20 Empowering gifts for the women in your life

Nov 24, 2014 at 2:02 p.m. ET
Image: Flickr/Boston Public Library

These clever gift ideas will surprise and delight the strong, wonderful women in your life.

We've come a long way from the meek, obedient women of days gone by. Celebrate the legacy of the gals to stepped up to make a difference with a tote that offers no apologies. ($16, CafePress)

Olympic softballer Jennie Finch has inspired countless young women to "throw like a girl." Honor the female athlete in your life with Jennie's fun little softball coin purse. ($8, The Jennie Finch Store)

The recent release of Mockingjay foretells that even post-apocalyptic women must remain strong. This inspired tablet case presents a daily reminder. ($19, Firetsy)

Women are not only strong, we're clever too! We're loving these Great Women Rulers rulers! ($2, Ann Reed)

Motivate yourself (and everyone who stops by your desk) with "A Strong Woman" print by Illuzone. ($24, Society6)

"One day she realized that to a achieve greatness she would have to stop asking for permission." Lay your head on this beautiful motivational pillow for a true power nap. ($20, Society6)

Want jewelry that really makes a statement? Check out the "Strong is beautiful" dog tag in honor of breast cancer survivors everywhere.

We love us some Danica Patrick. Sure, she's gorgeous, but she's strong and successful, too. Slog around your garden or party at a racecar tailgate in a pair of classic rainboots in Go Daddy green. ($45, Fans Edge)

Would you take a bullet to the head just to pursue an education? Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan did. Read incredible story of the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner in the book I Am Malala. ($16, Barnes and Noble)

First Lady Michelle Obama is a terrific role model for young women. And she's strong in every sense of the word (have you seen those guns?)! Who wouldn't want a FLOTUS bobblehead for her desk? ($20, Rakuten)

Elle est forte. "She is strong." No matter how she likes her coffee, your favorite strong woman will appreciate this engraved spoon. ($16, Eve of Joy on Etsy)

Harry Potter fans around the world celebrated Molly Weasley's triumph over the evil Bellatrix in The Deathly Hallows. This "Not My Daughter" mug puts everyone on notice: no one messes with Mama. ($11, Amazon)

"Sugar and spice and everything nice, that's what little girls are made of." This chemistry-lover's T-shirt is perfect for that girl knows exactly what she (and everything else) is made of. ($27, Zazzle)

We lost the magnificent Maya Angelou this year, but her wisdom will forever remain with us. Celebrate her brilliant life with an inspirational wall decal. ($30, Trading Phrases)

We're so tired of hearing about men and their bacon. This Real Girls Eat Bacon bumper sticker reminds everyone that it's a level playing field out there. ($5, Zazzle)

Rosie the Riveter is etched in history as a symbol of feminism and the economic power of women. Give your working girl a lunch box to celebrate her "we can do it" spirit. ($13, Entertainment Earth)

"Nothing is impossible," said Audrey Hepburn. "The word itself says 'I'm possible!'" The elegant actress is credited with dozens of insightful, inspirational quotes about the power of women. And the Audrey Hepburn calendar offers a daily dose of her wisdom. ($8, All Posters)

Did you know that the world's first computer programmer was a woman? Ada Lovelace, an English mathematician born in 1815, gets the credit – and looks fantastic on this "Get with the program" hoodie. ($45, Redbubble)

What would Stars Wars be without Princess Leia? And what would a trip to the shore be without a beach towel in her honor? ($12, Think Geek)

Photo credit: Flickr/Boston Common Library

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