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The Womaness 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

A menopositivity-packed guide by our staffers on the items we’re giving (and hoping to get ourselves)

By: Womaness Editors

We’re a women-founded brand aiming to give the gift of menopositivity to the world…so we thought: Who better to create a holiday gift guide for women in this phase of life than ourselves? The all-female staff of Womaness combined our powers to bring you a rundown of the items we’re giving to the ladies we admireand the gifts we’re hoping to, ahem, score ourselves.


Gifts for the Queen of Cozy

Cozychic® Horizon Blanket by Barefoot Dreams


“Barefoot Dreams holds a special place for me. I knew the creator, who passed away from cancer. She made these blankets to be a 'hug for people to wrap around them.' They're my favorite go-to gifts this year and pretty much every year!” – Kym Douglas, Chief Menopositivity Officer

Fluff Yeah Shearling Slingback by Ugg

Starting at $99.95

“Perhaps it’s because I live in the frigid Minnesota weather for seven months of the year…but who doesn’t love cozy items (especially in bold Womaness colors)?” – Sally Mueller, Co-Founder

Overnight Magic by Womaness


“I am the Sahara Desert of dry skin, especially on my face. This is so delicious—it feels like a treat due to the well curated formula. I do not feel guilty using more than I need because the price is so affordable. (To be honest, I love it as a rich hand cream as well. Why not?!)” – Rachel Ivey, Creative Director

Sherpa Ivory Earmuffs by Ugg


“The best holiday gifts are always the ones you also want for yourself! These are very chic and very, very warm.” - Ann Gobel, Community Concierge

Gifts for the Book Clubber

Did I Say That Out Loud? By Kristin Van Ogtrop


“This book by the former editor of Real Simple is hilarious and perfect for where my friends are in their lives today (midlife!). I give it to those who’ve raised a family and juggled a crazy job at the same time. For new moms, I still offer up Kristin’s first book, Just Let Me Lie Down, as one of the best working-mom books I’ve ever read.” – Michelle Jacobs, Co-Founder

2022 Women Writers Calendar by Obvious State


“I don’t know about you, but there’s just something special about the group of ladies in my book club. I’m stocking up on this bookish gift (which has pages lovely enough to keep and frame) and giving it along with bottles of wine…a classic literary combo.” – Amy Feezor, Content & Copy Director

D28 Readers by Caddislife


“If anyone in your life needs reading glasses (but might not be ready to admit it), give them these. They’ll feel better about their declining eyesight and might even feel cool about it.” – Michelle Jacobs, Co-Founder

Gifts for the Luxe Lover

X Hoop Earrings by Mejuri


“My mother taught me to invest in pieces that never go out of style. A simple staple for any jewelry collection, these 14k gold earrings are a stunning and timeless way to tie together any outfit (plus they won’t oxidize or discolor). I love that the gold is 70% certified recycled as well as verified and traceable.” – Selina Eshraghi, Graphic Designer

Garden Length Discovery Box by High Camp


“Take my word for it: This is the gift she’ll tell everyone about. She’ll never forget opening it and experiencing the fragrance of fresh gardenia blooms. It’s intoxicating and so, so indulgent.” – Van Tran, Head of Digital

Gisele Slouchy PJ Set by Eberjey


“Just the ultimate luxury PJs—so cute you won’t mind lounging in them in front of company!” – Ann Gobel, Community Concierge

The Gift Of Glow by Womaness

$46.00 ($62 value)

“Nothing says ‘menopositivity’ better than a gift that merges inner glow with outer glow (plus a free luxe bag to tote it all in). This is the kit at the top of my to-give list.” – Van Tran, Head of Digital

Gifts for the Kitchen Whiz

2020 Vintage Olive Oil Bottle by Rita Sodi


“Each November, chef Rita Sodi releases her family vintage olive oil. It is spicy and comes in the cutest little green can. It always sells out fast, so it is a covetable gift that is not expensive.” – Rachel Ivey, Creative Director

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi


“I have an extensive cookbook collection and love pouring over it for inspiration. One of my favorites is from Ottolenghi. There are several editions available—beautiful photography and very unique recipes.” – Sally Mueller, Co-Founder

Coaster Kit by Block Shop & Fireclay Tile


“I love a black and white moment—and Block Shop (a women-led brand founded by Hopie and Lily Stockman) just did the cutest tile collab with Fireclay Tile. You can tile a wall or just pick up a coaster.” – Rachel Ivey, Creative Director

Gifts for the World Explorer

The Gift of Hydration by Womaness

$59.00 ($79 value)

“I married a Frenchman, so I know a thing or two about long-haul flights. I slather on these favorites before, during, and after a day of travel to combat the extra dryness of stuffy airplanes. I can’t wait to gift it to girlfriends; the nicely sized cosmetic bag is such a bonus.” – Amy Feezor, Content & Copy Director

Landon Carryall Bag by Dagne Dover


“My mother is a badass woman—a total inspiration to me. She does tons to regulate her mental and physical health as she’s going through this phase of life, from spending time at the gym to taking weekend road trips with me. I’m giving her this multipurpose carryall, the perfect companion to both (I have a matching fanny pack to make it fun!)” – Selina Eshraghi, Graphic Designer

Oui Sweatshirt by Clare V.


“To me, comfy sweatshirts will never go out of style. This one is a très chic reminder of one of my favorite places to explore with friends…I like that it screams ‘Paris’ without screaming PARIS.” – Amy Feezor, Content & Copy Director

Gifts for Clients and Coworkers

Ode To Tea Gift Box by Pique Tea


“Selections from Pique Tea are a favorite go-to gift for me—it’s also like giving a warm hug. I love to send their special holiday gift set to business friends and families.” – Kym Douglas, Chief Menopositivity Officer

The Original Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark

Starting at $29.95

“This makes the perfect co-worker or hostess gift. You can even have the tin personalized if you want that extra special touch.” – Ann Gobel, Community Concierge

Gingerbread Houses by The Solvang Bakery

See site for pricing

“I’ve sent gingerbread houses from The Solvang Bakery to families for the past 25 years, since my son Hunter was born. They come in all sizes and they put each person’s name on the roof so it makes it personal. Talk about a family hug, this is it!” – Kym Douglas, Chief Menopositivity Officer

Stocking stuffers

Fountain of Glow by Womaness


“If you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffer, our vitamin C serum is it. I use it on my face and neck before bed. I love that it leaves my skin hydrated but dries so quickly.” – Sally Mueller, Co-Founder

The Fixer CBD Ointment by Beam


“I gave my mother this CBD ointment for joint pain. She, being 76, was nervous to try a CBD product, but now loves it. It’s helped her back and leg pain and she keeps asking me to buy her more!” – Michelle Jacobs, Co-Founder

Santal 26 Classic Candle by Le Labo


“I’m a sucker for candles and one of my favorites is from Le Labo. The soft, smoky Santal scent is amazing—expensive, but such a treat we all deserve.” – Sally Mueller, Co-Founder

Gold Vibes Vibrator by Womaness


“Ha. I love to give this as a gift. The reaction is always an embarrassed giggle. But a few days later I always get a big ‘thank you!’ over text.” – Michelle Jacobs, Co-Founder