It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The time where the first snow begins to fall, trees are going up, and houses are adorned with the finest of decorations. A time where families prepare to shower each other with love in the form of gift-giving. And a time where children remind their parents and anyone who will listen about what they want for Christmas.
From gaming systems to phones, tablets to clothes, and toys to shoes, and beyond, there is no limit to what the littlest ones in our lives will ask for. But for the parent who wants to give their child everything, trying to find that perfect gift can prove to be difficult. However, thanks to the creativity of many small, Black-owned businesses, parents can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the perfect gift is only a click away.
From dolls to activities, below are five Black-owned must-haves for that special little person in your life.
Birthed from a husband and wife duo who wanted their daughter to have dolls that resembled her, Orijin Bees has something for every little girl to enjoy. Dolls come in an array of complexions with hair types ranging from 3a to 4c. Also, Orijin Bees has established their Get One, Gift One program. For each doll purchased, a doll will be sent to a little girl in need. Prices start at $49.99. To get an Orijin Bee for your little queen, visit https://orijinbees.com.
The Fresh Dolls
For the older daughter in your life, The Fresh Dolls is perfect for them. Founded by Dr. Lisa Williams, The Fresh Dolls has a diverse line of fashion dolls reflecting ethnicities from around the globe. Each doll is designed with custom-blended skin tones, authentic facial features, a variety of hair textures, and uniquely designed bodies. The Fresh Dolls also feature soft washable hair, and stunning wardrobe and accessories. Prices start at $17.99 and can be found online at https://thefreshdolls.com or your local Target, Walmart, or Amazon.
Brown Toy Box
Featuring a collection of black characters inspiring careers in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), the Brown Toy Box is perfect for boys or girls. With six different kits total, kids can choose between astronomy, museum arts, coding and app development, robotics, chemistry, and marine biology. Giving children early exposure to STEAM education through purposeful play. Prices start at $29.99 and can be found at https://browntoybox.com or Target.
Zoey Has an Allergy
Because it’s never too late for children to learn about allergies. And what better way than through this book. Zoey Has an Allergy tells the story of a young girl who discovers she is allergic to peanuts and learns how to navigate her newfound allergy without shame. The book also serves as a resource for educators and parents on how to keep little ones with allergies safe. Retailing for $18.78, Zoey Has an Allergy can be found at https://www.anishaangellabooks.ca/store/Zoey-Has-An-Allergy-p249612749.
With so many hair care products to choose from, it can be hard trying to find the perfect one for the curly kids in our lives. That is until CurlyKids HairCare. Each product has been developed for children with curly hair and promises to address all conditioning, moisturizing, and detangling needs, without being sticky, tacky, or greasy. All products are sulfate and paraben-free and include detanglers, curl-defining lotion, conditioners, shampoo, oil, and gel. Prices start at $5 and can be found at https://shop.curlykidshaircare.com.
Contributing Writer Racquel Coral is a national lifestyle writer and journalist based in Chicago, Illinois. Find her on all social media platforms @withloveracquel.