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Eight perfect gifts to buy on Black Pound Day

Christmas is around the corner – and so is the next Black Pound Day!

Written by Time Out. Paid for by Google
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Together with our partner Google, we’re supporting this brilliant movement encouraging consumers to shop at Black-owned businesses by curating a selection of beautiful gift ideas from some of our favourite London shops. The next Black Pound Day is Saturday, December 5. Can’t visit in person? Don’t worry, you can still buy all of these gifts online…

Photograph: Andy Parsons
Photograph: Andy Parsons
Photograph: Andy Parsons

1. African print pillows by Bespoke Binny

Given that she’s worked as a therapist, Natalie Manima understands how essential it is to love your home environment. Inspired by the vibrant and uplifting West African cloth that featured in her home as a child, she founded Bespoke Binny first as a hobby, then as a full-time business. She makes bedding, blankets, lampshades and these colourful cushions made with African wax print cotton.

£23.99. www.bespokebinny.com

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Photograph: Supplied
Photograph: Supplied

2. Ginger spice candle-making kit by Selfmade

Your friend’s home will smell just like a gingerbread house with this all-natural Ginger spice candle-making kit, launched earlier this year by London entrepreneur Ricki Lawal.

£30. www.selfmadecandle.com

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3. Magnificent 7 set by Embrace Body Skincare

Help a loved one unwind and reset with the Magnificent 7 set. Founder Natalie Vincent’s range of plant-based skincare – made with essential oils – is handmade in London.

£169.99. www.embracebodyskincare.co.uk

City Chelsea Boot
City Chelsea Boot
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4. City Chelsea Boots by Brother Charles

Got a super-stylish guy in your life? Check out these handcrafted City Chelsea Boots by Camden business Brother Charles, run by childhood besties Charles Augoye and Ogbe Isibor.

£260. www.brothercharles.co.uk

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Uncle John's Bakery
Uncle John's Bakery
Photograph: Sam Barnes

5. Uncle John's Bakery Signature Box by Uncle John's Bakery

Send your pal a selection of Ghanaian cakes in the Uncle John’s Bakery Signature Box. This year, this popular family-run Tottenham bakery launched its online store.

£30. www.theunclejohnsbakery.com

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6. Slay Belles Jumper by Streetgreets

Your festive friend will love this Slay Belles Jumper, by an Ealing-based greeting card business celebrating Black British culture, founded by sisters Siobhan Wauchope and Naomi Nicholas.

£25. www.streetgreets.co.uk

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7. Opuntia Consolea by Prick

Give the gift of greenery with this 14cm Opuntia Consolea. It’s one of the many succulents at photographer (and cacti enthusiast) Gynelle Leon’s Dalston boutique.

£45, pot sold separately. www.prickldn.com

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8. Cosy collection by Lucocoa

Amarachi Clarke has built a cult following with her London-made chocolate, and right now you can buy her limited-edition Cosy collection set with a chocolate scented candle.

£24. www.lucocoachocolate.com

Find more Black Pound Day gift inspiration at www.blackpoundday.uk

Ashley Walters
Photograph: Udoma Janssen

Discover our Black LDN series

We’re all about championing the people, communities and businesses that make London such an incredible city. And that’s just one of the reasons why we’ve created this hub dedicated to some of the Black-owned businesses we love, in partnership with Google. Here you’ll find everything from profiles of business owners to a very cool interview with Ashley Walters – the guest editor of our latest mag, which is dedicated to Black-owned businesses. We think you’ll like it.

And remember: just because we may not be able to visit these businesses right now, there are still plenty of ways you can show your love. Click-and-collect, order takeaways, buy online and give them a Google review.

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