The holidays are my favorite time of year, and while they look a little different in 2020, there is still so much reason to celebrate the season and share gratitude for the growth and progress this tumultuous year inspired. In spite of the year’s heartaches and challenges, the Mama Glow team has been hard at work to provide reproductive health education and advance maternal health for the safety and wellbeing of all birthing people. While we’ve been safe at home, we’ve stayed powered by the loving support of some of our favorite products. Believe me when I say that the brands behind them are gifts in and of themselves, and the perfect place to turn when you’re shopping for presents for those nearest and dearest to you.
We hope that these brands and their forward-thinking, healthful products will help you and yours move through the holidays with a little extra love and self-care at home, inspiring us all to look ahead to 2021 feeling healthy, nurtured, and motivated for the future:
Elvie’s mission is to improve women’s lives through smarter technology. They create new products, new solutions and a fair few conversations while they’re at it. They don’t do controversy for controversy’s sake, but are committed to talking candidly about women’s bodies in order to give them the products they deserve.
We love that they approach problems as women and solve them as engineers, scientists and designers, starting with a real need and innovating around it. Elvie’s pelvic trainer is a great companion for maintaining pelvic floor health (and having fun doing it!), and their revolutionary, wireless and hands-free breast pump is perfect for multitasking moms on the move.
Glow Pick: Elvie Pelvic Trainer $199.00
Whether there’s someone in your life who is looking to conceive or someone who may be wanting to explore a birth control option that focuses on body literacy and reproductive health education, the Daysy fertility tracker is a perfect gift. Daysy is a tech-forward, hormone free fertility tracker that collects and calculates information about your personal cycle so you can know when conception is possible. It’s a great tool to have to stay in-the-know about your body and cycle; after all, knowledge is power and this year has taught us that being an active participant in your healthcare, no matter where you are in the reproductive continuum, is of the utmost important.
Glow Pick: Daysy Fertility Tracker: $299.00
It wouldn’t be a 2020 holiday season without the gift of hand sanitizer! OLIKA is the only clean, effective and refillable hand sanitizer that comes in 6 essential oil fragrances and a sleek, bird-inspired design. It’s been our on-the-go companion and a work-station staple, and it makes the perfect stocking stuffer to keep your whole family germ-free.
For the Mama Glow community, they are offering 20% OFF your first order using code GLOW at checkout!
We love Rosebud Woman‘s carefully crafted line of all-natural and deeply self-loving intimate skincare products specifically for the women and people with vulvas in your life. Their latest product, Anoint, is especially great for those looking to restore their skin during the postpartum period. It is an all-over body oil with organic properties that can improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of burns, stretch marks, and scars.
On those days when I want to put a little makeup on for a Zoom call, socially-distanced outing, or just to feel a little brighter when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror at home, I’ve loved having OGEE beauty products on-hand to achieve a quick, glowy makeup moment that I can trust to be safe on my skin.
Their sculpted lip oils make for perfect stocking stuffers – they come in a variety of tints or clear, and they even make a CBD-infused version. OGEE, which is LGBTQ-owned, also sells gift sets of their most popular products, including their skincare collection and crystal contour trio.
A journey into skincare powered by revered botanicals, Taïla’s collection imbues the time-honored practice of Ayurveda to transform, protect and rejuvenate your complexion. Taïla’s VAYU Illuminating Toning Mist has been a staple on our nightstands this year. It balances skin’s pH, protects against external aggressors and provides luminosity to skin. Infused with divine Tulsi, this antioxidant-rich mist increases your skin’s absorption capacity while enhancing the efficiency of the skincare products to follow. We love spritzing it on our faces throughout the day as a well-needed recharge moment, and even use it as an energizing setting spray over makeup.
Glow Pick: Luminous Glow Essentials Gift Set – $185.00
ARQ offers elevated essentials and organic cotton base-layers, made in the USA for a purposeful life. I’ve been living in their wide strap bras and high rise undies, which come in a variety of fun and flattering colors, and I can always be found with an ARQ scrunchie on my wrist for when I need to keep my hair out of my face. We especially love how inclusive they are of all body types and shapes, and that they even offer sizes for babies and kids so they whole family can match!
Glow Pick: Wide Strap Bra – $34.00
Jewelry is a classic holiday gift, and gorjana‘s beautiful pieces at a range of price points offer something for everyone. Their Parker layering sets are my personal favorite, and I love that they offer an assortment of playful charms to mix and match your pieces and make them unique to your own sense of style. Gorjana’s fine collection of 14k gold, diamonds, opals, and sapphire styles makes for a loving gift for your partner or spouse.
