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7 Indo-Caribbean Businesses to Shop this Holiday Season: Shop Our Holiday Gift Guide Now

Written by Rebecca Dass

Sunday December 3, 2023

It's that time of year again! With the holiday season just around the corner, now is a fantastic opportunity to show some love to some local Indo-Caribbean businesses.


Supporting small businesses not only helps to uplift the community, but also allows you to find unique gifts that are full of cultural significance. This holiday season, consider supporting these Indo-Caribbean businesses as you spread the joy of giving.

West Indian Holiday Cards by EssEssDesign

“THE ONLY BIG BELLY MAN I WANT IS FADDAH CHRISTMAS” — EssEssDesign specializes in providing West Indian-themed holiday cards. Each card is designed to embrace and authentically represent the rich culture and traditions of the Indo-Caribbean community. Shop here.

Dear Divya by Saira Batasar-Johnie

Dear Divya tells the story of Anjali Singh, a 14-year-old girl who navigates her Indo-Guyanese and Indian heritage while growing up in Toronto in the early 2000s. This short novel is perfect for those seeking a wholesome quick read and a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Shop here.

Sarjesa Tea

Sarjesa is an Indo-Caribbean/Settler Canadian-owned brand, specializing in Canadian-made teas and lattes. These soothing aromatic blends make a perfect treat for those cold winter nights. This holiday season, consider Sarjesa for a thoughtful and unique gift that supports a local business and promotes ethical sourcing. Shop here.

Two Times Removed Vol. I & II by Tiara Jade Chutkhan

The Two Times Removed book pair is an anthology of short stories by Indo-Caribbean authors. Covering various topics such as family, relationships, identity, and trauma, these collections offer something for every reader, making them excellent gifts. Shop here.

Candles by StarApple Candle Co.

Candles, with their warm glow and soothing scents, make the perfect gift during the cold, harsh winter months. Made with Coconut Soy wax and wood wicks, these candles are inspired by her personal life experiences, including her time growing up in Georgetown. Shop here.

Eva My Nani Ji by Djamil Ninsoo

Eva, My Nani-Ji is a heartwarming labour of love that chronicles the life of Eva Williams, author Djamil’s Nani-Ji (maternal grandmother). This unique narrative includes a mix of Jamaican Patois and Caribbean Hindustani, providing children with a colourful glimpse into life growing up in Jamaica. Shop here.

Jewellery by Sassy Sheek

If you're looking to support a local jewellery business this holiday season, look no further than Sassy Sheek. Their handmade jewellery makes for perfect personalized and customized gifts for family and friends. Shop here.


About the Author

Rebecca is a Toronto-based writer and digital marketer, currently working in book publishing. With a BA in Sociology and a minor in Caribbean Studies, she joined the Indo-Caribbean Canadian Association to continue her interest in researching and writing content about Indo-Caribbean history and culture. 

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