Check Out Handpicked Gift Faves From BOSSIP
The holidays mean many things to us, but there are a few constants: food, family and lots of presents. And that’s why we’re taking the hassle out of holiday gift giving and bringing you our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide.
This year’s edition is chock full of gifts everyone on your list – and for the first time, we’re your little ones too.
Whether it’s tech, celebrity endorsed merch, spirits, black-owned beauty companies, or brands that benefit great causes – we got you.
And we’ve paid special attention to highlight products from minority and women-owned companies.
Hit the flip for our picks:
Uncle Drew On Blu Ray & DVD
This summer’s sports hit starring Kyrie Irving and Lil Rel Howery is now available on 4K Ultra HD ($42.99), Blu-ray ($39.99) and DVD ($29.95).
“Uncle Drew” (Irving) teams up with a young basketball team owner (Howery) to beef up his squad with a bunch of ballin’ old timers – including heavily made up former pro athletes like Shaquille O’Neal, Lisa Leslie and Chris Webber – to prove that seniors can still win the big game.
These newly released versions will also feature Dolby Atmos audio that was remixed specifically for use at home.
Smirnoff Vodka has beefed up its holiday offerings to include new, limited edition holiday ornament bottles that at $12.99, are a fun party favor won’t break the bank. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t get ahold of classics like Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka ($12.99) for your holiday get together.
And speaking of parties, here are a couple holiday cocktail recipes that are sure to get things going at your holiday fete.
Orange & Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Courtesy of Kendra Darling, Simply Darrling
(Makes 1 Cocktail)
1 oz. Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
0.5 oz. Triple Sec
8 oz. Hot Chocolate
Smirnoff Holiday Punch, Courtesy of Kendra Darling, Simply Darrling
(Makes 12 Servings)
10 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Holiday Ornament Vodka
12 oz. Cranberry-Raspberry Juice
4 oz. Pineapple Juice
20 oz. Orange Juice
2 oz. Lime Juice
1 Bottle Sparkling Wine
Slices of Limes, Oranges and frozen cranberries
Combine all the juices in a punch bowl. Stir in the Sparkling wine and the Smirnoff No. 21 Holiday Ornament Vodka. Garnish with slices of limes, oranges, and frozen cranberries. Place a ball of raspberry sherbet into a glass. Ladle punch into the glass
Holiday Cosmo, Courtesy of Megan Marlowe, Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
(Makes 1 Cocktail)
1.5 oz. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
1 oz. Orange Liqueur
4 oz. Cranberry Pomegranate Juice
Rim a martini glass with water and dip into edible glitter. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, orange liqueur and cranberry pomegranate juice. Shake until chilled. Pour into martini glass and garnish with cranberries.
Nothing beats slipping into cool pajamas before bed. And luxe PJ’s from Lusomé promise to make night sweats a thing of the past and keep you comfy overnight. The luxury sleepwear brand uses the doctor-endorsed Xirotex in its garments, which is designed to wick moisture and bacteria away from the body.
And the Lusomé brand comes with a feel-good factor: the company donates sleepwear care packages to women in emergency shelters.
We love Grace Chemise ($120) and the Donna Shirt ($98) and matching pants ($73.50).
These African-print inspired bags from black-owned online retailer “Simply Ma’aM” are simply standouts. The Nsubura Canvas Printed Tote ($149-$169) come in both large tote and dome sizes in an array of colors and feature the Nsubura pattern – which means “A Drinking Well Pit” – and vegan leather trim. The bags are big enough to hold all of your loved one’s essentials while looking chic and unique at the same time.
Vera Moore CosmeticsThis black female owned beauty company has been around since the 1970s after founder Vera Moore, and one of the first African-American actresses on a soap opera, couldn’t find foundations in her shade to appear on camera. Vera Moore’s newest offering is in the skincare space: the “Signature Skincare Collection” (holiday price $75 from $125) features her anti-aging “Peptide + Serum” which is designed to firm and tighten. The serum also has the peptide Matrixyl, which helps restore skin’s collagen. Rounding out the collection is the “C+ Moisturizer” with Vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production.
Malcolm X Legacy
The clothing line that pays tribute to slain civil rights icon Malcolm X has expanded the apparel line into home goods. Malcolm X Legacy Collection – founded by his six daughters – has released a line of graphic print pillows ($35) and canvas prints ($110) featuring their late father’s image as well as inspirational quotes. The “Malcolm X Legacy Collection” is also set to expand its collection with a new line of modern pieces for men and women, with a pop-up scheduled in NYC for Nov. 25.
