The holidays always seem to catch me off guard, but this year I'm totally on my A game.
The most important part of the holidays for me, is gathering with my family. Usually we have the kids at home (ours is an amicably divorced family) and after early morning gift giving, Dad comes to celebrate and have brunch. My cousin Emma from NYC usually joins us too, and is the perfect guest, always pitching in and helping me get ready with last minute gift wrappings and hanging out with the kids (OKA: Distracting them!)
When it comes to giving gifts, we tend to give a few physical items like books and clothes, but all of us especially enjoy homemade and "experiential" gifts. As my kids get older, I've noticed that i've become extremely sentimental. I find myself wanting to create all the memories I can while they are still at home.
One of the things I love about the holidays is finding completely unique gifts for my girlfriends and family. There's nothing better than giving a gift that has an impact, or thoughtfully reflects an aspect of your relationship with them.
I've compiled a list here of some favorites to think about this holiday season including experiences, artwork, music, jewelry & more. I hope you enjoy!
Concert or Theatre Tickets : are always a great idea. We love to dress up and have a night out with our friends, partners, or family. Going out for a meal the same night makes for an incredibly memorable gift that keeps on giving.
Tickets to see The Vagina Monologues:
It's the 20th Anniversary! If you've never seen this show, it's incredible and will truly have an impact on how you view female sexuality and gender around the world.
(If you are in Rhode Island tickets go on sale December 1st for the performance at the Odium East Greenwich. Otherwise, you can get them in many cities in the United States for the month of February.
These days it can be really fun to make a playlist for your lady-friend on Spotify or i-tunes. Unfortunately, there's no longer a feature that allows you to purchase the whole playlist and gift it, but you can always pass it along digitally with a gift card for her to make her purchase selections.
P!NK : Beautiful Trauma - Best Album! Love.
It's edgy, wise, & poetic. It will pump you up, and break your heart all at the same time. It's like tenderizer for the hardened heart.
Alexa: I know, I cant believe I'm suggesting her but she's quite sophisticated, highly intelligent, a little bit sassy, and incredibly convenient.
I use her to play music & podcasts ( "Alexa, play classical!" , “Alexa, Play ‘This American Life’”) I'm not the greatest with math either ( "Alexa, How many tablespoons in a cup", "Alexa what's 6 X 127?") and I love that she can set a timer for me or the kids, especially to monitor screen time.
Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's guide to why feminism matters. Although it's great for any age, I'll be getting a copy for my 15 year old this year. The book covers a range of topics, including pop culture, health, reproductive rights, violence, education, relationships, and more.
Love Warrior : Glennon Melton. I love this woman so much. I love her humanity, I love how well she fails. I love that she is the goddess of metaphors, 2nd only to my dear friend Bethany. I love that she is brave and broken and wise and willing. If you want to give the gift of self- compassion, give this book. It's just beautiful. $11.64
Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype. This is an oldie, but a goodie and a book every single woman on the planet will love. Amazon $ 13.34
We Should all Be Feminists: by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics.
Finding: The Story of a Young Boy Who Becomes His Adoptive Mothers Greatest Spiritual Teacher; By TRP's very own Kim Fuller.
Urban Decay Naked Eye Shadow Pallet: I use these shadows constantly both on myself and to shadow TRP REVEAL Portrait participants for the workshop. They are universally beautiful and work with almost anyone. $75.00 ( There are a variety of sizes and sets and all of them are great so play the field!)
Yore Skin Starter Kit:
Ok people, I've been using this stuff for years now. Bye bye dry skin. I use their BALM on everything, and i do mean EVERY THANG. $25.00
Farmaesthetics Midnight Honey Bath and Beauty Oil: I love this product, so very much. I use it before or after my bath. It's smells divine and feels so great on my skin; a total treat!
Clothing/ Shoes/ Gift Box
Toms Slip-on Shoes: These are arguably one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I've ever owned. I love that for each pair purchased, a pair goes to any one of 90 giving partners in over 70 countries in the world. I wear them for just about any occasion and especially around the house because they are soft, comfortable, and easy to slip-on. I've washed mine in the washing machine multiple times and they hold up beautifully and just seem to gain in comfort. Amazon $ 21. 16
Nevertheless She Persisted Black Slouchy Sweatshirt: Sevenly is one of my favorite "cause companies". Every time you purchase one of their products, they donate 7% of your purchase to the cause it supports. This sweatshirt will raise money for the Athena International Fund which promotes a balance of leadership worldwide. Sevenly $ 51.00
Causebox: A seasonal delivery of 6-8 hand-curated products for women. Every product has a story and makes the world better. You can purchase a 1 X box, or subscribe for the year at $49.95 per quarter ( 4 X per year). My husband has done this for me for 2 years in a row and I have just loved being introduced to fair trade jewelry, leather-goods, beauty products, and housewares that tell a story whose purchase support a number of amazing causes.
Strong As a Mother Tank: Who wouldn't want to wear this for a workout. Yeah! $23.00
Empower & Hydrate with an IAMTRA Water Bottle. Drink in your positive energy and remind yourself each day that you are a range of beautiful possibilies. Choose the trio of words that best represents your current mantras, and repeat your intentions with each sip as you hydrate throughout the day. 26 oz stainless steel bottles with BPA-free plastic tops. Hand washing suggested. $20.00
Positive, Open, Limitless
Joyous, Balanced, Healthy
Fearless, Focused, Ready
Nasty Woman Coffee Mug: Need I say more? Amazon $ 15.95
Feminist Accessory Bag: Gotta Love Etsy. $ 17. 66
We the People Public Poster: Set of 3. We The People are Greater (Than Fear, Defend, Protect.) Great home decor printed on on fine paper. Etsy $ 33.87
Made by my talented cousin Rebecca Mir Grady. Lightly hammered 4mm cuff bangle in Sterling Silver. Diameter is 2.5". Brushed finish. Handmade in Chicago. Bracelets ship with a muslin jewelry bag and jewelry box.
Rebecca Mir Grady $ 145.00
Wild Rose Lidded Jar:
This is just beautiful. Form meets function with this beautiful lidded ceramic made by Red Chair Studios. I'd keep treasures or jewels in it for sure. Ok, maybe sugar. Maybe tea. Maybe LOVE. $85.00
I die over this woman's artwork. It's true, a hundred times, I've died. The talent just kills me. So much. GollyBard art, watercolor paintings, prints by Holly Ward Bimba
$30.00 ( Feathers) $625 (Birds) but there are over 500+ prints to choose from in a variety of sizes!