5 Black-Owned Etsy Shops for All Your Holiday Shopping

published Dec 8, 2021
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As soon as the Thanksgiving dishes were put away this year, my family and I made a promise to each other that we’d get our Christmas shopping done early. For someone like me, who tends to procrastinate, this was a lofty goal. The holiday season is officially in full swing and I hate to report that I still haven’t quite delivered on that promise — but I’m close! I love following a Christmas list with clear directions, but as my siblings and I have grown up, we’ve started to organize our lists with categories instead of specific items. For example, last year, my sister signed her first-ever lease on the cutest studio apartment and took up cooking as a stress-reliever, so the kitchen categorycookbooks, pots, pans, utensils, mixing bowls, serving platters, you name it — was top of mind for her. I couldn’t wait to help her outfit her cozy new galley kitchen by hand-selecting stylish and functional tools that reflected her aesthetic — and would make the space feel like the ultimate personal retreat at the end of a long day.   

When it comes to personalized, thoughtful, and irreplaceable gift ideas, Etsy is always brimming with one-of-a-kind options from talented artists and designers. From wall art to embroidery kits, smaller furnishings like lamps, and more, Etsy is the perfect place to virtually shop small and discover beautiful decor items from the comfort of your living room sofa.

This year, diversity and inclusion is at the forefront of my Christmas list, which is why I also love that Etsy is home to numerous Black-owned businesses that specialize in everything from home decor to candles and self-care products. Whether you’re on the hunt for a stocking stuffer or big-ticket gift, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite Black-owned Etsy shops with tons of gorgeous items for sale that you simply can’t find anywhere else. These artisans pour loads of love and care into each order and offer impeccable customer service with pages of glowing reviews.  

I’m always amazed by people who are both handy and detail-oriented, and this top-rated shop is acclaimed for its beautiful wood furniture items that range from coffee tables to hexagon shelves to blanket ladders, bookshelves, floor mirrors, waterfall desks, console tables, and more. Led by a talented designer named Kwadwo, Crafted Glory Design is a one-stop shop for amazing craftsmanship and endless inspiration. Each piece is constructed by hand before it’s shipped, and Kwadwo will provide you with a timing estimate once your order is placed so you have an honest idea of how long he’ll need to create the item based on other orders in his queue. He works with a variety of woods such as cherry, maple, and walnut, so there are countless options to choose from to complement the aesthetic of your recipient’s home.

Candice Luter’s award-winning wall art is praised for its power to transform any room through depth and texture, and with nearly 1,500 completed sales and hundreds of rave reviews, it’s not hard to see why. Known for her macrame-inspired art installations, once hung, these pieces can instantly make any space feel cozier. Candice started her business in 2019 as a side hustle and now oversees a full team of women, while also offering her clients consulting services on Etsy to help them select the right piece for their space. You can also customize your order, and Candice encourages personalization. “It gives them the ability to make a piece their own and design something that’s right for them and their home—something that they can’t find in other stores. I also say, feel free to trim the fringe!” she says.

Candles are a cure-all (especially in the chill of winter!), and I would like one of each candle from Natural Annie Essentials’ hand-poured repertoire, which features everything from destination-inspired aromas to seasonal and celebratory scents. The founder of this shop, Annie, was born and raised in Jamaica, so she’s well-versed in the nourishing and healing power of oils and herbs. She’s also a certified aromatherapist with a creative side that’s expressed through her brightly colored packaging. Combine Annie’s eucalyptus and spearmint and salt-and-sage-infused “Currently Unbothered” candles for the perfect self-care moment, or opt for a more festive scent like Christmas Tree for the friend who still prefers the convenience of faux trees but still adores the fresh smell of cedarwood and pine (don’t we all?!).  

If you’re on the hunt for a special gift for the gentleman in your life, this UK-based shop offers a variety of handsome leather options that range from personalized cufflinks to durable wallets to sunglasses cases, belts, and more. Also, how sharp is this gorgeous leather bow tie? The craftsman behind these tasteful items, Kingsley Thompson, has been recognized as a Star Seller on Etsy, which means he’s consistently provided great customer experience with five-star reviews, reliable shipping, and quick replies to messages. He also offers free shipping for orders more than $35.     

Blake Alexander is the creative mind behind BluMintStudios, a renowned, eco-friendly Etsy gift shop that offers an array of luxurious housewares and home furnishings. Blake is a pro at working with various mediums like wool, clay, and marble to create handmade pieces that exude all the positive vibes. Choose from stunning triangular bookends like these from her latest creator collab with House of Harlow 1960 (I’m also swooning over these marble coasters), or opt for this elegant marble clock that features authentic 24k gold and a subtle gloss effect. Her candle holders are another fun option, and you can snag a pair of two for less than $100.