This was maybe my favorite gift guide to put together (find all the gift guides here). While I searched for fabulous recommendations, I kept picturing all the amazing women in my life. And gosh I’m lucky to know some truly outstanding ladies.
As I pulled together this list of 26 items, I focused on products that benefit women — products from women-owned companies, and products where proceeds go to at-risk women. There are 11 items on the list that are priced at $25 or less, but I admit, a lot of the things here are splurge-y. : ) And just like with the men’s list, there are several items here that could appeal to anyone.
Ready to take a look?
32 Unique Gifts for Women by Women
Protective Day Face Balm by Mom’s Stuff —$34. Smells amazing. A little goes a long way. And it comes in a handsome glass jar. I love this stuff so much. It’s the perfect layer under makeup.
Desktop Letter Board by Three Potato Four, founded by Janet Morales & Stu Eli — $36. Just the thing you need to remind you of your word of the day/week/month/year.
Happy Mail by Eunice and Sabrina Moyle — $8. This book is excellent. Filled with so many inspiring ideas for sending snail mail. And such a bargain!
Gorgeous Lip Tint by Herbivore Botanicals, founded by Founded by Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow — $24. I want to reach through the screen and dab some on my lips right this minute.
Bike Helmet by Thousand, founded by Gloria Hwang — $95. Protect your head and look cool at the same time. In gold and several other gorgeous colors.
Women’s Essentials Training Boxing Glove by Society Nine — $59. The company says its mission is “celebrating the fight in every woman” and, of course, to provide quality gear. Their gloves support women’s hands with more a shallow and narrow design than traditional boxing gloves.
Haloscope and Boy Brow Set by Glossier, founded by Emily Weiss — $30. This set has two of their best-selling items. I own and love both. Highly recommend!
Greeting Kantha Throw Blanket by Dignify — $98. Kantha quilts are so special, and this company has the biggest collection I’ve seen. Each blanket is hand-stitched in Bangladesh from six layers of vintage sari cloth, and made by women in a vulnerable, high risk situation or in recovery from sexual oppression. Each blanket is one (or two) of a kind and totally unique!
Oki Candles by Prosperity Candle — $25. I’m a sucker for blue and white ceramics. And if you’re a candle fan, click through, because the options at this shop are so dang beautiful. This company focuses on creating unique candles that are hand-poured by women artisans and refugees creating a brighter future in the U.S.
Selam Tote Bag by ABLE — $188. There’s nothing more useable than a reliable leather bucket bag. And they age wonderfully. The woman this bag is named after, Selam, has worked at the ABLE factory in Ethiopia for one year. Her jobs entails preparing and stitching the leather .In her free time, Selam spends time with her family.
Because of her job, Selam able to support herself and pay for her younger sister’s school.
Amazonite Essential Oil Bracelet by To The Market, founded by Jane Mosbacher Morris — $27. This bracelet is part of To The Market’s Freedom Collection. The women in the Freedom Project are former refugees, trafficking victims, inmates & addicts.
Albertazzi Jade Kaftan by Sseko, in collaboration with me! — $140. Half of the profits from this item go to Dressember, an amazing advocacy organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness to bring human trafficking and modern-day slavery to an end.
Everyday Bravery Pins by Emily McDowell —$10 each. Click through just to read all the versions of these pins. So good.
Design Mom Book by Gabrielle Blair (that’s me!) — $16. Want to set up your house so that both you and your kids will thrive? Here’s ALL my advice in one book. And it’s on sale!
Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer by Fenty Beauty, founded by Rhianna — $25. This is on Olive’s wishlist. The rose nude shade was handpicked by Rihanna herself, and she swears that it looks good on everyone.
Renew & Repair Oil by Clary Collection, founded by Adriel Denae and Jen Auerbach — $29. I happened upon a bottle of this oil earlier this year and it’s now a staple in my skin lineup. It smells so fresh and good.
This is Mexico City by Abby Clawson Low — $15. This book is a gorgeous dose of color to get you through a gloomy winter, and give you the travel bug.
Confetti Calendar by Leah Martha Rosenberg — $25. Each day has a perforated circle for you to pop out, then save. At the end of the year you can celebrate by throwing a year’s worth of confetti. : )
I recommend pairing the calendar with the Best Confetti Ever from Oh Happy Day, designed by my sister Jordan — $9. I keep a stash of this confetti in my party supply drawer. It comes in a little package, and then I transfer it to a big container with a lid and shake it. It expands and magically turns into so much confetti!
My Life in Color Journal by Brittany Watson Jepson — $19. Think of it as a unique way to create a vibrant self-portrait. It’s a guided journal, divided into eight color-themed chapters that are filled with thought-provoking prompts.
Merline’s Hot Sauce from Haiti Partners — $23. Merline’s Hot Sauce is made in small batches with Caribbean Scotch Bonnet peppers grown in Haiti by the students and parents of the Children’s Academy and local farmers using sustainable permaculture techniques. Through working with Merline at the school and in their gardens, parents and youth learn entrepreneurship skills and generate income for themselves and the school. This stuff is HOT. If you have a hot sauce lover in your life, they will adore this.
Okay. Now it’s your turn. What’s on your wish list this year? Books? Clothes? Luxe beauty products? Classes? Art supplies? Practical stuff for your home? I’d love to hear.
Also, as you looked at these items, did a product for women by women pop into your head. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a link and I’ll be sure to check it out and consider adding it to this list.
P.S. — 30 more gift ideas for women.