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).
Party kits for baby and bridal showers from Côtier Brand. Our fave: Mimosa Bar Kit
Tasty, climate-friendly and perfect-for-the-snack-table crackers from Moonshot Snacks. Our fave: Vegan, Organic Crackers Variety Pack
Gluten-free flours, baking mixes, spices and snacks from Iya Foods. Our fave: GF Fudge Brownie Baking Mix
Gluten-free, vegan, allergy-friendly cookies and more from Partake Foods. Our fave: Crunchy Vegan Cookies Variety Pack
Custom burlap banners for every occasion from SwankyBurlap. Our fave: Camping Party Banner
Banners, garlands and more party supply must-haves from HouseofHIJK. Our fave: Easter Bunny Garland
Jewelry & fashion gifts
Minimalist, initial jewelry and more from BYCHARI. Our fave: 14K Gold-Plated Sade Hoops
Contemporary jewelry made in Kenya from SOKO. Our fave: Amali Chain Threader Earrings
Eye-catching luxury jewelry from MATEO New York. Our fave: Small 14K Half Moon Pendant with Diamonds
Cool artisanal jewelry inspired by the modern African Diaspora and cosmic geometry from CanDidArtAccessories. Our fave: 14K Gold-Filled Frequency Necklace
Sleek, unique accessories and clothing from SignedbyDahliah. Our fave: Houndstooth Shacket
Handcrafted, eye-catching gold and silver jewelry from linguaNigra. Our fave: Aleda Hand-Etched Gold-Plated Bangle
Gifts for the home
Handmade candles from Satya + Sage. Our fave: 5oz Goddess Candle
Luxury home fragrances inspired by the Harlem Renaissance from Harlem Candle Company. Our fave: Lady Day Candle
On-trend jewelry holders, planters and more from MadeByRheal. Our fave: Amethyst-Filled Resin Hands Catchall
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!
Candles and more home fragrance (include state-based ones) from MadameFlowers. Our fave: California Soy Wax Candle
Modern, minimalist handmade pottery from Altheaspottery. Our fave: Rustic Pasta Bowl
Gorgeous raw minerals-meets-concrete planters and candles from talandbert. Our fave: Air Plant Holder
Handmade macrame decor and patterns from SweetHomeAlberti. Our fave: Colorful Macrame Plant Wall Hanger
Beautifully woven baskets and more handcrafted in the tradition of the Gullah community from GeecheeGyalBaskets. Our fave: Bread Basket
Decorative keepsake Gee's Bend quilts for every age from NookandShug. Our fave: Handmade Baby Quilt
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
Skincare from Minimo Skin Essentials. Our fave: Glow Tumeric Face Scrub with Scrubbie
Vegan and cruelty-free makeup from The Lip Bar. Our fave: Vegan Matte Liquid Lipstick
Shaving sets and more grooming essentials from Bevel. Our fave: Starter Shave Kit
Physician-created, vegan and cruelty-free skincare from GlowRX Skincare. Our fave: Vitamin C Citrus Stem Cell Face Serum
Vegan, paraben-free, non-toxic and cruelty-free makeup from Mented Cosmetics. Our fave: Everyday Eyeshadow Palette
Super-cool, customized press-on nails from NalasNails. Our fave: Galaxy Nails
Miscellaneous gifts for adults & teens
Conversation-starting card games from Actually Curious. Our fave: Actually Curious: Happy Hour Edition!
Specialty coffee and tee from BLK & Bold. Our fave: Rise & GRND Whole Bean Coffee
Vibrant, gorgeous stationery and more from Be Rooted. Our fave: Vegan Leather Zippered Travel Techfolio
Sports training and fitness tech products from POWERHANDZ. Our fave: Weighted Training Basketball
Sweet Afrocentric mirrors and ornaments from HappyHeadsCollection. Our fave: 2" Block Afro Puff Mirror Girl
Gifts for baby showers
Modern, minimalist teethers from Pretty Please Teethers. Our fave: Rainbow & Rays Teether
Baby essentials (and a few things for older kids) from Darlyng & Co. Our fave: Unscented Soothing Baby Cream
Adorable bibs, blankies and more from Little Muffincakes. Our fave: Plush Zhara Ballerina Baby Blanket
Adorable crochet hats and more (including creations for adults and pets) from AnzhelikaCrochet. Our fave: Crochet Baby Sneakers
Cozy blankets, baskets and more from ACCreationsbyAshlie. Our fave: Crochet Baby Blanket
Culturally diverse diaper bags, backpacks and accessories from TinyRoyalsBrand. Our fave: Baby Diaper Backpack with Tiny Royals Crown Design
Gifts for kids’ birthdays
STE[A]M toys and more from Brown Toy Box. Our fave: Maya Coding & App STEAM Kit
Games, puzzles & more from Little Likes Kids. Our fave: Camping Outdoors Go Fish Game
Fashion-forward multicultural dolls from The Fresh Dolls. Our fave: Career Collection Fashion
Well-made, fanciful costumes for little girls from BaileyandAvaBespoke. Our fave: Teal & Purple Mermaid Costume
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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