Looking for a meaningful gift for a teen or tween girl?
Welcome to our Valentine’s Day “Love Yourself” Gift Guide … we’ve found some amazing unique gift ideas that show LOVE by helping girls take GOOD care of themselves! Plus, if you have our Girls Empowerment Membership, you can WIN these products in our giveaways (you’ll find all info in the Members section of our BYOU Magazine app)! Not yet a member? CLICK HERE to order your annual membership for only $19.99, it makes a great gift that will build self-love and empower a girl all year long — plus they can win cool prizes like the items below!
Check out our Valentine’s Gift Guide below for great gift ideas for the teen or tween girl on your list, including our editorial review of each product. These “Love Yourself” products demonstrate self-care, feature natural ingredients, and build confidence! And check back because we’ll add more items to our gift guide throughout the month!
SWEET VEGAN CHOCOLATES
While all Sweet Vegan Chocolates are vegan, nut-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free, they’re not just for vegans or those with food allergies. Sweet Vegan is dedicated to creating great tasting chocolates, eliminating everything that gets in the way of experiencing the true flavor of chocolate and combines real fruit and fresh organic ingredients. From mouth-watering Fruity Bites to velvety Dreamy Bites, both covered in rich dark chocolate, Sweet Vegan chocolates are for anyone who really loves chocolate. MORE INFO HERE
Editor’s Review: We couldn’t do a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide/Giveaway without including chocolates, right? But considering our theme is “Love Yourself” we had to find chocolates that not only taste good, but are also good FOR you. That’s way we were excited to find Sweet Vegan, who is committed to making great-tasting chocolates that use organic, fresh, wholesome, and REAL ingredient without fillers, preservatives, or artificial additives. The flavors are super robust and very unique (my fave was Spicy Ginger!). You get the benefits of antioxidants from the dark chocolate (and it’s a mood-booster) plus vitamins and minerals from the fruit…all while experiencing a wonderfully delicious treat! Sweet, huh? (Pun intended!)
MINDFULNESS FOR TEENS BOOK & JOURNAL
Being a teen can be tough―schoolwork, social media, life in general. Mindfulness can help. Mindfulness for Teens in 10 Minutes a Day and The Mindfulness Journal for Teens by Jennie Marie Battistin give you a toolbox of helpful tips and techniques to combat stress. The easy-to-read book offers actionable steps to help relieve anxiety and live in the moment, and the journal offers simple prompts where you can write your thoughts and bring mindfulness into your daily routine. By spending just a few minutes every day, you can make your life calmer, more focused, and overall easier to deal with common issues like peer pressure, social media, relationships, and more! MORE INFO HERE
Editor’s Review: Anxiety seems to be at an all-time high with teens, especially girls, and it’s often due to unmanaged thoughts and emotions. As we like to say in our Girls Empowerment Membership program, it’s important that one learns to “train your brain” and learn HOW to manage your thoughts and emotions. That’s why we LOVE the Mindfulness for Teens book and journal as wonderful resources that can be used daily to help free teens from being overly reactive or overwhelmed by negative thoughts and emotions, simply through the powerful tool of mindfulness. Both the book and journal are very well organized so they are super easy to use, and the exercises and guided prompts are inviting in a way that a teen would be encouraged to invest 10 minutes daily doing something that can relieve stress and anxiety, build self-esteem, and make her life so much better!
Buddha Board is inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment and mastering the art of letting go. You simply paint on the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then, as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind, ready to create a whole new masterpiece! The Buddha Board is available in several options: Original Buddha Board (pictured above), the Enso Infinite Art portable “tablet”, and the 5-inch square portable Mini Buddha Board for on-the-go stress relief! MORE INFO HERE
Editor’s Review: What a cool product! The Buddha Board truly is a powerful stress-relieving tool because it allows you to freely express yourself without being too attached to results. With the pressures girls face today to “be perfect” in every way, this allows them to just BE, express, release, and clear their mind. My teen daughter loves it and doodles on it after school to decompress from the day, and I find myself using it before bed to relax. We also like that it’s environmentally friendly and uses no ink, paint, or chemicals—just water for mess-free fun!
