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35 amazing gifts you can get from Black-owned businessesThese 35 amazing gifts are all from incredible Black-owned businesses.Whether youre in the market for high-quality beauty products (hair masks and unisex skincare galore) or kitschy home dcor accents (this hand-woven quilt is a personal fave!Ahead, check out 35 incredible gifts you can nab from Black-owned businesses this year.(Photo: Amazon)One of the more well-known Black-owned businesses is Briogeo, a.k.a., a brand that specializes in top-notch hair care products that nearly anyone can use.For the lowkey makeup wiz: The Lip Bar lip glossThe Lip Bar also manufactures best-selling face and eye makeup.

35 amazing gifts you can get from Black-owned businesses

These 35 amazing gifts are all from incredible Black-owned businesses. (Photo: Nash + Pino / Etsy / Getty Images)

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2020 has been a year. Without going too in-depth into the trials, tribulations and hardships of the past 365 days—we experienced them first-hand, after all—it only makes sense to treat your loved ones to some incredible gifts this holiday season. If you’re looking to use your dollars to give back to the Black community, finding gifts from these Black-owned businesses could be a great way to snag unique, hand-made goodies that your family and friends are guaranteed to cherish.

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Whether you’re in the market for high-quality beauty products (hair masks and unisex skincare galore) or kitschy home décor accents (this hand-woven quilt is a personal fave!), we’ve got you covered with a plethora of options. Ahead, check out 35 incredible gifts you can nab from Black-owned businesses this year.

  1. For the small business supporter: Books from these Black-owned bookstores

Books always make a good gift, so why not support an independent bookstore in the process? (Photo: The Sister’s Uptown Bookstore)

There are hundreds of Black-owned bookstores to shop all over the country. Snagging new fiction books, classic memoirs or fun stationery from these spots is a win-win for both parties: You’ll get to give something personal and fun while also supporting independent bookstores. The Frugal Bookstore, for example, is located in Roxbury, MA, and has a great selection of books that primarily focus on people of color, including memoirs, children’s books and more. You can order some online, like the 25th-anniversary edition of the classic children’s book, “A Chair for My Mother” by Vera B. Williams, or “Americanah” by Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Note that the owners are operating at a higher volume than usual, so it may take a while to receive your shipment.

The Sister’s Uptown Bookstore, meanwhile, is in the Washington Heights/Harlem area of New York City and is currently celebrating its 20th birthday. As the oldest Black- and family-owned bookstore in the neighborhood, you can shop everything from skincare and haircare to jewelry on the site—however, classic novels and modern-day favorites are also sold, including Colson Whitehead’s “The Nickel Boys.” The Lit. Bar is another New York City location with in-depth sections on its site consisting of book recommendations for a plethora of people: Those looking to learn about Black struggles, those trying to finish 2020 on a high-note, books best for kiddos and more. You can even pre-order memoirs like Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land,” which will ship out on Tuesday, November 17.

  1. For the bookworm: This personalized leather bookmark

Say bye-bye to dog-earing book pages. (Photo: Etsy / AzzoHandmade)

Loved ones who are always talking about their latest read are guaranteed to appreciate this beautiful gift from AzzoHandmade on Etsy: a personalized leather bookmark. You can choose the primary color, embossed style and customization (initials, names or symbols, for instance), making this thoughtful present an absolute must-have for frequent readers. Complete with a 5-star rating from more than 250 customers, buyers were thrilled with the fast shipping process and incredible quality of these gorgeous bookmarks.

Get a Personalized Leather Bookmark from AzzoHandmade on Etsy from $20.74

  1. For the skincare junkie: Face serum

Choose between three incredible scents for your loved one. (Photo: Etsy / FreshSeedGlow)

Out of every item in a person’s skincare routine, face serums are perhaps the most fun product to play around with. This handmade one, for instance, is made by FreshSeedGlow on Etsy and has super simple ingredients such as argan oil, avocado oil, glycerin and essential oils. The 2-ounce bottle has an impressive 5-star rating from nearly 300 buyers who gave rave reviews for its lightweight and hydrating formula. You can even choose your own scent (lavender, lemongrass or frankincense and myrrh).

