Since the holidays are coming up I decided to share my gift guide earlier this year. This time it’s a gift guide for the ambitious women in your life. Whether they are your friends, girlfriends or relatives, there are small gifts to give or items to splurge on.
The holidays is a great period to show that you support their ambitions and give them something that is practical and thoughtful. All the gifts in this gift guide for ambitious women are selected by me and are based on what I, as an ambitious women, feel has made an impact in their own way. Whether it is a face mask for winding down or my bullet journal for all my thoughts and ideas — it all helped me be focused on my goals.
Plus, at the end of the day it is more about the thought behind it: that you show your support. Building a business comes with sacrifices the same as climbing up the corporate ladder does. Knowing that the people in your life have your back makes all the difference.
Here is the holiday gift guide with gifts for ambitious women in your life:
Small gifts for the ambitious women in your life
GIFT CARDS: If you don’t know exactly what to et someone, a gift card is always a good bet. Want to show your ambitious friend that you respect their hustle or support their dream? A gift card for a co-working space is a great gift. If you want her to relax a little, get a spa or beauty treatment gift card.
MUJI PENS: This is more of practical gift for the ambitious lady in your life but if she is anything like many other business women that I know, she will love these pens. I personally get my Muji pens via the Nikki Supply Store on Etsy. If you live near a Muji store it might be cheaper to get it there.
FACE MASKS: A great option to revive the skin after the holidays is the FRESH Hydration ever after gift set*. It includes a cleanser, face mask, face cream and toner to hydrate, soothe and nourish. It’s all rose based which helps with gently removing impurities and bring back some hydration. If you know that your ambitious friend loves a little more exfoliation, the FRESH mini mask marvels gift set* might be more up her street. A great budget version is the L’Oréal Paris pure clay multi-masking play kit*.
SUSTAINABLE BOTTLES: Chilly Bottle in gold*. You can use it for cold drinks — they’ll stay cold for 48 hours — and warms drinks that will stay warm for 24 hours. I personally have one and I love not just the look but it really keeps my drink cold and hot. Personally I would love this smaller version in matte black* to keep in my smaller bags. If your friend loves to take away her coffee from home, a Chilly bottle coffee cup* might be perfect for her. Make it even more personally by pairing it with their favorite coffee or tea.
JADE OR ROSE QUARTZ ROLLER: A great way to depute the face & the item that makes for a beautiful stocking filler: a jade roller or rose quartz roller. I got mine from CultBeauty last year — the Yu Ling Rollers Jade roller*. They also have a rose quartz version. Revolve actually has a set called the Skin Gym Jade workout set* which has a Jade roller and a Gua Sha Sculpty tool that help with depuffing, reducing inflammation and increasing blood circulation. This set also comes in Rose Quartz.
CARD HOLDER: A leather card holder is not only a small gift, it is also a gift that can last a lifetime. I personally have had mine for almost 15 years and it is still in good condition. If I did need a new one, I would either go for the Valentino Rockstud card holder* with gold studs in red or the fully black Saint Laurent card holder*. If you don’t want to spend too much on it, & Other Stories also has good options. I use their leather card holder* with accordion compartments for my business cards.
MAKE-UP SETS: A fancy make-up set is always a good idea for a stocking filler. It is a great way to test out the quality of the brand. One that I love is the Charlotte Tilbury magical mini brush set*. It is perfect if your friend or relative has plans to do some traveling next year. Another one is the Charlotte Tilbury limited edition Filmstar bronze and glow set*. Not only a classic product but it also completes the little brush set.
TIPS: The older I get, the more I like to get experiences as gifts — doing something together in real life. When you are building your own business a lot of your time goes into it. The same goes for working at a high pressure job. So taking the mind off of work is always a good gift for ambitious women in your life.
Support your ambitious friend’s road to self-development
GRATITUDE JOURNAL: If she’s talked about focusing more on gratefulness or wanting to keep a gratitude diary, then the Five Minute Journal (Dutch link*)is perfect for her. You have a lot more options out there but I think this is the original one. I personally use this one and love the set up of writing in it in the morning and evening. It takes only 5 minutes a day but is perfect if you want to focus more on the magic that is already going on in your life.
GOALS: Do you want to help the ambitious woman in your life with their goals? Especially for goal chasing people I’ve created a goal planner*. Instead of focusing on just the goals of the next year, you will focus on your 10 year goals. What you do in 2020 will help you achieve your goals in 2030. Perfect for the goal digger in your life!
