Christmas season is here. Man!! Where did the year go?? Anywho, I love Christmas. Celebrating the life of Jesus is the most important reason for this season. In the midst of that, one of my favorite things about the holiday is the gifts. Am I right? Well, I am providing a holiday gift guide of black owned businesses to shop this year. If you’ve read my blog, then you know that I love to put a lot of focus on black owned businesses. If you are a new subscriber, here and here are my blog posts on affordable black owned clothing and natural hair businesses to support. Without further ado, here is holiday gift guide I promised that features businesses for beauty, fashion, children, and more.
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Nadirah and Co. – If you’re a fan of personalized jewelry like myself, this is for you. I always have difficulty finding anything monogrammed. Who knew Yalana was not a common name? Lol!! But I found this site on Instagram and I instantly fell in love with their jewelry. This necklace is on my wishlist.
Jam and Rico – This Caribbean inspired jewelry company caught my eye with these earrings. But they are not limited to earrings. You will also find bracelets and necklaces. They also sell gift cards so the person you gifted can pick out her own piece(s).
Valerie Madison – Fellas, if you’re in need of a custom engagement ring, why shop at your local jeweler? I saw this brand and their rings are so beautiful and unique. This is perfect if you are looking for exclusive rings or timeless jewelry. Concerned about the sizing? The site provides ring sizers for assistance.
The Lip Bar – I love this company and found them watching the NetFlix documentary, She Did That. They recently have their products available at Target. I have their “Savage” color that was worn in this picture. It’s a dark brown shade that is perfect for fall and winter. They also have the Fast Face Kits that will allow you to look beat in the course of minutes.
Mented Cosmetics – As a dark skinned woman, I have the hardest time finding the perfect nude lippie. Not anymore!! But they’re not limited to nude shades so check them out. I love the shade, Mented #5 but Brand Nude stole my heart. They also have products available at Target. I see you Target!!
Glow by Daye – As a naturalista, it’s important to protect my coils when I’m asleep. But the bonnet I’ve been wearing for a while no longer fits. Here came Glow by Daye. Their satin bonnets are a perfect gift for a naturalista; whether she wears her afro, dreadlocks, or knotless braids. They are large in size and has a drawstring to help secure it without messing with your edges. They also have shower caps and bonnets made perfectly for deep conditioning. Plus I love their designs.
Velvet Noir – I didn’t forget about the fellas! I know men also care about their skin and beards so this brand is perfect. I’ve read rave reviews from this company saying their all natural products leave men’s beards soft, clean, and smelling good. And they’re affordable (3 for $33 sale). They also have products for those whose beards can’t completely form.
The Black Toy Store – Even though I’m not a mother (yet!), I know some of my readers are so this is for you. This company has many options from black dolls, action figures, and games that are fun and still allows your child to learn. I was especially intrigued with the Black Wall Street board game.
Healthy Roots Dolls – Y’all, when I saw this company, I instantly thought why didn’t I have one when I was younger. The doll company was created to help young girls love their mane with confidence. That is right up my alley! Her hair is also made for your little girl to style in different styles. This allows her to practice until she is able to style her own hair. I love this! They are a little on the pricey side ($79) but I think it is totally worth it. Seeing young girls love their hair and embrace their roots is priceless. If I have a daughter, I’m purchasing this. Who am I kidding? I would buy it now. Lol!!
Brown Toy Box – This is perfect for children who have an interest in the S.T.E.A.M. industry. S.T.E.A.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. I had no idea only 5% of Black people have a career in these fields. This business was created by a woman who shares a love for critical thinking and problem solving with a desire to see more people who look like her in the industry. Her purpose was to expose young Black children to S.T.E.A.M and I’m all for creating young Black innovators.
The Fresh Dolls – If you feel that Healthy Roots Dolls are a little too pricey, The Fresh Dolls is also a great option. The brand was created after Dr. Lisa watched a doll study that she found disheartening. She made it her goal to make dolls that represent children of all shades and cultures. Like I mentioned previously, why didn’t I have dolls like this when I was younger?? The Fresh Dolls is available at Wal-Mart and Target.
Air In by Aryn – You don’t have to shop at Bath and Body Works for candles when you have companies like Air In. They’re super affordable and the scents are awesome. I’m a sucker for candles and was immediately drawn to Honeysuckle Jasmine. Their candles also burn for 30 hours.
Nice Scent Candle Co. – You can’t have too many candles and this Atlanta, GA based company is no exception. Every scent is named after a place in the Atlanta area. For instance, Peachtree St. is one of their best sellers and yes it smells like peaches. This is also another affordable brand and the candles burn for over 40 hours.
Blk & Bold – Coffee is also a great gift for anyone who enjoys a cup of brew regularly. Their products are accessible since they’re available at Whole Foods and Target. 5% of their sales are donated to supporting at risk youth. So you can enjoy your dose of caffeine, knowing your purchase is making a difference.
Love Cork Screw – Who does not like a bottle of wine as a gift? Chishon Lampley turned her passion and expertise into a blog and eventually developed her own wine business. You can find her bottles at Target and Whole Foods. The prices are awesome too! But this brand is not limited to wine. She also sells wine scented candles and body butters.
AAKS – I had to include a handbag business to this list! This United Kingdom based brand immediately caught my eye with their unique hand-woven bags mixed with color, prints, and textures. Each bag is hand crafted with love. Did I mention they have free worldwide shipping? The Baba Berry handbag is on my wishlist, which is perfect for vacations at the beach. You are guaranteed to stand out in the midst of the Gucci and Louis Vuitton handbag owners. Plus their prices are more reasonable.
Bowtie Behavior – This is for the men again or women. Regular ties are still in but I love a bowtie on a man. This black woman owned company has some of the most unique bowties I’ve seen. The Chili Pepper is currently sold out for a good reason. It’s made from leather and I love the color. This will be a great option for someone who loves bowties. I would have to shop here for my brother, who has a large collection. I think I may get one for myself.
Mo’s Bows – This business was created by 16 year old, Moziah Bridges, who shares a love for bowties. He went from making bowties in his grandmother’s kitchen in Memphis to establishing a reputable business with bowties with patterns like polka dots, tartan plaid, and houndstooth. His business also sells neckties and matching pocket squares. Did I mention the prices are very affordable??
Flat Out of Heels – I’ve appreciated comfort over fashion. So I had to include a brand that only sells flats, my favorite types of shoes. Sometimes flats can be uncomfortable but not this brand!! The owner, Dawn Dickson emphasizes the importance of comfort with her shoes. Plus you can easily store them by rolling or folding your shoes to allow more space in your closet. Stylish, yet functional! The Black Oxford with Laces caught my eye.
I hope you are inspired to shop these brands. What are some black owned businesses you are shopping for Christmas? I’m always looking for new companies.