Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Girl Power
Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Girl Power
Presents for your favorite feminists, no matter their gender
Despite what pop culture might show, the feminist movement has been in full swing for much longer than just the past few years. That said, having the movement for equality front and center in our collective consciousness is new—and remarkably satisfying. From stationery to lapel pins, here is a collection of some of girl power products for feminists of all colors, genders, sexual orientations, ages, classes and identities—because the equality movement is for everybody. These playful, but ultimately empowering, messages call for a future in which double standards and institutionalized discrimination are erased. Check out the complete Girl Power Gift Guide for fun and fiery presents for your favorite feminists.
Feminist With a To-Do List Pencil
Whether writing a grocery list, an essay dissecting Simone de Beauvoir's theories, your brilliant memoir or anything in between, these "Feminist With a To-Do List" pencils ($2) will keep you motivated. The Number 2 graphite pencils are also perfect for drawing illustrations of the collapse of the patriarchy.
Bad Bitch Club Patch
Brooklyn-based artist Penelope Gazin has the perfect patch to support your local girl gang—or indeed rep your very own. The playful, chenille patch ($8 each) might be a sweet colorway of baby blue and pink, but it bears fair warning that you walk with back-up in tow. The patch is available individually or in bulk—depending on how deep your club rolls.
From Ohio-based These Are Things (aka artists Jen Adrion and Omar Noory) comes a simple and sweet accessory: a rose gold enamel "Feminist" lapel pin ($10). Measuring one inch across, and even better than a "Hello My Name Is" tag, the pin is made in the USA and will make sure nobody gets you twisted.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Somewhere along her decades-long crusade for gender equality and civil rights, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was aptly (and lovingly) named Notorious RBG. Inspired by her life’s work and new-found fame, “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” ($15) offers fans, feminists and anyone optimistic for a more open-minded society the intimate, never-before-told story behind the revolutionary woman.
"Strong Female Lead" Clutch
Boldly embroidered with the words "Strong Female Lead," this clutch ($40) from Austin, TX-based REALM is perfect for any girl gang member (or supporter) or Geena Davis enthusiast. Available in three colorways, the new burgundy with coral-hued lettering is our pick for the leading lady in your life. It's created by the talented one-woman show Vanessa Crook, who hand makes each piece from start to finish.
The Goddess Shirt
Pay homage to your favorite black and Chicana feminist activists and queer theorists—Audre Lorde, Gloria E Anzaldúa, Angela Y Davis and bell hooks—by proudly wearing Thugz Maison's Goddess T-Shirt ($25). Made from 100% cotton, the top is screen-printed by hand and is a bold way to promote intersectionality. Available from small to XXXL, this T-shirt is for all genders and sizes.
"Not Yours, Never Was" Embroidered Hoop
NYC's Yes Stitch Yes (aka Lauren Singleton) presents yet another fiery and floral embroidered piece. This small but mighty four-inch hoop ($34) is covered in pink- and purple-hued flowers, and emblazoned with the message "Not Yours Never Was" inside two love-hearts. Made by hand, this is decor for those who want to kill with kindness.
Unisex "Property of No One" Denim Jacket
For feminists of all genders, this 100% cotton black denim jacket ($108) offers a boxy fit and an important message of independence to the world. Emblazoned with the words "Property of No One," the jacket's decoration is sweetened up with a red rose, but isn't sugar-coating anything. Since each piece is made to order, buyers should allow around 10 days until shipping.
My Life on the Road
Not just the story of author and feminist activist Gloria Steinem's travels, but also tracking the evolution the movement for equality, "My Life on The Road" ($17) is an insightful and inspiring read. "When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all these years, I always say: because I travel. Taking to the road—by which I mean letting the road take you—changed who I thought I was," writes Steinem in her thoughtful, modest, yet profound book.
Made in the USA from comfy 100% cotton, this Me and You (aka Julia Baylis and Mayan Toledano) underwear is an adorable way to wear your heart on your sleeve—or on your tuchus. Hand-printed in the States, the white undies ($25) bear lipstick kisses on the front, the word "feminist" on the back and will have you feeling comfortable and cheerful all day.
Images courtesy of respective brands, hero image also by Me and You