From Boss to Bestie: Our No-Fail Holiday Guide For Everyone In Your Life

From Boss to Bestie:

Our No-Fail Holiday Guide For Everyone In Your Life

Believe it or not, the holiday season is already here. And as mad as the year was, its last few weeks are always the most fun. With lots of gifts to get for everyone from your mother to boyfriend, and boss to BFF, we’ve got you covered on all ends with our holiday guide, and as always we’ve done our best to include mostly female-founded companies. Happy shopping!

A coffee subscription

A coffee subscription is a great gift if you are spending a lot of time with him in the mornings – you start sharing morning routines, and coffee is essential! These coffee subscriptions are roasted to order from specialty roasters and a variety of regions known for their coffee. Emily McIntyre is the Founder & General Manager of

Basq NYC Skincare’s Pure Joy Lavender Kit

Basq NYC Skincare’s Pure Joy Lavender Kit ($44) Love her up with Lavender! This gorgeous silver gift set is the perfect present for any beauty lover Inside are two full-size lavender must-haves for a little R&R during this upcoming holiday season. Basq NYC is founded by longtime friends, Kelli Kenny and Lauren Parisier. Ten years later, the company consists of only women and caters to skincare for every skin type worldwide.

Joy Album

These days, we depend on tech platforms like Instagram to share our experiences.  But when it comes to actually memorializing our family's memories, we fall prey to procrastination and busy lives.  Who has time to print, frame, and mail in the world of instant gratification we live in?  Mom and entrepreneur Jacqueline Yuen discovered this first hand, so she left her corporate marketing job behind to develop and engineer the Joy Photo Album($500). Joy allows loved ones to feel like they’re on the same couch, even if an ocean or just a few blocks separate them.  Imagine instantly sharing your day in a beautiful album halfway around the world.  Life's memories immediately displayed in mom's living room.  Graduation photos on display upon returning from the event. Christmas photos in the moment.  Joy makes it possible through its proprietary technology.  Crazy, right?

Motivation & Mandalas Adult Coloring Book: Inspiration for Women

Sometime a bit of a timeout to relax and decompress is the best gift you can get someone. Motivation & Mandalas Adult Coloring Book: Inspiration for Women ($6) is a coloring book for adults featuring 50 beautiful hand-drawn mandala designs & motivational, inspirational quotes by notable women.

 80's Vibe Leg Warmers

This collaborative collection by international DIY brand We Are Knitters and Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter is so incredibly cool for the knitter in your life. The 80's Vibe Leg Warmers ($95) brings the 80's back to 2017. The crochet leg warmers are a cool and standout accessory perfect for any quirky fashion girl. Crafted from soft Peruvian Wool yarn, the leg warmers are perfectly paired with an oversized sweater and leggings for the ultimate 80's Vibe.

NuMe Jet Setter Pro

These ultra mini, travel-sized tools will keep you styled no matter where your journey takes you. The set includes a Mini Reverse Curling Wand, Mini Straightener, Mini Ionic Dryer, Concentrator attachment, Diffuser attachment, Travel/carry case and Heat-resistant glove($139). NuMe Founder and CEO is Sabrina Maren.

Nissa Jewelry Mia Earrings

Nissa Jewelry was founded by Nissa Wegienek in New York City in 2008 and now handmade in Los Angeles, Nissa takes inspiration from forgotten vintage pieces to create beautiful on-trend jewelry designs. Mia Earrings are handcrafted from vintage gold-plated filigree beads and can go from day to night and is an affordable find for any fashionista. ($48)


Poppy Plant Grow Kit

Poppy indoor grow kit($14) packaged in a wax-coated and watertight recycled paper tube planter. This dwarf poppy variety yields 3” blooms featuring watercolor shades of scarlet, rose, coral, pink and white. Kit includes two wicking grow mediums that are strategically layered to provide plants with the perfect balance of water, nutrients, and oxygen. Gifted & Present, an online gifting company which was founded one year ago by Brooklyn-based mompreneur Marcie Green. 


