Shopping small is a great way to show that you care about independent makers and the unique work that they do. Etsy is the place to find all sorts of amazing creations, and they’ve recently highlighted some incredible Black-owned shops on their platform. From jewelry to artwork to gardening, there is no shortage of creative things to own and give as gifts.
With Father’s Day on the horizon, Kingsley Leather is a great choice for Dad. Shop owner Kingsley Thompson creates belts, cardholders, key fobs, and more that are crafted from soft leather—and buyers are raving about how great they are. Kel Cadet of R-Ki-Tekt also sells leather goods, but with a twist. She hand-paints carry-alls and cord keepers with her colorful artwork featuring abstract patterns and leaves. They pack the small objects with personality and they’ll be something you cherish years to come.
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Pontie, of the Pontie Wax namesake, grew up in Barbados and was delighted by the scents in her family garden. That love of beautiful fragrances has been translated into naturally scented soy wax candles designed by her daughter, Shante.
Jemma Morris of Lou Lou Art Studio has been an artist for as long as she can remember. “I am inspired by nature, bold color, and my multicultural background,” she writes. Her prints, as well as her original work, reflect this in abstract portraiture and swirling paintings.
Artist Emma Hall, aka Emma Make, creates colorful artwork to brighten your life. Her shop includes digital and physical prints and scarves that showcase animals, florals, and landscape scenes.
Kel Cadet of R-Ki-Tekt has a passion for color and travel and uses those to inform her artwork. Minimalist patterns and bold colors are part of her wallets and passport covers as well as large wooden beaded jewelry.
The Pink Locket is centered around a single goal: to help women feel great about how they look. “We envision the phrase ‘exude effortless inner beauty,’” they write, and their minimalist designs are created from a variety of metals including brass, copper, gold-filled, and titanium. In addition to wearables, their jewelry dishes—emblazoned with phrases like “Today I Will Slay”—will help you conquer every day.
Nom worked in the fashion industry for twelve years before embarking on her own creative journey. Using weaving and macrame, she creates wall hangings and other home decor items that add cozy chic style to your space.
What started as a craft to take Kingsley Thompson away from his computer screen has turned into a full-time business called Kingsley Leather. His work features a variety of leather goods you can use on a daily basis.
Ashley Alexis McFarlane is the woman behind Omi Woods, and she creates contemporary heirlooms that are informed by the Africa diaspora. “Omi Woods jewelry is intended to be worn everyday,” she writes, “gifted for special occasions and passed down to future generations so its meaning can live on for generations to come.”
The Heart Department creates wooden displays for your home, office, and special events. Combining natural wood with accent color blocking, these pieces feel rustic while contemporary and applicable in so many places in your life—from the bookshelf to your coffee table to a wedding.
If you love concrete housewares, head to Made By Rheal’s shop. Featuring a variety of concrete products, some of the most striking pieces are pairs of hands that come in a variety of colors. They are a statement-making catchall dish!
Gardening can be daunting if you’re a beginner and/or an apartment dweller. Hortiki Plants makes sustainable gardening simple with their eco-friendly kits. One kit includes everything you need to start growing your organic herb garden, including the biodegradable pots, seeds, and a misting bottle.
Dorcas Magbadelo is the designer behind Dorcascreates whose shop features stationery, enamel pins, and prints, all created with bold prints and beautiful colors. “I’m passionate about creating work that people can identify with,” she writes. “My artwork celebrates the beauty and strength of Black women in particular.”