As you start making a list and checking it twice, there’s a lot to consider: how to find just the right gift for just the right person, one that’s both thoughtful and original, as well as how you use your dollars to support business owners and companies you believe in.
If you’re committed to supporting BIPOC-owned businesses – I know I am – here are 25 BIPOC-owned brands and products I think you’ll love.
Gift Ideas from BIPOC-Owned Businesses
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Note: there are countless amazing BIPOC-owned companies and BIPOC-led non-profits to support. As a way to give back from any additional revenue I receive from this post, I will be making an extra donation to a non-profit we support monthly, Urban Ventures, who works to address opportunity gaps in academics, nutrition, physical activity, parenting resources and more to youth, with the goal of preparing and sending them to college or postsecondary education.
The founders of HarperIman are a mother and daughter duo who saw the lack of dolls of color and decided to give kids today the dolls they wish they’d had. They create beautiful soft dolls with different skin tones and hair textures.
Their mission: “to create dolls that help reinforce how beautiful our children are by providing them with positive affirmations of themselves through dolls that they can actually identify with.”
- Handmade linen dolls
- Intended to promote a positive self-image in children
- 14" size
- Nylah is a dancer who is determined to become the lead ballerina through hard work and practice
- HarperIman creates handmade linen dolls in a variety of 4 skin tone shades
- Dolls that reflect who they are and who they want to be
Lemlem is an international brand made in Africa, originally founded to preserve the art of weaving in Ethiopia while supporting job opportunities there. They’ve expanded into creating different pieces in Kenya and Morocco as well.
Even cooler, 5% of online sales go to the lemlem Foundation, which supports training of women artisans in Ethiopia and Kenya.
- Side Panels
- Hand-twisted fringe hem
- Short Sleeves
- A-line Silhouette
- 95% Cotton 5% Acrylic
- Made in Ethiopia
- Hand Wash or Dry Clean
3. Tiny Tassel
The Tiny Tassel, a bright and cheerful jewelry company, was started by Mimi Striplin in 2015. She was inspired by a pair of earrings she received on her birthday, which got her to start putting her own spin on her earring collection through tassels.
Since she’s based out of Charleston, South Carolina, many of the items in her collection are named after some of her favorite local spots!
- 3" long
- 14k gold-plated, nickel-free hardware
- Handmade in Charleston, South Carolina
4. Spoonful of Faith
Meet my friend Jena Holliday, the brains behind Spoonful of Faith. She creates gorgeous illustrations that are found on a variety of products: art prints, calendars, tees and mugs, just to name a few.
Jena is known for her warm, joyful drawings of women and mothers, as well as her floral work and hand-lettered inspirational quotes.
- 11 oz Mug
- Dishwasher and microwave safe
- White and glossy
5. Jo Saxton
Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, podcaster and entrepreneurial coach. She was born to Nigerian parents, raised in London and now lives in Minneapolis!
I’ve had the joy of hearing Jo speak in person. What a wonderfully witty, insightful, positive breath of fresh air. Both her podcast and her books are worth checking out.
- Tackles real-life issues that can discourage and derail women from leading where God has called them
- Step into your full potential that biblically affirms the need for women to rise up and work together to make a better world
6. Pretty Please Teethers
Pretty Please Teethers started with one mom’s mission to find safe, stylish, natural items for her babies. Kelli Ulrey and Pretty Please Teethers have been designing beautiful, hand-made teethers and teething loveys since 2017 using eco-friendly silicone and organic materials.
- 100% food-grade silicone
- 5 flashcards
- Recommended for ages 0-3 years
Asutra is a women-led and women-owned brand that creates products to help women. What’s better than women empowering women?
They believe in active self care because as we all know, when we take care of ourself we can take on everything else so much better. Fun fact: one of their owners is Venus Williams!
- Patchouli and bergamot
- Paraben free, animal test-free
Kobee’s is an all natural lip balm packaged in a cardboard biodegradable tub, eliminating one more single-use plastic from being stuck on this world. They create super affordable products that are all plastic free. Because, as we know, every little bit helps.
