‘Tis always the season for giving. And even better than finding that perfect gift for your friends and family is to give back to the Black community while doing so. By shopping Black-owned businesses this year and beyond, not only will you sprinkle a little joy into a loved one’s world, but you’ll also be helping to keep Black businesses running. Many have been forced to shut down at disproportionate rates over the course of the pandemic.
Here, 90 gifts from Black-owned businesses to give during this year and beyond. From a one-of-a-kind Sean Brown rug (for the homebody in your life) to an it Girl EDAS handbag (for your most fashion-forward friend), there is something for everyone on your nice list.
For the Homebody
We all have that one friend who will pick a night in over anything else. And whether we like it or not, we’re forced to be homebound as much as possible during the pandemic. So why not help someone in your life bring new energy into their space during an otherwise difficult time? Add a pop of color to their kitchen with a Sincerely, Tommy home chair, and keep the wine flowing with these colored glasses from Estelle. A cozy set from Tier with warm Brother Vellies socks never hurt anyone, either.
For the Foodie
When in doubt, give the gift of good eats. Have a girlfriend with a sweet tooth? Grab the Ginger Snap cookies from Partake or CBD-enriched honey. Perhaps you know someone who’s trying to sharpen their baking skills in general. The Black Girl Baking cookbook and a funky apron from Royal Jelly will steer them in the right direction.
For the Beauty Obsessed
Calling all beauty gurus and product junkies! Add some shimmer to their lives with sparkly eyeshadow palettes from Pat McGrath. Know someone trying to perfect their washday routine for their gorgeous 4C locks? Look no further than the recently launched line 4C ONLY, equipped with nourishing and good-smelling ingredients. And, of course, help your ladies get Zoom ready with a pop of color on the lips, courtesy of Mented Cosmetics.
For the Artsy-Type
Add a statement piece to that special someone’s world: be it a new, peace-sign-shaped vase from Jungalow or an avant-garde bathmat from Yowie. Have a cool auntie who always looks like a walking piece of art? Periwinkle hoops from Octave Jewelry and a beaded charm bracelet from Sewit Sium will do.
For the Little Ones
Bless your niece or nephew with a little confidence booster with the I Am Enough book by Grace Byers. Or, help them bring the outdoors inside with a Garden Growing Kit. For families staying at home, keep boredom at bay with a fun, family-friendly puzzle from Puzzle Huddle.
For the One Who Has It All
Every year, there’s always that someone for who we struggle to find the perfect gift. But there are some gifts even the most discerning receivers will love. Add some pizzazz to any coffee table with Young Gifted and Black. For someone who loves jewelry, go the extra mile with a one-of-a-kind rose quartz ring from Khiry. Or simply brighten someone’s day with a bouquet of flowers from Olivee Floral.
Nothing says “I love you” like surprising your guy with Pharrell’s new skincare line, Humanrace. A fancy new shave kit from Bevel will likely do the trick as well. If fashion is more his thing, introduce him to up-and-coming brands via this artful Russell Solomon jacket, Kendall Miles Designs sneakers, or a Black Is Beautiful bucket hat from Savant Vision.
For the Wellness Warrior
Now self-care is more necessary than ever before. Whether you know someone who needs this gentle reminder, or you’re shopping for your bestie who has a strong wellness routine already, you can’t go wrong with this exercise mat from Toned by Baggedem, a few virtual yoga classes at HealHaus, or the life-changing book, Vibrate Higher Daily, by spiritual expert Lalah Delia.
For the New Mom
New motherhood is a major transition even without an unprecedented pandemic added into the mix. Help the new mother in your life relax with a few simple gifts. Ebi’s Essentials Kit includes a Tisane– which helps provide adequate nutrients needed in the mother’s healing journey– while The Bath delivers a soothing escape during her ‘me time.’ Speaking of me time, Alex Elle’s guided journal is the perfect gift to help the new mommy make time for positive self-talk during the new chapter in her life.