15 amazing Valentine's Day gifts to buy from Black-owned brands
There's everything from lingerie to cookies.
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Valentine’s Day might look a little different this year amid the pandemic, but the tradition of gift giving thankfully remains. If you're planning on shopping for your loved one online, there are plenty of great gifts you can snag from Black-owned brands at major retailers like Amazon and Target. Below are 15 of the most popular picks, including Rihanna's line of lingerie and the trendy Lip Bar cosmetics. Whether your significant other is a beauty fanatic, foodie, or amateur sommelier, there’s something on this list sure to make their heart sing.
1. This luxe moisturizing oil with thousands of reviews
Luscious locks and silky-smooth skin are all a must on Valentine's Day. Help your giftee show their hair and skin some extra love with Design Essentials’ potent blend of lavender and marula oil. Free of fragrance, parabens, and sulfates, it’s designed to hydrate and soothe skin, promote hair growth, and boost circulation. In its 4,600 reviews, customers say it leaves them feeling fresh and cleansed without that unpleasant greasy film associated with some oils.
2. This Rihanna-worthy lingerie
It’s no secret Rihanna is the queen of seduction, and thankfully she’s graced us mere mortals with her iteration of sexy lingerie from her Savage x Fenty collection. Available in four flirty colors, this sweet lace number features a flattering high leg, front cutouts, and adjustable straps. Reviewers of all body types love rocking this bodysuit: "I have never really felt sexy in lingerie before, because it's typically not created for women that look like me. But this bodysuit fits me perfectly, and makes me feel so confident and so sexy. I can't hype this up enough!"
3. This stimulating scalp massager
Our beauty team at Reviewed has long been fans of Briogeo hair products like its popular deep-conditioning mask. This hand-held scalp massager only sweetens the deal. Not only does it claim to increase circulation to help promote hair growth and increase product efficacy, but it gives you the coveted tingles that you get from a good head massage at the salon. Reviewers say its silicone material is gentle enough on sensitive scalps, and you can use it in or out of the shower for some good, clean fun.
4. This classy turntable
Founded as a way to carry on Bob Marley’s legacy, House of Marley products bridge the gap between old school sound and modern design. Its flagship turntable is made with bamboo and features a pre-amp to sync with any of your favorite speakers, a replaceable cartridge, and an upcycled silicone slipmat to protect your precious vinyls. All that’s missing are your favorite tunes to set the mood on V-Day.
Within its nearly 1,000 ratings, reviewers say it’s a great device for vinyl beginners: "The sound quality is so amazing and makes me want to listen all day long. The table itself is so beautiful and the packaging just makes it even better. It’s totally worth every last penny and is great for people who have never used vinyl like me."
5. These vegan, allergen-free cookies
Sweets are not only allowed on February 14, but they're highly encouraged. Treat your boo to a selection of sumptuous vegan cookies from Partake, which are, among other things, Jay-Z's favorite treat. They’re free from the top eight allergens (wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, milk, eggs, soy, fish, and shellfish) and are GMO- and gluten-free. Available in five flavors of Birthday Cake, Carrot Oat, Double Chocolate Chip, Sprouted Grain Chocolate Chip, and Sweet Potato Millet, there’s sure to be one that steals your partner’s heart.
"It felt like I was eating regular cookies even though they're vegan!" one reviewer says. "Now I can enjoy eating cookies, and not feel guilty for damaging my health. The fact that this is from a Black-owned company? Bonus!"
- Get Partake Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies from Target for $4.99
- Get Partake Gluten Free Soft Baked Cookie Butter Cookies from Target for $4.99
- Get Partake Gluten Free Vegan Birthday Cake Cookies from Target for $4.99
6. This rich and full-bodied red wine
It’s not really Valentine’s Day until you treat your special someone to a decent bottle of wine. This full-bodied Merlot and Cabernet blend from California features notes of vanilla, berries and chocolate, which the winemakers say can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a variety of dishes. Many of this wine’s reviewers note they rarely drink red wine, but this blend was smooth enough to make them believers. How’s that for some Black girl magic?
7. This moisturizing beard balm
If you’re going to be up close and personal with your partner’s beard this V-Day, it’s in your best interest to treat them to this deeply hydrating beard conditioner that uses biotin, nettle leaf, and white willow bark extract to tame flyaways, promote shine, and detangle. From its 4.8-star rating and 1,500 reviews, it's clear customers love how much this beard moisturizer transforms their grooming routine.
