Holiday Gift Guide 2022
Still searching for the perfect gift? The Public Theater staff has curated a list of perfect gifts from BIPOC-owned small businesses and organizations for you to support this holiday season! Your family, friends, or colleagues are sure to love the handmade jewelry from Blk Confetti or organic skincare from Mason's Jar. Treat yourself or a friend to stationery from Cadash & Co. that will beautify your mind and your space. Freshen up a loved one's space with a candle from Tribe & Oak, or cozy up with books TwERK and Village by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs. This is just a small sample of what's available from BIPOC creators and vendors this season. Check out the rest of our gift guide below to find the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one.
Our curated collection of modern, vibrant jigsaw puzzles put fine art right at your fingertips. Each one of our designs is an original artwork by a contemporary artist of color aimed at making art consumerism more inclusive, accessible, and sustainable. You are what an art collector looks like.
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Blk Confetti opened in 2015 with a focus on handmade jewelry. Because of your support, we’ve expanded to include a wide range of gifts and housewares. When you shop with us, you’ll find unique and intentional handmade gifts for any occasion. We hope you enjoy my handmade products. Every product in this store is made with love.
Happy Cork Wine & Spirits
Happy Cork, founded in 2019 by Sunshine Foss, is a wine and spirits travel shop with an emphasis on community. Since opening our doors, Happy Cork has evolved in becoming a travel destination for all people to experience the largest selection of Black and minority owned wine and spirits. Happy Cork, is your number one source for all things Happy.
Nikki Baksh Yoga
Nikki Baksh is a masterful teacher integrated with humor, compassion, compassion, and grace. Nikki's class is like a journey into the deepest realms of the self. Her embodied presence is a reminder that the divine is inherent in all beings and accessible through the human form. Integrate yoga and dance on your journey to heal your mind, body relationship and reclaim your sovereign power. Movement is Medicine!
Banana Peppers Art
Brianna Pippens is a Visual and Performing Artist based in Washington, DC. Artistically known as Banana Peppers, she creates illustrations, paintings, drawings, animations, and cut out work that focuses on race, nostalgia, and the nuances of Black identity and experiences.
Lori creates illustrations inspired by nature, fashion, love, colors, and patterns. She has worked with various brands and publications and also enjoys creating prints for home decor purposes. Some clients include the LA Times, T Brand Studio, Jiggy Puzzle, and more.
Tribe & Oak
Tribe & Oak is a luxury home essentials brand founded in 2021 by Taylor Tankson and Kareem Wallace in Brooklyn, NY. In March of 2020, Taylor traveled to Australia for a 6-month temporary work trip. A few weeks later, the whole world was brought to it's knees by COVID-19, and the trip was extended to 10 months. During this time, they virtually connected with activities that surrounded things done at home and improving their self-care. After her return, they focused on doing those activities together.
Jam + Rico
Lisette Scott, the founder of Jam + Rico, a colorful and unique jewelry line that is inspired by the Caribbean, is a force to be reckoned with and she has taken the industry by storm since creating the company in 2016. You may have seen Jam + Rico online, at pop-ups, and with collection launches at Moda Operandi Inc, Greenwich St Jewelers, and Target. Lisette was also part of the Natural Diamond Council’s Emerging Designer Diamond Initiative to create an exclusive collection using diamonds.
Established in 2019, COCOA ARI is proudly founded and led by Black women. You can expect each collection to consist of West African and Afro Latino symbolism, spiritual amulets, classic chains, and statement earrings, all to be worn to express your personal style. COCOA ARI is handmade in NYC with recycled materials from around the globe.
Mo. Na. Gems
Mo. Na. Gems has a mission of normalizing sustainable jewelry to show that it can be just as trendy & cute as resin jewelry. Not only does resin jewelry contribute to plastic pollution, it is also harmful to human health when making these resin pieces at home! We use 100% natural, vegan, and nontoxic ingredients to craft our gems.
Love Note Fragrances
Brooklyn’s own founder, Nya Kam has created her very own hand-poured candles that will allow you to take this experience home. Each candle was made with integrity, containing an all natural soy wax, cotton based (lead free) wicks, and unique custom blended fragrances that will contribute to your aroma therapeutic needs. Its polished packaging and distinct fragrances create a beautiful gift for you and yours.
Andrea Ballo is an illustrator and content creator based in Upstate NY. After nearly a decade in the retail buying industry, Andrea left her corporate job to pursue her passion for the arts. Andrea founded Coco Michele in 2018 with the mission to make the Black woman the protagonist of her work, celebrating their beauty, values, and accomplishments.
KEAFRICA is a women-owned, ready-to-wear apparel brand with a simple philosophy: to make high-quality, trendy, and size-inclusive African print clothing which benefits people and the planet. Our mission is to practice sustainable production by using recycled textiles and fabrics, as well as partnering with fair trade West African artisans to produce ethical and eco-wear for our customers globally at accessible price-points. Inspired by the We language in the Ivory Coast, KEA translates to God and signifies that God is in Africa, which is reflected and manifested in the beauty, vibrancy, and joy of African cultures.
Erin Niguel was founded by artist, Erin Harper, with the goal of sharing her own personal style through painting. Enlisting the help of local woodworkers, upholsterers, and leather manufacturers to construct the first prototype, the first collection was born in 2019. Designed in Brooklyn, NY.
LOVE JOY ORIGINALS
LOVE JOY ORIGINALS works to build love, pride, and respect through sustainable childrenswear so mamas can inspire their children to be great! Love Joy Originals is designed and manufactured locally in Brooklyn. Your little ones deserve to feel good in their clothes. Our garments are made from high-quality bamboo cotton sourced in the U.S. Plus, they’re super soft and breathable, which makes them perfect for all seasons.
TwERK unveils an identity shaped by popular media and history, code-switching, and cultural inclusivity. The poems, songs, and myths in this long-awaited first book are as rooted in lyric as in innovation, in Black music as in macaronic satire. TwERK evokes paradox, humor, and vulnerability, and it offers myriad avenues fueled by language, idiom, and vernacular. This book asks only that we imagine America as it has always existed, an Americana beyond the English language.
Part poetry collection, part soundscape, village uses dark humor and keen observation to explore the roots of memory, grief, and estrangement.
In propulsive and formally inventive verse, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs examines how trauma reshapes lineage, language, and choice, disrupting attempts at reconciliation across generations. From corners in Harlem through North Carolina back roads, Diggs complicates the concept of “survivor,” getting to the truth of living in the dystopia of poverty.
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