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20 Cooler Than Cool Things You May Aim To Gift But End Up Keeping

Might be the candle set with a special playlist or the wine + book club sitch for you. ๐Ÿ˜

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Ready for the Buy Black pop-up shop to return for IRL fun in NYC? So are we! It's usually hosted by BuzzFeed's BIO (Black Identity & Opportunity) employee resource group. And if you hadn't heard of it before, just know it's a real good time. Pandemic-considering though, it's not happening in person this year babies. But, don't worry!

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You're invited to virtually shop with us! Let's kick it off with some of the dopest products from the brands we've loved year after year at the pop-up shop. You ready?

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Ahead you'll find products cool enough to make you want to buy one for yourself now and one to gift someone else.

1. A stunning gold ring from Ben ร–ni that you'll def wanna wear on a ~loop~.

close-up of a model wearing a ring that has two gold loops that are interlocked with each other
Ben ร–ni

Get the ring from Ben ร–ni for $50.

2. Alexandra Winbush's experiential candle sets to get you right if you love good vibes in your space. These aren't regular candles; they're cool candles that come with tea and a curated playlist in the package. If you can already hear the R&B record jamming and smell the candle burning, then same baby.

Temitope Ibisanmi / Alexandra Winbush Brand

The set shown here features the Moroccan Amber candle and a loose-leaf Spiced Apple Chai tea blend. You'll get instructions for accessing your playlist with your package.

Get the set from Alexandra Winbush for $38 or the single candle for $25.

3. Delicious marinades from Kurated By Kenya to bring some brand new flava to ya meals. (If you heard that in Craig Mack's voice, then *chef's kiss*)

three jars of marinade made of glass with smooth wooden tops
Kurated By Kenya

The three flavors from left to right are Garlic and Herb, Sweet Thai Chili, and Jerk Seasoning.

Promising review: "These marinades have such a flavorful robust taste and pair well with almost everything. They are also very easy to cook with (seeing as I'm no experienced chef). A little of the product goes such a long way! I love how the product was shipped in sustainable packaging and the glass containers that the marinades are packaged in are not only aesthetically pleasing but can be washed and repurposed in my home with ease. I will definitely be ordering again and would highly recommend this to others! Great customer service." โ€”Shannon

Get the larger jar from Kurated By Kenya for $6.50 each OR three 12-ounce jars for $43.

4. A pre-curated gift box or a single gift (like this deck of cards you can have B.I.G. fun with) from Bifties. This shop is THE ONE if you've got a gift-giving spirit (even if the gifts are typically for yourself ๐Ÿ˜). You'll also have the option to hand-curate your own gift boxes to give to your loved ones based on the variety of products offered on the site.


If you're the type who can never decide on a gift, this'll help you give a bunch of different, cool things instead of stressing over ~the~ perfect thing. Also, every gift you get to choose on the website is, ofc, by Black-owned brands. :)

Get the deck of cards from Bifties for $10 and the home-themed gift box for $45.

5. A Comfort bath bomb from the Lineage Skin & Hair Studio to encourage you to max and relax just a little longer when you're in the bath taking time for you.

white bath bomb beside the box
Lineage Hair & Skin Studio

You'll be filling your space with the scent of French lavender and chamomile. Plus, it's phthalate- and paraben-free.

Get it from Lineage Skin & Hair Studio for $8.50.

6. Visionary Society's Revolution hoodie because oh yes, it's time you splurged on some luxe casual wear that looks warm enough to cozy up in at home but also has a design dope enough to elevate your street style when you're out.

Visionary Society

Get it from Visionary Society for $120 (available in unisex sizes XS, S, XL).

7. A bottle of Black Girl Magic Rosรฉ from the McBride Sisters Collection that'll pair well with whatever you're eating in whatever season. Translation: You'll wanna enjoy wine o'clock as soon as it arrives.

BuzzFeed editor Kayla Boyd's hand holding a bottle of the wine
Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

It's got the aromas of raspberry and orange blossom plus a fresh stone fruit and citrus palate. Treat yo' self, babies! BTW, it's got an alcohol volume of 13.5% and you DEF need to be 21 or older to enjoy so keep that top of mind.

