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Christmas and Kwanzaa Gift Ideas for Loved Ones

Nov 22, 2022 04:00PM ● By Nana Ama Addo, with updates by Minna Davies

This season, many families are celebrating different holidays like Kwanzaa and Christmas. With all the stress and tragedy of the past year, it's more important than ever to reinforce familial bonds. If you're looking for some last-minute gift ideas, here are the best Kwanzaa or Christmas presents we have in store: 1. A personalized family photo album or scrapbook. This is a beautiful way to commemorate all the special moments you've shared as a family, both good and bad. 2. A family game night box set. This is a great way to spend some quality time together laughing and bonding over competition. 3. A donate-to-charity gift card in someone's name. Giving back is always appreciated, especially during tough times like these. And it's a great way to teach your kids about charity and helping others less fortunate than ourselves.



When it comes to giving jewelry as a gift, it is often the thought that counts. A simple chain with a heart pendant may not be worth much money, but if it was given to you by a loved one, it can be priceless. The same goes for other pieces such as rings and earrings. If they have sentimental value, they are worth far more than their monetary value.

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Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets

The thing I like best about the Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets is that they are affordable and durable. In addition, the battery life is excellent, which means that kids can use them for long periods of time without having to worry about recharging. One feature that I think is particularly valuable for kids is the fact that these tablets come with a kid-proof case. This means that if kids drop them or spill something on them, the tablet will be protected. Overall, I think educational tablets make great gifts for kids because they are packed with features that can help kids learn and grow.

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Gift Card

If you are looking for a unique gift, a Starbucks card may be the answer. You can load it with any amount you like, and they will be able to use it at any of their locations. Target and Walmart cards are also great options because they can purchase anything they need from those stores. If you want to give them the freedom to spend the money as they please, then a cash gift card is always a good idea.



For the reader in your life, classics like "To Kill a Mockingbird" or "The Catcher in the Rye" can be re-read time and again. A new release book by their favorite author is also an excellent present idea. If you know someone who loves to cook, a cookbook with healthy recipes is a nice option. Whatever the occasion, books make great gifts!

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Plastic water bottles

Water is essential for our survival and it is important to stay hydrated, especially in hot weather. Reusable water bottles can help us to do our part in preserving the environment as well as keeping ourselves healthy. Plastic water bottles are one of the main culprits of pollution. They take centuries to decompose and end up in landfills or polluting our oceans. By using a reusable water bottle, we can help to reduce this problem. Not only does using a reusable water bottle help the environment, but it can also protect your family from drinking from unsafe public water cups. When you are out and about, it is easy to grab a quick drink from a vending machine or water fountain. However, these cups contain bacteria that can make you sick. If you use a reusable bottle, you can fill it with safe water from home before you leave. Promoting healthy hydration is another benefit of using reusable water bottles. It is important to drink plenty of fluids every day, but many people forget to do so because they don’t like the taste of plain water. If you have a reusable bottle with you, you can easily add some flavor by adding fruit slices or herbs.

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Massage bookings

Massage bookings for your loved one who works at a sit-down job will help them to relax the body and unwind from the year’s stress. A massage will help to increase circulation, improve flexibility, and release the built up tension in the muscles from sitting all day. It is important to book a massage that your loved one feels comfortable with and that meets their needs.

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Board Games 

All of these games will be beneficial to players because they are fun and interactive. They will also get players thinking about money in a different way. Financial literacy is an important skill for young people to have, and these games can help them to acquire it. Entrepreneurship is another important skill that can be learned from board games. Monopoly, for example, teaches players about the importance of owning property. Rich Dad CASHFLOW challenges youth to find alternate sources of income outside of a traditional job. Chess requires players to think strategically, which is an important skill for entrepreneurs. Board games are a great way for young people to learn financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills. They are fun and interactive, and can teach players about the power of ownership, strategic thinking, and alternate sources of income. These skills will benefit young people throughout their lives.

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Here is a list of Black-owned brands for more holiday gift ideas:

Ubuntu Spirit

Ubuntu Life

October Gallery

Shades of Color

Fola Afrique

Fanm Djanm


Freedom Apothecary

Black Girl Brewed


Armando Cabral

Candy Girls Key West

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Black-Owned Watch Brands Rising - New York Times

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 Nana Ama Addo is a writer, multimedia strategist, film director, and storytelling artist. She graduated with a BA in Africana Studies from the College of Wooster, and has studied at the University of Ghana and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Nana Ama tells stories of entrepreneurship and Ghana repatriation at her brand, Asiedua’s Imprint ).

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