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The holidays are near, so why not spread some cheer while also supporting a Black-owned business? Handcrafted, bespoke, and artisan items are always a hit, especially when the receiver knows you had them specifically in mind when picking out a gift. In addition to supporting a Black-owned small business, your purchase makes a statement about how much thought went into the gift.
From tasty treats to kitchen gadgets, we found items to please everyone on your holiday shopping list this year. Here, some of the best food and kitchen gifts from Black-owned businesses.
BespokeBinny has beautiful handmade home and gift items to choose from, among them aprons and matching oven mitts! Choose from brightly colored, patterned African fabrics and prints to give your favorite baker or chef a little extra razzle-dazzle in the kitchen. BespokeBinny is based in the UK but ships worldwide, and the items make for truly unique gifts that you won’t find anywhere else.
Founded by a husband and wife team, Guisseppe and Skylar, EXAU combines the two's love and knowledge of olives, olive oil, and the wine industry. Using wild ingredients from the Calabrian Italian countryside, EXAU olive oil has no added preservatives or harmful additives. Every year, the olives used in the oil are handpicked, processed, and delivered back to the States where the bottles quickly sell out.
Named after the olive oils that were once only reserved for nobility in Ancient Rome, an EXAU bottle is sure to make anyone feel luxurious.
Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey was the most-awarded new American bourbon or whiskey in both 2019 and 2020, with prestigious back-to-back wins of the “World’s Best” title from the World Whiskey Awards—in addition to racking up over 125 awards since its 2017 beginnings. Named after freedman and first-known African-American Master Distiller Nathan “Nearest” Green, who taught the process to many American distillers who sell whiskey today, Uncle Nearest Whiskey is a testament to the fact that his original blend is still considered one of the best in the world.
To make this even more personal for your favorite whiskey drinker, some retailers offer the option for a custom-engraved bottle.
A relatively new brand in the spirit industry, Brough Brothers is making a big splash in the bourbon world. Created by three brothers from Louisville, the company was the first-ever African American-owned bourbon distillery in the state of Kentucky. The small-batch bourbon boasts hints of floral aromas and a medium-bodied flavor of apple, pear, and warm spices. The unique bottle—featuring sketches of basketball, boxing, and horse racing—is a nod to Kentucky’s rich culture and also sets it apart as a great choice for gifting.
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for your favorite amateur or professional bartender or mixologist, Loft & Bear Artisanal Vodka is an exceptional spirit with a great backstory. Exclusively handcrafted in downtown Los Angeles, the spirit was created in 2011 by one of the youngest distillery owners in the country, Paul Ryan Elliot, out of his loft apartment—hence the name. Adding to the allure, the spirit has a clean, neutral-flavored taste with subtle notes of vanilla and buttery, herby finishes.
With a recipe that was crafted and honed to perfection over the course of 30 years, veteran-owned Pitmaster LC’s BBQ sauces are known for that classic Kansas City BBQ taste. Made from 100 percent all-natural ingredients, the sauces are the fastest-growing BBQ sauce brand in the country, first offered in local Kansas City grocery stores in 2016 and now being sold all over the US, Canada, and even places in Europe and the Middle East!
Novice grillers and pitmasters alike love the smokey sweet flavors of the brand's sauces and rubs. You can buy it by the gallon jug, but a two-pack of either the Classic or Spicy version makes a great gift.
Candy with a Twist is the perfect gift for the kid in your life. Create custom-printed marshmallows, graham crackers, stroopwafels, and more for any celebration—or just because. The confectionery boutique believes in creating innovative flavors and treats that are sure to wow even the pickiest sweets eater.
Gluten-free, vegan, allergy-friendly, and extremely tasty, Partake Foods cookies live up to their motto of being “super delicious.” The company was founded by two concerned parents whose daughter was born with severe food allergies. When the Woodards decided they didn’t want to skimp on flavor or texture for a healthy alternative for snacks, Denise Woodard quit her corporate job to start Partake.
With flavor options like Chocolate Chip, Birthday Cake, and GingerSnap, these cookies make a great gift for neighbors, teachers, and anyone on your list who might have special dietary restrictions you don’t know about. Want another reason to feel good about this gift? Partake Foods also partnered with the Food Inequality Initiative to help ensure families have access to healthy foods!
Started by a husband and wife who believed in the American dream in 2011, Big Red’s Hot Sauce has become a staple pantry ingredient in many hot sauce-loving households all over the country. Paul and Tasia Ford got their start in Phoenix, Arizona and quickly gained national recognition for their flavorful blends of unique ingredients like prickly pear and maple bacon jalapeno.
It’s difficult to pick just one, which is why the “Flavor Tour” sampler pack makes a great gift. It includes all nine of Big Red’s Arizona sauces, ranging from mild to sweet to super hot.
Nayana and Don Ferguson started Anteel Tequila—formerly Teeq Spirits—with no prior industry experience, but rather, a driving passion for educating and enjoying spirits from all over the world, and turned it into an award-winning brand in only a few years. The only Black woman-co-founded/owned tequila brand in the world, Anteel Tequila has three unique types of tequila, including the world's only coconut lime Blanco tequila, which all tout a different bite while still being hailed as some of the smoothest tequilas in the world.
Named after the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, where the owner, Marvina Robinson, grew up, Stuyvesant Champagne is one of the few Black woman-owned bubbly companies in the country. Although the party drink is named after an area in a New York borough, all of the champagne itself is made in a vineyard in France. The owner took humble beginnings and memories of sipping champagne out of plastic cups with friends and turned it into a full-fledged business. Choose from the Rosé and Grand Reserve Brut—either perfect to cheers any occasion.
