(Shutterstock Photo/Lucky Business) Exchanging gifts
(Shutterstock Photo/Lucky Business)

Supporting a woman-owned business is supporting your community; studies show women reinvest 90% of their income in their families and communities, while men reinvest only 40% in those groups.

Many small businesses are struggling this year, as the coronavirus pandemic has put tremendous stress on the economy.

Historically underrepresented and underfunded, women-owned businesses need all the support they can get. According to Facebook’s 2020 Global State of Small Businesses Report, women entrepreneurs took a harder hit from coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders because women “were more likely to run ‘non-essential’ businesses.”

According to Women Owned, an initiative to support women-owned businesses, there were 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the U.S as of 2017. Thirty-nine percent of all businesses in the country were women-owned, as of 2017, but they represented  only 4.2% of overall business revenue. Women reinvest up to 90% of their income in their families and communities, compared to 40% for men.

Shoppers searching for the perfect gift for friends, co-workers, and family—and maybe something special for themselves—should consider supporting a woman-owned business.

Take a look at this list of gifts from women-owned businesses from across Pennsylvania for inspiration:

Baby Dress from Brambler Boutique

If there’s a baby in your life, he or she would look cute in a baby dress printed with whales and other sea creatures. Brambler Boutique in Pittsburgh sells the dress, which is made from organic cotton French terry and silkscreened with non-toxic water-based inks, in ivory and plum wine. (We like the plum wine because it will hide the inevitable stains better.) It’s available in sizes 0-24 months. $40.80.

Blast Off! Tea from Tupelo Honey Teas

Give your loved ones a boost with a special tea blend from Tupelo Honey Teas in Millvale. The shop owner created Blast Off!, a yerba mate-based citrus tea, to give the drinker energy. $6 for a 1-ounce packet.

Cookies from Sweet Street

Satisfy your mom’s sweet tooth with cookies from Sweet Street in Reading, Berks County. One box contains five Salted Caramel Cookies and five Chocolate Chunk Manifesto Cookies. The Salted Caramel Cookies have all-natural toffee, white chocolate chunks, pretzel bits, and sea salt to balance all that sweetness. The Chocolate Chunk Manifesto Cookies are made with sustainable chocolate chunks, pretzel bits, and brown butter. $34.99.

Faux Shearling Jacket from Lotus Apparel

Help your loved one stay warm and look fabulous with this faux shearling jacket from Lotus Apparel and Gifts in Doylestown, Bucks County. $140.

Floral Deer Socks from Bella Sera

Add some color to a girl friend’s sock drawer with a pair of pretty socks with deer and flowers woven into the design. Bella Sera, a boutique in Hershey, sells socks with a variety of designs. $12.

Forest Geometric Composition Earrings from Telltale Dress

Your friend who has all the coolest jewelry would probably love to add these beautiful brass earrings from Telltale Dress in Lancaster to her jewelry box. $80.

Leather Luggage Tags from Tesoro

The globe-trotter in your life might like a handmade leather luggage tag from Tesoro in Philadelphia. Most of the shop’s products are made from American leather. The luggage tags come in nine colors: black, chestnut, cheetah, powder blue, turquoise, kelly green, maroon, pink, and gray. $30.

Nonpareil Trees from Miesse Candies

These little Christmas trees made from nonpareils could make great stocking stuffers. Miesse Candies in Lancaster offers them in two sizes and three kinds of chocolate. A small is 4 inches tall and 3 inches in diameter at the base, and a large is 8 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter at the base. Choose from milk, dark, or white chocolate. $5.95 for a small, $19.95 for a large.

Polish Pottery from Boutique on Pomfret

If someone in your life likes to start their day with a cup of tea, they might love this intricately painted Polish tea set from Boutique on Pomfret in Carlisle. The teapot sits on top of the teacup, which sits on top of the saucer. $55.95.

Sweater from Burlap & Bourbon

Help the man in your life look cool and stay warm in this chenille stripe crewneck sweater from Burlap & Bourbon in Scranton. $85.

Table Lamp from Yowie

Your sister who is always redecorating might like this unique lamp from Yowie, a home and life shop in Philadelphia. Created from steel and glass, the lamp’s design is inspired by Asian rice paper lanterns. It has a handle that isn’t just for decoration; it makes the lamp easy to move from room to room. $250.