Gift giving has always been an extremely special experience for me. Seeing something and thinking of someone I love and their reaction just makes me so happy.

Whether they light up with laughter or are moved to tears at the idea of someone thinking of them. It’s important. As a society, we are experiencing trauma and pain at exponential rates and rarely thinking about the impacts. We must continue to acknowledge and honor each other. Holding space for our healing, growth, and happiness. To spread love and joy on any level is necessary in these trying times.

This holiday season we are excited to help you support small Black businesses and get intentional gifts for the folks in your lives. These holistic goddesses have put their heart and soul into their creations. Each business listed creates handmade and holistic products that are sure to be the hit of every Holiday get together.  From honoring what goes in your body to what you put on it, this is definitely a list to save for birthdays, holidays, and self-care days.

It is time to think about how you take care of mind, body, heart, and spirit. Go ahead, treat yourself and your loved ones!

1. Teas With Meaning – Tea blends

 

2. Queendom Cultivation – Jewelry that heals

 

3. Shop Simply Sunny – Handmade chokers

 

4. Tres Mercedes  – Creative. Conscious. Culture.

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I uploaded new items on my Etsy store. I have been dragging my feet for so long to do so. I finally put all my excuses and feelings of “not good enough” to the sidelines and uploaded 20 new items to my Etsy page and I will continue to add more items throughout this Black Friday week. the impact of the recent campfire in northern California is causing poor air quality in response schools, businesses, and events to have been cancelled or postponed. Small business owners like myself are highly effected. So now is the perfect time, to turn to online sells. I made concern sacrifices on this Saturday to just sit my ass down, stay focused and upload my creations to share with the world. my insecurities and negative self-criticism come up like: biters are going to copy, and people don’t want to pay for them or no one is going to see them… all false. but I office pushed thru regardless. I hope this season you shop support small businesses owners. Stay tuned for my online Black Friday sales. And my next PopUp is Friday and Saturday #fortheculturemarket #tresmercedes 🕶 #tresMercedes 👖 @zerobyzawadi 📸 @drea_button #tresmercedessunglasses #zerobyzawadi #oakanda #wakandastyle #webuyblack #buyfromBlackWomen #afropunk #blackdesigners #madeinKenya #oaklandfashion #supportblackbusinesses #handmadeclothing #africanfabric #cowrieshell #afrofashion #sunglasses #eyewearlover #oshun #etsy #customeyewear #embellishedsunglasses

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5. Bodacious Bombshells – Essential oil blends

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"I am letting go of pretending that I'm in control" – Kavitha Rao Shout out to @iantheism & @slakethewanderlust two educated black goddesses on their way to slaying the world with their intellect, beauty, and fearless ambition. In a world that doesn't want to see us win we need to root for each other and watch each other glow. We need to support each other. Love each other. Listen to each other. So this is a reminder to stop what you're doing check in with yourself then check in with your "strong" friends and remind them about self care. Your to do list will be finished when it is finished, same with that assignment, book, or paper. HOLD SPACE FOR YOUR WELLNESS. Prioritize your mental wellbeing without apology. It's okay to cancel plans. Be more understanding and patient with others. Communicate don't isolate. We all need our space sometimes but remember you're surrounded by love. Thrive or survive, the choice is yours. #BodaciousBombshells #BodaciousBlends #healing #EssentialOils #aromatherapy #oakland #BeWhoYouAre #LoveWhoYouAre #SelfLove #SelfCare #Growth #California #Growth #EssentialOils #OilBlends #Monterey #GlobalSolutions #MIIS #MiddleburyInstitute

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6. Nachi Body Candy – Body Care

 

7. Goddess Butter – Nourish. Heal. Protect  

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Goddess Butter Oakland has 2 pop ups tomorrow!!! Regrann from @fielddayandfriends – Autumn is almost here! 🍂 join us at the shop tomorrow for our release party from 4-7pm. We are introducing 7 new Field Day styles & favorites in new fabrics. We’ll be celebrating Autumn’s harvest with healthful cold pressed juice straight from the earth by @zephyrjuice and soothing multi purpose Shea butter blends made for goddesses by @goddessbutteroakland 🌿🌺 Portland babes be sure to swing by @helloameliapdx for an equinox celebration and to view our new collection. Our end of season sale is still happening today in shop and online with code sale20 until midnight tonight #fw18 #autumnharvest

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