AV Gift Guide: Irresistible prezzies on the cheap

Morgan and I have collaborated on the first ever AV Gift guide, our 10 festive favorites to give (or get.) And because we know lists are long but budgets are tight this time of year, we’ve made sure everything is $40 or less. Way less. Practically free. That’s our gift to you.

For the cat lady in training: Gama-Go Kitty Egg Mold

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A good way to guarantee an invitation to brunch? Give your friend this cute cat mold for instagram-worthy eggs every time. I’d suggest separating the whites from the yolks and then get the yolks going a little ahead of the whites. $10

For your all-about-the-bass friend: Fat Girl Power

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My friend Jennifer King, who blogs at Stellar Fashion and Fitness, has written a collection of body positive coming-of-age stories  on how to boost your self-esteem with the three things that have made a direct impact on her own confidence: fashion, fitness and body positivity. Funny, uplifting and empowering. Pick up a copy for yourself too. $16

For your flaky friend: Glossier Balm Dotcom

AV Gift GuideDo we love fresh, hydrated skin? Dewy ever! Your friend can wear this long-lasting, do-everything skin salve when she’s going au natural or over makeup for a subtle sheen. It’s packed with antioxidants and natural emollients because, let’s face it, dry skin is such a drag. $12

For the budding Barefoot Contessa: BonJour Salad Chef Dressing Mixer 

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No more bottled salad dressing! The store-bought stuff is usually loaded with sugar, sodium and preservatives. Your friend can learn to blend her own heathy vinaigrettes (you wouldn’t believe how much trouble I had spelling that word) with recipes right on the bottle. The built-in blender means oil and vinegar mix and mingle like old friends.  $20

For your eternal optimist friend:  “Uteruses before Duderuses”

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Knope? Yes, please! Having Amy Poeler’s hilarious champion of passion and perfectionism on a mug will tell your friend she’s your ride or die and remind her to keep per priorities straight: “Friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.” $12

For the uncoordinated cardio queen: Digital Workout Jump Rope with Calorie & Jump Counter

AV Gift GuideClumsy? Living in a small space? Think ropeless, not hopeless. Our AV Gift Guide wouldn’t be complete without a piece of portable workout equipment. This no-rope jump rope has a Digital LCD Screen to track calories burned, number of jumps, and even has an alarm timer to alert you when you hit your target. She can step up to the real rope (included) when she’s ready. $17

For the feminist fashionista: The Future is Female T-shirt

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Hell, yeah it is! We may have to wait a little longer for the first female president, but women are killing it in other ways. Did you hear that for the first time in NASA history, half of the newest astronaut class is female? I’m so picturing Christina Hammock Koch, Nicole Aunapu Mann, Anne McClain, and Jessica Meir wearing these shirts under their space suits. Oh and 25% of t-shirt sale proceeds are donated to Planned Parenthood. Win-Win. $30

For your hilariously awkward (awkwardly hilarious) friend: Scrappy Little Nobody

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Who doesn’t love Anna Kendrick’s biting but brilliant, often self-deprecating, always adorkable humor? We haven’t tried this one but we saved it a place on the AV Gift Guide and we’re clearing a place on our nightstands as we speak. $16

For your brrrrr-y best friend: Sunday Snuggles Printed Armwarmer

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If your career takes you into corporate America, you’ll soon know the torment of being constantly cold when your sweaty male coworkers keep the thermostat set on Arctic. These arm warmers and the ones above will help you chase away the chill without losing your cool. $32

For your bad feminist friend: Bad Feminist 

AV Gift GuideRoxanne Gay’s essays are a gateway drug for baby feminists who are uncomfortable with the label but supportive of all the principles, advances and sisterhood feminism affords us. For loud and proud feminists, Bad Feminist is an acknowledgment that our feminism is often as  “complex and evolving and flawed” as we are, but that’s ok. Bottom line: no matter what kind of feminist you are, you are not an “angry, sex-hating, man-hating victim lady person.” You are a work in progress. And proud of it. Check out Roxanne’s Ted Talk on the subject. $10

Got anything to add to the AV Gift Guide? What’s on your wish list?


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