Finished your holiday shopping yet? Us neither. This holiday season, as we search for the perfect “gift that keeps on giving” for our loved ones, let’s continue to do our part and support Black-owned businesses. Here are a few gift ideas that we love.
For the foodies
Shaquanda’s Hot Pepper Sauce
Founded by drag queen Shaquanda Coco Mulatta, also known as Andrew Springer, these hot sauces were featured on Hot Ones Seasons 9 and 13. They come in four tempting flavors — Hot Pepper Sauce, Mx. Green Sass, Oooomami, and Spicier Smoke — at $10 each bottle, and they each have raving reviews. You can buy all four, throw in a multipurpose cotton hankie, and make a delectable gift basket any spice-lover will appreciate.
As its name would suggest, the largest Black-owned wine company in the U.S. was founded by sisters Robin and Andréa McBride in 2010. These sisters seek to transform the wine industry, a field dominated by white men; in 2019, they created the McBride Sisters SHE CAN Professional Development Fund to “to help Black-women-entrepreneurs propel and sustain growth through access to capital.” Celebrate with your loved ones from afar by sending them individual bottles or packs of wine spritzers, or go all out with a holiday gift set, such as the Black Girl Magic Trio for $62.
For the beauty and self-care queens
Nail polish that’s made in the U.S., cruelty-free, vegan friendly, and non-toxic? It may sound too good to be true, but Chicago native Rachel James has perfected this line of luxury nail polish since 2012. Inspired by “the runway’s most innovative designers,” both gel lacquers and classic lacquers come in irresistible and vibrant colors like vampy B Positive and crisp Tokyo Afterglow. Individual lacquers range from $13.50 to $20.50, and gift sets range from $50 to $90. (Use the code “OPRAH” to get 20% off the holiday essentials nail set.)
Founded by Brooklyn friends Trinity Mousson Woford and Issey Kobori, Golde aims to make self-care “more inclusive, engaging and fun.” They started out with a single product — their Original Turmeric Latte Blend — and now offer a selection of superfood creations made to boost beauty and wellness. You can shop for gift kits in prices ranging from $22 to $150. Order a variety pack like the Superfood Latte Sampler, put a luxurious Green Detox Kit under the tree, or spoil your loved one with the Complete Beauty + Wellness Kit. If you have family you’re unable to visit this year, these nourishing gifts are a perfect way to take care of them from afar.
Just Be Tea
Nothing more relaxing than sipping a special blend of hot tea, made with love. Friends Taylor, Marasia and Allie started Just Be Tea in 2019 to serve as both a tea company and a community. They host events, conversations and workshops, and sell specialty teas and accessories. You can purchase seasonal stocking stuffers like their winter tea blends for $9, or consider gifting one of their cozy self-care kits. Perfect for your chill friend who will be spending lots of time indoors trying to stay warm this winter.
For the little ones
Little Likes Kids
Founder Kemi Tignor writes on the Little Likes Kids website, “As a mother, my job is to love, and sharing toys that include images and experiences that reflect my son is a way for me to show him he is loved.” This year, show love to the cutest people in your life by giving a present that is both fun and representative of diversity. Choose from a number of joyful, colorful images that have been made into puzzles, memory games, place mats, and more.
For Harlem Renaissance fans (or anyone who likes candles, really)
Harlem Candle Company
Founded in 2014 by Teri Johnson, the Harlem Candle Company is inspired by the rich history of cultural, literary, and artistic expression in the New York City neighborhood. Johnson, a travel expert, fell in love with the ability of scent “to transport you through time and place” — and as many of us continue to follow COVID-19 social distancing protocols, nothing sounds better. Each candle is made using a soy vegetable wax blend and comes in scents, from fruity to botanical to sultry. The gorgeous Harlem Renaissance Collection features scents inspired by Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, and more. You could also throw in an elegant gold candle wick trimmer if you’re feeling extra fancy.
To find more Black-owned businesses, you can visit Official Black Wall Street’s website or download their app. Their directory lists thousands of businesses you can support, even local ones near you!
Due to COVID-19 precautions and measures, as well as increase in demand, keep in mind that shipping may be delayed. Make sure to order early and read through the shipping details for each business carefully.
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