Giving already feels really good. But giving stuff that also makes the other person feel good and inspired? EVEN BETTER.
With that in mind, here are our top picks for gifts this holiday season … or, really, any time!
(And, yep, most of these we were sent a sample to review, so you know our recommendations are the real deal.)
Love Life Neon Sign ($349)
Bright neons. They’re not just for beers and bars any more. This hand-crafted sign from The Oliver Gal Artist Co. will be sure to light up the life and spirit (and, hey, the room, too!) of your giftee.
Motivational Shower Curtain ($24.95)
We wouldn’t normally think to gift a shower curtain, but this one is designed to motivate consciously and subconsciously (so we love it). There’s one quote outside, and then 145 quotes on the inside. Pretty rad.
Pi Travel Cup ($59.90)
Perfect for the tea lover in your life, this beautifully designed travel set is a teapot, filter and cup — all in one. Great for those always on-the-go.
Inspire Bath Deodorant Sprays ($8 each)
You might have heard of Inspire Bath on our podcast or on our Instagram, but these one-of-a-kind natural deodorant and body sprays make for the perfect gift. They’re made with essential oils to help boost mood and control body odor — and, if you order before the end of the year, you can save 20 percent off with code FBG20.
Nachos Not Negativity Shirt ($25)
What you wear sends a message, and you know us — if we have the chance to spread some positivity, we’re all for it. And we’re also all for nachos, so this shirt immediately became one of our very favorites — we actually went with the men’s cut, but there’s a women’s style, too. And we’re digging a bunch of the other tanks and tees from BoredWalk, too, like “Feminist is my second favorite F word.” (It’s funny because it’s true!)
Flexi Lexi Llamaste Yoga Pants ($89)
One of the best tips we were ever given in a yoga class was to try to smile when in the midst of a challenging pose — and to allow a little laughter when falling out of a balance pose. With cute pants like these (which, btw, has a matching zipper sports bra top available), anyone wearing them (or receiving them as a gift!) would have to try not to smile.
Dual-Sided OTB Necklace ($24.95)
Shopping for a strong woman? Of course you are. Consider this OTB necklace that’s available in stainless steel or gold tone. Made to wear on its own or layered with pieces from your own collection, the pendant is made to empower and remind every woman of how tough they are.
Manduka yogitoes Towel ($58)
We have yet to meet a yogi who couldn’t use another non-slip yoga towel, and we love the fact that each yogitoes towel is made from no fewer than eight discarded plastic bottles. And, if the sustainability and practicality isn’t enough to put you in the giving spirit, take a look at those patterns and colors — GORGEOUS.
Everlast by Rocketbook ($34)
This is the notebook of the future. With a classic pen-and-paper experience and feel, this notebook is actually reusable (yes, you read that right) and via an app can take your handwritten notes and save them to your favorite cloud services (it can even transcribe them). It’s pretty magical — especially when you add a damp microfiber cloth to a written-on page and watch the words erase so that you can start fresh again. This is a great gift for a tech-lover, although it’s easy enough to use that anyone will love it.
Buddha Board ($13.95-$34.95)
Got someone on your list who’s working on the idea of living in the moment and finding a little more zen? We’ve got such a cool idea for you. With the Buddha Board, they’re free to draw anything they like using nothing but water — which then slowly evaporates. The idea is that it leaves the user with a clean slate — and a clear mind. So, it’s perfect for doodlers and creative types, especially if they’re environmentally-focused.
Choose You Journal ($16.99)
Because everyone needs good self-care every day, we are loving this guided journal that helps track progress in your self-care journey and helps you to remember the practices that were most effective from day-to-day and season-to-season. There are questions for reflection, tips, inspirational quotes, and fun ideas. The design is also super fun, so it makes for a sweet and lively gift.
Create Your Me Movement Journal ($16.99)
In case you’d like to gift a journal to the younger set (like a niece, daughter or mentee), consider this one. With 52 weekly exercises and writing prompts, author and teen advocate Patricia Wooster helps guide the reader through recording goals and standards, and determining ways to reach them in four major categories: Play, Spirit, Strength, and Purpose. We wish we had this for our teen years!
GuruNanda Mobile Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser ($19.99)
You know that friend who love, love, loves essential oils in her home, but spends a lot of time in the car? You’re about to make her holiday (and her next commute) with this nifty mobile diffuser. Even better — it’s on sale and it comes with oils so she can start rocking it on the ride home.
Love Wins Wine ($35-$65)
Wine always makes for a great gift, and wine that’s dedicated to equality for all people? Double the awesome. For every bottle of Love Wins wine sold, Equality Vines makes a donation to LGBTQ non-profits. In the Love Wins line-up, there’s a Blanc de Noir made in conjunction with Iron Horse Vineyards, and a Brut Rose that was made in conjunction with Rack and Riddle.
Sunski Yuba ($55)
She Are the Champions ($35)
Give the gift of style (for all sizes!) while supporting a great cause with a limited-edition #TeeUpChange shirt, created by tennis champion, designer, and founder/CEO of EleVen, Venus Williams. Dia&Co is putting 100 percent of the profits of these towards funding inclusive fashion education programs in partnership with the CFDA. To which we say, “and we [women] will keep on fighting ’til the end!”
Donation in Their Name
What’s your loved one’s favorite cause or nonprofit? Make a donation in their name. That NEVER goes out of style and always feels good.
What feel-good gifts are you giving this holiday season? —Jenn & Kristen