 PRÊTE is a subscription membership app that lets you book blowouts at high-end salons in your area for a flat rate, founded by Nina Ojeda. What better gift in the world is there to give a woman in your life than a gym membership…for her hair? Obviously, the Netflix of blowouts would also have an incredible dry shampoo ($24) and this one is the cream of the crop.


The Boozy Bangle

The Boozy Bangle ($38) is a fully functional stainless steel flask with screw on topper. It holds up to 4 fluid oz. and is available in Silver, Yellow Gold, Rose Gold, or Black Chrome.  Take your party with you in a sophisticated way and sip in style!  Katie Krol is the founder and owner of and has patented the Boozy Bangle.

Treat Dreams

Witty, comfy, and so relatable sweatshirts and T-shirts, from Treat Dreams founded by the mother-daughter team of Kerri and Kaitlin Anderson in Norman OK. Ten percent of every shirt donated to the rescue of your choice on Dogly. Our personal favorite: their trademark “Namastay home with my dog” or the simple classic “Dog Mom.” Actually, we have a closetful we love. "Our purpose in starting our business was to be able to partner with animal rescue organizations around the country to support them financially. We love this business. We love making dogs and their people happy!” says Kaitlin and Kerri.

"Lost in Las Vegas" 

"Lost in Las Vegas" ($40) captures a woman’s journey to some famous and not-so-famous locations throughout Downtown Las Vegas, traveling with her most prized possessions - her fabulous wardrobe and vintage jewels. With brief history and untold stories mixed in, this 100-page coffee table book blends history, art and fashion seamlessly into a beautiful gift to remind the fashionista/art lover/historian in your life that feeling lost isn’t always a misfortune.  Ermelinda has been battling immigration since moving to Las Vegas at age 12 and has dedicated the book to young immigrants. 

Nashelle XO stud earrings

Nashelle is founded by Heather Nashelle and Skye Guina, who co-own this eco-friendly jewelry line based out of Bend, Oregon. Both women aren’t just fashionistas, they also have a heart for giving back. For every piece of jewelry sold, a plate of food is donated to someone in need. This XO stud earring($43) is available in 14k Gold Fill, Sterling Silver and 14k Rose Gold Fill. Give someone special a hug and a kiss with dainty hand-forged XO stud earrings. 

Voloom Rootie 

Voloom Rootie ($129), the only volumizing hair iron, perfect for holiday hair, extending gorgeous, volumized hair (and amazing for travel) and created by Patty Lund, who could not find a product to volumize her hair, so she created it!   

Lulu Dharma floral tote

Lulu Dharma’s designer, Keri Lasalle began designing collections of meaningful jewelry with stones that support the wearer’s intention and inspire healing. Her unique, bohemian designs incorporate silver and gold plated brass, waxed cord and leather, canvas and other natural materials along with vibrant, quality gemstones, while staying true to a deep commitment to integrity and sustainability.  The floral tote is a canvas floral tote is large enough to fit your laptop and files for work, Smart enough to look professional for your important office meetings, Perfect for the gym or yoga, Practical for all your baby needs (water resistant lining). 

The Ta-Ta Towel

The Ta-Ta Towel ($45)  is a patented towel solution for women. It is made out of terrycloth fabric on one side and a super soft liner on the other. The garment absorbs moisture from underneath the breasts and behind the neck. It is also a useful product for pregnant, postpartum, and nursing moms, women undergoing cancer treatments and other medical procedures, and elderly women. Erin Robertson, the founder and creator, came up with the idea after struggling for many years with 'boob sweat' as she got ready to go out after the shower. When the Ta-Ta Towels went viral, she went from having several orders a week to over 55,000 orders in one day. She's very humbled by the entire experience and says she will not rest until everyone's ta-ta's are in her Ta-Ta Towel.


