Black history month is here, and it’s as joyful as it was last year. Our Facebook’s, Twitter’s and Instagram’s are filled with pro-black images, quotes, and historical figures that have fought for our humanity, our rights, and so much more.
With Valentines Day in the same month, I thought it would be fitting to gather a list of my favorite gift ideas that showcase love from black-owned companies so that we can support the black-owned businesses our historical leaders have fought for us to have. And at the same time nurture the black love that will carry our communities into the future.
Let’s start with my personal favorite.
1. Books/Bookstore date.
My top suggestion is an intellectual one.
Black love is stimulated the most when we think together, learn together and grow in the midst of a world that seems to impede us in doing so.
Here are some of my suggestions for newer books by black authors:
- Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women
- Black Man in a White Coat
- The Big Book of Exit Strategies
- Negroland: A Memoir
- Are We Really Crabs in a Barrel?
Check out this list of black owned bookstores around the nation and if you can’t find one in your city, check out any bookstore with an African-American/Black/African section and dive-in!
Here’s also a list of online bookstores.
Black people reading has always been a dangerous and revolutionary action, let’s mix it with this special month, love and a dire need to support each other.
Black love is now more creative than ever with the recent surge of black-owned lingerie companies.
One of the most popular brands is “Nubian Skin,” who made waves with their lingerie and hosiery that matches every shade of melanated woman.
Then there’s “Korrine Sky,” they cater to women of larger sizes, and they have swimwear along with night wear.
Also, check out “Erica M.,” they are a luxury lingerie brand that has been worn by Beyonce, Rhianna and more!
They have a huge sale going on for Valentine’s Day as well.
3. Luxury Handbags.
Who doesn’t love a luxury styled handbag?
They seem to carry better quality, material, a stylish look and even high social status implications that we all love to have.
Coach, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and other popular upscale brands have set the tone, and I admit, they have some dope products.
But even more importantly, many black-owned handbag companies produce similar quality and stylish products, like “Gregory Sylvia.”
This brand is owned by husband and wife team, Gregory and Terri Sylvia Pope, and features luxurious fine leather bags, totes, satchels and more.
Before you go out and buy a Kate Spade, check them out.
Also check out “ZAAF,” an Ethiopian brand that has clutches, bags and more quality products that rival the style and price of high fashion brands you would find at Nieman Marcus.
Black-owned companies have been changing the way we think about jewelry.
From the wooden and soft metal pieces, you may see at your local vendors during Kwanzaa or various buy black events. To the many Etsy shops that dominate in this arena, jewelry has become more practical and affordable while maintaining quality and access.
You could easily buy someone a Rolex, Timex, G-Shock, etc., or you could support a black-owned watch company like “Spring Break Watches.” Created by two fraternity brothers in North Carolina.
These watches are eco-conscious, affordable, stylish and they maintain similar quality to other popular brands.
Check them out and make them a go-to idea for wrist jewelry. Also, check out “Talley And Twine,” they carry more luxury-styled timepieces.
5. Subscription boxes.
These are hot right now! For an average price of $25 a month, you could get you or someone else a continuous box of black-owned goodies.
Popular companies like “Ujaama Box” offer products that include fashion, art, health, food and beauty. It’s not only black-owned products, but the company itself was created by a black woman and would be a great start into this type of service.
Also, the shaving company, “Bevel,” is a great idea for a special man in your life. Not only is it black-owned but hip-hop renaissance man Nasir Jones (Nas) is an investor in the tech firm, “Walker & Company,” that Bevel is under. Their boxes start at $29.95.
6. Pro-Black clothing.
Let’s face it; inexpensive statement making brands are in right now. From college campuses to church, protests and more, “Black Lives Matter” style tees are being celebrated. And not only are these products fashionable and affordable, they are also practical and have grown in variety.
“Melanin Connoisseur” is one of these brands.
They represent the beauty of all who collect black culture. Their designs encourage conversations around historical and socioeconomic themes, all while looking fresh!
They have tees, beanies, snapbacks, crop tops, hoodies and more!
For protesters and activist who are heavily involved in the BLM movement, check out “GLOSSRAGS.” This company is black women owned and is known for its “And Counting” shirts that name our black family members who have been murdered by police.
Lastly stop by “Haute Greek Apparel” for amazing shirts that feature popular slogans, and HBCU influenced designs.
These amazing gift ideas should make it easier to celebrate black culture, black love, and black business. Happy Black History Month family!
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