Get the Face Serum from FreshSeedGlow on Etsy for $30

  1. For the caffeine addict: BLK & Bold Coffee Blend

Instead of getting them a Starbucks gift card, get ‘em some BLK & Bold coffee. (Photo: Amazon)

There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who can’t function without their daily cup of coffee, and morning people. For the caffeine-reliant population, BLK & Bold’s Coffee Blend is the perfect gift. The dark roast contains fair-trade certified whole beans that you can grind up for steamy cups of full-bodied lattes or classic hot coffees. Better yet, the company donates 5% of its profits to support at-risk youth both locally and nationally.

Get the BLK & Bold Coffee Blend from Amazon for $25.98

  1. For the passionate activist: This Black Lives Matter wristlet

Snag this accessory for the activist in your life. (Photo: Etsy / AnkharaByLuciana)

This summer’s nationwide protests against police violence attracted an outpouring of new activists. You can support your loved one’s civic engagement by snagging them this handmade Black Lives Matter Wristlet, which features 100% cotton lining and a spacious size (11-inches by 7.8-inches) large enough to store a wallet, phone and keys. This bedazzled tote can be a stylish way for your beloved to share their activism wherever they go.

Get the Black Lives Matter Blinged Canvas Wristlet from AnkharaByLuciana on Etsy for $52

  1. For the dog parent: This African-inspired pet bandana

I mean… how adorable is this? (Photo: Etsy / GabeJadeAccessories)

Dapper doggos and equally stylish parents will definitely appreciate this fun African-inspired fabric pet bandana. Available in sizes small, medium and large, this fashion-forward accessory will be the perfect addition to your favorite dog’s wardrobe.

Get a Pet Bandana from GabeJadeAccessories on Etsy for $18

  1. For the one who just got their own place: This gorgeous rainbow quilt

The person you gift this to can either cuddle up or frame it on their wall. (Photo: Etsy / CanDidArtAccessories)

Whether they need a unique piece of art for their walls or a cozy blanket to cuddle up with, this Sunset Under the Rainbow Quilt/Wall Hanging is an awesome option for those who recently moved somewhere new. According to the Etsy shop owner, each piece takes about two to three weeks to ship, so you’ll want to order this gift sooner rather than later.

Get the Sunset Under the Rainbow Quilt/Wall Hanging from CanDidArtAccessories on Etsy for $185

  1. For the organized one on a budget: This grocery list notepad

This notepad is every organized person’s dream. (Photo: Etsy / GodlyGorgeous)

List-makers, assemble! If you have a friend or family member in your life that refuses to head to the grocery store without a well-made list of specifics, you need to nab this notepad for them. Not only does it include ample space for writing down items, but there’s an area for the date and their budget, too, allowing them to keep track of how much they’re spending at the store. Each notepad comes with 50 pages.

Get the Grocery List Notepad from GodlyGorgeous on Etsy for $12

  1. For the one with a killer beard: This beard wash and conditioner from Scotch Porter

This Scotch Porter set is a great present for those who love their grooming time. (Photo: Scotch Porter)

Owned by Calvin Quallis, Scotch Porter was founded to help people find better-for-you grooming products, ranging from shampoo to skincare and everything in-between. Quallis wants his customers to feel fresh, confident and clean, and he pledges for the brand’s Beard Wash and Conditioner, both of which are sulfate-free and aim to repel dandruff and hydrate facial hair with each use.

Get the Beard Wash and Conditioner Bundle from Scotch Porter for $31.99

  1. For the chocolate fanatic: Baked Cravings’ chocolate cupcake in a jar

If you can’t be with your family and friends this holiday season, sending them yummy baked goods is always a great option. (Photo: Baked Cravings)

When all else fails, go with sweet treats that nearly everyone can enjoy. Baked Cravings is a New York City-based company that specializes in high-quality baked goods, all of which are Kosher and free from nuts including peanuts and tree nuts. While some of their products are only local to New Yorkers that can pick-up in-person, some items can be shipped nationwide, like this Chocolate Cupcake in a Jar. Served in a too-cute 6-ounce mason jar, this velvety chocolate cupcake features smooth ganache and buttercream to match.

