I am always on the lookout for unique gifts and the opportunity to support people/companies that sync with making the world better. This post contains affiliate links.
Unique and Thoughtful Gifts: Clothing and Costumes
I always feel a little teary when one of my girls outgrows her Princess Awesome & Boy Wonder clothing. Tossing aside traditional stereotypes of what girls should wear, Princess Awesome champions the idea that all kids deserve to be seen for their true selves and honored for their own unique set of interests. Think dresses, shirts, and pants covered in dragons, rockets, fossils, ninjas, circuits, ocean explorers, and more.
A costume your child loves and that you can wash? It sounds like an impossible dream, but the good folks over at Little Adventures have made it their mission to provide costume ideas for girls that they can wear over and over again. With 15 children between them, the company’s founders know a thing or two about the need for costumes that withstand lots of love.
Piccolina is a lifestyle brand whose mission is to empower today’s young children to become tomorrow’s leaders and problem solvers! In their Civic Leaders & Activists collection, you’ll find attire celebrating the lives of Jane Goodall, Malala Yousafzai, Suffrage Heroes, Wangari Maathai, and more.
Unique and Thoughtful Gifts: Print
A book subscribing service for kiddos ages zero to nine, Little Feminist searches high and low for the most amazing diverse books. Each book comes directly to your home with discussion questions and activities to help the book (and its important themes) come alive at home.
Paper Culture products are made from post-consumer recycled paper, which means no new trees were cut down to produce products. Even better, with every order the company plants a tree. In addition to announcements and invitations, the company also creates holiday cards, thank you cards, photo books and much more.
KAZOO has been coming to our household for over two years. Printed quarterly, the magazine is aimed at girls ages five to 12. All stories are either developed or inspired by top female artists, explorers, scientists, chefs, athletes, activists, writers and others. Regular features include: science experiments; comics; art projects; recipes; interviews with inspiring women from Olympic athletes to astronauts; and fun activities, like secret codes, jokes, mazes, search-and-finds and more. A KAZOO subscription will lead to smiles all year round.
Gratitude is a buzzword right now (and rightly so). The Thank-You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time tells the story of the year writer/podcaster Nancy Davis Kho wrote thank-you letters to 50 people, places, and pastimes that had shaped her, inspired her, and helped her become the person she was.
Using her own story as a springboard and incorporating facets from the emerging science of happiness to understand why her gratitude letters worked so well, Davis Kho gives practical and reassuring guidance to readers who want to start their own Thank-You Project. I received a copy of the book and can confirm it will make you laugh, reflect, and itch to start writing your own letters to the formative people in your life. Consider gifting it to someone special, with a personal thank-you letter to them attached.
Unique and Thoughtful Gifts: Museum
You don’t have to travel to Washington D.C. to support the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). The museum advocates for a better representation of women artists and serves as a vital center for thought leadership, community engagement and social change. It also brings to light important women artists of the past while programming great women artists working today. Their online gift shop offers the popular shirt #5WomenArtists, home accents and more. You can also make a donation to honor someone instead of purchasing a physical gift or give the gift of a museum membership (a great idea for any museum wherever you live).
Wishing you dear reader a wonderful holiday season.
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