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Buying a gift from a Black-owned business will help those businesses, which have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic, keep their lights on.

Black-owned businesses have been among the hardest hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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

From masks and doggie hoodies to brew boxes and special spices, Black-owned businesses across the state have something for everyone.

Take a look at this list for inspiration:

Body Butter and Beard Oil from Shea Optimum

Treat your loved ones to a little at-home pampering with some body butter, body scrub, or beard oil from Shea Optimum. The bath and body company, which is based in Harrisburg and York, uses natural ingredients in all of its products. $9.99-$12.99.

Brew Box from First Sip Brew Box

Pittsburgh-based First Sip Brew Box is a great gift for the beer lover in your life. Each month, the box features a different brewery. Although beer isn’t included, the box does come filled with beer gear, branded glasses, stickers, and other swag. It also includes a delicious treat that’s hand-picked to pair with beer or a lifestyle item that’s made with malts and hops. The boxes come in three different price points and you can sign up for a monthly subscription or make a one-time purchase. First Sip ships the brew boxes on the 15th of each month, so your loved one will have something to look forward to (other than the end of 2020). $25-$60.

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). $55-$220.

Face Mask Scarves from Amma Jo

Masks are required at most places in Pennsylvania, so why not find fashionable ones? Harrisburg boutique Amma Jo has a line of face mask scarves that can be worn as a face mask, a scarf, or even as a hair tie. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. $19.

Gold Dangle Earrings with Pearls from Nicole Taylor Boutique

Nicole Taylor Boutique in Lancaster has lots of unique and beautiful jewelry you could buy for the magpie in your life. These gold dangle earrings with pearls caught our eyes; they take a classic design and give it a little modern edge. $20.

Kolor Krate from Kolor-N-Kiln Pottery Studio

The crafty kid (or adult) in your life will love the Kolor Krate from Pittsburgh’s Kolor-N-Kiln Pottery Studio. The kits change monthly but comes with a pottery project ready to be painted and personalized. December’s box includes a set of ceramic measuring spoons, glazes/paints, brushes, and a pair of cookie cutters from the Chocolate Boutique. If you are local to Pittsburgh, you can take your completed project into the studio to be fired in its kiln. Otherwise, you will have to find a studio near you to fire them for you; a firing fee may apply, depending on the location. $30.

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 Rio (a blend of pineapple, coconut, tangerine, and papaya), 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. $12.50 for an 8-ounce bar.

Mask Refresher Spray from Trunc

Help make your loved one’s mask smell good and feel good with some Essence One aromatherapeutic mask refresher spray from Trunc in Philadelphia. The small shop is owned by a Black female veteran. She carries two scents: Morning Calm (spearmint, bergamot mint, and patchouli) and Lavender. $10.

Matching Sweatshirts for People and Their Pets from Kin of Duncan

The pet parents and furbabies on your list will love a set of matching sweatshirts from Kin of Duncan. Teenage entrepreneur and Pittsburgh native Jazmiere Bates created the line because she loved dressing up in matching outfits with her dog, Kindrick. Tell your favorite furball what you really think of them with a “Legend” hoodie and get the human-sized “Legend” hoodie to match. $18-$30.

Melanin Lace Hearts from Emmanuelle Ceramics

Send ceramic hearts from Emanuelle Ceramics to someone you care about to remind them of your love during these tough times. Thread a ribbon through a hole at the top, so your loved one can use the hearts as a Christmas tree ornament or year-round decoration. Check out the Melanin Lace Hearts, which are glazed in the shades of skin tones. The hearts were created as a tribute to the Black, People of Color, and allies who are fighting for justice. The hearts come in three different sizes, and three different lace patterns. $7-$12.

Pajamas from Sleepless Boutique

Give the gift of comfort and warmth with some new pajamas from Sleepless Boutique in Harrisburg. Look for sexy yet comfortable onesies, sassy sleepshirts, and cute two-piece sets. $12-$25.

Sauces from The Spice Rack

If you’re having trouble figuring out what to get your favorite home chef, check out The Spice Rack in Chestnut Hill. The shop offers a wide variety of spices, herbs, sauces, and cooking accessories. Its line of sauces, which includes a mushroom red wine simmering sauce, a brown sugar balsamic mustard, and a homestyle chili starter, will have even the most novice cook coming out like a four-star chef. $8 to $13.