Ancestry: African Ancestry
African Ancestry offers gift certificates from $25-$500, towards the purchase of a test kit whereby your gift recipient can trace where in Africa his or her matrilineal or patrilineal line originates.
(Courtesy of African Ancestry)
Bedroom: S&B Bedding
If you’re looking for comforters and sheet sets, this Chicago-based startup company – which was established this year – is for you.
(Courtesy of S & B Bedding)
Established in 1997 by Troy Johnson, the African American Literature Book Club sells more than 2,200 black fiction and nonfiction titles.
(Courtesy of the African American Literature Book Club)
Clothing, Religious: Christian Throwback Jerseys
Started by army sergeant Cornell Jackson and his daughter out of their home in 2005, the Ellenwood, Georgia-based company sells sports-style jerseys (basketball, baseball, hockey, and football) and hats that refer to Bible verses.
In this photo: Cornell Jackson with some of the throwback jerseys
(Courtesy of Christian Throwback Jersey)
Cosmetics: Big Girl Cosmetics
Looking for cosmetics that aren’t tested on animals? Big Girl Cosmetics offers foundations with natural moisturizers, powders, eye shadows, and moisturizing lipsticks and glosses.
(Courtesy of Big Girl Comestics)
Cosmetics: Hayah Mineral Cosmetics
Based in Birmingham, Ala., Hayah is a makeup line for women of color that uses natural mineral products.
(Courtesy of Hayah Cosmetics)
Educational DVDs: It’s Hip Hop, Baby!
Want a fun gift for a young child, which also educates him or her? It’s Hip Hop, Baby! offers multicultural DVDs that teach key developmental concepts to children ages two to six through music and dance.
(Courtesy of Its Hip Hop Baby!)
Hair & Skin Care Products: Carol’s Daughter
Carol’s Daughter has a collection of natural products for the hair, body & bath for women and children. The Brooklyn-based company also has value gift packs, and offers gift cards. There is also complimentary shipping on all orders.
(Courtesy of Carol’s Daughter)
Hair & Skin Care Products: I Love Inky
Founded in 2005, I Love Inky focuses on eco-friendly hair care and skin products for women of color. Its products are manufactured on 100% vegan dedicated equipment. I Love Inky also has gift certificates, and offers free shipping on U.S. orders of $50 and above.
(Courtesy of I Love Inky)
Hair & Skin Care Products: Iwi Fresh
Established by engineer Yolanda Owens in 2003, Iwi Fresh offers gourmet natural skin and hair care products for women, men, and children. Iwi stands for “ItIz Wat ItIz”, meaning you get what you get. Owens also just opened a body spa in Atlanta.
(Courtesy of Iwi Fresh)
Spas: African American Owned Spas
If you want to plan a spa day for someone, African American Owned Spas lists spas located in 17 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada that cater to the body, mind, and spirit.
In this photo: Martha’s Vineyard Holistic Retreat & Spa in Vineyard Haven
(Courtesy of Martha’s Vineyard Holistic Retreat & Spa)
Wine: Heritage Link Brands
Established in 2005 by married couple Khary and Selena Cuffe, Heritage Link Brands is the largest company in North America that specializes in distributing wines made by indigenous African and African-American vintners.
(Courtesy of Heritage Link Brands)
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From start-up businesses to established multi-million dollar companies, this list represents a range of black-owned businesses that can cater to your shopping needs for Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the New Year: