Once Christmas is over and all the wonderful presents have been unwrapped, there’s no reason to halt the spirit of giving!
Enter the season of Kwanzaa, a joyous commemoration of African-American culture that highlights seven core principles: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).
Founded in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa honors family, community and culture. Today millions of Americans observe the holiday, and with the exchanging of daily Kwanzaa presents, there are more reasons to spend time with your loved ones.
ESSENCE has selected some chic and culturally relevant fashion items that are sure to inspire the woke fashionistas on your Kwanzaa gift list. Scroll through our gallery below. Happy shopping!
African Map Crop Hoodie, $42
This fabulous sweatshirt lets you wear you roots!
Ruva Afric Wear
Female Rappers Socks, $18
How fabulous are these socks celebrating the dope women MCs we know and love?
High Waisted Bodysuit, $80
This Pyer Moss bodysuit is a clear manifestation of Kuumba, the principle of creativity and leaving our communities more beautiful then when we inherited them.
African Print High Heels, $109
Step out in these stunning Ankara printed heels.
Angela Davis T-Shirt, $22
The one and only Angela Davis is Kujichagulia (self-determination) personified.
The Culture Ref
Mamba Boot, $595
Brother Vellies represents the principle of Ujamaa (cooperative economics) with their stunning accessories created by artisans from many countries in our homeland of Africa.
Nakia Headwrap, $26
Her crown deserves this gorgeous printed wrap.
Sankofa Bird T-Shirt , $20
Kwanzaa is all about the spirit of Sankofa (reaching back to our roots and bringing them forward)! Why not surprise your loved one with this dope tee?
Pan African Gifts
African Wax Ankara 2 Piece Suit, $180
Your fashionista will slay for days in this gorgeous two=piece set.
Black Pride Shirt, $17
This tee is self-explanatory.
Be Yarn Hooked
Maya Angelou T-Shirt, $29
Maya Angelou's narration of Kwanzaa documentary 'Black Candle' helped spread awareness of the holiday even further. Celebrate this queen with this stand-out tee.
GW UMOJA Sweatshirt, $40
School the people on Umoja with this dope sweatshirt.
Unbound Academy Apparel
Sterling Silver Sankofa Heart Ring, $36
They'll want to rock this Sankofa ring at all times.
Gye Nyame Stud Earrings, $30
The Gye Nyame symbol means "except for God" in english and will be your spiritual loved one's new favorite accessory.
Royal Naija Imports
Safari Bandana, $8
How fabulous is this printed scarf?
Africa Map Necklace, $35
Help your family rep the homeland with this gorgeous necklace.
Royal Naija Imports
Guider African Wax Print Travel Bag, $50
Make sure they travel in style with this Ankara printed duffle bag.
maya fashion store
Kwanzaa Ugly Sweater Style Shirt, $24
They'll want to get lit for Kwanzaa with this super cute shirt.