Our growing list of Black-owned businesses covers lots of things for adults, from housewares to clothing to beauty. But if you’re looking to shop Black-owned for the little ones in your life, we’ve got you covered too. Whether you’re looking for children’s books by a Black author, some cute T-shirts for someone’s birthday, or even a skateboard from the first Black-woman-owned skateboard company, we found the best gifts for every type of kid that happen to be from Black-owned brands and businesses. To make it a bit easier to sort through, we organized this list by category: toys and games, apparel and accessories, and books.
Toys and Games
Little Likes Kids was founded by Kemi Tignor, a mom who wanted to make sure the toys her son was playing with reflected him and his real-life experiences, and they make toys that are both beautiful and educational — like this memory game that’s just hard enough for a toddler.
Little Likes Kids also sells puzzles, like this 48-piece one featuring some chicken and waffles.
We found a lot of great gifts for kids at Kido, a Chicago-based shop owned by Keewa Nurullah and her husband Doug. If you’re local, you can purchase for in-store pick up, but you can also have your items delivered. No matter how you shop, you’ll have access to their perfectly curated shop that focuses on representation and inclusivity, and just really nice looking toys, including this Scandi-style wooden pinball machine.
Also from Kido is this boombox plush that can be colored in with washable markers.
For a Barbie alternative, these vintage-style Raggedy Ann dolls are handmade by Stephanie Dean of Step Stitches and can be embroidered with the recipient’s name.