The holidays are upon us and this year feels so different than most. Many of us may not be able to visit our families and if we are it likely involves testing and isolation requirements. It's a strange season to think about gifting and shopping.
Strange or not, for many holidays, gifting is an inescapable tradition. For those folks, myself included, find below my picks for holiday gifts from a diverse array of local makers and producers. From coffee with a mission to gorgeous handmade jewelry, there's something below for everyone and each purchase supports a small business in DC, Maryland, or Virginia.
Holiday Gift Guide: Goodies From Diverse Local Makers
I'll start off this guide with products I've been lusting over, have asked all my friends about, but have yet to purchase myself as I'm trying to keep expenses down as a new business owner, Abcrete & Co.
This jewelry "for the bold minimalist" is lightweight, made by a hand in DC, and a portion of the sales go towards decreasing the maternal mortality crisis among Black womxn. Abcrete & Co is also Black-owned.
What's not to love?
Snag some products at Ivy Wild, a woman-owned company specializing in non-toxic beauty and skin care. They also offer virtual consultations which have been key for me as a makeup novice who needs all the help she can get. Use the code ANELA15 for 15% off a minimum purchase of $50.
I received free product and a consultation from Ivy Wild. That's how I know they're kind, welcoming, and knowledgeable. I never did a full face of makeup before, but now I can now pull it off!
Don't skip my Feed The Malik Winter collection of goodies. With original designs from local artist Lidflutters and photography from yours truly, this collection features truly useful and comfortable swag. Think ultra soft hoodies and durable mugs.
Winter season is a great time to focus on self-care, which makes it a great time to shop Wild Roots Apothecary. This woman-owned small business based in Sperryville, VA, offers homemade body products, tea blends, cocktail syrups and bitters, herbal remedies, and more. Their options are vast, though I recommend starting with the Botanical Alchemist Care Kit.
We were gifted items from the botanical alchemist kit and they have become our go-to for creating cocktails and mocktails at home.
For The Pantry
For coffee drinkers, Jember Coffee is a great choice. This Ethiopian-owned company sources beans directly from farmers in Ethiopia and returns 10% of sales back to Ethiopia to support community programming focused on youth and education. Jember sells whole bean, ground coffee, as well as K cups.
I was gifted a bag of Jember and that was my original exposure to the brand. Since then my husband and I have become big fans and ordered for ourselves.
Why not get to brewing with Calabash Tea and Tonic? This local favorite (top rated on Yelp for years) is owned by a 5th generation herbalist and is my favorite source in DC for teas and tonics. They have great curated boxes perfect for gifting, available for one-time purchase or as a monthly subscription.
What's better than a great cup of tea on a cold day?
Not only is Urban Chefs Table a great source for catering needs and cooking tips (they drop knowledge on Instagram), they have also debuted custom spice blends!
Snag their Catch Of The Day Seasoning Blend to upgrade your seafood feasts this Winter season and support a local Black-owned business.
If you're working on your home bartender skills, check out Pratt Standard. This woman-owned, local company makes handmade cocktail syrups inspired by pre-prohibition era recipes. They have a variety of seasonal and standard flavors, cute bundles that are great for gifting, and they offer cocktail classes!
I'm a paying customer of Pratt Standard and have also been gifted some flavors to try.
Maybe your mixology skills need some work? Then turn to Charismatic Creations. this Black woman-owned event and mobile bartending company sells alcoholic and non-alcoholic infusions with flavors like Blackberry Lemonbalm and Apple Cinnamint. While I haven't tried them personally they've been on my list for a long time and come highly recommended by numerous friends. Order for delivery or you can pickup during their warehouse hours.
Upgrade your pantry sauces and chutneys with Camella's Kitchen. This Black- and women-owned company uses local ingredients to create their Caribbean sauces, chutneys, and more. They carry creative seasonal offerings and ship directly to your door.
I've also been gifted products by Camella's Kitchen and have since been so excited to shout them out, work with them, etc, as they are truly a stellar business with great products!