She’s your ride or die, the meaning in your life, she’s the inspiration. Maybe she’s your childhood bestie, your work wife, your gym buddy, your mentor, the mom of your kid’s friend, your neighbor, your coach, your sister. She’s an amazing woman who makes your life better and she deserves some recognition for her awesomeness. Gifts with a message reminding her that she’s strong, special, and a total badass from companies owned by and/or supporting fellow women.
Bangles from Metal Marvels
Last Christmas, I bought three of this bangle – one for me, one for my sister, one for our best friend. We three had been through a lot, individual difficult journeys, but we all made it through and keep pushing through. I felt this bangle was a reminder to keep going. If this isn’t the message for you, Metal Marvels has a ton of motivational and badass messages (FYI many but not all the messages contain swear words). Metal Marvels is a woman-owned US-based small business. Use promo code WARDROBE15 and get 15% off your order!
The 125 Collection Candles
I attended an event last month hosted by the women of the company Secretly Gifting and these candles were part of the décor. Beautiful candles that smelled nice and had an inspiring message, I was sold. Then I found out that The 125 Collection is a woman-owned small business based out of Harlem and I knew I had to feature this brand on the blog! These candles come in a heavy black glass container with beautiful bold messages and you can choose which scent you desire. Funny, feminist, motivating, and much more.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Very likely your friend has already read it and/or seen the series on Hulu. Whether or not she has, she would appreciate a beautiful hardback copy of this iconic book. I never returned the little blue hardback edition from my 11th grade IB English class where I first encountered this novel, and it’s a treasured book in my collection. If she already has a copy of the book, how about a deluxe note card set? Featuring iconic imagery and catchphrases from the show, this set includes a pocket journal, twenty note cards, envelopes, and sticker seals, all stored in a gorgeous keepsake book box. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum, bitches.
Pillows Inspired by Reading
She loves to read and she loves to nap… gift her both with a pillow designed to look like her favorite book. This Etsy seller has several different books to choose from and also does custom orders! If she doesn’t have a favorite book, still recognize her love of reading with this pillow also from Etsy.
Hedy Lamarr Scarf
Give a badass woman in your life a scarf recognizing a fellow badass woman. This scarf is by Slow Factory, a woman-owned fair trade and eco-friendly company. Profits from Slow Factory have helped build schools, provide hygiene kits to displaced women, and protect the ocean and forests. If Hedy isn’t your thing, Slow Factory has several other gorgeous scarves, jewelry, and more.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Water Bottle
She’s 85 and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. This water bottle will inspire your friend that if the Notorious RBG can keep going, so can she. This bottle comes from The Outrage, a DC-based store that partners with important organizations and events to create positive change. Proceeds from this water bottle will support the ACLU. Want to add a little something to this gift? How about this calendar?
Dagne Dover Personalized Wallet
I learned about the bag company Dagne Dover a few years ago through a reader of this blog. Then a small company started by three women in NYC, Dagne Dover has become a phenomenon that still has a small-business vibe. Their products are stellar quality and smartly designed; any piece from their line would be a welcome gift but I’m partial to their slim wallet. Available in 9 different colors, there’s one perfect for your friend. Personalize the gift with Dagne’s varsity initial stickers. If you’re a teacher or a member of the military, click this link to get 20% off your order.
The Giving Keys
Working to repurpose old and new keys into jewelry and accessories, The Giving Keys stamps inspiring words on real keys. Recipients of TGK are encouraged to one day give their key away to someone who needs the message more than they do. TGK employs local residents who are transitioning out of homelessness and has partnered with organizations like Chrysalis and United Way to support homeless populations in Los Angeles. I received my first The Giving Keys necklace this year from cabi as they partnered with TGK for an exclusive necklace in their current collection. They’re so simple yet so beautiful and inspiring; there’s a message for everyone you know.