The 5 best gifts to buy from Black-owned businesses — handbags, candles, skin care and more

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Supporting Black-owned businesses is a year-round practice that’s not just exclusive to Black History Month or Small Business Saturday. In fact, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, right now is the best time to show your favorite Black-owned brands — or ones you’ve wanted to support — some extra love.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift, there are tons of Black-owned businesses with perfect options ranging from candles and skin care to plush blankets and luxury handbags.

This year, check out five of our favorite picks from Telfar, Brandon Blackwood, Forvr Mood, Autumn Adeigbo and Topicals.

1. UGG X Telfar Logo-Embroidered Cotton-Blend Blanket, $250

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It’s no secret Telfar has taken the fashion circuit by storm over the past few years, with its bag drops selling out in mere seconds. In 2021, the brand, founded by Liberian-American fashion designer Telfar Clemens, launched a collection in collaboration with UGG.

The cozy fashion line includes bags, boots, hoodies and the like, but this logo-embroidered cotton-blend blanket stands out. It comes elegantly rolled and wrapped in a faux-leather harness and measures 127 x 178 cm. If you have a friend or loved one who loves all things Telfar, this is the perfect gift that will score you cool points for years to come.

2. Brandon Blackwood Medium Kuei Crossbody Bag, $285

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Brandon Blackwood is another fashion brand finally getting its due. Its namesake and founder launched the label with a four-piece collection back in 2015. Since then, the Brandon Blackwood empire has grown massively with a collection that now includes everything from handbags and trunks to backpacks and wallets.

The brand’s Medium Kuei Denim Crossbody Bag is one of its best sellers, which surprisingly is still in stock. It pairs well with everything from jeans to a little black dress and is the perfect all-year accessory.

3. Forvr Mood Candle Duo Set, $72

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If you’re shopping for a candle lover, then Forvr Mood‘s sultry and flirty scents are a must-buy. The brand’s founder, popular YouTube beauty blogger Jackie Aina, describes Forvr Mood as a lifestyle brand that makes “luxe” affordable — and she certainly delivered with these candles.

With names like Cuffing Season, Cookie Coma, Floral Play, Sip Happens, Skinny Dipped and more, there are arguably no candles like these on the market. In fact, this Forvr Mood Candle Duo Set is available at Sephora and smells as good as it looks. With notes of chilled prosecco infused with pomegranate and gardenia infused with white cedar and bergamot, this will make your living space smell expensive.

4. Autumn Adeigbo Floral Headband, $72

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Autumn Adeigbo is a Black designer with a degree in economics from the prestigious HBCU Spelman College and one in fashion design from the famed Parsons School of Design. Today, she owns a fashion empire known for its colorful, fashion-forward designs that stand out in a crowd.

This knotted floral headband from Adeigbo’s collection features the brand’s eye-catching and vibrant aesthetic paired with more neutral hues. This instantly adds a pop to any outfit, making it the perfect gift.

5. Topicals Like Butter Mask For Dry, Sensitive & Eczema-Prone Skin, $34

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The origin story behind the Gen-Z-women-founded and Black co-founded brand Topicals is one for the books. In August 2018, a then-21-year-old Olamide Olowe went on a mission to create a skin care brand for women that tackled chronic skin conditions after struggling to find problems that helped her own skin.

After co-creating a beauty brand called Shea Girl, in partnership with Shea Moisture, Olowe had the business acumen to make her dream come true. In just two years, she connected with her co-founder Claudia Teng and the two teamed up to raise $2.6 million in venture capital funding to develop Topicals.

Luckily, it all paid off as it remains one of the most popular and sold-out skin care brands across the Gen-Z and millennial markets. One of its standout products is the Like Butter Mask that instantly soothes and calms dry, sensitive and eczema-prone skin.

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