The Definitive Gift Guide to Kickass Women-Made, Women-Run Brands
For any and every occasion in your life that calls for a gift—be it for your friend’s birthday, your family during the holidays, a coworker because, well, it’s a M O N D A Y—consider this list of women-run brands your gift-giving spellbook.
Because something magical happens when you support women-owned brands.
You support a female-in-the-CEO-spot movement that’s long freaking overdue.
You lift up the team they manage, who spend their days believing in their products and doing everything they can to bring their corner of the market to light.
You choose a product that was made and marketed with blood love, sweat, and tears, and was probably, at one time, just someone’s daydream or maybe a side hustle.
And your recipient is given not just a gift, but a goal that was ultimately crushed.
Call us hyperbolic, but doesn’t that give you a little bit of the goosebumps? So what we have here is an ever-growing collection of outstanding women-owned brands with missions we respect and hardworking women we are proud to work alongside in this crazy, dog-eat-dog world. This list celebrates them, as much as it does their wares.
Come back often for new ideas, and spread the word. Gift shopping doesn’t get any more satisfying than this
- Sh*t That I Knit // knitwear
Christina Fagan started knitting when she was 10 years old. Fast forward through college, a Kickstarter campaign, and an unyielding passion for high-quality knitwear, and STIK is now on fire. From beanies to ponchos, you’ll find cozy knits for anyone your list.
- Goddess Garden // organic skin products
When Nova Covington discovered her daughter was allergic to the harsh chemicals often found in skincare products, she got to work creating her own line. Everything they sell—sunscreen, moisturizer, baby skincare—is good for people and for the planet.
- LunchSkins // reusable bags
Help the world eliminate single-use plastic pollution: that’s LunchSkins’ mission. Founder Kirsten Quigley took on the food storage market and is sweeping up awards left and right for her reusable and recyclable products, ranging from sandwich bags to lunch bags.
- Milk Makeup // makeup (obviously)
Born out of a creative studio in NYC by four innovative thinkers—three of which are women— Milk Makeup is all about cruelty-free, paraben-free, and 100% vegan cosmetics. Refinery29 wrote “Milk’s Cooling Water stick is revolutionary.” Perfect for your makeup-loving gals.
- Brass // women’s clothing
We couldn’t agree more with Brass’ founders: women’s closets are way too full of crappy quality stuff. Brass aims to simplify fashion with timeless pieces that are beautiful, quality, versatile, and purposeful. By the community of women they’ve created, it’s obvious they’re killin’ it.
- Collective 131 // art & design
Tired of the underrepresentation of women in the art industry? So is Cassandra Fiorenza. The creator of online gallery Collective 131, Cassandra only partners with emerging and established women artists to sell gorgeous paintings, works on paper, and decor, all worthy of a new home.
- Dana’s Bakery // macarons
From photo editor to pastry chef, Dana Pollack is living proof that a career switch can be the best thing ever. What started in a small NJ kitchen is now a 6,000-sq.-foot facility with over 40 employees. And who wouldn’t love a gift of macarons in flavors like Red Velvet and S’mores?
- Cocofloss // dental floss
If you don’t like to floss, you haven’t yet tried Cocofloss. Sisters Cat and Chrystle Cu changed an entire category when they introduced their soothing, coconut oil-based, whitening dental floss that comes in flavors like strawberry, mint, and dark chocolate. Yes, dark chocolate floss.
- Bearaby // weighted blanket
Did you know that sleeping underweight improves sleep cycles and lowers stress? Bearaby founder Kathrin Hamm is giving people more restful nights through her innovative line of high-quality weighted blankets and comforters. For your sleepy friends, you can’t go wrong.
10. Three Main // non-toxic cleaning products
Did you know that cleaning supplies are full of toxic chemicals? Not anymore, Three Main's focus is simplicity, sustainability, and effectiveness. All aspects from their formulas to their packaging reflect those three main principles. They hope that this will empower consumers to join the movement, and make the effortless switch to sustainable, non-toxic cleaning products.