By Akilah James
The holidays are finally upon us and the spirit of gift giving is in the air. Unfortunately, the current lockdowns due to the ongoing pandemic is only making it harder for many of us to holiday shop this year.
Offline shopping in Toronto means non-essential malls and retails are limited to curbside pickup and delivery only. In addition, local businesses need our support, more than ever.
Here is a list of FIVE Black-owned online boutiques you can shop from the comfort of your home - while supporting local businesses.
What better way to kick off the holidays?
If you are looking to support a new business venture Aquainfinity Cosmetics is the place for you. A new online beauty boutique, Aquainfinity specializes in 100% natural skincare products. The 20-year-old owner - Tashawna Bowen, makes a variety of products ranging from body scrubs, lip oil, and body butter. Orders are processed through their Instagram page and a website is in the works. Aquainfinity products can be the perfect holiday gift for all skincare lovers and they have a men’s line, too!
Want to gift someone a cool Christmas sweater?
This female and Black-owned clothing line is the perfect place! Vibes Apparel creates unapologetically dopeapparel influenced by hip-hop culture. They have a Christmas collection, which includes sweaters, hoodies, t-shirts and even masks with some of our favourite artists such as Drake and Cardi B.
Do you love decorating your space with pieces you can actually relate? Alternatively, if you are gifting to someone who loves art, DeeKaayArt (Etsy) is the perfect place to shop. Founder Deborah K is an abstract painter and digital artist. Many of her pieces are unique and highlight digital linework of Black men and women, as well as African prints.
For women who wear wigs, weaves and hair extensions, gifting these luxury items will surely make them happy! Naijhair is a Black-owned premium-quality hair extension business. They specialize in ethically sourced virgin hair – that would make the perfect gift for the girl who loves to switch up her style.
If you want to gift a special someone some jewels for the holidays, Love & Light Jewels is the perfect place to consider. Love & Light Jewels make modernly mindful gemstone jewels and crystal infused lifestyle products. They have a variety of products ranging from bracelets, smudge sticks, and even crystal smoking pipes that are sure to amplify your energy.
With all these amazing Black-owned businesses, which one will you shop at for your holiday gifts?