Isola Body Lavender + Vanilla Bean 100% vegan body oil set

Isola Body founders Kate Delgado and Osvali Van Romondt had a lot in common even before they met… They’re both island girls at heart, and hands-on moms dedicated to creating the healthiest lives possible for themselves and their young families. Thanks to this dynamic duo’s nurturing (along with phone calls on the way to school, pow-wows before pick-up and late-night emails), one family recipe for a homemade body scrub has grown to become a full-fledged lifestyle brand. Lavender + Vanilla Bean 100% vegan body oil set of 4 oz. dropper and 10 ml roll-on are a great gift for the friend who has everything. Infused with essential oils, this nourishing, hydrating blend of coconut and sweet almond oils leaves skin soft and silky with a subtle sheen—and doubles as an all-natural perfume. ($44)

RPZL polisher brush

RPZL polisher brush ($40): This lightweight hair brush is great eat for brushing out extensions, but also perfect for keeping your natural hair sleek. RPZL is NYC’s first state of the art hair extension bar, and is co-founded by Lisa Richards and Monica Thorton.

Andrea Groussmann Fine Jewelry 14KT Rose Gold Evil Eye with Diamond Eye

Andrea Groussmann Fine Jewelry is owned by Andrea Groussman. The 14KT Rose Gold Evil Eye with Diamond Eye($345) is perfect because diamonds are a girl’s best friend. These pieces are great for the most discerning woman and you can never go wrong with fine jewelry.

Well Suited NYC “Ready to Wear” pocket square

 Well Suited NYC has a revolutionary product, the “Ready to Wear” pocket square ($42). Co-Founded by Amanda Sanders, a celebrity stylist, and Christina Wilson, entrepreneur, and creator of the accessory line Christina Wilson NYC..“We founded this line out of a need for men no longer wearing ties and traditionally not knowing how to fold a pocket square. Men's fashion has evolved more casually,” says Sanders.


Ora Delphine Piper Satchel 

Ora Delphine is owned by Los Angeles based designer Rebecca Lin. Rebecca grew up around the craftsmanship of her seamstress mother in the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles, spending her summers helping out in the factories and studying the detail she put into every garment. Though Rebecca went into marketing after college, the desire to do something creative lead her back to her fashion roots and Ora Delphine was born. The Piper Satchel($325) is a ladylike carry-all that comes with a removable shoulder strap for a variety of wearing options.  Gleaming gold toned hardware contrasts beautifully against the genuine pebbled leather.  The essential go to bag for the woman in your life who has everything. Ora Delphine blends classic designs with a modern twist to create beautiful, high quality pieces. Not only are these bags gorgeous but they are functional. They are a perfect combination of form and fashion.  

Cellar 503 Wine Club

Cellar 503 Wine Club is an Oregon focused wine club that prides itself on discovery, education, and partnership with limited production wineries and grape growers that hail from every winemaking region in the state. The owner Carrie Wynkoop, personally finds every producer and handpicks every wine that she sends out vs. most wine clubs that send out bulk wines that have been relabeled. Each wine comes from a producer who makes fewer than 10,000 cases per year. Here's how to get started...


Lifetherapy ($40) created by Lynette Lovelace, offers some great gift ideas, but we love hydrating body lotion and mood enhancing hand & body was duo, presented in a recycled kraft box with a natural jute bow.


Havana: Legendary Cigars Book

Havana: Legendary Cigars Book ($85) via St. Frank is a female-run and female-created brand that offers ethically sourced home goods made from local artisans around the world. Long relegated to boardrooms and backroom card tables, the cigar has emerged to attain mass appeal while still holding on to its macho mystique. Amid the wide assortment of cigars available, the Havana stands head and shoulders above the rest. An ideal introduction for the neophyte as well as a superb guide for the aficionado, this book reviews the hallowed history of cigars in Cuba and describes in detail the processes involved in creating them. 


Golden Door Delightful Honey Collection

Golden Door Delightful Honey Collection ($37) Includes three, 2.6 oz. jars of peppermint honey, Applewood smoked honey and Spicy Serrano Honey. 100 percent of proceeds go to children’s charities.

