The holiday season is right around the corner, and although it may be the last thing you want to be thinking about. You probably should shop for gifts. Yes, you’ll probably need gifts for your husband, mom, dad, sister, uncles, aunts, and anyone else on your very long (or short) list! With the pandemic’s grasp still upon us, helping and supporting small businesses is a great idea this holiday season. An even better idea?! Supporting women owned small businesses!
6 Gift Ideas For The Holiday Season From Women Owned Businesses
Here are 6 amazing gift ideas that are sure to make anyone happy this holiday season. Bonus: these businesses are women owned!
Who wouldn’t love a box of goodies delivered to their door! There are so many subscription boxes out there. But we have rounded up a few which are women owned!
Cascata has so many simple and beautiful boxes to choose from. They have boxes for new home ownership, new baby, sickness, and so many more! Based in Ohio, Kristy Parsons created beautiful boxes that beat gift cards or flowers any day!
These gift boxes are a little outside of the box, and that makes them wonderful! Some boxes include honey and candies, while others include playing cards and a vase. So many options available. Michell Ratcliffe, originally from Trinidad, really has brought this small business into enormous light!
Another box company based out of Ohio, Shanisty and Natalie, are two cousins who have teamed up to create amazing gift boxes centered on big events in any woman’s life. From birthdays to babies to any occasion! This woman owned business is bringing the fun to your mailbox.
Jessica created her own branded boxes because she just couldn’t find any that gave back to good causes around the world! The beCAUSE Minded boxes are amazing, and you can even search to see which boxes give back to which causes like autism, addiction recovery, and more! Plus, they styled specifically, each one from beauty to relaxation.
Essential oil products have definitely found a place in many people's homes. They are not only known for making your house smell amazing. But, also have been said to have healing properties and many people use them in soaps, baths, and more!
doTERRA is one of the most known brands of essential oils and doTERRA really makes sure their product is the best on the market. Karina is the person to go to if you are looking into buying or starting essential oils in your home! She is knowledgeable and can really get you started with the right product!
Edens Garden is a complete woman owned and run business. Although, a little bigger than some of the other businesses mentioned in this post. They make 100% pure essential oils, room sprays, and even have diffusers available as well! Plus, they give a part of their profits to different organizations that are helping make the world a better place.
My guess is your parents have said “I would love a family photo one day.” Well, this is the year! Photography is a great gift to give and it can last a lifetime!
The owner and photographer of Exact Moments Photography is Nursah. She is based in Ohio but was born in Turkey, which makes her very close to the Quiquattro heart. If you are far from Ohio, there are so many amazing women owned photography companies and they are all amazing!
If you live in the northeastern part of the United States, Jessie Casey is one of the most adventurous and fun photographers you’ll find. From climbing mountains to traveling to Scotland. Jessie is always up for adventure and is an amazing photographer.
Getting married is a very special time in your life, and if you are in the New York/New Jersey area. Check out Lizzie Burger. She is an up-and-coming wedding photographer who has nothing but amazing reviews. She is from a small town near Albany, NY, and has turned her passion for photography into a wonderful woman owned small business.
Books for Kids and Teens
A book is a great way to show someone you care about them. Plus, they are great stocking stuffers!
If you haven’t heard of Osborne Books, you are truly missing out. They have so many types of books, ranging from infant board books to chapter books full of adventure. The best part is you are supporting an independent contractor who loves the books most of all!
This husband, wife team and beautiful book store is exactly like the name states “magic”. With so many books to choose from, and the option to order online. You are 100% for sure going to find the perfect gift for a loved one.
Tupperware, Linens, and More
Who doesn’t hate having leftovers and nothing to put them in? It can be one of the most annoying parts of the holiday season. But you can help solve that problem by gifting Tupperware and other kitchen essentials!
Pampered Chef has been around for a while, and although it is a larger company, when you shop through a consultant you are supporting a small business. Pampered Chef has everything from Tupperware to kitchen gadgets and you can most likely find anything for your gift-giving needs!
This is one of the coolest woman owned businesses around. Their products range from items for kids to themed boxes. Nici Holt believes in all things creative and everything you find on their website is homemade by them and other amazing creatives!