Get the Chocolate Cupcake in a Jar from Baked Cravings for $7.50

  1. For the cozy cuddler: Pillow and throw combo from Bolé Road Textiles

Give a friend or family member these snuggly pieces. (Photo: Bolé Road Textiles)

The chilly months are essentially unanimous with ultra-cozy blankets to snuggle up in—and you can treat a loved one to a neutral pillow and throw combo from Bolé Road Textiles this holiday season. This comfy pairing comes with an 18-inch by 18-inch throw pillow and a tasseled throw blanket in the color pumice.

Get the Pillow and Throw Combo from Bolé Road Textiles for $365

  1. For the one who can never find their keys: ‘Creator’ keyring

I’m obsessed with this keyring from Rayo & Honey. (Photo: Rayo & Honey)

In the words of Rayo and Honey’s founder, Roachele Negron aims to create “goods with positive intent.” Her wide range of pennants, tote bags, pins and more all don inspirational daily affirmations like “peace within, strength without,” or beautiful quotes from the likes of Toni Morrison. Crafted to “create and resist,” this Creator keyring is ideal for the artist, writer or content-maker in your life—especially if they’re constantly losing their keys.

Get the Creator from Rayo and Honey for $15

  1. For the vintage shopper: Gently-used threads from RetroRhapsody on Etsy

Nab something completely unique this holiday season. (Photo: Etsy / RetroRhapsody)

Nowadays, vintage shopping is all the rage: It’s good for the environment and you get to provide a second life to unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. RetroRhapsody on Etsy is one of many small online shops that specialize in posting gently-used clothes from the ‘70s, ‘80s and so on. This festive season, you can snag everything from pre-loved jewelry to seasonal sweaters for your much-loved fashionista, and you can even guarantee that no one will get them the same exact gift, either.

Get vintage clothes from RetroRhapsody on Etsy

  1. For the artist (or art lover): Our Colorful People watercolor print

There are quite a few size options available for purchase, so you can gift a small accent or a large centerpiece. (Photo: Etsy / SBrownART)

Have a person on your list who adores handmade art? Check out SBrownART on Etsy, who creates a wide variety of watercolor prints that often showcase Black folks. One of his most popular pieces is the Our Colorful People print, which is available for purchase in many sizes.

Get the Our Colorful People Print from SBrownART on Etsy from $26

  1. For the one who always has cool socks: Ujima socks

The perfect pop of style. (Photo: Etsy / MmmmBySpringer)

There’s no other way to put it: Some people just really love wearing fun socks. It goes without saying that these Ujima Socks from MmmmBySpringer on Etsy are an awesome gift for that person in your life, with size options in medium, large or extra-large.

Get the Ujima Socks from MmmmBySpringer on Etsy for $18

  1. For the nail polish collector: Nash + Pino nail polishes

Nail polish is always a great stocking stuffer. (Photo: Nash + Pino)

Nash + Pino is a vegan nail polish brand founded by husband-and-wife duo Alicia and Marques Williams. The two not only believe in self-care rituals that ultimately help their customers feel more beautiful, but in clean beauty, too. There are a ton of nail care products available for purchase, along with gorgeous hues anyone would be stoked to receive. Our Smart Home Staff Writer, Rachel Murphy, even recommended this brand after ordering some polishes that she absolutely adores.

Get the Finally Fall Collection from Nash + Pino

  1. For the one with a sweet tooth: The Furlough Cheesecake

Can you say yum? (Photo: The Furlough Cheesecake)

If your loved one isn’t the biggest fan of chocolate (it’s OK, I won’t judge), you can still nab ‘em something sweet from a Black-owned biz. Case in point, The Furlough Cheesecake, a company that manufactures too-good-to-be-true desserts. Located in Oxon Hill, MD, sisters Nikki Howard and Jaqi Wright were both furloughed from their jobs in December 2018. They took this as an opportunity to create their own business and the rest is history, as they’ve now sold more than 6,000 cheesecakes to customers all over the world.

