18 Gift Ideas From Black-Owned Businesses & Makers
Support small businesses and independent makers by shopping some of our favorite gift ideas, from little thank-you treats to splurge-worthy buys.
Birthdays, anniversaries, housewarmings and more all provide a great opportunity for you to support small Black-owned businesses, makers and creatives all year round. We’ve made it easier than ever to shop with curated gift ideas for everyone on your list from businesses you can shop and support via Etsy, Society6, Uncommon Goods and more. Check out our favorite shops and products in the links below, and be sure to browse the makers' additional products while you’re at it.
Gift your hard-working BFF this stress-relieving candle with scents of lemongrass and jasmine. Hand-poured into reusable glass vessels with a gold lid, these soy candles from Natural Annie Essentials are paired with ECO wicks and scented with oil blends that are 100-percent phthalate-free, vegan and eco-friendly. They’re good for the planet and cute!
Add a little sparkle to their everyday life with this dainty gemstone chain bracelet from Aquarian Thoughts. The handcrafted bracelet features a thin chain adorned with reflective gold disks and petite faceted gemstone beads. Make the bracelet personal with your giftee’s birthstone, or use their style as your guide for selecting the perfect design.
Blue, white and beautiful — this handmade bandana from All Very Goods, a woman-owned shop, is a budget-friendly gift that keeps on giving. The versatile scarf works overtime as a hair accessory, breezy neckwear, a chic belt and a frame-worthy piece of art. The Washington-based shop also offers 21 bandana designs to choose from, as well as a series of vibrant art prints, on-the-go tote bags and graphic art greeting cards.
Treat your loved ones to a spa day in a jar with this vegan powder face mask from Charmed Bath & Body, a woman-owned skincare business located in Greenville, S.C. Charmed Bath & Body creates each mask from scratch in small batches using cruelty-free ingredients. We love this Rejuvenating Matcha Mask because it only has four ingredients: kaolin clay, French green clay, matcha and rosehip powder.
Gift the world traveler in your life a brand-new, personalized luggage tag by Little Dot Studio. These acrylic tags are sleek, chic and built to last. Choose between 10 strap options (or no strap) and eight acrylic hues, from clear to matte black. These make great gifts for new parents, too; they're a perfect nametag option for daycare diaper bags.
If you watch Shark Tank, then you know luxe beauty brand 54 Thrones. (They even made it onto Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2020!) This gift set features five uniquely scented hand-and-body butters specifically created for dry skin with two types of shea butter. Inspired by ancestral African shea butter traditions, these butters will leave their skin soft, smooth and hydrated. Plus, the unique scents will transport them straight to Africa.
Personalized stationery sets make great gifts for the teacher, work wife or Type-A neighbor in your life. We’re obsessed with this rainbow foil notecard set from woman-owned shop Patrina’s Paperie. Each card set comes with your choice of primary colors and six envelope hues. The Denver-based shop also offers an extensive collection of personalized paper goods to add to your card order or to treat yourself for the new year.
Introduce your little one to the cultural staple of barbershops while building their memory skills at the same time. Kemi Tignor's game features 24 illustrated scenes, creating 48 super-thick cards that are perfect for little hands to get in some screen-free playtime.
The Double-Up Coin Necklace from Omi Woods will earn you double brownie points this holiday season. The dreamy necklace features two coins coated in 18-karat gold vermeil and a pair of stacked, whisper-thin chains. Each necklace is handcrafted with conflict-free metal and African gold by artisans in Toronto.
This one-of-a-kind clay jewelry dish crafted by The Pink Locket will give them a little pep talk before heading out the door. They can beautifully store rings, necklaces and other small trinkets on their dresser, bedside table or bathroom vanity. Inspired by confident women, you can choose from three mood-boosting phrases: Today I Will Slay, Effortless Beauty and Boss Lady.
Give your loved ones a gift that keeps giving with this uplifting affirmation card set. The budget-friendly buy encourages giftees to form positive, empowering thoughts daily. Shop a set for your special peeps and pick up one for yourself, too.
Make your pet-loving pal squeal with delight with this pet ID tag engraved with their pup's name and a phone number. They'll get two adorable, scratch-resistant tags — one goes on their pup’s collar and the other goes to their BFF. They can even string their half around a necklace, keychain or bag to let the world know who really holds the key to their heart.
Shimmery and sweet, these celestial studs will never go out of style. The lustrous earrings from designer Annie Harrill make the perfect solo gift or just-because treat for any cosmic cutie on your list. Handmade in Cleveland, each pair boasts a glowing double-crescent moon brass base and a light-catching crushed pyrite center.
Pop! Fizz! Clean! The handmade bath bombs from Charmed Bath & Body make a perfect personal spa day treat. Each bath bomb is handmade with recognizable vegan ingredients like baking soda, Epsom salt, citric acid, kaolin clay, grapeseed oil, witch hazel, cornstarch and essential oils. The bath-time treats come in six intoxicating fragrances: coffee, eucalyptus and spearmint, grapefruit, lavender, rose and oat milk, and honey.
Home-cooked meals just got exponentially tastier thanks to this hot sauce duo from Leilani Kali Rivers and John Hercel. The dynamic pairing is made with mood-boosting ingredients (yes, really!) and crafted by hand in New York City. The Herbal Alchemy Hot Sauce features a mix of bell peppers, vinegar, ginger, garlic, onions, cilantro and scotch bonnet peppers. Its fruity counterpart, the Sweet Heat Hot Sauce, features a mouthwatering mix of mango, pineapple, vinegar, garlic and habanero peppers.
Looking to spoil the new parents in your life? Give them the invaluable gift of a good night’s sleep with these luxurious linen sheets. The artisanal linen sheets are made in the U.S. using high-quality linen sourced from the top mills in Belgium and Italy. The dreamy sets are available in 10 (!) unique sizes and 29 hues to suit all bed sizes and styles.
Elevate your homebody’s movie marathons with this ultra-cozy and très chic modern floor pillow. Each overstuffed pillow is created with comfort in mind and comes in a round or square silhouette. The crisp, black-and-white striped pillow cover is designed by artist Alyissa Letters. Check out more of Alyissa’s incredible designs, and pick up a matching striped throw blanket or wall clock on her Society6 shop page.
The amateur chef in your life kneads this sourdough cookbook created by Bryan Ford. In New World Sourdough, Bryan walks readers through classical artisan techniques for achieving the perfect bake every single time. The book includes recipes for everyday staples like bagels and brioche, along with recipes for drool-worthy plantain sourdough, beignets and choco pan de coco.