The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Black Women in Fashion


Remember when Mattel released the Millennium Princess Barbie in 1999, and Black girls all over the world beamed with joy unwrapping the blue velvet-clad doll on the Christmas?  Though most of our parents wouldn't let us actually open or play with the doll (hoping our families would strike rich someday), the representation was an unspoken want amongst little brown girls everywhere.  While many brands are releasing holiday gift guides, most don't cater to women of color specifically and the cultish brands and products that get us going.  So if you're in need of some last-minute ideas for your favorite fashionistas, we have compiled a list of items big and small that are sure to leave a lasting impression.  

The Fashionably Late

Custom Earrings


What says this gift was designed with you in mind more than a a pair of customized earrings?  KKW-esque initials or even short sayings, this gift is perfect for showing someone you love them without breaking the bank, and there are so many great options online.



You can never go wrong with loungewear around the holiday season.  Everyone loves to cozy up around the tree, and J. Crew's fuzzy slippers paired with a silk robe that can make a cameo in the daytime will do just the trick.

Jeffrey Campbell's Arcita Mule


Jeffrey Campbell's Arcita mule is perfect for the girl on the go, elevating the classic style with a pearled sole.  This shoe is the perfect transition piece for the office to happy hour, and also makes a great holiday staple. Shop the item here.  

A Trendlee Handbag


Trendlee makes buying (and selling) the perfect bag a breeze.  Unlike The RealReal, Trendlee's bags are gently used but there are great finds including Céline, Mansur Gavriel, and Louis Vuitton for under $500.  If you're shopping for someone who is especially into vintage designer brands, it doesn't get more affordable than this site.

Moncler's Cercis Coat


Moncler's Cercis jacket is undeniably the coat of the season.  It is to 2017 what ACNE's leather jacket was last season.  The highly coveted velvet jacket is selling out fast (Moncler's flagship store sold out within the first week).  Luckily, there's still a few left; purchase for your favorite It-girl before it's too late.


the Beauty Obsessive

YSL's Touche Éclat Blur Primer


YSL's Touche Éclat Blur Primer is the holy grail of primers.  It's gold flakes ensures an extra glow optimal for summer radiance lasting well into your company's holiday party.  Don't believe me?  Just head to your local Sephora.

Bahi Cosmetics's Sunflower Serum


If you have yet to witness Bahi Cosmetics's cult-like followers, you must have never fell into the dark hole that is Beauty Twitter.  Bahi's sunflower serum has an even bigger following, co-signed by beauty vloggers like Alissa Ashley and Arnell Armon.  The serum is great for elasticity, moisturizing, and curing dark spots.  Shop the item here.  

Huda Beauty's Desert Dusk Palette & 3-D Highlighter Palette


Huda Beauty is one of the industry's leading beauty champions of inclusiveness, designing specifically with women of color in mind.  Her palette's have a Middle Eastern flair and rich colors suitable for those beginners and gurus alike.  The 3-D highlighter palette is also one of the best in achieving the ultimate glow.  Shop Huda Beauty here

Glossier's Cloud Paint Quad


There is not a millennial beauty enthusiast alive who doesn't have a favorite Glossier item.  Marketed as "the most user-friendly blush in existence," you can't go wrong with the label's Cloud Paint.  Luckily for us, Glossier sells them as a set for easy mixing.

La Mer's Mini Miracles Collection


Let's face it: we all want to get our hands on it.  Nordstrom's holiday selection includes the set at $85 (normally a $130 value).  What's better, is that you can now get the Mini Miracles duo for free with a minimum purchase of $150.  Treat yo self and that deserving beauty obsessive in your life.

The Collector

Pirelli's 2018 Calendar

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Vogue Italia's Black Issue (2008)


Okay, okay.  You might not actually be able to purchase Tim Walker's Pirelli calendar or the sky high eBay resell of Vogue Italia's 2008 issue featuring all-Black models.  But a girl can dream, right?  If you are lucky enough to even catch a glimpse of one of these prints, please know that every Black fashion plate is green with envy and you should buy it while you can (because the rate is only going up).  For now, there are more accessible publications could still wow your fashionable friend.  

With the launch of Rihanna's beauty empire this year, she has been dominating covers like Vogue Paris, Dazed, and Elle-- and of course the beloved Vogue Arabia cover where she pays homage to Nefertiti.  Edward Enninful's first cover as editor-in-chief of British Vogue features none other than Adwoa Aboah.  As the ultimate collector's item, the cover serves as a nod to the magazines 1964 cover that featured Donyale Luna as the first Black model to ever cover Vogue.  To quickly get your hands on these publications, take a look at your local international zine store, eBay, or peruse through Magazine Cafe to give the gift of fashion.

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