This Black Friday shopping for many are out of the question. In the wake of the disappointing turn of events due to the Mike Brown’s killer, officer Darren Wilson not being indicted, many have opted to not buy anything on Black Friday. Rather than boycott completely consider buying from black owned businesses not just this holiday, but regularly. Boycotting Black Friday will defeat the purpose showing our economical power if we end up buying next week anyway. Supporting big businesses are important too, many minorities work at these companies in order to really promote positive cultural change that needs to happen in and outside of our community. Diversity is what makes this country great, so let’s continue to support each other as much as possible. Here are some of my favorite Black and Caribbean brands with great gifts for your love ones this holiday. Shop small black owned businesses!
Cocotique is a monthly beauty box subscription for only $20 a month you get a variety of samples and full sized items curated for women of color. I look forward to my box every month! If you purchase after Dec. 1 Get 10% off your first deluxe beauty box subscription from COCOTIQUE.com! Use code BOX10.
Jolie Bloom is a skin healthy product line with a variety of bath bars, bath teas, lotions and candles all made from natural ingredients. The line of eco-friendly products created by fellow Jamaican blogger Jhéanell Adams. Jolie Bloom is running a Black Friday Special at 30% off using the code black30 at checkout. You’ll also get a free soap sample on purchases over $25.
Scotty Beama is an eclectic line of graphic printed apparel created by Tisha Innis. She’s an amazing designer who’s worked with a number of designers and recently ventured off to create her own line. Scotty Beama is running a Cyber Monday Sale at 30% off at check out.
Su-Kari’s line of products includes brown sugar scrubs, foot scrubs, body butters, and body oils. The Su-Kari line is carefully formulated to exfoliate and moisturize your skin, leaving it silkier than before. Combining exfoliants derived from nature including raw sugar, coffee beans and the Israeli Dead Sea with essential and aromatic oils to leave skin soft, smooth and rejuvenated without chemicals, parabens, or artificial preservatives. Su-Kari also has great gift baskets for the holidays, their body butters are my favorite!
Moruka Designs is a handbag accessories line inspired by Guyana, home to the company’s founder Julian Gravesande. Moruka Designs clutches are bold statement pieces perfect for a night on the town, holiday party or gift for a girlfriend.
Handmade jewelry always makes a great gift! The Pink Locket has a number of pieces, many that can be customized! Created by hand with love by Kamilah Campbell, owner of The Pink Locket, she makes bracelets, earring, cuff links and even wine charms for your next dinner party.
Chef Chris De La Rosa’s Caribbean Pot Youtube channel has been a staple of mine. The Trinidadian born chef, now based in Canada shares how to make Caribbean dishes on Caribbean Pot. Chris’ latest cookbook The Vibrant Caribbean Pot Vol. 2 is a great go-to-recipe guide for 100 traditional and Caribbean fusion dishes.
Taj Hunter Waite is an interior designer and blogger of All Things Taj with a line a decorative throw pillows called The Global Woman Collection using Ankara cloth from West Africa. Handmade in America, part of the proceeds go to various global charitable organizations.
While everyone is trying to get a good deal in a pair if Beats headphones, why not be original and get a pair of Marley headphones? House of Marley is having an amazing sale with up to 80% off their headphones!
Aye’ Shanti pieces are handcrafted and designed by Brooklyn-based artist, Shanti Vincent. “I love to produce striking designs with elements of culture, fantasy, and unique conversation piece” An ode to her Caribbean background, she’s inspired by the vibrant colors, rhythms, and breath taking natural scenery of her years visiting the Spice Isle, Grenada with a mix of her urban upbringing here in Brooklyn, New York.
Tabii Just launched a new line of scarves inspired by the Caribbean island of Tobago. The beauty of this island served as the inspiration for vibrant, breezy prints that make a statement while maintaining a wearability that is a signature of Tabii Just. These scarves maintain Tabii Just’s Zero Waste ideals and are manufactured in New York’s Garment District. The Tobago scarves are dual purpose. For breast-feeding moms, these scarves can be used as nursing covers. Don’t be deterred, though, guys! These are also a hit among stylish men.
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