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธOH! And you wine-sipping-book-lovers, I've got good news for US! The McBride Sisters have partnered with Simon & Schuster for a book club membership that'll get you two crisp bottles of wine and a copy of The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton. You'll have the book, the McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic Merlot (black cherry and warm cocoa aromas with fresh raspberry and plum), and the McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic Riesling (honey, apricot, and white flowers). Drink up and read up! ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ“š

Get a bottle from the McBride Sisters for $19.99 or the book club membership for $89.99 (check their list of states that they can ship directly to first though).

8. A double quartz ring from 84 Gem that's honestly so beautiful that I'mma need you to buy me one too so we can be ring twins. Bet? Ok, thank you frienddddd! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜‚

84 Gem

The ring is made of electroplated quartz and brass. Also, the brand is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Promising review: "I'm in awe of this exquisite piece of jewelry. It is my new favorite piece. I cannot stop looking at it! Better than pictures will do it justice. Great sales and shipping service. Can't wait to order more!" โ€”Jessica E.

Get it (for you and I) from 84Gem for $34 (available in four color options).

9. Luv Scrub mesh body exfoliators that'll help dry brush your skin, exfoliate it with body wash, and remove ingrown hairs. Aye, it just might schedule your esthetician appointments too but don't quote me on that part, babe.

the luv scrub in pink and black
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Luv Scrub is a Black woman-owned business and the Luv Scrub design is inspired by a traditional West African morning routine. Several folks on your friendly neighborhood BuzzFeed Shopping team swear by this mesh scrub. Peep what editor Heather Braga has to say about it ahead:

"I personally love using it in the tub to exfoliate my legs. The best part about it? It lasts for up to 18 months! No more loofahs for you."

Get it from Luv Scrub for $18.

10. Suga Shea Butter from Natural Ash to keep your skin smooth, moisturized, and smelling like somebody's wildest dream. ๐Ÿ˜

Natural Ash

The body butters are all-natural and they're from a small business based in Harlem, NY.

Get a jar from Natural Ash for $24+ (available in two sizes and four scent options including unscented).

11. A Literary Ancestors planter to celebrate the most prolific writers in history. (Pssst... this'll ~plant~ a seed in your head to revisit your favorite title by these legends.)

a black planter with the first names listed out in white. from top to bottom, the names are: james, ralph, Langston, Richard, ta-nehisi, and august.
Rooted In Blk Co.

Get it from Rooted In Blk Co. for $22 (also available with a list of female literary ancestors) and check out all the fabulous plant accessories on the site.

12. A Hello Kitty tote from Adorned By Chi that'll be as cute on your shoulder as your years-long obsession with the most adorable feline on the planet. (Don't argue with me. Go argue with Aristocats because it's really not even close.)

Adorned By Chi

BTW, the brand is based in Dallas, Texas, and do you wanna know something else REALLY COOL? It also offers a very pretty manga comic available as a free digital download on the site.

Get the tote from Adorned By Chi for $34.99.

13. A hand-embroidered Queenin' T-shirt from Create The Culture so you'll step out crowned up even when you're dressed down.

model wearing a t-shirt with a gold embroidered crown over a face just showing eyes and very fleeky eyebrows
Create The Culture / Etsy

BTW, it's from a brand based in Brooklyn, New York.

Promising review: "I adore this shop. The quality of your work is *chefโ€™s kiss*. The world is in a bizarre state right now but your art has brought an abundance of love and light into my life. Thank you so much. I canโ€™t wait to buy more in the future!!!!" โ€”Emma Powers

Get it from Create The Culture on Etsy for $65+ (available in sizes XSโ€“2XL and in a full or cropped style).

14. The Motherland Plug's Gourd Calabash planter bowls (yup, it's a planter AND a bowl; use it how you want) for anyone determined to bring some gorgeous texture to their space.

The Motherland Plug

The planter bowls are hand-carved in Kenya and are symbols of prestige, according to the brand. You can use them as pretty cribs for your plant babies, bowls, or centerpieces. BTW. this brand's based in Harlem in NYC.

Get it from The Motherland Plug for $26 (available in two colors).

