50 Gift Ideas From 50 Black-Owned Businesses

This holiday season, you can keep your dollars in the community and find the perfect gifts for everyone.

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    In Swahili the term for cooperative economics—to build and maintain black institutions—is “Ujamaa.” In an age when many black-owned businesses have been forced to shutter, there isn’t a better time to support them than now. And why deal with all the Black Friday craziness when you can just hop online and find the perfect gift? From established to newly created, these businesses can cater to your needs this holiday season.

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    Sundial Brands

    Sundial Brands

    Shea Moisture and Nubian Heritage are well-known brands. What you may not know is that they are owned by the same company, Sundial Brands. Nubian Heritage was the first product by creators Richelieu Dennis and Nyema Tubman. For this holiday season, stock up on their many bath, body and hair-care essentials, also conveniently located at CVS and Target.

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    Soapbox Theory

    Soapbox Theory

    Portland, Ore.-based Soapbox Theory offers handmade toys along with cute, culturally affirming clothing and accessories.

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    Peace Images Jewelry

    Peace Images Jewelry

    Camille Peace is the mastermind behind Peace Images. Its handcrafted rings, earrings and bracelets are all delivered with a mixtape curated by Peace.

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    Oyin Handmade

    Oyin Handmade

    Owned by the husband-and-wife team Pierre and Jamyla Bennu, Oyin Handmade has become a cult favorite. You can also grab some of their award-winning products, including the popular Hair Dew and Burnt Sugar Pomade, at Target.

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    DOPEsiety

    DOPEsiety

    DOPEsiety offers an array of unique unisex clothing. 

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    Urban Rose

    Urban Rose

    Artist Melissa Betts is behind the Houston-based Urban Rose housewares collection. Her popular coffee mugs are for the “serious coffee and tea drinker” in your circle.

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    Pooka Pure and Simple

    Pooka Pure and Simple

    Pooka Pure and Simple prides itself on offering paraben-free shea, cocoa, avocado, coconut and castile soaps.

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    QuellyRue Designs 

    QuellyRue Designs

    QuellyRue Designs offers a range of cute and stylish items, from T-shirts to wallets, that are perfect for adults and children.

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    Urban Heirlooms

    Urban Heirlooms

    Based in Norfolk, Va., Urban Heirlooms specializes in handmade leather goods. Choose bags and various leather accessories, including wallets and wristlets.

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    Hue-Man Bookstore  

    Hue-Man Bookstore

    Hue-Man Bookstore, founded online in 2013 after the Harlem-based brick-and-mortar store closed in 2012, specializes in books that cater to the black community.

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    Mother of Men  

    Mother of Men

    Washington, D.C.-based Mother of Men—founded in 2012 by Brooklyn, N.Y., native Nyakinyua Gill—offers an array of unique and handcrafted jewelry.

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    Ikiré Jones

    Ikiré Jones

    Ikiré Jones offers tailored menswear and other unique pieces. Gift these goods to your dapper friends and family.

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    Heritage Link Brands

    Heritage Link Brands

    Established in 2005 by Khary and Selena Cuffe, Heritage Link Brands specializes in the distribution of wines made at African as well as African-American wineries. Use Heritage Link to find black-owned wines to send to your favorite sommelier.

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    Abigail Ekue (Native Creative Concierge)

    Native Creative Concierge

    Treat yourself or a loved one to a uniquely curated tour of New York City. Each Native Creative Concierge excursion is led by native New Yorker Abigail Ekue.

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    Blk Proverbs

    Blk Proverbs

    Created by writer Dianna Harris, Blk Proverbs rose to popularity after the blog was featured in a viral BuzzFeed list. Highlighting popular sayings among black communities, the site features T-shirts and wristbands with your favorite “black proverbs.”

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    A Love of Drawing

    A Love of Drawing

    Artist Danielle Sladek creates culturally affirming holiday cards for every season.

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    LiSi Cosmetics

    LiSi Cosmetics

    Owned by Lisa Hill, LiSi Cosmetics offers a line of chic and affordable nail polish. Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure using its expansive line of colors.

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    Jamilla Okubo

    Jamilla Okubo

    Artist Jamilla Okubo provides a variety of products featuring her stunning prints at her Society6 shop. Whether you need a phone case or a shower curtain, Okubo has something that will catch your eye.

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    Calabash Creations

    Calabash Creations

    Add stationery to your gift list this year. Calabash Creations offers handmade paper goods.

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    IkdKids

    IkdKids

    IkdKids offers a dazzling array of dolls and accessories. Spice up your child’s room this holiday season with a handmade quilt.

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    Tiffany LaTrice

    Tiffany LaTrice

    Artist Tiffany LaTrice offers many prints that you can give to the art lover in your life this holiday season.

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    Gullah Girl Tea

    Gullah Girl Tea

    Specializing in healing teas, Gullah Girl has a tea for every occasion. If you love these blends, you can even sign up for a subscription.

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    Nubian Skin

    Nubian Skin

    Nubian Skin has received much fanfare since its brown-skin-focused lingerie line was announced. Based in the United Kingdom, Nubian Skin has multiple shades of brown to encompass the full range of our skin tones.

