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20 Amazon Products That Will Bring the Spa Straight to Your House

There are a lot of strategies for self-care out there right now. You can invest in makeup that you love or take care of houseplants or spend your entire Sunday on food prep for the upcoming week. But you know what I love in particular? Turning your home into a spa.

There is nothing that I find more relaxing than putting on a face mask and slipping into a luxurious bubble bath. Or maybe it’s just coming home after a long day at work to soak my tired feet in hot water. Or perhaps it’s doing laundry while wearing a face mask. No matter what it is, having an at-home spa experience always adds an extra dose of happiness to my week. And you know what? I love that it all ends with my skin and body feeling better.

If you’re looking for tips on how to bring the spa straight to your house, then look no further than this list of the 20 best Amazon products that are guaranteed to make your home spa-licious. Whether you buy one or all of them, I sincerely hope that Prime will be making your at-home spa dreams come true by the end of the weekend.

1. Majestic Pure Himalayan Salt Body Scrub with Lychee Essential Oil

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You should always, as far as I am concerned, have a salt or sugar scrub on hand. It’s one of the best ways to feel like you are in a spa since it’s an easy method for getting rid of dead skin and making your entire body feel like it’s baby fresh. This one especially has some great smells that will help to bring out your skin’s natural radiance.

2. Westin White Tea Body Lotion

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You know what you should do after your at-home spa day? Make sure that you put lotion on! This is probably best saved for last but it’s an important step in keeping your skin feeling fresh. I especially love this white tea body lotion that smells so delicate, you’ll feel as if you are floating on a cloud for the rest of the day.

3. Honest Calming Lavender Hypoallergenic Bubble Bath with Naturally Derived Botanicals

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This is honestly my favorite bath product. Of course, there are a lot of different bubble bath products out there with a lot of different smells but, for me, lavender is where it’s at. I also love that this one comes from Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company. And yes, it’s amazing (and so bubbly!).

4. bliss Cuticle Cream

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One of the things that you can do during your at-home spa day is to give yourself a mani/pedi. Of course, you will first need a really good cuticle oil cream and leave it to the experts at bliss to give you one that softens your cuticles so much that cutting them off (or pushing them back) will become an easy joy.

5. Spa-Therapy Kit Relax

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This basic little spa kit is a great way to get started in turning your home into your favorite spa. It includes a soap that smells that leaven, along with a relaxing bath and massage oil. Ask your sweetie to get in on the action so that you can massage each other and enjoy the full experience.

6. ArtNaturals Aromatherapy Essential Oil and Diffuser Gift Set

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Have you entered a spa and NOT thought about how wonderful it smells in there? No, you probably haven’t, and here’s why: Spa and aromatherapy go together. That’s why you will probably want to indulge in getting an aromatherapy set, like this diffuser set that comes with many different smells so you can enjoy your at-home spa for a good long while.

7. ELEMIS Skin Nourishing Enriching Bathing Milk

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Want to feel like Cleopatra or simply like Mariah Carey? Yes, she bathes in milk! Well, you can too with this nourishing milk bath. Add it to your tub and you’ll be floating in heaven thanks to the sultry, soft essense of milk mixed with sweet aromas.

8. Wipex Natural Gym & Fitness Equipment Wipes for Personal Use

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These might not make your at-home spa sexy but they will sure come in handy when it comes to giving you a nicer experience at the gym or even at home. Because of the lavender smell, you can use these wipes on your gym equipment and leave it smelling pretty nice.

9. Facial Steamer Nano Ionic Hot Steam For Face

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A fancy facial steamer is going to be one of your favorite additions to your at-home spa, trust me. It’s the best way to open up your pores when you give yourself a facial at home. It’ll feel as if you’re doing the real thing in a real spa and your freshly clean pores will definitely thank you for it.

10. Conair Foot & Pedicure Spa with Vibration and Heat

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I have been a huge fan of pedicures ever since I could remember. In fact, I brought one of these Conair foot spa devides with me to college and kept it during my entire stay there. In fact, it even made it to my first apartment and beyond. Why? Because relaxing after a long, hard day becomes so much better when you can soak your tired feet in some hot, bubbly water.