Created by couple Alfonso Wright and Jamila McGill, Brooklyn Tea is a brand started over a fascinating bond and love for tea. Seeking to create an “accessible escape” through each cup, the two provide free education and even compost their tea grounds in a community garden, fostering empowerment through their blends.
For easy gifting, there’s a box that comes with four pouches of tea—green, black, oolong, and white—and an infuser, perfect for someone who wants to sample a little of everything.
Based out of Inglewood, California, the Charles Wine Company began in 2006 with owners Paul and Cherise Charles, inspired by conversation and a bottle of wine with a friend. They would go on to learn how to blend their own wines by studying with some of the best sommeliers and at vineyards and wineries all over the world.
With five wine blends that all range under $25, not only are the wines perfectly created with the best quality California grapes, they are perfectly priced. If you’re looking for a wine that makes a statement right from the label, the "Equality" bottle is a 2018 Central Coast pinot noir with notes of black raspberry, spice, and a subtle salty minerality that makes a perfect present.
Black-owned, woman-owned, and veteran-owned Real Dope Coffee is challenging the stigmas around coffee drinking. After running coffee shops of their own, two of the owners decided it was time to create their own custom sustainable coffee blends and opened up the conversation around the celebrated beverage in the African American and hip-hop communities. They realized creating a unique ambiance wasn't only important to the owners’ brick and mortar shops, but also an important detail in the at-home coffee drinking experience. In addition to coffee, the brand offers skin and body products, as well as coffee cups, t-shirts, and candles.
A unique gift for any coffee lover, the Dope Box includes an 8-ounce bag of coffee, face and body scrub, a candle, and coffee-infused syrup. Save money and order a subscription to keep the good coming throughout the year.
D.C.-native, MasterChef competitor, mother, and entrepreneur Angel Anderson created the Spice Suite in 2015 after stumbling upon the storefront in the Takoma Park neighborhood she grew up in. She went on to create an interactive space where consumers' senses are engaged, using gourmet and exotic spices from around the world to draw in and keep people coming back for more.
Not just a spice shop, there is now a membership club—SpiceGirlin’—where artisans sell their handmade or uniquely sourced products in monthly pop-up shops. While the in-person Spice Suite shop is truly unique, you can also purchase SpiceBoxes online, which are curated each month with best-selling products. They make one-of-a-kind gifts filled with items like tea bags, specialty balsamic vinegar, spice rubs, and more.
When Chef Chris Campbell started monthly pop-up dinners in Kennesaw, Georgia, he saw a need for custom table linens not only for himself, but for his friends in the industry as well. The goal of the pop-up dinner parties is to create community, and the goal of his handmade linens is to create expression through funky and unique cloths that are individually chosen and carefully curated with the diner and cook in mind. To add a cherry on top, you can even request to get custom pieces made that are sure to be statement pieces on any table.
Some of the best gifts are the ones that keep on giving, and what better way to do that than by gifting a subscription box? This one is unique and perfect for anyone missing travel right now. After living in the United States for 14 years, two sisters from Trinidad and Tobago, Malika and Jamila, wanted to share their love of their Caribbean culture and food with other people. They also wanted to be sure that no matter where people moved, they would always have access to staple ingredients for Caribbean cooking.
This monthly subscription sends themed boxes that include spices, sauces, and snacks, perfect for, quite literally, spicing up someone’s monthly meals. You can also shop the individual items for more specific ingredients to spice up your culinary endeavors.
Sweet Dames Artisan Confections has been a fan favorite for a while now, with its unique blend of traditional confections with Bahamian twists. The founder, Genelle Drayton, wanted to honor and celebrate her grandparents and family and their love of entertaining and good food. When it comes to gifting the sweets-lovers in your life, opt for the best-selling macaroons or cookie sandwiches.
Southern Queen grits make the perfect gift for anyone on your list who dreams of Southern comfort foods. Over the years, many grits have become more processed and under flavored. Southern Queen grits, however, are non-GMO, have no additives or preservatives, and are freshly ground shortly before shipping—ensuring some of the best-quality ground corn in the market right now.
One of the only Black-owned grits companies in the country, Southern Queen Foods has seen a boom in 2020, selling out almost instantly every time new stock is put up on their website. They are also used by renowned chefs all over the country, proving that grits are more than just a Southern staple food. Whether you choose the white or yellow stone ground corn, they are sure to be much more flavorful and creamy than any other grits you may have had before.
Blackberry Mulled Merlot, Sour Cherry Ginger, and Smoked Peach are just some of the wonderfully flavorful jams made by the Trade Street Jam Co., which was born in North Carolina but is now based out of New York City. Sticking to their Southern, farm-to-table roots and mixing in the unique vibe of Brooklyn, Trade Street Jam Co. takes simple ingredients and transforms them into uncomplicated but special flavors that provide a delightful experience when consumed.
All of the jams are made by hand and still only take about three days to be shipped directly to your door! The Signature Trio Set is a great option for gifting a loved one, bringing as a hostess gift, or keeping for yourself.
It's hard to choose just one item on this list, but BespokeBinny's aprons are beautiful, handmade, and perfect for anyone who spends time in the kitchen. If you're looking to really spoil your favorite gourmet chef, go with the EXAU Olive Oil Set. Finally, when it comes to spirits, Uncle Nearest Whiskey is sure to delight any whiskey lover.
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Amethyst Ganaway is a 10+ year restaurant veteran who’s worked every position from waitressing to bartending to cooking on the line and running restaurant kitchens. While researching for this guide, she got firsthand opinions and read through hundreds of reviews to make sure the best items were picked for each category so that you can have your choice of Black-owned businesses to support when buying culinary gifts for yourself or loved ones!