In a perfect world, I would have posted this roundup of fabulous by bellas, for bellas items over a week ago. But as many of you know, the holidays can be insanely hectic. I feel like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. I’m late! I’m late!

I don’t know if you can still put in an order with these companies in time for December 25. But hey — tis the SEASON, right? Here’s some last minute, unique gift ideas from indie businesses that I hope aren’t too late for you to enjoy and support.

Whimsicard — Party Stuff for People of Color specializes in inspiring images just because, for weddings and now, for the holidays! Their Christmas card line features a happy bella sporting a natural hairstyle. $15 for a box of 10, and Whimsicard will include your name in it for two extra dollars.

With a name like DeadSexy Cosmetics, you already know what you’re in for. Intense pigments, stunning colors, and looks that kill. Makeup artist Thea Mitchell delivers all that and then some. I reviewed the line once before, but it bears repeating for those of you preparing for holiday parties and New Year’s Eve. She’s got amazing makeup tutorial videos on YouTube!

OMG, her Harlem Renaissance demo is so up my alley.

You can buy ALL of that makeup at My absolute favorite product from the line is the Two Cheeky blush — those shades look bright, but TRUST me, they blend beautifully into a warm brown skin tone. $19.98 and SO worth it. Her eyeshadows are amazing as well!

If you’re looking for more than makeup, Etsy Artists of Color is a tremendous resource. Especially if you’re into supporting wearable art, bath products, and other such creative endeavors. Through the EAOC, I discovered Amanda Jones and her amazing sounding soaps, Cece St. Croix and these oversized hammered petal earrings I adore, and the super fly woven hats of Dahlia Soleil. And don’t forget Tomoka’s Twists! All are still open for the holidays, so get your shop on!

Last week, a longtime reader added a holiday special to the comments of my Bargains for my Bellas post. When I checked out the link, I was blown away. The bath and beauty products of Darcy’s Botanicals sound amazing! The Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme sounds especially divine — my hair loves a creamy, curly hair styling butter, and I adore the heady scent of vanilla. And it’s $12! Sounds like a sweet deal.

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Tell me how it’s going, bellas!



goldenstar says:
December 22, 2008, 1:26 pm
Thanks so much for the great reviews, info, and leads. Once again, I never fail to be schooled when I'm getting me some of my favorite blog, Afrobella. Thanks for taking the time and have a great holiday with your family and friends!
Shell says:
December 22, 2008, 3:00 pm
I still have some more shopping to do. Today it's feels like in the single digits in New York. I'm staying in. Thanks for all the great tips. Especially the etsy artists of color. I wanted to buy over at etsy, I love being able to support our artists as well. Hope your holiday shopping is almost done, Bella.
DblDee says:
December 22, 2008, 3:34 pm
Wow, these are some great last minute things, especially those hammered petal name is all over those. :)
Lysandra says:
December 22, 2008, 8:41 pm
Thank you so much Afrobella for mentioning us in this article. I'll be adding more treats during the holiday break so stay tuned.
African Girls says:
December 23, 2008, 3:54 am
Thank you for the comment. I loved reading it.
La reine says:
December 23, 2008, 4:30 pm
I Love those cards! Have a great Christmas and stay blessed!
Grayburn says:
December 25, 2008, 7:07 am
That vanilla cream sounds yummy and nourishing! Hm.. I am wondering if you will be interested in doing the Favorite Things again this year? I'm thinking of publishing mine on the 10th if you're interested in joining! merry x'mas Grayburn
Tiffany says:
December 25, 2008, 12:40 pm
Merry Christmas
Whimsi says:
December 26, 2008, 5:46 pm
Thanks for the awesome mention! Whimsicard is having a huge after-Christmas special on our holiday cards. $10 for 10! Happy Kwanzaa! -Whimsi
Amina says:
January 4, 2009, 2:22 am
the vanilla cream is in my wishlist :)


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