Happy Kwanzaa: The Best Gifts For Your Loved Ones This Holiday Season

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Gift giving season is upon us -- and this holiday season, many African Americans are opting to honor Kwanzaa this year over traditional, Christmas celebrations. Kwanzaa takes place from 26th December to 1st January and got it's name from the phrase 'matunda ya kwanza' which means 'first fruits' in Swahili.

The seven principles of the holiday, which was created in 1966 by Professor by Maulana Karenga, are unity; self-determination; collective work and responsibility; co-operative economics; purpose; creativity; and earth. According to tradition, handmade gifts are consistent with the principles of the cultural celebration. Homespun Kwanzaa gifts may include cooking items, food and clothing made from African prints.

When purchasing a gift for your loved ones this Kwanzaa, one thing to note is that culture and community are fundamental components of the special holiday. In the words of Muhammed Ali, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

Celebrating Kwanzaa this year? Check out the gift guide below.


Kwanzaa festival concept with seven candles red, black and green, gift box, pumpkins, ears of wheat, grapes, corns, banana, bowl and fruits on wooden background, close up

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Frères Branchiaux Candles

Frères Branchiaux Candle Co. is a home fragrance company based in the Washington, DC Metro area created and managed by 3 brothers, Collin,15, Ryan, 12, and Austin Gill, 10. 

Description: Our candles are unique, smell delicious, and are handmade for conscientious customers who care.

Solitude Candle by Predominately Black

Description: Solitude provides a sense of seclusion for you and your surroundings. Burn this and you'll feel as if you're at a spa while at home. Solitude contains light lavender with clean lemon and a hint of sage as well as some organic lavender across the top. Made with 100% soy/coconut blend wax and a cotton wick.

Zen Aromatherapy Candles by The Candle Wick Company

Description: Stress Free is our take on the classic Aromatherapy staple Eucalyptus & Spearmint. Giving this past year I think we all need a little something to help us decompress. The scent is the perfect vibe after a stressful day. 


Kwanzaa items on table

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Brown Boy Joy by Thomisha Booker

Description: The self-affirming series specifically made for Black children includes titles “My Brown Skin”, “King for a Day”, and an affirmations coloring book

The ABC's of Black History by Rio Cortez and Lauren Semmer

Description:Letter by letter, The ABCs of Black History celebrates a story that spans continents and centuries, triumph and heartbreak, creativity and joy.

Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks On Me by Charlamagne Tha God

Description: Power 105.1’sThe Breakfast Club cohost reveals his blueprint for breaking free from your fears and anxiety to reach that elusive next level of success.

Handmade Ideas

Kwanzaa cup

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Mkeka Place Mats: A Traditional Straw, woven textile mat representing the idea that nothing can be built without having a foundation upon which to rest.

RBG Africa Handmade Coasters

Wooden Black Kwanzaa Unity Cup

Handmade Wooden Ornaments for Holiday Tree

Happy Kwanzaa!

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