THERABOX SUBSCRIPTION BOX
Recognizing that self-care is necessary and looks different to everyone, TheraBox was founded by a therapist to make it easy for people to discover and maintain self-care rituals that inspire joy and fulfillment each month. Each box includes a happiness activity meant to be practiced throughout the month (or longer!) in addition to 6-8 full sized wellness items for the mind, body and soul. Packed with over $100 in value, products are curated by therapists and include aromatherapy, natural/organic bath, body, skincare products, and other lifestyle goodies. Happiness Plans range from a single month to a full year. MORE INFO HERE
Editor’s Review: By opening this box, you feel you’ve just entered a sacred space that honors YOU! Filled with amazing and enticing self-care products, you feel so supported and encouraged to practice self-care, especially because they include a mini-magazine that helps you to understand what’s in the box and how to use the products (as well as how to get freebies & bonuses!). Each box has a theme, and we sampled the “Dream” box that featured wonderful products to help you get a good night’s sleep (because, as the mini-magazine points out, “Sleep is like free overnight therapy, and deep sleep is essential to our wellbeing”). There was an essential oil pillow spray, a lavender soy wax candle, a lavender reed diffuser, a pomegranate superfood sleeping face mask, a coconut milk bath bomb, a luxurious rose + gardenia body melt creme, and, of course, a pink silk “Namaste” eye shade to assure that you’re on your way to Dreamland! I can only imagine how amazing ALL their boxes are!
Did you know you can absorb underarm odors with CLAY? ZionHealth does, and they have created a line of natural ClayDry Deodorants that use essential oils and ionic clay minerals to keep you fresh. These aluminum-free, vegan options absorb odor and toxins with a special type of healing clay called Calcium Montmorillonite Clay that contains more than 57 trace minerals to help absorb odor and balance skin pH. They also contain witch hazel, chamomile extract, and grapefruit seed extract for natural anti-bacterial properties, and they come in scented and unscented varieties too. MORE INFO HERE
Editor’s Review: I recently lost my mom to Alzheimer’s, and during the course of her disease, I learned how harmful it can be to have aluminum in your body. Many of the deodorants on the market contain aluminum, so I was especially excited to try this aluminum-free one. I loved it, but the true test was having my teen daughter try it; she’s a theatrical performer, and nerves plus hot stage lights can really cause perspiration, so she likes a “heavy-duty” deodorant. She was VERY thrilled at how well this one worked, so we are huge fans! And with a wonderful variety of scents available (like lavender, eucalyptus mint, green pear, sweet amber, lemonade, and many more), you’ll be a fan too!
Experience the most luxurious fragrance-free, allergy-friendly skincare on the market with the Previse ZeroFragrance line. These plant-based, vegan organic products are tailored for ultra-sensitive skin and use all the “goodies” that refresh, rejuvenate, and protect your skin while keeping out the “baddies” such as parabens, petroleum, and chemical fragrances. Whether you need protection from the day-to-day environment, have sensitive or allergy-prone skin, or are looking for natural, fragrance-free skincare, Previse nurtures your skin with a clean holistic approach to skincare. MORE INFO HERE
Editor’s Review: Those “tutti frutti” and other scents we often find in products may smell good, but are they good FOR you? The “parfum” and “fragrance” listed generically on ingredient labels likely are created using artificial chemicals, and some people, including myself, develop a headache immediately upon using anything with these chemicals. Needless to say, I LOVE the Previse ZeroFragrance skincare line! I sampled several items—the Purify pH-balanced marine algae extract cleanser was very effective and non-drying, the Hydrofoam moisturizer was lightweight yet hydrating (plus fun to use because of the foam!), and the Nutrify Ozone Defense Serum infused with antioxidants felt nourishing but not at all oily. And the best part? No artificial fragrance headache, just wonderfully balanced, clean, and protected skin!
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and a healthy mouth starts with a superior designed toothbrush like Dr. Plotka’s. Developed by a dentist with 40+ years’ experience, this innovative toothbrush features naturally antimicrobial bristles infused with silver to naturally eliminate 99.9% of bacteria growth on the brush within six hours of brushing. The dual-layered “Flossing Bristles” provide superior cleaning; the thinner inner bristles brush away food and plaque in places other brushes miss, while the outer thicker bristles ensure complete cleaning of gum and teeth. Find out why this toothbrush lasts 33% longer than typical toothbrushes and is the BEST. BRUSH. EVER. MORE INFO HERE
Editor’s Review: Do you know the average toothbrush contains 10 million bacteria or more? All we can say is “Ewwwww!” That’s why we are so impressed by the Dr. Plotka’s toothbrush with its naturally antimicrobial bristles that use natural food-grade silver (yes, silver!) to eliminate almost 100% of bacteria that builds up on your toothbrush between brushings. You can really feel the difference when using, too; the soft longer bristles are thinner than ordinary bristles to reach in between teeth (why they’re called “flossing” bristles!), and the harder short bristles feel like a massage on your gums! This definitely is not your average toothbrush!
