I have two daughters — and a whole lot of other women to buy gifts for, and I wanted to find items to specifically encourage them this year. But when I went searching for girl power-themed gift guides, I was frustrated that none of the existing lists were curated with someone like me in mind. I found a lot of cute chatchkes and dust collectors; I found a lot of pointed, funny, and completely inappropriate items, too. But I didn’t really find a good collection of stuff I’d like to give or receive.

So, in case you are doing some last-minute shopping as well (and in case your shopping list skews as female as mine does, with daughters and friends and teachers and sisters and moms), I’m sharing some of the best, most fun, most empowering, most encouraging items I’ve found for ladies of all ages.

Books for Girls

Books for Women

For the Woman Who’s in the Kitchen Because She Wants to Be…

Fun, Useful Gifts That Mean Something

A couple more ideas:

I bought my daughter Goldieblox toys as soon as they came out several years ago. But as I was sifting through several ofther girl-centric gift guides, I found that Goldieblox isn’t the only building-for-girls game around. They HAVE upped their game quite a bit since they first came on the scene, and I have that “craftstruction” box on my wish list for the next gift-giving holiday that comes up. (Easter? Half birthday? We’ll see…) But you can also find great building sets that encourage girls to develop an interest and skills in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) from Roominate and K’Nex Mighty Makers. They look so fun I put them on our wish list, too!

Another easy (but awesome) gift is a subscription to Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. That way, your sister or aunt or friend or niece can binge watch strong, sassy, funny, talented women in shows like Jessica Jones, GLOW, The Crown, Modern Mrs. Maisel, Grace & Frankie, Bomb Girls, The Handmaid’s Tale, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars, Veep, Scandal, The Good Wife, Agent Carter, or Jane the Virgin. (Or, for younger viewers, Just Add Magic, The Kicks, or Project MC2!) (Or SO MANY MORE! Too much good TV, too little time!)

Who are you buying for this year? Who needs a little girl power inspiration? We only have a few shopping days left, so get busy!

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