NC Staff Picks: 2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Women and Men

2020 has been one transformative year, to say the least. However, it’s the holiday season and we’re getting in the spirit as best as we can. We’re less than two weeks away from Christmas, and if you’re still looking for gifts (like we are) we’re here to help. Team NC put together a list of our favorite items to give and receive this holiday season. From luxury candles to cannabis goodies, here’s NC Magazine’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide.

Nia Chantal, CEO

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Lilac Reign Candles, $31.50

First up, our CEO’s absolute favorite item right now comes from her very own boutique, Lilac Reign. These beautiful, aesthetically pleasing, soy candles from LR have been the talk of the season. With a burn time of 55 hours, enjoy the aromas of Peach, Lilly and Jasmine notes with the La Reina candle, or Warm Vanilla, Cocoa Butter and Coconut notes with Sovereign.

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Urban Skin RX 3-IN-1 Even Tone Cleansing Bar, $24

Awarded ‘Best in Black Beauty’ by Essence, Urban Skin RX is one of our favorite skincare lines for melanin skin. This 3-IN-1 cleansing treatment is guaranteed to be your new best friend. It can be used to exfoliate, brighten, and deep clean to help even out your skin tone and fade dark marks. This cleansing bar makes the perfect gift for your favorite skincare guru this holiday season.

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Glossier Futuredew, $24

Another bomb product to add to your skincare routine. Glossier’s Futuredew is part serum, part oil, and is designed to stretch out your dewy glow look. This is the last step after applying your moisturizer, serum and SPH, but right before your foundation. It contains plant-based extracts to make your skin look brighter, instantly and over time.

Ashley Drayton, Editor-in-Chief

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“Sade” earrings, Kae by Karrueche, $30

Next on our gift list is for all of the gold jewelry lovers. You can never go wrong with a good pair of gold hoops, and our EIC is obsessing over these. Karrueche Tran just launched her new jewelry line, Kae by Karrueche, which is inspired by her Black and Asian cultures. These “Sade” hoop earrings are 14K gold with a touch of love. The Jade stone adds protection to your energy, purity, and harmony while giving you a chic look to an all-time favorite accessory.

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Kendrick Trunk – Stone Blush, Brandon Blackwood, $120

Jamaican and Chinese designer, Brandon Blackwood, has made waves in the fashion industry with his namesake leather handbags. So much so, everything is always sold out, so you’ll have to wait for the next restock. But we’re still loving this piece and are putting it on our list anyway! The Kendrick Trunk, in the color Stone Blush, is a mini shoulder bag that will definitely make a statement. Also perfect for pink lovers.

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Book LV and Art NV English Version, $150

For the Fashion and Art fans, who doesn’t love a collector’s item and a luxury coffee table book. Louis Vuitton’s new edition art book, “Louis Vuitton Art, Fashion and Architecture”, shows 536 pages of the Maison’s collaborations with artists, designers, architects and photographers. The book also comes with one of three collectors’ cover jackets designed by Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami and Stephen Sprouse.

Faith Mallory, Creative Director

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Tulle Robe, Dionne by Faith, $400

Did we mention Team NC is the epitome of operating in multiple lanes with ease? Our creative director is the owner of Dionne by Faith and her Tulle Robe is to die for. This floor-length, ultra-luxe creation is crafted from a delicate, transparent, soft sheer tulle that will ensure you feel luxurious. The robe comes in three colors and is also available to rent for photoshoot purposes.

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Louis Vuitton Crazy in Lock Bracelet, $370

Sis, you deserve to live in luxury. Another LV favorite is the new Crazy in Lock bracelet, which features a charming heart-shaped padlock, finely engraved with the LV Circle signature. This makes a cute romantic gift for the LV fan in your life… or get it for yourself!

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Stuart Weitzman The Highland Boot, $895

It’s the Holiday season, which means it’s time to pull out the furs, fluffy two-piece lounge sets, and the thigh-high boots. The Highland Boot from Stuart Weitzman is the statement piece to add to your fall/winter wardrobe. An SW signature silhouette, these over-the-knee stretch fit boots are great for any outfit and any occasion.

Brittaney Barfield, Events

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UBeesize Selfie Ring Light with Cell Phone Holder Stand, $23.99

Next on the gift list is for our tech friends. This selfie ring light from Amazon that also holds your cell phone is the perfect gadget for the YouTuber/Vlogger in your life. It’s multifunctional and gives them a professional set up for videos and pictures. You can also choose from three light colors and 10 level brightness settings for your preferred uses. It’s easy to control with no battery usage.

