Cool Kwanzaa Gift Ideas
Kwanzaa is right around the corner, and for this upcoming holiday season we suggest 25 exciting Kwanzaa gift ideas.
Buy someone an original print that serves as a reminder of the special city or town in their heart. Choose from a variety of colors and pick where you want the heart located (Etsy, $18).
Give a handmade print that resembles an old world map of Africa. Add a vintage frame for an antique-like home decoration (Etsy, $9).
This hand-carved wooden tribal mask is made in Ghana. Across the forehead of the mask is a Sankofa bird, which represents "looking to the past to learn from it." The proceeds of this decoration go to the development of the Volta School for the Deaf (Etsy, $18).
Elephant tidbit holders
This set of four brightly colored sculptures made of African soapstone come made with love all the way from Kenya. These elephants are the perfect holders for flameless tea lights or small trinkets (World Market, $28).
Mini soapstone giraffes
Along with the adorable elephant soapstone sculptures is this set of four vibrant mini giraffes. Made with the same African soapstone, these giraffes make the perfect gift or accent decoration for any home (World Market, $24).
Shona giraffe sculpture
Shona is a 20th-century name given to a number of related ethnic groups in Zimbabwe. Today, Shona stone carvers draw inspiration from the ancient builders in order to create unique soapstone sculptures, like this giraffe (National Geographic, $98).
Safari animal ornaments
These animal ornaments are handmade in Kenya using olive wood. Typically, the men do the carvings and the women paint and polish the ornaments. Each set contains an elephant, cheetah, zebra and giraffe (National Geographic, $36).
Djembe with carrying case
This Djembe was hand-carved in Ghana. Designed with spiritual, cultural and symbolic meanings, this drum with a personalized case makes for a great gift for the musician in your life. It's perfect for drum circles, professional use or just for fun (Etsy, $100).
Dununs are another wonderful African drum gift. Each of these drums is hand carved in Guinea from a single piece of bois blanc wood and finished with an intricate carving and painted details (Rhythm Traders, $450-$1,600).
African wax-print apron
Using African-print materials, no two aprons are alike. Each apron is handcrafted by a seamstress in West Africa, and proceeds of each apron go to the development of the Volta School for the Deaf in Ghana (Etsy, $22).
Le Souk serving
This serving tagine is a great way to bring dishes to the table during Kwanzaa. The ceramic dish is handcrafted and freehand painted in Tunisia, making each one completely different (Gifts.com, $70).
Kwanzaa mask candle holder
An important part of Kwanzaa is the lighting of the candles. We love this candleholder because of the authentic-looking mask carving on the front of the stand (Amazon.com, $47).
Mancala is a classic game of Africa and may even be the oldest board game in the world. This particular mancala board is handmade from mahogany in Ghana. Because of its simplicity, mancala is a great gift for people of all ages (Masters Games, $31).
This picture frame was hand beaded in South Africa by the Ndebele women. The beadwork in Africa is not only used to show off creativity, but personal and family status as well. Each beaded frame is slightly different and will add the perfect touch to your favorite photographs (African Renaissance, $35).
This unique handmade picture frame from Africa is made out of plantation-grown timber. Embellished with brass plates and studs, this frame made by local villagers will be sure to draw all the attention in the room (African Renaissance, $40).
Each handmade pillow cover is slightly different, but every single one helps in the development of the Volta School for the Deaf in Ghana. Cover a pillow with one of these beautiful pillow covers for a unique home decoration that everyone will love (Etsy, $20).
Living Africa is a breathtaking book filled with photographs taken by the extremely talented Steve Bloom. In this book, Bloom captures magnificent images from African wildlife, jungles, deserts, human life and more. This is a fantastic gift for the person who has never been to Africa, but wants a look inside the continent (Steve Bloom Shop, $56).
These fun bracelets are made in Ghana. Each bead is handmade from recycled glass through a recycling program in Ghana. Every bracelet is unique and completely different, yet each one purchased helps a woman in Africa launch her own small business to help support herself and her family (Global Girlfriend, $18).
Make a statement with a bold clutch made by women in Rwanda. This adorable clutch comes in a purple or black-and-gold pattern. Each clutch bought helps a woman in Africa launch her own small business to help support herself and her family (Global Girlfriend, $32).
Baskets have served many purposes in Rwandan history, including holding food, celebrating weddings and carrying secrets from one woman to another. These beautiful baskets hand woven out of natural grasses are made in Rwanda and are a major source of income to the women in the poor country (Global Girlfriend, $39 for set of three).
This flattering batik dress is hand block printed and tailored by the women of Global Mamas in Ghana. With a beautiful color and fit, this dress is the perfect gift for any lady. Each purchase helps a woman launch a small business to help support herself and her family (Global Girlfriend, $48).
Kwanzaa celebration tickets
Celebrate the holiday season by attending a Kwanzaa dance performance. Hosted by the Dance Place in Washington D.C., the Coyaba Dance Theater will be presenting live music and dancing centered on the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Look for similar celebrations and performances in your area (Dance Place, $25).
African Snacks With
This easy-to-follow cookbook contains over 80 recipes made with traditional African ingredients. Both new and old recipes are included alongside colorful pictures to get your mouth watering (Barnes & Noble, $54).
70 Traditional African Recipes
This cookbook is sure to give you a taste of Africa. The food in Africa reflects a diverse culture, and these 70 recipes teach you how to cook classic African dishes adapted for the Western kitchen (Barnes & Noble, $76).