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We are smack in the middle of the alleged most wonderful time of the year, and I have one question: Are you still shopping? Because I am. And when I’m in this kind of cyber-December-retail mode, there is no enabler like the internet, home of gift roundups of every size and focus. Some of our favorite women online have made lists of the best gift ideas for anyone on your list. If you’re still out in the internet streets looking for the as-yet elusive perfect gift for anyone or everyone, I can help. Read on:
1. The gift guides at Petit Elefant include this one with great ideas for women. The Complete Works of Jane Austen in a beautiful hardcover boxed set and a blanket scarf from ModCloth are just two of the picks your sister, your mom, or your best friend are likely to love.
2. The gift guides at Girl of a Certain Age are a double treat—packed with cool presents, and fun to read. I’m loving her list of gifts that give back, like these Starling Project candles, with each sale supporting a mission of providing sustainable solar energy to communities around the world. I also love the Sudara pajama pants, made in India and providing economic relief to women freed from sex slavery. I know these PJs are a great gift because I have trouble not buying a pair for you — and for me.
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4. Kristen Howerton’s gift guides at Rage Against the Minivan will come in handy this week if you’re after last-minute ideas. Subscription box ideas include the Artisan Box at GlobeIn — a true monthly treat that benefits remote artisans and farmers around the world. Other items are still available quickly from Amazon, like this Ecooe French Press for your favorite fancy coffee lover.
6. Joanna Goddard’s annual gift guide over at Cup of Jo is a treat and broken down into sections for just about any person in your life. My favorites this year are the best gifts for friends, and your cool (and quite possibly tough-to-buy-for) brother. Donate to an organization like Catalyst in your best woman’s honor, plan a girls’ weekend or just go ahead and buy her the pink Vans she never knew she wanted. For your brother? A cool calendar from MOMA, a copy of Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, or an indoor bouldering class all sound pretty cool.
7. Cool Mom Picks publishes the mother of all gift guides every year, always with a twist on categories that will make you smile— and complete your gift list at the same time. This year, look for gifts for the Hamilton-obsessed, while you wait for this Sisters Work tee to restock. Empowering gifts for girls, like Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, or a subscription to Kazoo magazine. And because who doesn’t need it right now, there’s a list of self-care gifts to ring in 2017: An aromatherapy essential oil diffuser, a copy of Shonda’s Year of Yes and a day off, and she will love you. You will also love you, so keep one of those for yourself.
8. Over at Alpha Mom, Wendi Aarons as a gift guide to toys and games for big kids — because who couldn’t use an erasable writing tablet or an automatic golf putting system? Also at Alpha Mom, Kelcey Kintner has a cool stocking stuffer guide.
9. Dana at Minimalist Baker has a gift guide for the food-obsessed in your life, blogger or not. If you want to help someone really up her blogging game, send her to Food Photography School. The 31 Meals e-book will set your favorite busy person up with dinner ideas for the January doldrums, along with an organic cotton apron that Dana wears herself.
Liz Dwyer has your list of 10 great gifts that can totally save the world, over at Mash Up Americans. Go in with a group and purchase a pre-made Little Free Library. If you’re on a tighter budget, snag the cd/dvd of From Broadway With Love, a benefit concert in honor of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shootings. Proceeds will be split between GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, Hope and Help Center of Central Florida and Zebra Coalition.
11. Looking for your 2016 feminist killjoy gift guide? Annie Theriault of The Belle Jar has it over at The Collective. Let your recipient know this Shirley Chisholm lapel pin is on pre-order, just for her, and tell her the “Make Boys Uncomfortable” stickers are coming too. It’s a good excuse to get together next month, just in time for Inauguration.