Shop the Girls Write Now gift guide and directly impact young women today. We are proud to feature products from some of our favorite female-led companies and supporters. From in-person book events to beauty treats to functional underwear that Ilana Glazer recommends—we think you’ll like this list.
Feel free to share our gift guide with your friends, family, and colleagues.
Or give them the gift of a donation in their honor!
1. The Future Is Female 2020 Wall Calendar
This 2020 calendar, The Future is Female: A Year of Art & Activism by Workman Publishing is an amazing addition to any activist’s wall. Each month features an illustration and quote from an empowering woman. Added bonus: it comes with postcards and a poster.
A portion of the proceeds from the calendar go directly to Girls Write Now. Use the code “FUTUREFEMALE” for 20% off through the end of the year.
2. TIN HOUSE PUBLISHES OUR GIRLS’ STORIES WITH ROXANE GAY, GLORIA STEINEM & MORE!
We are proud to collaborate with Tin House Books on Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices, an anthology that showcases young women’s stories, with wise words from Roxane Gay, Zadie Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and more. The book is perfect for anyone who wants to understand what it’s like to be a young girl growing up in America today.
3. Frida, Amelia, RBG Trailblazer Tees
Recently featured in Oprah’s Favorite Things 2019, these tees designed for girls by Piccolina each feature a different trailblazer in women’s history. Tees feature Mae Jemison, Malala, Alice Ball, Juliette Gordon Low, Mary Anning, Annie Smith Peck, Wang Zhenyi, and more for every young leader in your life.
4. Write, Fight, & Ignite Panel Tickets
Start the gifting early and bring a friend to this dynamic panel discussion that’s happening tonight. Plus, treat them to a new book (Girls Write Now gets a portion of the proceeds from books at this event. We’re going, too! The event is called Write, Fight, and Ignite: The Power of Women’s Stories panel at Powerhouse Arena hosted by Girls Write Now’s Agents of Change Awards Honoree Christine Ball, Publisher of Dutton, Putnam and Berkley. The panel includes Carrie Goldberg, Brenda Jones, Krishan Trotman, and Caitlin Moscatello.
5. The 2019 Girls Write Now Anthology
Each year, we publish an anthology of all the amazing work our mentees produce. This year’s anthology focused on being bold, both in writing and in life, and featured a foreword by Phoebe Robinson and introduction by Tomi Adeyemi.
And while you wait to get your print copy, be sure to check out our CTRL+B Multimedia Anthology!
Words empower people to stand next to each other to support a cause, and, particularly, unite women to stand together to support each other, to build better lives for other women, to clear away other noise so women’s words can be heard always… It is your right of storytelling to share yourself with the world, other women, and your generation.
—Alina Roytberg, co-founder of fresh beauty and 2019 Agents of Change Awards Honoree
6. FRESH’S SOY FACE CLEANSER AND SUGAR LIP TREATMENT
Need a gift for the beauty lover in your life? Look no further! Originally founded as a small shop in Boston by our 2019 Agents of Change honoree Alina Roytberg and Lev Glazman, fresh combines potent natural ingredients, ancient rituals, and modern science, to create beauty products that perform with experiences that transform.
We recommend the Soy Face Cleanser, the Sugar Lip Treatment, and all of the holiday gift sets.
7. Thinx Underwear
Thinx is starting a new cycle with underwear that absorbs your period. Depending on your flow, Thinx can replace traditional period products, or be worn with tampons and cups for extra protection. Plus, they pay it forward by fighting for better access to puberty education, amplifying grassroots activism, and donating their undies and time. We love their variety of styles, so you can find the perfect pair for everybody on your list.
Use the code “GWN10” to get $10 off your order, starting November 25th through the end of the year!
8. Donation to Girls Write Now
One of the easiest ways to support Girls Write Now is to make a donation! In lieu of a holiday gift this year, ask a family member or friend to make a donation in your name. Or donate in honor of a mentor in your life. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
9. Moleskine Notebooks
For any writer, one of the best gifts is a place to house their thoughts. We’re huge fans of Moleskine notebooks, and they make great gifts for anyone in your life looking to pick up a journaling practice. We’re loving their passion journals, which guide you through recording all the things you love.
To be in charge is first and foremost to own who we are and be true to ourselves. To be in charge is a commitment to ourselves.
— Diane von Furstenberg, designer and host of the 2019 Agents of Change Awards
10. Shopping at DVF
Diane von Furstenberg has long been a supporter of Girls Write Now (they’ve hosted our Agents of Change Awards for the past two years!), and we love their message of female empowerment and being the “woman in charge”. Anything from DVF is timeless, but we love the scarves and wrap dresses for gifts.
And if you’re in New York City, be sure to visit their showroom to see their collaboration with artist Ashley Longshore, who painted a portrait series of inspiring women to showcase in the space.
11. Craft Beer Tasting Tickets
Treat a friend and join us on December 5th for a special Craft Beer Tasting with author John Holl to kick off the holidays! All proceeds from the evening will support our Writing Works program, a college and career readiness program amplifying diverse voices across industries including publishing, media, finance, and more.
Adding to the works that our Publishing Ancestors have left behind is an awesome responsibility, and I welcome the opportunity by publishing books that celebrate and lift up the full range of races, backgrounds, ages, nationalities, and religious beliefs in our world today. Supporting mentoring organizations such as Girls Write Now ensures even more stories are written, making us all Good Ancestors.
– Judith Curr, President and Publisher of the HarperOne Group
12. THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX, AND THE HORSE BY CHARLIE MACKESY
Selected by our 2019 Agents of Change Awards Honoree Judith Curr, the President and Publisher of HarperOne, HarperCollins, this new book from the British illustrator is a modern classic alongside books such as The Tao of Pooh, The Alchemist, and The Giving Tree. Mackesy offers hope and inspiration in uncertain times, and focuses on themes such as kindness, friendship, adventure, and home. An instant New York Times bestseller, it’s a perfect gift for kids and families alike, and is sure to be a treasured item for generations to come.
13. Poilâne: The Cookbook by Apollonia Poilâne
Food lovers will recognize the famous Parisian bakery, Poilâne, known for its bread, which has been raved about by the likes of Ina Garten and Martha Stewart. Now, fans can learn how to recreate the bakery’s famed sourdough, pastries, breads and more at home. Recommended by Girls Write Now Board Chair and head of Houghton Mifflin Harcout, Ellen Archer, the cookbook tells the story of Apollonia Poilâne, the third-generation baker and owner, who took over the business at eighteen after her parents were killed in a helicopter crash. For anyone who loves to cook, this is a perfect gift about a powerful young woman and the importance of heritage, family, and food.
And if you’re looking for more fun ways to support Girls Write Now, check out our list of tips for raising awareness and crucial funds this holiday season.