Yes, we are ending the list with a shameless plug because here at Quiquattro we fit right in with the women owned businesses. Focusing on bringing amazing textiles to your house, and giving you the best Turkish towels on the market for the beach, bath, or display!
There are so many ways to support small businesses and we hope this list gives you some amazing women owned businesses to shop at!
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We all know Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been making headlines as of late but let’s push aside the royal drama… and talk about Meghan Markle’s impeccable style! We are thrilled to discover Meghan Markle uses Turkish Towels. She was caught out and about, after what looks like a yoga session, with a yoga mat, a water bottle, and a Turkish Towel in tow. It makes perfect sense for fashionista and royal duchess to have a Turkish Towel for function, comfort, and style.
Meghan Markle chooses Turkish Towels as must for convenience, practicality, and fashion! Meghan is known for her incredible sense of fashion. She gained recognition for creating and releasing two fashion lines of clothing in 2015–2016. After becoming a part of the royal family in 2018, Tatler named Meghan with other senior royal women on its list of Britain's best dressed people. Meghan Markle is a fashion mogul worldwide! It is no wonder she uses Turkish Towels!
Megan’s is juggling a busy life with her young son, Archie and her royal husband. Her life will now become even more hectic since she has her 2nd baby on the way. Megan deserves a big congratulations… what exciting news! She better stock up on loads of Turkish towels because they’re great for children. QuiQuattro Turkish Towels has several products designed with little ones in mind. Turkish Towels can be used for more than just keeping kids dry, they can be used as a soft, comfortable, and easy to carry blanket. They can also be used as a soft resting area to play with toys, read books, and enjoy a snack. From our hooded bath towels to our oversized beach towels, these towels are great for a multi-tasking mom like Megan Markle.
If we could offer some advice to the Duchess herself, we would tell her to check out all the other amazing products QuiQuattro has to offer. We are confident she would fall in love with our custom-made jewelry. If you haven’t had a chance yet, you need to check it out for yourself! We would also remind her that we offer eco-friendly shopping bags (which can also serve as a fashionable tote or handbag). Another item we know she would love, is our handwoven peshtemal bed covers. Megan Markle might be missing out on our valuable advice, but you certainly do not have to. We suggest you take a look at what we have to offer for yourself.
QuiQuattro Authentic Turkish Towels are exactly like what Meghan Markle uses! QuiQuattro offers authentic, premium hand loomed towels made from 100% Turkish cotton. A green product by nature, our towels dry fast and are so beautiful that you can hang them anywhere to dry and it appears as a classy addition to your home’s decor. QuiQuattro Authentic Turkish towels come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, so you can express yourself in true fashion, authentic to you! If you are looking for authentic high quality Turkish Towels, look no more. You found the best in the business!
Written By Nicole Bann
Picture is from Pinterest.
Most common 10 ways to use Turkish Towels. They are so versatile you will be amazed.
How to wash your Turkish Towel?
Our soap manufacturer, More Than Soap, is a Turkish company that has been producing natural and high quality handpoured soaps, as well as aromatherapeutic shower and body products for the last 25 years. Produced with the utmost care, More Than Soap's professional grade fully organic products are rich in glycerol - commonly known as vegetable glycerin - and contain pure oil extracts from olives, coconuts, date trees, and sunflowers. In order to attain a creamy and moisturizing lather, More Than Soap adds avocado, peach, almond, and cotton seed oils into its soap recipes. In addition to their use for general bathing purposes, these soaps make excellent solid shampoos and are suitable for daily facial cleansing and shaving. Additional ingredients include fresh seasonal fruits, French clay, and vegetable dyes. With the exception of few soaps that contain milk, yoghurt, and honey, they are suitable for vegan consumers.
More Than Soap takes great pride in the lack of potentially allergenic petro-chemicals or other synthetic raw materials such as sodium laureth sulphate in its products. Cold processed in small batches by hand, these soaps are not tested on animals and they do not include any animal by products.
In addition to their dedication to maintaining the natural qualities of their soaps, More Than Soap has been an ideal partner for QuiQuattro due to their commitment to providing employment opportunities for women in Turkey. As More Than Soap's Product Director Ercan Sapmaz explains, more than 60% of their employees are women seeking their financial independence in a fair-wage environment.
