holiday gifts 2020

The Best Gifts for Every Type of Person (That Happen to Be From Black-Owned Businesses)

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One way to support Black-owned businesses right now, which have disproportionately shuttered amid the pandemic, is to do your holiday shopping at local, Black-owned shops. With that in mind, we scoured through our lists of Black-owned brands and companies to find gifts for every type of person on your list — from recently retired wine lovers to chatty kids. We found gold earrings, supersoft yarn, and a couple books, all made by Black artists or sold by Black businesses.

For the cousin who loves green juice

This face mask has been mentioned by numerous beauty experts here on the Strategist, and since it’s formulated with edible superfoods (yes, you could eat it), one beauty professional describes it as a “green smoothie for your face.”

For the co-worker who always used to eat at Sweetgreen

They can serve themselves an at-home (desk) salad in style with these handmade, wood servers from Effortless Composition.

For the mother-in-law with maximalist interior design taste

She can wrap this pom-pom garland from Justina Blakeney’s vibrant home-décor line, Jungalow, around the Christmas tree, or just hang it on a wall year-round.

For the friend who cares more about exteriors

A set of 16 architecture-style flash cards — from Bauhaus to postmodern — from Hood Century, the Instagram account turned preservation society at the intersection of architecture and Black culture.

For the sibling who just moved into their first apartment

Hanging a piece of framed wall art — like this calming, meditative print by Kenesha Sneed, aptly titled Safe Space — is a surefire way to make their space feel a little less like a college dorm.

For the cousin who just moved to Seattle

Your cousin’s new West Coast friends will be pleased to know that this gender-neutral, Scandi-style raincoat is made from 32 recycled plastic bottles — just like all of the vegan, waterproof apparel at Baxter Wood, which is made sustainably and supports sustainable-education programs in developing countries through its partnership with 1% for Education.

For the style-obsessed teen

A pair of not-too-expensive twisted hoop earrings from the woman-run brand Lelia+Mae would look pretty nice on Instagram (or even a Zoom call).

For the pregnant woman

Before Hill House Home founder and CEO Nell Diamond gave birth to twins a couple of weeks ago, she used this therapeutic organic belly oil from Ebi every night in order to “wind down.”

For the expecting parents

A Is for Activist

They can teach their child about the importance of fighting for social justice, environmental justice, civil rights, and LGBTQ rights — plus all 26 letters of the alphabet — with this expert-recommended, anti-racist ABC board book by Innosanto Nagara.

For the new parents

It won’t make up for the hours of missed sleep, but a week’s worth of allergen-free, African-inspired frozen meals from Global Village Cuisine — including a chickpea vegetable tagine and a lentil stew — means that cooking dinner is one less thing they have to do.

For the nephew who is more of a dog parent

If his pet is more into cuddles or tacos than playing fetch, then Rachel Jones’s pop culture-inspired pet brand, Trill Paws, has an animal tag (or toy or leash) for that, too.

For the roommate who got a pandemic pup

A durable, merino-wool tug-and-chew toy by House Dogge that’ll prevent their new pup from chewing on your sofa.

For the mom who has a stack of books on her nightstand