Advanced search

Christmas presents for Feminists (big and small!)

(43 Posts)
everybodypuuuullllll Wed 13-Nov-19 22:39:26

If you're not in the Christmas spirit probably best you look the other way grin

But I've started my Christmas shopping and I thought it'd be nice to share some ideas for Christmas for the feminists in our lives, big and small.

I'll start - got these cards for my DD last year and we've played with them loads. They're set up as Happy Families but you can play lots of different games with them e.g. we used them to do a quiz on a long car journey, which worked well. You could read the booklet with info on a set of the women, then pick a card from the set at random and get quizzed on it.

Wonder Women: A Happy Families Card Game

(Linking to Amazon as I like reading their reviews and info, generally, but obviously there are more ethical shops out there)!

everybodypuuuullllll Wed 13-Nov-19 22:40:38

Sorry, I probably should have explained, if it's not obvious form the title - all the cards are of well known women past and present eg artists, explorers, scientists, sportswomen etc.

everybodypuuuullllll Wed 13-Nov-19 22:48:20

The Radical Tea Towel company has some great stuff e.g.

And also other lefty stuff (although I guess, some of it is a bit on the woke side!)

everybodypuuuullllll Wed 13-Nov-19 22:59:17

ReSisters are doing merch: t-shirts & bags etc, so the profits fund feminist actions:

everybodypuuuullllll Wed 13-Nov-19 23:02:21

I've got two feminists to get presents for in my family, the women who indoctrinated introduced me to feminism in the first place (my DM) and a small feminist-in-the-making - 7yo DD.

Any suggestions gratefully received!

JumpJockey Wed 13-Nov-19 23:03:37

I happen to know that Cambridge University Library is selling badges and tote bags based on the Behave Badly badge that Lisa Jardine gave to her colleagues and students. The badges are only about 50p I think, happy to send some if anyone wants to DM me.

VinandVigour Wed 13-Nov-19 23:28:07

I gave these to friends, and DD last year. They are rather lovelier than this picture shows. My DH came home with one for me first of all and I loved it so much I sent him back for several more. I don’t think he got them from the V&A, as they were a little cheaper than that.

VinandVigour Wed 13-Nov-19 23:28:50

jump I love those badges!

teawamutu Thu 14-Nov-19 07:32:33

Big presents: any of Jess De Wahls' incredible embroideries - and there are patches and badges for stocking fillers.

MrsSnippyPants Thu 14-Nov-19 07:55:46

Oh, great idea for a thread! Will get my thinking cap on.
My DGD is only two, so she will get Premium Bonds for a start (as every woman should have her own money).
My DSD will definitely approve of a ReSisters hoodie grin

Hullabalooo Thu 14-Nov-19 07:59:07

This is a great thread!

I'm definitely interested in this. As a GC (slightly undercover but coming out) woman, I'm enthusiastic about the Resisters United stuff. OP do you know what the sizing is like on the t-shirts and hoodies?

Also, I know that the Fawcett Society have this collaboration with the jewellery designers Tatty Devine which are lovely (although FS have been a bit hopeless recently with their lack of support of actual women)

Anything for nurturing feminism in boys?

Aroundtheworldin80moves Thu 14-Nov-19 08:00:53

For Primary aged girls- the Great women books by Kate Pankhurst. We have Great Women who Changed History and Great women who worked Wonders

Thenagainmaybenot Thu 14-Nov-19 08:15:49

I would suggest the Lego Women of NASA set. Not sure if it is still available new but I have seen some second hand.

For Lego fans I would also recommend buying lots of plain heads and ‘girls’ hairstyles because lots of Lego sets aren’t a 50 50 sex balance. Of course you can play that a ‘man’s’ hairstyle is a woman but when arguing with a 4yr oId like to pick my battles!

Would also recommend the ‘who has what’ body book for young children (2-7?) - get the biological facts straight as early as possible.

