2018 Holiday Gift Guide: 18 Fabulous Gifts By Women, For Women
Finding the perfect gift for everyone in your life this holiday season can be anxiety inducing. You want to find the right gift to thank them for all they’ve done for you, which can be a lot of pressure. You don’t want to give them something that will sit around gathering dust, so finding the right gift (bonus points for ethical amirite?) for the women in your life really matters.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the women in your circle, consider giving them something that’s as brilliant and supportive as they are. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite programs and products, perfect for the women you love this holiday season. As always, we got you!
Give the gift of financial advice specifically tailored to women this holiday season. Gender neutral investing, which defaults to men’s salaries, career paths, preferences and lifespans, fails women. When looking at investments, the gender pay gap compounds over time, and women in retirement are left with less than their male counterparts.
Help your women friends close that gap with Ellevest. They will suggest how much you should contribute based on your financial profile, a gender-specific salary curve & your goal targets, which will help you reach your goals or better in 70% of markets. They will also work to change the environmental landscape by helping you invest up to half of your portfolio in companies that power positive social change by advancing women.
Plus, this holiday season, Ellevest will give you $50 when you sign up to be an Ellevest client and put $50 in your account -- what a great way to invest in women!
2. Box of Style
If you're looking for the perfect gift for your most fashion-forward, working women friends, look no further than Box of Style from fashion icon and self-made woman entrepreneur, Rachel Zoe. Box of Style is a luxury subscription box filled with 5-6 fashion and beauty finds curated by Rachel Zoe herself, and her finds are perfect for busy, successful women who are looking for something special. Best of all, Box of Style is extending $15 off the Select Box, featuring Rachel's timeless staples to instantly elevate any outfit and carry you through the year in style.
Visit boxofstyle.com and use code ELLEVATE15 at checkout to get your first style delivery valued at over $400 for only $84.99.
Start 2019 right! For any of your women friends looking to rejoin the workforce after caregiving, the Return with Purpose Summit might be the perfect place to start. The Return With Purpose Summit, January 11,is a one day, content-packed event that facilitates the transition to purpose-driven roles through a supportive, like-minded community of women. Participants in the Summit will gain the clarity, confidence, community and connections needed to pursue a career within the social impact sector. Summit topics focus on career re-entry tools as well as an introduction to the spectrum of social impact organizations.
Register HERE to take advantage of their holiday specials:
- 20% off a single ticket, or
—Gift one full priced ticket to a friend and you can come along for free!
Are you looking for a great gift for your working mom friends? Check out Mama Hustle & Co., which strives to provide a platform for moms to connect, create and thrive together and to develop products and platforms that support moms and their families. They are offering a complimentary session for their Mama Magic 3D course, specifically geared to help aspiring “mamapreneurs” lay the foundation for their business. And be sure to check out their great branded tees and mugs that sport power statements for every mama out there.
Receive 10% off with code ELLEVATEMHC.
For your #resistance minded women friends, Shattered Glass Tees has the perfect gifts. Their mission is to empower women and girls, one t-shirt, bag and pillow at a time, by giving 100% of profits back to Girls Inc., LiveGirl and Girl Up, non-profit organizations that empower and inspire girls and young women. If you’re looking for a gift with a powerful, women-centric message and a way to give back, Shattered Glass Tees has everything you’re looking for.
Receive 10% off with the code ELLEVATE.
Are you and your work besties looking for ways to take action for equality in the new year? Gift an Early Bird ticket to Mobilize Women 2019, our full-day Action Summit in New York City, before they sell out (they do every year). Mobilize Women provides a space for leaders in all fields to come together and share their take on how to build a more just and equitable world. You and your friends will walk out with action-oriented solutions to create change.
For more information about the topics we’ll cover, who’s speaking, and Early Bird prices, click here. We know women have power; now it’s time to use that power to build the world we want to see. It’s time to mobilize.
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7. Own it — By Sallie Krawcheck
Success for professional women isn’t about playing men’s version of the career game anymore. Instead, it’s about embracing and investing in our innate strengths as women - and bringing them proudly and unapologetically, to work. When we do, we gain the power to advance in our careers in more natural ways. We gain the power to initiate courageous conversations in the workplace. We gain the power to forge non-traditional career paths; to leave companies that don’t respect our worth, and instead, go start our own. And we gain the power to invest our economic muscle in making our lives, and the world, better.
In her Wall Street Journal and Washington Post Bestseller, Krawcheck draws on her experiences at the highest levels of business, both as one of the few women at the top rungs of the biggest boy’s club in the world, and as an entrepreneur, to show women how to seize this seismic shift in power to take their careers to the next level. If you know a woman who is poised for success, this gift is the perfect guide.
This change is real, and it’s coming fast. It’s time to own it.
MM.LaFleur is a clothing company that is dedicated to revolutionizing workwear for women. They are committed to making clothes that look good on women of all sizes — not“good for how comfortable they are” good, or“good for work” good, or“good for machine washable” good — clothes that truly make you look invincible and polished. They currently carry products that fit women who typically wear sizes 0P-22W, and if you opt for their curated Bento Box, a dedicated stylist will help you find the best possible fit.
