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 DIY-minded kids. We found gold earrings, supersoft yarn, and a couple books, all made by Black artists or sold by Black businesses. Since many of these products are sold by small businesses, not all can guarantee that they’re delivered by Christmas, but we suggest that you order now with expedited shipping and just hope for the best. The best gifts, after all, are often ones worth waiting for.
For the stressed-out co-worker
For the sustainably minded college student
For the vegan who loves dessert
A dozen plant-based, lactose-free, and (apparently) gut-balancing shakes that still taste decadent — and cost just $5 a piece.
For the friend who just stopped using Purito’s Centella Green
Unlike Purito’s (slightly scandalous) Centella Green, this mineral sunscreen created by tennis star Venus Williams is rated SPF 30 and approved by the FDA. It’s a favorite of our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton, who says that despite the high-concentration of zinc oxide, “it doesn’t make you look totally ghoulish.”
For the snacker with discerning taste
Four bags of truffle-flavored heirloom popcorn from the family-owned brand, Pipcorn, that first launched at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn.
For the dad who grew a victory garden
Pair this handmade planter with a winter houseplant that he can nurture and display inside amid these colder months.
For the man who grew a pandemic beard
For the kid who likes to DIY
For the kid who likes to gaze at the sky
You can even personalize the plate (at no extra cost) with their name.
For the sister who loves Baggu
This lightweight lavender bag (that’s also available in black and silver) has that formless shape you already know she loves, but is slightly less common-looking thanks to its hand-sewn, pleated body.
For the cousin who loves green juice
For the roommate who eats Nutella by the spoonful
A better-for-you version of their go-to nut butter that’s made with pistachios, almonds, and chocolate (and nothing else). Just know that Mumgry is based in Canada, so its website lists prices in Canadian dollars (we’ve approximately converted the butter’s price to U.S. dollars here) and it costs an additional $13 to ship to the states.
For the hardworking boss
For the father-in-law who only uses natural cleaning supplies
He’ll be pleased to know that all of Pur Home’s household cleaning products — including this detergent that comes in a biodegradable and compostable container — are natural and nontoxic.
For the maximalist mother-in-law
For the friend who’s always redecorating
For the partner who loves to exfoliate
A textured, exfoliating cloth that’s like “a loofa on steroids.”