I’ve talked an awful lot about the inside of a private space. Truthfully, I believe that the best gifts are bathroom gifts. While we spend so much time here, I rarely have enough time to consider the things I’d like to splurge on. Or the qualities in new products my skin would like to meet. Or rather, how good it really is to have a radio on while you shower.
In this final guide, I hope you find ideas for people near and far, for right now and the days ahead.
This year, each guide was centered around the rooms in our home and are majority women and Black-owned. This is for many reasons, along with the obvious.
A bathrobe from Odd Bird for your sister. The robe is constructed from 3 handwoven Turkish towels and sewn by local artisans in Istanbul, Turkey, this textile is ethically made with pride.
An Yvonne ring from Mahnal for your mother, to remind her of her late mother. The ring named after a customer, Lyvonne’s grandmother in honor of our mothers and their mothers before them. Each layer in this ring is a representation of the generations of women we descend from. And a porcelain dish to put it in when she goes to remove it by the sink at night.
A bi-weekly bouquet subscription of custom bouquets for your partner from your local flower shop (mine is Saffron), to bring bits of merry and bright all winter long.
The best damn hand pomade for your husband This plant-based formula is made with shea butter to nourish, sweet almond to moisturize and peony root to repair.
A framed custom print from Andre D. Wagner on silver gelatin for yourself, to remind you and your kiddos of Black joy at all intersections (even in the bathroom).
A subscription bundle to Hello Bello for your friend and her new baby, because one less thing. ONE LESS THING is the true 2020 present.
A bluetooth radio for your grandfather’s bathroom, because even though they don’t make ’em like they used to, he could still use one.
A shearling house slipper from Frēda Salvador for your BFF made in a family factory in El Salvador, where a percentage of sales will be donated to the Supérate school located on their factory campus.
The best kind of Body Butter from Catbird for your son’s teacher, to help protect her from the winter’s elements. Designed to soften and rejuvenate skin. Made with The Best Kind’s basil and rosemary infusions.
Fun Technogel colorful eye pencils and Grimey Breukelen non-toxic polish in a leopard Dopp kit from Baggu for your teenage daughter who is spending all of the days learning new makeup tricks and subsequently, needs more supplies.
Finally, a card with a note and gift card to be spent locally as they wish, to someone you miss with timely message. I HOPE YOU FEEL CARED FOR.
While therapy, house slippers and even music does the trick for me at times, the crisis of this year and the lack of bathrooms and space provided to folks all over this country, has done a great deal on the emotional wellbeing of people we do and do not know.
This holiday season, you can give a donation as a gift in honor of someone to the Crisis Text Line. Which helps to save lives all over the country. A few extra hours to spare during this holiday season and into the new year? Please volunteer to be a crisis counselor. It can be done remotely from your home.
Finally, if this current crisis is pushing you further than you realized, please text HOME to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor.
I hope these have been as helpful for you to use as they have been for me to make!