The Holiday season is finally here. Definitely one of my favorite times of the year. Why? Because I truly enjoy giving gifts. There’s just something about seeing everyone smile when they open a gift. This year I decided to do a holiday gift guide – best gifts for women (mom cough). Each of these items are awesome! Why? Because not only are these all small businesses, but they’re also women-owned. Two things I often look for when I shop – supporting my fellow women and small businesses.
The added plus? These wonderful women are all friends of mine who do amazing things with their businesses and products.
First up: THE CHRYSALIS CARDI by Encircled This cardi is the perfect gift for any woman. A cardi? Yep… you can convert this cardi into a beautiful holiday dress. That’s right. A cardi = holiday dress. I can’t say enough about this cardi that my friend Kristi designed. I know I love mine and I want to buy another one. When you check out the site, it will tell you the cardi can be worn eight ways, but it’s really more than that. The holiday dress is number nine and number 10 is a mini-dress. That’s 10 ways to wear this cardi all for $138, making this the serious go-to wardrobe item and it’s perfect for traveling. To make it full circle, this cardi is sustainably & ethically produced in Canada.
Next up: LOVE by Sarah Walton of Better Way Moms If you’re looking for amazing hand cream… the ones by Sarah Walton of Better Way Moms are AMAZING and I’m not just saying that because she’s a dear friend of mine. I’ve used these whipped hand creams and they really are AMAZING. There’s no other word for them. They’re gluten-free organic, whipped hand cream, filled with nourishing ingredients, delicious scents and a little bit of love. If you have sensitive skin Sarah’s creams are great and will leave your skin feeling wonderfully sort. The scents are subtle and so yummy you might want to eat them. Seriously.
Next: APPLE & PAPAYA CLAY FACE MASK CONCENTRATE by Astrida Naturals. This Dry Face Mask is a great product that gently exfoliates the skin. Use it weekly to encourage skill cell turnover. What does that mean? Beautiful, soft, rejuvenated skin that looks and feels wonderful. Maia, owner of Astrida Naturals, hand crafts this and all her products with natural and sustainable ingredients. Being someone who has very sensitive skin, knowing she puts natural ingredients into her products is definitely important. The best part? This Face Mask is $16, so you can build an amazing beauty kit for under $100 and gift it to mom. Mom will love it because who doesn’t love being pampered?
Next: QUENCH ORGANIC BODY LOTION: NATURAL by PND Botanicals During the winter, moisturizing is key to keep it healthy. This Body Lotion will do the trick. This is another all-natural organic product made with organic coconut oil and aloe. Founder and CEO, Tania also hand crafts her products with a great passion for natural and eco savvy products that make you feel good. This lotion is lightly scented with floral citrus and if you’re into eco-friendly products, this lotion comes in a recyclable bottle. This gentle and amazing lotion comes in a 6oz bottle for $30, so you can build yet another great basket for mom for under $100.
Then: SARI BLANKET by Buy The Change Who doesn’t love to cuddle into a blanket and stay there during the cold winter days? I know I do. You can do that with this beautiful Sari Blanket. Especially if you want to stay warm and cuddle (or help mom cuddle with the kiddies) because this blanket is 74″ x 77″! That’s a lot of blanket. Best of all, this Sari Blanket is sewn and hand quilted with a traditional kantha stitch by the women of Astral Exports in Kolkata, India. One of several women artisans in the Buy the Change family which was founded by my friend Kari and her business partner Shanan. Every time you buy from Buy the Change, you’re helping local artisans because Buy The Change donates 10% of the sales of their woman made, fairly traded products to non-profit organizations, not 10% of profits, 10% of sales. Seriously, that’s a lot of social good packed in one blanket. Help donate $12.80 to these artisans by purchasing a Sari Blanket here
Last, but not least: MARIE-ÉLISE earrings by Lauren St. Julian Now that mom is pampered and warm, you’ll want to deck her out with some fashion accessories for her holiday party. In fact, they’ll pair beautifully with the Chrysalis Cardi as a dress. These gorgeous earrings are designed by a wonderful friend of mine. Lauren does fabulous work and has a serious eye for great design. Available in Amethyst or Aquamarine, they retail at $125. They’re subtle yet stunning at the same time.
When all is said and done, the woman in your life is going to be one happy camper. Want to share these great holiday gifts on twitter? Click here to Tweet Happy Holidays!