Need gift ideas? These 8 Black-owned shops in Pa. have something for everyone

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By The Keystone Staff

November 30, 2023

You can support diversity in entrepreneurship by shopping local at one of Pennsylvania’s many Black-owned businesses this holiday season.

Why not spread a little holiday cheer and buy from a Black-owned business when you do your gift-shopping this year?

From masks and Pennsylvania-themed ornaments to jewelry and clothing, Black-owned businesses across the state offer unique, hand-crafted gifts. By patronizing these merchants, your gifting this year will support both small business and diversity in entrepreneurship.

We’re offering eight suggestions for a little gift-giving inspiration:

Buddha Blankie from Buddha Babe

Keep your loved one warm — and in style — with a Buddha Blankie. The handmade blankets from Philadelphia-based Buddha Babe have a fuzzy side and a soft fabric side, and come in a variety of patterns and whimsical prints so they fit with any decor. They come in three sizes: Mini (25 inches by 30 inches), Crib (32 inches by 48 inches), and Mama (54 inches by 72 inches). $65-$75.

Canvas crossbody traveler from Amma Jo

Take a walk on the wild side with this canvas crossbody traveler bag from Harrisburg boutique Amma Jo. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. $99.

Diamond earrings from Nicole Taylor Boutique

Nicole Taylor Boutique in Lancaster has lots of unique and beautiful jewelry you could buy for the accessorizer in your life. These open brass diamond earrings caught our eyes; they take a classic design and give it a little modern edge. $44.

Luxurious body bars from Above the Bar

Help your loved one lather up in luxury with hand-crafted soaps from Above the Bar in Pocono Lake. The body bars come in a wide variety of scents, including complex, layered scents like Lolita Kiss (a blend of anise, violet, and sweet vanilla), Pink Cashmere (a blend of sandalwood, amber, jasmine, and lily white musk, bergamot), and Chelsea Flower (peony, tulip, hyacinth, magnolia, rose, musk, sandalwood, vetiver, and moss). The soaps are made from all-natural materials. $13.75 for an 8.5-ounce bar.

Mask gift set from Trunc

Help give your loved one a refreshing and depuffing wake up call with a vitamin boost vegan face mask from Trunc in Philadelphia. The small shop is owned by a Black female veteran. Starting at $7.

Heart and Pennsylvania-shaped ornaments from Emmanuelle Ceramics

Send ceramic ornaments from Pittsburgh’s Emanuelle Ceramics to someone you care about to remind them of your love during the holidays. Thread a ribbon through a hole at the top, so your loved one can use them as a Christmas tree ornament or year-round decoration. Check out the coral lace embossed hearts, which come in customizable colors. The hearts come in three different sizes, and three different lace patterns. $7-$12. We also like the Pennsylvania ornaments, which come in a variety of styles and colors, for $15.

“Real Love” t-shirt from Integrity Heart Soul

Help show the world, and your loved one, all about real love with this striking shirt from Integrity Heart Soul in Scranton. The shirt comes in sizes from small to XXL. Cost is $15.

Infinity blouse from Gusa By Victoria

The infinity blouse from Gusa By Victoria in York is meticulously crafted from pure cotton, ensuring breathability for year-round comfort. Boasting chic balloon sleeves with elasticized cuffs, this piece marries timeless elegance with modern design. The blouse is available in two captivating colors, tan and black. Cost is $50.

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