Osmosis Colour Shimmer Holiday Gift Set

Osmosis Colour Shimmer Holiday Gift Set ($96) This limited edition, holiday kit from Osmosis Colour is perfect for the glitz and glam lover on your list. You can never have too much makeup! This set is packed full of skin-nourishing mineral makeup to provide a holiday sparkle thanks to glamorous shades that blend like a dream for long-lasting wear. This gift set includes: Lustrous Contour Duo, Opal Water Color Eyeshadow, Pewter Water Color Eyeshadow, Pink Champagne Water Color Eyeshadow, Smudge Makeup Brush, Dome Powder Makeup Brush. The makeup component of Osmosis was founded by Robin McGee.

Yoga Wake Up

Yoga Wake Up is an app that acts as an alarm clock to wake you up with 5-15 minutes of yoga, meditation or breathing exercises of your choosing! Yoga Wake Up was founded by Lizzie Brown with the goal of making yoga more inclusive and less intimidating to all! The app has over 95 original “wakeups” by renowned yoga teachers from around the country. There are even wakeups for kids, parents and pre and postnatal women! With Yoga Wake Up, the yoga state of mind is no longer restricted by your location, age, skill level or income level. The app is now offering gift cards for one month, six months and one year. Lizzie Brown is a PR professional and fan of yoga herself. She founded the app after attending an impactful yoga class at Equinox and realizing that she wanted to make the benefits of yoga and meditation available to the masses. 

Quilted Koala flannel plaid makeup bag

Quilted Koala was founded by once laywer, now bag lady, Stephanie Oppenheim, alongside her husband. This flannel plaid makeup bag($32) with black lining and zipper closure  is super stylish and perfect for when you need to take your must have beauty products with you. 

Ben’s Cookies

Ben’s Cookies: Food writer and chocoholic Helge Rubenstein, who named the company after her son, founded Ben’s. Ben’s Cookies offers delightful packages of their artfully crafted cookies in adorable bright red tins. The tins come in sets of four ($14.00) or eight ($25.00) of whatever flavors you’d like. The cookies are made with wheat flour, cane sugar, fresh eggs, and of course, Ben’s signature chunks of sweet, creamy chocolate. Nationwide delivery is available.

Sunday Gin 

Sunday Gin is You & Yours’ flagship American-style gin. Laura Johnson, one of the country’s few female distillers, founded the female-led You & Yours Distilling Co. Citrus forward with plenty of piney, familiar juniper and a sophisticated floral finish thanks to rosehip and other fresh florals. Additional botanicals include traditional coriander for a gentle hint of spice and not-so-traditional fresh mint for brightness. The end result is a modern, juicy and highly drinkable gin. Traditionally, distillers use dried orange peel or dried lemon peel to impart citrus characteristics. With Sunday Gin, You & Yours uses only fresh citrus, hence the “juicy” tasting note.


Dogipack ($69) is a hands-free accessory that makes walks easy. No more struggling for poop bags. No more searching for pockets. No more missed puppy-petting opportunities because your hands are full. Now you'll love walks as much as your dog does. (Because a hands-free walk is a carefree walk.) Put your cellphone on flashlight mode and slip it into the Dogipack for safe evening strolls. Designed by Megan O'Brien a dog rescuer/owner with thousands of walks under her belt, no detail was missed. *Dogipack gives a portion of their proceeds to a different dog rescue organization every month.

 Armitron Watches

 Armitron Watches, which is run by Barbara (Bobbie) Weichselbaum, offers the gift of glam, via the Armitron Gold Dress Watch. With a black patterned face and adorned with Swarovski crystals, she will shine at every event for the holidays with this beautiful timepiece on her wrist ($78.74,  

ECOS Holiday Gift Set

ECOS Holiday Gift Set: Bring the gift of green to any party this holiday season with the ECOS Holiday Gift Set which includes plant-powered ECOS Laundry Detergent in Magnolia & Lily, Parsley Plus All Purpose Cleaner, hand soap and Dishmate hand dish soap in Grapefruit. ($26) . As President and CEO of Earth Friendly Products, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks oversees four manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and a global sales team.

