Black Pound Day: The best gifts for parents-to-be from small businesses

Black Pound Day, celebrated on the first Saturday of every month, supports black-owned businesses across the UK, with the first being held back in June 2020.

Founded by So Solid Crew member Swiss, the day is a “solution-based, community-empowering campaign and motivating endeavour that will leave a better infrastructure for the next generation to walk into”.

Is it just us or does it seem that there seems to be an abundance of babies being born or due as we emerge from lockdown 3.0? Whether you are shopping for a friend, wanting to style your nursery or buying for your very own bundle of joy – this article is for you.

There are a plethora of UK Black owned businesses you can check out for wonderful gifts and treats. Have a look at the selection we have curated for you, and as always, follow us for a daily dose of #BlackExcellence @afro_leads.

Muffin Sisters @muffin_sisters

Vibrant, quality toys, blankets, pillows, towels, bibs and more brought by “The Muffin Sisters” – actual sisters Kady and Lafia! Their journey started with a hand-made baby blanket back in 2015 and they have not looked back!

Ara and Obi @araandobi

The home of bamboo bedding, blankets and towels for your precious little ones! All materials are ethically sourced and come in 100% biodegradable packaging. Founded by wonderful Mumpreneur Chrissy Patrick. Why bamboo? Well, it is a vegan-friendly alternative to wool with lots of benefits for your skin and the environment. Win – win!

Falike @falike.uk

Gorgeous handmade clothing and accessories for babies and children aged up to 8 years old. Created by Mumpreneur La Toya often showcasing beautiful wax print fabrics.

Oonaloo @oonalookids

A stunning celebration of African fabric through handmade clothing and gifts for babies, toddlers and kids. A plethora of items “to love, to keep and to celebrate African design”.

Colour celebrations @colourcelebrations

A fabulous “one stop luxury baby gift shop” one which “boldly and proudly” celebrates colour, culture and heritage. A go to for diverse milestone cards and now height charts and t-shirts have been added to the collection. Brought by the inspiration and Mumpreneur that is Deborah Ajaja.

Tianna J Williams www.tiannajwilliamsphotography.co.uk [email protected]

Tianna Jarrett-Williams is an award-winning photographer who specializes in maternity, newborn, branding and wedding photography. Tianna is a former nurse and midwife too! Looking through her portfolio, her beautiful maternity and newborn photos are evidence of the rapport and positive influence she has with her clients. What a stunning gift (or treat for yourself!)

Little Black Outfit @littleblackoutfituk

We love the collection of clothing within this brand! It was created when Leeds based founder Laura couldn’t find any baby clothes that were the colour black for her child.

Rather than be put out, she created this brand and the rest is history. Check out the variety of black baby clothing and accessories

Baiou Swim @baiouswim

The Baiou collection was created to provide hassle-free swimming costumes for girls aged six months to five years. The collection is centred around the brand’s signature snap-button crotch – an easy closure that makes getting your little one in and out of her swimming costume and works around your lifestyle. The whole collection is designed to take your little princess from their first swim to their first days dressing by themselves.

The Black Card Company @theblackcardcompany

The Black Card Company is an online shopping platform for diverse greeting cards, by multiple brands. The website hosts over 40 independent Black owned brands.

The Black Card Company offer diverse cards, authentically represented and delivered straight to your door. There’s lots of brands that have wonderful cards ideal for newborns, baby showers or pregnancy announcements – enjoy browsing and seeing all that #Representation!

House Of Loulee @houseofloulee

House of Loulee is brought to you by a UK-based designer of Caribbean mixed heritage who is on a mission to popularise the prints of Africa.

The baby collection has rompers, baby shoes and bibs – all wonderfully designed in beautiful African prints. You can even buy beautiful gift sets which make fabulous presents

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