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We curated a gift guide where each item is functional, beautiful and has a place in your life, or in the home of someone dear to you. Our 2020 holiday gift guide features local Vancouver brands, natural and minimalist design, and includes Black and WOC-owned businesses.
Anyone else miss Sunday brunch out with friends? To make staying in feel more special, I upgraded my breakfast dishes with these gorgeous cereal bowls by TAV Ceramics, a WOC owned business. Their textured black bud vases would make a beautiful gift for yourself or a friend, as would the pretty grey mugs. Available at TAV Ceramics and Nineteen Ten Home.
Another way to uplift an otherwise repetitive weekday meal is adding beautiful handwoven napkins to your table (or lap while watching TV on the sofa). We recently launched our line of ANARA naturally dyed napkins, including gorgeous crimson and slate blue ones created in collaboration with WomensWeave, a cooperative providing training and employment to women in central India. These limited edition, small run, handwoven napkins make a beautiful gift for yourself or your friends.
For the neutral obsessed person in your life, we've launched a cream and taupe napkin using our beloved Rise and Tor kantha fabrics. Featuring natural dye and contrast stitching in white. Available at ANARA online, Nineteen Ten Home and 3 Singing Birds.
The best gift I gave myself this year was a linen duvet cover by Last Light Collection. Gorgeous linen with a good weight and hidden mother of pearl buttons, their linen is oeko-tek certified, which means they are dyed with non-toxic dyes. I have my eye on a Pillow Case Set in Fog, which would make a thoughtful gift to anyone who sleeps. Available at Birch Circle Pop-up in Vancouver.
After all these months indoors, I've gained an appreciation for how art can transform a boring white wall and uplift one's mood. The Dance art print by Natoya is striking and intriguing at the same time. A Black-owned business, Natoya carries a selection of her art prints and cards, as well as an amazing curation of vintage home and fashion finds on her site. Available at Natoyaista.*Black-owned business
Cardamom in anything is delicious, and this Mellifera Cardamom Honey is next level yumminess. Local BC honey paired with interesting spice and citrus blends make this an elevated sweetener for an afternoon cup of tea. Plus my mom loves it. Available at 3 Singing Birds.
I love the whimsical, tongue-in-cheek candles by Lindsey Created. The Cozy Office scent will have a place in most of our homes, with notes of cashmere and cinnamon. Available at Lindsey Created. *Black-owned business.
Socks may seem like an over-rated gift this time of year, but nothing beats warm and cozy socks on a cold winter day. These mohair blend socks by Thermohair are so snuggly, and will keep your toes warm whether you're lounging on the sofa watching the holiday special for Euphoria, or bundled up for your daily walk. Available at Charlie & Lee.
Anyone else notice the increase in pandemic-era babies? Gift the new parents or parents-to-be in your life this adorable Giraffe, created using eco-friendly dyes and soft organic cotton, and certified fair trade made in Bangladesh. Available at Kasandy. *Black-owned business
Finally, for a little TLC for the face and decolletage, the Kansa Wand from Ranavat, a WOC owned business, helps plump, depuff, firm and soften lines while delivering a relaxing massage. Kansa is a metal mix of copper and tin known for its healing health benefits in Ayurveda and across South Asia. Available at The Detox Market Canada and Ranavat.
- Manjot, ANARA co-founder
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