Also play silks - easy for imaginative play and can easily be made into skirts (which my boys and girls want to do) without boys automatically thinking it is girly when they open the present

Hullabalooo Thu 14-Nov-19 08:16:37

This got me thinking about other things for me presents. I've been having a gander at what else is online and this turned up:

And this cool Mind the Gender Pay Gap bag using Tube logo:

Chugchugtraintrain Thu 14-Nov-19 08:32:04

For younger girls (although my 9 year old still dips in and out) goodnight stories for rebel girls is good. Each page is a short story about an influential woman, from artists, scientists, historical figures, all sorts. Link to goodnight stories for rebel girls 2-

Also a mighty girl has lots of suggestions -

WeBuiltCisCityOnSexistRoles Thu 14-Nov-19 08:47:07

I'm choosing between these for DD...

EmpressLesbianInChair Thu 14-Nov-19 08:49:58

For younger girls (although my 9 year old still dips in and out) goodnight stories for rebel girls is good. Each page is a short story about an influential woman, from artists, scientists, historical figures, all sorts.

Just avoid the story about the boy who wins the right to use girls' toilets because he likes pink dresses...

I think to a large extent it depends on the feminist. I can't even say 'gender' without putting it in scare quotes and I think 'gender equality' is an oxymoron so I wouldn't go for anything with that word on it. Nor would I want to give the Fawcett Society my money, even if the jewellery is lovely!

Anything from ReSisters, Standing for Women, Fair Play for Women, the Wild Womyn Workshop on Etsy, or Leeds Spinners on Redbubble, I'd say.

WeBuiltCisCityOnSexistRoles Thu 14-Nov-19 08:49:59

Not Christmas as I've already got them, but these earrings were my best present this year...

Hullabalooo Thu 14-Nov-19 10:17:37

**Love those earrings @webuiltthiscityonsexistroles

WeBuiltCisCityOnSexistRoles Thu 14-Nov-19 12:39:10

They're epic aren't they? From Etsy, lots of great feminist ones (I'm not the seller I promise)

JumpJockey Thu 14-Nov-19 13:07:52

My BF gave me a great stress ball a few years ago that says "The Patriarchy" and the instruction "keep on squashing..."

artisanparsnips Thu 14-Nov-19 14:39:28

I have chosen one of my Christmas presents already. This is it.

everybodypuuuullllll Thu 14-Nov-19 15:11:28

OP do you know what the sizing is like on the t-shirts and hoodies?

The ReSisters shop is on Spreadshirt so they use different suppliers for different items I think.

I'm on the large side these days, I looked at the sizing charts and reviews of the "women's" cut items, and I didn't think any of them would fit me! e.g. I saw a review saying the women's 2XL was about a 14, for one of the tshirts styles which is too small for me.

So I looked at the "men's" and ordered a "men's" cut 2XL tshirt. They did give measurements of all the items but I was too busy to actually measure one of my tshirts so keeping my fingers crossed I guessed OK!

nocluewhattodoo Thu 14-Nov-19 15:13:46

Art Girls Rising has loads of great tshirt s with the names of 5 female artists on them. A donation from the sale goes to a women's charity too. I'm planning on getting a few more

everybodypuuuullllll Thu 14-Nov-19 15:17:52

As a GC (slightly undercover but coming out) woman, I'm enthusiastic about the Resisters United stuff

I like that some of the ReSisters designs have the name, but some don't, so they're a bit more undercover, while still being obvious to those in the know!

I especially love the Leeds design

everybodypuuuullllll Thu 14-Nov-19 15:31:25

Anything for nurturing feminism in boys?

What age boys?

I reckon it's important for boys to have books etc with girls/women as the protagonist, just as much as it is for girls.

Given that books, films, TV programs etc with female protagonist are often seen as "for girls" whereas male protagonists are often presented as the default, if boys are never given "girls things" then it could be possible for boys can grow up to adulthood without ever having been exposed to storytelling with women as the lead, and therefore never having to consider that women have an internal life with actual thoughts and feelings! Or to put themselves in our shoes and empathise with us. That can't be healthy for any of us, surely?!