BOOKS: Books are always a good idea! One of my favorites that I read this year is ‘Workparty’ by Jaclyn Johnson*. It’s a great inspirational read on building your own business and redefining how that looks. If your friend is an introvert than you could get her the book ‘Quiet’ by Susan Cain*. It’s a great book all about introverts and what makes us unique. The last book on the list is ‘The Art of Feminism: Images That Shaped the Fight for Equality’* about the development of feminist artwork. It’s a great way to learn more about feminism in 2020 from a different point of view.
FUN ITEMS: The School of Life: Know Yourself Cards* are great to take your mind off of work and focus on yourself. You can choose between calm and kindness. Both card sets are focused on “calming prompt cards that use a mixture of irony, philosophical insight and strategic pessimism to lend perspective on life’s sorrows and regrets”. The Luckies Of London Calm Club yoga cards deck* is great if your friend wants to move more. She can draw a couple of cards and incorporate them during their busy week.
FOR THE SLEEP DEPRIVED: One of the things I hear a lot among self-employed women and also the ones who have a steady career is that they are tired or need more sleep. The next items will help your ambitious friend get her 8 hours a night. First up is this little gift set: This Works with sleep comes beauty set*. It includes a deep sleep pillow spray, bath soak, shower gel and candle. Another gift set that is perfect for the sleep deprived is the Slip beauty sleep on the go travel set*. This set is perfect for the ambitious women who need to travel a lot but it can also be used at home. Pair the gifts with a pair of satin pyjamas from H&M*.
SKILLSHARE: The perfect gift for ambitious women in your life would be a yearly subscription to skillshare. You can get them a card where you write in that you are gifting them Skillshare for a year and then set-up the account together here.
MY GOAL PLANNER: Do you want to help the ambitious women in your life to achieve their goals for 2020? And the years to come?
Get my goal planner*. This planner doesn’t just focus on the goals they might have right now, but also the overall big goal. This year they’ll plan goals that will help them achieve their future goals.
Give the best gift to the ambitious women in your life: a better and successful future! Go to my Etsy store and get it right now*.
Gift the tools that your ambitious friend needs in 2020
PLANNERS: The Inspired Stories undated planner* is by far my favorite planner. 1) you can start using it when you want and 2) it is focused on breaking your goals into daily tasks you can do. I love that it gives me more of a daily overview. If you want something a little more simple, check out the Riley daily agenda notepad*. You can write down your schedule, a couple of to do’s and things to remember. If that’s too simple, a desk planner might be the solution to all your friends or relatives time management problems. The Migoals A5 weekly desk pad* is the best solution!
BULLET JOURNAL: I personally love to keep a bullet journal next to my planner. I use it to write down ideas and plan new concepts. Right now I have the LEUCHTTURM1917 dotted notebook*. It might not be the most inspiring gift at first sight but if your friend wants to work on a new project or concept, a bullet journal can help.
OFFICE SUPPLIES: If your ambitious friend is more into gadgets, the next items might be good options for holiday gifts this year. You can get a wireless iPhone charger like this pink one from Native Union*. You can charge your iPhone with it all the while watching something on your phone. It also comes in dark grey*. Does your friend have a magic mouse for her laptop? This Decoded pouch is perfect to keep it safe when she brings it with her.
THE ITEMS TO SPLURGE ON
If you feel like spending a little more
KNOMO KNOMAD ORGANIZER: In case you didn’t know, I LOVE my Knomo Knomad Oragnizer and it is the one thing I always recommend. So here we go again: if you want to get something practical and nice for your ambitious friend this holiday season, get the Knomo Knomad Organizer*.
(CUSTOM MADE) SUIT: What better way to feel and look like a girlboss than to put on a power suit. You can get them everywhere right now but you could also splurge on a custom made suit from Hebe Studio. You can go for a full pre-made suit, a pair of trousers or blazer or design a custom made one. I love the Bianca and Smoking suit.
DJI OSMO MOBILE 3: As a freelancer I have many hats I need to wear. I’m the branding designer but I also do my bookkeeping, I’m the founder, the sales person, manage my social media — really everything. Since video is becoming such a vital part of social media and growing your brand, having all the help to create them on your own is not only a good investment but it also makes for a good gift. This could really help your ambitious friend business success. Get the DJI Osmo mobile 3 here.
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