Gift ideas for the wonderful ladies in your life!
1. Don’t Care Who Wins Sweatshirt + Classic Chicago Crew (Chicago Based and Woman Owned) | 2. Moonlight Pajamas | 3. Silk Pillowcase Duo (Woman Owned) / Shop more from slip here! | 4. Solawave Wand (BIPOC/Woman Owned) | 5. Dyson Hair Straightener Set (I hear that the hair dryer and Airwrap are both awesome, too!)
6. Beis Weekender Bag (Woman Owned) | 7. Nespresso Frother | 8. Equilibria CBD Gifts (Chicago Based and Woman Owned) | 9. Peter Thomas Roth Eye Patch Kit | 10. Align Leggings | 11. Perfect Pot (BIPOC Woman Owned) | 12. Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Sweatshirt and Sweatpants | 13. Wireless Charging Block | 14. Ionic Facial Steamer
15. Alpaca Sweater (Sustainably made) | 16. Allbirds Tree Dashers (Sustainably made) | 17. Nordic Boots | 18. Packing Cube Set / Shop more from Calpak here! | 19. Sezane Gaspard Sweater (Sustainably made)
2021 Gift Guide for Her
Since I will be majorly updating my posts about the best gifts from Chicago small businesses, sustainable brands, and more – I wanted to make this one a little bit more broad… but please know that there’s a mix of both big and small businesses within these links! If you look above, I’ve called out BIPOC and female owned companies, and I promise to continue to do that throughout my gift guides.
Let’s dive in!
You all know that I always like to include my friend Ali’s store, Alice & Wonder, in my gift guides! She started it as an online shop, then opened a pop up shop… that turned into not one but TWO brick and mortar stores here in Chicago. She hasn’t launched all of her holiday stuff yet, but I still think that all of these Chicago tees/sweatshirts plus her Mad Hatter beanie collection would make GREAT gifts.
I always love giving and getting pajamas for the holidays. We all rarely think to buy them for ourselves, but doesn’t it feel so good to get a fresh pair?! I have the cropped version of these long pajamas and they are SO SOFT. I also really love my Soma PJs and Lake PJs, too. High quality and lots of styles!
I know this might seem silly, but after loving my silk eye mask for years, I finally got an off brand silk pillowcase – and now I really want the real thing from slip. Not only does silk feel lovely, but it also has anti-aging benefits! Slipsilk specifically helps reduce friction, which reduces pressure on creased skin. It also helps reduce hair damage since your hair won’t pull and tangle on them. And if she already has both of these things, there are a lot of other fun beauty gifts here, like sleep caps, jade rollers, and more!
Speaking of anti-aging, I got a Solawave earlier this year and kind of forgot about it… but I’ve been using it again the past few weeks and it is honestly AWESOME. It uses red light therapy, micro-currents, therapeutic warming, and a little facial massage, too. These things help fade blemishes and smooth fine lines, boost your skin’s glow, and make you look more radiant 🙂 Plus, it’s easy to use! Such a great gift for any skincare guru in your life!
I got this weekender bag a few years ago, but thanks to this blog post, it’s been a bestseller of mine all year. Due to COVID, I feel like we’re all taking more quick weekend trips to places that don’t require getting on a plane – and this bag is literally perfect for those getaways. I can’t recommend it enough!
Yes, this frother is on every gift guide – because it is the BEST gift for ANY coffee lover! My friends got it for us as an engagement gift and I seriously look forward to using it every single morning. All you do is add your milk (I think Nutpods, oat, or coconut milk froths the best!), press one of 4 buttons, and you have perfectly frothy milk to add to your coffee!
By now, you guys know that I’m a big believer in CBD. My favorite CBD company, Equilibria (which also happens to be female-founded and Chicago based!) hasn’t launched their holiday gift sets quite yet, but they still have great gift options to choose from. Plus, you can always get 15% off with my code LAKESHORELADY.
I will update this section when the gift sets go live, but for now, I recommend their Mindful Mineral Soak or Bath Bombs for those who aren’t quite sure about CBD yet. And for your pals who already use and love it, I’d get them the Daily Gummies. They’re so delicious!
The Our Place Always Pan was definitely a hot gift last year, and I’m willing to bet that their new Perfect Pot will be a really popular gift this year. I usually mention my Le Creuset Dutch Oven as a great splurge gift each year, but I love that Our Place’s pot is a FRACTION of that cost. Like the pan, it’s non-toxic, non-stick, and SUPER easy to clean – but unlike the pan, this pot can go in the oven! It’s also really lightweight… like, surprisingly lightweight. And it comes with a roasting/steaming rack and notched spoon that rests perfectly on the pot. All in all, it’s awesome. Definitely recommend, especially for soup season!
When it comes to loungewear, Lou & Grey = the ultimate. NOTHING is softer than their signaturesoft sweatsuits, I swear! I think they run a little big, so if you’re between sizes, size down. (I wear XS in both.)
Okay, hear me out. I added packing cubes to our registry on a whim, and after using them to pack for Finland, I am obsessed. They are SO HELPFUL. Why did it take me so long to realize this?! If you are shopping for someone who loves to travel, don’t underestimate this gift! You can also shop more by Calpak here!
I will be updating my post all about sustainable gifts, but I can’t wait until then to share some of my favorites!! First of all, you probably know about my love for Everlane’s alpaca sweater by now… but if not, I own it in 3 different colors and it’s the coziest! In general, all of their sweaters would make a really great gift for anyone on your list. I’ve also added Sezane’s bestselling Gaspard sweater to my personal wishlist. I want to know what the fuss is about! And don’t forget about Allbirds shoes! I got their running shoes this year and they have become my favorite for every type of workout.
PS. You might also like The Best Gifts By Chicago Artists/Brands/Companies, Sustainable Gift Ideas, and my Gift Guide For Him. Follow me on Instagram for more updates.