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23 Magical Gifts Every Black Girl Deserves

'Tis the season to support the magic of black business.

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4. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes, $14.83

Rhimes, the genius behind Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, and How To Get Away With Murder, is at once brilliant and accessible. The showrunner's memoir explores her journey and lessons learned along the way.

7. Nubian Skin lingerie, $16-60

Courtesy of Nubian Skin

Nubian Skin fills a major void in lingerie offerings by making bras, panties, and hosiery in shades that are actually nude for women of color. The bras run in sizes 30A – 40DD , and panties run S – XL.


9. The 12 Months of Melanin calendar, $10

Courtesy of Setti Kidane

This 2016 calendar features portraits of black women artists taken by Toronto-based photographer Setti Kidane. Each portrait can also be purchased as an individual print.

11. Redefining Realness: My Path To Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock, $12.45 / Via

Mock is a best-selling author, host of a weekly MSNBC digital series called So POPular!, and the brave advocate behind the #GirlsLikeUs social media project that empowers and connects trans women. Her memoir is an engaging, layered must-read.

12. "Black Card Revoked" card game, $14

This cute game takes its cue from Cards for Humanity–but with popular black (American) culture as its inspiration. The Christmas pre-orders are sold out, but you can place an order that'll run in time for the New Year if your favorite magical black girl doesn't mind her gifts coming on CPT.

13. Essence BeautyBox subscription, $15/month

Instagram: @shugaannspyce

The monthly beauty sample box features five products hand-picked for black women by Essence magazine's beauty editors, and at least one product per month will be from a black-owned business.


15. Girlfriends: The Complete Series, $110.69

Netflix still hasn't gotten their act together and put the series up, but everyone deserves to have Joan, Toni, Maya, and Lynn back in their lives. Find the DVDs on Amazon.

17. White/male tears candles ($14-$35)

New York native Zeyna Iman makes candles in a variety of scents, including lavender, vanilla, and cinnamon chai. Pick up a gift set for those days when everybody around you is failing intersectionally.

18. Emily Jayne skin and haircare products, $25

Emily Jayne is a natural product line created by black feminist theorist Joan Morgan, author of When Chickenheads Come Home To Roost: My Life As A Hip Hop Feminist. The hair and body products treat black women's bodies with the same tenderness and pleasure Morgan seeks to celebrate with her revolutionary scholarly work.


20. Ginger + Liz nail polish, $12 each

Instagram: @whatonegirlloves

Ginger + Liz is a vegan-friendly, toxin-free nail polish line created by two sisters. They offer lacquers in a range of bold, highly pigmented shades.

22. Rue107 Heavy Weight Jumpsuit, $68

Rue107's Haitian-born designer, Marie Jean-Baptiste, makes clothing in sizes 2–24. This jumpsuit is perfect for winter parties and general layering–buy it in merlot here and in black here.

23. And of course, the original "Black Girls Are Magic" gear.

Instagram: @amandlastenberg

The apparel's current campaign has ended, but check back on the TeeSpring page to see if creator @thepbg starts a new one.

For even more ideas from black-owned businesses, check out the Afro Arts holiday buying guide.

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