Women today are defying age, breaking rules and meeting challenging times with grit and glamour. That gutsy determination can be a powerful inspiration to skip the usual candles, mugs and picture frames and choose some this-minute gifts that update and uplift body and soul. Here are options for every budget, from beautiful basics and simple stocking stuffers to a handful of splurge-worthy treats.
She has the latest Smartwatch and AirPods, a bow tattoo on her wrist, a mostly black wardrobe and a yen for faux leather skirts and pants. Keep her leader-of-the-pack attitude going with ’gram-worthy gifts such as the Poppy Women’s Vegan Leather Quilted Crossbody Bucket Bag in Black ($25, walmart.com) for cell and essentials; the Maison Margiela Replica Memory Box Perfume Set ($39, kohls.com) with buzzy minis to try; the Old Navy High-Waisted O.G. Straight Faux-Leather Ankle Pants for Women in Leather ($55, oldnavy.gap.com) for a dose of chic and attitude; and the Blondo Hallie Waterproof Chelsea Boots ($149, zappos.com), which are chunky, edgy and weatherproof.
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She wants to save the planet and prefers vegan, cruelty-free beauty products and sustainably sourced fashion. Applaud her mission with clean, green, eco-friendly gifts such as The Body Shop Lemon Protecting Hand & Body Lotion ($9, ulta.com) with nourishing glycerin, shea butter and olive oil; Burt’s Bees x Cleo Wade Lip Balms ($12 for four minis, target.com), 100 percent natural conditioners in four flavors inspired by Wade, an author and self-care activist; Summersalt’s The Reversible Eco Quilted Lightweight Jacket in Olive & Eden ($135, summersalt.com), which is cozy, derriere covering and crafted from recycled plastic water bottles; and the Madewell (Re)sourced Oversized Scarf in Dried Straw ($55, madewell.com) made from 100 percent recycled materials.