If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, you can pick-up some delectable desserts in-person, otherwise, you’ll have to order online. (Note that it’ll take around five to seven days for your order to process.) The sisters have cheesecake flavors that range from original to sweet potato to cookie dream and… no, I’m not drooling!

Get cheesecakes from The Furlough Cheesecake from $19.99

  1. For the all-natural guru: PiperWai Natural Charcoal Deodorant Stick

While a nontraditional gift, it might be super helpful for those on the hunt for all-natural deodorant. (Photo: Amazon)

Now, I know what you’re thinking: Deodorant is not something you want to give to someone for the holidays. And normally, I would totally agree, but finding an all-natural deodorant that truly works is a mission in itself. While you should probably make a disclaimer that you’re not gifting this because the person smells, the PiperWai Natural Charcoal Deodorant Stick has awesome reviews from more than 4,500 Amazon shoppers. Made from activated charcoal, coconut oil and essential oils, the gender-neutral scent is fresh and airy, while the ingredients are vegan, gluten-, aluminum- and cruelty-free. If you know someone hunting down an effective all-natural deodorant, this might be the one. (Note that Piperwai was founded by Jess Edelstein, who is not Black, and Sarah Ribner, who is Black.)

Get the PiperWai Natural Charcoal Deodorant Stick from Amazon for $16.99

  1. For the safety-conscious trendsetter: This 3-pack of sculpted masks

If you know someone that has a mask that matches with every outfit, this gift is a must-have. (Photo: Etsy / DEMESTIK)

This present is for the person that ditched their unfashionable blue surgical mask months ago and has moved on to fun, printed face coverings that match their every outfit. This three-pack of Sculpted Masks from DEMESTIK on Etsy features funky, fashion-forward prints unlike you’ve ever seen before—and you even get to pick which patterns you’d like! While they aren’t medical-grade, they do contain filters (an inner lining made from hypoallergenic cotton) and comfortable elastic ear loops. The shop owner recommends washing these reusable masks upon delivery and then cleaning and air drying them thereafter every three to seven days.

Get the Sculpted Masks (3-Pack) from DEMESTIK on Etsy for $50

  1. For the hair-care enthusiast: Hair tea rinse

This tea rinse has awesome ratings on Etsy. (Photo: Etsy / TheFroExperts)

If you have a loved one struggling to find the perfect products for their natural hair, snag ‘em the Hair Tea Rinse from TheFroExperts on Etsy. The organic hair care shop is home to tons of handmade products, with this tea rinse being one of their most popular. The owner recommends using this product weekly, noting that it encourages hair growth and strengthening and helps refresh curls.

Get the Hair Tea Rinse from TheFroExperts on Etsy for $22

  1. For the one who loves handmade pieces: Shades of Color woven tote bag

These tote bags are totally unique. (Photo: Amazon)

Shades of Color was first founded in 1995 by Adrian Woods and Courtney Hines, and since then, the co-owners have strived to feature Black and POC artists nationwide. The brand works with talented creators such as Henry Battle, Cidne Wallace and Frank Morrison, with their pieces being printed on calendars, planners, bags, home décor and more. Shades of Color’s Tote Bags are among its most popular products, and you can choose between 18 different works of art to gift your special someone. Each bag has three pockets, an interior zippered compartment and a zippered closure.

Get the Shades of Color Tote Bag from Amazon for $28

  1. For the stationery aficionado: ‘First I Drink The Coffee’ notepad

The perfect combination for a hard-working coffee drinker. (Photo: Etsy / effiespaper)

Owned by Kalyn Johnson Chandler, Effie’s Paper on Etsy is a hotspot for stationery and office goodies that inspires her customers to get things done. The ‘First I Drink The Coffee’ Notepad, for instance, is a super cute place to keep track of notes, on-going lists and doodles, making it a must-have WFH accessory.

