This year, we’re excited to holiday shop. We look forward to thoughtful gift giving and sharing unique items offered by women-owned businesses.
As an entrepreneur myself, I understand the drive and focus needed to grow a business, especially during challenging times. I appreciate the countless hard-working women who help provide for their families.
In the U.S., women own 42 percent of businesses, and many have diverse ethnic and geographic backgrounds, according to a report commissioned by American Express. California alone has nearly 150,000 women-owned businesses and that number is growing nationally. From florists to law firms, women are taking the reins in the workplace—and they are succeeding.
Join us as we support small businesses and the women behind them with LooHoo’s staff-curated list of exceptional wares.
Full-time potter Becky Wright has been crafting her wares since 2016 but I only recently discovered her unique pottery when my husband and I purchased a set of her mugs for our eighth wedding anniversary.
Just about anyone on your gift list would enjoy receiving Becky’s one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by the sky and land.
Dawn Walsh loves puzzles and I’m pretty sure she’s not the only one.
I met Dawn in a business group and I loved learning about her company. She selects various artists to create gender-neutral puzzles then curates creative boxes as part of a monthly subscription.
Solving puzzles is a fun way to spend time with friends and family, especially during the holidays.
Scout and Bean
I’m in awe of Lauren Beveridge’s work. There’s something about the simple design of the baskets, bowls and bags that just resonates with me. If you’re looking for an elegant piece for the home to give someone special, Scout + Bean should be at the top of your list.
These pieces of creamy rope art are sturdy enough for everyday use yet pretty enough to incorporate into home décor. Interested in color? Each cotton piece can be custom made with a choice of colors.
Cathy Risling—Writer & Editor
Some may dismiss letter writing as passe, but I disagree. I revel in finding beautiful stationery and dressing up my home office with pretty supplies. And personalized notecards, don’t get me started.
Emma James and Bailey Amon must feel the same. They started Antiquaria after meeting in a stationary shop in Austin, Texas, more than a decade ago. Now they run a successful online store that marries their talents for calligraphy and fanciful illustrations.
I especially love their broad range of custom return address stamps, a great gift idea for even the non-letter writers on your list.
I received a box of these truffles for a gift and my tastebuds haven’t been the same since.
These dark chocolate confections come in dreamy combinations such as the Smoking Gun—bourbon, smoked cherry liqueur, chocolate bitters and sea salt, and the Honey Bear—peanut butter, honey, sea salt and cinnamon. Now that Santa is coming, I cannot wait for the Peppermint Mocha truffles—a mouthwatering swirl of espresso, peppermint and candy canes.
The Illinois-based company—cofounded by Mary Ervin and Sara Miller in 2011—sources cacao from South America and is committed to supporting the farming industry—and positive impact—in these counties.
Gold jewelry is back in style and thanks to Rellery, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Based in Rhode Island, this woman-owned business carries an ethically sourced, made in the USA array of rings, necklaces, rings and earrings featuring the link-style chains (ideal for layering!) that are all the rage right now.
The link-and-chain anklets are a modern take on an old favorite but really, there’s so many beautiful pieces it’s hard to choose just one. Best part is the luster is guaranteed. If your piece starts to tarnish, Rellery will shine it up—free of charge.
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EuGenia Shea Butter
Ever since Cyndi from LooHoo introduced me to this amazing shea butter, I’ve been hooked. It’s now the only skin care product in my self-care arsenal.
Mother-daughter duo Eugenia and Naa-Sakle Akuete didn’t discover shea butter, but they certainly developed a tried-and-true formula that soothes and nourishes the driest and roughest of skins.
I especially love the 2 oz. tins available in lavender, grapefruit or unscented—the small size is easy to take on the go and makes a great stocking stuffer.
PACHA Soap Co.
Recently, I noticed these beautiful soaps at Whole Foods. I bought a bar then discovered Pacha Soap Co. carries so much more—bath bombs, essential oils, body wash, scrubs and hand soap that share the same all-natural fragrances.
Abi Vrbas cofounded the company with her husband in 2013 and supports ethical sourcing, clean water initiatives and hygiene education. This is a mission I can get behind.
Roxi Suger has been making women feel comfortable in their clothes for more than two decades, but I only discovered her line a few years ago. And boy, am I glad I did.
These timeless styles transcend all age groups and range from wrap dresses and capri leggings to hooded pullovers and cowl neck tunics.
If the bamboo/spandex Cap Tunic knit shirt isn’t in your drawer, this wardrobe staple should be.
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