Copperhed by Hedlux

Copper deficiency is the leading cause of greying hair and a common cause of hair loss Copperhed by Hedlux is the first liquid and appliance hair care system using copper technology to deliver luxurious, smooth and silky hair while treating the onset of greying and hair loss. (Buy the Dryer and get the Flat Iron and Leave-In Treatment FREE $250 ($530 Value) Use CODE: COPPERHED. Brooke Boles of Boca Raton, FL,  has been developing luxury beauty products for the salon and cosmetology school industry for 18+ years.   As a former model and actress, she created HedLux Airbrush Makeup, co-authored the Milady Cosmetology Textbook for beauty pros and is opening her Advanced Beauty Education Center at the company headquarters in Dallas next month fully stocked with a light up martini bar.

Porter Dog Coats

These beautiful, life-long, hand-designed coats are made from classic vintage fabrics from Billy Wolf founder/designer Lyndsey Drago in Montauk, NY. Twenty percent of every purchase donated to the rescue of your choice on Dogly. "All of our coats and bandanas are made from vintage and American-made fabrics, in limited editions, and finished with salvaged buttons and handcrafted labels — adding to each coat’s uniqueness and promoting a sustainable future for humans and dogs,” says Lyndsey.

Brooklyn Brew Shop

Co-founded by brewmaster and small business superstar Erica Shea and built on the principles that making beer—real beer, from real ingredients—can be simple, tasty and fun, Brooklyn Brew Shop sells stylish brew kits and ingredient mixes for seasonally-inspired beers, ciders and sparkling wine. All of their kits are designed for use on a standard kitchen stove and use real ingredients instead of the less flavorful extracts and additives typical in other home-brewing kits. Sparking Wine Kit ( $70) is a kit contains all the (reusable!) equipment and ingredients necessary to make fives bottles of naturally sparkling wine, including specially sourced chardonnay grape juice from a premier California vineyard. All you need are a few empty champagne bottles and a few months of patience.

Hope candle

Do you like to snuggle up by the fireplace, watch a movie, eat some cookies, and embrace the serenity? Burning up to 45 hours, the Hope Scented Candle is infused with pure, fresh notes of lily of the valley, tuberose, jasmine, and gardenia and will be the perfect touch for a laid-back night. Not to mention the net profits are donated to depression research - another reason why we love this candle! ‘Tis The Season of Giving, Smelling, and Hoping!

With Love D CZ stone cuff

With Love D is designed by Danielle Zackman and the line is an intersection of personalized jewelry, fashion, and mommyhood. Danielle aims to include all facets of her life in her pieces. Not only is Danielle a jewelry designer but mother of three amazing kids. Each piece of jewelry found on With Love, D tells a story. 

This CZ stone cuff has personalization available and is a great gift for your BFF or special lady in your life. Personalized jewelry is a super chic gift idea because it’s something she will cherish forever. ($90)

The Rowkin Bit Charge Stereo

The Rowkin Bit Charge Stereo ($129, ) offers the ultimate portable wireless Bluetooth earbud experience. With the Rowkin Bit Charge's conductive portable charging system, you can store and charge both wireless earbuds up to 15x and use it as a power bank to get up to one full charge on your iPhone 7 or Android. The Bit Charge Stereo also comes in 24K gold-plated edition, silver, and space gray. Rowkin is owned and run by Angela Pan, CEO and founder of Ashley Chloe, Inc.

Modern Jewish Baker by Shannon Sarna

If someone on your gift list really loves to bake, add the brand new Modern Jewish Baker by Shannon Sarna to their cookbook collection. With recipes for everything from babka and challah to bagels, this book is as beautiful as it is delicious.

Lalicious Spa Collection

We can’t stop talking about Lalicious Spa Collection! A set that includes a bubble bath, body butter, sugar scrub, hand cream, and skin oil. Now that’s a spa right in your own home. Not only is this a treatment that exfoliates dead skin cells, but it also leaves a glow on your skin. And who doesn’t love radiant skin? This is a package is perfect for getting and receiving.