Get the First I Drink The Coffee Notepad from effiespaper on Etsy for $16

  1. For the one with a green thumb: Aster Gold Cork Planter

Plant parents will immediately be obsessed with these gorgeous pots. (Photo: Etsy / mindthecork)

Chances are if you have a plant parent in your life, they don’t need any more greenery to take care of. Instead of purchasing a plant they may or may not already have, you can give them a beautiful pot, like this Aster Gold Cork Planter from shop owner mindthecork on Etsy. This handcrafted piece is made from sustainable cork from Portugal, making it biodegradable and recyclable, however, there aren’t any drainage holes.

Get the Aster Gold Cork Planter from mindthecork on Etsy for $44.25

  1. For the yogi: Yoga Series Jewelry Dish

Remind your loved one to breathe with this jewelry dish. (Photo: Etsy / thepinklocket)

Now and then, everybody needs a reminder to breathe, to be present and to be mindful—even those that frequently practice yoga and meditation. This Yoga Series Jewelry Dish from thepinklocket on Etsy is the perfect stocking stuffer for the one in your life constantly protecting their energy. You can choose between three sayings (“breathe,” “Namaste” or “Om”), but regardless of which one you decide on, it’ll be ideal for placing daily jewelry on before your loved one rolls into their downward dog.

Get the Yoga Series Jewelry Dish from thepinklocket on Etsy for $22

  1. For the home décor connoisseur: Gold Gilded Mint Leaf Catchall Dish

This gorgeous piece is 100% handmade. (Photo: Etsy / MadeByRheal)

This year, you can ditch the gift card to a home goods chain store and order this beautiful Gold Gilded Mint Leaf Green Catchall instead. After all, what’s more appreciated than a handmade piece specifically picked out for a loved one? Happy customers gave rave reviews for this pretty accent with some using them for jewelry, candles or crystals.

Get the Gold Gilded Mint Leaf Catchall Dish from MadeByRheal for $25

  1. For the one who cherishes their skincare routine: Universal Moisture Essence from BeautyStat

Settle in for a hydrated winter with this BeautyStat product. (Photo: BeautyStat)

After nearly a decade of writing the BeautyStat blog, Rob Robinson founded his brand to create skincare that actually works. Robinson, a cosmetic chemist, sought to seek out ingredients that get the job done, resulting in a small but effective line of skincare. The Universal Moisture Essence, for example, is made from 100% pure squalane extracted from sustainable plant sugars that are said to hydrate and nourish the skin, even in super dry conditions.

Get the Universal Moisture Essence from BeautyStat for $40

  1. For the lover of all things spice: Essie Spice Mango Chili Medley

A gluten-free and vegan must-have for flavorful meals. (Photo: Amazon)

There are a few different types of cooks that exist. There’s the one that meticulously follows recipes to every teaspoon, and then there are those that toss and throw spices in for the sake of flavor and experimentation. Your gift recipient doesn’t have to be either of these people, but they certainly do have to like a spicy kick in their cooking to enjoy Essie Spice’s Mango Chili Medley. For $11, you can gift this 10.5-ounce vegan cooking sauce and marinade, providing them with a tangy dose of onion, mango and hot pepper.

Get the Essie Spice Mango Chili Medley from Amazon for $11

  1. For the one still cutting their hair at-home: The Cut Buddy

The Shark Tank-approved solution to cutting your hair and beard at home. (Photo: Amazon)

If you know a friend or family member still struggling to shape their beard or hair at-home, do them the favor of giving them The Cut Buddy. This Shark Tank-approved product was invented by Joshua Esnard, who grew up making too many mistakes when trying to cut his own hair. As a result, The Cut Buddy was born, and now, this on-the-go template can easily be used to reduce errors when shaving or cutting your own ‘do.

