(Photo/courtesy of The Orphaned Earring)

4 affordable Latino-made or inspired holiday gift ideas

It’s just a few days before Christmas, and you’ve just realized you haven’t gotten any presents for your loved ones.

Do not despair. NBC Latino has some pretty cool, and easy, ideas for all ages on your list!

1. Bracelets that give back to orphans
The Orphaned Earring uses orphaned earrings (the earring leftover when its matching pair is lost) and makes a home for it within a beaded bracelet. Creator Denisse Montalvan, based in California, then sells the finished bracelet for $10 each online and sends the proceeds to orphanages in Latin America. Read more here

2. Clothes and accessories for a cause
Alma Mei is an online store, founded by two Latinas, which sells fashionable and unforgettable clothing and accessories. One of the best parts of this shopping experience is that Liz de la Cruz-Jean and Gaby Ortega give ten percent of their proceeds to a different charity every quarter – from helping battered women to providing artistic programs to youth in underprivileged communities. Read more here.

3. Empowering DVDs
Marlen Esparza, 2012 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist and reigning seven-time USA Boxing National Champion, debuts her first fitness DVD this month. “Power Boxing Workout” includes four high-intensity cardio workouts that strengthen, tone, and trim your whole body. The 55-minute fitness DVD is perfect for those women in your life who love kickboxing and Tae Bo.

For those women, or girls, who love super heroes or need a little extra inspiration, order them “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.” The documentary, also available for school use, goes behind-the-scenes with historical super heroines such as Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, and Gloria Steinem to trace the fascinating evolution and legacy of women in America. Read more here.

4. Bilingual children’s books
Amazon bestseller “Good Night Captain Mama/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá,” written by U.S. Air Force Captain, mom and veteran Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, recently made it to the Latinas for Latino Lit “Remarkable Latino Children’s Literature for 2013” list. It’s the first of a series that introduces children to the idea and reality of Latinas in the military. Read more here.

“Tito Puente Mambo King,” by Dr. Monica Brown, also made the same list. It was also featured at The National Book Festival earlier this year. It is a colorful book, illustrated by an award-winning artist, which teaches children about the legendary Puerto Rican Latin jazz and salsa musician, and introduces them to the world of music. Read more here.

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