ap fashion: holiday giving! – gift ideas

December 11, 2013

With Kwanzaa and Christmas coming soon, the holiday season is upon us! Don’t hurt your pockets with gift shopping for this holiday season. Listed are ideas and gifts that will put a smile on anyone’s face without spending hundreds of dollars!
Both Christmas and Kwanzaa were part of my upbringing and still are. I have been more drawn to celebrating Kwanzaa because it is a celebration of life and the love that surrounds us everyday, namely what the holiday season is about. Over the years, I have noticed that Christmas has turned in to a consumerist holiday—a day about family, but also, all about what you get. Kwanzaa celebrates the community and the idea of the collective—gifts are apart of this celebration, showing appreciation. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, or any other religious holidays – check out thoughtful gift ideas for your loved ones!

By Aliyah Blackmore, AFROPUNK Contributor

Work with your creative mind or support those in your community this holiday season! Many of my childhoods were spent at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center for their annual, Kwanzaa Festival – the activities are mainly for children, but there is an exquisite artisan’s market place as well—the entrance lines with vendors selling jewelry pieces, holiday ornaments, tapestries and much more! Pick up something here for a loved one! Check out dates and details below!

NJPAC Kwanzaa Festival

For him, a Bernard James piece
Came across the work of young jewelry designer, Bernard James, a few weeks ago. Simple pieces, yet unique in design and a perfect gift for him (or her) to be worn in various ways. A edgy, but classic accent to any outfit. The items are on the pricier end, but worth the buy—a lasting piece for the jewelry box.

Bernard James

Tickets for Forces of Nature Dance Company
Head out to NJPAC to see one of my favorite dance companies, Forces of Nature—a gift for anyone. Embark on an artistic journey – the rhythms and movements unique and enthralling. Must see!

Tickets found Here

Plan a day to visit a gallery or museum
For New Yorkers—There are some great exhibits this season. I headed out to Yayoi Kusama’s “I Who Have Arrived in Heaven” exhibition and installation piece—and although I waited in line for about 3 hours—the experience was well worth the wait! (see photo below) All I can say in that, her installations pieces are almost a spiritual experience—entering an alternate world for a few seconds to a few minutes. The exhibition is until December 21st at the David Zwirner Gallery.
Also, there are great exhibitions at the Studio Museum of Harlem (I plan to check out the, “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art), The MET—take a look at El Anatsui’s piece, hanging in the African Art Hall, and the Brooklyn Museum (Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey)

A gift Basket
What you need:

– A basket, tissue paper and colorful ribbon.

What goes inside: A box of Dough donuts – literally the best donuts hands down. This Brooklyn donut shop is quite the attraction. I purchased my first donut from them at Afropunk Fest 2013, and fell in love! More details about their location here!

• Create a mixtape of 10 of your favorite songs to share with someone else. I love sharing music with friends and family and receiving new music from others to add to my library. Share the gift of music this holiday season.

Below are top ten on my list—consider adding some of these to your holiday mixtape (Put all of your music on a USB, that can be bought at a Staples).

Don’t Wait- Mapei
Wilhelm Scream- Kwabs
Day One (Freddie Joachim Remix)- Toro y Moi
Love is Stronger Than Pride- Sade
Honey- Erykah Badu
Ms. Fat Booty- Mos Def
Beautiful- Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell
Boyz- MIA
Florists– PRO ERA (honestly, just download the whole PEEP: the aPROcalypse mixtape).
Check the Rhime- A Tribe Called Quest
Red October Mix- Filthy Rich Taj (download here)
Flying Overseas- Theophilus London
QUEEN- Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu
Say Yes- Floetry
If This Is How Love Feels- Phony Ppl
Breathing Is To Easy- Kiah Victoria
Love Triangle (Melo-X Remix) –Melo-X

(Sorry, I have a lot of favorite songs)

A Moshood original T-shirt (male and female styles available—browse the site for other items— Moshood has fabulous designs—I have about 10 of his t-shirts from over the years—you can never go wrong with the work of this Brooklyn based designer—check out his items here!)

Enjoy family and friends this holiday season.

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