2021 Gift Guide

Unique, socially conscious gift recommendations for those that matter most in your life, curated by the ARD team.

For your work bae.

Send some love to your colleague that made a year of working through the pandemic possible.

Blackberry Sage Fragrance Oil

Blackberry Sage is a rich and vibrant fragrance that can bring freshness and joy to even the longest workday. Sold by Sequoia, a Proudly Indigenous brand that is 100% owned and operated by Indigenous women. $15

Nagai Mug

This handmade mug is said to have a chunky handle for a "little extra feeling of comfort," but maybe it makes it easier to hold onto that much-needed caffeine on a rough Monday morning. The Atlanta-based brand took off after its 2019 fundraiser for racial equity, and hasn't stopped since.

Jade Pothos 6-inch

Known for their patience, perseverance and resiliency, these hardy plants are the perfect way to show appreciation for a colleague. Shipped with care by Grounded, a Black-owned plant shop. $20

For the amateur chef.

Give the gift of global flavor to that person that became a culinary connoisseur this year.

Dishoom: The First Ever Cookbook from the Much-Loved Indian Restaurant

This doesn't just unveil the secrets of the famed restaurant, but take the cook on a journey through Bombay through its finest comfort foods. $32

Kudligi Nuggekai (Moringa)

This moringa powder is grown by the late Channabasappa's family, who have been farming this land for three generations alongside sunflowers, betel nuts and maize. Good for soups and lattes. Sold by Diaspora Co., a South Asian company committed to sourcing the freshest, heirloom, and single-origin spices. $28

Kitchen Rodeo Membership

Gift a class (or membership) to Kitchen Rodeo, which offers diverse interactive virtual cooking experiences. Created during the pandemic, the platform raised over $175k for good causes, and still makes a donation with each purchase. $25, varies

For the aunt who just started learning...and unlearning.

Gifts to appreciate those that are just starting their journey on understanding the injustices we face.

Red Textile Earrings from Oaxaca

These earrings are made with naturally dyed wool threads. Those who purchase a piece of this collection support the livelihood of artisan families from Oaxaca, Mexico in a culturally-appropriate manner. $65

Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption

An American Muslim woman, attorney, and political philosopher, Rafia Zakaria champions a reconstruction of feminism in Against White Feminism, centering women of color in this transformative overview and counter-manifesto to white feminism's global, long-standing affinity with colonial, patriarchal, and white supremacist ideals. $22

AVEC Drinks Winter Warmers Box

This collection of cocktail mixers, garnishes and recipe cards is an easy way to gift some alcohol-optional holiday cheer. Perfect for gathering friends and family together to learn something new. The brand uses minimal sugars, 100% real ingredients, uses recycled packaging and makes everything in NYC. $35

For the passionate Gen Z.

Gifts that honor the rebellious and righteous youth in your life.

'You Are on Native Land' Dad Cap

From their website: “A timeless statement intended to ignite conversation amongst non-Indigenous communities. ‘YAONL’ comes from an Indigenous perspective and the phrase is intended for everyone including the wearer.” Sold by Urban Native Era, an Indigenous, LA-based retailer. $35

Becoming Abolitionists

Becoming Abolitionists shows that abolition is not solely about getting rid of police, but a commitment to create and support different answers to the problem of harm in society, and, most excitingly, an opportunity to reduce and eliminate harm in the first place. $25

Black & LGBTQ+ Lives Matter Enamel Pin

This Vibrant, multi-color, raised fist enamel pin with shiny gold finish and durable rubber backing is the perfect statement for a backpack, lanyard or jean jacket. $13

For the Afrofuturist.

Thoughtful gifts to send dreamers to new universes.

An Unkindness of Ghosts

Written by celebrated science fiction novelist Rivers Solomon, Ghosts riffs on stories of the antebellum South in a intergalatic narrative of individual and collective renaissance. $15

Black Futures

"Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together this collection of work--images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more--to tell the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today." $36

Sip & Sonder South Market Roast

This rich Papua New Guinea Medium Roast coffee, with notes of caramel, orange, and cedar, is sure to spark inspiration in a morning anew. Brewed by Sip & Sonder, a Black-woman-owned coffeeshop in Los Angeles.

For those in need of "common scents".

Ethically sourced and unique scents to add a whiff of good in anyone's life.

The Three: Curated Sample Set from PHLUR

This unisex, three-scent sampler from PHLUR which includes "A reimagined rose. A serene escape. A fragrance that floats between scent and skin." The company creates hypoallergenic, sustainably sourced fragrances in recyclable packaging. $15

Verb Terrific Scented Candle

This prose-inspired candle has "fresh notes of bergamot, mandarin and basil before layering on complexity by way of cedarwood and skin musks". The brand, Ellis Brooklyn, is Asian-American owned and sources local, clean and sustainable ingredients. $45

Sleep, Come Easily Essential Oil Self Care Rollerball

Gift rest with this calming blend of pure, uncut, undiluted essential oils. Created by Chavalia Dunlap-Mwamba, fragrance designer and owner of Texas-based perfumery brand, Pink MahogHany. $35

For the little dreamer.

Gifts for kids that stand for a better future.

Morning Stretch Children’s Art $40

Gift an early appreciation of the power of art. This children’s art from Walker Noble, a Black-owned company, offers a fun and playful way for a child to start their day. $40

Life Doesn't Frighten Me

Maya Angelou's unforgettable poem is matched with the daring art of Jean-Michel Basquiat in this powerful ode to courage. This is the 25th anniversary edition of a classic. $18

Little Justice Leaders Subscription

Each month, the family will receive a book with resources for social impact along with a children's book, designed to help kids learn and unlearn. $44


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