Kwanzaa Gift Ideas

December 26, 2013    |    By +
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Kwanzaa (Dec. 26 to Jan. 1) is a spiritual and joyous occasion celebrated in the African-American community. Kwanzaa was created in 1966 and introduced to reinforce seven basic values of African culture. These values are the called the Nguzo Saba, which in Swahili means the Seven Principles. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the principles. When it comes to gifting, families celebrate different ways: some choose to exchange gifts throughout the celebration and relate gifts to each daily principle, while others reserve the last day for gift giving to the children in the family. Gifts are mainly focused on items relating to the African culture, handmade gifts, educational gifts or gifts appropriate for Kwanzaa Karamu, the large feast held on the sixth day of the holiday. Below are a few gift ideas for celebrating Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa Barbie

This Collector Kwanzaa Barbie ($41.68) is a perfect gift for a little girl to help her celebrate and start a collection of items related to her African heritage. As part of “The Festivals of the World” collection, the Kwanzaa Barbie is dressed in an African inspired outfit with some beaded accessories.


Kwanzaa Family Celebration Jigsaw Puzzle

A large part of Kwanzaa is celebrating togetherness and family.  Choosing a gift that lets everyone interact together is a great way to go about finding an appropriate gift.  Try this Kwanzaa Family Celebration Jigsaw Puzzle ($34.99) that celebrates both the holiday and let’s the family enjoy an activity together.


Friendship Bracelet Kit 

One of the seven principles of Kwanzaa is creativity, so going for a gift that inspires that trait is a great way to go for the little ones. Try this affordable Friendship Bracelet Kit ($19.99) and encourage the giftee to share the bracelets she creates with the whole family.


Treasury World Globe

Give someone on your Kwanzaa list the whole wide world with this beautiful Treasury World Globe from Wayfair. You can conveniently turn the globe into either a floor stand globe or a desk globe ($84.95).



Kawanzaa Arc Candelholder

Here’s a good gift for a family; a kinara, the candle holder used during Kwanzaa. This one is made in Ghana, and the set ($65.99) includes the kinara, candles, a map and an information sheet.


Don’t forget about handmade gifts for the season, as those are a cherished category of gifts for the Kwanzaa holiday. Get on Pinterest to start finding DIY and handmade gift ideas, and let us know if you make any in the comments section below.

Lindsay Roberts is a nationally known gift expert and founder of She is regularly interviewed on gifting segments for network affiliates across the country. She has been featured on sites like E! Online and, and has been hired as a spokesperson and social media gift expert for national brands.

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