2018 Twenty Somethin' & Black Holiday Gift Guide

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2018 Twenty Somethin' & Black Holiday Gift Guide

By: Derika Crowley

Selecting the perfect gift can be a little tricky, so we’ve made it a bit easier by sharing some of our “fan favorites” of the year to give you some inspiration. We’ve rounded up 15 gifts (some from past Twenty Somethin’ & Black interviewees) that would make perfect gifts for your bestie, family, work wife, or yourself.


Becoming Enough By Ajolique Jude

This is a great book to start 2019 on a positive foot. A collection of poems and essays, BECOMING ENOUGH explores the intersection of becoming whole and unbecoming false identities created in the wake of trauma and loss.


I fell in love with Fréres Branchiaux Candle Company when I discovered the products were created by the cutest brothers ever - Collin, Ryan and Austin Gill (#BlackBoyJoy). The Woman’s Work diffuser scent has been one of my favorites and I recommend it for anyone who seeks a scent that help them unwind. Fréres Branchiaux Candle Company is a handmade body, candle, and home fragrance goods company located in the DMV. You can follow Fréres Branchiaux on Instagram here and read about their story here.

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Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You By Tia Mowry

Don’t you hate when you get a cook book or find a recipe that either requires you purchase items that you’ll probably never use again or is so complicated that it ends up looking (and tasting) nothing like you thought? Yeah, me too. Which is why Tia Mowry’s cookbook is perfect. The recipes are simple, taste great and many of them can be created with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry or fridge.


Becoming by Michelle Obama

I can’t WAIT to read this in 2019 (I still have a few more books to finish first). Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard all the hype around this book; it’s Michelle Obama, it’s amazing…need I say more?


Passion Planner

I’ve gone through a lot of planners, but my passion planner remains a heavy contender as one of my favorites. Passion Planners have a space at the beginning on the book to map out your goals to accomplish within 1, 3, and 5 years. Through out each month, they give you space to reflect on accomplishments to make sure they align to the initial goals that you have set. In addition, Passion Planners have “to-do” sections and areas where you can write down your focus for the week and days individually.


Monthly Book Subscription Box

Noir Reads is a monthly subscription box featuring Black authors. The subscription includes a reading guide and access to an online book club forum. This is a great gift for anyone who loves to read and wants to experience more literary works from black authors.

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Straight Savage Duffle Bag by Mess in a Bottle

I found out about the brand, Mess In A Bottle, on Instagram a few months ago and have been obsessed with their designs. They have t-shirts, bags and other merchandise that features their quirky and sassy saying that will surely make a statement wherever you go. This duffel bag is great for a quick weekend trip or run to the gym. Personally, I love how it references passion, but also let’s people know that you are NOT one to play with.

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TRUST black women PULLOVER by district of clothing

Trust Black women and support them too! District of Clothing is a black, woman, owned business with apparel featuring slogans that encourage you to be politically active, inspired and encouraged. This pullover is super soft, made with 100% California fleece cotton.

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Give the fair trade gift that makes a difference. The Shea Yeleen Gift Box comes with an Unscented Shea Butter Body Butter (6 oz.), moisturizing Unscented Shea Butter Soap (4 oz), and a Honey Lip Balm. Packed with natural, unrefined shea butter, our ultra-hydrating formula is rich in vitamins and will instantly smooth your skin, leaving it glowing. Shea Yeleen is made in Washington, D.C. and a black woman owned business!

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Stitch Fix Gift Card

New year, new you, right? Help someone get a jump start on updating their wardrobe with a gift card to Stitch Fix - a clothing subscription service that offers a style quiz and plenty of options to help you find your perfect look.

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Nubian Skin Gift Card

Every girl needs a solid collection of undies (and an occasional push to throw away those pieces that are starting to unravel). Nubian Skin offers nude hosiery and lingerie that cater to women of color. Treat someone to new bras and panties with a Nubian Skin gift card.

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Amazon Echo Dot

I love my Echo Dot. Seriously. At first, I didn’t understand the hype, but now I’m a believer. With the Echo Dot, you can set morning and night routines, reminders, shopping lists and find recipes, using only the sound of your voice. It’s literally like having your own little household assistant.


Consultation with a Financial Adviser

Get your finances in order for 2019 with a financial consultation. Yes, this can be a little pricey, but there are some financial advisers like Kristen Sutton of Debt Free Black Girl, who have discounted prices to help you get right financially.

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Organize your savings, budgets, credit cards, financial planning and accounts with the Boxclever Press Budget Book. You can use this account book to help keep your cash flow, payments, taxes and money balance organized all year round.


#TrapTea Holiday Gift Set

The #TrapTea Holiday Gift Set features three limited edition holiday teas that will keep you toasty this holiday season. The teas in the holiday gift set comes in a black box with gold tins - it's very classy. All you have to do is wrap the box and add a bow. They don't include packing slips/invoices in these orders. If it is a gift - specify that in the notes section and they'll tailor the "Thank you" note that comes with every order to reflect your message with your gift.

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