Birthdays to baby showers, there’s no shortage of opportunities to give someone the perfect gift. And there are so many Black-owned businesses (and Black authors) out there creating and offering those perfect gifts! Here are our favorite gift ideas for you to consider for your next party (and they’re all available at Amazon or Target to make gifting them even easier).
Jewelry & fashion gifts
Gifts for the home
Vintage and antique finds from around the world curated by GildedCageAtelier. We can't pick a fave as there's only one of each, so just check them out!
Skincare, beauty & bath gifts
Natural, cruelty-free bath and body products from BEING FOR SKIN & SOUL. Our fave: Vegan All Natural Coconut Milk & Rose Petals Bath Soak
Miscellaneous gifts for adults & teens
Gifts for baby showers
Culturally diverse diaper bags, backpacks and accessories from TinyRoyalsBrand. Our fave: Baby Diaper Backpack with Tiny Royals Crown Design
Gifts for kids’ birthdays
And of course, there are tons of kids’ books by Black authors to read over and over again. A few of our faves:
“Your Name Is a Song” by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow: Illustrated by Luisa Uribe, this book celebrates the beauty of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx and Middle Eastern names, and encourages everyone to celebrate the history and meaning behind them. Reading age: 5–10 years.
“Olu and Greta” by Diana Ejaita: Two cousins, one in Nigeria and the other in Italy, live and play in similar ways despite the geographic distance. Strikingly illustrated by Ejaita, it’s a beautiful story about how we are far more alike than we are different. Reading age: 3–5 years.
“Don’t Touch My Hair” by Sharee Miller: This joyful book highlights the beauty of Black girls’ hair while thoughtfully discussing the need for respecting boundaries. Reading age: 2–6 years.
“Astro Girl” by Ken Wilson-Max: What kid doesn’t dream of space? Illustrated by Wilson-Max, this imaginative tale follows a little girl’s love of all things space and finishes with an inspiring ending. Reading age: 4–8 years.
“Soul Food Sunday” by Winsome Bingham: Bingham is a soul food connoisseur, so it’s no surprise that this delicious tale of a boy helping his Granny prepare a Sunday meal for the first time is a real treat. Reading age: 4–8 years.
"The 1619 Project: Born on the Water" by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson: Beautifully written by Hannah-Jones and Watson and illustrated by Nikkolas Smith, this powerful story tells of the consequences of slavery and provokes readers to reflect upon history and identity in America. Reading age: 6+ years.
“A History of Me” by Adrea Theodore: Reading age: Written from the perspective of a young girl who’s the only Black child in her class, this story (illustrated by Erin Robinson) promotes pride in your history and love for who you are. 4–8 years.
“Dear Black Boy” by Martellus Bennett: Written by NFL Super Bowl champion Bennett, this inspiring story encourages young Black children in sports to recognize that they are more than just athletes—they’re future leaders. Reading age: 2–6 years.
“Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” by Maya Angelou: Angelou’s powerful poetry is paired alongside paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat for a book that readers young and old can find strength in. Reading age: 3+ years.
“Freedom, We Sing” by Amyra León: This lyrical picture book (illustrated by Molly Mendoza) takes singer/songwriter León’s poem about what it means to be free and offers it to parents as a way to discuss this topic with their kids. Reading age: 3–7 years.
“You Matter” by Christian Robinson: Colorful illustrations and clear, intelligent writing deliver a message of self-worth and self-love that both parents and kids can take inspiration from. Reading age: 2–6 years.
“Hair Love” by Matthew A. Cherry: You’ve probably heard of the award-winning film based on this book, and just like the film, it will quickly become a favorite in your kids’ book collection! Reading age: 2–7 years.
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