12 Gifts from Our Favorite Black-Owned Fashion and Beauty Brands
We’re going to be completely honest here: in a year where so many have lost so much, it feels especially strange to talk about holiday shopping. But we also believe in celebrating the small joys wherever we can and if that means helping people find gifts for their loved ones—while also supporting Black-owned businesses—we will scour the ends of the Internet for you. (It is the absolute least we can do, truly.) Ahead, 12 gifts from our favorite Black-owned fashion and beauty brands that are sure to delight.
1. Rachel Stewart Jewelry Najee Earrings
Crafted by visual artist Rachel Stewart, who is known for her graphic prints, these acrylic earrings are an easy statement piece for your fashionable bestie (or the most dedicated plant mom you know). At three inches long, these danglers are surprisingly light on the earlobes and will make anyone look pulled together for Zoom calls and coffee dates. Choose from black and gold (shown above) or white and gold.
2. Fenty Glow Trio
All we want for Christmas is to drip in head-to-toe Fenty glow, à la Rihanna. This brightening bundle includes one universally flattering rosy nude lip gloss, a matching cream blush that melts into your skin, and a shimmering highlighter to round out the look.
3. Soko Open Square Statement Ring
With a classic signet shape and a modern open design, this Soko ring has the power to elevate any outfit—even if it’s just a t-shirt and sweats. Plus, this 24k gold plated brass design is sturdy enough to withstand daily wear-and-tear. Handcrafted by artisans in Kenya, it’s a quality piece that won’t ever go out of style.
4. Rosen Skincare Fade Routine Mid
In the age of Instagram, it’s so easy to find targeted skincare products that are effective, affordable and highly aesthetic. One of our favorite newcomers is Rosen, which is a clean skincare line created by Jamika Martin, a young black entrepreneur who wanted to create more skincare options for people with acne-prone skin. This starter kit makes a great gift and includes enough cleanser, toner, moisturizer and charcoal mask to last four weeks of daily use.
5. Coco and Breezy Evolution-102 Sunglasses
Founded by twin sisters Corianna and Brianna Dotson (AKA Coco and Breezy) these designer shades have been featured in the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and were even worn by the late, great Prince. We especially love this pair because of its tortoise acetate frames, sleek cutout details and gold metal outlined lenses (which have 100 percent UV protection).
6. Satya + Sage Goddess Candle
We could all use a bit more Zen in our lives, which is where this calming candle comes into play. Featuring comforting notes of vanilla and hints of uplifting citrus and florals, it instantly transforms any space into a cozy den. Each candle comes with a specific intention and is housed in a reusable recycled glass jar. Founder Sonja Haile, a New Orleans native, is also committed to using only premium grade fragrance oils, a cotton wick, and a 100 percent vegetable and coconut wax base. Now that’s what we call a feel-good gift.
7. Oui the People the Whole Mood Set
Building off of the whole “home as sanctuary” theme, we love this bath and body set from Oui the People (whose single-blade safety razors are a total game-changer). The bath soak is a godsend for releasing tension thanks to a blend of magnesium, potassium, and calcium and the lightweight body oil leaves your limbs glossy and glowing, yet somehow never greasy. As the name implies, this giftable set is a “whole mood” onto itself and, FYI, that mood is chill AF.
8. Telfar Shopping Bag
Dubbed the “Bushwick Birkin,” this trendy bag has become a bit of a status symbol among young creatives. Created by Telfar Clemens, a self-taught designer from Queens, these shopping bags are thoughtfully designed with a handy double-strap (so you can hold the bag by its handles or wear it as a cross body). The signature style is available in three sizes that range from small enough for just the daily essentials to large enough for a long weekend getaway. Note that the bags tend to sell out quickly so your best bet for nabbing one is to sign up for their mailing list, which will alert you of their weekly drops.
9. Daily Paper Logo Print Hoodie
Hoodies, but make it fashion. Daily Paper is an Amsterdam-based brand known for their simple, yet stylish pieces that combine traditional fabrics and prints with minimal designs to elevate the classics. Case in point: This black and white logo print hoodie that features a hood with drawstring tie fastenings, a kangaroo pocket, a ribbed hem and cuffs, and a relaxed fit that your cool younger sibling or cousin will approve of.
10. Beneath Your Mask Heal Vegan Whipped Skin Soufflé
You know what your mom (or nana) needs in the dead of winter? A pampering body moisturizer that’s both enjoyable to use and is able to hydrate parched skin better than the rest. This whipped formula is made by Dana Jackson, who, after undergoing years of aggressive treatment for Lupus, made a line of super gentle and nontoxic products that nourish skin. Every formula from Beneath Your Mask features nothing but the best organic and wild harvested botanicals from 25 countries around the world (which in this case includes shea butter, avocado and sweet almond oil). Plus, the lemongrass scent is so refreshing.
11. Pat McGrath Labs Celestial Divinity Eye Palette Totale
Helmed by one of the most influential makeup artists in the world, Pat McGrath’s namesake beauty brand is known for fashion-forward shades, buttery textures, and intense color payoff—all of which can be experienced with this blockbuster set of eyeshadows. From decadent metallics to brilliant jewel tones and vibrant shimmers in 30 shades, this is the ultimate gift for beauty lovers of any age.
12. Victor Glemaud Intarsia V Neck Crew Sweater
One can never have enough stylish knitwear and few designers are better at delivering on this than Victor Glemaud. The Haitian-born designer (and 2017 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist) is celebrated for his classic silhouettes and unexpected details—like the balloon sleeves on this cropped crew neck sweater—that take every day basics and make them anything but.