2020 Gift Guide

2020 Gift Guide

As the holidays draw near, many of us are working on our gift lists. Looking for gift ideas for the leading women in your life? We have you all set with plenty of great ideas!

We have had a number of fascinating book clubs this year, with discussions from self care to racial justice. If you missed any of them, here’s the full collection:
 
The American white woman is a powerful force—an essential participant—to mobilize alongside the rest of humanity on behalf of the world. This book asks us to step up and join the new front lines in the fight against complacency—in our homes, in our behaviors, and in our minds.
 
 

Give yourself permission to disconnect from technology and reconnect to yourself as you begin to re-evaluate all your relationships. Enrich your relationships, honor your goals, turn ideas into action, and so much more as you take the journey of Consciously Connecting.

 
 

Stories of Struggle by Claudia Smith Brinson

In this pioneering study of the arduous struggle for civil rights in South Carolina, award-winning  journalist Claudia Smith Brinson details the lynchings, beatings, bombings, cross burnings, death threats, arson, and venomous hatred that black South Carolinians endured—as well as the astonishing courage, devotion, dignity, and compassion of those who risked their lives for equality.

What better way to be motivated than to hear it from the mouths of the women before you. Here’s a selection of books from women in politics that inspire us:

Can’t Is Not An Option: My American Story by Nikki Haley

This heartening memoir by former SC Governor Nikki Haley tells the story of her family and upbringing, showing how it shaped her into the person who became the first female Governor of our state.

 

 

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris

From Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, one of America’s most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country.

 

Becoming by Michelle Obama

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her time spent at the world’s most famous address.

 

 

Females make up 52% of the telecommuting workforce, so more than likely, you know a woman working from home. Here are some gifts that can help her look and sound her best on her next virtual call:

Ring Light

Lighting can be one of the most important things you set up for your virtual calls. Using a ring light reduces shadows and offers a uniform light source to help you look your best.

 

 

Green Screen

We all love a virtual background, but not when part of your hair is cut off because the camera can’t tell where you end and your office begins. Using a green screen allows you to create a seamless space for your virtual background to shine.

 

 

Microphone

Computer microphones might be okay for a quick Facetime with your Nana, but not when you’re making a formal presentation. Make sure your attendees aren’t straining to hear you on your next call with an external microphone.

 

 

Zoom Pro Account

As Zoom becomes the dominant video conference platform, you may want more from it than the free account offers. Improve your meetings by removing time limits and adding your brand with your company name and logo by upgrading to a Zoom Pro account.

 

 

How a woman dresses can say a lot about her. Even if you don’t know her exact style, all of these would be a great addition to any closet:

White Blazer

While this may look like just another jacket, this white garment signifies so much. White was chosen by the Women’s Social and Political Union – the leading force behind the Suffragette movement – for its vast rallies across the country at the beginning of the 20th century. Later in that century and into the 21st, women have turned to wearing white as a symbol of sisterhood and solidarity.

RBG Collar

Ruth Bader Ginsberg once said women belong in all places where decisions are being made. With this collar, you can stand in those places and honor RBG, whose bravery, compassion, and courage to fight for equality and justice never waivered.

 

Child’s RBG Collar

If you’ve got a momma and a daughter in your life, give them matching RBG collars so they can represent together!

 

Child’s Electable T Shirt

Celebrating a woman’s path to office doesn’t have to start when she turns 18. Instill the idea that females are electable, as early as the toddler years.

 

The Future is Female Baby Onesie

When’s the best time to teach your daughter about the feminist movement? The answer is now. Get that little one in your life ready to lead the way, as soon as she’s done learning to crawl.

 

 

Feminist Icon Socks

Celebrate these 12 women’s power to resist, persist and succeed. Includes Malala Yousafzai, Virginia Woolf, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jane Goodall, Katherine Johnson, Rachel Carson, Michelle Obama, Ida B Wells, Georgia O’Keefe, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others.

 

 

All gifts don’t have to be reading material or work-related. Here are some other selections for when we’re not working on solving the world’s problems:

Women’s History Mugs

How do you add an extra dose of get-up-n-go to your coffee? Serve it in a mug that’s pumped up with empowerment.

 

 

Empowered Women Empower Women Mug

When women support each other, amazing things can happen. Be reminded of this every morning as you plan to attend a march, draft an email of support to another woman or make your personal plan to power.

 

 

Nevertheless She Persisted Puzzle

Put together this beautifully illustrated 1,000-piece design to see a powerful collage: 24 of history’s most empowering, game-changing women. Throughout the board there are compelling quotes from icons like Amelia Earhart and Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

 

SCWIL Donation

As a supporter of women’s empowerment, you can also make a tax-deductible donation in your loved one’s honor to SCWIL. We are committed to connecting more women to each other and to opportunities to step into leadership roles. Your donation helps expand programming and training for women leaders (and future women leaders) across South Carolina.

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