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 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

They can soak away (some of) the stress with this orange-and-cedarwood-scented bath bomb from LumiBloom that’s infused with 100 mg of CBD.

For the sustainably minded college student

We’ve been told that these biodegradable and sustainably made shorts from CBAAF are “cozy, breathable, and flowy-feeling.” The tie-dye print is also a favorite among college-age people.

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

A natural, argan-oil-based beard oil that’ll nourish his skin and facial hair. Plus, it has the invigorating scent of coffee.

For the kid who likes to DIY

The entire selection of goods at Post 21 — which is run by a mother-daughter duo — is made by Black-owned brands, including this holiday-themed set of cookie cutters and art supplies.

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

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 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

They could probably use some extra day-to-day balance. The Sixes founder Franci Girard, a boss herself, told us that a daily dose of these drops calms her without any grogginess.

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

These multicolor coasters from Justina Blakeney’s vibrant home-décor line, Jungalow, will double as décor as they protect her tables from watermarks.

For the friend who’s always redecorating

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 partner who loves to exfoliate

A textured, exfoliating cloth that’s like “a loofa on steroids.”