We are headed toward the end of gift-giving season. During the holidays, we spend so much money on gifts or even personal purchases because we can't pass up the incredible sales. There are 1000s of businesses that are owned and operated by young & ambitious kids, teens, and young adults that would appreciate your business. Here is a list of our favorite brands to follow & support!
1. Black Woman On A Mission
This brand has an incredible message and the social media content that the owner puts out is gold. You can grab hoodies, crewneck sweatshirts, socks, and more. Their mission is " To remind Black women of their resilience, so they can bounce back from life's toughest challenges and live out their mission- because it matters."
2. Zandra Beauty
Zandra Beauty products are an absolute favorite. This vegan, organic, cruelty-free skincare line is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin or someone who just likes to know what exactly is in the products they put on their body. Her line features everything from body butter, lotions, soaps, scrubs, lip balms, and more. One of the best parts about supporting this line is that 10% of her sales go to girls' education efforts.
WRLDNVSN (pronounced World In Vision) is an urban clothing line created by 2 best friends in Louisiana with a message so positive, it reads all over their clothing. The mission of the brand is "Providing original and branded fashion apparel to urban youth, who feel stagnant & trapped by what their environment tells them they can and can't do." Sweatsuits, joggers, hoodies, tees, socks... they have it all with dozens of different designs to choose from.
4. Ardent Candles
Ardent Candle Co started back in 2015 when Koby Lomax started making candles from his home as a hobby in high school. As he got older he spent time protecting his scents and designs and during the COVID-19 pandemic he put his all into his business turning this hobby into a Million Dollar business that now employs people. He is the originator of the "cereal candle", candles the look like and smell like your favorite cereals like Apple Jax, Fruit Loops and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
5. Madison Square Bakery
Chef Madison birthed thus business after receiving a "cake pop maker" for a gift in high school. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Baking & Pastry Arts & Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University and worked at Milk Bar for 2 years before deciding to go into business fulltime for herself. You can order custom cakes and cookies from her but her signature is the "Chumba Wumba Cookie". The average cookie weighs about 2oz, but her massive sized cookies at 3 times the size and come in some incredibly unique flavors. Now her holiday ordering is closed, so if you order from this business consider it a late gift!
6. Krystal Sehkem by Deja Marie
Deja Marie is one of those artists that can do a little bit of everything. She does paintings, jewelry, photography and also teaches workshops. One of our favorite things is her handcrafted crystal jewelry pieces. Beyond being very colorful and beautiful, some believe that certain crystals have healing powers and can help us control the emotional energy around us. On her website, Deja says, "I want all forms of my artwork to represent constant growth, (represented within my swirl and spiral patterns) and healing, (represented with the use of Copper and crystals from the earth)."
7. Whats Pop-In Gourmet Popcorn
Snacks are always a good option when it comes to gift-giving, but unique snacks are even better. We love something that you can get just anywhere. Whats Pop-In has some of the most creative popcorn flavors that you could think of. Some of them are snack flavors and others are savory flavors that remind you different foods that you would find across the country like Buffalo Wing or Philly cheesesteak flavored popcorns. Right now they have 2 special holiday packs that you can choose from or order individual flavors to gift to everybody on your Christmas list!!