TWith Thanksgiving dinner still to be prepared and fall foliage lingering in Boston, it’s officially November, which means the holiday shopping season has begun. Get a head start on your loved ones’ wish lists with these products from local black-owned businesses.
Christmas gift boxes by Black Owned Bos.
There are so many incredible black owned shops here in Boston that the biggest challenge is deciding among them for Christmas shopping. Black-owned bos. solves this problem with a series of Christmas gift boxes containing four to eight items from local black-owned stores. The boxes contain treats like chocolate, tea, candles, bath bombs and other goodies perfect for holiday treats. blackownedbos.com
Handmade earrings by AIRI Jewelry & Gallery
Local artist Maya Alia crafts the earrings at AIRI Jewelry & Gallery by hand, focusing on minimal, artistic and femme silhouettes. Available in silver (stainless steel) and gold (tarnish-resistant bronze), these wearable works of art are both bold and delicate. If you’d rather have art hanging on your walls, AIRI also features a range of fine art prints that celebrate diversity and feminine energy. shopairi.com
Boozy Ice Cream from Creme de Liqueur
Combine two popular holiday traditions this year: dessert and cocktails. Crème de liqueur produces liqueur-infused ice cream with up to 2% ABV. Founders Nisreen Galloway and Elizabeth Nash have a passion for all things local, so these pints are infused in small batches with local spirits like Bully Boy. Toast the holidays with their seasonal Twisted Apple Pie with cinnamon vanilla ice cream, infused with cinnamon whiskey and filled with real apple pieces. www.cremedeliqueur.com
Cookie Sampler by Clarke’s Cookies & Cakes
The delights created by this woman-owned, family-run bakery will have your sweet tooth singing with delight. Karen Clarke started the company while looking for healthier treats for her family. The goodies from The Clarke are plant-based, vegan and delicious. A perfect starter sampler, the six-pack of cookies offers the discerning snacker chocolate chips, gluten-free oatmeal raisins, and peanut butter. clarkescakesandcookies.com
Jamaican Jerk Marinade by Hillside Harvest
Hillside Harvest owner Kamaal Jarrett celebrates both his Jamaican heritage and his Boston home in his artisanal sauces produced. The Jamaican Jerk Marinade is one of their best-selling products, which folds hints of ginger, thyme and pineapple into the mild yet flavorful pepperoni marinade. If you’re having trouble choosing between flavors, the Hot Sauce Variety Pack is another popular choice, including Pineapple Fresno, Sun Kissed Tomato, and Original Hot Pepper Sauces to spice up your next dish. hillsidesauce.com
A new read from Frugal Bookstore
For the bibliophiles in your life, visit the Frugal Bookstore in Nubian Square, a commOne-size-fits-all store run by two dedicated book lovers, Leonard and Clarrissa Egerton. The bookstore offers a wide range of volumes with different stories and is happy to order anything you can’t find in the store. If you have a few titles in mind, you’re free to go wild—and if not, the Egertons can help you find the perfect book for everyone on your list. frugalbookstore.net
Tickets to a holiday show
Quality time together is often the best gift, and during the holiday season there are many classic, festive performances to attend with family and friends. Black Nativity and Urban Nutcracker are unique, community-based theatrical experiences that celebrate the Black experience in Boston and kickstart the holiday spirit. You might even recognize your neighbors in the cast! Dress up, make dinner plans and create a lasting holiday memory. blacknativity.org