Black History Month, which began in the 1900s, was form after the thirteenth amendment assisted in abolishing slavery in the US. This month marks time for us to highlight our African American ancestors and significant roles they played in our community. Besides recognizing our influential women like Claudette Colvin, Septima Poinsette Clark, Phillis Wheatley, and Dr. Patricia Bath, we can also prepare gift baskets to either participate in a college giveaway or to gift to our loved ones.
Therefore, for the month of February and going forward our goal as Southern Belles and Southern Beaus should be to shop, support, and encourage Black Owned Business and put our earnings back into our community, culture, and heritage. For these reasons, I am going to highlight a few tips and ways to create a Black History Month Gift Basket and black businesses you should include in this creative gift giving idea.
Black History Month Gift Basket Tips
Tip 1) Think Outside the Basket
When creating the basket, take your ideas out of the basket. Find gifts and accessories that almost any Southern Belle will enjoy. Include a multitude of items to please those receiving the gifts.
Tip 2) Order Ahead
If we are planning to include these businesses below it is best that we order ahead to have items delivered and ready to be packed into the gift basket. Make sure you order enough items to include in each basket. Make a list ahead of time and watch as this process becomes even smoother.
Tip 3)Pick A Theme
Of course we have many women who have served as a trailblazer in our community and if we are able to include these individuals in the basket, why not. For instance, a Maya Angelou basket could include pictures of her while also providing her poetry book, And Still I Rise, as a gift to feature in the basket. Choose your phenomenal women to feature and stick to that theme for the gift basket.
Gifts to Add in Your Black History Month Basket
Black History Month lies within our previous history and the best way to learn more about history is through books and reading. Here are a few suggestions for theme baskets or gifts to give this Black History Month.
Zora Neale Hurston: Mules and Men
Toni Morrison: Song of Solomon
Richard Kelso & Alex Haley: Walking for Freedom: Montgomery Bus Boycott
Angela Y. Davis: Freedom Is a Constant Struggle
Vashti Harrison: Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
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Based in the lowcountry of Charleston, SC, DearSundayCo, is a business that provides an array of home and self-care essentials. From candles ranging in smells of ‘By the Fireside’ to ‘Sweet Holy Honey’, Ms. Devon Finelly, has created a place where Southern Belles can purchase the best smelling and relaxing mood setting products to keep around your house during the year.
If you are a true Black Southern Belle then you know that we love almost every thats ceramic. From stylish earrings to handmade coasters or little dishes and decor items, we love to add some personalized flair to everything we do. Makeda Siobahn, artist and creator of Sio Ceramics has given customization a new found look. So check out https://www.sioceramics.com/ to find gifts for the month of February for yourself and loved ones.
With the history of what our community is known for and the importance of embracing Black History, we should control how we want to celebrate this special month and what better way to do so then by supporting Black Owned Businesses and Black authors. Whether you are buying gifts for yourself or only to show support, Black Businesses & entrepreneurs should be a part of your Black History Gift Basket guide this year.7