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As soon as the Thanksgiving dishes were put away this year, my family and I made a promise to each other that we’d get our Christmas shopping done early. For someone like me, who tends to procrastinate, this was a lofty goal. The holiday season is officially in full swing and I hate to report that I still haven’t quite delivered on that promise — but I’m close! I love following a Christmas list with clear directions, but as my siblings and I have grown up, we’ve started to organize our lists with categories instead of specific items. For example, last year, my sister signed her first-ever lease on the cutest studio apartment and took up cooking as a stress-reliever, so the kitchen categorycookbooks, pots, pans, utensils, mixing bowls, serving platters, you name it — was top of mind for her. I couldn’t wait to help her outfit her cozy new galley kitchen by hand-selecting stylish and functional tools that reflected her aesthetic — and would make the space feel like the ultimate personal retreat at the end of a long day.   

When it comes to personalized, thoughtful, and irreplaceable gift ideas, Etsy is always brimming with one-of-a-kind options from talented artists and designers. From wall art to embroidery kits, smaller furnishings like lamps, and more, Etsy is the perfect place to virtually shop small and discover beautiful decor items from the comfort of your living room sofa.

This year, diversity and inclusion is at the forefront of my Christmas list, which is why I also love that Etsy is home to numerous Black-owned businesses that specialize in everything from home decor to candles and self-care products. Whether you’re on the hunt for a stocking stuffer or big-ticket gift, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite Black-owned Etsy shops with tons of gorgeous items for sale that you simply can’t find anywhere else. These artisans pour loads of love and care into each order and offer impeccable customer service with pages of glowing reviews.