If you're stumped on what to get your friend that has made the commitment to a healthy way of life, we've got you covered. These four gifts are sure to light up their day and help them maintain their fitness and lifestyle goals.
Teakwood water bottle - Urban Outfitters, $35
This bottle is a part of S’Well’s wood collection and keeps liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. It’s a perfect gift for your friend that needs to stay hydrated on the go.
Yoga mat - Lululemon, $48
Every yogi needs a great mat. Grab this colorful, reversible yoga mat that is durable and sure to meet that needs of anyone who’s dedicated to daily sun salutations.
Nutribullet - Amazon, $80
Help your friend save money next year and grab a Nutribullet to replace those daily smoothie runs. Nutribullets are efficient and can produce high-quality juices and smoothies. Trust me, they will thank you.
Membership - Classpass, $125
Classpass is making waves in major cities across the world, with good reason. A membership gives you access to tons of studios and speciality classes in numerous major cities. Check to see if your city is on the list here, and give your friend the gift on a month-long...
It’s time for the holidays, and you’re going down your list of people to shop for when you come across that one woke friend. They’re the ones on the front lines of protests, forging hunger strikes for climate change, and rambling on about GMOs. If you have this friend, they probably don’t want for much other than, of course, a better and more just world. But, you do want to thank them for being a constant force in your life (blunt or not), so you decide to get them a symbol of your appreciation. Whether they are socially conscious, spiritually conscious, or somewhere in between, here are a few gift ideas for your friend who wants for nothing.
DONATE TO A CHARITY IN THEIR NAME
What causes do they support? Black Lives Matter, climate change, world hunger? Make a contribution to a cause they care about in their name. If they run their own nonprofit, contribute to their organization. Any support of their mission, whether big or small, will mean the world to them.
Your friend spends so much time saving the world, they rarely make time for themselves. Help them recharge by giving them a few healing crystals this year. Certain crystals and gemstones are known to have properties that facilitate healing. And they make for great decor.
Plants make great gifts and they typically are less maintenance than a new puppy. Some houseplants are known to not only purify the air, but also to reduce stress levels.
HIMALAYAN SALT LAMP
Himalayan salt lamps work similarly to houseplants in that they help purify the air. They are made from pure, food grade, Himalayan salt crystals and can even be powdered to use as salt in recipes if you’re ever in a crunch.
Essential oils are multi-functional. You can diffuse them in a room, take them orally with a cup of water, or apply to skin as a fragrance. However your friend is using his or her oils, they can be pricey, so getting them a bottle of their favorite oil would be much appreciated.
A JOURNAL (MADE WITH RECYCLED MATERIAL)
Journals are always great and easy gifts. And eco-friendly ones can be found at almost any store that sells stationary.
GIFT CARD TO GROCERY STORE
Let’s face it: eating consciously can cost more upfront. Whether it’s Sprouts, Whole Foods, or another chain or local market that specializes in organic produce, save your friend some dough at checkout.
BUT YOU CAINT USE MY PHONE
Erykah Badu’s new mixtape — because every modern-day revolutionary needs a soundtrack.
CLOTHES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Despite stereotypes, a lot of change-makers still shop, just consciously. The production of clothes can be harsh on the environment and especially on its workers. Find a fair trade brand that has a reduced impact on the environment like any listed here.
Who doesn’t use coconut oil in this day and age? It’s practical, saves them a trip to the store, AND they get a reusable glass jar as an added bonus.
Add a book to their already robust library. The only problem will be trying to figure out what they don’t already have. If possible, try to get an idea of who they are reading now and find a book by a different author who might be in the same vain. Still unsure of what book to get them? Get a gift card.
One surefire way to say "thank you" to your woke friend is to physically show your support of their cause. Be a change agent with them. You’ll find yourself getting a lot more out of this gift than you could have ever...
Thanksgiving is over, so it's time to cue the Christmas playlists. Here are some tunes for your rotation to keep you merry and in the holiday spirit!
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" (Mariah Carey)
"This Christmas" (Chris Brown)
"Let It Snow" (Boyz II Men)
"8 Days of Christmas" (Destiny's Child)
"Winter Paradise" (Destiny's Child)
"Silent Night" (The Temptations)
"Christmas in Harlem" (Kanye West ft. Teyana Taylor, Cyhi the Prynce, Pusha T, Big Sean, Jim Jones, Cam'ron, Musiq Soulchild, and Vado)
"Sleigh Ride" (TLC)
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" (Jackson 5)
"Rockin' Robin" (Jackson 5)
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" (Jackson 5)
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Lou Rawls)
"White Christmas" (Babyface)
"The Christmas Song" (Toni Braxton)
"Christmas Time Is Here" (Brian McKnight)
"What Christmas Means to Me" (Stevie Wonder)
"Do You Hear What I Hear" (Whitney Houston)
"Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto" (James Brown)
"Santa Baby" (Eartha Kitt)
"Be My Holiday" (TGT)
"Santa Hooked Me Up" (B2K)
"O Come All the Faithful" (Faith Evans)
“Every Year, Every Christmas” (Luther Vandross)
"It's Christmas All Over The World" (New Edition)
"Mary Did You Know" (Ceelo Green)
Comment below with your favorite holiday...
