Feministing Holiday Gift Guide!

It’s that time of year, folks when the editors of Feministing (along with suggestions from readers) put out a list of the year’s best feminist-minded gifts. And of course, given U.S.’ economic crisis, we’ve also suggested a list of charities that could use your help this year as well.
Feel free to leave your own ideas in comments!
Activist-y gifts
Sticker Sisters has a ton of great, well, stickers. But it also has kick-ass t-shirts, magnets and buttons for the activist in your life. This one – meant to be stuck on offensive ads, products, whatever – is my favorite.
Buy your friend the gift of liberal discounts with the Liberal Card.
Or shop at MADRE’s online store to support women worldwide.
Feminist Fashions, Housewares and Knick Knacks

Gotta love Miss Wit’s stylings…
Not to mention our very own Feministing gear!
And nothing says “thank you for being a friend,” than an homage to The Golden Girls.
I am woman, hear me roar. And write.
Or consider giving patriarchy the finger with some subversive cross stitching.
Ladypart-inspired gifts

Show your uterus you love her with a plushy toy.
When you go red, buy green.
And if you’re buying sex toys this year, make sure that they’re made of safe – for your body and the environment – materials.
Support feminist organizations!
Make it a very happy holiday for one of these amazing organizations (don’t forget – leave others in comments!):
The Mautner Project, a national lesbian health organization.
The Abortion Access Project.
SisterSong, a reproductive health collective for women of color.
The Women’s Prison Association, a service and advocacy organization that helps women with criminal justice histories.
The National Advocates for Pregnant Women, which works to protect the human and civil rights of pregnant women.
Give the gift of feminist media
Gift a gift subscription to BUST, Bitch, Shameless, make/shift, or New Moon.
And most importantly, spread the feminist love around this holiday season! Support blogs that aren’t widely-read, local organizations and grassroots campaigns that don’t get the same media attention big orgs do – whether that means volunteering, donating, or even dropping them a note of support.

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25 Comments

  1. Appetite for Equal Rights
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    A feminist gift guide! What a great idea. I might have to compose one for my own blog :)
    I absolutely adore Sticker Sisters. I was surfing the site recently and I remember thinking how badly I wanted to buy some stickers to give as gifts. And good call on the Golden Girls merch!

  2. Allison
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    KMStitchery is a feminist stencil designer who promotes eco-friendly clothing. Her stencils so far include Frida Kahlo, Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Gloria Steinem, Gertrude Stein, Emma Goldman, Lucy Stone, Victoria Woodhull, Simone de Beauvoir, and Susan B. Anthony, among others. I personally own three of her shirts and I can testify to their gorgeous appeal and comfortable style.
    http://kmstitchery.etsy.com
    KM STITCHERY is recycled, reused, and ethical!
    **PLEASE NOTE: All the clothing is RECYCLED. Most clothing is in brand new condition; it is overstock dropped off at the thrift store by big corporations. No need to buy new clothes when there are so many used ones out there that need a home! So that means, no duplicates (usually)! She purchases materials from thrift stores. Being enviromentally friendly and sweatshop free is important! The ink used is water-based and non-toxic!

  3. Jessica
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Yes! I was going to include KMStitchery, but the last time I went to the site it was down!

  4. AndreaZak
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been a volunteer with Step Up Women’s Network (www.suwn.org) for over 3 years now, and highly recommend You Are my Inspiration, an online gift house benefiting the teen girl programming of Step Up.
    Give a gift to someone fabulous who inspires you and an at-risk teen girl will benefit. It’s a way to honor a woman in your life, while paying it forward to the next generation of girls.
    Visit http://www.youaremyinspiration.org
    Make a minimum $50 donation and here’s what happens:
    + An e-card will immediately be sent to your chosen recipient
    + A customized printed card will be sent to your chosen recipient
    + A limited edition necklace by famed jewelry designer Isabelle Bijoux will be sent to your recipient
    + Post a special message and a picture to your recipient in the online Inspiration Gallery

  5. Antigone Magazine
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Also, we REALLY need your help! With only one month left of 2008, we still have 350 copies of our 2009 Dreams for Women Calendars left to sell! The money raised by selling these calendars is instrumental for us to launch Antigone For Girls (a magazine written by and for girls aged 10-15 that will encourage them to get involved in leadership and politics). They’re only $20 (Canadian! Which is like pennies!)Or they’re $10/each when you order 7 or more.
    http://antigonemagazine.wordpress.com/2008/10/26/its-here-the-dreams-for-women-2009-calendar-is-here/
    For Bloggers:
    We’re giving FREE calendars to the first 15 bloggers who write about the calendars and pay a $5 shipping fee at this link:
    http://antigonemagazine.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/dreams-for-women-blogger-giveaways/
    For Non-Profit Organizations:
    Raise money for your organization by selling calendars! We sell calendars to non-profits at half price and allow them to sell them to raise money for their organizations! Or just buy them as thank you gifts for a special low price. Find out more information here:
    http://antigonemagazine.wordpress.com/2008/10/26/its-here-the-dreams-for-women-2009-calendar-is-here/

  6. Antigone Magazine
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Also, we REALLY need your help! With only one month left of 2008, we still have 350 copies of our 2009 Dreams for Women Calendars left to sell! The money raised by selling these calendars is instrumental for us to launch Antigone For Girls (a magazine written by and for girls aged 10-15 that will encourage them to get involved in leadership and politics). They’re only $20 (Canadian! Which is like pennies!)Or they’re $10/each when you order 7 or more.
    http://antigonemagazine.wordpress.com/2008/10/26/its-here-the-dreams-for-women-2009-calendar-is-here/
    For Bloggers:
    We’re giving FREE calendars to the first 15 bloggers who write about the calendars and pay a $5 shipping fee at this link:
    http://antigonemagazine.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/dreams-for-women-blogger-giveaways/
    For Non-Profit Organizations:
    Raise money for your organization by selling calendars! We sell calendars to non-profits at half price and allow them to sell them to raise money for their organizations! Or just buy them as thank you gifts for a special low price. Find out more information here:
    http://antigonemagazine.wordpress.com/2008/10/26/its-here-the-dreams-for-women-2009-calendar-is-here/

  7. Antigone Magazine
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Oh… darn it. It’s just like ME to double post! Stupid computers… My apologies! – Amanda R.

  8. sheri
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    In my attempt to consume less, and buy less useless gifts for others, I have been buying gifts through Hiefer International. It makes my heart happy.
    http://www.heifer.org/

  9. Tom
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Every year the Catholic side of my family sends me cards festooned with Pro Life stickers, anyone know where I can get a sheet of Pro life stickers?

  10. nome
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    I decided to check out the misswit.net website for some tees and was sorely disappointed. What put it over the edge for me was the shirt stating that “It’s not easy being pretty and not pretty being easy.” WTF. I don’t see how to read that any other way than slut-bashing. The sleazy story that went along with it didn’t help it any either. I’m not sure what you saw in this site or how you excused this tee…. :(

  11. marjorierodrigues
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    New moon website is so cute!

  12. ArmyVetJen
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    That is an awesome list.
    I’d like to add one. I work for a great cosmetics company called PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics, http://www.iamApeacekeeper.com .
    We’ve got great holiday discounts.
    We are the first cosmetics company to give all after tax profits to women’s health advocacy and human rights causes. We also never use any kind of messaging that demeans women nor will we ever have any products that are “anti-aging” (because it’s natural and beautiful!). They are named after qualities that we hope will be imbued into you every time you put them on; Loving, Strong, Content, Grateful, Healthy and many more.
    The cosmetics themselves are very clean; no parabens, no FD&C coloring, no toluene, no formaldehyde and so on.
    We have holiday specials like Gift Boxes, buy one get one Free.
    We have Lip Glosses named after and contributing to V-DAY and UNIFEM.
    These are cosmetics you can feel good about.
    Check us out, http://www.iamApeacekeeper.com.

  13. jen
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget to support your local feminist bookstores this holiday season. They need your help now more than ever.

  14. TurquoisePeanut
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad someone else felt that way about misswit too! In addition to the T-shirt you mentioned, the weird Asian caricatures on some of the shirts seem kind of inappropriate too.
    Do we really need this placed so prominently in the list when there are so many other FANTASTIC female-run, feminist clothing labels out there?

  15. TurquoisePeanut
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad someone else felt that way about misswit! In addition to the T-shirt you mentioned, the weird Asian caricatures on some of the shirts seem kind of inappropriate too.
    I love this idea and the other websites I’ve looked at seem great, but I question why misswit is placed so prominently in the list when there are so many other FANTASTIC female-run, feminist clothing labels out there?

  16. TurquoisePeanut
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    oops. clearly, I haven’t quite figured out how to use the comments system properly. my apologies!

