Gift Guide: Female-Owned Companies
As you’ve seen on Instagram, many people are hoping for a female future. In the entrepreneurial world, that trend is tangible: over the past twenty years, women-owned businesses have been growing like weeds. Really awesome, stylish weeds that actually make the garden look better.
According to the 2017 State of Women-Owned Business Report, commissioned by American Express, the number of women-owned businesses has grown 114% compared to the overall national growth rate of 44% for all businesses since 1997. Now, I’m not sure how queer/nonbinary/trans-owned companies factor into these numbers, but for the purpose of this post, anyone who is not a cisgender man falls into the female-owned category.
Ladies are getting shit done, including starting incredible businesses to serve their peers. This holiday season, get your gifts from some of these companies! FYI: most of these companies sell great gifts for any gender on your list.
Dazey Ladies and Dudes and everyone in between can rock designs from this awesome slow fashion company. The Dazey items are empowering, vintage-inspired and designed to create conversations. Every piece is handmade to order in Los Angeles and designed by the owner, Dani. Dani also picks other female-owned small, sustainable brands to sell on her website.
*PS: get 10% off Dazey with my code, ‘NALLY’
Outdoor Voices is a minimalist, stylish athletic wear brand that makes clothing for both men and women. The company is female-founded and based in Austin, Texas. There are designs for multiple exercise types, from swimming to hiking to going to the gym. Even better, the clothing is made of either sustainably sourced or recycled fabric.
My pick: A gift card! Most people are specific when it comes to what they like in their workout wear.
Tea Drops is a Los Angeles-based company that sells organic pressed teas in tablets that disintegrate when dropped in hot water. They’re made with fair trade loose leaf tea and without the tea bags, there’s less waste involved in packaging. The founder and CEO, Sashee Chandran, recently won a grant from the Tory Burch Fellowship Program, which is pretty awesome. If you have a tea lover in your life, get them some Tea Drops!
My pick: Tea Drops Medium Sampler ($12)
In my opinion, handcrafted jewelry is always better than cheap, generic stuff from Forever 21. Handmade jewelry has soul and it’s hard to put a price on that. But Lauren from Sigfus makes beautiful designs out of her Tuscon, Arizona studio that are just as affordable as they are pretty. The earrings and necklaces have abstract shapes that are simple but unique. I want them all!
Archer & Olive is a beautiful stationery brand started by a young woman in Austin, Texas who started bullet journaling to help with her mental health. In addition to selling planners, stickers and enamel pins, the A&O) website also has a great blog with journaling tips and tricks, as well as cool free printable resources.
Founders Emma McIlroy and Julia Parsley created Wildfang as a way for people to express themselves and stand out. The brand, which isn’t even ten years old yet, is known by every feminist for it’s signature “Wild Feminist” design and cool tomboy suits. Wildfang also gives back thousands of dollars to charity every year. This brand is one of the coolest around.
Instagram’s favorite brand, Ban.do has been making cute, fun stuff in Los Angeles for about a decade. The founder, Jen Gotch, started the company as an accessories brand, and now, Ban.do sells home wares, paper goods, clothing and more. Along with selling their bright colored products on the site, Ban.do also sells other brands that fit their joyful aesthetic. There are hundreds of perfect gifts on Ban.do’s site, but my personal favorites are their straw tumblers (I own 4).