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    Punctuated Blackness

    Punctuated Blackness

    Artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed has been selling her popular Punctuated Blackness T-shirts for nearly a year. They sell out often, so place an order early for the holidays.

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    Eu’Genia Shea

    Eu’Genia Shea

    Naa-Sackle Akuete creates soothing shea products for her business, Eu’Genia Shea. Named for Akuete’s mother, Eu’Genia specializes in shea butters for midwifery, so consider a gift for a new mother in your life.

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    Leslie Marie

    Leslie Marie

    Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Leslie Marie offers clothing and wearable tech.

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    Colored Girls Hustle offers funky gifts like handmade eyeglass chains and waist beads.

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    Designs by Bolaji

    Designs by Bolaji

    Baltimore-based Designs by Bolaji offers custom-made furniture.

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    CanDid Art

    CanDid Art

    Offering everything from handcrafted, designed flash tattoos to trendy body chains, CanDid Art offers unique statement jewelry.

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    SusieCurlMichael

    SusieCurlMichael

    SusieCurlMichael offers custom listings for special orders of its shea-based hand and body products.

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    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope

    Written by popular author Nikki Grimes, this children’s book about President Obama is the perfect gift for any children in your family.

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    Hair Rules

    Hair Rules

    With clientele such as Michelle Obama, Kelis and Alicia Keys, Anthony Dickey is a hair expert. His hair-care line, Hair Rules, is designed for women with kinky and curly hair.

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    Boxing Kitten

    Boxing Kitten

    Artist Maya Lake’s line of clothing, Boxing Kitten, has been worn by many celebrities, including Beyoncé. Her clothes are inspired by Dutch Wax “African” graphic prints.

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    Powwow Collective

    Powwow Collective

    Offering multiple goods ranging from handcrafted East African briefcases to hemp body butter, Powwow Collective is a one-stop shop for unique gifts this season.

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    Chen Burkett New York

    Chen Burkett New York

    Chen Burkett New York specializes in women’s clothing fashioned from Dutch Wax print. You can find multiple handmade, African-inspired print dresses, skirts and tops on its site.

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    Rachel Stewart Jewelry

    Rachel Stewart Jewelry

    Jewelry created by Rachel Stewart includes many pieces inspired by Spike Lee movies and traditional Ghanaian Adinkra symbols.

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    Sir & Madame

    Sir & Madame

    Since 2007, husband-and-wife team Brian and Autumn Merritt have sold their vintage lifestyle brand, Sir & Madame. Their online shop includes their in-house brand as well as popular high-end boutique designers.

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    Ally Yelle Cards

    Ally Yelle Cards

    These cheeky cards are designed by artist Elle Lewis. She is behind the “I love you like Kanye loves Kanye” card, which has been featured on MTV.com, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan.com and elsewhere.

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    Absynia

    Absynia

    The creator behind Absynia describes the jewelry as “culturally inspired and ethically made.” You can find a wide variety of gorgeous pieces made with authentic beads sourced from various countries in Africa.

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    The Silver Room

    The Silver Room

    The Silver Room offers everything from inexpensive sunglasses and T-shirts to high-end one-of-a-kind silver bands. The offerings are exquisite, and with such a wide range of choices, you’re bound to find the perfect gift.

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    Brown Butter Beauty

    Brown Butter Beauty

    The creator of Brown Butter Beauty prides herself on making sure the products are made of pure, therapeutic essential oils along with safe fragrance oils. You can buy ethically sourced products for the whole family.

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    Suru Clothing

    Suru Clothing

    Named for the Nigerian Yoruba word for “patience,” Suru Clothing is a premium-label brand that is dedicated to multiculturalism.

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    Ziggi Tie Piece

    Ziggi Tie Piece

    For the dapper man who loves to wear ties, the Ziggi Tie Piece will help keep his tie from flying out of place and keep him looking good all day.

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    China Royal

    China Royal

    Shikiri Hightower-Gaskin is the mastermind behind China Royal. She opened her first high-end boutique in Los Angeles in 2001. Since then her fashions have been lauded by Essence and other influential magazines. With that kind of pedigree, China Royal should be on your holiday shopping list.

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    Wear It Owt

    Wear It Owt

    Based in Oakland, Calif., Wear It Owt offers uniquely designed jewelry.

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    Black Ivy  

    Black Ivy

    Known for their popular men’s style blog, the men behind Street Etiquette have produced a line of clothing called Black Ivy.

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    Replenish Spa/Spa Index

    Black-Owned Spas

    Spa Index has a comprehensive list of black-owned spas across the nation. The database will help you find the perfect relaxing getaway this holiday season.

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    The Refutation of “Good” Hair #5, by Nakeya Brown

    AADAT Art

    Add emerging black artists to your collection. AADAT is a one-stop shop where you can purchase prints from up-and-coming artists including Nakeya Brown and Lawrence Agyei.

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    Yinibini Baby

    Yinibini Baby

    Yinibini Baby offers children’s clothing and accessories, handcrafted in Washington, D.C. 

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    LB Kids

    I Love My Hair!

    Written by Natasha Tarpley, the children’s book I Love My Hair! has become a classic. You can find Tarpley’s other children’s books here.

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