Imagine you are living in a covid-less world. It’s getting closer and closer to Christmas Eve, and you can’t wait to walk around and window shop. There’s only one thing stopping you from doing so: you are waiting for that paycheck to kick in.
Lucky for you, there’s an unexpected notification in your email: “Donald Trump sent you 10 million dollars.”
“Has Zelle gone crazy?! This must have been a mistake,” you think. Well, mistake or not, you’ve got all this money now. The real question is how to spend such dirty money in a way that honors all the people who have been exploited in the process of gaining it.
I’ve got some ideas for you. Here are nine organizations, businesses, products, and services that will help you make better use of Trump’s money than the president himself.
Donate to United We Dream (or any organization that you know for a fact Trump would not support)
Trump made his way to the White House by insulting immigrants and perpetuating harmful stereotypes about them. He has also increased his wealth by underpaying and overworking undocumented immigrants. If he accidentally just sent you 10 million dollars, wouldn’t donating to the largest immigrant youth-led network in the nation be a great way to get revenge and protect the rights of communities in need?
Donate to United We Dream if you can. Giving back is an essential part of the holiday season. Let your present to your community be planting a seed that will grow for the rest of 2021.
United We Dream is doing important work on the ground, whether that is defending and empowering communities against deportation, advancing the educational justice movement, or protecting LGBTQ+ immigrants. You can be a part of it.
Get a sex toy by Roar, a company founded by Anna Xiques, a bisexual Latina
Looking for something that a misogynist like Trump would disapprove of? Roar has a long list of toys that’d make the cut. If you want to vibe on your own this holiday season, you better check them out.
This femme-focused sexual health and wellness brand has been designed to empower women through sex positivity and proper, comprehensive sex education, something most states still lack today.
According to its founder, Roar is a space for women to shop for the best sex toys designed to give them pleasure and learn more about themselves and their sexual needs and desires — without judgment or shame.
No need to approach sex and desire through the male gaze; Roar reminds you that you are the only star, and the one (thing) “grabbing your p****” will be the toy of your preference.
Earlier this year, Donald Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 proposed budget included an additional $5 million for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase regulations on cannabis-derived substances, such as cannabidiol (CBD).
You have now gotten double that amount from Mr. Trump. Be intentional and spend some of it on a collection formulated with CBD and aloe vera to keep yourself calm while annoying the hell out of him.
The hemp plant’s natural compound and the succulent and medicinal aloe vera plant work together to help calm the scalp and body and moisturize and nourish the scalp, hair, and skin, delivering a clean, healthy glow.
The kit includes a CBD Scalp Calming Shampoo for Medium-to-Coarse Hair (2.0 oz), a CBD Scalp Calming Hydrating Conditioner (2.0 oz), a CBD Scalp Calming Hydrating Mask (2.0 oz), and a CBD Calming Supreme Scalp + Body Oil (0.10 oz).
As opposed to the president’s concept of hygiene, Baby Blue is a safe and useful idea. This product is a way to get the little ones in your family to fall in love with oral hygiene. Your sobrinitos’ parents will be grateful, that’s for sure.
Baby Blu makes brushing an engaging and interactive activity. This toothbrush lets you record your child’s favorite tunes, funny voices, or words of motivation. It even comes with a built-in timer to encourage brushing for 2 minutes, as per the American Dental Association recommendation.
Keep the kids away from Lysol and close to Baby Blue.
Did you know one in every five children in the U.S. comes from a Latine household?
For the past four years, Trump has tried to minimize the importance of representation, diversity, and inclusion.
Luz Mack, however, believes Latine children deserve to see themselves in books, film, media, and all forms of storytelling, helping to instill self-love and stimulate learning. As a result, Mack created a beautiful bilingual children’s book called Pequeña María / Little María that highlights culture, language and engages young kids of any age.
Support a talented Dominican author while getting the perfect gift to the children in your life.
Shop at Olivia Boutique
Olivia offers a plethora of local and international brands while prioritizing a rich retail- digitally savvy experience in the heart of San Juan, Puerto Rico. This site is “the Caribbean’s most coveted fashion hub,” and the power mother-daughter duo behind it, Macu Santiago and Melo Rivera, are all about home and community.
With a growing portfolio of 100+ brands, Olivia Boutique works with designers both emerging and established that advocate for diversity and inclusion. Macu and Melo prioritize pieces that tell a compelling story, are wearable, consciously ideated, and that bring joy into your life.
From the first moment Trump stepped foot in the White House, he has been a curse to Puerto Ricans. It’s about time his money went to people on the island.
Trump’s attacks against Mexican and Mexican-American communities have only gotten worse since his infamous campaign speech in 2015. Meanwhile, Mexican-American populations continue to make essential contributions to the U.S. –– as they have been for decades.
So, part of this 10 million dollars should go to one of the thousands of Mexican-American small businesses that share a rich culture and move the economy. Coincidentally, Latine-owned La Monarca Bakery has just launched tins of their Champurrado to make at home, perfect for sipping on throughout the chilly months of winter.
La Monarca’s Champurrado is a drink that does good, too. One percent of all sales are donated to ECOLIFE Conservation—a nonprofit that works to protect the monarch butterfly population, a symbol of Mexico’s resilient spirit and the inspiration for La Monarca’s brand.
Given that the Trump administration hasn’t offered much support to them, it has never been more important for people like you to shop at small businesses this holiday season.
Dia’s Holiday Market is a digital marketplace created just for you. This is your opportunity to continue to fill your house with quality products while supporting a variety of struggling, female-owned, plus-size businesses across the U.S.
Recently launched in November, Dia & Co, the industry leader in plus-size culture and fashion, is now featuring ten women-owned small boutiques, from Los Angeles and Las Vegas to Charlotte and Atlanta, on their online marketplace, offering exposure from Dia’s community of 5+ million women.
This is exactly what you and your child need after four years of living in a hostile environment for Spanish-speaking families. What better way to spend Trump’s money than supporting projects that reject the hateful narratives he has been spreading?
The series centers around a bilingual/bicultural character, MariVi. Throughout School Crossings, MariVi feels like an outsider in and out of her own home.
The book is an authentic depiction of the challenges that U.S.-born Latine children face. It is also a story of hope and resilience for those navigating two languages and two cultures.
“[School Crossings] was created with love,” Maria Twena told Belatina. “I think our country and the world need books that are created from a good place, with a lot of thoughtfulness, and with the goal to heal and to help.”
Practice self-care with Dove products
Last but not least, you need to take care of yourself.
After everything Trump has put you through, it’s time to find rituals to remind yourself that you are valued and important. Your wellbeing is a priority. So, why not use his money to buy some Dove products that will make you feel great during this holiday season?
The Dove Crushed Macadamia & Rice Milk Exfoliating Body Polish Scrub is a must when it comes to skincare. Polish your way to smooth, soft skin with this creamy, whipped texture. Treat yourself to a long bath and say hello to a rich, relaxing fragrance and skin you can’t help but touch.
Dove has also the perfect products for your hair care. And if you’re still unsure about your holiday look, they have partnered with celebrity stylist Leo Rocco to provide you with a step-by-step hairstyles guide: