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If you’re searching for a Kwanzaa gift — either because you regularly celebrate or because you’ve been invited to a Kwanzaa gathering — you’re getting an opportunity to participate in one of the most unique and singular secular holidays of the season. That’s because Kwanzaa isn’t tied to any one particular faith. While its roots reach back to the traditions of African harvest festivals, it originated in 20th-century America.
Originally designed as a way for people of the African diaspora to reclaim and celebrate a part of their African heritage lost in (and often intentionally suppressed by) the American cultural landscape, it's now grown to become a celebration of not just historic African traditions, but African American history and achievements, and contemporary African and diasporic endeavors. At its core, though, remain the Nguzo Saba or seven principles that are symbolized by the seven candles of the kinara: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).
So, if you need a gift for Kwanzaa, we've found an array of options that commemorate cultural ideals, old and new, and even bring a little extra fun to the celebration.
Elisabeth Narine is an Associate Editor at Best Products where she researches gift ideas for every occasion — her work can also be found on BuzzFeed and Forbes Vetted. When’s she not writing, she enjoys rewatching her favorite TV shows and cooking with her boyfriend.
Michael Natale is the news editor for Best Products, covering a wide range of topics like gifting, lifestyle, pop culture, and more. He has covered pop culture and commerce professionally for over a decade. His past journalistic writing can be found on sites such as Yahoo! and Comic Book Resources, his podcast appearances can be found wherever you get your podcasts, and his fiction can’t be found anywhere, because it’s not particularly good.
Zarah Kavarana is the contributing editor at BestProducts.com, where she spends her days hunting for shareworthy home, tech, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle finds, and resisting the urge to add them all to her cart. A Boston University journalism grad with a penchant for red wine, her hidden talents include poaching an egg and applying winged eyeliner on the subway.
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