11. GORILLA GRIP Original Spa Bath Pillow Features Powerful Gripping Technology

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If you’re going to work on making your bathtub into your favorite spot in your house, then you need to make sure it’s comfortable. Although I love my tub, laying back can sometimes feel… well, awkward. It’s become so much more enjoyable now that I have a little pillow to lean my head back, close my eyes and finally get to relax.

12. LifeAround2Angels Bath Bombs Gift Set

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When I first discovered bath bombs, I kind of freaked out. They feel and look weird. I didn’t really understand the point of them. That is, until I tried one and became an absolute convert. Some of the bath bombs in this set come with their own dried flower petals, which I think is my favorite part of bath bombs today. Those dried flower petals eventually unravel and add a special little something to your bath that is hard to duplicate.

13. Cat Ears Headband

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When it comes to your at-home spa day, you already know how to do facials right. But there’s another element you need for your awesome facials: a cat-year headband. Yes, that’s right. This headband is meant for all of those facials where you need to hold your hair back so that you can steam and clean your pores correctly. The fact that it’s adorable AF is just a bonus.

14. Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak with Epsom Salt

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Do you have sore, tired feet? Well, then you should probably get the foot spa above AND couple that with this therapeutic foot soak. Whether you’re planning to give yourself a pedicure or just want to come home to a relaxing evening to relax your feet, this soak smells amazing and will make your feel oh-so-happy.

15. Xena 4 Piece Spa Loofah Bath Gift Set 

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If you are more of a shower person, you can still make your home feel like a spa by getting a fancy loofah set. This one comes with four different products that are guaranteed to extend your showers and take you from just showering quickly in the mornings to actually wanting to get up earlier in the day so that you can spend some extra time in the shower.

16. Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray

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Another thing that can make your bathtub experience a bit more enjoyable is getting a caddy that can hold all of your relaxing essentials, like a candle or book. You can even place your phone or iPad on this and catch up on your favorite Netflix show while you bathtub and chill.

17. Dead Sea Mud Mask for Face & Body

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A good mask is absolutely essential if you are going to do that whole spa thing at home. One of my favorites is using this dead sea mud mask, which helps to keep my skin smooth and deep cleans whenever I use it. It also battles acne much better than my daily cleanser, so I particularly love this product. Plus, there’s just something about wearing a dark colored mask that makes me feel as if I am truly having a spa experience.

18. Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet

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You can also indulge in the Korean face mask trend in order to bring your at-home spa experience to the next level. The best part of these masks is that they’re so easy to put on and take off that you can pretty much do them whenever. They’ve honestly become my favorite part of Friday nights spent at home.

19. SipCaddy Bath & Shower Portable Cupholder Caddy for Beer & Wine

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Although I no longer drink alcohol, I can definitely see the benefit of this sip caddy. Personally, I use it for my fancy glass full of a non-alcoholic cocktail like the one I make that has mint, sparkling water and lime. But you can use it for anything while showering or taking a bath. And you know what else? You can even use this genius device for your shampoo bottle so that it becomes easier to use!

20. Vanity Planet Ultimate Skin Spa Facial Cleansing Brush

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If you want to make your face feel like a baby’s butt cheek (what? that’s a thing!), then you might want to invest in a super cool spa facial cleansing brush like this one. It will leave your entire face feeling as if you just came out of the spa when, in fact, you spent a fraction of the cost for your at-home facial. Hooray!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Gift Guide for the Concha-Lovers in Your Life

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Gift Guide for the Concha-Lovers in Your Life

Who doesn’t love conchas? They taste good, look cute, and they make great art. Gente all over America have gone concha crazy, designing everyday items into the image of the almighty concha. Conchas, it seems, can represent so many different things in our lives, from parts of the body, body positivity, an unwavering commitment to carbs, and our Latinidad. Concha creativity knows no bounds, and the nice thing about most of these conchas is that they don’t get sugar crumbs all over your blusa. Looking for a holiday gift for the concha-lover in your life made by creative latinx artistas? Look no further.

Cute Concha Keychains

These concha keychains by 805_clay_boutique are made of polymer clay. Tiny and adorable, these keychains can only be ordered via DM on Instagram, which makes them feel oddly illicit, pero the artist is just keeping real and their overhead costs low.