"This product works great and I would highly recommend it, especially to Black men who have coarse hair/beards," says one reviewer. "I will definitely continue to be an advocate and user of the products." Plus, its aromatic sandalwood, amber and musk scent is super sensual.
8. These premium baking spices
If your partner happens to put the bae in bae-ker, give them all that’s necessary to whip up the perfect sweet treat. This gift bundle comes with five single-ingredient spices that claim to be free of additives and preservatives. Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and a house-blend lemon powder (made of lemon juice, lemon peel, and honey) each come in a generous 85-gram bag (about three ounces). Who knows? Your giftee might show their appreciation with a treat in return. After all, most of the featured spices are known aphrodisiacs.
9. This genius beard-shaping tool
If barber shops are closed and your partner is starting to feel a little scruffy, give them the gift of this nifty gadget that’ll make self-grooming a breeze. Featured on Shark Tank, it works quadruple duty as a hair trimmer guide, beard shaping tool, goatee liner, and mustache shaper. Plus, its design allows for easy grip, so mistakes are unlikely. Among its 4,000 reviews, customers say it’s incredibly user-friendly and helps them save money in the long run.
10. This kiss-proof matte lipstick
‘Tis the day to pucker up with one of Target’s best-selling vegan lipstick brands that goes on smooth and silky with a fully matte finish. Your giftee will appreciate that a single application lasts between eight to 12 hours, so you can enjoy your night (and each other’s lips!) without the worry of smudges.
Reviewers love how indelible these highly pigmented shades are: "Obsessed with The Lip Bar! Bawse lady, Hot Mama, and Unimpressed are my favorite shades. Long lasting, easy to apply, great price point and I love being able to support a Black women-owned business."
11. This smoothing skincare trio
Let your special someone know you want to hold their hand with this three-piece gift set that has all they need to get rid of winter-induced dry skin. It contains lip balm, exfoliating sugar scrub, and hand and body lotion, all designed to keep skin soft and moisturized. With a 4.8-star rating at Target, this set—along with the brand’s entire inventory—is top-notch, according to reviewers.
"I bought the Japanese kumquat set last year, and loved it so much I went to the store and bought every single set that was left in the clearance rack from two different stores," one fan raves. "I tried this set this year and it is just as wonderful. The lip balm is absolutely my favorite balm I’ve ever tried. Ever. I have purchased from the company’s website recently, too, and the mousse is heavenly. I can’t say enough good things."
12. This sultry silk dress
If you’re swapping reservations at your favorite restaurant for a candlelit dinner at home, this Lilysilk dress made of mulberry silk with a touch of stretch is a no-brainer outfit. Thanks to its open back, it boasts a very "business in the front, party in the back" vibe. No wonder it earned five stars from customers.
13. These plaid slides by African artisans
Whether worn as stylish slides for running errands or slippers around the house, this eco-conscious pair of slides handmade by African artisans is a playful take on Valentine’s Day color schemes. The shoes are made of canvas and feature a flirty bow so your sweetheart can channel island vibes no matter the time of year. Plus, Black-owned Brother Vellies is famous for its high-quality footwear and on-trend designs, so your giftee will feel very of-the-moment.
14. This super cute wash day kit
Washing your hair can often be more trouble than it’s worth. Show the curly-haired cutie in your life some appreciation for their stunning, textured locks with this comprehensive kit for wash day. It contains a gentle hair cleanser, deep conditioner, and hair gloss made with the likes of hydrating Australian Kakadu plum, starflower oil, and Argan oil. It also comes with a bonus scrunchie they'll love for serving up some serious '90s hairstyle looks. Of its 2,200 fans on Sephora, many say the products work well to beat dryness and frizz, and makes hair smell amazing, too.
15. This incredible wine subscription
Can’t take your favorite person to a European vineyard this year? Bring the joys of a romantic experience to them with The Sip, a Black-owned luxury champagne and sparkling wine subscription service celebrated for its high-quality bottles and adorable packaging. While you can certainly offer them the gift that keeps on giving, like an annual or biannual subscription, an on-brand gift box like this rosé-inspired one will also do the trick. It comes with a Chandon Rosé, Bottega Rose Gold, Moët Rosé, a tulip flute, and tasting notes—all you need for a Valentine's Day date night in.
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