9. Hera Hub
If you know a woman looking for a co-working space, Hera Hub has got her covered. With over 400 locations, Hera Hub is the first international, female-focused co-working space & business accelerator. They are focused on supporting members through education, mentoring, and collaboration, while the office environment gives women access to professional, productive space where they can grow a prosperous business, built on the foundation of a powerful community.
10. “This is Not the Career I Ordered” — By Caroline Dowd-Higgins
Professional career reinvention is possible and this resource will show you how to play to your strengths, discover your passions, and own your humble confidence as you plan your next career move. Written by an Ellevate member and told through the lens of amazing women who have reignited and reinvented their careers, this book is multi-generational and appropriate for daughters, sisters, mothers, friends, and colleagues. It is chock full of empowering, energizing, and motivating action steps to help those you love find a career they will love.
‘Tis the season to crush your career goals. And lucky for you, Ellevate uses the power of community to help you take the next step in your career.
When you join, you can expect to meet an ambitious, supportive community of women from all backgrounds and industries, who want to lend their expertise to help you take the next step in your career. Ellevate is where you can meet a mentor or sponsor, derive inspiration from other women, and make connections that last.
- Come to an in-person event, where you get to meet face to face with the women who have been in your shoes, know about industries outside of your own, and want to see you succeed.
- Meet your Squad: a small, diverse group of women at the similar points in their careers. In our twelve-week program, you’ll spend 30 minutes each week video conferencing with these driven, intelligent women — it’s the best way we’ve found to get the support and insight you need to get to the next stage of your career.
- Develop your skills with us by learning from the experts through Playbooks, webinars, and more. Ellevate also provides opportunities for you to showcase your expertise to the community.
- Having your company buy your membership might be the answer for you, because Ellevate Network works with companies committed to gender diversity and has a proven track record of changing business culture from the inside out.
Meet the supportive women you’ve been looking for and buy a gift membership now.
Loopit is a headphone that is guaranteed not to tangle, is always easily at hand since it doubles as a necklace, and can be worn through TSA security without setting off alarms. Perfect for stylish, working women who are always on the go.
13. Dagne Dover
For busy, working women, organization is everything, especially when it comes to your work bag. Dagne Dover, a NYC-based #WomanOwnedBusiness, takes fashion-forward organization to the next level with their collection of totes, purses, and travel bags. By fusing style with athlete-caliber function, Dagne Dover products are designed to support women in living smart - even if it's as simple as packing for a commute that goes from home to the office to spin. These bags are perfect for the ambitious, working women in your life. Plus, they offer a 20% discount to teachers and troops, to thank them for their service.
Wildfang is a clothing company dedicated to providing women with the menswear classics of their dreams. Their mission is to empower every kind of woman to be the best possible version of herself, smashing gender roles and the patriarchy in the process. Sometimes this means giving her the confidence to rock a suit to the party. Other times it means supporting her in taking a stand for what she believes in, and embracing her inner #WildFeminist.
Their store may be founded upon a woman's right to menswear, but their core is founded upon a woman's right to rights. Wildfang is a female-founded and women-run business that is dedicated to giving back: a percentage of all full price goods across Wildfang’s entire site go directly to a rotating monthly charity. To learn more about the charities they've supported, click here.
Women of all sizes deserve to shop for clothing using style as their only filter - that’s the mission of Universal Standard, which strives to provide high-quality clothing that is both fashionable and comfortable, for sizes 6 to 26. Universal Standard is so dedicated to giving the right fit for everyone, they are committed to Fit Liberty: if a piece from their core collection no longer fits within a year of purchase, due to size fluctuation, they’ll replace it with a new size — for free. No more shopping anxiety; they are striving to make shopping fun again, for everyone.
Gifts With a Conscience
Catskill Provisions is an Artisanal Fine Food and Craft Spirits company with honey at their core. For your friends who have a taste for decadence, Catskill Provisions offers a selection of fine foods, including their wildflower honeys, honey chocolate and honey whiskey truffles, their NY-State maple syrup and artisanal pancake mix, and of course, their highly acclaimed, award-winning Honey Rye Whiskey, among other offerings. Giving the gift of Catskill Provisions is a great way to support a #WomanOwnedBusiness and, because they have committed 1% of sales to Friends of the Earth, also #SaveTheBees.
If you’re looking for a stylish suitcase from a company that’s committed to making a difference, Away has you covered. Away is a luggage company that believes in making connections: on the road, online, and in person. They value access over aspiration, and exploration over escape. They also believe in leaving the world better than they found it, which is why they have partnered with Peace Direct, a nonprofit building peace in areas of conflict around the world. Any luggage you buy from Away contributes to the work of Peace Direct in building a better world.
Are you looking for sustainable gifts for your book club or an eco-friendly something for your work besties? Eco-Bags Products, Inc. carries environmentally friendly totes, shopping bags, travel totes and more. Check out their printed totes — perfect for your friends who love a good farmer’s market. They also will custom print for larger orders, so keep them in mind for your next conference swag bag!
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