Concha Phone Grip and Stand

Also made by 805_clay_boutique, this concha food grip will help you hold on to your phone. Everyone seems to be using phone grips these days, and most are pretty ugly. We also hate thinking of how many have already wound up in the landfill. This cute concha-shaped phone grip, like conchas themselves, will never go out of style.

Concha Pan Dulce All-Over Art Latinx Art Mug

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We at Fierce all want a mug like this for our cafecito in the morning. A cup of coffee or Ibarra chocolate in this cup would be the just right cup to dip conchas in on a lazy weekend indoors. The Dos Estrellas Shop on Etsy is owned by Gabriela Ruiz, who designs a variety of concha items, says this about the shop on the site: “We’re 100% Latinx and are proud to share our culture with anyone that appreciates our ideas of gorgeous.”

Amor Eterno Concha T-Shirt

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Also created by Dos Estrellas, this Amor Eterno t-shirt comes in femme and butch cuts and runs $25, a standard price for a t-shirt with good art on it. There are other concha design t-shirts in this shop and buying from them supports your community not one of those big box stores. Get on over there and take a look!

Chocolate Concha Pillow

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This concha pillow by Mi Barrio Co comes in chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. Just don’t mistake it for the real thing in the middle of a dream. The Mi Barrio Co shop owner, Kelly Elvina, calls her shop a family business and says their shop is “deeply inspired by [their] Mexican roots and car scene culture.”

Gothic Concha Soap

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Also made by Mi Barrio Co, this soap is made with hand-poured coconut milk and topped with “skin-safe mica,” this midnight soap is lightly scented and will thrill the goth concha-lover in your life. Orders made at Mi Barrio get five stars.

Pan Dulce Earrings

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These conchita earrings really do look good enough to eat. You could the concha-lover in your life one pair in each flavor. Viva Las Calaveras shop owner, Liz Zambrano, says that she learned to create and make art from her abuelita. She shop is filled with earrings and broaches in all different styles, elegant, cute, and quirky.

Vegan Conchas in Northern California

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If you’re looking for real conchas for eating, and you’re vegan, try Concha Libre in Oakland. This is another business that takes orders via Instagram. Concha Libre’s vegan conchas are also available at various locations around the San Francisco Bay Area: Hasta Muerte Coffee, The Grind on Market St, Vegan Republic, and the Berkeley Student Food Collective.

Vegan Conchas Southern California

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If you need some vegan conchas for your vegan concha-lover in the LA area, head on over to Highland Park. Delicias Bakery makes super authentic-looking vegan conchas. According to an article in LA Taco some family members of the owner became vegan and “really missed pan dulce, so she asked Ramirez if he can try a batch made without any animal products. The baker Jose Casimiro Bran Ramirez never heard of a vegan diet before but since he came from a family of panaderos, he didn’t think twice and was up for the challenge.”

Let Your Conchas Be Your Guide

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If you’re in need of a super-quick gift, how about this printable download? Print this baby out at home, buy a cute frame, and you got a great gift. If you’re in a pinch roll it up and tie a cute bow around it. Designed by OdesseyRoc Etsy Shop owner and designer Tony Avina. You can also buy this image on a coffee cup. “Let your conchas be your guide” — we always love a good pun!

Concha Christmas Ornament

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This 4-pack of concha Christmas tree ornaments have the look of traditional bulb ornaments, but they’re made of plastic, so they won’t break. Made by Joy by JnY Designs, these concha ornaments might make a great gift for the hard-to-shop-for concha-lover. These are especially great for a  friend with niñitos who should definitely help trim the tree.

Handcrafted Concha Ornaments

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For concha-lovers who love hand-crafted gifts like we do, this felt concha garland is adorable with visible hand-stitching. Made by Lilibun Designs shop out of Ontario, California, the shop also features taco and cactus garlands, and concha Christmas tree ornaments. One reviewer, who gave the shop five out of five stars raved about this concha garland, “Words cannot explain how adorable these are and pictures can’t do them justice! Can’t wait to order this shop again!” Check out all the artful photos of her items on Lilibun Insta account. 

Concha Backpack

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This bright pink concha backpack from the Mitú shop will help you find your concha-loving friend in a crowd for sure. And it’s not as drab as those popular Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpacks that all the hipsters are wearing.


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