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Twenty-twenty has been a year like no other! As we start planning for the holidays, it’s important to remember that there is still much to celebrate. We have an opportunity—even in these less than ideal social and economic conditions—to invest in advancing economic equality in our communities. On the front lines of building the economic engines of our communities, New Voices Family companies are working to create, grow and scale businesses.
We urge you to support these Black women-owned businesses this holiday season and throughout the year.
*Essence Communications Inc. is proud to partner with New Voices Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization to support Black women entrepreneurs.
Pretty Please Teethers
Babies explore the world through their tiny hands and mouths. It’s a great time of the year to get them expertly designed toys and tools to help them along that journey.
Modern pacifiers and soothers, handcrafted by Pretty Please Teethers in Utah, not only comfort little ones but also creates employment for crafters. The first two-tone and one-piece silicone design soothes while keeping a natural, modern, and minimalist style.
Reed Teething Ring ©
Reed Teething Ring © is perfect in size and shape for little hands to grasp and, combined with large soft silicone beads and natural beechwood ring, makes for the ideal teether to massage sore gums.
Kozzy Koala & Bear Hugs
Sleep training a toddler can be downright draining especially if you’re dealing with a child that has separation anxiety. Give yourself and your little tyke the comfort of a goodnight’s rest this holiday season.
Lip Bar Littles
Have a tween or early teen excited about makeup, but you need something safe and age-appropriate? Look no further.
The Lip Bar’s 100% Natural 3-Piece Lip Gloss Set is the perfect gift for your mini-me. Each lip gloss delivers maximum glitter while being super cute, super fun and non-toxic. For ages 3-14.
Young King Haircare
Boys’ crowns need care, too. This holiday season your young king’s crown can be made even more majestic with Young King Hair Care. Young King Hair Care crafts products with multicultural boys in mind. The Royal Treatment is a three-step hair styling system that includes three moisturizing products – Kids Leave-in Conditioner, Kids Essential Oils and Kids Curling Cream to help improve the look and feel of curls.
We need more people of color in tech. Normalize coding and the exploration of creativity through technology by giving gifts that inspire our youth to do just that.The self-paced LINGO coding kit is a hands-on experience that empowers teens to build at home a sensor used in autonomous vehicles. Step-by-step videos, community support and follow-on materials complement the highly detailed instructional booklet. Meets Department of Education standards.
Brown Toy Box
You don’t have to wait until the child in your life is a tween or a teen. Get them into coding as young as four. Brown Toy Box utilizes STEAM education, cultural representation and educational play to normalize Black excellence with a vast selection of subscription boxes, books and toys for ages 4-12.
Adorned By Chi™ & Adorned by Chi x Hello Kitty
Have an anime aficionado or Hello Kitty fan on your list who are frustrated they are not represented? Adorned By Chi™
is a magical world created by a black woman promoting positivity, understanding and girl power. Shop the recently launched collab with Hello Kitty for your teen.
Hair combing time is a wonderful time to bond for mothers with babies and toddlers alike. However, without the right tools it can end up a tearful and stressful situation for all involved. Help your favorite mommies reclaim mommy and me bonding time without the hassle. The KurlsPlus Set from Kazmaleje is the perfect gift for busy moms with curly kids. Patent-pending design of KurlsPlus Pick, Comb, and Paddle Comb make wash days faster and stress-free.