I have a lot of amazing entrepreneurial women on my holiday gift list and thought you all might enjoy seeing what sort of things I'm looking at this year.
Perky Perky Coffee
I'll be honest: I don't always feel perky in the morning. While I do consider myself a morning person, I sometimes need a little time to wake up and face the world.
So that's why I LOVE this coffee. It's really flippin' delicious and effective. But it's also about much more than coffee.
Founder and friend Maruxa Murphy has created a business that delivers a powerful message: Perky Perky strives to build a community of women from all walks of life who know they have gifts, talents, skills, and areas of genius that make the world a freaking amazing place for themselves and others they love.
And who wouldn't want a hot mug of THAT in the morning? Flavors include the light roast (“Wakey Wakey”), dark roast (“Happy Happy”), medium roast (“Delicious”) in ground or whole bean, and the website also features a ton of really fun and inspiring products, from mugs to gorgeous coffee scoops
If only there was a way to combine the satisfying feel of pen and paper with the efficiency of technology.
Oh wait … there is!
You can also send your brain dump to your team by connecting to an app and uploading handwritten notes to cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, Slack, email, and more. Or if you're me, you'll send doodles to the web.
The executive size, measuring 6″ x 8.8″, weighs a little over five ounces and comes with a Pilot Frixion pen and a microfiber cloth to wipe the slate clean. Plus it doesn't need batteries and is always in airplane mode.
Laptop Tote Bag
Shouldn't it be more like you? You know: sexy, cute and versatile, with a whole lotta goodies hidden inside?
Check out the DTBG laptop tote bag, which can fit most 15-15.6 inch laptops and notebooks. It's water-resistant and scratch-proof, and has space and pockets inside for everything: chargers, pens, books, clothing, snacks, wallet, cosmetics. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
This bag is equally comfortable at a business conference (ahem — I know a few good ones) or out shopping … kinda like you.
Magnetic Sculpture Building Blocks
I'm a doodler and a little bit of a fidgeter, especially when I'm listening to a webinar or otherwise need to sit still.
Doodles and fidgeting help many of us focus, and companies have taken notice. That's where a product like the LiKee magnetic sculpture building blocks comes in handy. It's sleek and small, fitting in the palm of your hand (which is nice for us clean-desk fanatics) — but at 216 pieces, it has enough parts and possibilities to fiddle with for hours.
Each smooth silver block is 5x5x5mm. Stack them into a tower, make geometric shapes, or build a house for fun.
Custom Logo Sign (Etsy Find)
Ok, we're in online business. So why would we need a sign?
First, because they're gorgeous! Second, because you can hang this gorgeousness on your office wall and use it as background when you shoot videos. Picture your logo behind you during a webinar, a Facebook Live, or a YouTube video; even if viewers are scrolling and have the sound turned down, your logo will catch their eye.
And if you take your business offline, heading out to vendor fairs and the like, you can have one made for your booth.
These wooden 3D logo signs are custom laser cut and come in a choice of stains. The base layer is made of birch plywood, then stained or painted and sanded for a smooth finish. The second layer is made of laser-cut MDF wood painted the color of your choice.
Ink Play Love offers temporary tattoos for soulful bodies. Don't you love a poetic business description?
Change your tattoo as often as you change your mind with these gorgeous temporary tattoos. The Chakra Collection offers a beautiful symbol with a powerful affirmation to remind you of who you are. Safe, non-toxic and long-lasting, and super fun to wear.
There's a fun collection for pet rescue lovers too!
I like the idea of trying out a tattoo before committing to the needle. Or just playing around with designs and phrases … kind of like playing with hair color. Why not?
Happy Fun Sassy Mugs
A mug is a mug is a mug … unless you get a Happy Fun Sassy mug, that is.
Why not sip your morning joe or your afternoon cuppa out of something inspirational or funny? Remind yourself that you are a “Badass Creative” or “I'm a Doer Dammit!”
These ceramic mugs are 11 ounces and feature high quality sublimation printing on both sides — making them perfect for righties and lefties alike. They're also microwave and dishwasher safe, scratch resistant, and ready for heavy-duty use. In my house, that's a lot.
And at just $12, it's a super affordable way to give someone a unique gift. Remind your bestie to “Shake That Shit Off!” or your travel buddy that “Life Is Meant To Be Lived.” Or my favorite reminder to self: “What if it were Easy?”
There are so many possibilities with this personalized journal. You can give it as a gift or treat yo'self to something nice.
At 5×8 inches and with 112 lined pages, it's easy to carry and store. With a cover as beautiful as this, I envision a lovely travel journal. Someone else might use it as a diary. Or maybe it'll inspire you to write that book you've always wanted to write!
The journal is available in eight different colors and is laser engraved. Even better, you'll support a small business owner who provides a quality product and excellent service.
