2020 was a stressful year. Black men especially have been under a tremendous amount of stress. Show your love and gratitude in giving your favorite guy something that makes them feel seen and appreciated. Finding the perfect gift and products geared towards Black men’s unique interests and needs can be a daunting task. To help, the Chicago Defender compiled a list of Black-owned companies, products, and gift ideas that are sure to make the men in your life feel special and loved.
The Cut Buddy
The Cut Buddy is a Black-owned online retailer of hair and beard shaping tools that help make at-home haircuts or beard trims more precise. Stocking stuffer ideas include The Cut Buddy Plus Edition, their premium beard, hair trimming tool, and the Nail Buddy, a ten-piece manicure grooming set. Prices range from $5-$17. Find The Cut Buddy at your local Walmart store. To shop online, please visit https://thecutbuddy.com/.
Soap Distillery is a local Black-owned soap distillery located at 1500 E. 53rd St. that offers cocktail scented soaps, shampoo bars, and other skin-care items. Fill a gift basket with some of their unique items such as the Bourbon Soap Bar; an olive oil cold pressed soap, and the Bourbon Body Oil, their lightweight botanical body oil. Add in Shower Beer, their moisturizing bergamot, pine, and orange-scented shampoo bar. Lastly, throw in a shea butter infused lip balm and hand creams in scents, Whiskey Ginger and Beer + Cigarettes. These gifts are sure to make the man in your life feel pampered. Prices range from $8-$42. You can place an order online for pick-up at their Chicago headquarters or have it shipped to your home. To shop online, please visit https://soapdistillery.com/.
Frederick Benjamin is a Black-owned online retailer of men’s grooming products. They offer a variety of products for hair and skin-care so finding the perfect customized gift is easy. Their Waver Starter Kit is ideal for the teen who is beginning his wave journey. He will love the spearmint infused daily hydrator cream and pomade. The kit includes a boar bristle brush to get him started. The Twist & Curls Kit is the perfect gift for the man who likes to keep it natural. This kit includes a mint-infused shampoo and conditioner, styling cream, pomade, and twist sponge. The Beard Regimen kit is sure to be a hit. This kit includes a bergamot conditioning cleanser and hydrating cream to keep his beard soft and moisturized. The Total Men’s Grooming Collection Experience kit is the total package and comes with styling, hair-care, and shaving products infused with spearmint and aloe. For easy gift giving, package these gifts in a stylish gift bag or box. Prices range from $20-$75. There are also subscription boxes available. To shop online, please visit https://shop.frederickbenjamin.com/.
Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery
Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery is a local Black-owned bookstore located at 515 N. Halsted St. Visit them or shop their online bookstore to get gift-worthy titles for the avid reader in your life like A Promised Land by Barack Obama, The Gucci Mane Guide to Greatness by Gucci Mane, The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley or Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by John Lewis and Michael D’Orso. To shop online, please visit https://bookshop.org/shop/Semicolonchi.
The Quarantine Clean Box
The Quarantine Clean Box is filled with a mix of products from Black-owned companies that are sure to put a smile on his face. At $65, The Quarantine Clean Box is a great gift for all ages and contains a camo facemask, charcoal soap, hat, t-shirt, and body scrub. Put a cool bow on the box, and it is ready to gift.
Sir & Madame
Sir & Madame is a Black-owned retail store located at 5225 S. Harper Ct. They offer stylish clothing, accessories, and apothecary. Treat the special man in your life to one of their Pullovers or T-Shirts. Any man in your life would love a gift from this Chicago favorite. Visit their store or shop online at http://www.sirandmadame.com/home.
Paula J. Shelton is a freelance writer and journalist living in Chicago. Find her on social @beboldshineon.