One way to support Black-owned businesses right now, which have disproportionately shuttered amid the pandemic, is to do your holiday shopping at local, Black-owned shops. With that in mind, we scoured through our lists of Black-owned brands and companies to find gifts for every type of person on your list — from recently retired wine lovers to chatty kids. We found gold earrings, supersoft yarn, and a couple books, all made by Black artists or sold by Black businesses.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.