Make your gift-giving even more meaningful this year by using your holiday dollars to support Black-owned businesses that are striving to create a better world for all. Here’s just a handful of sustainable Black-owned businesses offering unique gifts for the loved ones on your shopping list. You’ll find one-of-a-kind jewelry, bold home décor, all-natural bath and body products and more.
Aya Paper Co.
Aya Paper Co. is a sustainable stationery brand founded by SaVonne Anderson, who also serves as creative director and who is a self-proclaimed advocate for environmental justice. Aya Paper Co. specializes in greeting cards for every occasion but also offers notecard sets, journals, art prints, candles, and tote bags. All paper products are made with 100% recycled materials, and you can find sourcing information on each product page for everything Aya Paper Co. sells.
BLK + GRN
You can find great gifts for almost anyone on your list at BLK + GRN. This online marketplace features all-natural products from Black artisans who’ve been carefully selected by Black health experts. With a mission of countering the effects that harmful ingredients have had on communities of color, BLK + GRN offers plant-based, toxin-free, and cruelty-free home goods, bath and body products, hair care, and more. You can even create a custom curated gift box.
Head to JUNGALOW for the person on your list who likes to “decorate wild.” You’ll find home décor, art prints, apparel and more designed and curated by artist Justina Blakeney.
Blakeney’s bohemian designs have helped her skyrocket to fame in the world of home décor. With a mission to inspire customers to tap into their creativity and connect with nature, JUNGALOW offers colorful, modern goods carefully curated from around the globe.
JUNGALOW wants to help you “bring good vibes home” and that includes prioritizing sustainability. For every product purchased, two trees are planted. Only non-toxic finishes are used on the brand’s ceramics, and the company sells toxin-free textiles that are hand woven by a community of artisans. Check out the $50 to $100 gift guide to get your shopping started.
If you want to splurge for someone special on your list, Omi Woods may have what you need. The pieces from Omi Woods jewelry are meant to be contemporary heirlooms that celebrate Africa. Founder Ashley Alexis McFarlane wants Omi Woods pieces to be collected, worn every day, gifted for special occasions and passed down to future generations.
Even Oprah has some favorite pieces from Omi Woods!
The gold jewelry is made with fair trade African gold, sourced from small artisanal mines that pay a fair wage and support the miners’ communities. The gold is mined using methods that have a low impact on the earth. Omi Woods’ silver is sourced from casting houses that use a blend of recycled and pure silver.
At Serendipitous Project you’ll find unique jewelry, handbags and other accessories that have been handmade by Brooklyn-based artist Sydney Ziems, who founded the company. To reduce waste, pieces are made-to-order. Serendipitous Project also sells vintage pieces to encourage circular shopping. If you have old jewelry that needs a refresh, Serendipitous Project can take pieces from your out-of-date jewelry to create a new one-of-a-kind piece.
Let the curated gift guides help you find the perfect gift for the jewelry lover in your life. There’s something for the minimalist, the global traveler, the “oceanholic” and more. If your holiday budget is tight, check out the $100 and Under list.
In addition to a commitment to sustainability – which includes shipping online orders in biodegradable or recycled packaging – Serendipitous Project also values philanthropy. For each seasonal collection, the company selects one item for which a percentage of profits are donated a chosen charity. Organizations the company has helped in the past include the Minnesota Freedom Fund, The Loveland Foundation, and No Child Hungry.
Sustainable Home Good & Accessories
Sustainable Home Goods & Accessories lives up to its name with a guide for ethical gift giving. The guide includes essential oils, ornaments and other home décor, jewelry and more. You can also create a gift box of three items for only $60.
With a belief that creating a sustainable world starts with building sustainable communities and giving people sustainable jobs, founder LaToya Tucciarone partners with artisan communities from around the world who use ethical, eco-friendly methods to create high quality goods.