The Lily elevates stories about women. Our annual gift guide is no different.
We are back this year to recommend 52 items from over 60 female makers. They come from seven countries and over 40 cities and towns. These aren’t items and companies you’ll see in other gift guides on the Internet, plus each business featured here is at least 50 percent women-owned.
You’ll find ideas like a personalized 3-D printed doorstop, a kombucha brewing kit, an essential oil blend made for menstrual cramps, stylish confetti earrings and hijabs specially designed for athletes.
All items have been tested and reviewed by members of Team Lily in our office and in our homes.
We can’t do this without you. Do you have recommendations for women-owned companies? Let us know here.
Photography by Bill O’Leary for The Lily
Art direction by Rachel Orr
Tired of “plastic, ugly, poorly made” systems for organizing records, graphic designer Kate Koeppel decided to create her own. This “Now Spinning” display is perfect for the record collector who also appreciates tidiness, minimal design and products made in the United States. Buy here.
Friday, Dec. 14 is the U.S. Ground order deadline in order to receive on or before Saturday, Dec. 22.
Cost: From $15
Incorporating at least one 3-D-printed object into our lives seems like a good idea in 2018. Keeping doors ajar is also, at times, necessary. We present you this 3-D-printed, customizable door stop for a gift that is both modern and practical. Buy here.
Cost: $51 and up
Free shipping to the United States. Ready to ship in 3-5 days.
We love to read at Team Lily. (Have you heard of our Instagram book club?) However, keeping all those books from falling off our shelves has proven difficult. Design Atelier Article easily solves this problem with stylish metal bookends. Browse through over 30 pages of styles and colors of just about anything you can think of, including this black cat. Buy here.
Free shipping to the United States from the Ukraine.
Cost: Similar, $45
Insert not included. Available in 16″x16″, 18″x18″ and 20″x20″
Cost: Starts at $5.38+ a letter
People I’ve Loved makes products so nice, we’ve featured them twice. (We featured their cards last year.) Carissa Potter, the brains behind this witty brand makes everything from socks to cards to this must-have door hanger. Whether you live with a partner or roommates, this door hanger subtly signals when you need that alone time (but that you still love them). Buy here.
Cost: $24 each
Some people are holiday-scented candle people. And others are decidedly not holiday-scented candle people. For the former group of humans, Janice Ray’s seasonal scents do an excellent job at bringing good tidings and joy to your nose and heart. Buy here.
When it was founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles was the first permanent supportive housing provider for women in the United States. Proceeds from Made by DWC’s products go to the nonprofit, which aims to end homelessness for women. All their products are made by women who have benefited from the organization, in collaboration with community artists. Buy here.
Cost: $4 for 2 oz., $8.50 for 10 oz.
Cost: $6.99 for 2.75 oz.
Cost: $10 each jar
Cost: $15 for a 3.5 oz. jar
Diaspora’s turmeric is “is grown from organically farmed, heirloom seeds, licensed by the Indian Institute of Spice Research.” Sana, the founder, says she is committed to creating a supply chain that focuses on sustainability, community building, direct trade and a high quality product. Subscription plans are an option. Buy here.
The Kombucha Shop was founded by Kate Field because she couldn’t find a quality home-brewing kit. With her background in the culinary arts and nutrition, Field knew she could create a kit focused on high-quality ingredients. It comes with all the brewing essentials including the hard-to-acquire scoby. Buy here.
Cost: $5 and up
Cost: $16 for 12 oz. jar
Cost: $78 for variety four-pack
Note: A four-pack is the minimum order if you want to ship across the country.
Cost: $9 for 7.5 oz. jar, $4.75 for 3 oz. jar
This versatile seasoning salt was first made by a woman named Peg in the 1970s. Her daughter finally got her to write down the recipe — it involves more than 20 common spices such as parsley, garlic and pepper. Thanks to Peg’s daughter, those of us who aren’t Peg’s family and friends can enjoy how the salt enhances food. Buy here.
Cost: $4.50 per bar
If you’re anything like Team Lily, you enjoy a good dip. Imagine sitting down with six tubs of unique hummus flavors. It’s delightful. Buy here.
Cost: Starts at $14
Cost: $21 for lunch pack
Say goodbye to foil and plastic wrap and hello to these reusable beeswax, cotton food covers. Use them for up to a year to cover dishes and wrap sandwiches or half-eaten avocados. Just warm them up with your hands, shape and press to create the seal. After using, give the wrap a quick wash in cool water. Buy here.
