With the holiday season drawing near, your holiday shopping list may be wearing you out just by looking at it! We all want to give our loved ones a gift they will truly appreciate, but you may be overwhelmed with all the stores and brands available. Or you may be wanting to support Caribbean brands that offer a wide array of amazing gifts for just about anyone on your naughty or nice list. Here are some of our favorite Caribbean brands to shop for this holiday season (even if you want to treat yourself)!
Chen Burkett New York (@chenburkettny)
This gorgeous and colorful brand reimagines classic silhouettes for the modern woman. Find dresses, blazers, linens, skirts, and much more for any woman in your life. Founder Chen Burkett was born in St. Johns, Antigua, and you can see the influence the island has had on the bold colors and bright patterns that set the pieces from this brand apart.
Summer is never over in the Caribbean. So the ‘Summa Heat’ radiant glow highlighter is a must-have. Founded by Virgin Island-born model and entrepreneur, Jenna Monet, this gorgeous cosmetic line includes beautiful shades of lip colors, eye shadows, and eyeliners.
Shoma The Label (@shomathelabel)
If you are looking for luxury Caribbean fashion, Shoma The Label is a brand to look out for. Featuring a classic Trinbagonian flair, Shoma The Label offers vibrant and unique handmade pieces. You can gift that one-of-a-kind person in your life a one-of-a-kind clothing item they can cherish for years to come.
Regarded as one of the most renowned designers in the Caribbean, Meiling is based in Trinidad and Tobago. A lot of her clothing features organic materials, hand-stitched details, and breathtaking artisanal techniques that pay homage to the craftsmanship of the Caribbean. Shop this brand for that special person on your list that appreciates the little details!
Olga Elaine Designs (@olgaelainedesigns)
Shop gorgeous handmade jewelry that is created in Barbados. Founded by Natasha Beckles in 2020, you will get bold jewelry where no two designs are ever the same. Shop this brand for the jewelry-loving person in your life!
Fe Noel (@fenoel)
Founder Felisha “Fe” Noel was deeply influenced by her Grenadian heritage while designing some of the gorgeous pieces in her brand. Culture, glamour, and sensibility are some of the key factors behind Fe Noel. Shop beautiful made-to-order dresses, swimwear, and other cool pieces for whoever is left on your holiday shopping list (including yourself!)!
Kimmystic.Clo of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a brand that caters to a woman on the go, and their pieces are effortless and classic. Representative of the designers’ Caribbean roots, you can be sure to find pieces that offer vibrant colors and textures. Shop for the environmentally friendly person on your holiday list, as all pieces are 100% cotton or linen fabric.
Tréfle is based in the British Virgin Islands. Shop their apparel, accessories, and even home goods for yourself or a loved one. We love this brand because of the detail, style, bold colors, and quality behind each piece. Your favorite celebrities may have already rocked this brand, too, including Beyonce and Blue Ivy Carter.
Cocoa Vintage Jewellery (@crytalcocoa)
Heavily inspired by the cocoa pod fruit and her home of Trinidad & Tobago, the founder of Cocoa Vintage Jewellery creates beautiful jewelry pieces that blend the breathtaking aspects of nature with fun and fashionable jewelry. Many of these unique pieces do sell out, so be sure to browse the site for stocking stuffers and gifts for your loved ones!
Sammy B (@sammybdesignsny)
Designer Samantha Black sets out to create designs that are worthy of the limelight, feminine, and always ready to wear, taking from both her Jamaican heritage and NYC lifestyle. Shop a variety of designs in eclectic colors and silhouettes for the fashionista in your life!
Soka the Label (@officiallysoka)
Created in the West Indies, Soka the Label was founded by designer Karen De Freitas. The brand boasts a variety of sleek contemporary designs that are grounded within island roots. Browse their collection of items for contemporary women’s clothing that is bright and elevated.
Kaiso Swim (@kaiso.swim)
For your friend or family member that’s always at the beach, get them a piece of swimwear from a brand rooted in Caribbean influence. Designer Trishelle Leacock is Trinidad and Tobago-born, and you can see the island roots all throughout her resort wear for both men and women. Though the chilly holiday season may be near, shop this resort wear collection for warmer days ahead!
Earring Envy (@earring_envy)
We’ll never turn down the gift of gorgeous and intricate earrings! Shop a wide selection of dazzling and attention-grabbing earrings for that special person (or people) you know will wear them for years to come. Earring Envy is based in New York, but the Jamaican founder makes sure to turn to her heritage for the inspiration behind some of these jewelry designs.
Brandon Blackwood (@brandonblackwoodnyc)
Jamaican-Chinese designer Brandon Blackwood has been known to create sleek contemporary designs for any type of fashion-obsessed person. From beautiful purses to cozy outerwear, we recommend you check the designer’s website when it comes to crossing off those last few names on your gift list!
Apryl Jasmine (@apryljasmine)
Based in Nassau, Bahamas, Apryl Jasmine is a clothing brand that encompasses everything vibrant and chic. Browse the collection of ultra-effortless, yet oh-so-cool dresses and other clothing for Bahamian textiles and style inspiration you won’t find anywhere else. Perfect for that fashionista in your life who loves quality and boldness!
House of Jem (@houseofjem)
If you’re trying to think of a gift for your jet-setting friend who is always traveling to the beach or somewhere tropical, why not give them the gift of a cute and high-quality bathing suit? Owner Jemima Harrigan is from the island of St. Lucia, and she wanted to create a brand that encompassed what being an islander was all about. Shop a variety of gorgeous swimsuits, as well as the option for custom-made swimwear.
Merch Carnival (@merchcarnival)
Shop the curated shop at Merch Carnival for Caribbean-made and Caribbean-inspired merch. From a vast selection of cute graphic tees, mug sets, and other island-inspired products, there will be something for your loved one that is missing home!
Jam + Rico (@jamandrico)
You may have heard of this beautiful jewelry brand in magazines such as Essence and Vogue. Created in 2016, the brand name itself stands for Jamaica (Jam) and Puerto Rico (Rico), and focuses on connecting you to beautiful jewelry pieces with all the island vibes!
Luz Ortiz New York (@luzortiznewyork)
If you’re shopping for someone who likes a bit of understated jewelry that is still refined and timeless, Luz Ortiz New York is the brand you’ll want to turn to! Dominican-born designer Luz Ortiz takes inspiration for her jewelry from a Caribbean upbringing, and you can expect the jewelry to be made of high-quality precious metals and natural stones.
Portraits by Khaffi (@portraitsbykhaffi)
Give your loved one the gift of a beautiful portrait or other pieces of art to instantly liven up their space! Portraits by Khaffi is an art business based in Trinidad and Tobago that focuses on simple designs and luxurious home art pieces.
Natural skincare is a great gift to allow your loved one to feel pampered and relaxed, especially during the busy holiday season! Tropshop is a Caribbean-based business that creates body care products in small batches. Completely homemade, you can gift your favorite person a few products for a home spa day. As we look for gifts for our loved ones during the upcoming holiday season, it may seem like there is an overwhelming amount of brands to choose from. The Caribbean brands mentioned above offer an eclectic mix of items for anyone on your shopping list, including the fashionista, skincare junkie, island tourist, and more. Your holiday shopping just got a whole lot easier, so you might as well treat yourself, too.