Curating our annual Holiday Gift Guide is always such a fun project here at Love Inc. (admittedly, I bang out most of my own holiday shopping needs during the process!), and I’m so excited to share this year’s holiday gift picks, all from LGBTQ-owned small businesses.
Needing more ideas and inspiration? Be sure to check out our past guides!
Cozy wool slippers by Wooly Wearables, $48: These eco-friendly slippers are perfect for keeping toes warm at the cabin, a trip to Grandma’s house or just a lazy day at home. Lovingly created in Duluth, MN from recycled wool sweaters, these cozy, felted “foot sweaters” are machine washable, feature non-slip bottoms and, best of all, they are NON ITCHY!
Alpha Fragrance Gift Set by H.I.M.-istry, $84.99**: This gift set includes some of the brand’s most popular products: Rosemary & White Tea Shave Gel, Argan & Grapeseed Beard Oil, and Alpha eau de parfum. Founder Darnell Henderson was serving in the U.S. Navy when he discovered the need for quality men’s skincare. The requirement to shave daily, combined with grueling physical and mental demands, left his skin looking inflamed and irritated, so he set out to develop a solution.
Nostalgia Coffee in a Brew Bag, $25:Nostalgia is changing the way we drink coffee with their innovative Coffee in a Brew Bag (think of it as high-quality coffee in a tea bag), bringing cafe-level coffee in your cup, no matter where you are. No equipment, no hassle, just exceptional coffee.
Pipcorn Snacks, $14.99**: Co-founded by Jen Martin, who was dubbed as one of the top queer, Black women founders to watch by Essence magazine, Pipcorn is all of your favorite snacks, but made with natural, good-for-you ingredients. Perfect to include in holiday gift baskets or stockings!
Dayum This Is My Jam, sliding scale payment starting at $1: This small-batch creator Andy Waller and queer and trans owner is not only dedicated to crafting good with amazing flavor combinations, but ensuring that the company is a reflection of their values. “Dayum Jam believes in racial and social justice. We care deeply about LGBTQ liberation, women’s rights, and dismantling white supremacy.” Make your own bundle of delicious jams and pickles, all cleverly named after song titles, or choose one of their gift baskets. Pricing is based on a tiered system to adjust for the income of each individual. The “base” price of each item is $1 and then you decide based on your own financial ability what amount to add to this base price.
PARU Tea Bar Flight Kit, $39**: A QPOC-owned purveyor of specialty loose leaf teas, matcha, and herbal teas, PARU is owned by married couple, Amy Truong and Lani Gobaleza, and focuses on creating nostalgic, traditional blends with modernized twists, using teas primarily sourced from family-owned tea gardens in East Asia and Southeast Asia. Their flight kit brings the in-shop experience into the comfort of your own home, and comes with three premium teas and/or tisanes (each package contains approximately 14 to 28 grams, enough for a tasting and several servings to follow), a guide and tasting wheel, and a complimentary wooden spoon.
Empower BodyCare, $56: Give the gift of relaxation, which is sure to be welcomed after a busy holiday season. Created by LGBTQ+ female-entrepreneur Trista Okel, who first started making CBD oil in her kitchen as a personal endeavor to help her mom manage chronic pain, Empower now carries a variety of popular CBD-infused bath salts, lotions, and oils with aromatherapeutic scents like Lavender Bergamot and Lemon Verbena.
Warm Cider Hug Kit by Pink House Alchemy, $24: Their farm to table simple syrups, bitters and shrubs are a guilty pleasure for anyone who is a foodie, hostess, designated at-home bartender or self-proclaimed chef. For the holidays, founder Emily Lawson curated deconstructed cocktail/mocktail kits of traditional holiday sip favorites. Our favorite is the hot cider (spiking optional).
Sunshine Wooden Gift Pack by Florida Pure Sea Salt, $55: A perfect gift for those who love to spend time in the kitchen, mix-and-match from the expansive collection of salts from pure to garlic (their bestseller) to vegan maple bacon, all of which are hand-harvested, small-batch and 100% pure. The wooden boxes are handcrafted by Florida craftspeople. — the uniqueness of each gift box shows the uniqueness of the creator.
Candle holders by Souk Bohemian, $40**: Based in Atlanta, Souk partners with local and global artisans to bring inspirational ready-to-wear pieces, home goods and handmade accessories to curate every aspect of your life, and filled with gift-worthy products that will be applauded by those with a particularly discerning eye, such as this gorgeous matte black candle holder.
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