The holidays are officially right around the corner, and some might be scrambling to make last-minute gift purchases. But being caught in a holiday gift pinch shouldn’t require that the quality or thoughtfulness of the gift be compromised. So, if supporting Black-owned businesses is a priority and you still have a few odds and ins to grab before the holidays, here’s a list of four Black-owned companies that are worth considering that are so amazing, you may even want to get a few items for yourself.
1. For the interior design enthusiast
Looking for a holiday gift to celebrate an interior design buff? Or someone who loves investing time in their home décor. Take a look at The Black Home. The Black Home is owned and operated by Neffi Walker, a hugely successful Afro-Latina interior designer who focuses on the Black cultural experience, using her expert eye in interior design to advocate for change and inspire others to do the same.
Having been an interior designer for over a decade, The Black Home mirrors Neffi’s taste in design for curating moody spaces and provocative decor that reflect her rich cultural heritage. Although her brick mortar store is located in Newark, New Jersey, the store’s website is packed with tons of chic, eclectic home decorative items that celebrate Blackness through artistry, creativity, and excellence. The Black Home sells everything from art to bedding, candles, kitchenware, and more.
2. For the world traveler
Gifts for people who are always on the go or who love a quality, affordable, and attractive bag can be tricky. But the folks at Tote&Carry have made it easy. The luxury bag brand was co-founded by Tony Rey and Tony Dennis, who have thoughtfully and effectively bridged luxury, high fashion, and durability to make unique bags that are easy on the environment by using eco-friendly leather and even easier on the eyes with breathtaking streamlined designs. Their collection features bold, beautiful colors that include travel sets with a duffle bag and backpack and stylish yet functional luggage rollers.
3. For the busy bee
Speaking of holiday shopping for people who are constantly on the go, The Pocket Panty is the perfect stocking stuffer. The Pocket Panty is owned and operated by Ashlee Lena Turner, a successful millennial serial entrepreneur who has found the ideal solution for people who wear panties and occasionally face “life’s unexpected panty plot twist.” The Pocket Panty is an excellent option for a quick and accessible spare pair of panties after an intense workout, a last-minute overnight visit, or even an unexpected tinkle after laughing too hard at happy hour. The Pocket Panty is also ideal for people who sometimes experience incontinence or unpredictable menstrual cycles.
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Their panties are made out of spandex with a breathable cotton-lined, moisture-absorbing crotch that adds to its soft and comfy feel. But The Pocket Panty is far from a “grandma panty.” These little gems are super attractive briefs and fit most body shapes and sizes (nudes, thongs, and larger sizes coming soon). But that’s not all. As a Black woman herself, Ashlee is passionate about using The Pocket Panty to highlight undergarment insecurity — especially among women and girls of color — as a critical public health issue that goes unacknowledged.
4. For the fashion-forward man
Shopping for men can be challenging, especially for men who have mastered the delicate balance between remaining impeccably on-trend while still being comfortable. Jerry Lorenzo’s wildly popular Fear of God does just that. The more affordable but equally as in fashion and in-demand sister brand, Essentials, also hits the target every time without effort. From hoodies and sweats to formal suiting and footwear — Fear of God and Essentials has masterfully married cutting-edge fashion innovation with comfort and ease. But be warned: they sell out fast, so move quickly.