15. The Rhyme Antics game โ€” so all the people in the place with style and grace (and rap skills!) can flex their word nerd muscles right quick. Each player must come up with words that rhyme with the main word on each card โ€” all set to a timer of course.

the game box
Rhyme Antics

As you rap, you'll get points for each word you use that's on the list of rhyming words also on the card. This game'll force the thinking caps on *and* you'll also get to live out your rap god dreams for a time. ๐ŸŽค

BTW, there's a how-to-play video on the Rhyme Antics site for all my visual learners. I bought this game from BuzzFeed BIO's IRL 2019 pop-up shop and had a great time playing with friends and family. You get points for rhyming with words listed on the card but also extra points for words that aren't on the card. (And you KNOW whose team won the game, right? Crown me, baby! ๐Ÿ˜)

Get it from Rhyme Antics for $27.99 or (if you want your one-day Prime shipping) from Amazon for $23.85.

16. Nail lacquers by 9th & Maxwell so you can keep a fresh mani in dreamy colors that are also 10-free (aka, nontoxic) AND give back with your purchase. A percentage of each polish sale will go toward scholarships for minority youth and grants for aspiring entrepreneurs. ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿฟ

Instagram / 9th & Maxwell / Carmen / Via, Instagram / 9th & Maxwell / Carmen / Via

BTW, the brand is based in Houston, Texas. โค๏ธ

Get the Diva polish (red) from 9th & Maxwell for $16 and the warm peach polish for $16.

17. Reuseable hot or cold rice packs from Beloved Packs to bring comfort to pained or tense areas on your body that could use more TLC.

two hands holding the pack which has a blue floral case and is shaped like a rectangle
Beloved Packs

Btw, these packs are by a small business based in Michigan. The sleeves on them are made of 100% cotton. Also, these'll be great for anyone who wants more comfort due to menstrual cramps, muscle tension, sprains, strains, joint stiffness, postpartum care, arthritis, swollen lymph nodes, cystic acne, and more. That said, please be advised that this should not be used as a replacement for medical attention. If you're dealing with any chronic pain, then please see a licensed medical professional if you're able and feel better. โค๏ธ

Get them from Beloved Packs for $30 (available in 7 pretty print options).

18. Hand-blended unisex perfume from Savoir Faire that'll have you (and whoever's blessed enough to enjoy your presence) savoring your scent for literal hours.

model's hand holding a box of three skinny perfume tubes
Savoir Faire

The scents in this gift box are Beau Noir (amber, patchouli, cannaflower, private oud, ceylon cinnamon bark, cedarwood, eucalyptus, bakhoor, and musk of Morocco), Soul Cafe (tobacco, bergamot, blood orange, black pepper, patchouli, private musk blend, amber wood, oud, lavender, Arabic coffee, and firewood), and Signature (tomato leaf, leather, labdanum, orris, oud, firewood sandalwood, musks, and amber essence).

Get this sampler trio from Savoir Faire for $36.

19. A bright and bold shower curtain from Soap Box Theory to bring some ~peace~ and style to your bathroom.

curtain with a dark person's profile silhouette with flowers on their head and a single bamboo earring in their ear that says "peace" in the middle
Soapbox Theory

This cool curtain is from a brand based in Portland, Oregon. Also, it's machine-washable (cold wash, please) and dryer-friendly (low heat, K?). (And look, if you give this as a gift, I can't not tell you to accompany it with actual matching customized bamboo earrings because I love a themed bundle gift situation and it's only perfect ๐Ÿ˜.

Get it from Soapbox Theory for $54.99.

20. A lip gloss from 2 4 1 Cosmetics to keep those lips shiny, gorgeous, and most importantly: HYDRATED!

pink lip gloss tube
2 4 1 Cosmetics

Promising review: "Goes on smooth, nonsticky, producing a full and lustrous shine that STAYS!!" โ€”Jennifer N.

Get this Class Act shade (pink rose nude) from 2 4 1 Cosmetics for $18 or check out all the lovely lippies from the brand and find your fave shade.

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

Pssst... BIO x Cocoa Butter created a video highlighting the first six brands in this list so you can get to know the owners and the passion behind their products. Get into it!

Giphy / Starz

And perhaps, BIO will see you at our IRL shop when it's safe for us to pop it out on NYC once again. ๐Ÿ˜˜

Looking for more Black-owned brands? Heard you! Check out these Beyond Cool Things From Black-Owned Etsy Shops, a few Amazing Gifts from Black-Owned Businesses to treat others (or yourself!) to, and these products to try from queer and BIPOC-owned brands!

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