Holiday gift guide part 3: more black-owned businesses (and musicians) to check out

I keep coming across more awesome stuff from black-owned businesses, so I decided to make another holiday gift guide featuring them. I’ve also included a few music videos so you can find new music to buy for yourself or others. You can also find more resources for finding black-owned businesses at the bottom of this post.

Accessories and makeup
collage - accessories and makeup

Sweethearts Revenge sunglasses, FlyJane, $28
Shoulder spikes, The Thicky Chicky, $15
Blue feather headband, Boutique DeBandeaux, $45
-Lipstick in Kamikaze and Night Owl, The Lip Bar, $20
Turn It Up bling coat, Ginger & Liz, $12
Victorian wrist cuffs, AmyEcho, $18
Purple feather headband, Boutique DeBandeaux, $25

Bath and body products

collage of bath and body prodcuts

Shea soaps, BeeLux, $6 each
Pumpkin pie body butter, Belle Butters, $13
Pomegranate kiwi sugar body polish, Pooka Pure and Simple, $20
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Support black activists, projects, and organizations for #GivingTuesday

two fat black women bellydancing

Etang and Tammy of Your Body Raks

One of my friends posted on Facebook that she’s looking for black-run projects to donate to today, which I thought was a great idea. Here’s a list of suggestions:

The Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image Program: a body-positive bellydance course for young women in Oakland, CA, taught by fabulous fat dancers Etang Inyang and Tammy Johnson (pictured above).

-Janet Mock is running a book drive to get books by trans people of color to trans prisoners around the US.

Black Girl Dangerous, one of the blogs I read regularly, “seeks to, in as many ways possible, amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans* people of color.”

-Another regular read: HoodFeminism, which you can donate to here.

The Black Youth Project (BYP) “is committed to producing research about the ideas, attitudes, and experiences of young black people; providing a platform for their voices and perspectives; and mobilizing young people and their allies to make positive change and build the world within which they want to live.” Continue reading

Holiday gift guide: Small Business Saturday

If you’re looking to support small businesses tomorrow, or any time this holiday season, here are some pretty/shiny/interesting ideas to check out–most of which are $25 or under. Also see the guide to black-owned businesses that I posted yesterday, and Kelsea’s awesome series of gift guides.

For the Francophile
collage of gift items for francophiles

2015 Paris photo calendar, Georgianna Lane, $25
Paris in Peony set of 5 cards, CoupCoup Designs, $10. Emily of CoupCoup made a discount code for Tutus and Tiny Hats readers, LAURATUTU: it’s good for $10 off any purchase of $50 or more, through December 12th.
French macaron necklace, Fatally Feminine, $15
Paris postcard set, the Paris Print Shop, $5

For the lover of all things cute
collage of cute items

Picnic at the Park print, ShanaLogic, $16
Starwhal the Narwhal! plush, ShanaLogic, $24.95
Kitteh pair dish, Migration Goods, $20
See You Space Corgi sticker, Megan Lara, $4
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Happy Thanksgiving/Support black-owned businesses for Black Friday

As if we needed another reminder that our country was built by violence against people of color, today is Thanksgiving, which effectively celebrates the genocide of Native Americans. So I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving–because spending quality time with family and friends is important, and because pumpkin pie is delicious–but also a reflective one, one that honors the holiday’s history.

If you were planning to shop at major retailers this weekend, consider supporting black-owned businesses instead, as many black organizations have asked. If you’re looking to donate money instead of, or in addition to, shopping, check out this list of black-led organizations on the ground in Ferguson, and the Ferguson Public Library’s Powell’s wishlist (see this post for the library’s address and purchasing instructions).