Hennessy Master Blender Selection No. 3
Hennessy’s limited edition single batch cognac ($110) has notes of praline and is described by the spirit maker as “an expression of savior faire and passion” is perfect for those Netflix and Chill nights.
We love this deconstructed quilted convertible jacket ($175) from African-American designer Yvonne Jewnell’s self-titled clothing and accessories collection. Just in time for the winter months, the coat features Ankara print detailing and an oversized fit and looks great with a pair of jeans for a chic night out.
Now this is fashion for a good cause. The black female-led AvancebyPCI is a public benefit company, whose curated line of goods directly benefit underserved young adults aged 18-24 as they explore careers in fashion. AvanceByPCI’s Resin-Linked Chain ($29) is perfect for layering over chunky winter sweaters and can be adjusted to multiple lengths. The ornate Nefertari Handbag ($62) will add a pop to your loved one’s date night outfit and can be worn as a cross-body bag or as a clutch.
The silk draped “Joan Dress” ($150) from the black female owned fashion brand “Visions By Teonah Knighton” is billowy in some places and clingy in others and will flatter most shapes. The dress, from Knighton’s new “Masculinity X She” collection, will take wearers through every season (with the appropriate accessories).
MMT 140 for Hennessy by Pyer MossBrand of the moment Pyer Moss has released a cycling influenced capsule collection in partnership with Hennessy that pays tribute to America’s first black sports champ, Marshall “Major” Taylor. The limited edition collection (from $150 to $500) includes a cap, jogging suit, a t-shirt. The Boxy Mock Neck Graphic Tee with a black cyclist riding through flowers, is a highlight. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Brotherhood of Cyclists.
This Harlem, NY-based company’s handcrafted products is free of harmful phthalates and parabens – and has a special line with your littlest loved one in mind.
Indulge your baby on the go with the SDOT “Beauty Baby Minis Travel Set” ($26) which comes with “Sparkle Baby” gentle body wash, “Angel Glaze” soothing baby oil with French Lavender and Chamomile, “Baby Velveteen” calming baby lotion and “Bum Chum” diaper balm.
Make sure that Mommy luxuriates with the Face Cleansing Bar Set ($32) – which comes with three bars each using charcoal, papaya and rose clay – followed by the Floral Botanical Facial ($24) a steam treatment chock full of herbs and florals. Finally, have her finish off her pampering session with SDOT’s “Gold Luxe Satin Body Crème” ($28) a rich body butter made with organic Camellia seed oil and aloe extract with a hint of vanilla.
Whoopi Goldberg’s Ugly Sweater Collab With ZapposGet your family and friends ready for the holiday party season with Whoopi Goldberg’s line of ugly sweaters at Zappos.com. Our fave is the “It Takes A Real Woman” sweater ($99) a hooded pullover featuring an ethnic take on “Rosie The Riveter.”
Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Strength
Bulleit’s new Bourbon Barrel Strength ($59.99) is bourbon that comes straight out of the barrel, uncut and not cold filtered. The winner of the 2018 San Francisco Spirit Awards contains notes of oak, maple and nutmeg and is perfect for the whiskey aficionado in your family.
Check out this recipe from Bulleit that’s a take on the traditional Hot Toddy:
Winter on the Frontier Toddy
Place 1 Smith Teamaker Lord Bergamot sachet in a cup or mug
Add boiling water leaving room for the whiskey
Steep 5 min
Add 1 1/4 oz. Bulleit Rye
Recommended twists or additions:
Add lemon peel
Add French lavender
Add pink peppercorns
Garnish with lemon
The iconic footwear brand has dropped two new women’s boots just in time for the holidays. The Courmayeur Valley Shearling Boots ($174) update Timberland’s classic women’s boot with shearling lining for extra warmth and style.
And the leather Courmayeur Valley Chelsea Boots ($150) are perfect for the office or date night.
Love & Harmony Cruise 2019
Gift your loved one the Caribbean experience on board the Love & Harmony Cruise.
The Love & Harmony Cruise combines a luxury holiday with reggae performances all aboard the Celebrity Cruise’s “Infinity” liner. The trip, which runs from April 13th through April 18th, 2019, sails from Fort Lauderdale and includes stops for a beach concert in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and a beach party in Grand Cayman. Confirmed talent onboard includes Beres Hammond, CoCo Tea, Barrington Levy and The Manhattans.