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10 Traditional and Untraditional Kwanzaa Gifts For Kids


Kwanzaa 2020 is from December 26th to January 1st. It is an opportunity for African Americans across the country to celebrate ourselves and our history. Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, gift giving, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. If your family celebrates Kwanzaa by giving gifts, see our gift guide below for ideas on gifts to give the special children in your life.


The gifts on this list contain some traditional gift ideas, meaning they are directly related to Kwanzaa. And others items are untraditional gifts, meaning they are not directly related to Kwanzaa but still include some African influence in some shape or form.


1) Kwanzaa - Bingo Cards and Markers

Everybody will have fun playing Happy Kwanzaa Bingo at any traditional family gathering!


2) Build Your Own Car - That Drives!

Build a car that REALLY drives with this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) car kit! Your kids will be delighted and amazed as they watch the car that they built with their own two hands drive around the room. Plus, there’s a secret mission from our African superhero, Captain Nosa, inside the box that will make the kids feel empowered and energized to complete their task.




3) O is for Oshun

O is for Oshun is the FIRST augmented reality (AR) children's book to feature diverse fairytale and folklore characters of color from around the world. Enjoy the poetic alphabetical introduction to goddesses, kings, fairies and more from countries like Nigeria, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, and many more! Then, download the RainbowMe Kids app from your app store, and with the magic of AR, wave your phone or tablet over each character, and watch them come to LIFE!!



4) Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story

In an African village live seven brothers who make family life miserable with their constant fighting. When their father dies, he leaves an unusual will: by sundown, the brothers must make gold out of seven spools of thread. If they fail, they will be turned out as beggars. Using the Nguzo Saba, or "seven principles" of Kwanzaa, the author has created an unforgettable story that shows how family members can pull together, for their own good and the good of the entire community. Magnificent and inspiring linoleum block prints by Daniel Minter bring joy to this Kwanzaa celebration.


5) Kids Unisex African Dashiki Shirt

These kids dashiki are made up of 100% cotton. Soft and comfy fabric especially designed for your kids skin


6) Together for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is Kayla’s favorite time of year. But this year, it looks as if a heavy snowstorm will keep her big brother, Khari, from getting home in time for the festivities! Will Khari miss the celebration completely? Or will Kayla and her brother somehow find a way to be together for Kwanzaa? A perfect introduction to Kwanzaa, this book will teach children all about the traditions and practices that make it a special winter holiday.

7) Nice2You Black Doll - African Girl

Emma will be your kids' first best friend, often before they’re ready to form real human friendships. Baby dolls offer kids lots of opportunities for developing their cognitive, and self-help skills. Kids often find it easier to practice these skills on someone (or something) else before they can apply them to themselves.

8) Multi-Ethnic Costume, African Origin, Dress and Scarf

Use this vibrant African costume to spark imaginations and introduce kids to ethnic diversity. This costume set includes a top, skirt, and head scarf that allows kids to exercise their imaginations. Great for use during holidays, classroom lessons, or celebrations. Designed to fit children ages 4 to 7 years old.


9) Connect 4 Game: Black Panther Edition

This edition of the Connect 4 game features iconic characters from the mega-hit film, Black Panther. Get exciting Connect 4 disc-dropping gameplay with discs featuring the images of T'Challa, Shuri, Killmonger, and Ulysses Klaue.


10) Feyi Fay's Jewelry Making Kit

Make fun, colorful and glow in the dark jewelry with Feyi Fay’s Jewelry Making Kit for Kids! Each kit also includes a few cowrie shells which give the jewelry an subtle Africa feel.


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