Every year the holidays seem to sneak up on us, and suddenly we're all scrambling to purchase whatever gifts are left.
To keep you on track, BET partnered with McDonald's to create a list of must-have items that take a cue from the trendiest folks we know — Gen Z — and highlight some Black-owned businesses doing their thing. From vintage basketball sneakers to a Megan Thee Stallion favorite, these gifts and gadgets cover a range of categories and price points for any budget.
Scroll down to start shopping for all of the fabulous finds. We're sure you'll find something for everyone on your list!
Brandon Blackwood Syl Bag Cow Ponyhair ($170)
Brandon Blackwood bags are known to make a statement, and this cow print handbag made with genuine pony hair hits the mark. The 29-year-old designer behind the brand has redefined the luxury handbag garnering a ton of celebrity customers. Give someone the Hollywood treatment by scooping up this for them.
KNC Beauty Mask & Chill Kit ($63)
Influencer Kristen Noel Crawley launched KNC Beauty with one hero product — its best-selling lip mask — and now has a range of masks and an array of skincare essentials that any beauty enthusiast would geek over. This bundle will keep them stocked for a while and includes: 5-pack of Lip Masks, a 5-pack of Eye Masks, and a Big Set for your whole face.
The Brownies “Brownie Twist” Signature Necklace ($85)
Like the brand, this limited-edition necklace celebrates melanin. Its 18-inch gold plated chain was designed by Young Luther and produced by Melanie Marie. Gift to someone special and pick one up for yourself, too.
Be Rooted Act Up Sis Spiral Journal ($16)
Gift the boss lady who knows where she’s headed but needs a place to write it all down in this stylish journal. Jasmin Foster founded Be Rooted to create a space for women of color to see themselves in a place they hadn’t been, and her designs reflect just that.
WalkLikeUs x Russell Athletic The Greatest Hoodie ($60)
Hoodie season is in full effect, and this Muhammad Ali-inspired design is a great addition to anyone's collection. It comes in a range of colors — medium grey heather, black, navy, and ash — so you can match to it your Secret Santa's favorite kicks. Remo is the creator behind @WalkLikeUs, an agency that has turned into a social media movement.
Savage x Fenty CLF Satin Robe with Lightning Bolt ($90) *$35 with a VIP membership
Loungewear is more significant than ever before, so instead of gifting a basic robe, surprise someone you love with this sweet but edgy style. You’ll get extra feel-good points by shopping this 2021 CLF Collection, which donates up to $425,000 of the proceeds to Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF). Now that’s a gift!
Wildflower Limited Edition Phone Cases Zodiac Collection ($35 and up)
Zodiac representation and '90s nostalgia? It's no wonder celebrities, and non-celebrities alike are scooping up these limited-edition phone cases. They feature original airbrush artwork by @airworkz and come in all 12 zodiac signs to fit a variety of phones. We're sure your best friend will love it.
Modern Sprout Glow And Grow Kit ($40)
For the plant parent and candle collector, this 2-in-1 gift is a sure way to bring them joy. What starts as a soy-blend candle, after burning, turns into a beautiful empty vessel to grow a new “plant baby.” The kit includes all the essentials to make sure the plant thrives.
PopBeauty Uncomplicated Skincare Bundle ($38)
This limited-edition bundle from the UK-based skincare brand has everything you need to gift someone a glow-up this season. The kit includes a complete routine: Fizz Jelly Cleanser, LIT AF Essence, Extra LIT-B shot, and Zero Shine Hydrator. We love the bright and cheery packaging and that the brand is vegan and cruelty-free.
Tote&Carry Apollo 1 Pastel Pink Luxury Travel Bags ($250)
Do you know someone who's always traveling and can't be bothered with checking their bags? Support their cause and gift them an Instagram-worthy carry-on set that will add a pop of color to their feed. We adore the full-grain snakeskin made of vegan leather in this millennial pink shade. Not to mention, you'll be supporting a black-owned business.
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Ten Wilde Custom Crystal Name Necklace ($67)
Custom jewelry is never out of style! The little ones can get in on the action with this gold-dipped chain adorned with dangling gold-dipped CZ crystal letters from the Black-owned brand Ten Wilde. It can also be adjusted from 13" to 16.5" to fit your child, tween, or teenager. If they have a flair for fashion and dig a personalized touch, you've found the perfect gift. How stylish!
