Brown Bride 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
Brown Bride 2020 Holiday Gift Guide!
We’re excited to bring you our first annual Holiday Gift Guide – our theme for this year is Products with Purpose. We have carefully curated a list of 18 socially conscious brands who are doing their part to uplift the South Asian community.
While celebrating family, community, giving and thankfulness take priority over gift-giving, showing how much you appreciate them and how much you care with sentimental and useful gifts is always a well-received tradition.
South Asian-Inspired Gift Boxes
THE KATRA BOX | Wellness & beauty subscription box for the desi woman.
Each box includes a variety of beauty, apparel, wellness, and lifestyle products. You’ll receive a new box every three months. Products from previous seasonal boxes include the candy edible lip scrub from @minimobathandbody, rose butter whipped oil from @almediasgarden, and a strawberry & citrus polish from AMNH, a Palestinian American woman-owned business.
Buy Now: $49.99 for a seasonal box subscription, $169.99 for an annual subscription
MASALA MY LIFE | Consciously curated Indian-inspired gift boxes, jewelry, and more.
We love their creativity in themed boxes that help you gift tailored products to the right people in your lives. We especially love their Indian-Inspired Flavor Adventure Box ($39) that includes handcrafted Indian-inspired spices, sweets, and treats from brands such as @ashasuperfoods and @moji_masala. They also create custom boxes perfect for wedding favors and gifts!
Buy Now – Varies from $24 – $139, please visit the site for more details.
NIKAHNAMA | Iconic Muslim Wedding Contracts
This woman-owned business is reviving a centuries-old tradition to offer intricately designed marriage contracts for Muslim weddings. We’ve been impressed with their ability to swiftly respond to lockdown measures by offering fast shipping and nikahnamas with blank dates to accommodate for potential changes.
Buy Now: Varies from $129.95 – $179.95, please visit the site for more details.
Fashion & Jewelry
QUEEND CO JEWELRY | South Asian Jewelry
This woman-owned business is focused on making all kinds of South Asian designs more approachable and more widely available. They offer everything from earrings to necklaces, bangles, rings, anklets, nose accessories, tikkas, and waistbands.
We’re partial to these unique circle flower jhumkis, only $20!
Pricing: Affordable, please visit the site for more details.
SAMARA BAGS | Vegan Leather Bags & Accessories
A 100% cruelty-free fashion house using better materials with an all-female team on a mission to source the best materials so that they can create timeless pieces.
Their Kiana bag is perfect for the modern desi woman with a sleek, professional look.
Buy Now – $80 sale price ($160 regular)
THE TIKKA SHOP | Tikkas & Jewelry
The Tikka Shop founders are two women (Anitha & Sophia) who wanted to create designs that are modern, elegant, and versatile. They also wanted to give back to a cause they both care about. A portion of the proceeds from their limited edition tikkas will go towards supporting an India-based NGO that educates women on their menstrual health and provides hygiene products like pads. Please support this amazing cause, and buy yourself a pretty tikka!
ANISHA PARMAR | Luxury Handcrafted Jewelry
Anisha’s jewellery design, draws heavily from the story of her family migrating from India, to East Africa and then to the UK, re-imagining their identity in a foreign land stays with her. Her work is influenced by her hybrid heritage, finding beauty in both worlds.
We’ve been following her work on Instagram and are thrilled to include her on this gift guide. We’d encourage women who are looking for unique pieces to check out Anisha’s Mangoes & Marigold collection, perfect for a mehndi event!
Pricing Varies – visit site for details
NAD.RAH | Sustainable Fashion Design
Established in 2019 by Nadratan Rahman, the nad.rah brand is a sustainable clothing brand aiming to dress women in a stylish, socially conscious, and eccentric way. The word nadrah itself means unique. That is their mission, to make sustainable fashion that is unique. Pieces are made with South Asian inspired fabrics and details to celebrate Nadratan’s background.
We want to highlight their Holiday Gift Box which includes a custom initial bracelet, face mask, scrunchie, henna tea light candle, and a jewelry box for the bracelet. They even throw in some chocolate to help sweeten the deal.
Buy Now – $35 CAD
KYNAH FACE MASKS | Modern Indian Clothing & Bridalwear
If you’ve spent any time on our Instagram page, you know we’re major fans of this emerging South Asian clothing brand for its modern take on bridalwear. With COVID measures in place, they’ve quickly pivoted to offering a beautiful face mask collection that is hand-embroidered by their artisans in India. We absolutely love the Emerald Green Gold Chiffon Mask ($25), but for newly engaged brides – they can create custom masks in any color!
Buy Now – $25 for each mask.
LUKH FACE MASKS | South Asian Outfit Rentals
With Lukh’s launch earlier this year, there’s no need to travel to India to shop for the latest styles. Their flexible rental policies, easy returns, and styling guidance empower you to look and feel confident at any event — while being conscious of money and the environment.
Similar to Kynah, they’ve started offering reusable face masks that are ideal for South Asian or Western wear. The masks come as a variety pack sold in sets of three, made of a cotton blend, and adorned with sequins or embroidery.
*100% of the proceeds from purchases will be donated to United We Mask and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Oils & Spices
DIASPORA CO. MASALA DABBA | South Asian spices
Diaspora Co. is direct trade, single-origin spice company dedicated to building a better spice trade. They put money, equity, and power into the hands of Indian farmers, to disrupt, and decolonize an outdated commodity spice trading system.
You’ve known them for their organically farmed, single-origin spices such as the Sannam Chillies, but now they’ve partnered with Tiipoi, to bring you an heirloom pairing of their single-origin Indian spices in an artisanal brass dabba that will last for generations to come!
Here’s our favorite part: each dabba is made to order by their metal spinner Venkatesh Chinnappa in Tiipoi’s Bangalore workshop. This beautiful dabba is made to order in Bangalore and will take about 2-3 weeks to ship. You can also add a custom engraving to it too!
BRIGHTLAND OLIVE OIL | Small-batch olive oil
Brightland was born out of a desire for better, more honest food production – and a deep belief in the land and what it provides. Founder Aishwarya Iyer makes authentic olive oils and vinegar that are never rotten, overprocessed, or fraudulent. With absolutely no fillers or artificial preservatives.
We recommend gifting the Mini Essentials box – with its beautiful packaging and custom-designed holiday gift card, this is low effort and high value!
Ceramics & Pottery
TIIPOI KARIPOT | Product Design Studio
Tiipoi is a product design studio based between Bangalore and London. We’re encouraged by their refreshing and modern take on Indian design and are excited to include them in our first holiday guide.
While they have an array of products, we love the KARIPOT, part of their Longpi Cookware collection. Each of these clay cooking pots is individually hand-built by their ceramicist Khanmuh Sasa. It uses the natural properties of stone and clay to enhance the cooking experience while preserving the ingredients’ oil and flavors.
Note: Because KARIPOT is made in small batches the lead time is approx. 8-12 weeks. Order ASAP!
FATIMA’S CLAY | Hand-made ceramic pottery
Fatima’s clay journey as an escape from corporate life and a means to show her creativity. Her goal is to create objects focused on simplicity, and practicality with a sense of delicate-ness that typical ceramic ware does not always have. Each of the pieces is hand thrown, trimmed, sanded, and sometimes even glazed in my 700 sq ft apartment in Southern California.
While we love all of Fatima’s beautiful pieces, we recommend the White Gloss Speckled Cake Stand, perfect for entertaining during the holiday season!
Hair, Skin & Body Care
SHAZ & KIKS | Plant-Based Vegan Hair Care
Founded by two sisters, Shaz & Kiks creates highly nutritious, hand-crafted haircare products rooted in their Indian heritage. They partner with small-farming Indian communities, artisan groups, & artists to bring our products to life.
Their pre-wash hair mask for normal or curly hair contains 20 nutrient-rich Indian herbs, oil & flowers such as Coconut Oil, Amla, Reetha, Turmeric, Moringa, Shikakai.
AAVRANI | Indian Inspired Skincare
We’ve previously featured this luxury skincare brand for its glow activating exfoliator that brings ancient South Asian beauty rituals to our daily lives. Their complete ritual set is the ideal gift for a bride to be and/or a bridesmaid gift box, or as wedding favors as Megha & Gopal did for their wedding! It includes an exfoliator, serum, hydra-whip, and elixir.
HER POPPY | Feminine Self Care
Whether it’s relief from PMS and period cramping & bloating, or you just need a mood booster for when wedding planning has got you down (“another lockdown?! @#%*@)#*%), try Her Poppy’s body oil. This fresh scent is made with jojoba oil and their custom blend of organic essential oils to soothe, relieve, & keep you going.
BILI BEAUTY | Vegan & Cruelty-Free Makeup
Bili Beauty is a beauty brand with purpose, made with natural ingredients with an Indian twist. We love their Eyes of India eyeshadow palette which features 10 gorgeously pigmented shades ranging from rich neutrals to bright pops of color which are all named after and inspired by India’s beautiful and diverse cultures.
FABLE & MANE | Ayurvedic inspired hair care
Fable & Mane is a modern hair wellness brand inspired by ancient Indian secrets, founded by Akash & Niki Mehta. Their HoliRoots Hair Mask just won the Healthy Hair Hero Award at the Get the Gloss Beauty & Wellness Awards, so you know they’re already on their way to big things!
Let’s be honest – 2020 has been a rough year for everyone, especially our brides and newly engaged couples. From lockdowns to strict social distancing measures, wedding planning has become one of the most unpredictable aspects of our lives. But at the end of a very challenging year, we’re hoping gift-giving is just a bit easier with our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide. We hope you enjoy the time with your loved ones this season!