Glow Pick: Parker Layering Set – $108.00
Milk + Honey
Milk + Honey makes some of our favorite clean bath and body products, and brings the spa experience right into your home – something we could all use while we’re quarantined! Their hand soaps, body washes, and skincare line feel and smell like luxury and immediately elevate any bath or shower. While you’re shopping, be sure to add one of their deodorant sticks to your cart as a stocking stuffer that’s both a want and a need.
Glow Pick: Masque + Mist Skincare Bundle – $96.00
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a sexier holiday gift this year than the suite of CBD products that Foria Wellness has to offer. Foria is changing the game when it comes to sex and intimacy, and their lubricants, arousal oils, and suppositories were designed to center relaxation and pleasure for people with vulvas.
Omega-3s are essential to our health and wellness, and Simris‘ plant-based supplements are a Mama Glow favorite! Not only are they vegan, sustainable, and environmentally-conscious, the brand is female-founded by a mother-daughter duo. In addition to their classic formula, Simris also makes a supplement specifically for the unique omega-3 needs of mothers, and another to support athletes.
Glow Pick: Simris® Algae Omega-3 for Mothers – $53.00
TONIC CBD has a tincture for every need, and they’ve helped us through many moments of stress and overwhelm this year. While we love all of their botanical tinctures, the O.G. is a favorite for everyday use to encourage mind-body clarity and promote balance. Some CBD tinctures have a bitter or off-putting aftertaste, but TONIC has made their formulas delicious with naturally sweet ingredients like maple syrup.
Glow Pick: Grounded TONIC –
Hope Cards by Best Day Ever
Best Day Ever was founded in 2019 in an effort to de-stigmatize conversation around addiction and provide a safe space for wellness and community. Their affirmation Hope Cards use positive messaging and beautiful imagery to offer mental health support to those who may be suffering silently and seeking empowerment wherever they are on their journey. Gifting someone you love with Hope Cards is a gives to more than just them, too. 10% of all Hope Cards sales benefits Partnership to End Addiction.
Glow Pick: Limited Edition Hope Cards – $28.00
We’ve been fans of Kibou since their conception, and it’s no surprise that they’ve quickly become a holiday wishlist item for parents everywhere. Kibou is a deliberately minimal diaper bag that allows you to carry everything you need for your kids on-the-go in wearable fanny pack. It even has a built-in changing pad and a waterproof zipper pocket to store wipes!
Glow Pick: Kibou – Brown Bag – $89.00
For the clean beauty lover in your life, WOC-founded Planta offers carefully curated boxes of non-toxic health and wellness products that prioritize self-care. Purchase a “surprise box” of 5-6 full-sized products which have already been beautifully packaged and ready to unwrap, or order a subscription for the monthly gift that keeps on giving.
Glow Pick: Planta Subscription – $58.00 monthly
Our friends at ORA have done a brilliant job pivoting their business this year, and are ready to safely and effectively offer your loved ones wellness-based services to center their self-care through the holidays. If the person you’re gifting is based in Manhattan, you can get them a gift card for an acupuncture treatment in their beautiful and COVID-19 compliant studio. Alternatively, they also have appointments available for virtual acupressure sessions, so you can learn how to relieve the physical pressures and tensions of 2020 yourself!
Glow Pick: December De-Stress Box – $55.00
If you have a pregnant person or postpartum parent in your life, HATCH Collection‘s maternity clothes and accessories make the perfect fashion-forward gift. HATCH carries collections to support birthing people from the first through fourth trimester, and has plenty of flattering yet comfy options for those parents-to-be to feel wrapped in love while navigating pregnancy in quarantine.
Glow Pick: The Knit Onesie – $278.00
If your child has been begging to get their ears pierced, consider booking an appointment for one of Rowan‘s Registered Nurses to come to your home and deliver a holiday memory you and your family will never forget. I had my ears pierced at Rowan’s Upper East Side storefront in New York City, and I can’t say enough great things about the experience. It was clean, comfortable, and celebratory from start to finish – my gift to myself to commemorate this year!
Rowan‘s monthly earring subscription box is a great way to deliver beautiful, hypo-allergenic and nickle-free earrings to a newly-piercing loved one so that they’re thinking of you every time they adorn themselves with a beautiful new pair of earrings.
Glow Pick: Earring Subscription Box – $34.00 monthly
Tis the season for cozy layers, and comfy-cute loungewear has never been more necessary than in quarantine! Whether you or a loved one is a Mama Glow doula, or you just want to show your support for maternal health and birth equity, consider gifting friends and family a super-soft tee or sweatshirt from our official merchandise collection.
Glow Pick: Mama Glow Doula Sweatshirt – $35.99