Holiday Gift Guide for Girls: 2017 Edition

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November 22, 2017

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Can’t figure out what to get your favorite girls this holiday season?

AAUW’s Holiday Gift Guide for Girls has you covered. For the sixth year in a row (Check out our gift guides from previous years for more ideas!) we’ve created a list of gifts that empower girls to believe in themselves, defy stereotypes, be creative, and dream big! Read on to find gifts for activists, scientists, and change makers at every age and at every stage of their trailblazing careers.

If you’re purchasing any of our great gift recommendations through Amazon, don’t forget to set AAUW as your charity of choice on Amazon Smile. A portion of revenue from eligible purchases will be donated to AAUW at no extra cost to you!

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   0–3  4–6  7–10  Tweens  Teens  College Students    Graduate Students and Young Professionals      Professionals and Parents   65+  Small Gifts for All Ages


Future Feminist Onesie

Age groups:

Baby feminist and proud of it! This shirt is perfect for the latest recruits to the movement. It’s pure cotton, so it’s soft next to baby’s skin. Available in 3 sizes from 6 to 18 months.

$10, ShopAAUW


Not Every Princess

Written by Jeffrey Bone and Lisa Bone
Illustrated by Valeria Docampo
Age groups: 4–6, 7–10

Start teaching your little ones early on that gender doesn’t have to fit into social norms. With Not Every Princess you’ll be able to tap into your little one’s imagination and teach them to be true to themselves.

$14.93, Amazon

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx

Written by Jonah Winter
Illustrated by Edel Rodriguez
Age groups: 4–6, 7–10, tweens

Recent AAUW Achievement Awardee Sonia Sotomayor rose up from a place of poverty and injustice to become the first Latina to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Share Associate Justice Sotomayor’s incredible story with your loved ones to show them that love, determination, and passion can go a long way toward achieving their dreams.

$10.98, Amazon


Rosie Revere, Engineer

Written by Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by David Roberts
Age groups: 7–10, tweens

Little Rosie Revere is just as ambitious as her aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter). When Rosie hears that her aunt was unable to achieve her dream of flying, she engineers a contraption to achieve Aunt Rose’s ultimate goal. While the machine doesn’t go exactly according to plan, Aunt Rose reassures little Rosie that failure only happens when you quit.

This book will help nurture a love for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and a passion for learning and experimenting! Pair this book with a registration to an AAUW Tech Trek camp for your tween and she’ll be well on her way to becoming a real-life Rosie Revere!

$11.58, Amazon


Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX

Written by Karen Blumenthal
Age groups: Tweens, teens

Women and girls were not always allowed on the playing field — or even in schools! Many of the laws and limitations challenging their participation were only lifted a few decades ago. Learn about Title IX and how it changed the game for women and girls.

$22.99, Barnes and Noble

Barbie Sheroes

Barbie Mattel
Age groups: 4–6, 7–10, Tweens, teens

Barbie has recently begun to recognize “sheroes” — women heroes who inspire girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere. “Sheroes” such as Misty Copeland, Ashley Graham, and Ava Duvernay have been transformed into Barbie dolls and can now be purchased as miniature role models for girls throughout their lives.

$29.99, Barbie

Registration for AAUW Tech Trek 2018

Age groups: Tweens, teens

Through hands-on problem solving and encounters with women role models in STEM, AAUW Tech Trek helps girls shape their futures while having nonstop fun. This one-week summer camp is designed to make STEM fields exciting and accessible to girls in middle school — the age when girls’ participation in these fields drops. For many girls, Tech Trek sparks their curiosity and puts them on the path to success.

Prices vary depending on camp location, AAUW Tech Trek


Women of NASA LEGO Set

Age groups: 7–10, tweens, teens, college students, graduate students young professionals, professionals and parents, 65+

Over the years NASA has seen many amazing women accomplish challenging feats. This LEGO set honors four pioneering trailblazers in STEM: Mae Jemison, an astronaut, engineer, and physician; Nancy Grace Roman, an educator and astronomer, Sally Ride, an astronaut, entrepreneur, physicist, and computer scientist; and Margaret Hamilton, an entrepreneur and computer scientist.

$24.99, LEGO

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

Edited by Kelly Jensen
Age groups:
Teens, college students

Dancers, actors, artists, and writers come together in Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World. Covering topics such as intersectionality, friendships, gender identity, and self-care, these 44 voices give insight as to what feminism really looks like.

$9.98, Amazon

Tinker STEM Box

Kiwi Crate
Age groups:
Tweens, teens

Tinker Crate is a STEM box designed for kids ages 9 to 16. This monthly subscription box allows you to customize different STEM-related projects that include all the material, blueprints, experiments, activities, and video tutorials to fully immerse you in your project of the month!