  17. Elmhurst Ave.
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    It’s called irony, and even feminists are allowed to use it.

  18. TheDesigner
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    As THE one woman run, female, community organizer, LMSW social worker feminist designer of this line of tees ( Miss Wit), I am actually offended by your comments. I am as small business as you can get. That I have in 5 years never received such narrow minded reactions by people who have clearly not even LOOKED at the rest of my site or read anything about it.
    Those “inappropriate Asians” as you call them ( why I can not understand at all) are “Asians.” They are practice drawing lessons from ASIAN Japanese watercolor classes. Ie. artwork. I have to wonder where the offense comes from or is it just a need to find some controversy where in fact none exists.
    It is interesting for me to note, that of the only two bad comments my line has EVER gotten, that they should come from two women, who are supposedly supportive, feminist open women. I feel sad about that.
    My shirts have been donated to feminist organizations ( girlistic, girlsunlimited, gender equality), and non profit organizations, I raise money for schools with my tees, I have donated to a scholarship fund create (www.misswit.net/organizer.html) on behalf of a woman’s life and her work, and just because you can not comprehend the irony, or humor or comments of some of these tees, does not create license to use blind, actually bizarrely offensive terms like “slut basher.” But this is proof pudding that everyone brings their “own stuff” to everything don’t they. I have never posted on this site, but I am avid reader. I was compelled to respond. I guess I am not the “right” kind of feminist?
    I know many a woman and man actually who wear that shirt with the intelligence, pride and humor that it and the rest of my line carries. To suggest a notion that the creator is a slut basher, (incidentally should I have a shirt that says support your local slut?, I’m confused), is something that I find far more troubling than a $15 shirt. Have you noted the logo on Feministing?
    It is a shame you have been offended, but there is no apology for none of my tees are created in the realm of offensive design.
    I invite you to explore further before denigrating me and my business.
    Thank you,
    A proud feminist human woman with heart and humor

  19. MelissaLee
    Posted December 11, 2008 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    Seriously? I am unclear as to why, if it even WERE slut-bashing, sluts need defending. And the asian characters could only remotely be construed as offensive if you look at pictures and don’t read typeface.

  20. TheDesigner
    Posted December 12, 2008 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Please see the posting below in response to your gladness.
    And yes, it is called irony, feminists are allowed to use it.
    One definition of wit: The ability to perceive and express in an ingeniously humorous manner the relationship between seemingly incongruous or disparate things

  21. Tom
    Posted December 12, 2008 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    CRAP!!!!
    I meant Pro Choice Stickers! does anyone know where I can get my hands on a sheet of PRO CHOICE Stickers!
    That is really embarrassing, I really need to look more at what I type…

  22. nome
    Posted December 13, 2008 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    Firstly, I love ironic statements. So please don’t start making assumptions about me. But there was nothing ironic about that.
    And the reason why “sluts” need “defending” is because the entire concept of slut is a ridiculous and sexist cultural construct. It is sexist when men who sleep around are seen as studs and women who sleep around are seen as sluts. It is sexist that women are judged entirely based on their sexual attitudes.
    Also, saying we need to defend women is really troubling territory rhetorically. It really encourages ideas that women are helpless and need someone to save them. As though they are incapable of standing up for themselves.

  23. MelissaLee
    Posted December 13, 2008 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    I never knew so many attributes could be ascribed to a t-shirt. Fascinating.

  24. TheDesigner
    Posted December 14, 2008 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    You know what is troubling territory? Mumbai, Darfur, Rape, Domestic Violence, not the post on here, not a witty t-shirt line completely made and run by a woman, of absolute heart, mind, intelligence and respect.
    And guess what? it is not pretty being easy and that statement would go just as easily on a man. (please note shirt available for men and women, transgender, and the whole spectrum of so called sluts. The rest of the “insight” is purely coming from you. That is also difficult territory.
    What if I am slut, then is it somehow less offensive? It is clear you have not taken the 5 minutes to look over the entire site, the world is a silly place, it deserves to be poked at. That this shirt is a feminist mantra, is a claim never made. Nor that it is “slut bashing, ” which is something we still can’t quite rap our collective heads around.

  25. AmyG
    Posted December 14, 2008 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    I’m still not sure why the Asian art t’s are ‘offensive’ in any way.? I actually saw it as celebrating Asian culture. I love her shirts, especially the ones bearing her mother’s drawings. I also just think that she is FUNNY! She makes a lot of people laugh and that is a GOOD thing!

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