It's easier than ever to give a gift with a dual purpose. Shops are bulging with clothes, books, knick-knacks, and other stuff that express solidarity, girl power, or straight-up contribute to progressive causes. If your social justice-minded BFF has another turn around the sun coming up, these feminist birthday present ideas can not only make them happy, but also do a little good in an increasingly bad-seeming world. Whether it's supporting female artisans or funding important organizations, this is your place to find a gift that will make any member of your squad's next birthday one to remember.
First thing's first: do your research and shop sustainably. Not only is it better for the environment, which is always a win, but non-sustainably made items can directly (and negatively) impact women's lives. For one example, items made in sweatshops may contribute to human trafficking, directly putting women's lives at risk. Rather, organize a night out for your squad at a gig with a brilliant female MC, support female-owned local presses by buying their books, cook your friend a dinner and dedicate it all to how glorious and powerful she is — and gift wrap one of these treasures to show her how much you care.
Ten Thousand Villages is a collection of Fair Trade vendors, and these earrings are made by Cambodian female artisans out of repurposed brass taken from the bullets and shrapnel still littered in Cambodia's farmland.
We all know Amnesty International's life-saving work around the world, and Fighting Bad Guys is key to their mission — which, of course, includes misogyny and sexual violence. A friend who loves activism would love this for shaping her world-changing plans.
Tie dye is back, because it's the '90s again — but this time around we're using it against sexism. This unisex anti-misogyny hoodie suits everybody and is excellent for your friend who's basically a superhero without a cape.
My Sister employs survivors of sexual abuse and sex trafficking and donates 10 to 25 percent of its profits to other charities that help women. And this Not Here To Please You Ring will get your friend punching the air.
This badass sweatshirt from The Other Wild is brilliant for several reasons, one of which is that 25 percent of profits from its sale go to Planned Parenthood. Fighting for your body's rights with fashion? Present of dreams.