This holiday season, perhaps more than any before, we wish to foster peace, hope and well-being for all. Supporting Black-owned brands and businesses is one way to spread the love and increase positive vibrations. Check out our handful of present inspirations and get your giving on.
FOR THE ONE YOU’RE SWEET ON
Phillip Ashley Rix Signature 12 Piece Assortment | $55.00
Designer chocolatier Chef Phillip Ashley Rix, oft called “The Real Willy Wonka,” has developed an international following for his wildly imaginative chocolates. Each chocolate is handcrafted in small batches using ingredients from around the world, focusing on seasonality, with the finest fair-trade chocolate.
FOR THE BOLD SNUGGLER
Johanna Howard Deco Throw | $195.00
Sometimes the strongest statements are the softest. The Deco throw takes the bold lines and curves of an art deco graphic and matches them with amazingly soft, thick cotton chenille. Reversible and mirror image, there is something fun to look at from every angle or just cozy up to. And because it is machine washable, it’s versatile indoors and out.
FOR THE SOFTY
SALT + CLAY 8TH & Delafield Body Butter | $22.50
Creamy, dreamy whipped shea, mango & avocado body butter melts into your skin with the warmth of your hands and leaves it seriously soft and not greasy. The sensual fragrance is both masculine & feminine and imparts a subtle, sultry and sensual scent. Especially indulgent after the “Nola Darling” coffee and brown sugar scrub. Each SALT + CLAY product is infused with all-natural essential & fragrance oils that enhance wellness to both skin, hair and chakra. Handcrafted in Washington, DC and named after the owner’s favorite streets and songs.
FOR THE SOLE SOPHISTICATE
Sheila Bridges‘ Moroccan Babouches | $135.00 – $140.00
Handcrafted in Marrakech, Sheila Bridges’ comfy, chic babouches boast the designer’s famed Harlem Toile De Jouy fabric on the exterior and a colorful contrasting African print on the interior. Leather soles make for lasting wear. In both women’s and men’s sizes.
FOR THE SMOOTH TALKER
Uncle Nearest Whiskey | From $50.00
Uncle Nearest was created in the name of Nathan “Nearest” Green, an enslaved man who distilled whiskey in the 1850s and taught young Jack Daniel the craft. He was all but erased from the history books, but Uncle Nearest is making his name known again with award-winning small batch whiskeys.
FOR THE BOHO BIBLIOPHILE
Face Bookend Vase by Justina Blakeney | $98.00
These funky Face Bookend Vases add whimsy and functionality. They can be used simply as a single vase, or as a pair of sculptural bookends. Sold individually. Designed by Justina Blakeney for Jungalow.
FOR THE ON-THE-GO STYLE SETTER
Press ‘n Curl Tote by Karen J. Revis | $25.00
Created by NYC artist Karen J. Revis, this stylish, sturdy tote celebrates natural hair and Black culture. Inspired by Marni Senofonte and her work in Beyonce’s visual album, Lemonade, each tote is individually silkscreened onto organic cotton canvas. For fashion-forward fellas and ladies. 5 1/2″ L x 14 1/2″ W | Straps 21″ Organic cotton heavyweight canvas.
FOR THE SAUCY CHEF
Royal Jelly Harlem Johnny Apron in Teal & Orange Asterix | $48.00
Positively printed unisex aprons are handmade of 100% cotton African Ankara wax fabric. After many trips to West and South Africa, mother-daughter duo Teta and Maya Gorgoni were moved by the artistry of African textiles, which led to Royal Harlem Jelly African-inspired clothing and home décor.
FOR THE SUNSEEKER
Sun Earrings by CanDid Art | $60.00
Handcrafted sterling silver and brass sun hoops make a shining statement. Designer Candice Cox’s lifestyle brand, CanDid Art, celebrates the modern African Diaspora and promotes self-expression, individuality and sustainability through ethically sourced materials.
FOR THE BUBBLY ONE
McBride Sisters: Black Girl Magic Sparkling Brut | $24.99
Grown sustainably in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, one of the most prestigious fine wine regions in the country and the source for Black Girl Magic Sparkling Brut. The finest grapes are harvested early to maximize soft floral notes and flavors of crisp apples, golden pear and citrus that are complemented by refined bubbles. The result is fresh, elegant and sophisticated.
FOR THE MERRY MIXOLOGIST
Hella Cocktail Co. Classic Cocktail Set | $39.95
This curated set of Hella Cocktail Co. Classic Margarita, Classic Bloody Mary, and Old Fashioned sets the bar for an elevated cocktail experience in a bottle. Hella Cocktail Co. mixes are crafted with integrity and rooted in discovery for everyone who wants to taste more and know more.
FOR THE KEEPER OF SECRETS & DREAMS
Scripturient Journals | $75.00
Each one-of-a-kind resin journal is handmade by artist Jennifer Turner. Created with resin, pigment powders and acrylic paint, and adorned with genuine crystals, the scripturient journals are intended to inspire creativity and healing. Packaged with an embellished pen in a keepsake box, the journal comes with 50 sheets of blank pages and is refillable. A5 (5 7/8″ x 8-1/4″).
FOR THE WORTH YOUR WHILE OENOPHILE
Maison Noir Wines | Horseshoes & Handgrenades | From $25.00
Founded by sommelier André Hueston Mack, Maison Noir incorporates a trademark attitude and personal perspective on wine subculture. The wines are unique and distinctive garage wines, initially created for some of New York’s best restaurants for whom Mack was a sommelier and are now available nationwide. Horseshoes & Handgrenades is a fruit-driven, full-bodied complex red blend sourced from Southern Oregon and Red Mountain Washington. Think cherry pits and leather whips!
FOR THE WELL-INTENTIONED ONE
The Crystal Candle | $59.00
The Crystal Candle is a healing, scented candle. Each candle infusion is crafted around a specific intention and made using a healthy blend of pure beeswax, organic coconut oil, therapeutic grade pure essential oils and natural crystals. There are eight options with intentions including: balance, happiness, peace and sensuality. Handmade in Martinique.
For more like this, be sure to check out the rest of ASPIRE’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guides here.
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