This year has required an extra dosage of self-care. With winter in high gear and a new lockdown in place, the holiday season will look differently. But gift-giving can be a nice way of keeping the holiday spirit alive! If you plan on shipping gifts to friends and family like me, you can support Black-owned, Canadian businesses in a special way this year. Give friends and family gifts that can spice up their everyday and shop for some self-care items during this unprecedented time.
Here are some Black-owned holiday gift ideas to help you knock each person off your list:
Lip Glaze from Pop of Love Beauty
With so many colours to brighten a bleak day, Pop of Love Beauty is the perfect gift for friends and family to spice up their everyday makeup look. Pop of Love Beauty is a Toronto-based company that carries vegan and cruelty-free makeup, providing a large selection of matte liquid lipsticks and lip glazes.
Not only will Lippie Lab’s lip glosses keep your lips moisturized, they will also take your gloss to the next level. Lippie Lab carries a variety of high sheen, long-lasting vegan glosses that include great ingredients for your lips.
Showers have become my favourite source of me-time during lockdown. I play my favorite music playlists or podcasts, and sing to my hair conditioner bottle. I spend a lot of time in the shower, so it’s important to hydrate my skin after. Soie has the perfect nourishing homemade body butter with scents such as lavender and jasmine. Want to personalize the scent for a gift? Soie also offers a personalization option where you can choose how you want your body butter to smell and what it says on the label.
With a focus on Black skin and hyperpigmentation, Skin Drama is a one-stop-shop for a full skincare routine. From cleansers to serums, these organic products are sure to put a smile on your loved ones faces.
Have a person in your life that you want to show how special they are to you? With M&K Creative Designs you can shop their Afrocentric designs available on bags, masks, coffee mugs and more! If you’re looking for a more personalized design, they’ve got that covered too.
A cup of tea, and your favourite Netflix film can help you unwind from the day. Containing a set of 6 organic and ethically sourced teas from peppermint devotion to Cha Cha Chai, these luxuriously stored teas are one of Oprah’s faves. Now if that’s not a great gift, I don’t know what is!
Giving money as a gift this year? Why not put it in a card that they will remember forever! Dope Haus offers cards that feature pop culture references and funny sayings that will surely be the cherry on top of an already amazing gift.
Make this year doubly special by giving your loved ones the most thoughtful gifts and supporting Black business owners. Our consumption directly impacts the communities around us. The more we support one another, the more successfully we grow!