With Black History Month and Valentine's Day approaching, there is no perfect time than now to invest in Black-owned businesses. If you are looking for the perfect set of gifts to buy for your loved one this year, consider the following Black-owned brands.

Tale & Bert

Tale & Bert is a Pittsburgh-based business founded in February 2020 by husband and wife duo Ray and Val Talbert. Although they first started as an in-home studio, they have rapidly grown the company into a brick-and-mortar studio. What is amazing about this couple and their business is their fierce determination to succeed despite the odds that the pandemic leveled against them. They specialize in selling a variety of candles, plants, and home accessories, to name a few. Check out their website for gift ideas.

Layze Girl Designs

From funny, endearing cards to fancy pillows, mugs, and cute bags, Layze Girl Designs is a small LA-based, Black woman-owned company that illustrator Chalay Chandler runs. If you are looking for a creative, unique item to add some character to your love's gift package, look no further.

Pretty Honest

Pretty Honest is an exquisite woman-owned business created with quality and longevity in mind. The owner and founder, Andrea, wanted to create high-quality candles whose scents would last for a long time. She spent two years testing various formulas to develop these candles until she created the perfect product. If your Valentine loves home scents and candles, this is a company that you should look into.

Ten Wilde

Established in 2016 by Tenisha Wilde, Ten Wilde is a chic, versatile all-gold jewelry line exquisitely designed in Los Angeles. Every item created by the Ten Wilde brand is a multi-faceted jewel that will add an edge to any outfit. If you are looking to snag some bling for your special person this year, Ten Wilde is an excellent place to look.

AJ Crimson Beauty

AJ Crimson founded his beauty line AJ Crimson Beauty because he wanted to create beauty products that would make millions of women of color feel beautiful in their skin. With a range of impressive beauty products that give shoppers variety, AJ Crimson Beauty is a one-stop-shop if you want to purchase a top-quality beauty item this upcoming Valentine season. Be sure to check out their lipglosses from their Office Politics line. 

Design Essentials

Design Essentials is a brand that understands the importance of hair in the lives of colored women. With products that are tailored for a variety of hair textures, this is a place to shop if you would like to get a give a gift that is nourishing for every hair type.

Live By Being

Live By Being is what skincare routine dreams are made of. As a proudly cruelty-free, vegan company, Live By Being has everything from complexion clay, facial nectar, and floral oils. Buying items from this brand is guaranteed to boost and uplift the recipient's soul. The pandemic has pushed self-care to the forefront of the beauty industry, so this is a great Black-owned company to buy from.

Mented

Mented is a company that has gained a lot of recognition in the beauty industry. The owners of Mented created the company with a vast variety of pigmented items, there is something for every skin type. Mented was created for Black and brown women to feel beautiful in their various shades and complexions.

Maya's Cookies

What is a Valentine gift without a little sugar? Maya's Cookies are the perfect addition to any Valentine's gift. All of the cookies are vegan, so if you are health conscious, this is a great option. With a wide variety of sweets ranging from lovable classics to unique confections, you can't go wrong if you buy from this company.

BLK + GRN

BLK + GRN is an excellent all-Black marketplace that provides various products to the general public from Black artisans. With so much variety to choose from, there is no shortage of items on the website. It is a one-stop shop for eco-friendly products that will make gifting easy. No matter your taste, the company has everything from kids' toys to home goods items.

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