Once you start using their product you will not be able to stop it.
You can visit More Than Soap ( Home and body Natural Cosmetics) at:
Sapmaz Kimya İnşaat Turizm ve Dış Tic.Ltd.Şti.
Mimar Sinan Mahallesi Hayrettin Çavuş Sok. no:3A Üsküdar İstanbul
Here are some pictures from their recent trade fair.
All you want to know about Turkish Towels.
Nihan Sedef Ardor, Director of QuiQuattro, USA
Combining an extensive background in design and computer science with her exposure to the import / export markets, Nihan Sedef Ardor gained considerable experience in mass production and manufacturing throughout her career. Totaling over 17 years of business experience, Ardor decided to start her own company and, in a way, give back to the small, local manufacturers and designers, by creating a fair trade environment for them. Her passions took her all the way back to her hometown in Istanbul, Turkey.
A native of Turkey, Ardor received her interior architecture degree from Mimar Sinan University — one of the oldest and most prestigious design schools in Istanbul. Her interests brought her to the U.S. after meeting her husband and eventually settling down in Columbus, OH in ‘93.
With most of her extended family and siblings still in Turkey, Ardor continued to visit her family and friends. During her visits, she was always surrounded by creative minds yearning to get recognized for their craft. “I was saddened to see how large companies with mass production abilities were pushing small manufacturers out of the market. Propelled by my background as a designer, I wanted to give these artisans their due by providing them with a chance to get recognized and tell their story at the same time,” Ardor said. “I knew how hard it was to get recognized as a designer when working on new projects one item at a time.”
How it started
In February of 2013, a small seed of QuiQuattro was planted and ideas began to bloom.
“My artisan friends and I came up with the idea of bringing their products from Turkey to the U.S. and marketing them online. This would not only provide them with a platform for exposure to foreign markets but also ensure a fair trade environment for them to work in,” Ardor said. Thus QuiQuattro, which translates to "here are four," began with four core members. Producing a variety of products — from soaps to scarves and more — all of which we use in our daily lives reflecting the changing of seasons. The phrase, “here are four” surfaced in the branding development.
With Ardor’s background in IT and U.S. manufacturing practices, paired with her talented designer friends, QuiQuattro easily became more tangible and fully launched in late August.
About the Products
The QuiQuattro consumer is sophisticated, smart and earth conscious. QuiQuattro’s products are made and designed for women by women.
“Ever since the Turkish Independence War in the 1920s, Turkey has been one of the more progressive countries in the Middle East as far as women’s rights are concerned. Having said that, it has been my impression that there are less job opportunities for women than for men. I wanted to provide these women with the opportunity to showcase their work,” Ardor said.
What separates QuiQuattro’s products from other companies is their handcrafted quality from start to finish. Whether hand-loomed, hand-knitted, stitched or poured, the products don’t originate from a factory assembly line. Manufactured and shipped from Turkey, all of QuiQuattro’s products are hand-touched in a unique way just for the consumer. Manufactured in the city of Denizli, the traditional Turkish towels, also known as peshtemals were originally used in traditional Turkish baths or Hamams but are more commonly used today as sarongs and beach or spa towels. Unlike conventional towels, they are made from an extremely absorbent cotton material. A green product by nature, they dry fast and do not take up much room in the linen closet.
QuiQuattro’s soaps are all hand poured vegan soaps made solely from natural oils.
QuiQuattro’s accessory line wouldn’t be complete without its delicate jewelry pieces sourced from Turkish third parties. The QuiQuattro team strives to find unique and unusual designs incorporating hand blown glass or hand poured metal.
What separates QuiQuattro from other accessory companies is the stories that come along with the products. They speak for themselves and they give credit to the crafters.
“We aim to share the stories of our products as well as those of their makers,” Ardor said. “Every product will tell a story about the people who make them.”
As far as the future goes for Ardor and her team, this is just the beginning. For now, QuiQuattro strives to build brand recognition and a loyal customer base. One who cares about quality over quantity — investing in one-of-a-kind products created at the hands of individual artisans from the first cut to the very last stitch.