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22 Valentine’s Day Gifts You Can Buy From Black-Owned Businesses

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Valentine’s Day is going to look a bit different than in years past. While your usual options — like dinner in a nice restaurant, cocktails in your favourite bar, or maybe even a weekend away — are all off the table for now, there are still lots of ways of showing your special someone how much you care. If you want to make a real difference, you might want to consider using this opportunity to support a Black-owned business. Here are some of our favourite, highly giftable Valentine’s Day presents, but if you can’t find something you like, then head over to our Black-owned business directory, which now has 101 businesses in total.

For the valentine whose Zoom background needs perking up

We like the bold black, white, and yellow on this print.

For the valentine who is feeling seriously burnt out

A gift box from wellness retailer Aysha Bell would help them relax. This one featured three different loose-leaf teas, a candle (choose from cedarwood and geranium or lavender) and a jade face roller. Bell also includes a link to a downloadable affirmations meditation.

For the valentine who is chilly (even when the thermostat is cranked up)

This fleecy-lined kente blanket would keep him warm.

For the valentine who accessorises (even in lockdown)

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A statement pin can elevate an everyday white T-shirt. We like this Kendrick one, which is made by Kazvare Made It.

For the valentine who still insists on packing a lunch (and eating it outside)

A functional (but fun) present.

For the valentine who misses day trips

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Our writer Chris Mandle says these sea salt–and–sage candles from Our Lovely Goods remind him of blustery walks along Hastings Pier.

For the valentine who already burned through their Boy Smells gift set

What about a rich tobacco candle (with an amusing name).

For the valentine who likes a project

A candle will be way more satisfying if they poured it themselves.

For the valentine who already killed their Christmas peace lily

If a demanding plant is testing their patience, then a hands-off cactus from Prick would be the perfect gift. [Editor’s note: This does not come with a pot.]

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They’ll need a planter for that cactus. This one by home-décor brand Copper Dust caught our eye.

For the valentine who never says no to a nightcap

We like the look of the sleek bottles from Las Olas. The brand sources its rum from Barbados and Jamaica, and spices it with notes of vanilla, gold cherry, and roasted coffee beans.

For the valentine with a five-cups-a-day habit

This “couture tea” from Thés Lac Rose is a lightly spiced South India Assam blend with notes of cinnamon, cardamom, citrus, and clove.

For the valentine who wears her hair natural

This set by Afrocenchix — which includes shampoo, conditioner, and hair cream — is made with aloe vera, and coconut and avocado oils. It also comes with a limited-edition African print bag.

For the valentine who can get ready in five minutes

They’ll appreciate a gift that works just as hard. This nourishing moisturiser can be used on both hair and beard, and contains mango butter, shea butter, and black seed oil.

For the valentine who can spend at least an hour in the bath

Kalabash’s bath salts would make a particularly decadent gift — this one features lemongrass, coconut oil, and golden calendula petals, as well as Dead Sea and Epsom salts.

For the valentine who misses her hairdresser

Charlotte Mensah’s book on Afro hair is packed with expert advice — and has praise from Zadie Smith, Reni Eddo-Lodge, and Funmi Fetto.

For the valentine who has a nail polish for every occasion

Even if that occasion is “watching WandaVision.” We like this dark berry option from Manicure You, a nail-care brand founded by Nicola Soremekun.

For the valentine who is indecisive

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This mixed set of perfumes from Maya Njie features vials of Nordic Cedar, Vanilj, Les Fleurs, Tobak, and Tropica. You could even buy a gift card so your valentine can purchase the one they like most.

For the valentine who takes an XL-size anti-bac everywhere

Ideal if her pockets can’t currently cope with a mask, keys, purse, and enough hand sanitiser for a small crowd. This handcrafted, faux-suede bucket bag comes from Cultureville.

For the valentine who is decidedly casual on Zoom

A cosy sweatshirt would make a nice alternative to their haggard-looking North Face fleece.

For the valentine who doesn’t want much

This illustrated card from Avila.Diana comes in two different skin-tone options.

And finally … something to wrap their gift in

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We really like this tropical orange-and-white paper from Tihara Smith.

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22 Valentine’s Day Gifts From Black-Owned Businesses