It may seem early to be thinking about shopping for holiday gifts, but with factors outside of our control affecting our normal routines, the sooner orders are placed, the better.
Not only does shopping early help shoppers out, but it ensures that the small makers we’re featuring here have the cash to create a happy holiday season for their own families. By supporting local or global businesses owned by racialized and marginalized* people, we can play a small but impactful role in promoting restorative justice and equitable distribution of wealth. Our money holds power. By directing our dollars towards businesses and causes that align with our worldview, we can shift how we consume individually and as a society.
We've made shopping small and justly easier for you by rounding up racialized makers with gorgeous, sustainably sourced, and ethically made goods for everyone on your list.
Without further ado, here are our picks for the
1.habbihabbi - A brand that helps kids learn Spanish and Mandarin Chinese with the help of easy and accessible Reading Wand
2.mochi kids - Clothes for kids who want to wear what they love
3.montessori in color - Montessori inspired materials to support natural development in diverse children
4.shop five suns - A one stop shop for some of our favorite curated goods from brands that are bold in their stance of being ethical and sustainable
5.sage kids - A curated collection of ethical and sustainable kids clothing, skincare and home products; unisex, minimal and modern
6.koko’s nest - Beautifully made, heirloom cotton blankets
7.irro irro - Ethically crafted minimal
every day wear in comfortable fabrics
8.kinfolk dolls - Handmade & diverse heirloom dolls and custom created ornaments
9.ukaome - Hand-beaded earrings in modern hues
10.sunday/monday - Artfully hand-block printed scarves, accessories and home goods
11.BLK+GRN - Healthy, sustainable, and Black-owned skin and personal care products
12.Otto Finn- A women run business based in Pittsburgh, PA that believes in minimum waste, maximum comfort and authenticity.
Remember that you can support these shops by sharing this list and following these makers on social media, too!
*There is an interesting conversation happening about the nature of the terms "BIPOC" and "POC," and the way they center whiteness as the default for being human. The terms "racialized" and "marginalized" describe an experience that people have without comparing them to their white siblings. It's important to us at Ditto Kids that we honor the humanity of all people with the respect and dignity we all deserve. This may mean that we adjust the terminology that we use from time to time in order to meet this goal.