Six gifts from local BIPOC businesses to put on your wish list or give to loved ones

Wrap up your holiday shopping with something artisanal

A bunch of gift bags in red and brown, with white and gold tissue paper peeking out from each. The bags also feature glittery snowflake tags, tied with red and white string
Cards, clothing, and more! Image courtesy of Freestocks / Unsplash

By: Victoria Lopatka, Staff Writer

Lemon Mini Skirt from TKbyTilda Etsy Shop

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This Etsy shop is full of handmade robes, sets, and dresses in bright colours and nature-centric designs. The lemon mini skirt immediately caught my eye as something unique and, frankly, adorable. I could picture someone wearing this while on a tropical vacation or on the patio of a boujee recently-opened restaurant. If this sounds like you, or a loved one, check out TKbyTilda.

Assorted Holiday Cards from Bracken Cove

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Are your loved ones far away this season? Send them a minimalist, ethically-sourced holiday card! The designs include illustrations of Christmas decorations and scenes by Natoya Ellis. As an artist, Ellis draws upon her Jamaican heritage and BC’s backwoods, which is clear in the rich colour palette and nature themes. Bracken Cove also sells art prints, vintage décor, pins, stickers, totes, and more.

Satya Moisturizer from Satya Organic Skincare

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Fragrance-free, steroid-free, and organic — these are the pillars of Satya Organic Skincare. Highlighted ingredients include calendula petals, cold-pressed almond oil, beeswax, jojoba, and oatmeal. The Satya moisturizer is a great gift for those with eczema, psoriasis, or very dry skin. It’s also good for anyone wanting to keep their skin and body care a little more natural. Satya can be purchased both online and in-store, at locations listed on their website.

Irie Lashez Magnetic Lash Kit from Irie Herbz Apothecary

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I struggle with false eyelashes, so the Irie Lashez Magnetic Lash Kit immediately caught my attention. To put these lashes on, you simply apply the magnetic eyeliner and place the lashes on top! The kit comes with the eyeliner, eyelashes, and applicator. Customers choose between five lash options, including Ebony Empress and Heavy Metal Hottie. The lashes are handmade with 100% mink fur. The Irie Herbz Apothecary also sells herbal teas, lip products, totes, and clothing.

Tewín’xw Cleansing Clay from Sḵwálwen Botanicals

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Sḵwálwen Botanicals draws upon “traditional Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) plant knowledge” to produce high-quality, organic products. Leigh, creator of Sḵwálwen Botanicals, centres sustainability, reciprocity, and gratitude in her harvesting process. This care goes into all Sḵwálwen Botanicals products, which includes facial oils, salves, face masks, bath salts, and more. The Tewín’xw Cleansing Clay is made of kaolin white clay, French pink clay, rose powder, chamomile powder, and more.

Assorted prints from artbedo

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Mikayla, the artist behind artbedo, draws inspiration from local landmarks. For the foodie in your life, consider a print featuring dim sum or ice cream options in Vancouver. For nature lovers, check out the Happy Trails collection. There are even more options on artbedo’s website — including cards, stickers, and t-shirts. A portion of all sales go towards the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.

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