This year for gift guides I wanted to do something a little different. Over the past year I have become a lot more cognizant about where I am spending money - less “stuff”, more quality, and supporting certain brands or businesses. Over the years through blogging/Instagram I have had the chance to learn about, work with, and share some incredible brands that I may not have gotten to know otherwise. A lot of these businesses are small businesses founded by women (often moms!), which I admit makes me love them even more.
For this year’s gift guide I wanted to highlight some of these brands I’ve worked with and products I love. Everything on this list is either created/founded/run by women or in the case of the book suggestion, written by a woman. The great thing about products created by women is that they make the perfect gifts for other women in your life. They get it! So peruse my suggestions, add some ideas to both your shopping list and your own wishlist, and feel proud that you are supporting women in business this holiday season.
Loungewear created by a busy mom who wanted to look put together while being comfy as heck. All of the brand’s pieces reflect that vibe. They feature cozy joggers, flattering hoodies, and comfy shorts that you can mix and match to create a perfect “mom uniform”. The material is buttery soft and the quality material elevates these pieces from typical loungewear. Some other key selling points - the cut of the sweats are more flattering than usual loungewear which keeps you from looking sloppy and the chic colors give a luxurious feel.
These are my go to’s for school pick up, weekend errands, and coffee dates. The shorts have been a staple now for me to wear around the house this season. Some additional pairs are on my own wish list!
These are high ticket, but worth the price. I have the Stevie Backpack to use as the diaper bag for the kids and it is perfect. It's durable so it stays looking structured and without wear despite being lugged around. I also love the ample pockets to organize items for quick access. It is professional enough that it can double as a work or travel bag without sacrificing style. I love the idea that a woman’s bag isn’t just for being a mom or being at work. A woman is both of these things at the same time so she should have a bag that works equally well for both. Mina Baie nails this feel with their designs and you can feel the difference.
This book is sure to inspire and a must for the women on your list. Without giving too much away, this book inspires women to not be afraid to use their unique voice, see the value their gifts bring to the world, and remain confident and resilient even when it's hard to do so. This is a perfect uplifting read to round out the year and kick off a new one.The message transcends generations so whether you are gifting for your cousin in college or your grandma, this book will speak to her soul.
These are such a fun way to spice up an otherwise boring routine. Daily medicine doesn’t have to be so “bleh”. Not only are these a way to simplify your life, they are also so aesthetically pleasing. This is one of those things that I didn’t realize I needed and now that I have one I can’t imagine life without it. They come in a selection of chic colors and the sleek case fits well in a purse or looks great on your nightstand.
Everything I have tried from this brand has been phenomenal. Ever Skincare is formulated for women over 30 and designed to support skin through hormonal changes. Again, we love products by women for women. Their peel pads are a perfect stocking stuffer to add to your list or if you are looking for a larger ticket option, the At Home Facial Discovery Set is great.
It is so difficult to find flats that are practical and stylish. If they are cute they are most likely painful and slippery, but that is not the case with Oka-b. They have a ton of styles that are trendy but don’t sacrifice comfort. They are slip resistant, easy to clean, and have support.
Hopefully these ideas gave you some inspiration and maybe even encourage you to add some items to your own wishlist. You can feel good knowing your dollars are supporting women in business and also feel confident you will be getting some great products in return. Happy gifting!
Every year I use the Nordstrom sale to grab a few pieces that will be staples in my wardrobe that Fall/Winter. These are my choices this year. Versatile + easy to mix and match. Also all are bump friendly so I don’t have to wait until after baby gets here to wear them.
I also use the Nordstrom sale to stock up on my cozy essentials. A new Barefoot Dreams cardigan and these short sleeve pajamas are on my list every year. This year I added another cute set, a pair of leggings I’ve heard great things about, and Ugg slippers.
The Nordstrom sale is also a great time to stock up on gifts. Here are a few ideas that are sure to be crowd pleasers. All are under $75 and are perfect for a variety of occasions.
What are the top items on your list this year?
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