Get The Cut Buddy from Amazon for $11.99

  1. For the artistically challenged: DIY painting

Take the perfection out of painting with this DIY kit. (Photo: Etsy / ExpressionsByVan)

Painting can be a really fun hobby and a great stress-reliever, but it can also feel nerve-wracking if you’re not the best at it. Enter this DIY Painting Kit from ExpressionsByVan on Etsy, who designed this set with the intention of completing a painting from the comfort of your own home. Each kit comes with a pre-sketched canvas, three brushes, an assortment of paints, a disposable palette and water cup and instructions. You can even pick between four hairstyles (short hair, curly afro, ponytail or long straight hair) to customize this gift for your loved one.

Get the DIY Painting Kit from ExpressionsByVan on Etsy for $30

  1. For the self-care maven: Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask

Snag this cult-favorite hair mask for a loved one this holiday season. (Photo: Amazon)

One of the more well-known Black-owned businesses is Briogeo, a.k.a., a brand that specializes in top-notch hair care products that nearly anyone can use. The Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask is one of its most popular products (it has a 4.4-star rating from more than 1,300 Amazon shoppers!) and is a great gift option for those in need of some serious self-care time. The cruelty-free formula is an intensive weekly treatment best fit for dry or damaged hair and is made from natural ingredients that will enhance resilience and help protect against future harm.

Get the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask from Amazon for $36

  1. For the lowkey makeup wiz: The Lip Bar lip gloss

The Lip Bar also manufactures best-selling face and eye makeup. (Photo: Amazon / The Lip Bar)

The Lip Bar is a non-toxic, vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics brand that was founded by Melissa Butler in 2012. Butler envisioned a business that challenged current beauty standards, ranging from the ingredients to the models. Nowadays, The Lip Bar is known for not only its pigmented lipsticks and glosses but its wide variety of face and eye products, too. You can snag the brand’s original lip gloss for the person in your life that tends to not wear a ton of makeup on the daily, but still enjoys applying subtle touches.

Get The Lip Bar Lip Gloss from Amazon for $13.99

  1. For the fashionista: Small multicolored oval hoop earrings

These are so cute I might just nab a pair for myself! (Photo: Etsy / EshJewelryCompany)

Stylish loved ones will always make sure their outfits are on-point, even if they’re still working at home. To support their fashion-forward vision, you can pick up these Small Multicolored Oval Hoop Earrings from EshJewelryCollection on Etsy, where you can choose between a gold or silver finish.

Get the Small Multicolored Oval Hoop Earrings from EshJewelryCompany on Etsy for $28

  1. For the stylish guy who appreciates a personal gift: Personalized cufflinks

Cufflinks have never looked so fashion-forward. (Photo: Etsy / KingsleyLeather)

Cufflinks provide a fun pop of personalized style, and these customizable ones are an awesome gift for the special dude in your life who loves to get dressed up. Made by KingsleyLeather on Etsy, this best-selling accessory is manufactured from antique full-grain leather and is set in a stainless steel setting. (They’re also available in classic black or dark brown!)

Get the Personalized Cufflinks from KingsleyLeather on Etsy for $69.15

  1. For the sustainable chef: Iya Foods Grilled Steak Suya

Complete with spicy notes of pepper, basil and coriander. (Photo: Amazon)

Iya Foods is all about sustainability and nourishment. The brand uses locally-sourced ingredients from environmentally-conscious farmers and uses energy-efficient power and a strong recycling policy. They also foster strong food connections between the United States and Africa by utilizing African-inspired ingredients, products and brands. You can shop Iya Foods’ products on Amazon, like this Grilled Steak Suya, which is influenced by Yaji, a popular meat rub in Africa.

Get the Iya Foods Grilled Steak Suya from Amazon for $3.96

  1. For the beauty guru: Beauty Bakerie Setting Powder

This product takes ‘baking’ to a whole different level. (Photo: Amazon)

Makeup fanatics are sure to appreciate this too-cute setting powder from Beauty Bakerie, a Black-owned brand that creates and packages their products with dessert themes in mind. This item, for example, is made to look like a bag of flour, and we couldn’t be more obsessed. You can purchase it in three different shades: translucent, brown or yellow.

Get the Beauty Bakerie Setting Powder from Amazon from $32.20

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