It’s time for The MEXICO Report’s Annual Navidad Gift Guide! As we quickly approach Navidad and beyond, consider making alternative purchases. In the spirit of giving, we encourage you to invest in something that benefits a cause – one that gives back to the community or that celebrates Mexican culture and community.
If you know of a non-profit that produces a product that gives back or proceeds Mexico somehow and you would like to make a recommendation, please email us at themexicoreport (at) yahoo.com.
The MEXICO Report’s 3rd Annual Navidad Gift Guide:
Tortilla warmers: Mariposas San Miguel always has a beautiful selection of handmade crafts. These Tortilla Warmers keep your corn and flour tortillas hot while they’re on the table, plus benefit the local community. A must in any kitchen. $15 http://www.mariposassanmiguel.com/buyonline.html
Holiday Gift Bag: entreamigos, a non-profit 501c(3) located in San Pancho, Nayarit has many gift ideas for the holidays that give back directly to the community. One of entreamigos most important commitments is to care for the people of San Pancho in ways that support education, build opportunities and empower them towards a better future. This Holiday Gift bag is perfect way to surprise a family with the everyday basics – food. View this item and other gifts that make a difference here. http://entreamigos.org.mx/holiday-gifts-that-make-a-difference/
Folk Art Mirror with Handmade Frame – Benefits Peace Mexico; This authentic Mexican Folk Art Mirror by Dora Esther Sanchez Lopez, framed with Mexican Bingo designs and Lotería bottle caps. Size is Size: 60 x 40 inches. More info visit: http://peacemexico.org/shop
Handmade Stockings: Available at Mixta in San Miguel is a colorful place you will find a wonderful gift. Buying these products from local and national artists is important in their philosophy as it assists in supporting the local communities. Collection includes distinctive jewelry, furniture, clothing, creative greeting cards and a variety of home decors and furnishings. http://mixtasanmiguel.com/about-2/
Navidad y Pancho Claus: A beautiful children’s music compilation available for download (or CD) from the amazing, bilingual educator, children’s author and recording artist Jose-Luis Orozco. Ordering info here.
Holiday Pie, Tamales and more: from Homeboy Industries. One of the greatest success stories of Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries serves at-risk and gang involved youth with a continuum of services and programs designed to meet their multiple needs, and runs four businesses that serve as job-training sites. Cut and paste this link into your browser to view their holiday treats PDF (because it didn’t work on my computer by just clicking on it): http://18.104.22.168/hb_adm/img/news-events/Holiday_2012.pdf
Maya 2012 Revealed – The new book by author Jeanine Kitchel. Jeanine writes about Mexico, the Maya and the Yucatan. Maya 2012 Revealed, Demystifying the Prophecy, details the 2012 phenomenon and chronicles the Maya civilization, their calendar, astronomy, the code, and the Maya elders’ take on the prophecy. Available at www.jeaninekitchel.com or via amazon and nook.
Earth Prayer Greeting Cards – A packet of five different greeting cards showcasing images from a series of original paintings by Kay Kemp. Cards benefit Mary Jane White, creator of Pozos bags and one of the first volunteers for Mariposas San Miguel, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is now back in Houston for treatment. Each card is blank inside and on the back has a prayer for planetary peace and harmony reminding us of the greater “Oneness” we are. The card prominent in the above photo is Earth Prayer. https://kaykemp.com/maryjane $ 25 Donation
Western Mexico: A Traveler’s Treasury 4th (2013) edition: New book just released by author Tony Burton is now available on Kindle for $9.99; Ordering information here.
The Real Heroes of Mexico – New book created and produced by The MEXICO Report. Focusing on showcasing the good works of people in local communities throughout Mexico, this book is available free online or for purchase. Sales from the book allow us to continue this effort which we believe is crucial to continually presenting the good news about Mexico. http://www.themexicoreport.com/real-heroes-of-mexico/
Any items from our previous lists. We invite you to check out our previous Navidad Gift Guides as they are full of other helpful recommendations on how to support local communities through your purchase. http://www.themexicoreport.com/xmas/
Last, please remember that anytime you can visit our list of non-profits in Mexico. As we grow this list, you can help by just browsing these amazing organizations and seeing some of the work they do.
Mil gracias…and Happy Holidays, Feliz Navidad to you, your family and your loved ones from your friends at The MEXICO Report.
Find previous Navidad Gift Guides here: http://www.themexicoreport.com/xmas/