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Okayplayer's 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Black Designers, Culture, Jewelry & More
Our picks this year feature selects by Black Fashion Fair, Brownstone, Daily Paper, and more.
This year’s holiday gift shopping is a bit different than any other year. Rather than being face-to-face with your loved ones, you might be opting for virtual meet-ups. That means that the gift-giving might have you a bit stressed out. To settle your nerves, we’ve put together our annual gift guide with the best options for your close friends, your partner, and everyone else you can think of.
Don’t worry about pricing, we’ve selected picks that are within a strict budget. But if you’re willing to shell out some serious cash for that special person in your life, there are also options for that too. This year our picks span categories including culture, jewelry, pieces by Black designers, and of course music.
Gifts For Anyone Who Deserves A Treat
adidas RPT-01 Sport On Ear Headphones in "Signal Coral," Available at adidas for $169 USD
Paper Project Crew Socks Gift Set in "Smart Casual," Available at Paper Project for $68 USD
Good Day Scents Candle Co. in "Black Love," Available at Good Day Scents Candle Co. for $20 USD
Solange "When I Get Home" LP Clear Vinyl, Available at Okayshop for $24.99 USD
Hanahana Beauty Black + Brown Scrub, Available at Hanahana Beauty for $18 USD
THE BEST PICKS: Everyone has a few friends on their holiday gifting Ilist who have been there for you as 2020 has proven to be a hot ass mess. If you’re not really sure what to pick up for that friend but you know they enjoy music, adidas’ new RPT-01 Headphones or Solange’s When I Get Home Vinyl are great options. If you’ve decided you’d like to bless your friend with some self-care goodies, pick up either Good Day Scent’s Black Love candle and Hanahana Beauty’s black + brown scrub.
For Your Cultured Friend
Brownstone Corduroy Varsity Jacket, Available at Brownstone for $570 USD
Okayplayer Logo Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt, Available at Okayshop for $51 USD
Black Fashion Fair Logo Tee, Available at Black Fashion Fair for $38 USD
Lauryn Hill "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" 2 x LP Vinyl, Available at Okayshop for $51 USD
Solidarity (2020) Print by Serana Angelista, Available at Brainwash for $45 USD
THE BEST PICKS: For that person that’s constantly ahead of the curve when it comes to Black designers and is always tapped into all online conversations, you don’t want to disappoint. Brownstone’s Corduroy Varsity Jacket is a bit pricey, but it’s definitely ideal if your friend is into vintage patches and one-of-a-kind pieces. Our very own Logo Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt is simple and equipped with our beloved logo emblazoned on the front. If affordable artwork is a better fit, Serana Angelista's Solidarity Print is being sold exclusively over on Brainwash.
For Your Best Friend Who Already Has Everything
Johnny Nelson Black Panther Party Necklace, Available at Johnny Nelson Jewelry for $175 USD
GZA Smoking Kit, Available at Sackville & Co. for $45 USD
Daily Paper Monogram Hobucket Hat, Available at Daily Paper for $77 USD
40s & Shorties Temptation Pants, Available at 40s & Shorties for $120 USD
SociaLaughs Passport to the Hood Triple Pack Cards, Available at SociaLaughs for $54 USD
THE BEST PICKS: We’d be lying if we didn’t admit that there’s a friend that only accepts the best holiday presents. The first option we recommend for this individual is Johnny Nelson’s Black Panther Party Necklace. It’s available in more than one finish: 18K gold plated brass, sterling silver, 14K yellow gold, and 14k white gold. You also can’t go wrong with Daily Paper’s Monogram Hobucket Hat, a simple outfit staple covered in the brand’s logo. For a fun surprise, look to SociaLaugh’s card game, Passport To The Hood, it highlights HBCUs, songs heard in the club, and more.
For The Picky Girlfriend
William Okpo Classic Embroidered Sweatshirt in "Blush," Available at William Okpo for $115 USD
Sammy B Designs Dexter Tie Front Shirt, Available at Sammy B Designs for $100 USD
SVNR Kyoto Earring, Available at SVNR for $95 USD
Vainglory Clutch Pocket Box, Available at Vainglory for $110 USD
THE BEST PICKS: There’s always going to be that one person who you have absolutely no idea what to get, sometimes that’s your girlfriend. If this is a dilemma you’re currently dealing with due to her eclectic taste, we firmly recommend you picking up William Okpo’s Classic Embroidered Sweatshirt. This piece features the brand’s signature logo and is also dyed a vibrant hue. Jewelry lovers will be thankful for SVNR’s unique Kyoto Earring. It’s equipped with a 14K gold post and an assortment of stunning agate, quartz, shell and jasper pieces. If your girlfriend is really into sneakers, Vainglory’s Pocket Box is a subtle piece perfect for date night.
For That Particular Man In Your Life
Alife Military Layer in "Olive Green," Available at Alife $120 USD
Badu World Market Hip Hop Government Tote Bag, Available at Badu World Market for $40 USD
The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art & Fashion by Antwaun Sargent, Available at Amazon for $40.74
BLK MKT Vintage Gift Card, Available at BLK MKT Vintage, Starting at $30 USD
Awake NY Angela Davis Tee in "White," Available at Awake NY for $48 USD
THE BEST PICKS: If you’re having trouble coming up with a thoughtful gift for your partner who is set in his ways, look no further. These selections are ideal if you truly have a hard time due to their tastes, first up is the Alife Military Layer. This goes with anything and can be layered beneath a puffer or wool coat. If you feel better giving out gift cards, we suggest one from BLK MKT Vintage, a Brooklyn staple known for their vintage goodies: photos, books, and everything in between. Awake NY’s Angela Davis Tee featuring a cool graphic on the front of Davis is a stocking stuffer that’s sure to get your man smiling.