$20 per month, Kiwi Crate

College Students

Registration for the 2018 AAUW National Conference for College Women Student Leaders

Age groups: College students

How can college students redefine leadership? At AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders students shape their future through a transformative three-day leadership experience. Not in college? Don’t let the young leaders you know miss out on this amazing conference — give the gift of leadership today! Registration is open now.

$465 (rate expires January 31, 2018),

Empowered Women Empower Women Coloring Book

By Her Resistance Coloring Book
Age groups:
Teens, college students, graduate students and young professionals

This inspirational adult coloring book for feminists supports women’s rights, promotes self-care, honors women’s equity and rights, and gives your college student a great way to wind down after a tough exam.

$8.95, Amazon

Graduate Student and Young Professionals

The OG Lo & Sons Bag

Lo & Sons
Age groups:
Graduate students and young professionals, professionals and parents

Get your young professional the only bag she will ever need for school, travel, or work: a lightweight yet functional overnight bag designed for the modern traveler. Features a place for your laptop, a separate shoe compartment, and plenty of pockets.

$200, Lo & Sons

Check out Lo & Sons on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

RealHer Makeup Kit

Age groups:
College students, graduate student and young professionals

Every woman and girl deserves to feel comfortable in their own skin. RealHer was founded by a father who wanted to build a brand to influence women the way he “would want any company to inspire [his] daughter.” This cruelty-free and all-natural brand has a simple mission: Empower women to embrace their strengths and weaknesses alike — and let makeup act as a source of confidence and inspiration. The I Am Tough matte liquid lipstick, I Am a Fighter lip gloss, and Be Yourself Be RealHer lip liner trio can be worn together for a bold red look or mixed and matched to create a variety of different looks.

$48, RealHer

Enter code AAUWHOLIDAY at checkout for 15 percent off your entire purchase. This code expires December 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Check out RealHer on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Quick and Curious Spiral Notebook

Kate Spade New York
Age groups: Teens, college students, graduate students and young professionals

With this inspirational Kate Spade spiral notebook you’ll be ready to take on the world every day, no matter what your daily plans are.

$14, Kate Spade
Check out Kate Spade on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Gilded Years: A Novel

By Karin Tanabe (@karintanabe)

Age groups: Graduate students and young professionals, professionals and parents, 65+

Pick up The Gilded Years, the AAUW ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club for December, before the feature film comes out (Zendaya and Reese Witherspoon have already signed on to the movie!).

From an early age Anita Hemmings longed to attend Vassar College. But she is hiding a secret, and it’s one that may compromise her dream: She is African American. With her light skin, Anita succeeds in passing as white and matriculating at Vassar, where she finds herself living with Lottie Taylor, the daughter of one of New York’s most prominent families. Pulling a reclusive Anita out of her shell, Lottie inadvertently puts her friend’s greatest secret at risk. A fictionalized account of the life of the first African American woman to graduate from Vassar College, The Gilded Years is a moving story of how one woman risked it all for the chance at a better life.

$10.87, Amazon

Professionals and Parents

Phat Buddha Collection

Phat Buddha
Age groups:
College students, graduate students and young professionals, professionals and parents

Phat Buddha’s fitness wear collection offers a wardrobe meant for more than just the gym. Be cool, cosmopolitan, and chic wherever you go with Phat Buddha.

Prices vary, Phat Buddha
Check out Phat Buddha on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

She Coffee Table Book

Kate Spade
Age groups:
Graduate students and young professionals, professionals and parents, 65+

Celebrate 50 iconic women with She by Kate Spade. This book is filled with beautiful photography, inspiring quotes, essays, and profiles on the heroines of history.

$40, Kate Spade

Check out Kate Spade on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Woman Card(s) II

By Zach Wahls

Age groups: Graduate students and young professionals, professionals and parents, 65+

Change the game with a deck full of trailblazing ladies. Featuring important figures such as Sylvia Rivera and Gertrude Stein, this deck is sure to be the talk of any gathering you have this winter.

$20, Wildfang


The Brontë Sisters Boxed Set

Written by Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë
Illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Age groups: College students, graduate students and young professionals, professionals and parents, 65+

This beautiful boxed set features classics such as Wuthering HeightsVilletteJane Eyre, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

$63.23, Amazon

My Life Story — So Far

Uncommon Goods
Age groups: 65+

Have a friend whose story is too amazing to go unwritten? Looking to collect memories of your own? This journal gives you prompts for recording your life’s experiences, relationships, and wisdom.

$30, Uncommon Goods

Small Gifts for All Ages

ShopAAUW Gifts for the Feminist in Your Life


Age groups: 0–3, 4–6, 7–10, tweens, teens, college students, graduate students and young professionals, professionals and parents, 65+

Give the gift of AAUW apparel, accessories, stationary, and more straight from AAUW’s Shop.