#BuyBlack: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for the Fly Professional

It’s that time of the year again! And of course, by now, you’ve likely come across quite a few gift guides claiming to know the premier items that you–the young, black professional–would desire, need, or not even know that you want.

Here is where BlackEnterprise.com comes in. We’ve curated a gift guide, featuring thriving, black-owned businesses, for the fly professional who enjoys their work, but also loves to play.

Check out our picks below:


8. K Squared Nail Paint

If the idea of supporting a nail polish line created and owned by two young women of color excites you, then try K Squared Nail Paint. This Brooklyn-made polish is hip and trendy, and the line offers a variety of contemporary colors, including three metallic colors. Each bottle is uniquely handmade and rigorously tested.

BE‘s very own Selena Hill said she loved her recent manicure, which includes K Squared’s Gold Street and Penny Loafer nail paints.”The colors are rich and luscious with an amazing shine. I love the idea of supporting women of color in business.”

Plus, because the polish averages about $3 each, they’d make for a great stocking stuffer–and you won’t feel guilty if you splurge on yourself, as well.


9. MasterMindz Market

A MasterMindz Market t-shirt is the perfect gift for your #WokeBae or friend who loves self expression and black culture. This Brooklyn-based line is geared towards open minded folks and anyone who appreciates durable, well designed garments.

After trying out their epic “Try Me. Malcolm X” tee, Selena Hill says, “I can’t wait to purchase more products for my family and friends. I love the idea of being fashionable and unapologetically black at the same time.”


12. Radical Dreams Pins

Big things come in small packages. 

This old saying is the best way to describe Radical Dreams Pins, a line of small lapel pins that carry a loud message when it comes to proudly proclaiming your blackness. Founded in 2015, this socially conscious accessory brand offers unique lapel pins and buttons based on iconic African American figures and social justice. A few of their signature pins include Shirley Chisholm with the words “Unbought & Unbossed,” Colin Kaepernick kneeling on one knee, and the word “FREE” embedded in the center of a black fist.

Shannon E. Pringle, the company founder, says she created the brand after she developed a love for lapel pins and realized that very few were geared towards social justice and Black culture. She adds that the “mission of Radical Dreams is to empower people to work towards justice, equality, and freedom, one pin at a time.”


#BuyBlack and be fly this holiday season. Your style and community will thank you.

Selena Hill contributed to this report.