- Made with vitamin E and mango butter
- Perfect set for men, women and kids
- Light eco-friendly chapstick
- Beeswax-based with moisturizers
9. Tal and Bert
Ray and Val Talbert started Pittsburgh-based Tal and Bert in February 2020, creating gorgeous pieces of art and decor out of hand-poured concrete and raw natural materials. They’re inspired by the minerals they mine themselves and the cracks in the concrete.
- Fluorite crystals
- Outlined in 22k gold
- 2.05" (w) x 1.75" (h)
- Composite material that mimics concrete
Heathmade has the most inspiring (and cutest) origin story — it was started by Heath himself when he was just 4 years old. Now 11, Heath and his business believe in crafting alcohol-free skincare products out of simple and plant-based ingredients.
Heathmade also donates skincare products and makes contributions to organizations that help homeless families rebuild their lives, and supports schools with entrepreneurial programs for kids.
- Sweet orange, ginger, and Ylang Ylang
- 1 oz. alcohol-free gel hand sanitizer
- 2 oz. lotion bar
- .15 oz. vegan lip balm
11. Rayo and Honey
Brooklyn-based Rayo and Honey is run by Roachele Negron, who was inspired by all of the many affirmations her mom had around her throughout her childhood. She creates pennants by hand-cutting, pressing and sewing 100% cotton canvas and hand-laid laser-cut felt letters, creating a soulful piece with a timeless aesthetic.
The company also sells inspiring totes, keychains, pins and more.
- Tough & Light 15oz cotton
- W: 14 inches L: 23 inches
- Two internal zipper pockets
- Hand knotted twill zipper pulls
- Cut, pieced and sewn by hand in the US of A.
12. Wooden Element
Run by husband-and-wife team Natalie and David Akerele, Wooden Element is an Illinois-based artisan company that handcrafts wooden jewelry and accessories. With an eye on sustainable fashion, they use eco-friendly resins, ethically sourced or recycled natural wood, repurposed wood and biodegradable materials when possible.
They have styles for men and women, some featuring wood heavily and others with small wood accents to fit whatever look you’re going for!
- Natural zebra wood
- Japanese Quartz Movement
- Grain pattern may vary slightly
13. Bolé Road Textiles
Bolé Road Textiles is a New York-based design studio that creates vibrant home decor. Vibrant home decor is something you see all over Paisley + Sparrow so yes, these are going on my own wish list!
All of their pieces are handwoven in Ethiopia. (Fun fact: my niece is from Ethiopia!) They create sustainable work for artists in Ethiopia while helping client create spaces they love.
- Handwoven using ultra soft Ethiopian cotton
- Handmade from start to finish, from the harvesting of the cotton to the sewing
- The woven dashes are created with thick cotton yarns, giving this fabric a unique tactile quality
14. Soap Distillery
Frustrated by the lack of variety in soap scents, Danielle Martin started Soap Distillery in 2012 and came up with the idea to make unisex soaps scented like cocktails and other alcohol. She learned how to make soaps and layer the smells to create a luxurious experience that doesn’t leave you smelling like a bar.
All the products are plant-based, and this small woman-owned company focuses on sustainability — most products are plastic-free and they don’t use essential oils that are unsustainable to produce.
- Top notes of lemon and grapefruit with a bit of geranium
- Citrusy, floral and crisp
- Himalayan sea salt to exfoliate
- Shea butter to leave your skin feeling super soft
15. The Black Home
The Black Home, created by celebrity designer Neffi Walker, is all about home decor that’s full of tradition, culture and style.
Neffi is a mother of five, showing all of us mamas that being a mom and business owner is possible. Shop The Black Home for everything from candles to some of the most beautiful tableware I’ve ever seen.
- A blend of white tea, jasmine and sandalwood
- Soy and coconut wax blend
- 60+ hours of burn time
UnoEth, which means One Ethiopia, was started by a father and daughter! Dagne Tedla and Xiomara Rosa-Tedla partner with leather artisans and cotton weavers in Ethiopia and jewelry makers in Tanzania to create gorgeous, high-quality bags and accessories.
- 100% Ethiopian leather
- 100% cotton canvas lining
- 3 zipper pockets
- Drawstring closure for the main compartment
17. Tree Fairfax
Tree Fairfax is a shop full of leather goods that are handmade to order. If you love slow fashion then Tree Fairfax is for you with each item cut, burnished and sewn by hand!
