Dec 8, 2010 12:09 PM
Kwanzaa, a Pan-African holiday celebrated around the world by millions, begins on December 26th. The week-long holiday is marked with a celebration of family, community, and culture and It's traditional to give gifts that remind the recipient of the rich past and bright future of the African community. We've rounded up a few excellent gift ideas for you, if we do say so ourselves!
1 - Farmer's Market Pomegranate Necklace ($60) This necklace packs a double-punch, acting as a mazao, or symbol of the rewards of the African harvest. Plus, pomegranates represent abundant blessings and luck, which we know you can't wait to bestow on all of your loved ones!
2 - African Print Cashmere-Silk Scarf ($90) African textile prints are some of the most intricate and beautiful in the world. Craftswomen have been weaving patterns for centuries. We love the boldness of this cashmere scarf, and think you will, too!
3 - Fair Winds Trading Rwanda Basket ($46) Traditional African hand-woven baskets are often used as symbolic decoration during Kwanzaa. This fruit basket, crafted in Rwanda, represents conflicting forces uniting to create beauty and peace.
4 - Pink is Sweet Cotton Kente Tote Handbag ($90) Kente textiles represent special occasions, so Kwanzaa is the perfect time to gift this handbag. It's fully lined and comes with a inner zippered pocket, keeping keys and phones safe from the time-consuming task of digging through the bottom of the bag.
5 - charity: water Earthwise Women's Classics ($58) Give a gift of comfort and clean water with these TOMS slip ons. TOMS has collaborated with charity: water to create these lovlies--each pair purchased contributes to funding three new wells in Ethiopia and as always, donates a pair to a child in need of shoes. Feel good gifts are the best!
6 - African Folktales and Literature ($varies) Kwanzaa tradition places importance on children and their paths to educated and successful futures. Books are often given to kids and teens as a symbol of this. A few of our favorites include I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ($7) by Maya Angelou, W.E.B. Du Bois : Writings ($27), and Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters ($13) by John Steptoe.
Who's got the cash to spend thousands on gifts this year? We sure don't, so we've found you some reasonably priced, thoughtful gifts to please just about everyone on your list. Each Cents-ible Chick gift idea will ring up under $100, including shipping.