Black-Owned Business Holiday Buying Guide


JAlthough there’s still Thanksgiving dinner to prepare and the fall foliage lingers around Boston, it’s officially November, which means the holiday shopping season has begun. Get a head start on your loved ones’ wish lists with these products from local Black-owned businesses.

Gift set from Black Owned Bos. PHOTO: Courtesy of Black Owned Bos.

Holiday Gift Boxes of Black Owned Bos.

There are so many amazing black-owned businesses here in Boston that the biggest challenge is choosing among them for holiday shopping. Black-owned bos. solves this problem with a series of holiday gift boxes containing four to eight items from local black-owned stores. The boxes contain treats like chocolate, tea, candles, bath bombs and other indulgences perfect for pampering yourself during the holidays.

PHOTO: Courtesy of AIRI Jewelry & Gallery

Handmade earrings from AIRI Jewelry & Gallery

Local artist Maya Alia makes the earrings by hand at AIRI Jewelry & Gallery, focusing on minimal, artistic and feminine silhouettes. Available in silver (stainless steel) and gold (tarnish-resistant bronze), these wearable pieces of art are both bold and delicate. If you prefer to hang art on your walls, AIRI also presents a series of art prints celebrating diversity and feminine energy.

Ice cream drizzled with Liqueur Cream

PHOTO: Courtesy Crème de Liqueur

This year, combine two beloved holiday traditions: dessert and cocktails. VSLiqueur Cream makes liquor infused ice cream up to 2% ABV. Founders Nisreen Galloway and Elizabeth Nash are passionate about all things local, which is why these little pints are infused with regional liquors like Bully Boy. Toast the holidays with their seasonal flavor Apple Twist, with Vanilla Cinnamon Ice Cream infused with Cinnamon Whiskey and loaded with real apple chunks.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Clarke’s Cookies & Cakes

Clarke’s Cookies & Cakes Cookie Sampler

The delights created by this family-run, woman-owned bakery will have your sweet tooth singing with joy. Karen Clarke started the business while researching healthier treats for her family. Clarke’s goodies are plant-based, vegan and delicious. The six-pack of cookies is a perfect starter sample, offering chocolate chips, gluten-free oatmeal raisins, and peanut butter for the discerning nibbler.

Hillside Harvest Jamaican Jerk Marinade

PHOTO: Courtesy of Hillside Harvest

Hillside Harvest owner Kamaal Jarrett celebrates both his Jamaican heritage and his Boston home in the artisan sauces he product. Jamaican Jerk Marinade is one of its best-selling products, incorporating hints of ginger, thyme, and pineapple into the mild yet tangy chili marinade. If you have trouble deciding between flavors, the hot sauce pack is another popular choice, including Pineapple Fresno, Sun Kissed Tomato, and Original. Hot pepper sauces to spice up your next dish.


A new reading from Frugal Bookstore

For the bibliophile in your life, head to Frugal Bookstore in Nubian Square, a community shop run by two reading enthusiasts, Leonard and Clarirssa Egerton. The bookstore has a huge selection of volumes highlighting various stories, and they’ll be happy to order anything you won’t find in the store. If you have a few titles in mind, go wild – and if not, the Egertons can help you find the perfect book for everyone on your list.

PHOTO “Black Nativity”: National Center of African American Artists

Holiday Show Tickets

Quality time together is often the best gift and during the festive season there are plenty of classic and festive shows to catch with family and friends. “Black Nativity” and “Urban Nutcracker” are unique community theater experiences celebrating the black experience in Boston and ringing in holiday cheer. You might even recognize your neighbors in the cast! Dress up, make dinner plans, and create a lasting vacation memory.

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