2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Whether you’re buying a gift for your best friend, sister, mom or coworker, the best presents are thoughtful ones. Corporate giants rake in tons of money during the holidays, so we wanted to highlight gift ideas from 20 small businesses that create brilliant products that everyone on your list would love.

Here are a few to consider this holiday season:


Journals / Planners

Help the lady on your list organize her thoughts or to do list with a new planner or cute journal. There are so many options on the market, so think about how best it’ll serve her. Does she need one all-encompassing planner to help her get her life? Or does she need a little kick of motivation to reach her dreams? Whatever she needs, one of the following are bound to help her slay in 2017:

  • Passion Planner A planner to live by! There are various versions, including an undated one, and tons of blank pages so she can customize her planner and truly make it her own. The website also has tons of tips and tricks to help her get the most from her Passion Planner.
  • Sanity and Success Journal Blogger and digital marketing guru Emmelie De La Cruz will help your favorite girl boss transform her life with this game-changing journal. With practical and reflective writing prompts, a space to jot down wins and losses of the day and a push to take baby steps towards her biggest dreams, the Sanity and Success Journal offers a new way to navigate life, cope with stress and doubt, and shift to a positive mindset, for good.
  • Hustler Manifesto Myleik Teele is an entrepreneur and founder of curlBOX, an exclusive monthly subscription box full of amazing beauty products. Her inspirational journal is a must have for every girl who’s about her business and chasing all that her heart desires.
  • Free Your Mind Journal There is power in the pen and the Free Your Mind Journal will help her reflect to gain clarity and a more positive mindset. With thought-provoking questions, prompts, affirmations, and coloring pages, this therapeutic journal is an outlet for creativity and self-care.

Beauty Products

Treat your favorite brilliant beauty to some much deserved R&R that’ll help her wind down and take better care of her body. Throw in a bottle of wine, and we’re sure that she’ll love you forever!

  • Lavender + Vanilla Gift Set Help your loved one relax with this gift set from Atlanta Bath Company, which offers handcrafted and organic bath and skincare products. The lovely aroma of lavender and vanilla will ease her into a great year.
  • Organic Shea Whip and Balm Oil Treat her skin and hair to amazing softness with these natural beauty products from Authenticality Company. Made from simple ingredients like shea butter and essential oils, they will provide nourishment from head to toe.
  • Natural Beauty Must Haves from Soleil Essentials Compile a care package of beauty essentials made from natural ingredients. From oils to face cleansers to body butters, you’re bound to find a few things that she’ll love.

Subscription Box

Give your loved one the gift that keeps on giving with a unique subscription box filled with goodies that she’ll love. If you don’t want the monthly commitment, get her a one-time box that she can try out.

  • The Bloom Beautifully Box Take “treat yourself” to the next level with this self-care box that makes relaxation a breeze. It comes with five or six self-care essentials centered around a theme that will help her discover more of what makes her happy. Previous boxes have included shower bombs, organic shea butter lip balm, a sleep mask, and a “ME-TIME” door hanger for those days when she just wants to be alone.
  • Femely Box Help make her “Aunt Flo” a little better with a box full of natural feminine care. The monthly or one-time package comes with her preferred feminine products, like 100% cotton tampons or pads, and body care freebies, organic snacks and more. There are also little surprises in every package — previous Femely Boxes have included herbal teas, candles and natural makeup.
  • Love With Food Box Get the foodie in your life the ultimate all-natural snack box for her mid-day or night cravings. The package includes more than eight snacks each month. And for each purchase, the company donates a meal to a hungry child.

Inspirational Apparel & Accessories

Adorn her with clothes and trinkets that reminds her of her purpose and passions and shows how much of a boss babe she is.

  • More Faith Less Fear Pillow Spruce up her couch, bedroom or office with a cute pillow that reminds her to believe in the good things that are coming her way.
  • Grace and Glamour Cosmetic bag Get your fro-lover a stylish, unique cosmetic bag that’s perfect for carrying her makeup, brushes, toiletries and other small items.
  • To Travel Is To Live Mug Her morning coffee will come with a motto if you get the lady in your life this cute mug that encourages her to #seesomeworld.
  • Who You Callin’ A B*$%#?! TShirt The only B-Word(s) that are acceptable are the ones on this shirt. Help her celebrate her Blackness proudly and in style with this cute shirt that shows people that she is indeed Bold, Black, Beautiful, Brilliant, and Blessed!
  • African Print Passport Wallet Protect her passport in style with this fierce wallet that’ll encourage her to plan her next trip everytime she sees the bright African print fabric.
  • I Manifest Dreams For A Living Mug We’ve exclaimed how much we love Go and Glow tshirts before, but this mug is perfect for the go-getter in your life who’d like to sip while manifesting her dreams.
  • Blessed Beyond Measure Bracelet This handmade cuff bracelet is the perfect addition to her wardrobe and a gentle reminder to reflect on the many blessings in life both big and small.

Stocking Stuffers + Gift Wrap 

Small touches make all the difference. Make this a holiday to reminder by getting her these dope add ons.

  • University of Dope Card Game Test your favorite lady’s knowledge of Hip Hop culture. From the Fresh Prince of Belair theme song, to the classic Kid N’Play dance — game night will never be the same.
  • Colorful Foil Planner Stickers Make her planner pop with these shimmery stickers that’ll motivate her to get sh*t done.
  • Lastly, step up your gifting game with Fetti Wrap wrapping paper. The cute collection will have your giftee wanting to save the wrapping paper because it’s so unique.

For more brilliant gift ideas, stay tuned for our second holiday gift guide featuring poppin’ t-shirts from Black owned businesses.

Happy shopping!

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