Now for the fun part: pretty things you can buy from black-owned businesses, including Boston’s own The Thicky Chicky!

collage of items by black owned businesses

Top row:
Graffiti dress, Zelie For She, $85
Ka’oir lipsticks, $16.99 each
Chub rub shorts, The Thicky Chicky, $6

Middle row (all books I’ve read and loved):
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, $10.95
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock, $15.95
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, $10.50
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, $10.95

Bottom row:
Kiss Me fascinator in rose gold metallic, Hello Sweet Leigh, $55
Purple mambo skirt, Nakimuli, $130 (use the discount code THANKFUL14 for 20% off)
Fleur dress, The Thicky Chicky, $30.20
Triumph sequin dress, $125, and Sparkle skirt, $79, Zelie for She

(Slightly late) Small Business Saturday gift guide, and a Boston craft fair list

I’m not a fan of Small Business Saturday‘s corporate sponsorship, but I think the basic idea is sound. For those who can afford to do so, supporting small businesses–especially local ones–is a good way to take part in building a sustainable, humane, community-based economy.

With the usual caveats that 1.) individual consumer choices are not a substitute for political engagement and 2.) spending time together is always a wonderful gift and there should be no obligation to buy anything for anyone, here are a few items I like from small businesses and craftspeople around the internet, some of whom are local to Boston.

1.) “Gigi” burlesque mug – Dupenny –  £13.50
2.) Unicorn Landia nail polish – Starrily at ShanaLogic – $9.99
3.) Collectible narwhal ornament – Magic Bean Buyer at ShanaLogic – $15.99
4.) See you space corgi sticker – Megan Lara at RedBubble – $4.00
5.) Mauve crystal and feather fascinator – I Am Joolienn on Etsy – $25.00 (Note: Joolie is a Somerville local who makes all sorts of pretty, shiny, feathery things.)
6.) Cat life brooch – The Tiny Hobo on Etsy – $10.00 (Note: The Tiny Hobo also makes a ton of fat-pos stuff, which you can find in her main shop, t-shirt shop, and Custom Plus shop.)
7.) Peacock feather journal set – CoupCoup Designs on Etsy – $12.00
8.) Neon rainbow felt necklace – HandiCraftKate on Etsy – $55.00
9.) Signed machines of love poster – DFTBA Records – $15.00
10.) Chocolate Mexicano sampler – Taza Chocolate – $21.00 (Note: Taza is a local company that makes Mexican-style fair-trade chocolate right here in Somerville. They also give tours, which look like fun.)

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Holiday gift ideas mega-post

Note: I know that not everyone celebrates a holiday in December, or is into gift-giving, or has the time/money/energy to buy/make gifts. If you’re not looking for gift ideas for whatever reason, feel free to skip over this post.

But if you are looking for gift ideas, read on! I’ve got everything from charities to DIY ideas to pencil holders made out of floppy disks, TARDIS lunchboxes, and pizza pi cutters.

One of my favorite holiday past-times: finding things that say “Joy” and cutting off the J.

Charities

Donating to charity in someone’s name is always a good idea if 1.) they really care about a particular issue, 2.) they already have all the material things they want, or 3.) you just don’t know what else to give them.

Here are a few that I like. You can find more on this list of top-rated charities.

Kiva is especially cool, because it’s not a traditional charity–it’s a microlending site. You make a loan of $25 to an entrepreneur from the developing world, and almost always get back the entire loan. Which means, if you give a Kiva loan as a gift, the recipient first gets to help entrepreneur pull themselves out of poverty, and then later gets money, which they can either cash out or invest again. It’s pretty awesome.

Doctors Without Borders
Girls Write Now
Grameen Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
Heifter International
Modest Needs
Nature Conservancy
Oxfam
Seeds of Peace
Sierra Club
Survival International
This Star Won’t Go Out Foundation
Water.org
WriteGirl

This cupcake was actually not very tasty, but it was cute!

Holiday Gift Ideas List

I made this list on Amazon, with a bunch of things that I thought might make good presents–from Lego-shaped soaps to geeky music to knitted platypi.  There’s even a Dr. Horrible onesie for your tiny friends.

I’ve listed items from $1.70 to $72, and the majority are $20 or under. There’s plenty of pink and sparkly stuff, since that’s what I gravitate toward, but I’ve tried to include items that would appeal to people with different tastes and interests.

I’ve also made a separate list of fat-positive gift ideas for the rad fatties in your life!

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