The rigors of modern life, even without a global pandemic tossed in, can wear on a woman’s soul. It starts early. Research shows that girls begin to lose their confidence at an alarmingly young age, between 8 and 14, when our male counterparts keep taking risks and building up more reserves of self confidence.
With social distancing guidelines and travel worries front and center, we can’t always be there in person to tell our moms, sisters, aunts, daughters and friends how amazing they truly are. We know words have power. And sometimes, the right words at the right moment can make all the difference, offering a boost of confidence and a reminder to be brave when we lose our nerve.
Here’s a collection of budget-friendly gift ideas and stocking stuffers, all priced under $50, to inspire girls, tweens, teens, young adults and all of the women in our lives:
‘You’ve Got This’ ring
Feeling unsure of your abilities? This adjustable stainless steel ring is a reminder that you can handle any tough situation. ($22 on Etsy)
‘Beautiful Girl You Can Do Hard Things’ tapestry blanket
Natural Life offers a line of colorful and inspiring gifts that feature confidence-boosting messages on everything from car coasters to canvas bags. ($40 from Natural Life)
‘Still I Rise’ scarf
This empowering wearable art bestows messages of determination and persistence in the form of Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise.” ($48 from Uncommon Goods)
‘Shine your light’ leather cuff
Part of a collection of wearable art, this hand-engraved cuff/bracelet is from best-selling author, mom and motivational speaker Rachel Macy Stafford ($24 from Hands Free Mama)
The Confidence Code for Girls
Released in 2018, this book remains a must-read for tweens, young teens and their parents. A journal is also available to help reinforce confidence-boosting lessons on taking risks, making mistakes and becoming who you were meant to be. ($6.72 hardcover from Amazon)
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Real Change print
A powerful reminder from late supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” ($5.54 downloadable print by WildlyInspiringArt on Etsy)
‘You’re Amazing’ pop-up cards for kids
School, whether online or in person, can be stressful. These notes are great to tuck inside laptops, notebooks, lunchboxes and backpacks and offer a spot for a personal message. ($6.95 on Amazon)
Cup of Ambition
It will be hard not to hum the movie theme song “9 to 5” by singer/songwriter and American legend Dolly Parton when you use this cute cup. ($12.80 Bravegirlclub on Etsy)
‘I Always Believe in You’ pocket stone
Besides greeting cards, Hallmark offers more than a hundred gifts to remind and inspire this holiday season. Perfect on a desk or dresser, this small stone reads “I always believe in you. This makes it official.’ ($5.59 by Hallmark)
Girl Be Brave tray
Inspired by a note left by her late grandmother, the creator of the Girl Be Brave line offers a plethora of products with the message, including this green and gold ceramic tray. Other items include stickers, yoga mats, water bottles and a journal. ($20 from Girl Be Brave)
This journal “Everyday Hope: 365 Ways to a positive life” features quotes, tips and even exercises for a more positive and hopeful outlook on our world. ($12.95 at Amazon )
‘The World Needs Who You Were Meant to Be’
This children’s book by Joanna Gaines, entrepreneur, mother of five and star of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, celebrates our differences with a message on the importance of taking care of one another. ($15.99 from Magnolia)
Brave Girl bookmark/gift tag
Arizona artist Terry Parvan creates original pieces, including journals, bookmarks and collages to inspire bravery and boldness in all of us. ($3 WinifredStreet on Etsy)
‘Ask for what you deserve’ face covering
Because we are living in a pandemic that will require us to cover our noses and mouths for a while longer in public. Check out other confidence-boosting art from artist Risa Rodil ($10 from RedBubble)
Sanctuary Project jewelry
Based in Austin, Texas, Sanctuary Project is a Target Plus Partner, and a nonprofit social enterprise providing jobs and training to women who have survived lives of trafficking and addiction. All sales of the handmade jewelry, including necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings go directly to providing more job opportunities and training. (Target.com)
‘You Are a Badass’ talking button and mini book
When the pandemic passes, your office mates will love the confidence boost and chuckles elicited from pressing this talking button. ($9.95 from Francescas.com)
‘She Believed She Could So She Did’ art print
Need a great gift in a hurry? All this downloadable art print needs is a printer and a frame. Other inspiring quotes from the Etsy store TheCrownPrints include “What’s the Best That Could Happen? And ‘You Are So Loved.’ ($5.90 from Etsy)
‘Never Forget How Wildly Capable You Are’ stickers
Choose from an array of stickers perfect for laptops and notebooks featuring motivational phrases in modern designs. ($3.97 from Doodleido)
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