The holiday season is here! As you scour the internet and the shopping malls for those perfect gifts, it might be hard to find things for the girls in your life that aren’t just dolls or kitchen sets. This year, buy gifts that reflect the diverse interests and personalities of the girls you know. Whether she likes playing sports, climbing trees or creating works of art, find a gift that inspires her to be anything she wants to be. Here is your 2018 holiday gift guide with 10 wonderful gift ideas for the budding young feminists in your life.
For the Avid Reader
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One of the most important things a young feminist reader can do is read stories of women who defied stereotypes and stood up for what they believe in. The Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls collection is packed with 200 stories of incredible women to fascinate and inspire young readers.
For the Scientist
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Do you know a girl who is always asking questions and whose pockets are filled with rocks and sometimes bugs? You might have a young scientist on your hands. Get her something that will teach her to think bigger and deeper about the world around her. This science kit complete with a microscope and collection tubes is the perfect gift for a budding scientist.
For the Interior Decorator
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If you are looking for a gift for a young feminist whose bedroom has the perfect fengshui of complimenting colors and patterns, get something to add to her decor that is both beautiful and inspiring. This watercolor print from Peach or Plumb has an empowering quote from Michelle Obama and looks great on a bedroom wall.
For the Athlete
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Do you know a girl who is always kicking around a soccer ball and looking for a competition? This American Ninja Warrior Set is the perfect gift for competitive young athlete. This 25 piece set has dozens of options for your sportiest kids to create elaborate courses just like American Ninja Warrior. Some of the competition’s most formidable competitors have been women, so inspire your girl with a gift that will challenge her.
For the Green Thumb
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For a girl whose hands are always in the dirt, making things grow, give her a gift that allows her to explore her green thumb. Plants From Seed has lots of different options for interesting plants you can grow yourself. Everything from Christmas trees to licorice plants to kiwis can be grown from one of these kits. It will be a guaranteed hit for your future botanist.
For the Artist
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For the girl who doodles on all her homework pages, the perfect present is one that allows her to use her creativity while learning about inspiring feminists at the same time. This Brave Ladies Who Changed the World coloring book is a great gift for the kid who is artsy, brave and ready to take on any challenge. The coloring book includes descriptions and histories of all the courageous women it features, so it’s both educational and fun.
For the Future CEO
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Who runs the world? Girls. Prepare your smart, assertive girl to be in charge of herself, and maybe one day the country, with these empowering nameplates for her desk. Let her be reminded that she is strong and independent and can do anything she puts her mind to. She’s not bossy, she’s the boss.
For the Inventor
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If you know a girl who is creative and smart and always thinking up a new idea, get her a holiday gift that will give her endless options. The Inventors’ Box from thinkbox is packed full of gadget and gizmos to keep your young inventor engaged in creating works of genius. Let her imagination run wild and she will come up with amazing things. Who knows? She might just be the next Leonardo DaVinci or Steve Jobs.
For the Gamer
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It can be challenging to find a video game that depicts women in a positive light, let alone empowers girls to save the world. However, Child of Light lets the girl be the hero of the story. The evil Black Queen has stolen the sun, the moon and the stars and Aurora must fight evil and restore the kingdom. Let your gaming girl save the day with this beautiful and empowering game.
For the Outdoors(wo)man
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A girl who spends her time climbing trees and forging streams needs a holiday gift that helps her on her many adventures. A backyard naturalist’s backpack kit is just the thing for an avid outdoorswoman. She can take field notes, observe wild animals, collect interesting specimens and much more with this perfect adventure kit.
If you need some more inspiring gift ideas for girls, here are a few honorable mentions of products we love! These postcards featuring 5 prominent feminists are a great gift for sharing inspiration. For the t-shirt collector this cats against catcalls t-shirt is adorable and gets the point across. A wonder woman enamel pin is perfect for pinning on a backpack for constant empowerment. Get her something she can use over the holiday break like this Feminist Activity Book, or keep her feet warm with these fight like a girl ankle socks. Finally, gift her with something that will remind her of all the amazing women who came before her and that will empower her to continue to break stereotypes with this shattered glass ceiling necklace.
No matter what type of girl you have in your life, always encourage her to be herself and empower her to reach her dreams. The gifts you get her this year can help cultivate the unique person she is.
Elizabeth Endara is a writer, advocate, doula, educator and cat mom based in NYC. She loves Great British Bake-Off, Eastern Europe, snug coffee shops and writing about her feelings. She is excited to be working with liveyourdream.org helping to curate and tell stories that demonstrate the power of women!