*Orders placed in October will ship late December into January.
- Pebbled texture
- Removable top handle and crossbody strap
- 9" L x 14" upper W x 9" bottom W
18. Trade Street Jam Co.
Chef Ashley Rouse started Trade Street Jam Co. in her apartment 10+ years ago to create the freshest tasting vegan jams you’ve ever tried. You can use them in almost anything: glazes, craft cocktails, barbecue sauces, yogurt and more. Or just eat them with a spoon…
She’s expanded into other sauces and mixes too, so there’s something for everyone on your list!
- Raspberry hot sauce
- Pineapple hot sauce
- Papaya hot sauce
- Medium heat
19. The Flora Culture
It’s not a gift guide from Paisley + Sparrow without a plant! Flora Culture is a plant design center that’s based out of Texas. They started their brand out of a love for plants and floral design and want to make plants accessible to everyone whether or not their good plant people or not!
The Flora Culture provides a variety of plant-y services, from workshops to home plant consultations, as well as an online plant shop.
• Light: Bright indirect to direct sunlight
• Water: Let soil completely dry between watering
• Note: These plants are toxic to animals
20. Little Likes Kids
Kemi Tignor created Little Likes Kids to make sure her son (and all his wonderful and diverse friends) were represented in their toys! The company’s puzzles, match games and cards are illustrated with recognizable and joyful scenes of childhood, representing the colorful world around your kids.
- Durable pieces
- 48 pieces
- Sturdy box with rope handle
- 15" by 20"
Philadelphia-based Yowie is a home and life shop that curates colorful collections from small business. If you’re not based in Philadelphia, no worries; their online shop is just as colorful and inspiring.
You’ll find a little of everything a home needs at Yowie, from mugs to greeting cards, pots and even bathmats! Founder Shannon Maldonado also consults on interior design for those who want more of her upbeat style.
- Handmade by Sara Ekua
- 3" D x 4" H
- Food safe
22. Wordy Toys
Wordy Toys is built on the idea of environmental print — that seeing words on everyday items builds a link between letters and words and gives kids a leg up on literacy.
By offering high-quality wooden toys with words (in multiple languages), Wordy Toys hopes to instill a love of language, words and cultures in children.
Use code “paisley” for 20% off.
- Choice of multiple languages
- Child-safe, non toxic paint and ink
- 4 lettuce, 4 beans, 2 corns, 2 avocados, 2 jicamas, 2 radishes, 2 peppers, 2 tortilla strips, 2 onions, 2 bowls, 1 fork, 1 spoon, 1 salsa, 1 sour cream
Use code "paisley" for 20% off!
23. Strand Texture
Strand Texture makes beautiful fiber art and modern macrame. I love adding fiber art to my home decor for the beautiful texture and warmth it adds to my space. You can get ready-made pieces as well as custom made items!
The owner, Aja Smart, is based out of California. The cotton cord and rope she uses is made of eco-friendly recycled materials.
- Dimensions: 13" diameter, 3/4" depth
- Colors: Spectrum of pinks, yellows, mint green, turquoise, and white
Golde was started by Trinity Mouzon Wofford and Issey Kobori in 2017 with the intent to bring good vibes to the wellness industry. They believe that being well should feel good so they create products that not only look good and feel good but also help you feel like your best self.
All of their products are natural, easy to use and fun! Bonus – Get $5 off your order when you use my link!
- One teaspoon has more caffeine than a shot of espresso (!)
- Natural source of L-Theanine, which promotes serene focus and prevents jitters or caffeine crash
- Rich in chlorophyll, antioxidants and amino acids
- Contains 40 g. of matcha, about 30 servings
25. Effortless Composition
Effortless Composition is a collection of hand-selected home decor pieces to help you create a home you love. The owner, Brittiny Terry, believes that creating a home you love should be effortless.
Her shop is full of beautiful pieces rich in aesthetic and high in quality. You even get a free virtual styling session with each purchase!
- Lightweight mango wood
- Product, color and finish may vary due to handmade nature
- 8.5" L
I hope this gift guide introduced you to a new brand or two and that you’ll consider supporting one of these amazing brands this holiday season!
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