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When shopping for a gift, it's easy to fall back on big-name brands and mega retailers. If you're feeling weary of the same old gift ideas and places to shop, though, we have good news: There is a truly vast number of small businesses out there to shop from. And whether you're looking for striking home décor, unique kitchen accessories, or even just new coffee blends to try, you can find a small Black-owned business that sells it. To make shopping a bit easier this year, we rounded up our absolute favorite gifts from Black-owned businesses, no matter what your budget is.
Alter Planning Co. The 2022 Annual Planner
For your highly organized friend, Alter Planning Co.'s Annual Planner is a must-have. Unlike more straightforward planners, this gorgeous hardcover option is seriously comprehensive—not only does it have daily to-do lists and calendars, but it also has space for budget planning, habit tracking, goal setting, and project ideating. It's a bit more expensive than other planners but well worth it for someone who needs a planner that does it all.
Jungalow Giraffe Savannah Garden Pot by Justina Blakeney
Jungalow is a great place to find gifts for your maximalist friend—just look at this adorable giraffe planter as proof. The ceramic planter comes with two parts (a bowl and base) and comes with drainage, which isn't always the case with decorative planters. Whimsical and full of fun, it's a perfect vessel for smaller plants like calathea and pothos. And if you really want to go the extra mile, consider gifting this planter with a plant already in it—Grounded is a Black-owned plant store that ships across the United States.
Skiin & Tones Vertigo Pillar Candle
Unscented statement candles are having a moment, and this geometric style makes for a creative (and budget-friendly) gift idea. Handmade and available in three colors, it's made from 100 percent soy wax and is almost too cool to actually light. The candle makes a unique statement on a coffee table or console—especially if you space out a few—and is a smart housewarming gift for your friend who already has everything.
Siafu Home Olive Wood Serving Spoons
For the person who loves to cook and host dinner parties, consider this beautiful set of serving spoons made in Kenya. Each piece is hand-crafted by artisans who use locally-sourced olive wood that's been sanded and polished for a perfectly smooth finish and is complete with bone handles and charcoal detailing. The result is totally one-of-a-kind and high quality, and your loved one is sure to use this set for many years to come.
Clare Digital Gift Card
Embarking on a painting project can quickly get expensive, so why not help your DIY-loving friend with a Clare gift card? Available in eight amounts ranging from $100-$500, this is the perfect gift for your friend who just moved to a new home and is planning on some major redecorating. All of Clare's paints are durable, GREENGUARD Gold certified, and contain zero VOCs, so this is one gift card they're guaranteed to be excited about.
Johanna Howard Cozi Throw
It's rare to find a throw blanket that does it all, but Johanna Howard's Cozi Throw is an exception. Made of a wool-cotton blend, this blanket is the perfect combination of lightweight and cozy, making it an impressively good year-round throw. It's available in 12 colors and has a reversible design, so it's much more versatile than your average blanket and adds a pop of color and style wherever it's placed. Plus, it's machine-washable—what more could you ask for?
BLK & Bold Rise & GRND Coffee Blend
Gifting coffee is always a good idea, especially when it's as good as BLK & Bold's Rise & GRND blend. This medium roast combines lemon and caramel flavors for a citric yet creamy blend that is both energizing and flavorful. Depending on where you purchase, you can buy individually or as a pack of two—and if the recipient really loves it, they can subscribe and get this blend delivered to them on a regular basis.
Rayo & Honey You Got This Pennant
For your friend who's going through a rough time or just could use some inspiration, consider this pennant from Rayo & Honey. Handmade from cotton canvas, this simple yet powerful pennant is ideal for hanging on a gallery wall, above a desk, in an entryway, or really any corner that could use some cheering up. If you're not loving this specific pennant, Rayo & Honey has plenty of others to choose from—but hurry because they tend to sell out fast.
Eu’Genia Shea Butter Gift Set
If you're on the hunt for a good self-care gift, look no further than this shea butter gift set found on 54kibo. The set comes with four two-ounce jars of moisturizers, each of which is made with over 80 percent shea butter for an ultra-hydrating effect. It comes with one lavender tin, one grapefruit, one fragrance-free, and one dermatological that's 100 percent shea butter, so they'll be able to test all four and determine which one is their favorite. Plus, the small tin sizes are great for travel.
Mi Cocina Classic Apron
A new apron is a great gift idea for your favorite home cook, and Mi Cocina's Classic Apron is one of the best options out there. Made from denim and available in four washes (light, medium, raw, and black), this apron has laidback vibes and can be used for everything from cooking and baking to gardening and painting. The denim material is easy to clean and will only get better with age, so they're sure to use it for many years to come.
Harlem Candle Co. Holiday Night Club Map Candle
Scented candles can be tricky to give as gifts, but this limited edition candle from Harlem Candle Co. is sure to be a hit. Inspired by Billie Holiday's favorite perfume, it combines notes of pine, eucalyptus, and cedarwood for a delightfully woodsy scent. Plus, it comes in the brand's "A Night Club Map of Harlem" collector's edition vessel, complete with green glass and gold detailing that they'll want to display all winter long. And when the candle's out, they can easily repurpose the jar for something else.
The Zen Succulent Signature Succulent Terrarium Kit
If you have someone on your list who loves the idea of plants but isn't quite up for taking care of them, send them this colorful succulent terrarium from The Zen Succulent. It comes with four different succulents and everything they'll need to make a terrarium, including sand, rocks, and soil, plus decorative toppings and a wooden dowel for assembly. Each terrarium is made to order—the recipient will need to assemble it themselves, but they'll end up with a unique finished product that's easy to care for and sure to make a statement.
Rheal Charcoal Concrete Hands Catchall
Jewelry holders and catch-all trays don't have to be boring, as proven by this handmade piece from Rheal. Totally unique and statement-making, each piece is made from concrete and hand-poured, resulting in small one-of-a-kind imperfections. It's the perfect size for holding rings, keys, and other small objects, as well as tea light candles and even spices. It's also surprisingly budget-friendly, so you can easily buy one for your friend and keep another for yourself.
Soap Distillery Hot Buttered Rum Soap Bar
Know someone who always has a well-stocked bar cart? Expand their love of alcoholic spirits with a bar of soap from Soap Distillery, which specializes in alcohol-inspired scents like Hot Buttered Rum and Elderflower Mimosa. This mild soap has high olive oil content and can be used for the entire body, but it makes a great hand soap for the holiday season. The low price and small size make it a great stocking stuffer idea, as well as a solid Secret Santa or White Elephant gift.
Golde Matcha Lovers Kit
Whether you have a friend who's trying to kick a coffee habit or know someone who can't get enough matcha, you can't go wrong with Golde's Matcha Lovers Kit. It includes the brand's Matcha Turmeric Latte Blend and a jar of their Pure Matcha, both of which can be mixed with water, milk, or smoothies for a jolt of extra energy. And if you want more options, Golde also sells a range of matcha products, including face masks and supplements.
Karen Jai Home York Vase
You might not think of a vase as adding much to your décor, but you've probably never seen a vase-like Karen Jai's York Vase. Modern and colorful, this ceramic and porcelain vase is rectangular rather than circular, creating a striking vessel for a small bouquet. It's available in three colors (purple, coral, and nude) and looks equally good with or without flowers.
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This article was written by Nicole Lund, MyDomaine's commerce editor. Nicole is an expert on all things shopping, and is always on the lookout for design-forward gifts and eye-catching home décor. She has worked at MyDomaine for one year, and was previously an editor at Apartment Therapy.