Essential Gifts for the Feminista

Written by Danielle Sinay on October 30, 2017
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Nobody makes for a better friend than a feminista: They’re fierce, supportive, and tenacious, constantly working to incite change for social reform and gender equality any chance they get. No matter the obstacles they may — and likely do — face, they’re firm and unafraid. Basically, our feminista friends are our sheroes and heroes. They deserve our utmost praise, respect, and empathy.

It might seem like they’re always a step ahead. But when it comes to getting them the greatest gifts ever, we’ve got you covered. Show your love and appreciation for your best feminista friends with these gifts.

Staple reading material: Bitch magazine subscription

Bitch magazine is a must-read for all feminists. The mag covers intersectional feminism, gender equality, and contemporary culture in a diverse set of 80 pages. Read compelling and hard-hitting reportage, sharp-tongued reviews, uproarious op-eds, and see one-of-a-kind art and illustrations. A subscription to this quarterly mag also helps support Bitch Media, a nonprofit organization. They’re dedicated (like your friend) to diversifying the publishing and media landscape and empowering feminists of all ages. This gift is truly a win-win.

Cost: $29.95 on bitchmedia.org

Carry it all: Michelle Obama tote

Totes are versatile, easy to wash, and eco-friendly. Shoppers can forsake plastic bags and make a statement while comfortably storing items. Get your feminista BFF the gift of shopping while being empowered and in style, all while honoring Michelle Obama. Obama, like your friend, is a real-life Wonder Woman. And honestly, this tote serves as an important reminder: There’s no limit to what we as women can accomplish... or how many items you can fit in this bag.

Cost: $19.95 on strandbooks.com

On your chest: ‘My Feminism Is Intersectional’ hoodie

It takes more than a tote to wear your heart on your sleeve, so why not help your friend show their beliefs with this sweatshirt instead? It’s cute, cozy, and socially conscious, providing both the perfect extra layer in the wintertime and some seriously comfy loungewear to laze in. Gift your friend with the ability to Netflix, chill, and fight the patriarchy, all in one in this adorable hoodie. It’s ethically sourced, too! You know you want to.

Cost: $48.75 on redbubble.com

Must-read good reads: ‘Bad Feminist: Essays’

This is for the feminist, the hesitant, or the avid reader. Roxane Gay’s brilliant, sharp-tongued wit will have you hooked on “Bad Feminist” in no time. Hilarious yet heartbreaking, this unapologetically raw compilation of nonfiction essays tackles every aspect of modern-day society, from “50 Shades of Grey” and rape culture to weight gain and “Sweet Valley High.” Gay leaves no page unturned, boldly examining what it means to be a woman and whether there’s a “right” way to be a proper feminist. She somehow makes you laugh and cry the whole way through. “Bad Feminist” is essentially “Chicken Soup for the Feminist’s Soul” — so, maybe buy two: one for your feminista friend, and one for you, too. Book club, anyone?

Cost: $12.91 on roxanegay.com

Curated knowledge: Feminist Box

Can’t choose just one gift? Never fear, the Feminist Gift Box is here! This carefully curated gift box contains a profuse number of equality-themed gifts. It includes a one-of-a-kind “If it isn’t intersectional, it isn’t feminism” T-shirt, a Feminist Apparel tote bag, a copy of “Freedom Is a Constant Struggle” by Angela Davis, and an “Equality for all” pin. Also included are ACLU activism packets, a pack of super cute stickers, and a 20 percent off coupon for Feminist Apparel. This box is both inspiring and super useful for the passionate activist you know and love.

Cost: $69.95 on feministapparel.com

For the advocate and allies: A donation to Distributing Dignity

Distributing Dignity has one goal: to lift up women in need, quite literally. Distributing Dignity donates and administers new bras, pads, and tampons to nonprofit organizations devoted to aiding and supporting under-resourced and homeless women. They’re currently partnered with 70 incredible organizations across the country, many of which provide emergency shelter, medical care and counseling, crisis intervention, substance disorder treatment, job training, and much more. For the advocate you know and love, there’s no better gift they’ll appreciate than a donation in support of those who need it most. The gift of giving is priceless. This gift is one they’ll never forget.

Cost: Up to you! Donate at distributingdignity.org

Period safe: Thinx period panties

Thinx panties aren’t just period underwear. This beloved company is also a sign that the times for women are changing — and it starts first with being comfortable during your most uncomfortable. For the women who no longer want to fret about spillage as they make strides toward running the world, Thinx is a godsend. Silky with a relaxed fit, these period-safe panties really will make that time of the month a breeze. They also come in a variety of styles.

Cost: $24 to $39 on shethinx.com

Pelvic workout: kGoal

Exercise smarter with kGoal, an interactive training system for your pelvic floor from Minna Life. Kegels are important, as they strengthen the muscles we can’t often see but so often define us. Whether you’re an athlete, new mom, or aging gracefully, Kegels are an integral part of a progressive health journey. Here’s to tech helping us get to know our bodies a little better — even the most intimate parts.

Cost: $149 on minnalife.com

If your superstar friend is truly one-step ahead of the game and has all these in the bag, they may be up for some more adventurous gifts. Start by checking out our lists on choosing sex toys by personality.

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