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Local Gift Guide 2021

For Small Business Saturday (and also every day), please consider some of the fantastic gift and donation resources below. We’re excited to share with you this list of of small businesses, uplifting organizations and several BIPOC and LGTBQIA+ entrepreneurs. Happy shopping!

Wellness

For wellness enthusiasts (which is everyone, right?), we have some soothing, smoothing and subtly scented recommendations. 

  • For all natural, hand-picked, cool-pressed beauty nutrients grown on a family farm in Haiti and made in their Bushwick farmhouse, check out Papa Rozier Farms
  • Sacramento-based, family-owned Magpie Alchemy offers everything from accessories to CBD tinctures. 
  • San Francisco-based Candy Doll imports beauty and skincare products from Korea and Japan. 
  • Yateou, located in Fremont, California, offers ethically-sourced, plant-based hair care, skincare and aromatherapy.


Food

‘Tis the season for something savory, sweet or spicy. And don’t forget to stock up for yourself.

  • For frozen treats and sweets with a Mexican twist, check out Red Hook, NY-based La Newyorkina. 
  • Pick up an arepas-at-home kit, order take out or stay and eat authentic Venezuelan food at Caracas Arepa Bar in Brooklyn. 
  • Diaspora Spice Company in San Francisco sources single-origin spices from 150 farms across India and Sri Lanka and pays living wages to growers. 
  • Birch Bark Coffee Company is First Nations-owned and operated, offering organic, small farmer-focused coffee out of Ontario, Canada.


Home & Other Goods

You can find a perfect gift for them, maybe a little something for you—all while supporting small and minority-owned businesses. Everyone wins.

  • Based in New York, Automic Gold offers reclaimed gold pieces crafted by queer and non-queer artisans, featuring non-cis and BIPOC models.
  • An art gallery, a design studio and a clothing store all combined describes San Francisco-based Evolved SF
  • Diosa Blooms is a Filipinx, family-owned flower and plant shop in San Francisco. 
  • Famed Black history-focused bookstore Marcus Books in Oakland, California, has been a literary and cultural landmark since 1960. 
  • For amazing laser-cut earrings that support women of color, shop Bay Area-originated BRWNGRLZ.


Organizations we love.

Here are some hard-working orgs that could use your time, your donations and your attention. Check them out.

  • Transanta is an initiative that lets users anonymously gift presents to trans kids and young adults in need.
  • Hate is a Virus is an anti-violence organization working to empower Asian American Pacific Islander communities.
  • African American Arts & Culture Complex provides a wide variety of art and cultural programming for youth, adults and families.
  • The Mission Economic Development Agency has been working since 1973 on Latinx equity, developing learning opportunities, leading policy and pushing for social change.
  • 826 Valencia is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to supporting underprivileged kids in cities around the country.

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