November 04, 2020 3 min read

By Catherine Risling

 

This year, Cyndi Prince is approaching gift giving in a conscious way. She wants to be mindful of her spending and the retailers she supports.

 

So this got her thinking: How can I directly support Black-owned businesses? Can I do all of my holiday shopping and create a guide for our community that features Black-owned businesses in the U.S.?

 

Lucky for us, she’s answered yes with a curated list that checks off both. While some artisans focus on organic and local sourcing, others have a deeper message intended to lift up those striving to break down barriers.

 

“Black business owners face disproportionately more challenges than other business owners,” says Cyndi, proprietress of LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls. “When we choose to shop at Black-owned businesses, we’re voting with our dollars and helping to close that wealth gap. I hope that especially during this holiday season, consumers will choose to be intentional and support Black businesses and know that it helps strengthen communities.”

 

Cyndi says she is proud to add LooHoo to the list.

 

“As a Black woman, the courage and resiliency that I inherited from my ancestors has helped me grow a successful business the last 10 years,” Cyndi says. “I’m inspired by the Black businesswomen who came before me and I hope this gift guide encourages the next generation of Black entrepreneurs.”

 

This season, consider buying from at least one Black-owned business for your holiday gifts though we suggest you consider purchasing the majority of gifts (if not all) from Black-owned businesses.

 

Gift Guide 2020

For the Self-Care Enthusiast

 

Brown & Coconut

Why Buy: Plant-based skincare line addresses acne and other sensitivities

brownandcoconut.com

 

Eu’Genia Shea

Why Buy: 15 percent of profits donated to educational fund for female workers in Ghana

eugeniashea.com

 

Motherland Essentials

Why Buy: All-natural skincare line is dedicated to affordability

motherlandessentials.com

 

Organic Bath Co.

Why Buy: “Clean, not complicated” items made with ethically sourced, certified organic ingredients

organicbath.co

 

Soap Distillery

Why Buy: Fun soaps, scrubs, oils and more scented like cocktails

soapdistillery.com

 

 

For the Well-Read

 “Farming While Black” by Leah Penniman

Why Buy: 100 percent of proceeds donated to Black farmers

soul-fire-farm.myshopify.com

 

“Going Home with Daddy” by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrator Daniel Minter

Why Buy: This 2020 Caldecott winner explores the power of history, family traditions

indiebound.org/book/9781561459384

 

“Wild Interiors” by Hilton Carter

Why Buy: A pictorial feast for anyone interested in styling their home with plants

thingsbyhc.com

 

For the Foodie

Auntie Elsie’s

Why Buy: Ingredients for these oatmeal crisps are organic, locally sourced

auntieelsies.com

 

Rwanda Bean Coffee

Why Buy: Beans that give back—half of all profits donated to coffee farmers

rwandabean.com

 

Sheer Ambrosia Bakery

Why Buy: Baklava of the Month Club—need we say more?

sheerambrosiabakery.com

 

For the Accessorize

 

 

Akakpo & Co.

Why Buy: Symbolic jewelry, home goods with something to say

akakpo.com

 

Black Pearl Creations

Why Buy: Unique scarves from a cancer survivor who dared to dream big 

blackpearlcrochet.com

 

 

A Few Wood Men

Why Buy: Watchmaker provides sounding board for Black men striving to break down barriers

afewwoodmen.com

 

For the Organizer

Alter Planning Co.

Why Buy: Planners made with sustainably sourced paper, printed and bound in the USA

alterplanningco.com

 

Under the Sunlight

Why Buy: Cards, notebooks, calendar and more remind us to live a purposeful life

underthesunlight.com

 

For the Botanist

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The Zen Succulent

Why Buy: Unique plants, stands get the creative juices stirring 

thezensucculent.com

 

Botany

Why Buy: Every order plants one tree through non-profit One Tree Planted

heybotany.com

 

For the Pet Lover

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House Dogge

Why Buy: Sustainable leashes, collars and more are nontoxic and easy to care for

housedogge.com

 

Ava's Pet Palace

Why Buy: 100% organic pet treats started by an 8-year kidpreneur

avaspetpalace.com

 

Scotch and Tea

Why Buy: Handmade dog collars,bandanas and adorable matching face masks

scotchandtea.design

 

 

For the Card Carrier

Brilliant or BS?

Why Buy: Card game delivers belly-aching laughs for the whole family

brilliantorbs.com

 

affirmation cards

I Am & Co.

Why Buy: Artful deck of cards delivers daily affirmations with amazing energy

iamandco.com

 

For the Home Decorator

 

All Very Goods

Why Buy: Vibrant prints, cards and bandanas serve as visual metaphors for the artist’s African American history

allverygoods.com

 

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LouLou Art Studio

Why Buy: Even Oprah has taken notice of this painting shop with colorful handmade designs

etsy.com/shop/LouLouArtStudio

 

For Everyone on Your List

BLK + GRN

Why Buy: Marketplace of all-natural products by all-Black artisans has everything from beauty and skincare products to items for pets and home

blkgrn.com

 

LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls

Why Buy: Natural way to soften clothes, save energy and support U.S. Farming Industry

loo-hoo.com


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