31 Feminist Gifts For Every Single Person On Your List
There is always room for gender equality under the tree, so make the holidays bright and empowering this year with these feminist gift ideas for all the progressive thinkers in your life. What better way to say "Happy holidays" than to show someone how well you know and appreciate their ideologies, am I right?
Forget the hottest new fashion trend or this year's must-have gadget, because there are more important gifts to give this holiday season. Instead of wrapping up any old ugly sweater, put a bow on a Notorious RGB crew neck and bring it to your next gift exchange. Spread good cheer and girl power in the form of journals, jewelry, and books, with the help of kickass women like Audre Lorde, Gloria Steinem, and Roxane Gay. There's no Secret Santa swap that can't be improved with the help of feminist views, beliefs, and style. And like feminism and the men and women who embrace it, feminist gifts come in all shapes and sizes. So no matter who you're shopping for, there's a stocking stuffer, Hanukkah present, or Christmas gift with their name (and the Venus symbol) on it.
From moving memoirs to progressive prints, for the little feminists-to-be and the lifelong supporters, here are 31 feminist gifts for everyone on your list.
1. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
There is not just one kind of feminist, and no one seems to understand that better than Roxane Gay. Her enlightening, moving, and hilarious book is perfect for just about every feminist on your list — that is, if they don't already have a copy of it on their nightstand.
2. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein
There are so many amazing feminist-friendly reads out there, but Carrie Brownstein's recent memoir is a must-have on every feminist's wish list this season. Who wouldn't want to know more about the great mind behind Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia?
3. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
From Outrageous Acts of Everyday Rebellions to Moving Beyond Words , Steinem has penned some groundbreaking feminist texts. Her newest book, My Life on the Road , is more than that, though. It's also an inspiring and candid look into the life of one of the greatest modern women's rights activists, and every feminist needs it in their library.
After a long day, nothing beats cuddling up on the couch with wine and a comfy throw blanket, especially when that blanket spreads love and girl power. Don't worry; it's big enough for two, so your friend can share it with you after she opens it.
This sticker, which makes a great stocking stuffer or a little something extra to slip into a holiday card, is perfect for the teen in your life who is just like Tina — smart, unique, and not afraid of her sexuality.
If anyone proves that a girl can do anything a man can do — and can even do it better — it's The Walking Dead 's Michonne. So forget "Be a man" or "Act like a lady," and instead send the right message this holiday: Fight like a girl.
Your feminist friends can wear it loud and wear it proud with this gorgeous symbolic scarf. It practically screams "Ask me about my ideology."
8. Throw Pillow
Another young cartoon goddess, Lisa Simpson, has been bringing feminism to Sunday night TV for more than 25 years. If you have a Lisa in your life, show her how awesome she is with this simple pillow that grants the highest of compliments.
Adult coloring books are all the rage now, but while you're out holiday shopping, don't just settle for one with pretty forest scenes. Instead, get this bold and beautiful mix 'n' match one that celebrates women in all their forms.
Oh, Leslie Knope, you smart, courageous, and hilarious woman. What quotes of yours wouldn't look great on a mug? This "Uteruses Before Duderuses" one will bring a smile to whomever you give it to.
Give the gift of warmth and equality with this statement sweatshirt. It will become your friend's new favorite athleisure wear.
If you have creative-minded feminist friends, then they can never have too many notebooks; especially when they are this beautifully designed to celebrate the female anatomy.
Flash tattoos may have been trendy for the summer, but the design of this suffragette-inspired tattoo has been trendy since the late 19th century, and your feminist friends will love finding it in their stockings.
Because your friend already has a Notorious RBG shirt, get her this simple yet stylish RBG mug. You know, so she can drink tea while she reads and rereads Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg .
Another perfect feminist stocking stuffer or small gift, these Rosie the Riveter empowermints will lift the spirit and freshen the breath of every working girl in your life.
Four phenomenal women, one kick-ass shirt. Need I say more?
For the comedy lovers in your life, give them the gift of humor and remind them that if Kimmy Schmidt can survive the bunker, they can survive anything.
It's always nice to get compliments on your outfit choice, but earrings that have the power to start an important conversation about sexual and reproductive rights? That is some powerful fashion, and whomever you give these to this year will love the look and the results they get wearing them.
19. Uterus Plushie
You're never too old for a stuffed animal or too young for anatomy, so whether this plush uterus is a present for your BFF or your goddaughter, know that it's perfect.
20. Val Snapback
Remind your Secret Santa that there is nothing she can't do with this cute and bold hat that not only sends the right message, but will bring a little springtime to the cold and drab days of winter.
Because feminists need a place to put their chapstick, bobby pins, and liberal agendas, get your gal pal this awesome statement clutch.
22. iPhone Case
For the feminist whose walls are lined with portraits of Frida, this iPhone case will bring a little art and girl power to their number-one must-have accessory: their phone.
Everyone loves cats, but no one — I repeat, NO ONE — likes catcalls. So celebrate the former and make a statement against the latter with this beanie that's perfect for your progressive cat lady friend.
24. Tote Bag
If there are two things that the women in your life need, it's gender equality and a bigger bag to put all their crap in. This tote is the best of both worlds.
Beyonce is the queen of many things, and she gave one of the most kickass feminist VMA performances ever. For the Beyonce-loving feminist in your life, give the gift of her bold declaration and her gorgeous silhouette.
Inspired by Alice Walker's poem by the same name, this embroidery loop may look simple, but its three words are much more powerful than they appear. Give someone this important reminder to hang in their home — or even better, in their office.
Hermione + feminism + technology = the most perfect holiday gift EVER.
For your feminist friends who enjoy rocking out, any Sleater-Kinney album is better than every Christmas CD ever made. So give the gift of killer indie rock, and know that you will never have to hear "Jingle Bell Rock" when you go to their house for the holidays.
29. Marie Curie Doll
Leave Barbie in Malibu, and pick up a better role model for girls with a Marie Curie doll from Miss Possible. Whether it's for a little one in your life or a grown-up science nerd, know that you aren't only giving a doll, but also spreading the message that girls can do anything.
Whether they use it as a journal, a running to-do list, or something else entirely, whomever you give this gift to will love its inclusive design and its powerful message.
To go along with your progressive stuffed animal and doll choices this year, give the babies in your life a nudge in the right direction with a onesie from Amy Poehler's Smart Girls. Not only is it adorable, but it also supports a great cause: inspiring young girls to do anything they put their minds to.
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