-year old Nalah is the protagonist who leads an all-female crew in Mega City and aspires to get off the streets and live in the exclusive Mega Towers. To achieve that goal she needs to her prove her loyalty to the city’s founder and cross the border to find a mysterious gang. In this journey, she battles with where her loyalties lie and understanding what (and who) actually makes a home.

Buy it here.

Brooklyn Brujas by Zoraida Cordova

Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series featuring a Brooklynite teenage witch named Alex Mortiz and her family. The first book “Labyrinth Lost” is a type of Alice in Wonderland re-imagining where she needs to travel between lands to find her family who disappeared when a spell backfired. Meanwhile book two, “Bruja Born”, deals with darker magic when her sister brings her boyfriend back from the dead and there are consequences to face. The books rely heavily on Latinx culture with Alex’s ancestors coming from Ecuador, Spain, Africa, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Buy it here.

Read: The Good, the Bad and the Evil: Supernatural and Spooky Works by Latinx Writers

Recommend this story by clicking the share button below!

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

13 Poetry Books To Sneak Into Your Families Stockings This Christmas

hide from home

13 Poetry Books To Sneak Into Your Families Stockings This Christmas

Latinx poetry is passionate, proud, and provocative and for the holiday season, it’s also the perfect gift. The beauty of poetry is that there’s something for everyone and this list is a mix of the best Latinx poems for a multitude of experiences. From folklore to love to family and roots, there’s a poet out there that’s covered it. Here are 13 of the best collections of poems by some of the most acclaimed and empowered poets in the game.

“Loose Woman” by Sandra Cisneros

Instagram @officialsandracisneros

Beloved Mexican writer/poet Sandra Cisneros released this collection in 1995 and it still holds up today. She doesn’t shy away from the erotic or the downright graphic writing in a candid and reflective style. You can expect explicit language and an all-around IDGAF attitude in these poems from one of the fiercest Chicana writers.

Buy it here.

“Virgin” by Analicia Sotelo

Instagram @analiciasotelo

“Virgin” is Analicia Sotelo’s award-winning imaginative debut that fuses autobiography with mythology while tackling aspects of femininity. From the young girl who is hopelessly in love to a modern-day Ariadne with a diverse mix in between, the stories illustrate a multitude of sentiments that women experience at different stages of life and love. Throughout the collection, she refers to folklore, history and even cuisine to deliver her insights on the ways of women.

Buy it here.

“Corazon” by Yesika Salgado

Instagram @yesikastarr

Beloved poet and social media queen Yesika Salgado is known for her raw honesty and “Corazon” exhibits that vulnerability in relation to love. From deep love to heartbreak, Salgado feels it all and lets her heart spill over onto the pages so that you feel the truth in her words. She released a follow up to “Corazon” called “Tesoro” that revolves around similar themes on love particularly the idea of surviving heartbreak. Learn more about “Tesoro” by reading FIERCE’s interview with Salgado.

Buy it here.

“Migrare Mutare” by Rossy Evelin Lima

Instagram @gladytas

Rossy Evelin Lima is an international award-winning Mexican poet and “Migrare Mutare” is her third poetry book published in 2017. She grew up in Veracruz and at the age of 13 emigrated to the U.S. and this collection chronicles her evolution and acclimation as an immigrant. The bilingual collection has been praised for its depiction of the modern-day immigrant.

Buy it here.

“Nostalgia And Borders” by Sonia Guiñansaca

Instagram @thesoniag

“Nostgalgia & Borders” is a chapbook by queer migrant poet Sonia Guiñansaca that paints a vivid image of the migrant experience. Born in Ecuador, she discusses the shift from undocumented to documented and migrant rights.  This is the third reprint of the book and it includes 18 poems.

Buy it here.

“peluda” by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Instagram @ellomelissa

Melissa Lozada-Oliva went viral with her spoken word poems like “My Spanish” and her poetry collection “peluda” is just as captivating. The book is an exploration of femininity specifically regarding body hair while also touching on family, immigration, Latinidad and class. She’s funny, self-deprecating, blunt, and unapologetically confident, drawing the reader in with her powerful words just as well as she does during her performances on stage. Learn more about her and other talented Guatemalan writers by checking out our roundup.

Buy it here.

“Love, and you” by Gretchen Gomez

Instagram @chicnerdreads

Anyone who has ever been in a toxic relationship will appreciate this achingly honest collection by Boricua poet Gretchen Gomez. In 142 pages she takes you through the devastating lows in the midst of the turmoil of getting out of an unhealthy relationship to the highs of finding self-love. Learn more about her follow-up “Welcome to Ghost Town” by reading Fierce’s interview with Gomez.

Buy it here.

“The Verging Cities” by Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Twitter @nascenters

This debut collection from Natalie Scenter-Zapico straddles the border between sister cities El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. The poems revolve around the drug war violence, border patrol agents, undocumented immigrants, and the trauma of the residents.  Published in 2015, the book has won several awards and her second publication “Lima :: Limón” is set to be released in 2019.

Buy it here.

“Bright Dead Things” by Ada Limón

Twitter @adalimon

In “Bright Dead Things”, Ada Limón examines the formative  moments in life that bring both happiness and heartbreak.  Limón delves into the identity-building experiences as she moves from New York to rural Kentucky including falling in love and losing a beloved parent. Released in 2015, the book was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Buy it here.

“Karankawa” by Iliana Rocha

Twitter @la_ilianarocha

Iliana Rocha’s debut collection “Karankawa” delves into personal histories and the ways in which we can sometimes fill in the blanks to reconstruct memories. The title is inspired by the now-extinct Karankawa Indians whose history worked in omissions. Taking this concept of mythologizing memories, Rocha writes about the burdens and desires  in life. The book won an AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and a Society of Midland Authors Award.

Buy it here.

“The Pink Box” by Yesenia Montilla

Instagram @jessiepoet144

Afro-Caribbean poet Yesenia Montilla’s collection alludes to “the pink box” throughout which is meant to guide the reader through the sensitive subject matter. As the poems progress, it becomes apparent the box is meant to be a vessel through which to discuss the commodification of art made by women and the myths surrounding female artists. The topics she discusses include food, family, race, NYC city life, addiction, and pop culture.

Buy it here.

“Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths” by Elizabeth Acevedo

Instagram @indigonerdFollow

Dominican poet Elizabeth Acevedo’s first poetry collection brings together folklore poetry centering around mythological, historical, gendered, and geographic experiences of a first generation American woman. Alluding to how some exist as “beastly” beings, Acevedo’s characters travel from the Dominican Republic to New York City. This 32-page chapbook is full of homages to Acevedo’s roots, family, and body positivity all in her characteristic passionate and eloquent style.

Buy it here.

“Landscape with Headless Mama” by Jennifer Givhan

Instagram @springeralexis

Mexican-American poet Jennifer Givhan’s award-winning collection, “Landscape with Headless Mama” illustrates what it’s like being a mother battling mental illness. Givhan describes the book as a “surreal survival guide” and incorporates folklore  and Latin American fine art. It views motherhood through the lens of cultural and familial myths incorporating surrealism and magical realism to weave together an achingly honest depiction of motherhood.

Buy it here.

Read: These 13 Books On Self-Care Will Help You Start the New Year Right

Recommend this story by clicking the share button below!

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *