UK Black Owned Christmas Gift Guide: The Gift Sets/Boxes Edition

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With just a few more weeks left till we are filling our bellies and watching The Grinch I wanted to bring back another UK Black Owned Christmas Gift Guide as last years was so well received. This time focusing on gifts that come prepared and packed ready for you to wrap and put under your tree.

Why Shop Black-Owned This Christmas?

We know just how important and impactful the community can be from witnessing the changes over the past few years within the mainstream media. The majority of black-owned businesses recognised the areas where representation was minimal and where needs were not being met. This encouraged these individuals to create their own businesses to be the change they want to see.

During this festive season, community support is fundamental, this is a great time for people both within and outside of the black community to see what services and products are available. Even if we do not make a purchase, this post was created to encourage financial support as well as further exposure. You may discover a new business, find something you have been looking for or you may just want to treat yourself or a loved one to a gift that was made with you as the focus point and not as an afterthought.


Gift Sets ~ Gift Boxes ~ Bundles

Local Honey Man – Honey Gift Box: £16.99

Instagram: @LocalhoneymanUK

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There is an option to choose which honey you want in your gift box, choose from their selection of honey; Orginal, Lemon Zest, Cinnamon, Black Seed, Turmeric and Ginger.

These 118g delectable jars come direct from the beekeeper just the way nature intended. Our raw honey is unpasteurised, cold extracted and unblended, so expect to see little bits of pollen, beautiful colouration and wild flavours.


Cherish Me UK – Self Care Box: £30.00

Instagram: @Cherishme_uk

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The Self Care Box contains seven items from Cherish Me to encourage young girls on their self-love journey; Becoming Me – Self Help Journal, Cherish Me Notebook, Cherish Me Mirror (designs vary), Cherish Me Pen, Cherish Me Pencil, Cherish Me Affirmation Mug (designs vary) and Ankara hair Scrunchy.

“Our Self-care box is really about helping our young girls/teens in recognising how much greatness they have inside and reminding them that they are enough!. Filled with gorgeous items to inspire and empower young girls.”


Naphtaly World – Orange, Clove & Cinnamon Reed Diffuser Gift Set£18.00

Instagram: @Naphtalyworld

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Naphtaly World’s Reed Diffuser set includes; Reed Diffuser (50ml with 10 rattan) & Two Natural plant wax Votives Candles.

Award winning well being brand Naphtaly World provides luxury skincare products and home fragrances.


Five Sixteen Polish – Customisable Gift Set: £12.00 – £18.00

Instagram: @516polish

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Customise your gift box with 3 x 5ml or 10ml nail polishes of your choice, your box will also include a nail file and 516polish’s Super Gloss Gel Shine Top Coat – Add the shades you want to your order notes, or if you want a surprise, simply add to basket and leave the order notes empty.

“The Vegan, cruelty free, non-toxic and individually handmade diverse nail polish brand that is injecting both individuality and inclusivity into the nail polish community. We provide a unique line of nail care products, specifically formulated to complement a diverse range of skin tones, particularly people of colour.”


Jamii UK – Christmas Gift Box: £14.95

Instagram@ukJamii

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Jamii’s Christmas Gift Boxes include; 5-6 handpicked samples & full-sized products from Black British businesses. You can choose from eight boxes for your desired items or you can surprise yourself or someone else with a mixed box – Jamii cardholders can receive this box for £10.00. – *For any future Jamii boxes and Jamii purchases you can get 15% off of your Jamii card using my code: SAABIRAH

The UK first discount card for black-owned businesses is on a mission to impact habits & behaviours, to get people thinking about the incredible businesses within the community whenever you shop.”


Aaron Wallace – 3 Step Hair & Beard System: £37.00

Instagram: @byaaronwallace

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The Aaron Wallace experience and products are specifically formulated for Black men. The 3-Step System is composed of the Aaron Wallace Hydrating Hair and Beard Shampoo, Conditioner and Moisturiser. All uniquely infused with Mango Butter & Black Seed Oil.

“On a mission to champion and redefine the perception of black men worldwide. Inspiring black men to be the best they can be, by looking and feeling good and exuding confidence from the inside out.”


Yard and Parish – Winter Gift Box: £63.00

Instagram: @yardandparish

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#DiscoverTheDiaspora with this box by Yard + Parish. Featuring the UK’s Best Afro Hair & Natural Beauty products. This Winter themed care package containing over £85 worth of products includesVanilla Whipped Shea Butter by ÉlengéFacial & Body Coffee Scrub by Élengé, NURTURE Gentle Cleansing Shampoo Bar by the Afro Hair & Skin CoAfrican Moringa Conditioner by Luxemore London and Orange & Clove Scented Candle by Naphtaly World.

Our mission is to provide a space that showcases the creations of independent designers and artisans. We work with the best brands of the Afro-Diaspora, to offer a natural, conscious, and colourful.”


More Black-Owned Gifting Options:

Janet’s List – London Pop Up Shop For Black Women & Women Of Colour 3rd – 22nd December in Islington

Afrocks –  32 Gift Ideas From Uk Black-Owned Businesses That Your Relatives Will Love For The Festive Season

I Want You To Know – Gift Guide: 15 Creative Black-Owned Businesses UK

Afrocenchix – Black-Owned British Gifts that Support Our Community

I Want You To Know – Gift Guide: 13 UK Black-Owned Businesses

Saabirah LawrenceFor The Culture

UK Black Owned Christmas Gift Guide

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I have spent the last couple of years making a conscious effort to support the black community through supporting black owned businesses.

 

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With just under a month till Christmas I thought it would be a great idea to put together a black owned Christmas gift guide. I wanted to keep it short and sweet so I have highlighted 27 gift ideas from black owned businesses.

Gifting Essentials

Highlighting some of the gifting essentials you’ll need to wrap up your gifts, as well as some creative cards and wrapping paper by some amazing women.

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1. Bonita Ivie Prints

2. Afro Glory

3. Kitschnoir

Hair Care

Some black owned hair care businesses for any naturals, culrlies and hair enthusiasts. I have mainly focused on hair care that is packed with natural ingredients.

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1. Nylah

2. Anita Grant

3. Flora & Curl

Fashion

FASHUN!! Looking good, whilst supporting some black owned businesses? Yes please! I have some black owned businesses that will have you looking and feeling great.

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1. Inoir

2. Nubian Skin

3. Aff & Jam

Home & Lifestyle

As I love home wear I could not leave it out of this list.

Bespoke Binny pretty much have everything you could want, african printed hot water bottle cover? Bespoke Binny have it! Want an African print lap shade or some cushions? Onua Home have it! Recently discovered LAGOM and their candles are so authentically pleasing and they are Soy *hallelujah*

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1. Bespoke Binny

2. Onua Home

3.LAGOM

Skincare

Looking to glow all year round? Yeah me too. Which is why I had to include some businesses that can contribute to the glow.

Love Rems make some beautiful bath salts and I love the packaging. Afro Hair & Skin Co has been working hard to expand their already amazing range of skin care and hair care products. I have been eyeing up Narloa lemon and aloe face wash for so long, I think it’s time to give myself a little Christmas gift.

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1. Love Rems

2. Afro Hair & Skin Co

3. Narloa

Children

I thought I would suggest some alternative gifts for children, instead of toys.

Cherish Me is a family run business that do the sweetest affirmation cards. Some books that were created with us in mind, great representation. Tiny Blings is the spot for some personalised gifts, they also do some african print hair clips for mini curlies.

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1. Cherish Me

2. Daddy Do My Hair

3. My Uncle and Me

4. Tiny Blings

Beauty

If you want to look extra saucy for the New Year’s celebrations, here’s a few brands that you can support.

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1. Anna Beauty Cosmetics

2. MDM Flow

3. Afunkie

Jewellery

I have only recently started to wear statement earrings, I am making small steps towards wearing jewellery. If you are more of a jewellery kinda person then here are a few brands to check out.

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1. Omo Lola

2. Chalk Jewellery

3. Maroon Dawta

More Gift Ideas

I had to include some of the business I already use and one I have my eye on.

Gift yourself or someone else a Jamii card so that you can continue to support black owned businesses with a discount. Sassy Apparel live up to their name with their unique apperal. Ayok’a has the best phone cases, great stocking fillers.

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1. Jamii

2. Ayok’a

3. Sassy Apparel

I would love for you to add to this list, so share and comment a black owned business you’ll be supporting during the festive season. I hope this list is helpful for those looking to support some amazing black owned businesses, and for those who are looking for a list of interesting and creative gifts for their loved ones.

You can also read about my experience with Jamii, and you can use my discount code: SAABIRAH if you are looking to purchase a Jamii discount card.

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UK Black Owned Subscription Boxes

When the whole subscription box hype came about, I won’t lie I wasn’t very interested. The ones I had seen people unboxing didn’t really appeal to me. I saw a lot of products both me and my bank account would agree I couldn’t justify purchasing.

I am quite picky with what I put on my face, however, when it comes to my hair I am more inclined to try something new.

Afro-Caribbean women reported to spend six times more than other ethnicities Think Ethnic

I started to see several subscription boxes both created by black women, and some specifically created for women of colour. That’s when I started to gain an interest in the subscription box hype.

The Voice newspaper reported that the  SPENDING power of Britain’s black community was worth an estimated £300 billion and a recent mintal report stated that our global spend is predicted to be 1.7 trillion by the end of the 2017 financial year”Kam, Founder of Nylah sharing some knowledge on the black communities spending power within the beauty industry.


Beauty

Cos Box

The inclusive and informative Bimonthly subscription box providing melaninated individuals with a range of beauty and skincare products. Each box is filled with four carefully selected products that are required for women of colour.

Instagram × Twitter × Facebook

The Blac Box

Passionate about making it easier to explore and find new products and brands that work for black women’s skin tone, hair type, and skin type. TheBlacBox is a personalised subscription box created for black women in Europe.

Instagram × Twitter × Facebook


Lifestyle

Coco Bean Gifts


The perfect
Self Care Sunday box, filled with lots of products by black owned and independent businesses, from face masks, to candles and snacks. This would also make a lovely gift for someone either looking to discover some new brands or someone who is in need of some tlc.

Instagram x Twitter x Facebook

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Good To Me

A self – soothing monthly subscription box for those who experience mental health difficulties. The theme of self-love runs through their Instagram page, with positive quotes and imagery. A great theme for a subscription box service. I’ll definitely be watching to see what they will be including in their boxes in the future.

Instagram × Twitter × Facebook


Hair

Odyssey Box Uk

Making the search for high quality, luxury natural hair products simply and minimising the trials and errors that come with caring for your natural hair with their bi-monthly subscription service.

Instagram × Twitter × Facebook

Treasure Tress

The kinky and curly girl friendly subscription box for all ages. With three boxes to choose from you get to pick the box with the right products for your kinks and coils. Discovering new brands and trying out new full sized natural hair care products.

Instagram × Twitter × Facebook

Curlee Box

This Natural hair care subscription service sends you a box every month with 4 – 6 quality full sized hair care products.

Instagram × Twitter × Facebook


These are the subscription box services I am aware of, so do share the ones I haven’t mentioned. I can’t wait to see what other themed subscription boxes launch in the future. I would be really interested to see some black men create subscription boxes for their needs as well.

I have a review for my first Curlee Box on my blog & first impressions of Good To Me Box on my Instagram.

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Favourite UK Black Owned Hair Products

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After trying and testing hair products from all different companies, I have come across a few that worked wonders for my natural hair and made it into my favourites.

My scalp is sensitive, however once I switched and started using products that we’re better for my hair and scalp, I have noticed a difference in itching and irritation.

Here are seven of my current favourite UK black owned hair care of products.

Mango ‘N’ Castor Bean Rich & Creamy Hair Moisturiser

Sunuker.co.uk

£8.00

Why is it one of my favourites?

I love using this to add some moisture into my hair the run up to wash day, just to give it some extra shine and softness.

I have actually noticed that it does reduce frizz, not a huge amount but it’s noticeable. Which is surprising considering the consistency of the product. It’s pretty thin and runny, until I put it into my hair, then it clings to my curls and keeps my hair feeling really soft and moisturised.

Aloe Vera Gel

*Sheabuttercottage.com

£7.50

Why is it one of my favourites?

I use this as a sealent for my hair and sometimes as a toner for my face.

If my scalp gets a bit irritable or itchy I rub some of this onto my scalp to soothe it. I have used is a Gel as well, I’m not a fan of gel so using something natural like Aloe Vera makes me feel more comfortable with it being in my hair. It leave a slight cast on the hair, similar to any other gel. It works really well with other ingredients, there no flaking or reaction to any other oils or moisturisers that I put into my hair.

BLOOM – Omega Healthy Hair Oil

theafrohairandskincompany.co.uk

 (25ml) £8.50 / (100ml) £22.00

Why is it one of my favourites?

I noticed a difference with my itchy scalp after massaging this oil into my scalp before styling. After washing and blow drying my hair I would spend two or three minutes massaging the oil into my scalp. I loved the gentle scent and non greasy feel it has.

The non greasy feel, light consistency and smell is what sold me. I think that’s why it worked well on my scalp, it wasn’t heavy, it didn’t just sit and create buildup.

Swish – Sulphate Free Cleansing Shampoo

Afrocenchix.com & Wholefoods

(50ml) £3.99 / (250ml) £13.00

Why is it one of my favourites?

I have already reviewed my Afrocenchix products and I have already purchased my second bottle of Swish, so you know it’s good – Afrocenchix Review

This shampoo stops my hair from itching and I’m 99% sure it’s because it contains aloe vera 👐. The smell is so refreshing, a great scent for a shampoo. Can’t wait for their conditioner.

Rosemary ‘N’ Argan Deep Conditioning Pre-Wash Hair Mask

Sunuker.co.uk

£6.00

Why is it one of my favourites?

If you have a good shampoo but it gives you that squeaky clean feeling, using this makes such a difference. This leaves my hair feeling so soft, healthy looking and moisturised.

Keeping my hair moisturised is difficult because my hair just soaks everything up, but doing this treatment before I wash just makes sure that the shampoo doesn’t strip all of the oils out of my hair. I wash regularly so I don’t worry too much about buildup. Plus I don’t use this every wash day, maybe twice a month.

Hair Too Balm

Bournbeautifulnaturals.uk

(50ml) £4.50 / (100ml) £8.00 / (200ml) £12.50

Why is it one of my favourites?

I realised that I wasnt sure on the smell because I wasn’t familiar with the scent. However I recently brought a bigger tub of this blam and the smell is amazing.

This works as a great sealent, my hair loves it! Whenever I braid or twist my hair, I finish off with this, to seal in all the moisture and extra shine.

Also the name is fun, I cant help but put on an American accent when I say “Hair too balm”.

This and the next product come top of my list of favourite sealents.

Seal – 100% Natural Hair Oil

Afrocenchix.comWholefoods

(30ml) £3.99 / (150ml) £10.00

Why is it one of my favourites?

My Afrocenchix Review explains why this is a favourite, however after using it a few more times I have some more reasons why this has become a favourite.

Me and coconut oil are not good together, but when it’s mixed with something else, my hair seems to love it. The blend of oils is perfect for me. This oil mix contains olive oil as well, which is one of my favourite oils!

This oil gives me a great natural shine and I can walk around with my hair smelling good all day.

I would love to know what some of your favourite black owned products are, let me know in the comments. 

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How You Can Support UK Black-Owned Businesses All Day Everyday

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As the demand and support for UK black owned businesses continues to grow, due to the Black Lives Matter movement and Black Pound Day. I wanted to put something together that would make being A conscious consumer easier. One of the main barriers to buying more consciously and sustainably is the lack of access, without the information it is hard to find exactly what we are looking for.

The aim is to normalise having people both within and outside of the black community supporting black owned businesses. It doesn’t have to be a political statement or a result of a lack of Representation, it just becomes a way of life because the access to these businesses and information is available.

One of the easiest way to support black-owned businesses throughout the year is to think practically. Think about what you need and then find a BOB that can fulfil that need. You can also splurge on some luxury items and things that are not necessitates because we all love to treat ourselves.

Where Do You Look?

So where do you look?

If you are looking to incorporate more black owned businesses into your everyday lives, there are a few places you can look. It has never been easier to find what you are looking for, a Google search or a tweet could help you find exactly what you are looking for but sometimes too much information can be overwhelming.

Here are some places to try first to find what you are looking for:

How To Support UK Black Owned Businesses

As much as financial support is amazing, there are plenty of other ways you can support black owned businesses. These suggestions work well alongside financial support, so do take these points into consideration if you have or are planning to support some UK black owned businesses.

Support black owned businesses by:

  • Shopping with them
  • Sharing on social media or with friends and family or colleagues
  • Donate
  • Engage with them online and offline
  • Write reviews, share some feedback/constructive criticism
  • Create content

Meeting Your Everyday Needs Whilst Supporting UK Black Owned Businesses

I mentioned that the easiest way to incorporate black owned businesses into your day to day lives is to think of some necessities. Think; Toiletries – Skincare, hair care, beard care and nail care. Gifting – Cards, gifts. Wellness – Therapy, self care boxes, coaches and mentors. Homeware – Candles, tableware, kitchen and art. Clothing – Women, men, children. Food – Restaurants shops

If you want to know more about Jamii, you can read my experience using their discount card for black owned businesses and you can also get *15% off of your Jamii card using my code: SAABIRAH

Also please share some charities and organisations that are dedicated to educating, helping and supporting the black community, we cannot forget about those of us who are struggling.

(AD) Curly By Nature | Review (UKBlackOwned)

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A while back I was approached by Klerissa McDonald, founder of Curly By Nature to try out a few of her natural hair products and to share my thoughts with you on my blog. I have volunteered my strands to try out something new, as always my thoughts and opinions on the products received are my own. 

I was first introduced to Curly By Nature at last years Black Girl Festival, where Klerissa was on the natural hair panel discussing texture discrimination and the natural hair community. 

“Passionately dedicated to sourcing premium quality ingredients proven to benefit your hair, scalp and the environment.”

I was generously sent Curly By Nature’s Hair Repair Oil & Nourishing Gloss Balm. I found that these two products are heavily oil based, which is great for adding plenty of moisture to my hair and all of Curly By Nature’s products are made here in the UK. 

Hair Repair Oil

Created to help seal in moisture and protect against heat damage and breakage. This 100% natural blend of oils quickly penetrates the hair shaft to restore, protect and enhance natural beauty.

Considering this oil is made using a blend of sixteen different types of oils (if I counted correctly) it is very light. It does an amazing job of sealing in all of the moisture without weighing my hair down, or creating loads of buildup. I was really pleased with how well this oil worked with my other products.

Initially I wasn’t too sure about the smell, but that’s because I couldn’t identify the scent. I couldn’t tell you what the smell of the oil reminds me of nor could I name an oil in this mix just by smell.

Nourishing Gloss Balm

The balm for hair growth, body & shine. This smooth and almost buttery textured balm effectively nourishes, conditions and defines all hair types.


Recently I have only been using my balms as a sealant instead of a full on moisturiser. Balms tend to be oil and butter based and my hair responds better to water based products, so a nice smooth oily balm works really well to keep all the moisture locked in. 

It is recommended that you use a pea sized amount, on damp hair, but I have only used it on damp hair once. I definitely noticed a difference from when I used it on dry hair. When I used the nourishing gloss balm on dry hair it didn’t do much other than giving my hair some shine, which doesn’t compare to the shine my hair had when I used it on damp hair. As the name suggests it does give you a really nice, healthy shine and generally just made my hair look healthier. 

It should be noted that the Nourishing Gloss Balm works well on your scalp and when your hair is in braids or twists, which is good to know because I will be putting my hair in some braids soon. I did use a small amount to give my hair a scalp massage and it did help to relive the slight itching I had and it helped to keep my hair moisturised up until wash day.

Final thoughts

Overall these two products work really well as sealants. 

After having a look through the ingredients, I believe the scent is due to the mix of oils in the products. It creates a natural, earthy but sweet scent, the nourishing gloss balm smells edible. 

Out of the Hair Repair Oil and Nourishing Gloss Balm, I would purchase the oil as I know I will get a lot of use out of it. The gloss balm however works really well, but I don’t feel like I would reach for it often enough, as much as my current favourite balm. I will continue to use the Nourishing Gloss Balm and share more of my thoughts with you on my instagram.

 

Rating out of 5

 

4 out of 5


My experience with both the Hair Repair Oil and Nourishing Gloss Balm has been a good one, my hair and scalp has responded well to the ingredients. The products themselves are not too heavy or overly greasy and I love the fact that these products are so natural. If you’re sensitive to proteins and/or rubbish ingredients then using natural products like the ones Curly By Nature makes are great for avoiding irritation.

Generally a pleasant experience with these products, I have rated my overall experience a 4 out of 5 because I feel like I got more use out of the oil than the balm.
The price of these two products are higher than some of the other products I have used, but once I had a look through the ingredients I understood that the more natural and raw the ingredient’s used, the higher the price of the item, especially if the ingredients are quality. So If you don’t mind spending a little bit more on some hair products you know are full of goodness then I would suggest giving Curly By Nature a try.

Thank you again Klerissa!!

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