Choosing the perfect gift for someone can be a stressful task. For me what makes the best gift is something that is thoughtful and has meaning. In that light, check out the must-have holiday gift guide below for the fierce feminist on your shopping list.
If you have any suggestions for any other great girl power holiday gifts please share in the comments!
1. Ten Thousand Villages
What if a gift you bought this holiday season helped support the work of an artisan in a developing country?
That is the exact mission of Ten Thousand Villages – to improve the livelihoods of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. They do this by building long term fair trading relationships with skilled artisans around the world that lack opportunities for stable income. Sales from their stores help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for the artisans they work with.
Take a look at some more of their products and the artisans they work with:
2. Subscribe Me
There are so many amazing feminist magazines out there that would make amazing holidays gifts this season. How about a year subscription to any of these great magazines:
- Bitch – A year subscription for $24.95.
- Bust – A year subscription for $19.95.
- Ms. – A year subscription for $25.00.
- Mother Jones – A full year of 6 issues for just $12.
3. Home Run
Females are constantly underrepresented, stereotyped and sexualized on screen so why not gift your favorite women’s rights activist a movie that does just the opposite!
A League of Their Own, the classic sports film starring Geena Davis, Madonna and Tom Hanks tells the real-life story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. This year the movie celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Blu-Ray release that is the perfect girl power gift for the holidays!
4. Dress Me
5. Book Worm
Books make a great gift, especially if they come from a personal recommendation and carry a special inscription.
I’ll never forget when my father gifted me the book Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide by Maureen Dowd. In the front cover he wrote an inscription that read, “You already love one necessary man. Good luck hunting for the other one.” It was one of the most special gifts I have ever received.
Try any of these favorite reads of mine for the necessary feminists in your life and make sure to include a special inscription:
- Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti
- Fight Like a Girl by Megan Seely
- Female Chauvinist Pig by Ariel Levy
- Feminist Ryan Gosling by Danielle Henderson
- The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
- Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism by Nona Willis Aronowitz & Emma Bee Bernstein
6. Show Time
One of my all time favorite things to do is go to the theater. This holiday season you can treat the fierce female in your life to tickets to the off-Broadway production of Emotional Creature. The play is written by the author of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler, the extraordinary playwright and activist who is the founder of V-Day the global movement to end violence against women.
The play details the experience of being a girl in short monologues that cover a variety of topics teenage girls face from bullying to self-esteem, body image, identity, sexuality, sexual assault, female genital mutilation, etc. The cast is phenomenal and the play packs a powerful and emotional punch.
Check out the trailer for the play:
7. Feminist Mamas
And to make sure the new addition to your family changes the world one day, make sure you pick up the children’s book A is for Activist. The book is for, “Families that want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and so on.”
8. Light Me Up
Candles always make a great gift, but what if the candle you bought helped change a woman’s life?
Prosperity Candles do just that by working with women in and from distressed parts of the world. Through the craft of candle-making, Prosperity Candles helps women rebuild their lives and become successful entrepreneurs. Currently they work with women in Baghdad, Iraq, Haiti, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Ghana, Vietnam, Kenya and the Congo.
Take a look at the variety of beautiful candles you can buy.
9. Wrap it Around Me
Afghan Hands helps women in Afghanistan who have become widowed gain independence, literacy and a livable wage. At centers in Kabul, the organization teaches women how to create embroidered shawls and scarves. The women also attend seminars on basic human, legal, and religious rights.
You can purchase one of the beautiful shawls from one of the 60 master embroiderers and know that your purchase is helping a woman across the globe.
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