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Anser! Women’s Multivitamin, $29.99

We could all use a little more self-care health items during this season as well, especially during the pandemic. Self-care gift packages are great gifts to do for close family and friends who need it most. Created by Actress, Tia Mowry, Anser’s women’s multivitamins are great for energy, maintaining bone and breast health, immune system support, and growing hair, skin and nails. Add these multivitamins to your self-care gift boxes with some face masks, fuzzy socks, and herbal teas. They will love it!

Corinea Austin, Pitch & Post Writer

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Mifland Bedford Bag Snakeskin LE 2020, $390

Our fashion writer always keeps us in the know of what’s going on in the industry, and her top picks have us wanting everything. Her first pick is the Bedford Bag Snakeskin “Miffy” from Mifland–a miniature version of the brand’s signature silhouette. The bag s made for smaller essentials and can be worn as a crossbody, single shoulder carry and backpack.

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Run Star Hike Converse, $110

Attention all Sneakerheads, you need these in your wardrobe. A fashion-forward spin to the classic Chucks, the Run Star Hike Converses will give your look an unexpected, yet chic, twist. The shoe features a canvas hightop platform, with a jagged rubber sole and the signature Chuck Taylor ankle patch. Be prepared to be stopped every time you have these on.

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Southern Girl Blue Hoodie, House of Aama, $75

Want to introduce something new to your wardrobe or close friends? House of Aama is the spiritual expression of mother and daughter design duo, Rebecca Henry and Akua Shabaka in material form. Get cozy in their Southern Girl Blue Hoodie, as well as celebrate and support their Black-Owned business this holiday season.

Mya Grant, Contributing Writer

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Personalized Name Necklace by Nadirah & Co., $39.99

Who doesn’t love personalized jewelry? Name necklaces are still in style and a favorite accessory piece. Nadirah & Co is the perfect place to get anyone, including yourself, a personalized gift that they will cherish. Necklaces come in 18kt gold plated, rose gold plated, and silver plated with short to long lengths. The metals are hypoallergenic, water-resistant and tarnish free to wear every day.

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Cardi B x Reebok Limited Edition Collection, $80-$100

We love a Queen with multiple bags! Cardi B’s first shoe collection with Reebok gives you a mix of high fashion and the classic Reebok sihlohette. Ranging from $80-$100 per shoe, there’s a size from toddler to women. However, her collection is high demand so make sure to snag your pair soon!

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Pretty in Pink bundle, Cannaluxe, $52

Next is on the list is for our cannabis lovers. Black-owned business, Cannaluxe, provides a luxury smoking experience who want to enjoy themselves in style. One of their best sellers, the Pretty in Pink bundle, comes with one Love & Light genuine crystal pipe and one matte pink mini grinder. They also have bubblers, ashtrays, and blunt ring holders to suit your favorite stoner’s needs in a chic fashion.

Jasmyn Monteiro, Contributing Writer

For our fellow creative entrepreneurs who are im photography and videography, this gift is for you. Get your hands on this new vlog camera, the Sony ZV-1, designed to shoot great videos anywhere you go. Some of its features include capturing clear vocals even when shooting in a crowd, windscreen for outdoor shooting, and can instantly transfer movies and selfies to your smartphone.

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Deluxe Shower Bundle, Pattern Beauty, $126

For the curly-haired friends, if you haven’t tried Pattern Beauty or want to introduce a new product to someone, add this bundle to your gift list. Designed by Tracee Ellis Ross, Pattern Beauty is the new favorite natural hair brand that your curls will absolutely love. The Deluxe Shower Bundle is the ultimate pattern set that includes: Hydration Shampoo, Heavy Conditioner, Leave-In Conditioner, Jojoba Oil Hair Serum, Shower Brush, Microfiber Towel & Hair Clip. Everything you need for a full hair routine in the shower.

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FaceTory Portable Beauty Fridge, $114

With all of your skincare products on the list, you need something to store them in! Investing in a beauty fridge will extend the shelf life of your skincare products so your skin will continue to stay flawless. The FaceTory Portable Beauty Fridge comes with heat and cooling capacities and two shelves for your products. Recommended products include sheet masks, serums, moisturizers, jade rollers, facial massage tools, eye cream, toners, mists, and vitamin C serums.

Gifts Just for the Guys

We had to include a few of our favorite items for the men in our lives as well. If you’re still looking for gifts for him, check out these items for inspiration.

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Durags, Atira Lyons, $36-$100

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HIM Candle Tin, Nice Scent Candle Co., $18.50

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Dior “Homme” Eau de Toilette, $75

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Routine Pack, Human Race by Pharrell Williams, $100