These 17 Black-Owned Businesses Have Awesome Holiday Gifts For Everyone
The average American will spend nearly $1,000 on gifts this year, and holiday retail sales are expected to add up to $682 billion once all is said and done. But when you're hunting for the perfect gift, you have a unique opportunity: buying from black-owned businesses during this holiday season. Black-owned businesses are more likely to fail in the U.S., which is attributed to lower education rates, less managerial experience and not having prior family business ownership, according to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. An article in Washington Monthly earlier this year examined why black businesses have disappeared across the U.S. Author Brian S. Feldman wrote, "The last 30 years also have brought the wholesale collapse of black-owned independent businesses and financial institutions that once anchored black communities across the country. Reflecting these developments, working-age black Americans have become far less likely to be their own boss than in the 1990s."
We have the power to change these trends and support Black entrepreneurs, and it all comes down to where we spend our money. There's even a smartphone app that lets people know when they're near black-owned businesses. I've curated a list of some black-owned companies deserving of your holiday money this year, but there are thousands I couldn't include. If you're searching for awesome gifts for yourself or the people you love while helping out businesses that deserve it, look no further.
Beauty Bakerie's products are any makeup lover's dream. This palette, which can be used for highlighting, contouring, blush and eyeshadow, was created with darker skin in mind. According to a quote on the product page, Beauty Bakerie's founder Cashmere Nicole first made the palette for her daughter.
10Lauren Napier Beauty
I have to be honest: I'm guilty of going to bed without taking off my makeup beforehand. Apparently, that's terrible for my skin and also pretty gross. Thank God for Lauren Napier Beauty: These makeup wipes are so gorgeously packaged that I'd probably look forward to makeup removal. Stocking stuffer, anyone?
14Moonlit Knits Co.
I stumbled upon this Etsy shop in my search for awesome businesses, and I'm obsessed with these super cozy beanies that are hand-knit. There aren't a ton of options, but you can definitely find a gift for a friend who lives in cold weather from what's available.
These made-to-order face masks and body scrubs are to die for. Just reading the product names has me hungry, and the descriptions seal the deal. One product description promises that you'll "smell and look like a snack" after using their body scrub. I'm sold.
What were you doing when you were 7 years old? Probably spending most of your time on a playground, but Gabby Goodwin started a business at an age where most kids are in first or second grade. These bows are adorable, affordable and perfect for any little ones in your life.
These pins are so cool that I feel like I'm probably too nerdy to pull them off, but I'm still tempted to play an order. The company's Etsy shop offers even more variety.
With the holidays quickly approaching, it's time to think about patronizing businesses of color. It may not feel like a huge deal, but you can actually help make a difference in someone's business — and get awesome goodies in the process.