Your Anti-Racism Gift Guide

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Holiday gifting is already difficult — and when you factor in exploitative labor practices, racism, and the potential for cultural missteps, it’s damn near paralyzing. How can you align your spending with your values? Have no fear, your Momentum Editors are here. Below, you’ll find a handful (or two) of unique gift ideas that actually support Black people and other people of color: They’re all sold by, made by, or shipped by Black people. There’s something here for everyone, from the woke writers and energy workers in your life to the folks who don’t broadcast their fight against anti-Black racism but work quietly to change things for the better.

Not everyone participates in holiday gifting, but for those who do? Here are some options. Joy is an act of resistance — and after the year we’ve had so far, conscious giving is the perfect chance to embrace any little bit of good that we can find. — Momentum Editors

For the woke writer in your life

Fucking Brilliant Pencils

Sold by Chicago’s Belle Up Boutique, these pencils remind you daily that you are awesome. NSFC, obvi, because cuss words. We recommend journaling or writing your novel with these pieces. — Momentum Editors

The Vibe Planner

Every battle needs a plan, and this Black-woman-owned company provides the right stationery — featuring Brown-skinned imagery — for whatever you need to schedule next. — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, Editor, Momentum and ZORA

Be Rooted stationery

This Protect Your Energy Journal set is designed to help you keep it cute yet keep it real. Perfect for the person interested in protecting their peace. — Tracey Ford, Director of Publisher Growth and Editor, Momentum

Destroy White Supremacy tote bags and face masks

This merch by music group Divide and Dissolve represents Black people and the Tsalagi and Maori nations. They have a new track out, and their plan is the following: to secure Black futures, liberation, and freedom; demand Indigenous sovereignty; uplift people of color’s experiences; and destroy White supremacy. — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

For the spiritual protector/roots worker in your life

Freedom candle

Who doesn’t love a good candle with good vibes? Freedom is the ultimate intention. — Jolie A. Doggett, Platform Editor, ZORA

Black tourmaline and obsidian bracelet

Spell Well’s Protection Bracelets provide a practical yet fashionable way to add an extra dose of protection to one’s body and space. Made of black tourmaline, clear quartz, moonstone, amethyst, and smoky quartz, each bracelet comes packaged with an explanation of the purpose of each stone. Spell Well is a Black-woman-owned and -operated company. — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

For the young queen or king in your life

Harper Iman dolls

The mother-daughter team that makes these beautiful dolls say positive affirmations can be found everywhere. And especially in dolls that reflect different identities and races. — Siobhan O'Connor, Vice President Editorial, Medium

Kid Chef subscription kit

If a young person in your life already has the cooking gene — or wants to see if they can swing it — this subscription made by a 14-year-old entrepreneur and chef is perfect. — Jean Chung, Software Engineer, Medium

Colorfull Plates

Representation matters even at the dinner table. Surround the kids in Brown-skinned astronauts, presidents, and ballerinas in this super cute series of tableware featuring children of every hue. — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

EPIC backpacks

The Happy Hues collection of backpacks, fanny packs, and lunch bags features kids of various hues and hair textures. — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

For the warrior who embraces joy

Joy Is an Act of Resistance pennant

Hang it in your house, courtesy of Rayo and Honey. — Sarah Begley, Books Editor, Medium

Celebsaid trivia game

“Eat the cake, Anna Mae!” If you know who said that and you love quoting movies and news stories of cultural import to the Black community, then this is the game for you. It’s made by Social Laughs, a Black-owned trivia game company. Pro tip: Buy one for you, send one to a friend, and set up a Covid-free, Friday night trivia party. — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

Black Santa wrapping paper

If you plan to wrap any gifts at all, why not spend your coins with a company that centers Black Santa? GreentopGifts will send you the paper of your choice, and it’s super, super cute. We recommend Clarence Claus Dots. — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs


From the creator of Because of Them We Can, CultureTags is great for the folks who get a kick out of deciphering hashtags. It’s all about family, friends, fun, and the culture. — Jolie A. Doggett

For your friends and fam who finally, finally, finally get it

When You Know Better, You Do Better tote

This simple tote is another winner from Rayo and Honey. Order right now to make that December 1 shipping deadline. Otherwise, makes a great Kwanzaa or New Year’s gift. — Sarah Begley

Yellow etoile face mask

Friends who get it know that where they buy their masks matters too — especially right now. Try these pieces by Royal Jelly Harlem, approved by Duchess Meghan Markle. — Jada Gomez, Editor, Momentum and LEVEL

Uncle Nearest whiskey

Put down the Jack Daniels and pick up the whiskey that honors the enslaved Black man — Nearest Green — who taught Jack Daniels how to do the damn thing. (Yes, Green’s family is involved.) Uncle Nearest wins awards and should win a place in your liquor cabinet. Find it at any liquor store. — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

For the fam who takes just a moment to exhale

Mist Your Mood spray

This assortment of aromatherapy room sprays is a perfect pick-me-up. Plus, Asutra is co-owned by Venus Williams and offers a host of other self-care items perfect for a person invested in stress and pain reduction. — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

Red Bay Coffee

This Oakland-based specialty coffee roaster was founded in 2014 by Keba Konte, a renowned artist and successful food entrepreneur with deep roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you sip a daily cup, add this one to your rotation. — Gloria Oh, Ideas Editor, Marker

Mood candles

Channel inner peace with these coconut wax and essential oil candles created by Brooklyn-based Ani and Co.Gloria Oh

Beard Box

This Nature Boy box provides everything a guy with a beard needs in his arsenal for a relaxing self-care routine. There’s beard oil, a soft bristle brush, beard conditioner, and all manner of additional goodies. — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

Build Ours hoodies by Leaders 1354

Cozy up in hoodies and long-sleeved shirts by Leaders 1354, a Chicago-based brand long beloved by the streets and celebs alike. Their slogan? “Lead. Never Follow.” — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

Supermom/Superdad sweatsuit

Whether you march or not, someone raised these kids to be who they are. Recognize the mom figures with this tie-dye sweatsuit by Supermom Culture. — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

No. 05 Smokey Old Fashioned candle

Fella is a candlemaker specializing in products for the OGs in your life who enjoy a soft light and a smokey scent but don’t need the freesia. This candle compliments an evening spent relaxing with a classic cocktail. — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

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