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12 Days of Holiday Gifts, but Make It Diverse: A Guide to Shopping Black-Owned Brands

Unwrap high-end favorites and hidden gems from small businesses.

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As we step into the holiday season, our present for you this year is a list full of fashion, beauty and self-care treats from Black-owned businesses that are sure to inspire new gift ideas. Think Brother Vellies and Mateo for luxury accessory lovers, and RE ONA and Nubian Skin for those who enjoy lounging in style. Whether you’re shopping for a style fanatic, a makeup enthusiast or for yourself, our guide has got something for everyone.

Ease the stress of last-minute shopping and find 12 perfect holiday gifts to fill your cart with below. We can’t guarantee that you won’t end up with all of them on your wish list.

Brother Vellies Ronstadt Boot

Brother Vellies
Ronstadt Boot in Ivory
$1,100 USD
Brother VelliesBrother Vellies 

Attention shoe addicts, Brother Vellies’ Ronstadt Boot is the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe. With a classy kitten heel and a bit of over-the-knee edge, this boot will slip right over your favourite tights and elevate your shoe game. Call it cowgirl-meets-chalet chic.

RE ONA Vanilla Slouchy Cardigan

RE ONA
Vanilla Slouchy Cardigan
$145 USD
RE ONARE ONA 

Wrap yourself in a warm and cozy chenille embrace with this cream-colored loungewear staple. Straight from RE ONA’s new Fall/Winter 2020 drop, the Vanilla Slouchy Cardigan is the stay-at-home style upgrade you didn’t know you needed.

Sistine The Good Holiday Ltd. Set

Sistine
The Good Holiday Ltd. Set
$78 USD
SistineSistine 

Give the gift of self-care and skincare all in one. Sistine‘s The Good Holiday Ltd. set features the Sister’s Super Fruit Antioxidant Moisturizer and the Anointed Vitamin C Cleanser, a duo carefully curated to get you glowing. Luxuriously packaged with sustainability and aesthetics in mind, clean beauty has never looked or felt so good.

Telfar Small Shopping Bag

Telfar
Small Shopping Bag
$150 USD
TelfarTelfar 

A cult-favorite for handbag fiends, would this list even be complete without Telfar‘s famous tote? Although the bag tends to sell out quickly, catch exclusive drops and pre-order alerts of new colors and sizes on the brand’s Instagram. Securing a Telfar bag is a form of art in a way, but this unique shopping experience will be totally worth it.

TLZ L’Femme White Trunk Mini Dress

TLZ L’Femme
White Trunk Mini Dress
$188 USD
TLZ L’FemmeTLZ L’Femme 

Shop TLZ L’Femme’s White Trunk Mini Dress and give your little black dress a run for its money. The elongated trunk detail is a TLZ L’Femme trademark — and this dress is no exception. Available in sizes from XS to 3XL, this piece is made-to-order and is sculpted to suit your silhouette.

Mateo 14kt Gold Baroque Pearl Drops

Mateo
14kt Gold Baroque Pearl Drops
$450 USD
MateoMateo 

Crucial for every jewelry collection, you can never go wrong with gifting someone pearls. Handcrafted with 14kt gold and precious baroque pearls, Mateo puts a modern spin on a classic earring.

Nubian Skin COCOA by NS Bralette

Nubian Skin
COCOA by NS Bralette
$33 USD
Nubian SkinNubian Skin 

Inspired by athleisure and made from organic cotton, Nubian Skin’s COCOA by NS Bralette is comfy and eco-conscious. The bralette comes in four signature skin tones ranging from “Cafe au Lait” to “Berry” — because “nude” is a different shade for every skin tone.

Cold Laundry CL Cream Scarf

Cold Laundry
CL Cream Scarf
$66 USD
Cold LaundryCold Laundry 

Cold Laundry’s Cream Scarf is a winter must-have. Made from 100 percent cotton and designed with an oversized fit for an effortlessly cool look, the scarf makes for both a comfy and practical holiday gift. It’s the perfect après-ski accessory.

Pat McGrath Labs Mega Mothership: Celestial Divinity Eyeshadow Palette

Pat McGrath Labs
Mega Mothership: Celestial Divinity Eyeshadow Palette
$78 USD
SephoraSephora 

Makeup lovers, this holiday season is your time to shine. The perfect eyeshadow palette does exist, and it’s called the Mega Mothership: Celestial Divinity Eyeshadow Palette. With 18 gorgeous shadows all wrapped up in exclusive holiday packaging, this limited-edition gem is the first of its kind in Pat McGrath Labs‘ history.

rielli Antibes Dress Oat Milk

rielli
Antibes Dress in Oat Milk
$110 USD
riellirielli 

For those lucky enough to spend the holidays where it’s hot all year round, this one is for you. Designed with breathable crinkle fabric, rielli’s Antibes cover up redefines the beach dress. This beautiful piece comes in a short as well as a midi length, with a halter that ties elegantly behind the neck with a silk wrap.

LaQuan Smith Cropped Puffer Jacket

LaQuan Smith
Cropped Puffer Jacket
$1,250 USD
FWRDFWRD 

If a long puffer isn’t your thing and you want to brave the cold to show a little skin, opt for the LaQuan Smith Cropped Puffer Jacket. Fresh off the runway from the brand’s FW20 collection, this outerwear piece is worth the splurge.

Pear Nova BRWNGRLMGC

Pear Nova
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$50 USD
Pear NovaPear Nova 

For all your neutral nail needs, shop this collection from Pear Nova. With tongue-in-cheek shade names like “Michelle Our Mama,” “Frida Be Free,” “Dianna Boss,” & “Cleo F*ckin Patra,” this nail color set is hard to resist.


Lauren Knowles is a Bahamian-born and Toronto-based writer and content creator fueled by sporadic bursts of creativity. Inspired by other trailblazing creatives of color and their stories, Lauren aspires to push the envelope and create purposeful pieces through the lens of fashion and beauty. You can connect with her on Instagram.

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