ORL toothpaste is formulated with nature’s finest ingredients, utilizing organic xylitol, plant-based essential oils, organic vitamins, minerals, and a perfect 7.0 pH to naturally eliminate bacteria that causes cavities, decay, bad breath, staining, and gum disease. Scientifically proven to remineralize and strengthen your teeth with calcium, rather than fluoride, ORL is committed to using the best organic and natural ingredients that are free from over 100 harmful ingredients found across many national brands. Mindful of the environment, ORL products are packaged in attractive glass bottles that not only stand out but that can be reused or recycled. MORE INFO HERE
Editor’s Review: We are big fans of natural/organic products and fluoride-free toothpaste in our household, so I was especially excited to try this product. Little did I know that I was in for an amazing treat! All I could say after sampling the toothpaste and mouthwash were the words, “Wow … WOW!” Never had I had my mouth feel so refreshed, invigorated, and clean—I think it’s because the ingredients are so CLEAN. There are no harsh chemicals or harmful toxic ingredients often found in so many toothpastes and mouthwashes in the market today, and I was surprised at how little I had to use to get such a powerful effect. The taste is amazing, likely due to the yummy essential oils used, like peppermint, wintermint, and many more. The packaging is beautifully elegant and eco-conscious. Safe, effective, and natural—again, wow … WOW!
We use smartphones and other devices daily yet how often do we clean them? HÄNS Swipe-Clean is a compact antimicrobial cleaner and polishing solution for electronic screens that cleans hundreds of times before needing a refill. The Cleaning Side comes filled with HÄNS’ All-Tech Cleaning Solution that breaks apart and eliminates grime, grease, dirt, and oils where bacteria and germs live and multiply, and the Polishing Side has a removable and rewrap-able microfiber cloth that is antimicrobial and safe for all screen types. Swipe. Flip. Swipe. Done! MORE INFO HERE
Editor’s Review: It’s a not-so-fun fact that our cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats—yuck! So it’s very important (especially during cold and flu season) to keep our screens clean and free of bacteria so we can stay healthy. This dual-sided cleaner is SO convenient and easy to use—and it’s lightweight, leak-proof, and compact enough to carry with you in your backpack, purse, or pocket—so using it can (and should!) become a part of your daily routine to keep nasty germs away. Fingerprints and grime disappear, you can actually FEEL your screen is cleaner. We also love that it’s refillable and eco-friendly; in fact, over the last four years, users of HÄNS have kept over 5.5 million single-use wipes from being used and ending up in landfills. Definitely a win-win for all!
CHALK OF THE TOWN TOTE BAG
With Chalk of the Town erasable tote bags and t-shirts, you can create custom designs and express yourself every day! Draw or write on the blank chalkboard surface with the water-based smudge-proof chalk markers, then wipe clean with a damp cloth to personalize over and over again! Silver heart canvas tote kit includes two chalk markers and erasing cloth. MORE INFO HERE
Editor’s Review: How could BYOU Magazine (a.k.a. “Be Your Own You”) not love a product that encourages you to express and be yourself?! With so many products in the market today displaying superficial or inappropriate designs and text, here’s an opportunity to present who YOU are and what’s in your heart (now THAT’s self-love!). The tote is large and sturdy, and the chalkboard surface erases easily so you can create again (and again, how fun is that?). Carry a tote that expresses who YOU are—whether that’s personalizing with your name, sharing a special or inspiring message, or drawing a design that’s meaningful to you. Be unique and be you!
GIRLS CAN! CRATE
Build self-confidence with a Girls Can! Crate subscription box that empowers and inspires tween girls to DO and BE anything by introducing them to fearless women who made the world better! Each new kit celebrates the life of a strong, diverse female role model and includes the GIRLS CAN! 20-page activity book with an original story celebrating a featured woman and other fun activities, 2-3 hands-on STEAM activities with necessary supplies, a play prop, a collectible button, and much more. May be purchased one at a time, as a monthly subscription (first-time subscribers also get a GIRLS CAN! tote bag), or try the digital downloadable subscriptions. MORE INFO HERE
Editor’s Review: We love how the GIRLS CAN! crates inspire girls to believe they CAN (their box says “BE YOU, FEARLESSLY. YOU CAN DO IT!”). We sampled the Powerful Poet crate featuring Maya Angelou and it was packed full of goodies that are both educational and fun. The activity book poses thought-provoking information and questions, and the science and art activities are quite creative (and they include everything you need to do them)! Our giveaway winner will receive the Giving Entrepreneur crate, featuring Madame CJ Walker, which talks about believing in yourself and others (love this!), starting your own business (love this too!), and the activities are DIY bath bombs and lip gloss (how fun!). What a “crate” way to build confidence LOL!
Remember, if you have our Girls Empowerment Membership, you can WIN these products in our giveaways! You’ll find all info in the MEMBERS section of our BYOU Magazine app! Not yet a member? CLICK HERE to order your annual membership for only $19.99, it also makes a great gift that will build confidence and empower a girl all year long!
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