Looking for gifts in a variety of price ranges, from thrifty to splurge-worthy? Want to support women-owned businesses and charitable causes with your holiday shopping dollars? Then look no further than this handy guide to the best buys of the season.
= woman-owned business (at least 50% owned by women)
= BUST Holiday Craftacular vendor
= Proceeds benefit those in need
$5 – $20
Lit chicks will love these throwback ’90s teen novels reconstructed into notebooks. There is a huge selection, so you are sure to find something to give ‘em high-school-book-club flashbacks. DAWN’S WICKED STEPSISTER AND MURDER FOR CHRISTMAS NOTEBOOKS, $9 EACH, CJSFANCLUBINTL.ETSY.COM.
Party-time pals will love slipping their feet into these super-soft socks decked out with 40-oz. beer bottles. 40S (PINK) SOCKS, $12, 40SANDSHORTIES.COM.
With an introduction by Bob Bland, co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, and an afterword by civil rights activist Lynda Blackmon Lowery, this fierce little picture book features photos of junior protesters making their voices heard. Plus, five percent of the proceeds benefit the Children’s Defense Fund. THE LITTLE BOOK OF LITTLE ACTIVISTS, $9.42, AMAZON.COM.
These koozies are one-size-fits-all, making them the perfect stocking stuffer for homies who drink 40s, soda-can sippers, or runners who suck on water bottles. DOLLY LLAMA, $10.99, FREAKERUSA.COM.
This candle (which contains a crystal inside) will brighten up even the dankest mood. DANK CRYSTAL CANDLE, $14, DANKCRYSTAL.COM.
An homage to both Kenneth Anger’s Lucifer Rising and to the struggle for gender equality, this counter-culture patch has it all! 10” FEMINIST BACK PATCH, $15, ETSY.COM/SHOP/HISSYFITCVLT.
The purrfect gift for pals who fancy a night in with some vino and their fave feline, these hand-etched and frosted cat glasses are super cute ‘n’ classy. CAT ETCHED STEMLESS WHITE WINE GLASSES, $14.99 EACH, ETSY.COM/SHOP/THATCATSTORE.
Give a baby this handmade rattle, and you’ll also be giving a fair wage to the Bangledeshi woman who crafted it. PIXIE RATTLE DAFFODIL, $16, FAIRTRADEWINDS.NET.
Your favorite LaCroix addict needs these cute pins—just make sure you don’t get them coconut when they’re all about pamplemousse. LA CROIX OFFSET PRINTED PINS, $6 EACH, FELTGOODCO.MYSHOPIFY.COM.
Gift this mug featuring one butt-kicking lady on each side, to a woman who means business. Half of the proceeds are donated to Planned Parenthood. LADIES KICKING BUTT MUG, $15, etsy.com/shop/jinjinbyjinjin.
These 3D Broad City notecards are the perfect way to say “Peace Mortals,” “Damn Dude,” “Fronds to the Ond,” “Yas Kween,” or “Feminist Hero!” BROAD CITY! 10 POP-UP NOTECARDS & ENVELOPES, $14.95, CHRONICLEBOOKS.COM.
This oversized book is like Where’s Waldo?, if Waldo was a hip lesbian who spent her weekends at feminist book signings and thrift shops. Get it for that person who “gets it.” HOUSEPLANTS AND HOT SAUCE: A SEEK-AND-FIND BOOK FOR GROWN-UPS BY SALLY NIXON, $14.95, CHRONICLEBOOKS.COM.
This colorful dishtowel and sponge cloth will brighten up any kitchen, along with the futures of the refugees and homeless folks of Albuquerque who screenprint them. BEES FLOWER SACK DISH TOWEL AND BUFFALO AND FRIENDS SPONGE CLOTH, $12 FOR SET OF TWO, KEIANDMOLLY.COM.
Give one of these adorable mini-editions of classic nonfiction books by women—only slightly larger than a mobile phone—to a bookish friend, and they'll get lit, literally. PICADOR MODERN CLASSICS, $16 EACH, US.MACMILLAN.COM/SERIES/PICADOR/MODERNCLASSICS/.
So good they’ll want to eat it with a spoon, this insanely delicious lemon curd will bring a bit of citrusy-sunshine to even their coldest day. BONNE MAMAN LEMON CURD, $5.25, BONNEMAMAN.US.
Skin care just got a whole lot more magical, thanks to this seaweed-laced face mask that fans of either clear skin or mermaids (or both) will love. MERMAID DETOX FACE MASK, $30, CAPTAINBLANKENSHIP.COM.
Kids and grown-ups will love creating this winter scene from Todd Oldham’s Kid Made Modern collection. WINTER WONDERLAND KIT, $19.99, KIDMADEMODERN.COM.
With 20 hours of light per fill, they’ll be ready for a cozy night outdoors—or a full-blown hurricane—with this high-quality, wind-proof oil lamp. FEUERHAND GALVANIZED LANTERN IN DUST BLUE, $39.95, LEHMANS.COM.
All the ladies on your list out there combing their leg hair will flip for this vegan two-pocket wallet. NO SHAVE CLUB COIN WALLET, $20, VALFRE.COM.
It ain’t a party without some bubbly, and everyone loves champers. TATTINGER BRUT LA FRANCAISE, $50, WINE.COM.
For those who love all things cute and cozy, nothing can beat a pair of super-soft, Narwhal-shaped heated slippers. NARWHAL USB HEATED SLIPPERS, $34.99, THEAPOLLOBOX.COM.
Conjure up their inner warrior with this metal Malala shirt, designed by us here at BUST. A portion of every sale goes to the Malala Foundation. METAL MALALA T-SHIRT, $29.95, FEMINISTAPPAREL.COM/COLLECTIONS/BUST-MAGAZINE.
Get that baby on your list dressed to dissent with this Ruth Bader Ginsburg bib. DISSENT COLLAR BABY BIB, $16, DIRTSASTUDIO.ETSY.COM.
Thrill seekers with a sense of humor will freak da fuck out over this three-foot-wide pizza sled. YOU WANT A PIZZA ME? XL FROZEN PIZZA TUBE SLED, $24.99, PERPETUALKID.COM.
Help your favorite wild feminist rep her politics with this cute floral tee, which benefits Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. WILD FEMINIST FLORAL TEE, $40, WILDFANG.COM.
One of the loveliest diffusers out there, this blue ceramic model is pretty enough to leave out as it fills their space with the scent of calming aromatherapy oils. BLOSSOM ULTRASONIC ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER IN BLUE, $59.99, ELLIA.COM.
Brett Lauren employs women from residential homeless shelters in San Diego to handcraft unique accessories made from matte crystals, like this bangin’ bracelet. CHALCEDONY BEAD BRACELET—SILVER, $48, BRETTLAUREN.COM.
A unique slice of amethyst—known for promoting balance and calm—dangles from this 17” sterling silver chain in a statement piece that is both sophisticated and woo-woo. THE BUFFALO, $58, RAMBLEROSE.CO.
Layers of rich chocolate, Kentucky bourbon, pecans, and caramel bourbon sauce make this delish dish a gift for the decadent eater. CHOCOLATE BOURBON PECAN TORTE, $35, 1812HOUSE.COM.
Cute is the operative word to describe this perfect planter. ONE-OF-A-KIND CERAMIC POT, $45, ERINWENGROVIUS.COM.
A glittery vinyl clutch with a prancing unicorn appliqué is the perfect way to tell someone you love, “You’re magical!” UNICORN CLUTCH!, $20, JULIEMOLLO.COM.
Get the kids on your list stoked about STEM. This doll’s “Siggy” scooter connects to a smart phone or tablet via an app that allows users to learn coding like repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms through games and missions. ZARA DOLL WITH SIGGY, $79.99, SMARTGURLZ.COM.
For the feminist who loves to spill the tea, this set includes three vintage teacups hand painted with resistance slogans. MINI FEMINIST TEA SET, $65, QUEENFORDINNER.COM.
Plenty of people will be receiving multi-function cookers this holiday season, but only a special, select few will be gifted one that’s pretty in pink. LIMITED EDITION PINK MUTI-FUNCTION PRESSURE COOKER, $84.99, YEDIHOUSEWAREAPPLIANCES.COM.
This handmade, one-of-a-kind camera strap will help your favorite shutterbug stand out in a crowd and give back to the artisans from rural Guatemala who created it. VEGAN FLORAL CAMERA STRAP—NO. 01 MULTI, $69-$89, HIPTIPICO.COM.
This weird and wonderful gift set includes one deck of tarot cards, one illustrated guidebook, and one bleeding rainbow enamel pin, all created by Brooklyn-based artist Holly Simple. HOLLY SIMPLE TAROT GIFT PACK, $68, HOLLYSIMPLESTUDIO.COM.
Little inventors will love this Star Wars droid-making kit. Rey guides users as they bring their droid to life, and then helps them program it to navigate around rooms, deliver secret messages, draw maps and messages, and more. DROID INVENTOR KIT, $99.95, SHOP.LITTLEBITS.CC.
Your favorite sweet pea will look glam AF with these over-the-top sunglasses adorned with sweet peas and roses. MS SWEET PEA SUNGLASSES, $124, HOUSEOFCORREIA.COM.
Cotopaxi uses scraps of leftover fabric to create their unique, colorful gear, and they donate a percentage of their proceeds to advance health, education, and livelihood initiatives around the world. KILIMANJARO 20L BACKPACK—DEL DÍA, $89.95, COTOPAXI.COM.
You’ll make someone’s commute so much better with these wireless headphones—plus, a portion of proceeds help bring hearing aids to those in need. ZEBRA WOOD FILLMORE WIRELESS HEADPHONES, $129.99, LSTNSOUND.CO.
Foodies will flip for this slow juicer. Its slower revolutions mean less heat and friction on fruits and veggies—leaving the juice more nutritious. Plus, it is as quiet as a mouse. HUROM HP SLOW JUICER IN MINT, $299, HUROM.COM.
This eye-catching sterling silver charm features eight rainbow moonstones and comes on a black braided cord perfectly on-trend for the choker revival. SILVER RAINBOW MOONSTONE CHOKER: GWEN, $160, BLUEMOONSTONE.NET.
Doreen Sullivan makes one-of-a-kind bongs out of vintage glassware that are perfect for those who like to smoke their stash with class. This “Pleiades” set comes with a bong/decanter and six matching glasses. PLEIADES, $279.95, MYBUDVASE.COM.
Give the gift of warmth and style to your winter-sports-loving friend with this super cozy, yet lightweight and waterproof, jacket. ORSDEN WOMEN’S LIFT JACKET, $330, ORSDEN.COM.
This illustrative, embroidered jacket makes a bold fashion statement. SOUVENIR SHOP BOMBER JACKET, $128, BANDO.COM.
Impossible to ignore, these one-of-a-kind, bomb-ass crystal statement rings are wearable art at its best. ADINA MILLS RINGS, APPROX. $140 EACH, ADINAMILLS.COM.
top photo: Parks and Rec
This article originally appeared in the December/January 2017 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!
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