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Shop Your Values With The 9 Best Gifts For Kids From Black-Owned Businesses

One of the most direct and measurable ways to support the Black community is to shop at Black-owned businesses — so simple and giftable.

Megan Baldwin · about 2 months ago

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One of the most direct and measurable ways to support the Black community is to shop at Black-owned businesses. If it sounds super-simple, that’s because it is. So do it because it’s good for your community — and for your kids, who will be the recipient of gifts that build empathy through diverse representation. Here, we’ve rounded up the best gifts for kids from Black-owned businesses like Kido, an awesome parent-owned shop in Chicago. We know this list is far from complete, but we’re committed to adding to it as we discover amazing new things — so stay tuned!

1. Rhyme Antics Game

Rhyme Antics

It was all a dream...Chantel Calloway created this hip-hop inspired game to build literacy skills, one rap at a time. Spit out an SAT-word then pass the mic to score points and up your flow-cabulary.

2. Little Likes Kids Jumbo Camping Puzzle

Little Likes Kids

A mom founded Little Likes Kids so her son could play with toys that included images and experiences that reflected him. The 48-piece Jumbo Puzzle exemplifies the brand’s vibe: playful, beautifully-illustrated, and perfect for capturing every kid’s imagination.

3. Harper Iman Kimiko Handmade Doll

Harper Iman

The mother and daughter duo behind this range of handmade linen dolls is committed to creating dolls that reinforce to all kids how important, how smart, how beautiful, and how creative they are. We second all of that.

4. Kido Cub Quilted Jacket

Kido

Two Chicago creatives-turned-blended-family-parents opened this shop to give their sons and daughter a hand-picked mix of cool design-driven toys and well-made swag, like this quilted jacket.

5. Pretty Please Be Kind Collection Pacifier

Pretty Please Teethers

Pretty Please Teethers’ handmade, natural teethers are almost too pretty to let your baby gnaw on. Beyond the looks, the brand’s Be Kind collection benefits the NAACP, so you can introduce your kids to kindness before they can talk the talk or walk the walk.

6. Darlyng & Co. Alphabet Affirmation Cards

Darlyng & Co.

This entrepreneurial family struck kid-product gold with their Yummy Mitt Teething Mitten. Now they’ve expanded to a full line of fun-meets-functional products like these Alphabet Affirmation cards.

7. Lily Frilly Cupcake Slime

Lily Frilly

Lily Adeleye is the 6-year-old creator of this buttery slime. And really, who better than a kid to dream up the ooziest gooziest slime — complete with “surprise” cupcake charms.

8. A Kids Book About Subscription Box

A Kids Book About

Black entrepreneur and dad Jelani Memory created this Oprah-approved book series that breaks down topics like Empathy, Race, and Feminism for kids. The series’ subscription box delivers monthly releases to help inform all those kid-to-grown-up conversations.

9. Black Wall Street Board Game

Play Black Wall Street

Black Wall Street The Board Game brings to life the story behind Tulsa’s Black Wall Street, one of the most economically successful communities in American History. Learn math and financial literacy skills while you discover the stories of the real business events that shaped Black History.

10. Proper Gnar Skateboards

Proper Gnar

Good for Teens! This skateboard from the first Black-woman-owned skateboard company, Proper Gnar, is the perfect way to introduce your kid to kick, push culture. Top it off with a helmet from Thousand, another kick-butt female entrepreneur.

11. Healthy Roots Doll Zoe Doll

Healthy Roots

The Healthy Roots Zoe doll is unique because it has hair that feels like natural-feeling curly hair that can be washed and styled just like real hair. In fact, the company encourages you to use actual hair products on the doll's hair and to wash it regularly to keep it clean and easy to style.