27 Nov Holiday Gift Guide for the Feminist
There’s two things you should know about me before reading this blog post:
- I am obsessed with the holidays because I LOVE buying gifts for other people (I start my holiday shopping in August… hurts less on the paycheck). The more sentimental the gift, the better.
- I am a major feminist/girl power advocate/pro-equality/everything there is to be to support my fellow females and so is my mom and sister, so many feminist gifts are in store for them this year (and were last year).
I have been SO excited to write this blog post because of those two reasons.
What feminism means to me
To me, being a feminist means supporting equality. All genders – all humans – should be paid equally, treated equally, and respected equally. The whole “angry feminist” or “man hating” idea is totally not what being a feminist means (did you say that in a Gretchen Wieners screaming about Caesar voice or is that just me). Yeah, there are definitely shitty guys out there – I’ve dated a few 😉 – but in no way am I anti-male. I’m for equal rights and equal opportunity, and against sexism and misogyny. Shouldn’t we all be like that? (yes… the answer is yes)
I always try and support small businesses, local business, artisans, eco-friendly and socially-conscious brands during the holidays because why not? You’re buying gifts anyways, why not make a difference? You can directly donate to a charity – last year I made a donation through UNICEF to buy a desk for children in third world countries and “gave” the gift of giving and education to those less fortunate to my mom for Christmas, a cause that means something to her. That’s great, but some people want a tangible item that does good for the world but is still something they can unwrap, I get it.
A lot of people will head to stores like Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, H&M etc. and end up buying a t-shirt that says FEMINIST for their sister, mom, friend, whoever. This is great in that you’re promoting a positive mentality by wearing it on your chest, but are those brands actually supporting women through the shirt by giving back to a non-profit or women’s organization? Probably not.
I created this guide to show you where you can shop and what you can buy that IS making a difference for women.
Alright, let’s get to the good stuff… these are a few of my favorite items this holiday season for the feminist in your life – and by all means treat yourself too, I know I am.
1. The Premier Collection x Purpose Jewelry
I’ve been a big fan of Purpose Jewelry ever since discovering them at Yellow Conference in LA last year. The jewelry is super cute and every piece is made by a survivor of human sex trafficking. Being a woman, just thinking of human trafficking makes me sick to my stomach and super emotional, so this is one of my favorite organizations year round and especially during the holidays because it means you’re supporting these women on their journey to recovery. The brand partners with non-profit International Sanctuary, which provides holistic care for the women including education, health care, and counseling. The jewelry-making provides income and an artistic outlet for these women. Every piece comes with a note with the name of the woman who handcrafted it… cue the waterworks.
The company just launched its “Premier Collection,” which includes pieces that are all plated with genuine gold and silver. I love all the pieces so much and they’re high-quality and won’t tarnish.
I got the Coin Necklace in gold (still debating who to give to or may keep myself…) and I’m in love.
Some other goodness:
2. Graphic Tees from Feminist Apparel
Like I said before, if you’re trying to find a graphic tee that screams FEMINIST, head to Feminist Apparel where you can buy apparel from female artists and apparel supporting non-profits that actually makes a difference. You can also shop by cause and select a non-profit where there are specific items/collections dedicated to supporting that group with 40% of the proceeds donated – 40% is HUGE!
Some of my favorites from their site are the shirts in the Hollaback collection, supporting Hollaback! non-profit that is against sexual harassment. My favorite shirt in this collection says “Cats Against Catcalls” with a picture of a cat… I mean, it’s puuurfection.
Side note, they have a shirt that says “Pizza Rolls Not Gender Rolls” and if you don’t think that is incredible then I don’t know you.
If someone wants to get me the Feminist As Fuck t-shirt………. this is the hint…..mom….
3. Graphic Tees from Lady Killas
Lady Killas is a female-led women’s community that started in San Diego and invites badass female entrepreneurs to speak with the group and empower them. The goal of the group is to foster a community of female leaders in the workforce and it does so through these meetups and networking events.
The founder, Courtney Wall, also makes screen-printed shirts that are sassy and amazing. Some of my favorites are the “Queens Get the Money” tee and the “Just Say No” tee.
4. Jewelry from 31 Bits
This is another gem I discovered at Yellow Conference. I love 31 Bits because all the jewelry is made from women in Uganda. The beaded jewelry is made from 100% recycled paper turned into beads. I am not kidding, paper. The brand makes necklaces, chokers, rings, bracelets, cuffs, and even woven bags. Last year I got my mom and sister beaded bracelets and they love them!
Here are some of my favorites:
The Minimalist (I have this with the bead in gold!)
5. More Feminist Apparel from My Sister
My Sister also makes statement apparel that for every purchase supports women who have been sexually exploited. The products are also ethically and environmentally-made in the U.S. The company has raised over $100,000 since its launch in 2015 for it’s non-profit partners. You can learn more about their non-profit partners and mission here.
My personal favorite is this crop hoodie that says “BADASS FEMINIST,” but there are tons of other amazing goodies on their website too, like the badass feminist hat and the “it’s my body it’s my choice” tee.
6. A Ticket to Yellow Conference 2018
I wasn’t able to attend Yellow Conference this past summer but I went in 2016 and it was life-changing. The conference gathers over 500 women from around the U.S. for three days in LA where you hear from the most inspirational women and men about their journeys, passion projects, non-profits, and trials and tribulations. There were waterworks, okay floods, but it was so empowering and uplifting at the same time. Going to Yellow Conference made me rethink my blog and it was then that I became so passionate about supporting like-minded and socially-conscious brands and decided to share about these brands I love so much on this platform.
If you’re local to Southern California, a ticket to this conference would be an epic gift. You can also purchase the recordings of the speakers from past conferences if you’re not local; I did this last year for my mom and sister who weren’t able to make it!
Shout out to all the companies, brands, non-profits, and groups that are doing something great for women. While you’re holiday shopping this year PLEASE consider supporting an organization that supports women! Also, I am dying a little inside because this gift guide is 100% ruining the surprise for my gifts for my mom & sister (hiii mom) but oh well, worth it.
If you have other feminist goodies I should check out please let me know! There’s always more room for gifts 😉