If you’re reading this, chances are you know the obstacles faced by BIPOC business owners. Systemic racism has erected so many barriers for BIPOC entrepreneurs and by extension the communities that they live in. Local businesses are the lifeblood of communities they keep wealth circulating, and create a tax base that funds services and contributes to the overall wellbeing of communities. 

Often discrimination prevents minority owned businesses from securing funding that’s needed to scale their businesses. On the other hand consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of the total US economy. Only 14 percent of that money is recirculated into local communities by big box stores compared to 48 percent by locally owned businesses. 

If we want to see Black and Indeginous communities thrive, economically supporting businesses in those communities is a necessity. Spending money with these businesses is the most tangible way you can show your support for BIPOC communities in 2021 and beyond. If you’re looking to give gifts this holiday season, head to a BIPOC business instead of a big box store. Check out these Black and Indeginous owned businesses so you can give bomb, not basic, holiday gifts.

228 Grant Street Candle Co. in Baltimore, MD creates amazing small batch, hand-poured candles in soothing scents. The candles are poured with natural soy derived from domestically grown soybeans. The eco-friendly candles contain 0 dyes or chemicals.

Kitsch Noir is a greeting card brand based in the UK dedicated to representing the “…love, joy and humor within the Black British experience.” Find beautifully designed greeting cards, wrapping paper, notebooks, and more at Kitsch Noir.

Kyra’s Shea Medleys are certified organic and cruelty free. Shop their holiday joy gift boxes and enjoy all the holiday scented goodies, or share them with the ones you love.

Enjoy a delicious cup of java and give back, when you purchase from Blk & Bold. Your daily cup of dark roast, comes with a pledge from the company to give 5% of all profits to youth initiatives to enhance young peoples’ workforce development and towards eradicating youth homelessness.

Grab some cute culturally aware apparel from the Blistey Lifestyle shop. We’ve got hoodies, sneakers, totes, and even cute home decor! And head to the Blistey website to find even more BIPOC businesses that you can support for all your last minute holiday shopping!