23 Gifts From Black-Owned Businesses You Should Be Shopping Right Now
These perfect gifts from Black-owned businesses are truly what everyone wants and needs.
As someone who shops more than I’d sometimes like to admit, I’ve been intentional over the past several years about putting my money toward supporting Black entrepreneurs and their brands.
I’ve built up a pretty robust list of Black-owned businesses I consider my go-tos for beauty products, apparel, home goods, and more. And when the holiday season rolled around this year, I decided I wanted to create a gift guide filled with recommendations from some of my favorite Black-owned brands.
This guide features products I have actually purchased and tried out — that way I could truly speak to their quality and why they are actually worth picking up for yourself or the ones you love.
And though the Christmas shipping cutoff for these items is so gone like a Monica song, they’ll still work just fine for an after-Christmas surprise for your family and friends, New Years treat for yourself, or a thoughtful present for a birthday, anniversary, or really any special occasion throughout the year.
It’s always the right time to remind folks not to touch your hair. And this sweatshirt puts that truth on full display while also paying homage to Solange’s iconic A Seat At The Table album.
This candle features notes of jasmine, vanilla, and clove and comes housed in a gorgeous matte black glass holder decorated with a nightclub map of Harlem. Now that’s how you upgrade your candle collection.
If you’ve been searching for a multi-use skincare product, then argan oil is what you’ve been missing. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it is great for use as a makeup remover, moisturizer, body oil, beard oil and can even be used in your hair. There are a lot of argan oil options out there, but Anita Grant’s always delivers the Vitamin E-filled goodness you need.
Whether you’re keeping your waves on lock or just rocking it as an accessory, Drippy Rags has all your satin and velvet durag needs covered. The rags come in a wide selection of colors and are priced so affordable that you’ll definitely want to snag more than one.
Among the Scotch Porter bear care products, its beard balm reigns supreme. It hydrates and moistures your beard while also treating the skin below your beard, with it bringing together ingredients like biotin liposomes and white willow bark. But if you don’t want to buy it solo, you can also pick it up as part of one of the larger Scotch Porter beard care sets.
Inspired by Nearest Green — who was the first African American master distiller in the U.S and the person who taught Jack Daniels the art of distilling — this whiskey brand includes three different products. The Uncle Nearest 1884 is a small batch whiskey that features more sweeter notes, with it being a reflection of the the brand’s master blender Victoria Eady Butler’s palate. But the brand also offers the Uncle Nearest 1856 and Uncle Nearest 1820 whiskeys.
Want to test our your green thumb or add to your family of plant children? Then Brown Plant Girls should be your first stop. The shop sells a range of plant species and sizes — including a cute selection of succulents. And can even purchase a pot to accompany some of the plant options in the store, so you don’t have to worry about hunting down one on your own.
We could always count on Toni Childs from Girlfriends to completely screw up the name of her friend Maya Wilkes’ son Jabari. And this T-shirt documents basically every gloriously wrong name Toni called Jabari during her time on the show.
This collection of sheer and clear lip balms keeps your pout moisturized with its formula that includes antioxidants and vitamins — making it a top option for anyone obsessed with lip balm. And the gorgeous tube alone looks like it belongs in a modern art museum.
Hard Knock Life is a delicious sweet red made from 100% Concord grapes — sure to become a top choice of any wine lover. And be sure to check out the brand’s full range of wines — which you can buy by the bottle or as part of a customizable four-pack.
For anyone in need of a gentle cleanser, this is such a great option. Formulated with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and olive oil extract, it washes away makeup and other impurities off your face without leaving your skin feeling stripped of all its moisture.
You can let the world know that you’re Black in media and proud of it with this minimal tee from our I Am Black In Media collection — which launched in honor of of the first-ever Black In Media Day on July 16, 2020.
Edit down your skincare game to just three products with the Ceylon skincare kit — which is specially formulated to meet the skincare needs of men of color. The set includes the Ceylon detoxifying facial wash, Ceylon hydrating toner, and Ceylon clarifying moisturizer.
The Telfar shopping bag needs no introduction at this point in its global fashion takeover. Designed by Telfar Clemens, it is a must-have addition to any accessories collection with its two top handles, crossbody strap, and timeless silhouette. It is still a struggle to snag one at the moment — with your only option being to sign up for the Telfar mailing list and attempt to buy one through one of the brand’s drops. But the Telfar shopping battle is well worth the reward.
You’ll have a new favorite lip balm after cracking open a tube of this Fenty Beauty great. This lip balm come in four different sheer shades that give you a subtle hint of color while keeping your pout soft and smooth with its creamy formula.
This wallet is great for holding your necessities while running errands — like your cards and a little cash. It features one fully enclosed center compartment, an external velcro pocket on the front, and some external card slots that are secured with a velcro strap on the back. And it fits perfectly in a purse, tote bag, or even your back pocket, with the removable lanyard strap offering some added versatility.
When it comes to the body butter game, Beurre is truly the VIP. The brand’s whipped shea body butters have a luxurious texture that’ll be quite the treat for your skin. And though they do have an unscented option, the divine vanilla scent is the one you should try first.
This Vitamin C serum is a must-have, with it addressing dark spots, fine lines, and tired skin. It also boasts a stabilized formula that extends the length of the product and ensures that the ingredients remain active over your time of use.
You can show love to the motherland with this beautiful 18K gold-plated Africa necklace, which includes both the Africa charm and a 20-inch chain. And if the choker necklace in the photo above happened to catch your eye, you can also grab it from the brand’s stunning selection of jewelry pieces.
There are simple face washes and then there’s this gentle gel cleanser, which is infused with rosehip seed oil, fatty acids and vitamins A, C and E. It is a refreshing cleanser that won’t leave you feeling Sahara dry after washing your face — making for a serious skincare win.
You can apply all your beauty products with this five-piece Mented brushes collection. It comes with a foundation brush, loose powder brush, pencil brush, blending brush, and flat shader for eye products. And the set even includes a storage pouch to make sure your brushes stay organized in your purse, tote bag or travel bag .
This newbie skincare brand has made quite the debut with its line of products formulated specifically for sensitive skin. The set includes the Faded gel serum and Like Butter whipped mask. Faded works to fade away scars and dark spots with ingredients like niacinamide, kojic acid, and licorice root. Meanwhile, Like Butter addresses inflammation and irritation by building the moisture barrier of the skin with ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, ginseng root, and tumeric.
There’s nothing like a bucket hat to set off any look — and this one has the added bonus of drawing up memories of the peace sign obsession that every ‘90s kid certainly remembers. And though the Mixtape bucket hat is now sold out, you can check out this similar bucket hat — which still delivers all the fresh Patta style.