Full Body Massager
I don't always have time to head to a spa for a massage, and I'm not going to hold my breath waiting on my personal massage boy, either!
That's why this shiatsu full-body massager — with heat! — is so great. It features a hands-free design so you can use it while watching TV, reading, or even working. (It also says you can use it in the car, but I'm not sure I want to endorse massaging and driving.)
Shiatsu massage, which is a kneading motion, can get intense, so this massager lets you adjust the intensity to one of three different levels. It's got eight big nodes and eight small nodes that provide shiatsu massages anywhere you'd like: neck, shoulders, upper back, lower back, waist, feet, calves, legs, arms. Ummm, all of the above, please!
Note: You may want to have more than one of these in your house – one for sharing and one for hiding!
Business Card Holder
We're grown-ups now. Women usually can't just reach into their front pocket for a business card! And it's not cool to fish around in the bottom of your purse for one, either.
I kept mine in my wallet for awhile – until I accidentally dumped them all over the parking lot at the gas station… oy.
These imitation leather business card holders look good, are super affordable, and give you a professional way to hand out and collect cards when you attend events (like Beach Camp mentioned below!).
Badass Affirmations: The Wit and Wisdom of Wild Women
I don't want some namby-pamby affirmations. I want a badass life, so I'm going to get some badass affirmations!
This is a book where you decide how best to use it. Randomly pick a page to open and read the affirmation, or seek one out.
It's filled with inspiration from all kinds of women who lifted themselves up and became real badasses – these are my kind of people.
REVIVE Her With Essential Oils
Here's the best of all worlds: a pure, therapeutic grade essential oil that won't cost you a paycheck.
REVIVE Essential Oils are 100-percent therapeutic grade and free from additives, adulterants, fillers, synthetics, or dilutions. They're also organic or wildcrafted (gathered from plants that grow in the wild). They can even be ingested — put a drop under your tongue, use in coffee and tea, or cook with them.
And the 10 ml bottles cost a third to one-half what the major MLM brands cost. So stock up! Here's a quickie recommendation on the two best essential oils to keep in your cabinet:
Say good morning with peppermint oil. Sprinkle 2 drops under the hot running shower water and step in to wake up; rub on your temples to alleviate a headache or stress, diffuse or inhale for a quick pick-me-up.
Say good night with lavender oil. Inhale or diffuse for stress reduction, relaxation, and a better night's sleep.
Put this dynamic duo together as a treat for weary feet. Add 7 drops lavender, 5 drops peppermint, 1 cup Epsom salt and 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar into a small foot tub. I dare you not to stick your feet in.
Warm Her Hands
Cold hands, warm heart? Maybe. But I say cold hands are just plain distracting. It's hard to type and it's hard to focus — and never mind shaking hands with someone! You might as well have a buzzer hidden in your palm.
Here in Michigan, this gadget comes in mighty handy pretty much year-round. It's battery operated, has double-sided heat, three heat settings, and a flashlight.
Imagine this: a streaming music service that uses neuroscience to create a soundtrack that helps you focus.
The brilliant minds behind Focus@Will have done just that, working with scientists and audio experts and measuring the effects of different types of music on the heart and brain alongside personal tracking. They claim you'll 4x your focus and productivity.
Here's how they describe it: “Scientists have discovered that depending on your personality type, there is a specific type of ‘music' that when engineered just right, puts your brain into a ‘flow state' making you hyper-focused and exponentially more productive.”
The app develops a scientifically engineered music channel just for you. Check out the samples on their home page and give their free one-week trial a spin. Then report back to me how it felt to finally be in flow consistently!
Gift Her A Beach Camp Ticket!
Bold business breakthroughs at the beach. It's more than a cool alliteration — it describes a really great event. With breakthroughs. That are bold.
And did I mention the beach?
Beach Camp is a three-day event featuring speakers and workshops with extraordinary women. And because our goal is to create lifestyle businesses, this conference also includes plenty of time for sand and sun. Walk out the door of the hotel onto the soft sands of Daytona Beach, and listen to the ocean waves from your room.
Sounds blissful, right? This ladies-only event (sorry, guys!) takes place May 1-3 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Grab a ticket for you and a friend and get ready to start your stories with, “This one time, at Beach Camp…”
Send Her Mindset Notes!
There's magic in holding a card in your hand in this over-digitized world. Imagine receiving actual mail in your mailbox!
Each month, I send out a custom designed note card with a message reminding you how awesome you are. I'll also send you some of my favorite mindset-boosting stickers, and a message of empowerment via audio and transcript.
This monthly mailer is perfect for anyone who loves a boost or a good old-fashioned love note. Even better, 10 percent of the proceeds is donated to a women's charity.