The holidays rapidly approaching means that it’s the season to be jolly and the season to be generous. Now, if you’re a planner, then you probably have done all of your shopping for the season and are just waiting to shower your loved ones with gifts. But, if you’re a last-minute shopper, you’re probably stressed and rushing to find the perfect present for the people in your life. If you’re the latter, we here at Black Love got you covered.
Check out the 2018 staff picks for the items you need for your loved ones and the Black-owned businesses that you should buy them from.
Founded by Janell Stephens, Camille Rose Naturals became known because all of the products were inspired by food, but beyond that, all products are environmentally conscious and safe for children and adults alike. From body butters to the lavender collection to the popular coconut water collection, Camille Rose has something for everybody.
When you’re shopping for a little one this holiday season, be sure to check out Miles and Milan. This line of children’s clothing is unique because the clothes only come in black, white, and grey making it quick, simple, easy, and chic to pick out clothes and make your baby the cutest and most stylish kid on the block. Choose from hats, onesies, tees, and pre-made gift boxes that’ll make Miles and Milan one of your new favorite brands.
If you’re a naturalista or a woman that has a very serious hair care routine for yourself or your children, Curls products are for you. The organic hair care brand was launched in 2002 by founder Mahisha Dillinger, expanded into major retail stores in 2009, and has since made Mahisha an expert in the natural hair care market as well as an entrepreneur to look out for.
In 1996, The Brown Estate opened and became the first Black-owned winery in Napa Valley. Besides the estate making history, everything is organically farmed and not only can you buy these wines online, you can also visit the winery with friends or your sweetheart for tastings or become a member to receive perks throughout the year and on your visits. Whether you’re gifting yourself this holiday season or someone you love, The Brown Estate is definitely an investment worth making.
The Lip Bar is a lipstick collection that is vegan and cruelty free for the conscious buyer. Founder Melissa Butler brought The Lip Bar to life in 2012 and changed the face of the beauty industry forever through the extensive color palette of the brand, but also because she makes sure that women of all colors are the standard of beauty.
Melanie Marie is the the custom jewelry line designed by influencer Mel R. White. Featuring diamond, gold, platinum, gold-filled, and plated personalized jewelry, Melanie Marie customizes their client’s order in any text and language they desire. From your standard necklaces, bracelets and earrings, to the fashionable flair of flash tattoos, earcuffs, body chains and nail rings, Melanie Marie’s designs are sure to warm the heart of your family’s fashionista. And if that fashionista is a toddler, Mel’s got you covered. She has custom unisex accessories for mommies and their minis in her Mommy and Me line, AnnDrew Marie jewelry.
Read more about Mel R. White in her BlackLove.com article, How to be a Mompreneur With Jewelry Designer Mel R. White.
When it comes to nostalgia and art, few people do it like Kashmir does. Kashmir’s art has been seen on Insecure and in Essence Magazine, to name a few, and features some of the most iconic moments in Black music and Hollywood on clothing, home goods, and more. Whether it’s Martin-inspired coasters, Beyonce-inspired clutches or Kashmir’s take on Marvel’s Black Panther movie, there is something in her shop for everyone everywhere.
As a bonus item on this list, Greentop Gifts fulfills a necessary Christmas gift-giving need — Black Santa, aka Clarence Claus, wrapping paper. This is important because representation matters, especially when it comes to educating children on who they are at a young age, so making sure that people see themselves in all aspects of the holiday season is a need that Greentop Gifts is fulfilling. So, when you get ready to wrap your gifts and stuff your stockings, make sure to do it with Black Santa wrapping paper this year.