‘Tis the season for gift giving! If you’re like us you love showing love to others by gifting them with the perfect item. Gifts should be personal and thoughtful, so take some time this year to think of what your family and friends really want and need. 

Companies are expecting major shipping delays this year due to supply chain management issues on top of the holiday rush, so do yourself a favor and shop early! 

We all know about the big box retailers, but now more than ever it’s important to support small. We put together a list of our favorites for everyone on your list. We also would love to hear where you’re shopping this year! 

For the Courtesy Crew: Common Courtesy Greeting Cards
In case you missed it, we recently launched our stationery line. We use the highest quality stationery to bring you two distinct collections. The Courtesy Collection is for any person or occasion, with simple messaging appropriate for friends, associates or colleagues. The Girlfriend Collection is reserved for your chosen few. Your Girlfriends. The Girlfriend Collection expresses love, gratitude and admiration authentically and elegantly – just like you!

For the Fashionista: Kahmune

These high-end shoes and accessories provide a solution to the age-old fallacy that “nude” refers to a specific color. The company’s goal is to ensure that ALL women have nude products that celebrate the diversity of the human complexion. All items are ethically produced, sustainably sourced and available in 10 skin tone shades. 

For the Sommelier: Stuyvesant Grand Reserve Brut 

Named after Bedford-Stuyvesant, the Brooklyn neighborhood where founder Marvina Robinson was born and raised,  Stuyvesant Grand Reserve Brut is one of the few black-owned champagne brands. The brand has two popular offerings: Rose and Grand Reserve Brut. It makes the perfect gift for a champagne lover.

For the Hostess: So Home Collective 

So Home Collective is a brand that showcases modern drinkware and dinner party goods. The elongated collection is hand-blown and lead-free crystal with a sleek design that doubles as décor. Your favorite hostess friend will love displaying these in their home and serving their guests.

For the Culture Lover: Our Kindred Candles
This mother-daughter duo created candles themed after all things that incorporate Black Culture: Black films, literature, authors and more. Their line features two-wick, hand-poured, soy candles along with wax melts and car perfumes.  

For the Interior Design Lover: The Black Home

An interesting play on words, this Home Decor store features decor in black, pops of color and gold accent, while celebrating the Black community. Curated by celebrity interior designer, Neffi Walker, the shop features everything from candles to art to wallpaper.  

For Bae: DAEM + Frère + Brooklyn Circus + Dungeon Forward

Shopping for men can be difficult, so we’re sharing a few brands that will dress him from head to toe. If you want to splurge on the man in your life, think about getting him a custom suit made from designer Davidson Frère. Jay-z is on his client list, need we say more. Another splurge-worthy brand to consider is DAEM. This Brooklyn-based brand manufactures all of its watches in the Basel region of Switzerland, one of the most famous watchmaking hubs in the world. Their Basquiat Collection is definitely one to check out. The Brooklyn Circus is a top boutique in New York that has some great everyday pieces for bae, and to complete his fit, check out Dungeon Forward. These innovative “crowns” tell stories from the culture and challenge the perspective of what a crown could look and feel like. 

For the Kids: The Black Toy Store 

The Black Toy Store is an online destination for hand-picked, curated children’s toys, games, books, and gifts that reflect the beauty and diversity of the African diaspora. We especially love the STEM section that features toys and crafts for our future engineers!

For the Expecting/New Mom: Milestone Cards Black edition 

This award-winning milestone set features 31 illustrated unisex cards to celebrate your baby’s special moments. This set covers all developmental milestones from newborn to the first birthday, and provides helpful tips for mom and dad on the back of each card.

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