The approach of the holiday season means that it's time to start buying gifts — so put those dollars back into the black community! Here are some black-owned businesses to support durign your holiday shopping:
Brand: Black Opal
Founders: Carol Mouyiaris and Dr. Cheryl Burgess
Products: Skincare, makeup, Hair care, and anti-razor bump treatments
Brand: Fashion Fair
Founder: Eunice Johnson
Products: Makeup and skincare
Brand: Dorcas Creates
Founder: Dorcas Magbadelo
Products: Christmas card and prints
Brand: Designs by Bolaji
Founder: Bolaji Ogunsola
Products: Tables, canvas and jewelry
Brand: Kashmir VIII
Founder: Kashmir Thompson
Products: Prints, original art, shirts, posters, home decor, bags, and stationary
Brand: Mielle Organics
Founder: Monique Rodriguez
Products: Shampoo and conditoner, moisturizers, vitamins, oils and clothing
Brand: Nubian Heritage
Founders: Richelieu Dennis, Nyema Tubman and Mary Dennis
Products: Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, deodorants, oils, and soap
Brand: Kyra's Shea Medleys
Founder: Kyra Nicole
Products: Butters, creams and posters
Founder: Tristan Walker
Products: Razors, priming oil, brushes, shaving cream, and restoring balm
Brand: Curl Junkie
Founder: Marsha Coulton
Products: Cleansers, conditioners, hair treatment, and styling products
Brand: Blaine Lorenn
Founders: Ashley Blaine Featherson and Christina Elmore
Products: Hair and body, bath, and face
Brand: Blk Proverbs
Founder: Dianna Harris
Products: Shirts, sweatshirts and decor
Brand: Tees in the Trap
Founder: Arsha Jones
Products: Tanks, shirts, tote bags, and coffee mugs
Brand: Nubian Skin
Founder: Ade Hassan
Products: Lingerie and hoisery
Brand: TonyWuu Collection
Founder: Anthony Owusu
Products: Ties, lapel pins, pocket squares, and bracelets
Brand: Sparrow Apparel
Founder: Lesley Martinez Etherly
Brand: Because of Them We Can
Founder: Eunique Jones Gibson
Products: Shirts, backpacks, calendars and posters
Founder: Randi Gloss
Products: Shirts and jackets
Brand: HBCU Grad, Urban Argyle
Founder: Assad Thorne
Products: Sweatshirts, shirts and hats
Brand: PeaceImages Jewelry
Founder: Camille Peace
Brand: Lost Queens
Founder: Eboni Merriman
Products: Necklaces, septum clips, bracelets, and body jewelry
Brand: Black and Sexy TV
Founders: Numa Perrier and Dennis Dortch
Product: Web series
Founder: DeShuna Spencer
Products: Indie films and web shows
What black-owned businesses will you be buying from this holiday season? Let us know in the comments...
Last winter, I decided to revisit my beloved chocolate chip cookie recipe and turn it up a notch. I started by browning the butter to add a flavor that is unparalleled in desserts. Brown butter also brings a nuttiness, which is enhanced here by hazelnut liqueur and chopped walnuts. Last but not least is a sprinkle of sea salt to round everything out and bring it over the top. The salty-sweet combo is one of my favorites! As in my base recipe, the ingredients are listed by weight and my trusty OXO food scale was put to good use. (If you are serious about baking, then I highly encourage you to invest in a food scale. If not, here’s an online conversion tool for you to use.) This recipe makes a relatively large batch, so consider cutting it in half if you don’t want to be tempted to eat 60 cookies by yourself. I wouldn’t judge, but they’re also great for sharing.
(yields approx. 5 dozen cookies)
1/2 lb. unsalted butter
1 lb. (dark) brown sugar
1/2 lb. white sugar
1 tbsp. hazelnut liqueur (vanilla extract would also work)
13 1/4 oz. all-purpose flour
1/4 oz. salt
1/4 oz. baking powder
12 oz. bag semisweet chocolate chunks
4 oz. walnut pieces
Make brown butter. You can watch this video from America’s Test Kitchen to get a visual for these instructions. Place butter in a skillet over medium heat. Constantly stir until butter foams up and starts to darken. It starts to smell like popcorn when it’s about done. Remove butter from pan immediately once it reaches the desired color or else it will keep cooking and can burn. Set aside to cool slightly.
Combine butter and sugars until evenly incorporated. (Yes, you can do this while it’s melted.) Add in the eggs and liqueur next. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure it all gets mixed in.
Combine all of dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking powder) in a bowl. On low speed, add to the butter-sugar-egg mixture. Lastly, mix in the chocolate and walnuts until evenly distributed. At this point you can either refrigerate the dough overnight for richer flavors or move right along to baking. If you do wait, let the dough come to room temperature for about an hour or so for easier scooping.
Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
Scoop dough onto a lined cookie sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a rack to finish cooling completely.
This post was originally published on The Hungry Hutch.
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