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By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Freud famously asked: “what do women want?” and it’s a good question, with many possible answers. But when it comes to gifts, what women want (well, woke women, anyway) is something inspiring and sustainable. Something like these tees, jewels and other empowering gifts for women that are perfect for your favourite riot grrrrl – be she your mom, bestie, sister, gran, or yourself!
Make a statement! This beautifully embroidered, all natural cashmere sweater by Lingua Franca says so much about the wearer – she is stylish, bold, elegant and empowered. The classic design can be suitable for both casual and more elegant occasions, depending if you pair it with some sporty trousers or an elegant skirt.
Artist and sculptor Mary Steratore’s simple design is composed of four crystals that bring the wearer all the qualities we need to be the best we can be: courage, strength, joy, truth, self awareness and confidence. All stones are ethically hand-cut in India, and then hand sculpted in Italy by Steratore herself.
This symbol is a powerful one to keep on your desk! Representing how the owner has totally smashed it (it being the proverbial glass ceiling, that is), this is a sweet little reminder that nothing is impossible.
At times, we all need a visual reminder of just how much we are capable of, and these delicate, sustainable bangles whisper: “She Believed She Could, So She Did” every time you look at them. They epitomise the power of self-motivation, making them a wonderfully empowering gift.
Sometimes, even the strongest women have a crap day. But you know what’s empowering? Knowing that whilst we may not be able to change what has happened, we can change our reaction to it. This carry-around box was designed by artist Jayne Riew to encourage meditation, and to remind us all that thoughts, events and feelings, just like whatever you write in this box, are fleeting.
This now-famous (and potentially collector’s) item by Dior was inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s essay and TEDx talk of the same name. If you buy one of these simply powerful linen and cotton tee shirts, you’re not only making a statement, but you’re helping other women, too, since a percentage of proceeds will benefit The Clara Lionel Foundation, Rihanna‘s non-profit organisation.
7. Art Print
Sometimes all you need to feel motivated are a few words. This minimalist art print, which reads “Nevertheless, She Persisted,” is an excellent exhortation to never give up, no matter what hardships or hurdles we may encounter.
Even superwomen need a perk-me-up every now and then! And what better way than with fresh ground beans from Kenya. Every purchase of this brand will help support women artisans and school children in the region. Grown on a small farm in the Kisii area, this blend has rich burgundy undertones and citrus notes, but you know what’s really cool? Every bag of beans has a removable piece of local art, made using dried bark from banana trees.
Health is empowerment – but did you know many yoga mats are made of highly toxic PCV? Not this one, though! Created from recycled wetsuits, it’s a springy, cushioning mat that won’t accumulate dust and bacteria from yoga studio floors. The best part? The mat itself may be recycled when its time is up.
Powerful women are busy – sometimes even too busy to book a massage to relax shoulders made tense from being hunched over a laptop all day. So what’s a sister to do? Do it for herself, of course! These natural wooden ridges and knobs soothe muscles, tendons, and ligaments with ease, and this little gadget is also easy to store in an office desk drawer so it can be used any time.
11. I Slay T-Shirt
If you slay it, say it! This is the perfect gift to celebrate fearless, fierce females who are totally winning at life. Handmade in the USA, this cotton tee comes in a wide variety of inclusive sizes, right up to 2XL.
12. Metal Travel Mug
Powerful women are on the go – whether they’re travelling, running around socially or rushing to work. This travel mug not only helps save the environment by nixing the need for a disposable cup, but also makes a positive statement (in cute colours!) to the user.
Sophia Amoruso shares her truly inspirational story of how she went from being a GenX slacker to the boss of one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world: Nasty Gal. The original #GIRLBOSS’s words will definitely serve as inspo to never give fighting for a better, more empowered life.
14. Wall Clock
It’s time to realise that you and only you are the keeper and maker of your own time, and how you use it. This wood based clock not only decorates your house nicely, but reminds you you’re nobody’s bitch but your own.
Got a job interview and not feeling fully prepared? On a date, and wondering if you’ve made an impression? Need to confront someone about something unpleasant? Look down at your phone case to remind yourself: you got this!
16. Slogan Tote Bag
Good girls go to heaven….but bad girls go everywhere, right? This heavyweight natural canvas tote bag reminds us all that being all sweet and passive is fine and well…unless you want the world to remember your name! Fully sustainable, it makes a great reusable shopping bag, library tote, or beach bag.
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