Holigay Gift Guide: For the Overworked & Underpaid

Are the people you love getting the shittiest end of capitalism’s hell stick? Long days and even longer nights just trying to make ends meet? We can’t change everything but taking care of the mind, body and soul (very original) can hopefully make it a little easier. Check out these gifts to do just that!

Mind

It may because I have Android/PC but does anyone else keep forgetting about iTunes? I used to be hyped as shit to get iTunes cards for Christmas because musicals and you know what? You can download all your stuff onto devices so when wi-fi goes out, you’ll be able to still enjoy your shows (instead of watching Wreck-It Ralph on repeat on your broken DVD player in the middle of the night. Still a good movie, but I want better for you.) Let us not also forget about Wolfe Video (which apparently has on demand????) because the last thing you want to do when you get off work is scroll endlessly through Netflix and Hulu to find your lesbian movies only to be disappointed and going to sleep still covered in the world’s cishetero foolishness. Help your loved ones get queerly to the good stuff.

I just got into games heavy this past year and I love the idea that there’s a medium that gives you permission to fail, that lets you come back again and again until you get where you want to be. Life isn’t always that forgiving, so I’m big on giving yourself that kindness in media.

We all know books are my shit and so it’s taking all my might to just be like, hey check out a book or two even though I’m like LET’S TALK ABOUT ALL THE BOOKS EVER. Reading is better than using your computer before bedtime and I want you to get enough rest, so please invest in more books!

Body

I know absolutely nothing about makeup but I do know in the little corner of my heart where I keep femme aspirations, I want to look fly as fuck and Rihanna is on that shit. Like. I don’t even know what goes where (I spent fifteen minutes just confused as shit on Sephora) but I wanted everything Fenty Beauty after this video. I feel like its a makeup that everyone agrees is fantastic but it’s not cheap and people who love makeup should be treated to this.

Bose headphones are great because they truly help you ignore the bullshit around you. These say “I’m not listening to you” when you’re out and about and say “I deserve this luxurious atmosphere” when you get home.

My work lunches consist of whatever I find at the Dollar Tree next to my job. I know that the Wendy’s down the street will amount to $4.24 for their four for four deal. I’ve got a 1.25L of Mountain Dew sitting next to me right now and it’s 9 PM and we’ve still got miles to go before I sleep. What I’m saying is, I don’t get any kind of nutrients that my body needs until I get sick and throw a vegetable in there. Nutrition is not the first thing on my mind and I think, for a lot of people, it’s the last on theirs too. Help them out with a subscription service where we can come home and try to cook or just have enough snacks to get us through.

Good pajamas are so important. Nothing gently holds your hand and calmly tells you that you deserve the finer and quieter things in life like a motherfucking onesie. Sadly, these don’t have the feet on them but don’t worry I got you with a pair of super fuzzy socks.

Soul

Look, we all just get down sometimes, and it’s hard to come out of it. Sometimes you need little reminders to get you through, so check out these love notes that tell you you are more than the work you do, zines that help you cope with the uncertainty and dread capitalism brings and postcards to help your loved ones try to do the same.

Alexis Smithers (Lex Lee) is a black nonbinary person creating on the East Coast. They've volunteered for Winter Tangerine and currently are a Web Development Student at Bloc. A 2015 Pink Door Fellow & 2016 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer, you can find more of their work on their website and listen to them scream about poetry & other interests on Twitter.

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