Polaroid Now Keith Haring Instant Camera ($140)
If your child has already mastered the camera on your iPhone, get them an analog camera like this one — adorned with Keith Haring artwork — to feed their interest in photography. They’ll thank you for it!
Smoko Rilakkuma Light ($24)
This cool bear is adorable, and it doubles as a color-changing LED nightlight and lamp. The light conveniently shuts off after an hour, ensuring your little one enjoys the glow as they drift off to sleep. It's the perfect gift for kids of all ages.
Hair Love Book By Matthew A. Cherry ($9) & Dove Kids Care Hair Love Shampoo and Conditioner ($7 each)
Hair Love is a New York Times Bestseller that was adapted from the Academy-Award-winning short film of the same name. The children's book tells the relationship between a Black father, his daughter, and her hair. Bring the book to life by also gifting Dove's Hair Love line products, formulated explicitly for coils and curls. It's the perfect stocking stuffer to go along with the book.
Bombas Youth Disney Princess 6-Pack Gift Box ($54)
If socks for Christmas don’t sound exciting, you’ve never been gifted a pair of Bombas socks. The brand has an array of styles to bring joy to tootsies everywhere, and the kiddos will love this Disney Princess pack featuring Princess Tianna, Moana, and the whole gang.
Mitchell & Ness HOOD 1967 Rocket High Cut Sneakers ($75)
Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co. has joined forces with Hood Rubber Co., a leader in canvas and rubber sneaker manufacturing, to replicate these vintage high tops. We're sure your friend will turn heads in these cool kicks!
Asorock Africa All Black Speedracer 2.0 ($115)
Style and durability combine to create this rugged, stainless-steel timepiece. The SpeedRacer 2.0 does all the things you want in a watch and more. It is even water-resistant up to 10 meters! FYI: Proceeds from each watch sold by the Black-owned brand go towards building a village library in Nigeria.
Montblanc MB 01 Over-Ear Headphones Black ($595)
Headphones! They make a pretty solid gift any year, but they're an even better option when so many of us are stuck at home. This leather pair from Montblanc features plush ear cushions and contemporary headphone technology, plus a button for Active Noise Cancellation. You can't go wrong gifting them a pair that's equally comfortable as it is stylish!
Milano Di Rouge Christian Trench in Olive ($298)
This lapel-collar trench coat comes complete with wise one-liners — “Watch the Company You Keep” and “Bad Company Corrupts Good Morals” — stitched onto it. The drop pockets and double-breasted buttons placed on the body panels make this style timeless. As a bonus, Milano Di Rouge is a Black woman-owned brand.
Tier TNY Cap ($65)
This Brooklyn-based Black-owned fashion brand likes to put its spin on the classics — take this twist on the New York Yankees baseball cap, for instance. The TIER fitted hat comes in an array of colors and will for sure get the approval of any street-style lover on your Holiday shopping list.
Telfar Large Cerulean Shopping Bag ($257)
While on the go, BET Digital’s SVP, Amy Barnett loves to rock her stylish and fashion-forward Telfar tote. The unisex Shopping Bag is an everyday bag that boasts an affordable price compared to its designer counterparts. It’s the perfect gift for any boss in your life!
Christianah Jones Shady Flex in Green Mirror ($95)
When you think of our Style Director, Tira Urquhart only one accessory comes to mind-shades. Any fashion-forward friend will appreciate these micro sunglasses with reflective lenses. They can be worn on the bridge of your nose or worn upright for UV protection. Either way, you will make quite a statement.
UGG Fluff Yeah Slide in Pink Rose ($100)
Our VP of Editorial, Tracey Ford is often seen sporting these fashionable fluffy slippers for a reason. They wrap your feet in plush shearling-lined material, plus the versatile design can be worn outside or inside, soaking up the holiday cheer. It's perfect for the girl or guy who loves the cozy vibes.
Vans SK8-HI Black-and-White ($70)
BET Digital's Supervising Producer, Jose Torres loves his Vans. They are the perfect gift for your Secret Santa or someone who appreciates a laid-back style. You can't go wrong with these iconic black and white high-tops from the skater brand. The styling options are endless!
Crocs Classic Tie-Dye Graphic Clog ($55)
Crocs are always a vibe, and Creative Director, Krystin Hargrove, couldn’t agree more. They are stylish, cozy, and make an excellent gift for anyone in your life. If you want to gift a pair and don’t know where to start, this black tie-dye pair is a great universal pick!
(This Holiday Gift Guide is presented by McDonald's)