Finding small businesses to support can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be. We put together a list of small businesses to support this year with thoughtful gifts to bring joy. Whether you’re looking for gifts for girls, gifts for her, or gifts for both of them, we’ve curated a list of largely women-owned brands to explore!
Gifts for Girls
What do you get the girl with so many interests? A little bit of everything! From our Dream Big Box Set to accessories to STEAM toy kits, we’ve got you covered.
Of course we’re on our own list, but we’ve heard from so many parents, grandparents, guardians, and teachers about how much our books mean to their kids that we’re confident your Rebels will love them too. And, with our new Dream Big Box Set, they can explore interests from sports to leadership to activism all in one place!
Infants and up!
When Headbands of Hope founder, Jess Ekstrom, saw that kids were wearing headbands to accessorize after their chemotherapy treatments, she made her own line with fun patterns specifically for kids. For every headband purchased, Headbands of Hope donates one to a children’s hospital.
Add a little love to her life through our partnership with Build-A-Bear Workshop. Your Rebel will find a bear that supports a Rebel Girl she loves—from Marie Curie to Cleopatra
Black-owned Brown Toy Box places Black excellence at the heart of what they do, with books, games, puzzles, and kits to help your young Rebel build a foundation in coding. Get your innovator started today!
Gifts for Mom
But what about gifts for the mom who does it all (or tries to)? Reward her (or, let’s be honest, yourself) this season with coffee to keep her up, an organizational tote to keep her going, and a book subscription to help her find time for herself. Feel free to forward this to a partner in need.
Founder Aishwarya Iyer created a line of olive oil using olives from a family-run farm in California and a cold-press method to eliminate over-processing. When she and her husband got more involved in at-home cooking, they found that many brands of olive oil had preservatives and unnecessary fillers, so they started their own: Brightland. Nothing but bright flavors here!
Support a young entrepreneur in Emma Chamberlain who, after achieving a sizable audience on social media, invested in her passion for morning rituals: coffee and matcha tea. Emma sees the practice of making a morning beverage as something that grounds her before her crazy day.
We love Chamberlain coffee because Emma built her business thoughtfully: sourcing from USDA organic farms, using minimal and biodegradable packaging, and teaming up with non-profit Food4Farmers to support long-term food security for families within farming communities. Jumpstart your morning today!
For the mom who wants to be more book-ish, gift her a monthly subscription to Book of the Month. New books to choose from every month, curated by those in the know! And who doesn’t love new books in the mail?
For the trendy mom who needs a quick and cute way to get hair out of her face, try Chunks’ clips for a perfect stocking stuffer. Founder Tiffany Ju wanted to make stylish hair clips that also felt high-quality. Instead of petroleum-based plastics, she turned to acetates, allowing Chunks to become carbon neutral!
Moms on the go need something to keep them organized. These bags are made with moms in mind, with plenty of pockets, compartments, and zippers to keep everything together. Best of all, the tote is a 2-in-1 with an insert that doubles as a crossbody bag. Get rid of the black hole bag once and for all!
Give gifts to bring mothers and daughters together. From matching necklaces with inspirational heroes, to a spa night with pedicures and snacks, give the ultimate gift of bonding time.
Give the gift of inspiration to both mother and daughter with Awe Inspired’s Real Life Goddesses collection. With icons from Joan of Arc to Nefertiti, carry their strong spirits with you everywhere you go. There are even mini pendants for your mini-me!
When founder Denise Woodard’s daughter was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, she struggled to find fun snacks that were safe to eat. And so, Partake was born. Devoid of the six most frequent allergens, with no GMOs, artificial colors, or preservatives, Partake’s snacks are for everyone.
A perfect stocking stuffer, fuel your next movie marathon, sleepover, or school lunch!
Skip the salon and treat yourself to a spa day at home. Olive & June brings the premium experience to everyone. Founded by Sarah Gibson Tuttle, Olive & June makes spa luxury accessible. Set up with this kit, some cucumber water, and gentle ambient noise, and it’s like you’re there!
Okay, yes, we’re now twice on this list, but we know that many moms and their Rebels read our books together. So we created a book with amazing stories of mother-daughter pairs throughout history, like Marie Curie and her daughter Irène! Did you know they’re the only family to have multiple Nobel Prizes? At the end, check out activities written by best-selling author, Eve Rodsky, designed to spark conversation between the two of you.
Support Independent Bookstores!
Don’t forget, books are always an amazing gift! Support indie bookstores online at Bookshop.org or at one of our favorite locations below:
Books by the Bay in Sausalito, CA
Brave + Kind Bookshop in Decatur, GA
Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, MA
Busboys and Poets Books in Washington, DC
Copperfield’s in the Bay Area, CA
Hicklebee’s in San Jose, CA
MahoganyBooks in Washington, DC
Malik Books in Los Angeles, CA
Newtonville Books in Newton, MA
Novel Bay Booksellers in Sturgeon Bay, WI
Posman Books in NYC, Boston, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh
The Bookstore at Fitger’s in Duluth, MN
The Silver Unicorn Bookstore in Acton, MA
The Strand in NYC
Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock, VT