Gift Guide: The Best Gifts from Female and Black-Owned Brands
Looking for gifts that give back? Celebrate the most wine-derful time of the year with the best gifts from female and black-owned businesses.
By Logan Davis
December 01, 2021
Here at Maker, it’s our mission to support small, independent businesses. For us day-to-day, that means putting premium wine from diverse winemakers in cans and partnering with amazing makers in everything that we do. During the holidays, we’re especially excited to share gift ideas from our favorite female and black-owned brands. So crack a can, pour a glass, and get ready to start checking off everyone on your list.
Here’s your go-to gift guide for the holidays 2021:
For the host
Marble and Wood Handcrafted Coasters — $25. Chic but rustic, on-trend yet original, these raw-edge coasters from Effortless Composition are timeless and beautiful. Founder of the company, Brittany, hand-picks stunning items and decor from California artists to make decorating your space seamless. They’re an easy win.
Estelle Colored Wine Stemware, Set of 6 (Custom) — $190. Hand-blown by glass artisans in Poland, Estelle’s colored glasses are like “jewels for your table.” Estelle’s commissioned pieces are inspired by her grandmother’s tradition of having colored wine glasses at her home in South Carolina, and they feel genuinely special to hold and drink from.
For the crafty folk
Elysia Wine Art 2022 Calendar — $38. The best gift for a wino (besides the real thing…) is this stunning art by Elysia Myers, who uses wine to paint one-of-a-kind masterpieces. The 2022 calendar is a collection of some of her most popular designs, and she’s even highlighted official wine holidays so you never forget to celebrate!
Jiggy Holiday Puzzle — $50. Puzzling became cool again in quarantine and we’re (still) here for it. Owner Kaylin designs truly the most beautiful puzzles that make the tedious task even more thrilling. Ever framed a finished puzzle? You will now.
For the one with a sweet tooth
Maker Wine & Chocolate Gift Pack — $90. Premium wine meets premium chocolate — plus some downright adorable Govino portable glasses + a *can*dle. What more could anyone want? We’re biased, but this gift pack (or any of our others) is the ultimate indulgent present to give.
For the homebody
Bookends by Justine Blakeney — $90. The bookworm, interior designer, or general nesting queen in your life will not be able to stop talking about this gift. Jungalow is a minority-owned curated collection of handmade art that supports diverse artisans and local economies — and truly everything on their site would make a fantastic gift.
Oui the People Bath Soaks — $28. It’s bath season y’all, and this is the new go-to. With aloe and bergamot oil sourced from Italy, this bath soak is a decadent way to end any day. Founder, Karen, is on a mission to launch a non-binary beauty brand, hence the name “oui.”
For the chef
StemsCA Cheese Board Workshop — $65-$85. Every chef knows the power of a good charcuterie board, and now is their chance to master it. These workshops are fun and festive, and a great excuse to eat cheese and drink wine with a friend, then throw a great party after for everyone to enjoy your creation. We’re obsessed with owner Kaiy, and by signing up you’re supporting a black and female owned small business.
Diaspora Spices or Omsom Spices —$12-$90. We couldn’t just choose one of these amazing spice brands to feature. Both minority-owned and authentically/sustainably sourced, these spices will transform your meal — and support their origin communities. Stuff one in a stocking or buy a sampler — you won’t regret it.
For the self-care enthusiast
ManiMe At-Home Manicure Set — $25+. Once you go ManiMe, you won’t go back. This at-home manicure kit leverages technology to deliver you perfect nails — single colored or with stunning nail art — that use 3-D printing to fit the exact shape of your nails. Trust us, you’ll be the rave of every holiday party.
Golde Matcha Kit or Peak & Valley Herbal Blends $30-$50 — We’re being indecisive again, but the wellness guru in your life won’t want you to choose just one. Both powdered, herbal blends have top notch ingredients and are a good omen for a healthful new year. Choose from matcha, adaptogenic blends, or a smattering of other teas and herbs that make you feel your best.
For the flora-obsessed
Farmgirl Flowers —$50-100 Bay area-based, women-owned, stunning stems that actually last — we’re hooked. These bouquets are the creme de la creme of flower delivery, and sometimes, a cute person even bikes them to your doorstep (swoon)! Pro tip: check out their preserved collection for a longer lasting gift.
Block Design Reversible Bud Vase — $30. Honestly, everything a Yowie is beautiful and gift-worthy. Owner Shannon Maldonado curates collections from small, local artists in her perfect store in Philadelphia. This bud vase is reversible (and chic as ever) to accomodate a single stem or a posy of flowers.
For cocktail aficionado
Avec Non-Alcholic Spirits — $45. Made with real juice, almost no sugar, and natural botanicals, Avec is reimagining mixers to actually taste good — and be easy as ever to turn into a craft cocktail. They come in a variety of flavors — we’re loving the Hibiscus & Pomegranate right now — that mix well with any liquor you have in your cabinet. Your friend with the hip bar cart will be obsessed.
Ghia Non-Alcoholic Aperitif — $33. Know someone who attempts dry January? We don’t either, but if we did hang with that crowd Ghia would be our go-to gift. It’s a delicious, natural aperitif inspired by founder Melanie’s memories of a Mediterranean childhood. It makes an authentic, herbacious tonic that actually makes you feel better the next morning.
For the adventurer
Skida hat, buff, or headband — $18-30. Vermonter and badass female founder, Corinne Prevot, founded Skida in 2008 and has been slowly taking mountain town fashion by storm. Buy one of her hand-designed, fleece-lined winter accessories for the ski bum in your life — they’ll never attempt a mountain trip without it again.
Seea suit — $100-200. Seea is a badass surf brand designing swimwear that celebrates women, is functional and cute, and sustainably designed. They contribute to initiatives that empower female and diverse surfers, and their pieces will last years. Perfect for the California mermaid in your life.
For the parents or in-laws
Rachel Mansfield Cookbook, Just The Good Stuff — We love Rachel Mansfiled, and her cookbook did not disappoint. Chock full of drool-worthy, easy to make recipes, this is the perfect gift for parents or in-laws who are health-conscious but don’t skimp on delish flavor. We can’t recommend it enough.
Private (or group!) Wine Tour through Napa, by North Bay Wine Tours — Prices Vary. Plan a day of wine tasting for your crew without having to worry about transportation or the itinerary, just the vino. The ladies behind North Bay Wine Tours know how to have a good time — and sometimes even serve Maker cans on the ride up from San Francisco.
Lastly, a go-to gift for...everyone?
The Maker Advent Calendar — $139 for 12 nights of premium canned wine. Because is there any better way to celebrate the holiday season? (The correct answer is no.) Our advent calendar includes a variety of each of our wines — red, rosé and a sparkling white — in the pour-fect 8.5 oz pour. Snag yours before they’re sold out!