If an extended stay-at-home period has taught me anything, it’s that one’s workspace should always be on point. I’m not just talking about the way it looks, though that is worthy of some TLC too. I’m mostly concerned with the way it makes it feel; specifically, whether it’s the kind of environment that will motivate and/or inspire my best work. Personally, I can’t start a workday without tea, a notepad, and blue light glasses but I’d happily add any of these Black-owned office supplies to my desk.
Black creatives are among some of the most innovative designers creating paper goods, home decor, smell-goods, and more today. In addition to the usual suspects—stationery, pens, notepads—we’ve compiled products that will also remind you to take breaks and prioritize comfort while you’re on-duty. I’m talking incense holders, candles, inspiring wall art, and more. Scroll and shop to support some of our favorite Black-owned small business brands this month and beyond.
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Black Girl Holidays Content Calendar
We can’t stop telling people about this genius calendar that highlights all of the birthdays, historical moments, and cultural events celebrated by and for Black women.
$34 at Black Girl Holidays
TripleMoonDea Manifestation Gemstone Pen
A handmade pen containing crystals and gems to meditate with as you jot down visions and goals.
$7.99 at Etsy
Patrina’s Paperie Custom Return Address Labels
Put a special touch on thank-you notes with these chic, customizable labels.
$12 at Etsy
Soul Tea Blends
Choose from a variety of flavors (and colors) to create your own tea blend, diffuser ball, or honey stick.
$19.99+ at Etsy
Godly Gorgeous Happy Illustration Weekly Notepad
A beautifully-decorated desk accessory to keep you on track day-to-day.
$12 at Godly Gorgeous
Ri-Ki-Tekt YoAhni Leather Cord Keepers
These upscale accessories will keep your cords from getting tangled up.
$25 at Ri-Ki-Tekt
The 125 Collection Candle
Choose from a variety of funny sayings, motivational mantras, and more to compliment your new go-to scent.
$38 at The 125 Collection
Rayo and Honey Pendant
This beautiful handmade wall piece will remind you of your power.
$75 at Rayo and Honey
Black Pepper Paperie Co. Smells Good Incense Holder
If candles aren’t your jam, place incense sticks into this unique incense holder instead.
$50 at Black Pepper Paperie Co.
Effie’s Paper Joy is Not Cancelled Stationery Set
This optimistic set will put a smile on the face of whoever receives your note.
$18 at Effie’s Paper
Jungalow Isla Fabric Wrapped Journal
Store all of your thoughts and dreams inside this fabric journal, complete with blank pages for writing, doodling, and whatever else you want to record.
$25 at Jungalow
AphroChic Hustle Pouf
Trade out your chair for a pouf if you need a change of scene (and seat).
$310-$555 at AphroChic
Tactile Matter Peaches & Coffee Print
There’s just something about beautiful artwork that gets our creative juices going.
$45 at Tactile Matter
SubSahara Badara Woven Coasters
And if you’re a total neat freak like me, these coasters ensure your mugs and glasses won’t leave desk stains.
$35 at SubSahara
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