Cost: $46 for 8 oz. bottle
A great product is even better when it has great packaging. This oil can be dripped into a bath or applied to damp skin after a shower. It’s calming. It feels luxurious. It’s organic. It’s nice for you. It’s nice for your babies. It’s just nice. Buy here.
Cost: $28 for .25oz.
Free standard shipping on every order. Available as a subscription.
Free shipping in United States
Cost: Premade boxes start at $34 or you can build your own.
Are you a terrible gift-giver? Well, you’ve already taken the right step by reading The Lily’s gift guide. But for those of you who really struggle, there’s also BoxFox: holiday-ready gift boxes that do all the work for you. While you’re able to customize the boxes, Boxfox curates all the products — so there’s practically no room for failure. Choose from premade sets such as “Sweets for All” and “Fireside,” which includes all the essentials for a cozy night in. Buy here.
Have you been to Marfa, Tex.? If you have, you may have wandered into Ginger Griffice’s charming soap shop. The in-real-life experience is special — you move from soap to soap, inhale, turn to your friend to say “This one smells so good,” and then make the difficult decision of which scent to take home. Buy here.
Individual bars start at $12.
Crazy news day? We get it. That’s why we have the ESYM scent pod, which fits conveniently in purses or pockets and acts as portable aromatherapy. Use it as a diffuser — in calming scents such as Tenkawa Passage, Parisian Morning and Curacao Breeze — to take the edge off at your desk. Or, use it as a fragrance to freshen up after a long day at the office. Buy here.
Skin-care brand Primally Pure has a “less is more” attitude. Allow yourself to indulge with this spa kit that comes in three scents: Lemongrass, Blue Sage and Tansy. The kit includes a dry brush, one 2 oz. body oil, one 6 oz. sea soak, one 6 oz. flower bath and an organic bag to store it all in. Buy here.
Cost: Starts at $18.99
Berber is out. Wood floors are in. Cement floors are catching on. This means the floors in your home are likely cold, and you could benefit from a pair of slippers. Glerups are stylish. They are cozy. And they were thought up by owners whose “vision is to manufacture the best shoes of felt in the world.” Buy here.
Melody Ehsani made it possible to adorn our ears with the name of our publication. You could also opt to dangle “The Lily” from your head, but perhaps your name or the year you born would be more applicable. For example: “EST” for the left ear and “1986” for the right ear (or whatever year you were born). Note: Each earring can only accommodate up to four characters. Buy here.
Getting socks as gifts might have once been a bore, but no longer. Enter the Goodpair socks gift box, which includes three pairs with funky, colorful designs. These socks are the best of all worlds. They’re high quality and comfortable, but they’ll also impress your most fashionable friends. Buy here.
Cost: Similar, $28
R.Riveter is named for Rosie the Riveter and was founded after two military spouses wanted to challenge the status quo and find a way to “enable spouses to earn mobile, flexible income.” R.Riveter also offers numerous bags, like their signature collection, that are handcrafted in homes across the country. “From the liners and leather, to support tags and canvas, each piece of an R.Riveter handbag starts in the home of a military family.” Buy here.
Cost: Similar, Starting at $28
A party for your lobes. The item description page says it better than we can: “Every individual fragment of sparkle and shine is manually selected to be used in the hand pouring of each piece.” Buy here.
Now you can add a thoughtful message, inside joke or empowering statement on a keychain so your friend can think of you every time they open their door. Buy here.
Cost: Starts at $25
The curated box is dedicated to sharing the best endurance nutrition and gear. Items you might find in a box include electrolyte mixes, hydration gels and running gum. What makes it even cooler? The company was founded by Staci Dietzel, who completed her goal of running a marathon on all seven continents. It also offers a TriBox and a CycleBox. Buy here.
If you have yet to buy into the airpod trend, you will understand our pain as we struggle to untangle our headphones every time we dig a pair out of our bag. Enter: Hammerthreads leather cord keepers. Simple, practical and made with care. Buy here.
Asiya, pronounced (AH-see-ah) was founded by Fatimah Hussein, who has been helping young Muslim girls gain access to sports and physical activity for the past decade in Minneapolis. Not only did she found G.I.R.L.S. (Girls Initiative in Recreation and Leisurely Sports), a nonprofit program that creates a “girls-only” gym time several nights a week, she also created Asiya, so women who wear hijab “can stay modest in comfort, as you workout or play hard.” Buy here.
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