AZ Xmas Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful (and hectic) time of the year again already and AZ are here to save you from the crushing responsibility of Christmas gift shopping so you can focus on enjoying the festivities. 

Last-minute shoppers can relax as we’ve collated a list of some amazing brands, websites and services, all queer and/or BIPOC owned to help you bless your loved ones no matter your budget. 

Clothes and Accessories

Share the gift of cute looks this Christmas with accessories from Jévon (we particularly love this leather bag) or help your loved ones make a statement with a BLKOUT hoodie or T-shirt. 

Underwear brand TomboyX has some of the comfiest, queer-friendly stocking fillers you’ll find but if you’re looking for something a bit more boujie than boxers, Automic Gold’s got you covered with ‘radically wearable’ jewellery that you can customise. 

Homeware, Arts & Crafts

Creative Christmas presents are special because you get to see your gift become a part of a friend’s home (providing the recipes likes it enough to keep it out) but it can be hard to find stuff that stands out. 

Luckily, you can’t go wrong with prints from indie artists such as MaElle, Jaiye Ara and Pico Favelado and March Muses meets all your custom decor and crafts needs (who wouldn’t want a little Black angel hanging on their tree?).

The home fragrance girls will also be happy with candles from Tribal Unicorn and PKNMX and if you’re looking for more choice, you can shop a range of homeware goods at Black Owned Everything.

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Beauty & Cosmetics

Your loved ones could sleigh this Christmas with cruelty-free makeup from Gelina Cosmetics or Kem Beauty or they could ring in the new year with a relaxing salt bath courtesy of Okiki Skincare.

For Foodies

If the key to your friends’ hearts is through their stomachs, why not gift them a lovely seasoning bundle from Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen or some Sierra Leonean hot pepper sauce from Nim’s Dim.

Drinkers might enjoy a nice bottle of Equiano Rum and adventurers might like a copy of Jonathan Nunn’s restaurant guide, London Feeds Itself

Health and Wellness 

We’re all about the mind-body connection here at AZ and we encourage you to try something different this year and maybe gift a loved one a tarot or human design reading with Aimie Duggan or Jazreena Harlow.

Strongher women specialise in making fitness accessible for queer women and you can get involved in their festive giveaway or shop from their range of inclusive active wear. Kelechi Okarfor is also selling her Tuff Grip leggings that are perfect for the pole. 

Experiences

Sometimes memories make better gifts than physical items and plays like Mandela and Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini’s Sleepova promise experiences you won’t forget.

 If you’re looking for something a bit livelier than that however, the Kiki Drag Cabaret show might be right up your street. 

Sexy Bits

Christmas is for lovers and we wanna help you maximise your good times with accessories and toys from Howl and Self and More

Alternatively, you can learn about pleasure from the perspective of Sexologist Oloni, in her debut novel The Big O which is currently half price at WHSmith

Reader’s Corner

So many great books came out this year, it’s hard to recommend just a few but since we have to, your friends won’t be disappointed to unwrap a copy of Derek Owusu’s Losing the Plot, Remi Graves’ poetry collection with your chest or Black Disability Politics by Sami Chalk.

Vagabonds by Eloghosa Osunde was another one of our faves this year as was Elias Jahshan’s This Arab is Queer: an Anthology by LGBTQ+ Arab Writers

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