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Charleston Wine + Food

Contributed by Michiel Perry of Black Southern Belle

With this past year changing the way in which we appreciate those around us and learning how to be more grateful for their presence, the way in which we give gifts has also altered but we can still celebrate those we love in our life and for me those are definitely the women who support me and my family during all this. What better way to support these women than by buying Black Women Owned products in the Lowcountry. Here is a list of some of my favorite Black Women Owned Lowcountry brands for the women in your life who support you every day of the year.

Black Women Owned Lowcountry Brands

Estelle

Luxury, vibrant colors, and sleek design is what Estelle Colored Glass brand is known for. Founded by Stephanie Summerson Hall, this black-owned business specializes in colored glass, cake stands, and stemware in a variety of soft pastels like pale pink, subtle lavender, and faint coral. These “jewels for you table” are perfect glass collections you  can use to enhance their Southern decor style. If you know your friend has a passion for antiquing and unique finds, a gift from  Estelle Colored Glass will be the best gift to give this Galentine’s Day. 

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Swank Desserts

If you know your friend has a sweet tooth and Valentine’s Day allows for us to indulge with no regrets. Instead of munching on department store candies, enjoying sweet treats from Swank Desserts is so much better! Located in Summerville, SC, this dessert shop offers thoughtfully created treats ranging from dark chocolate, nutella, and salted caramel fudge brownies, to brown butter blondies and ice cream sandwiches. No need to miss out on tasty food, check in with Chef Danetra to find your new “must have” dessert item. 

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Carolima’s Desserts

If one dessert eatery isn’t enough for your sophisticated taste buds, then Carolima’s Desserts is another Lowcountry dessert shop worth ordering from. Just for Galentine’s Day, Carolima’s is offering the Valentine Dessert Surcee. Filled with white covered strawberries, world famous Charleston Chewies, and cupcakes topped with fresh berries, members of Carolima’s, Sameka Jenkins, Emma Cromedy, and Rethmiriam Barr, has created the ultimate meaningful box of goodies for you to enjoy or present to your loved ones. Carolima’s also offers more homemade sweet goodies including lemon bars, red velvet cheesecake brownies, and banana pudding.

Taste of Satira Seasonings

This brand is ideal for those who want authentic Gullah flavors and a Southern Belle who spends the majority of their time in the kitchen perfecting recipes and trying new dishes. From the Gullah and Geechee Fish N’ Fun Gift Basket to the Gullah Geechee Spice Trio, Taste of Satira puts a twist and flavorful flip on gift giving. Created by Pamela D. Jones, Taste of Satira is a necessity gift in all households. Have you ever purchased a gift for someone and thought they wouldn’t like it, well this gift isn’t even in that category! Add these spicy and savory spices to your receivers kitchen cabinets. 

Each of these Black Women Owned Lowcountry brands are absolutely the ideal way to surprise your girlfriends or even pamper yourself for Galentine’s Day 2021. However, once you have any of these sweet treats or unique decor items, giving the gift and personalizing the gift exchanging process is all on you. So here are a few tips in ways that you can give gifts on Galentine’s Day:

Tips for Gifting

  1. Customize the Packaging

Personalization of any item is a plus when gift giving. Going the extra mile to incorporate a particular design, such as brunch photos or girls night out images, onto the packaging will bring up memories that can also serve as a tenderhearted gift. Even including their favorite colors will show that you pay attention and went the extra mile. 

  1. Front Porch Drop off

Leaving packages on the front porch is a surprise that everyone in the Lowcountry can appreciate and also a way to follow COVID guidelines with close friends and family in which you are buying gifts for. Front porch drop offs are perfect for individuals who want to put in the effort to get their gift to the receiver on or before Galentine’s Day. 

  1. Virtual Unboxing

Unboxing your gift virtually is what the current pandemic has increased and also is a result of long-distance gift giving. Despite this being a less desirable way to celebrate Galentine’s Day, COVID has shown us that we should make the best of every situation. So if you are shipping gifts to your close friends and family, ensure that they open their gifts through FaceTime, duo calls, or Zoom chats in order to keep gift giving meaningful. 

  1. Make It Recurring

Gift giving should not be a one time thing. Lead up gifts to Galentine’s Day or any holiday keeps an intimate relationship and friendly relationships connected. These relationships aren’t all about gifts. However, recurring gifts show the receiver that you are always thinking about them and they matter to you. Besides, what person doesn’t appreciate thoughtfulness? 

Ensure Galentine’s Day 2021, is one that your gift receiver remembers for years to come. Use these tips and Black women owned brands to curate the ultimate Galentine’s Day gift for your dearest friends, intimate relationships, and beloved family.  

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