Rebel Girls Gift Guide: What to Buy Your Favorite Feminist for the Holigays

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Illustration by Sophie Argetsinger

If there is anyone in your life currently in need of a truly empowering and also on-brand gift which which to utilize to further the progress of our nation or look woke AF, it’s the feminist you know and love. It’s been a dark year, and there may be many more to come. Stave off the end of the world, or I guess just avoid letting them think about it more, with any one of these incredibly badass things I wish I could send to Hillary Clinton’s PO Box to let her know I’m still thinking of her.


Something For Their Safe Space

Feminist embroidery. Woman power posters. Candles fit for a bad bitch. This year, give them the gift that never stops giving: Something that makes the cis white men who enter their homes feel undoubtedly uncomfortable and unwelcome.

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Not Your Muse Embroidery Which I Would Never Want But Someone More Bold Than Me Might / Hillary Clinton Quote Poster / Middle Finger Candle / Feminist AF Doormat / Uterus Collage / Virginia Woolf Poster / Patriarchy-Smashing Embroidery


We Wear It Well

I always make a lot of recommendations for feminist gear in this gift guide, but it’s never been a better time to wear your activism on your sleeve. Help a feminist you love avoid a conversation with a leftist brogressive who hates “identity politics,” the silent Trump supporter hanging around the water cooler on casual Friday, and the person down the street who didn’t care enough to vote and must now suffer endlessly for it by enabling them to put their politics where anyone can read ’em and weep accordingly.

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Feminist Fist Enamel Pin / Wild Feminist Tee / Wild Feminist Bomber AKA The Thing Everyone Who Works Here Wants / Boy Bye Tee / Feminist Fist Sweatshirt / Born to Be Wild Pouch / The Future is Female Sweatshirt


Fuel the Work

There’s a lot of work to do, y’all. The folks you know who actually give a shit are about to be busy running out into the streets, crafting strategies for world domination in our coven meetings, and running the bad guys into the ground from our home offices. Why not build them a workplace that reminds them day in and day out that they’re kicking ass, taking names, and changing the world? (Or just give them an outlet to do what they like infused with feminist goodness.)

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Feminist Badass Laptop Case / WWBD Desktop Plaquard / Crafting with Feminism Book / I am enough Coloring Book / Boss Babes Coloring Books / Feminist To-Do List / Boss Notes / Feminist Notebook Complete With Inspirational Musings Pre-Printed Inside / A Pencil Pack to Last the Whole Revolution

Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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8 Comments

  1. Michelle

    I dunno it also may make white men in generally uncomfortable, cause you know trans men are real men. And some have argued with me about pointless stuff.

    • I’m not any more interested in coddling misogynistic trans men than I am re: cis men and if keeping a home that drips in misandry alienates trans men who don’t understand that their lack of cis privilege does not negate their male privilege then I don’t mind tbh

  2. Al

    I know the right person to get an item off here for, thank you!

  3. Sarah

    This is a great list, but is it possible to spotlight Otherwild’s “The Future Is Female” sweatshirt instead, since they are a small queer-owned business, and their collaboration with herstory kind of reinvigorated that slogan? They have gotten ripped off a lot as their sweatshirt grew in popularity. :-/

    • D.Z.

      Yes. Please explain the rationale of linking to a faceless multinational corporation’s ripoff of “The Future is Female” slogan instead of linking to Otherwild’s respectful, small-business feminist iteration. I guarantee you most of us would prefer to our express our intellectual and monetary appreciation for Labyris Books’ intellectual property from the 1970s, given the choice.

  4. Because I haven’t spent enough money on dressing my nieces like their favorite auntie this season…

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