It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The holly jolly time of year that we have all been waiting for is only ten days away. This means that there is still time to find that special gift for the special lady in your life.
But while these multifaceted queens have access to all of the things, searching for the right gift can leave many in a state of confusion. Especially when trying to shop for the woman who has everything and needs nothing. However, thanks to the innovativeness of many small, Black-owned businesses, stressing over finding the right present is a thing of the past. Making the holiday shopping experience that much easier by creating items that every woman could enjoy.
From handbags to jewelry, makeup to hair care, and all the accessories in between, here are ten holiday must-haves for the women in your lives.
Simone I. Smith
Wife of Grammy-award-winning rapper and actor, LL Cool J, and mogul in her own right, Simone I. Smith has the perfect array of gifts for every woman. In addition to her namesake jewelry, Smith has also released her nail polish brand S.I.S. Luxe Lacquer, and collaborated with Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige on their Sister Love jewelry collection. Items start at $20 for the Luxe Lacquer and $40 for jewelry. Visit https://simoneismith.com.
Clean fragrance brand MOODEAUX, empowers people to forge better relationships with themselves by flaunting how they feel. Their debut luxury fragrance, Worthy, is made without alcohol, water, or dyes, helping to accessorize your mood at less of a cost to the environment. Worthy comes gift wrapped in a reusable bag and retails for $65. Visit https://moodeaux.com.
Founded by Gwen Jimmere while on the brink of unemployment and going through a grueling divorce as a single mom, Naturalicious is a haircare line on a mission to eliminate the frustration, time, and expense that can come with hair maintenance. Products are made for women with both tight and loose curls, locs, and color-treated hair. And include their award-winning Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment. Naturalicious prices start at $12 and can be found at https://naturalicious.net.
Skin by Brownlee & Co.
Esthetician and skincare expert Sylvia Brownlee’s, Skin by Brownlee & Co. includes a full line of products specializing in the prevention and treatment of acne and hyperpigmentation. Their extensive line of product offerings includes cleansers, toners, scrubs, serums, and moisturizers. As well as their Cryotherapy Ball used to take the place of ice to calm inflammation and speed up your skin’s recovery process. Full-size products start at $20 with travel sizes starting at $8. Give the gift of great skin by visiting https://www.skinbybrownleeandco.com.
Standout Style Boutique
Chicago-based, Standout Style Boutique is an award-winning women’s e-boutique offering affordable, head-turning styles in regular and curvy sizes. Described as an “online style destination”, founder, Tamika Price focuses on serving up not only Standout Style but Standout service. Boutique items include coats, dresses, sweaters, and handbags. Prices start at $14.99. Visit www.shopstandout.com to give the gift of fashion.
For the woman on the go, HerSpace Co. offers style and functionality with its Layered Living Planner planner. Created with intention by two women on a mission to inspire and empower other women, this planner includes signature components to plan your year, assess your progress, and challenge yourself weekly. It is also made with inside front and back pockets, a hardcover, and gold wire binding. The Layered Living Planner retails for $58. Visit https://herspace-co.myshopify.com
Deida Massey, a 20-year beauty industry veteran and makeup artist seized a moment when introduced to the Achiote plant (Bixa Orellana). Shortly after researching the plant, Deida learned that the tree is best known as the source of Annatto seeds, which produce a natural orange-red tint. Leading her to create a line of Lip Whips that are vibrant in color, offering a matte finish, while creating long-wearing moisture. Lip Whips come in an array of pinks, oranges, and fuschias, and with each sale, 10% of proceeds directly fund the Uzima Center in Mwanza, Tanzania. Prices retail for $25 and can be found at https://www.bixabeauty.com.
For the quintessential everyday woman, MinkeeBlue is the ultimate must-have handbag. With multiple zippered compartments, this bag keeps shoes, food, and personal items separate from one another. Making it perfect for errands, working out, motherhood, and work. Give the gift of sophistication to the lady in your life by purchasing a MinkeeBlue handbag. Prices start at $169. Visit https://minkeeblue.com.
Created by a mother teaching her sons to find humility in all things by relishing in what’s truly significant, Humble Wicks is a gluten-free, hand-poured, luxury line of soy and coconut wax candles. Owner and Chicago-native, Chanielle Beach, offers a variety of wooden wick candles, wax melts, and care sets. Creating vibe setting, long-lasting, mood-boosting, experiences with each use. She says, “Through experience and accomplishments, I’m finding peace and humbleness in the slightest things. We want everyone to light a candle or enjoy a Wax Melt to set the mood for those shifts to take place.” Prices begin at $6.50 for wax melts and $21 for candles. Visit https://www.humblewicks.com.
The Chic Shirt Shop
Created by Kelly Hardy who was on a mission to find women’s streetwear and decided to make her own, The Chic Shirt Shop offers an assortment of tees, sweatshirts, and hoodies. Each item is made out of high-quality, soft fabric, and includes catchy phrases ensuring that you will make a statement wherever you go. Perfect for any occasion, The Chic Shirt Shop’s prices start at $28 for shirts and $50 for hoodies. Visit https://chicshirtshop.com.
Contributing Writer Racquel Coral is a national lifestyle writer and journalist based in Chicago, Illinois. Find her on all social media platforms @withloveracquel.