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No matter the occasion, why not spread cheer while also supporting a Black-owned business? Handcrafted, bespoke, and artisan items are always a hit, especially when receivers know you had them specifically in mind when picking out the gifts. In addition to supporting a Black-owned 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 list this year. Here, some of the best food and kitchen gifts from Black-owned businesses.
Best Apron: BespokeBinny African Print Apron - Red Brown Kente
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.
Best Cake Stand: Estelle Colored Glass Hand-Blown Glass Cake Stand
The beautiful Estelle Glass Cake Stand is enough to make any baker swoon, thanks to its delicate hand-blown design and gorgeous pastel hue. The vintage aesthetic of the stands was inspired by the maker’s grandmother, who used to scour antique shops in search of colored glass. The stands are available in smoke, rose, yellow, or lavender colors, and their 12-inch diameter is ideal for displaying handmade confections.
Best Tablecloth: Linoto Linen Tablecloth
These smooth linen tablecloths would make a stunning addition to any dinner table. The fiber is sourced from the finest mills in Italy and Belgium, and the product itself is made right here in the U.S. The cloth is made from a heavy-weight fabric and finished with a 5" double-layered mitered corner that hangs beautifully, and the best part is that you can choose from more than a dozen colors, as well as numerous round, square, and rectangular sizes.
Best Mimosa Mix: Uncommon Goods Minute Mimosa Sugar Cube Trio
Your favorite brunch aficionado will absolutely love these novelty Mimosa Sugar Cubes, which are the perfect addition to any party spread. All you have to do is drop one of the handmade sugar cubes into a glass of Champagne, and poof! Instant mimosa or bellini, complete with fruit floating on top.
You can choose between the Citrus Trio, which offers orange, grapefruit, and lemon cubes, or the Peaches & Berries Trio for strawberry, raspberry, and peach flavors. You'll get six cubes of each flavor, for a total of 18 delicious drinks per set.
Best Whiskey: Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Whiskey
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.
Best Bourbon: Brough Brothers Bourbon Whiskey
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.
Best Vodka: Loft & Bear Artisanal Vodka
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.
Best Allergy-Friendly: Partake Foods Crunchy Cookies
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!
Best Hot Sauce: Big Red's Flavor Tour Hot Sauce Sampler Pack
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.
Best Tequila: Anteel Reposado Tequila
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.
Best Champagne: Stuyvesant Grand Reserve Brut Champagne
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.
Best for Tea Lovers: Brooklyn Tea Gift Box
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.
Best for Coffee Lovers: Dope Coffee The Dope Box
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.
Best Napkins: Food'n Groovin Harmonious Discord Cocktail Napkin
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.
Best Subscription Box: Callaloo Box Subscription Box
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.
Best Sweets: Sweet Dames Bite-Size Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroon Bundle
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.
Best Jam: Trade Street Jam Company Signature Trio Gift Set
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.
Best Gift Box: The Sip Society Novelty Box
The Novelty Box from The Sip Society would make a perfect celebratory gift for just about any occasion, from birthdays to holidays. The curated box contains three unique sparkling wines, including Blue Nun 24, Bottega Gold, and Blanc de Blue, as well as a tulip flute. It all comes packaged in a festive box—it's enough to make anyone feel appreciated!
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. When it comes to spirits, Uncle Nearest Whiskey is sure to delight any whiskey lover, while the Estelle Colored Glass Cake Stand is an unbeatable choice for your favorite baker.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
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!