The 2017 Chandon California Winter Collection

Limited Edition 2017 Chandon California Winter Collection, Brut and Rose ($24) Chandon California recruited renowned designer and #ChandonSquad leader Rebecca Minkoff for its newest 2017 Limited Edition Winter Collection, featuring Brut and Rose sparkling wines. Inspired by her use of geometrical shapes that can often be found in her signature designs and accessories, Minkoff has transformed the classic Chandon California bottles to feature two design variations, both with a dazzling holographic foil. The 2017 Chandon California Winter Collection will be available nationwide and on September 15 through December 31, 2017. Pauline Lhote is the head winemaker at Chandon California.

L’Occitaine Crackers Collection

This set will sort you for any awkward in-law or obligatory extended family gifting. Without having to think too much, this screams holidays and smells amazing. Inside are mini hand creams, oils and shower gels for the ones you love, and they’ll have some fun opening them up. I mean, who doesn’t love cute cracker gifts?

Laura Mercier Exotics Redefined Eye Colour Collection

For anyone in search of the perfect, universally flattering, shadow shades, look no further. We’ve put this nifty little palette to the test on the eyelids of SWAAY’s diverse editorial team, and all have come out looking glorious. Not only do these super blendable shadows have the perfect amount of subtle shimmer in them, but the color offering ensures you have everything you need for a polished natural look or a heavy smokey night eye, and everything in between.

Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Homme and Femme

It’s rare that we include anything made by a man on our Gal Guides, but in this case, it was a must. We stumbled across Amyris for him years ago, and after gifting it to a male friend, found out that he’s never worn anything since. What makes the scent so dreamy is an evocative blend of Moroccan rosemary, mandarin from Sicily, Amyris from Jamaica, iris from Florence, tonka bean from Brazil, and modern woods. The lady version is a magical echo of its male counterpart, as it unites top notes of lemon and orange leaf with the same heart of Amyris and iris, and a dry down of woods and oud.


Kikori ($47) is a Japanese whiskey uniquely made 100 percent of rice founded by female entrepreneur, Ann Soh Woods.  Kikori is distilled from 100 percent Kumamoto rice mash rather than the typical malted barley, wheat or corn. Produced on one of the southernmost islands of Japan, the mash is distilled in a single batch then casked for three to ten years in American oak, French Limousin oak, and Spanish sherry barrels. The end result is light and delicate enough for everyday sipping, yet packs a punch at 41% ABV with a versatility that’s ideal for cocktails all year round. Golden in color, Kikori carries a floral and fragrant aroma with notes of caramel, tree fruits and vanilla. On the palate, expect tasting notes of melon and toasted almonds alongside tart apple.

Glossier Cloud Paint Quad

This cute set comes with four of Glossier’s bestsellers: Puff, Beam, Dusk and Haze cloud paint. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of the brand, it was founded in 2014 by Emily Weiss and is out to accentuate natural beauty. These cloud paints are perfect for non-makeup days when you want just a hint of brightness in your cheeks, or for makeup beginners.


Boston mom Gyongyi Dalnoki was looking for a more personal way to say holiday cards when she came up with the concept for Lizicards. Record a voice message with the app and these customizable, intricate greeting cards will hold the message for you while it travels from your door overseas (or to the next town over). For anyone far away from home this holiday season, this one’s for you.

Olive Oil - Colavita

Channel the inner Italianista and Chef in you by using our favorite Olive Oil, Colavita. Wondering how you can impress your family with your baking skills this holiday? The Colavita family traces its roots all the way to Italy. Whether it’s baking Pumpkin Seed Brittle with Sesame Seeds, Parmesan Shaved Brussel Sprouts,  or even Sweet Potato Apple Pizza, you are sure to leave a taste that will be hard to forget with this authentic Olive Oil.

Aly Walansky

Aly Walansky is a freelance lifestyles writer based in New York City, who contributes regularly to iVillage,, xoJane, Huffington Post, and The Fashion Spot as well as many other print and web outlets.

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