Zawadi (gifts) for Kwanzaa
Check out Black vendors & farmers. Keep in mind that some vendors have gift certificates.
Choose a charity or individual to give time or $$ to. Ie. Participate in a neighbourhood cleanup or prepare a home-cooked meal for an elder/disabled person a few times in the upcoming year.
Take an elder/disabled person for a drive.
Host a neighbourhood fun day. Handmake the invitations and deliver them by-hand. Start preparing during Kwanzaa and host event in the new year. Feature ourstory scavenger hunts, African-centred games/word searches/crossword puzzles (check online) and movies.
– http://www.kwanzaakidz.com (board games/puzzles)
Get/pull out puzzles like http://www.educationallearninggames.com/geopuzzles-africa-middle-east-puzzle.asp
Think hard about your talents and give based on them. You may give time or an item.
Prepare a special dish to share with your family. It can be an old favourite or something new.
Create a family blog or website. Work on it one year and have a launch party during Kwanzaa. Invite extended family and/or friends.
Give someone a gift certificate to a Black-owned restaurant or movie theatre.
Offer free babysitting services (just once or twice for eg.) to a family you know.
Subscribe to a favourite magazine ie. New African, Sisterhood Agenda, Nex Generation etc.
Pick flowers for some folks OR order some via Black-owned florists.
Create a (extended) family DVD. Include the stories of family ancestors. Film significant places ie. homes, schools, workplaces. Interview family elders.
Purchase items from the http://www.upfromthedust.com collection.
Send out Kwanzaa e-cards or create your own.
Purchase music (Cds) from all over the Black world. ie. salsa, reggae, hip hop, rap, jazz, calypso, zouk, soca, Afrobeat, steel pan etc.
Get “Celebrate Kwanzaa” pencils.
Kwanzaa novels for older children/teens:
Have a Happy… – M.Pitts Walter
A Kwanzaa Story – N.Harrington
A Very Special Kwanzaa – D.Chocolate
As a family create a design for apparel or household items. The design may include symbols or sayings from our story (or ones your family has created).
Work on these one year. Have the designs engraved on shirts, mugs, hats in time for Kwanzaa. Every person in your immediate family receives the end product OR
Purchase ready-made African-centred shirts, mugs for each family member.
As a family plan to attend a cultural event in Jan. or Feb. Don’t forget the free ones!
Take some family photos and send them to extended family members (via email, through the post or by hand)
Have a family bowling night. Find one that is black-owned.
Purchase gift certificates for spas, book/music/grocery stores, barber shops, hair salons, community education classes and so on. Support Black businesses!
Get a family calendar made. Take 12 family photos (old or new) and decide on basic layout/graphics. Use a company to print and do finishing touches. Give as gifts.
Order from these websites:
BE GREEN. WRAP GIFTS IN OLD NEWSPAPER or CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE/RBG FABRIC. THAT WAY YOU CAN USE IT ANNUALLY
. IF YOU CHOOSE TO PURCHASE PAPER HERE ARE SOME OPTIONS: