It’s that time of year again; shoppers are saving their coins and scouring emails and social media for the best deals on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. As you prepare your shopping lists, I encourage you to support small business owners with your presence and your cash. As an entrepreneur and startup coach, I have seen first hand the hard work and passion that founders put into crafting their products, growing their business and shaping their brand. All founders are motivated by different things, such as growing wealth, building a legacy for their family or creating products with care for people they love. Whatever the case may be, one thing we know for sure is that they do not have the marketing dollars to compete with large retailers.
I challenge you to help small business owners get their products in front of your social media followers as well as gift their products to your family and friends. In this spirit, I have created a 2016 Holiday Gift Guide showcasing my favorite products by Black female entrepreneurs (why would I not since I am a Black female entrepreneur?). I encourage you to check them out and share this article and the photos on your social media channels. Happy shopping!
Elle Vie Body
Owner: Lavida Samuel
Why? The body butter is absolutely luxurious, keeping your skin moisture rich and youthful all day. The intoxicating fragrances of the butters’ are long-lasting and memorable to those around you (or passersby!).
Be Fly Designs
Ugly Betty Boy Crush
Owner: Cymande D Ford
Why? Pretty, stackable jewelry is always a great stocking-stuffer. Pair with the Betty Definition tee to make the ultimate statement.
Pardon My Fro
Owner: Samara Houston
Why? Because everyone needs delicious, edible gift tags. This talented sister can also whip up tasty, custom designed holiday cookies, individually packaged, and ready to distribute to coworkers or family members at your next holiday get-together.
Owner: Devinn Garrett (FAMU represent!)
Why? When you want your gifts of custom jewelry made with the finest stones, purest metal embellishments and brilliant bling, she’s your girl. Festive sorority themed stackable bracelets and necklaces are also available for your line sisters, prophytes, neophytes – all your sisters.
The Wrap Life
Owner: Nnenna Stella
Why? The handmade wraps feature exquisite textures in amazing colors, perfect for an elegant look while shopping, running errands or having cocktails with the girls.
Owner: Gia Rodriguez
Why? The ultra-soft leather is crafted in superior quality without compromising convenience. The weekender and the cross-body bags exude class and elegance.
Owner: Paris Smith
Why? Paris Smith passionately creates art work with a certain wow factor that you will want to experience over and over again. You can purchase prints of select pieces as gifts that will surely amaze and delight any fortunate recipient.
Owner: Tiffany Kingwood (TK)
Why? These striking, durable coasters and trays bring the sexy when it comes to entertaining and styling the home. The pieces are so different and eye-catching, your guests will definitely be impressed.
La Roux Cosmetics
Owners: Dawn and Jasmine Walker
Why? As if the regal packaging isn’t enough, these high quality lip sticks are affordable and named after figures such as Aphrodite, Cleopatra, and Nefertiti. Gift a few queens for your fellow queens!
The Lip Bar
Owner: Melissa Butler (FAMU represent!)
Why? The Lip Bar constantly challenges the beauty standard through products, inclusive imagery and pricing. The Lip Bar is vegan, affordable and ultra long-lasting. You and your girlfriends can celebrate the holidays wearing their amazing colors without the hassle of reapplication throughout the night.