Thoughtful gifts from women entrepreneurs? Count us in!
We made it easy for you with this list of some of our favorite women-led businesses, especially those with affordable gift options. Read on to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
1. Positive affirmation socks from notes to self
Laura Schmidt, an entrepreneur and mom in Kansas City, started notes to self with a mission to spread positivity and kindness through high quality, long-lasting athletic socks that come with affirmations. The socks tap into the power of positive thinking: our subconscious is most receptive early in the morning and late at night, when we’re putting on and taking off our socks. And what makes it even better? notes to self has donated over 100,000 pairs of their socks to homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and children in great need.
Check out some of these sweet affirmations:
I am strong
I am loved
I am joyful
I am beautiful
I am a great mom
2. Upcycled sari scrunchies from Darn Good Yarn
90’s kids rejoice — scrunchies are back in style! Darn Good Yarn supports South Asian women artisans and they upcycle sari fabric that would otherwise be thrown out to make one-of-a-kind skirts, dresses, bags, and accessories. Scrunchies come in a 5 pack, so you can give one or two to each friend!
3. Vinyl stickers from Brick House in the City
We love Brick House in the City’s sticker packs. Their intentional designs are both cute and packed with wisdom from the saints. The Mental Health, Nature, and Women of the Church sticker packs make awesome additions to a laptop or water bottle.
4. S’ip by S’well in Black Chalk or White Sky
Help your bestie stay hydrated with a S’well bottle. These classy 15 oz water bottles from one of today’s most iconic women-led businesses are easy to carry when on the go. Keep it plain or dress it up with vinyl stickers. We like the Black Chalk and White Sky colors.
5. Surprise Ball from Natural Life
Surprise Balls make an affordable and whimsical gift that’s great for your office friend group or as a stocking stuffer for someone who’s hard to shop for. These colorful crepe paper balls have 10 mini-gifts like bracelets, stickers, charms, keychains, and inspiring notes that you find as you unwrap the (many, many, many) layers of crepe. We’re pretty sure it’s impossible to open a Surprise Ball without laughing aloud at the adorable silliness of it all!
6. Miraculous Medal & Crucifix Charms from Chews Life
For your stylish Catholic friend, Chews Life has beautiful accessories from gemstone rosary bracelets to Marian earrings. We’re partial to these affordable, classic-yet-modern charms featuring a miraculous medal and a crucifix that would make a great addition to your friend’s keychain, bracelet, or necklace.
7. Standard or Baby Baggu by Baggu
Baggu’s reusable multipurpose bags make a gorgeous and practical gift for your sustainability-focused friend. They come in eye-popping patterns, fold up into small pouches, and are built to last. Baggu’s designs range from prints like Trippy Swirl Salmon, to solid colors, to collabs with big-name designers. The Standard Baggu can hold up to 50 lbs and is perfect for toting groceries. Baby Baggu is slightly smaller and great for bringing your lunch to work.
8. Pick 6 Tealight Sampler from Corda Candle
We all have that one friend who’s obsessed with candles and has them everywhere in her home. This customizable set of 6 scented candles is perfect for her to try out these high-quality, sustainable tea lights in multiple scents.
9. Wall art prints from Be a Heart
Erica Tighe, the owner of Be a Heart, says that beauty is what brings her closer to God – so it is no surprise that her shop is filled with gorgeous things! This biz has many subtly Catholic prints, some that are already printed and others that are available as digital downloads for you to print off yourself. This stylized gold foil Our Lady of Guadalupe print would be perfect for the friends who are new parents to hang in their child’s nursery, or for anyone with a devotion to La Virgencita to have by their door as they head out for the day.
10. Artisan-made fabric bracelets at Bombchel
Bombchel is a bold Atlanta- and Monrovia-based clothing brand with a full range of women’s clothing and accessories. Many of their products are made by women artisans in Liberia, many of whom are earning a salary for the first time through their employment with the company. We recommend their bracelets made with beautiful West African-inspired prints.
11. Gifts under $35 at The Little Catholic
The Little Catholic has a stunning array of home gifts and accessories under $35, all inspired by Catholic tradition. Some of our favorites are the Mary-inspired headbands and the dainty, vintage-style earrings. We’re also eyeing the Mother Teresa magnet for our kitchen.
Bonus: DIY and Other Affordable Gifts
Your time, attention, and effort all make valuable gifts, too! Here are some simple ways to DIY a thoughtful, affordable gift:
Letter-writing. An oldie but a goodie. Reminisce on meeting your friend for the first time or recall a favorite childhood memory in a note to your cousin. They’ll cherish a handwritten note from you!
Print off a photo and frame it. We have thousands of photos on our phones, but what’s even more impactful than texting that picture of you and your best friend is printing it off for her. If you’d like a frame, you can find an inexpensive one at a secondhand store. Want to DIY it? Break out the mod podge and magazine clippings!
Free photo shoot. If you’re talented at taking photos, offer to take free professional headshots or to update a friend’s family photos. Share the files digitally so that they can choose if or how they want to print them.
Cookie mix gift jar. Buy ingredients in bulk, put on some Christmas tunes, and prep a jar for all your friends while keeping the cost low! Check out these 24 flavor ideas.
DIY spa and beauty products. The gift of a self-care beauty experience doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are 25 ideas for homemade gifts from face masks to sugar scrubs!