23 Gifts For Kids Who Rock Natural Hair

In a world where black kids don’t always see their beauty reflected in mainstream culture, their parents (especially white parents like me) often have to work double-time to safeguard their sense of self-esteem and cultural pride. It’s my job to make sure my son gets the message from as many places as possible and as frequently as possible that his hair and skin are nothing less than perfect.

The T-shirts, books, dolls and other products on this list teach kids to embrace and celebrate their natural, beautiful hair texture. You can’t wrap up self-love this holiday season, but a gift that says “you’re beautiful just the way you are” couldn’t hurt.

  • 1Baby Hair And Afros I Slay T-Shirt
    Etsy
    For the Beyonce lover. This T-shirt comes in toddler and youth sizes. Buy here for $16.
  • 2The Very Fun And Fly Happy Hair Coloring And Activity Book
    Happy Hair Shop
    An activity and coloring book from the Happy Hair Shop. Buy here for $9.95.
  • 3#SquadGoals T-Shirt
    Jari Designs
    When your squad is rocking. Buy here for $21.
  • 4Handmade Happy Hair Dolls
    Happy Hair
    Pick from one of three handmade dolls or score all three for $125. Buy here for $44.95 each.
  • 5Big Hair Don’t Care Print
    Society 6
    Check out illustrator CuteandCoily’s Society 6 shop for dozens of natural-hair-themed products like this mini art print. Buy here for $18.
  • 62016 PuffCuff Kurly Kid Toolbox
    Puffcuff
    The Kurly Kid Toolbox includes a silk sleep bonnet, a pack of GaBBy bows designed not to slide out of hair, a smoothing boar brush, a detangling comb, a book entitled “I Love Me” by and an “I Love My Hair” T-shirt.

    Buy here for $79.99.
  • 7Solange Don’t Touch My Hair T-Shirt
    Etsy
    How adorable is this tiny Solange shirt? It reads “Don’t Touch My Hair” and comes in 10 different colors and a onesie version. Buy here for $20.94.
  • 8
    Happy Hair
    A self-love book for boys. “Cool Cuts” is a sequel to “Happy Hair,” a call-and-response book aimed at girls. Buy here for $14.95.
  • 9
    Jari Designs
    An alphabet lesson for the ages. Buy here for $25.50.
  • 10Formation Art Print
    Society 6
    Illustrator Coilyandcute draws a bevvy of adorable black kids and families on her natural hair illustration blog, like this Beyonce-inspired print. Buy here for $18, or get it framed for $31.50.
  • 11Black Ballerina Tutu Shirt
    Ariel Brands
    Because kids should be able to see people who look like them doing amazing things. Buy here for $15.
  • 12My Life As A Schoolboy Doll
    My Life As
    “My Life As” dolls come in not just a range of professions but a range of diverse ethnicities. The 18-inch doll has brushable hair that kids can play with and style. Buy here for $27.97.
  • 13“I Love My Hair!”
    Amazon
    This award-winning children’s book teaches black kids to love their hair and their heritage. Buy here for $6.08.
  • 14Future Afro Onesie
    Etsy
    You don’t even need a full head of hair to have natural pride. Buy here for $20.
  • 15Crochet Curly Hair Doll
    Etsy
    The LeenGreenBean Etsy shop has an array of adorable crocheted natural hair dolls, including this rainbow version. They’re made to order, so you can get this doll in any colors you choose. Buy here for $60.
  • 16I Love My Hair Romper
    Global Couture
    It’s never too early for a positive message. Buy here for $29.99.
  • 17My Fro Made Me Do It Child T
    Kinky Chicks
    Blame it on the ‘fro. Buy here for $20.95.
  • 18“Don’t Quit Your Day Dream!” Book
    Naturally Perfect
    Naturally Perfect’s beautiful natural hair dolls are all currently on backorder, but in the meantime you can get this “book of affirmations for every naturally perfect girl.” Buy here for $6.99.
  • 19Ruffle T-Shirt
    Global Couture
    By Global Couture, this ruffle-hem T will make your curly girl feel like a queen. Buy here for $28.99.
  • 20You Are Beautiful T-Shirt
    Ariel Brands
    This positive message T-shirt comes in toddler, youth sizes, and an infant romper. Buy here for $12.
  • 21Happy To Be Nappy Book
    Amazon
    There are lots of books about celebrating natural hair, but this one has the distinction of being written by none other than bell hooks and illustrated by Chris Raschka who wrote “Yo! Yes?” Buy here for $5.92.
  • 22Epic Hair Child T
    Kinky Chicks
    Kinky Chicks has a wide selection of natural-hair-inspired apparel for men, women and kids. Buy here for $20.95.
  • 23Power Puff Raglan T-Shirt
    Coco Pie
    The power of the puffs! Buy here for $22.

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