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OkayAfrica's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Our guide features dope products by companies from Africa and the diaspora.

This is our third gift guide in the run-up to the holidays. Keep checking for more lists of great African products here. And for more ideas check out the OkayAfrica Shop.

The holidays continue to commence and before you know it, it's already 2018 (eek!). But don't fret, in case you haven't started shopping away from your loved ones, we got you.

OkayAfrica's 2017 holiday gift guide features items that are perfect for the fashion-forward person in your life, the kiddies, the bookworm and more.

Shop our picks below:


STYLE

Photo via Kintu's Instagram page.

1. Kintu

2. The Brooklyn Circus

3. Maju

4. MAXHOSA BY LADUMA

5. Mory Jay

BEAUTY + GROOMING

Photo via The Afro Hair & Skin Co.'s Instagram page.

1. The Afro Hair & Skin Co.

2. Nature Boy Grooming Products

3. Foxie Cosmetics

4. Shear & Shine

5. OBIA Naturals

KIDS

Photo via Ozzie + Olive's Instagram page.

1. LoveMyAlannah

2. ABC Me Flashcards

3. Brown Toy Box

4. Ozzie + Olive

5. Queens of Africa Dolls

HOME + DESIGN

Photo via Ilé-Ilà's Instagram page.

1. Haute Baso

2. Ilé-Ilà

3. KUDU

4. Yswara Teas

5. Kouamo

BOOKS

Photo via Penguin Books' Instagram page.

1. We We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

2. What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

3. A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa by Alexis Okeowo

4. bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward

5. Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou

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