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Our Best Holiday Gift Guide Ever!

Find the perfect gift for the homebody, fragrance lover, stylish sister & more from these Black-founded companies.

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Courtesy Jungalow, Courtesy Be Rooted, Courtesy BROWN GIRL Jane, Courtesy Dream Girls
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Black Girl Travel Bag

Glam Girl Backpack
Elizabeth May-Chatman

Find adorable and creative gifts and stocking stuffers for moms, daughters, friends, plant lovers, brides and more from Urban Chic Living owned by Liz Chatman. I love the Black Girl Magic illustrated items that range from passport covers, fanny packs, weekenders to cabin suitcases. Also fun are the Christmas ornaments ($30). For your girls, check out the Black Girl Travel Bag, made of durable waterproof fabric, it has multiple compartments and an adjustable shoulder strap. $75, etsy.com/shop/LizsUrbanChicLiving.

You may also like:
Mah Melanin’s Boss Up Backpack, $53, mahmelanin.com or Tote & Carry’s Apollo 2 BFF Backpack, $120, totencarry.com.


Zodiac Journal

Be Rooted zodiac journals
Be Rooted

Be Rooted was founded by Jasmin Foster for “women of color to see themselves in a place they hadn’t been” and to “explore their inner muse and celebrate self.” There are a lot of theme-based items like the Gift Set To Stay Rooted (for the plant mom) and other cute gifts for wine enthusiasts, wellness buffs, hostesses. The journals and pen sets make great stocking stuffers, including the new Zodiac journals, $16. berootedco.com.

You may also like:
Hippy Black Girl Journal from JNC Collection, $20, etsy.com or Embrace Your Magic Organized Chaos Planner, $40, effiespaper.com.


Melanin Stretch Satin Head Wrap

Melanin Haircare headwrap
Melanin Haircare

Founded in 2015 by sisters Whitney and Taffeta White, Melanin Haircare features products with natural, non-toxic ingredients. In addition to hair products, the company also sells accessories like head wraps, as well as socks, tank tops, tees and Melanin Haircare oversized hoodies ($45). Idea for your mane friends—the requisite hair care essential, Melanin Stretch Satin Head Wrap. $22. melaninhaircare.com.

You may also like:
Grace Eleyae’s The Slap (satin-lined cap), $21.95, graceeleyae.com or Breezy Tee’s Satin-Lined Knit Beanie, $53.50, breezytee.com.



Face Bookend Vase

Bookends by Jungalow
Jungalow

Artist/designer Justina Blakeney’s company, Jungalow, has perfect gifts for homebodies. From home decor like decorative blankets, mirrors, wall decor and art to accessories and jewelry. The Face Bookend Vase is a sculptural ceramic vase that can be filled with flowers (you need a water safe glass vessel inside) and can also make cute bookends (when you purchase two). $69. Jungalow.com.

You may also like:
From artist Kristin Farmer Bloom Wildly Flower Vase, $90, curlycontessa.com or Hotel Ceramics Book End Vase, $140, shopyowie.com.


Quilted Crush Cap

Lisa McFadden Millinery's Quilted Crush Cap
Jordi-Lakeem Foster

For the hat lover: Lisa McFadden Millinery is well-known for versatile crush-style hats. You can mold the hat into a different look each time you wear it, from casual to more dramatic. (YouTube videos are available to show you how to crush it.) The hats are also very easy to pack. Quilted Crush Caps, $75. lisamcfadden.com.

You may also like:
Lita by Ciara Heart Bucket Hat in Faux Fur, $98, thehouseoflrc.com or Winter Hat/Satin Lined (detachable pom pom) $32.99, beautifullywarm.com.



Embellish Vibes Umbrellas

Embellish Vibes umbrella
Embellish Vibes

Elisa Matisah’s colorful umbrellas caught my eye at the Atlantic Antic street festival in Brooklyn. Her company Embellish Vibes has art pillows, umbrellas, tote bags, floor mats, and other accessories. I love the positive vibes found on designs like a tote bag with the saying “Change your thoughts, change your life,” and the Africa Afro umbrella inscribed with positive, affirmative words and Chakra Girl umbrella, $30. embellishvibes.com.

You may also like:
Brown Mudcloth Umbrella, $26, black-gifts.com or Black Queen Tote or Umbrella from BlackGirlPowerhouse, $31.99, etsy.com.




BROWN GIRL Jane Eau De Parfum Discovery Set

BROWN GIRL Jane's Eau De Parfum
BROWN GIRL Jane

For lovers of the scent-sational, this company from a trio of Black women, Malaika Jones, Tai Beauchamp and Nia Jones, offers fine fragrances that are cruelty-free, vegan, and won’t mess with your endocrine system. You can explore BROWN GIRL Jane scents with The Eau De Parfum Discovery Set that contains small sizes of Bahia, Casablanca, Lamu, Dawn, Dusk and Dare, $30. Browngirljane.com.

You may also like:
Pink MahogHany’s Sample Discovery Set, $49.25, pinkmahoghany.com or Kimberly New York’s Women’s Discovery Set, $25, kimberlynewyork.com.



iLORM “Artwear”

iLORM Safiya dress
iLORM
iLORM Nala dress
iLORM

Established by real sisters Ivy and Laurenda, iLORM features striking apparel made with handwoven kente and other ethically-sourced fabrics, inspired by Ghanaian culture. From bustiers to gowns, iLORM designs make great gifts for fashionistas, friends and family, as well as yourself to rock the holiday and New Year’s Eve soirees in “handcrafted artwear.” Faves are Safiya ($180) and Nala ($150) ilorm.com.

You may also like:
Brianza Jumpsuit from House of Harlow 1960, $198, houseofharlow1960.com or from designer Andrea Iyamah, Ratu Mesh Dress, $353, andreaiyamah.com.



Baba Tree Placemats

Goodee place mats
Goodee

If you are looking for unique gifts by artisans, Goodee will be your one-stop shopping place. Founded by twin brothers Byron and Dexter Peart, this company is described as a community of socially-conscious design enthusiasts, where you’ll find special gifts for the home, from straw placemats to furniture. There’s also a gift section with price points that is helpful. Newly added for the holiday season, the Baba Tree Placemats (set of four) $85. goodeeworld.com.

You may also like:
Tribe Table Runner, $59, rochelleporter.com or Zulu Dinnerware Set, $59.99, kulturedkitchens.com.



DreamGirls Signature Healthy Hair Care System Kit

Hair care system kit by Dream Girls
Dream Girls

You’ll need healthy hair for when you do your ‘do for holidays. Look to DreamGirls, owned by sisters Tonya Thompson and Sharie Wilson. The Signature Healthy Hair Care System Kit ($129) has all you need to keep your hair looking amazing. dghair.com.

You may also like:
Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross Curl Cocktail Hair Set, $32, sephora.com or Coco & Eve Super Hydration Holiday Edition Set, $142, cocoandeve.com.

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