Planning your Kwanzaa gifts ideas doesn't have to be
stressful. Here is a great resource to help you plan
your Kwanzaa celebration.
One of the key components in celebrating Kwanzaa is to recognize one’s
heritage, culture and history. To this end, one of the most
important gifts you can give a child is a book on African history.
This serves to enhance a child’s knowledge on African culture and
reinforces the continuity of education as a primary source for every
child to understand African values. Along with a book, a symbol of
their heritage should also be included. This symbol can be in the
form of art, a CD or hand-made beads to invoke a sense of history
In keeping with the first fruit theme, one can also prepare homemade
cookies which can be presented in a basket and tied with the
traditional colors of Kwanzaa – black, red and green.
African dolls are also perfect gift ideas for children. Dressed in
African garb, these dolls are yet another symbol of African pride
An African basket is another gift idea or a lovely Shona carving
made out of soapstone. There are several renditions of these
carvings, most of which include a family theme. For example, you can
purchase a Shona sculpture signifying a family of four. This is not
only quite beautiful, but will act as a constant reminder of the
importance of family unity to the child as well.
Articles of clothing would also be perfect gift ideas for children.
Accessories such as hats, belts or scarves made in typical African
fashion encompassing the colors of Kwanzaa would be appropriate.
Kwanzaa is not only a time of celebration and gift giving to
children, but to each other as well. Perhaps you and your children
can make a homemade Mkeka, which is the straw mat that holds the
seven symbols of Kwanzaa and give it as a gift to a family member.
Another gift idea is to give the seven Kwanzaa candles to complete
the Kwanzaa setting for a friend.
The importance of gift giving during the week of Kwanzaa is based on
meaning. Therefore, whether a gift is homemade food, straw mats or
books on African culture, the idea is to reinforce one’s heritage
and to continue the education process that allows children to fully
understand the significance of Kwanzaa as a celebration of ancient
and historical unity. This will also help children to understand the
importance of family, community and pride.
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