It’ll be Christmas before you know it. Plus, due to COVID constraints this year, shopping early is crucial. Choosing unique gifts from your favorite local shops is a great way to give back to the community .

Our Christmas gift guide featuring Black makers focuses on thoughtful presents that say something. After all, everyone loves a gift with a story.   Click or tap to advance.

1. Archibald Motley Calendar

This season, give the gift of a fresh start and stunning art. Motley’s 12 Modernist works in this calendar depict and celebrate diverse Black experiences, bridging the gap between races, and encouraging social change. 

2. Langston Candle

Even smells can tell a story. This scented candle symbolizes of the life of Langston Hughes. From the leather of his armchair to tobacco and more, this candle mixes musky and heady scents to paint a picture of the jazz poet’s life.

Lavender decreases anxiety, and as the weather gets drier, this lavender body butter is a nourishing treat for the skin. Flo & Theo is a collab between two sisters who were born in Nigeria and now call NYC home.

3. Flo & Theo Lavender

Shopping for a loved one who enjoys good music? These coasters with quotes by Miles Davis and James Blood Ulmer reflect jazz’s impact on the world.

4. Harlem Jazz Coasters

Josephine Baker’s multi-talented legacy made waves both towards political change and in the performing arts. Gift the inspiration of this historical figure who could do it all with this limited edition collectors plate.

5. Josephine Baker de Paris

Mindful Christmas Gift Guide Featuring Black Makers

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