12 Group Gift Ideas to Support Female/BIPOC-owned Businesses
Reinvigorate YOUR local economies! Over 40% of small businesses have closed down in the last few months, with approximately 25% closing down with no plans of reopening. To support local economies and create jobs, here is a list we’ve curated of 150+ female-owned, BIPOC-owned, or sustainable small businesses. Feel free to add your favorite businesses here!
Covering every type of gift, Presently’s Approved Retailer List is bound to help you find a gift that anyone and everyone will love (see the end of this article for the full list!). We’ve given you a sneak peek of 12 group gift ideas your giftees are sure to love below, featuring gifts that support female-owned and BIPOC-owned businesses.
“When shoppers spend locally at small businesses, communities win.”
– Juanita D. Duggan, CEO and President of National Federation of Independent Business
With travel being heavily restricted, it’s been extra hard on all of our travel enthusiasts! This holiday season brings travel to them with the Explore Local Box ($240). This subscription box includes food items and products locally made in the featured city as well as fun facts and backstories for each product. Explore local is a small, female-owned business looking to appreciate artisan products and support local businesses.
Treat your friend to the joy of filling their home with unique, high-quality products that give back. Globein boxes ($210/6mo) have themes ranging from World Kitchen to Picnic, making the handcrafted home goods that are going to the giftee personalized to their interests. Additionally, every product in each box supports fair wages and safe working conditions for artisans all over the world.
We all know that one person that’s riding an eternal 2% phone charge. This holiday, provide the gift of a sustainably-sourced charger from Nimble. Nimble chargers are made with recycled aluminum, plant-based bioplastics, and plastic-free packaging. Nimble even make chargers that can keep your device charged for five days, making a perfect group gift for someone who can’t keep their phone alive for even just one.
So we mentioned the friend that can’t keep a charged phone, but what about the friend who always loses it? Mutag’s Loss Prevention Kit will help even the most forgetful friend. The Mutag device is the smallest personal tracker ever made, with a rechargeable battery built-in that lasts for three weeks on a 40-minute charge. And, it’s more sustainable and eco-friendly than its competitors.
Self Care and Beauty
Whether it be a candle or essential oils, having the right scent with you can be a mood-changer! Brother-sister pairing Sarah and Sean Panton came into the aromatherapy business as Virtuvi, a home scenting solution that is not only more sustainable, but better for your health. Get the right scent flowing with a Virtuvi Stone Diffuser ($119). It is such a pretty piece that not only will it get the perfect scent circulating, but it also doubles as a home decor piece.
Getting the perfect shave can be tough. Oui The People has made a commitment to changing the language of beauty. No perfecting, flawless, nor anti-aging claims. Just good products that help you feel amazing in your own skin. OUI The People is a female and BIPOC-owned business with a goal of transparency in both their packaging (transparent packaging is more likely to be recycled) and in their growth towards more sustainable options as a company.
Food and Beverages
For wine and champagne enthusiasts, gift the experience of high-end drinks with a subscription to The Sip Society. The Sip Society brings Napa, Reims, and Epernay straight to your door! With every Sip purchase, the company pledges to give access to clean water for women and children in need through the East Oakland Community Project. We love this gift for friends and coworkers alike!
Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Treat yourself! A Bento Box from Sugarfina will definitely curb your sugar cravings. Sugarfina is a female-owned business supporting Kiva in its mission to empower female entrepreneurs and drive social change. Their Sereni-Tea Candy Gift Bundle will truly get you in the spirit, with an assortment of fun and delicious chocolate bars and gummies!
Apparel and Accessories
Help your friends spice up their wardrobe with a beautiful, high-end piece from Brother Vellies. Brother Vellies was founded in 2013 with the goal of keeping traditional African design practices and techniques alive while also creating and sustaining artisanal jobs. You will find vegetable-tanned leathers, soling from recycled tires, hand-carved wood, floral dyed feathers along with a collection of other by-product materials sourced from farmers across the globe.
For some amazing vintage finds, check out Thrilling, which supports small, local businesses – the economic and cultural backbone of our communities and neighborhoods. Not to mention, vintage shopping is the most environmentally-friendly way to shop!
They say organization is the key to living the life you want to lead. Shira Gill has created the Get Organized Master Class ($197) and private community to help anyone kickstart their organizational journey.
If you’re looking for an ethically-made gift for a coworker, boss, or employee during these uncertain times, look no further. The Warm and Cozy Luxe Box ($200) by Marie Mae contains environmentally-friendly items ranging from cookies to candles! This is one of our favorite gifts that support female-owned businesses and social enterprises in the US, as well as provides dignified employment for artisans in India and Rwanda.
Making your gift go further
If you have a large group of loved ones coming together to set up a group gift this holiday, have any amount over the total go straight back into our communities that need it. Whether it be working with your local food bank or getting new clothes to give to a nearby shelter, it is important that we help our neighbors wherever and whenever we can.
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