I try to give my DS plenty of books, films etc with women as the protagonist, as a starting point.

We loved The Accidental Pirate by Clare Fayers when DS was 9 or 10, for example.

Here's the blurb:

Twelve-year-old Brine Seaborne is a girl with a past . . . if only she could remember what it is. Found alone in a rowboat as a child, clutching a shard of the rare starshell needed for spell-casting, she's spent every day since housekeeping for an irritable magician and his obnoxious apprentice, Peter.

But everything changes when Brine and Peter accidentally break the magician's starshell and need to flee the island. Lost at sea, they blunder into the path of the legendary pirate ship the Onion. Before you can say 'pieces of eight,' they're up to their necks in the pirates' quest to find Magical North, a place so shrouded in secrets and myth that most people don't even think it exists.

If Brine is lucky, she may find out who her parents are and why they sent her out to sea. And if she's unlucky, everyone on the ship will be eaten by sea monsters.

It really could go either way.*

There's a second book in the series out now too I think.

TinselAngel Thu 14-Nov-19 15:41:49

Wild Womyn Workshop has some great things. The badges are particularly good.

Fantina Fri 15-Nov-19 18:28:15

I'm buying everyone I can a copy of Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. It is possibly the most important book I've ever read.

MrsSnippyPants Fri 15-Nov-19 18:35:11

Good call Fantina, that is perfect for our ‘book and a bottle’ gifts.

teawamutu Sat 16-Nov-19 09:54:16

Great call, Fantina.

ThatsYouThatIs Sat 16-Nov-19 11:28:55

Thanks for this thread OP, it's just what I needed smile

Present Indicative have some lovely things on their site.

women who changed the world mug

suffragette items

fun stem books for kids

Rosa Parks fridge magnet/finger puppet

protest knits

Ada Lovelace soft toy

fight like a girl pencils

Marie Curie items

flintyminty Sat 16-Nov-19 11:40:54

Books for children
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty

Will be getting this for my DN aged 8. He has just started asking questions about environment and politics (why can't I vote), so I thought this book with female protaganist would be a good start. Other books in series - Ada Twist, Scientist. Rosie Revere, Engineer

SpartacusAutisticus Sat 16-Nov-19 11:42:19

I think this should be about more than buying merch that has a feminist message. Support local businesses, especially those run by women, and buy from women artists and designers.

CarolCutrere Sat 16-Nov-19 11:50:02

Support local businesses, especially those run by women, and buy from women artists and designers

I agree. There's no particular feminist angle in the link below beyond these cards being created by a woman. They are beautiful, a bit different and no more expensive than mass produced cards.

Hullabalooo Sat 16-Nov-19 11:56:14

Thanks @everybodypuuuuuuuulllllll its a challenge raising a small hectic boy in the patriarchy to be a feminist!

arethereanyusernamesleftatall Mon 02-Dec-19 17:52:35

Thrilled to see this book out. It's a stereotype-busting picture book aimed at 3-6 year olds, to counteract the nonsense being put out by TRAs and encourage kids to be comfortable in their own bodies. I've ordered a copy for my daughter and another for her school.

The Times said:

Children’s author pens antidote to books peddling ‘wrong body’ myth

A children’s author has written a book to counteract “the explosion in gender ideology” that teaches children they can be “born in the wrong body”.

Rachel Rooney’s My Body is Me addresses concerns about the new sex education and relationships lessons that start next September.

Rooney says there has been an “explosion” over the past three years of books such as Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton in which an apparently male toy tells a child it has always known it is, in fact, a girl. Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall features a character that feels red despite being blue.

“I’m concerned children who may grow up to be gay or who are discovered to be on the autism spectrum are learning that the reason they may feel confused or different is because they were born in the wrong body,” said Rooney, a former special educational needs teacher. “It’s impossible to have the ‘wrong’ body. It’s a very worrying message we’re sending to children."

Rooney’s book focuses on healthy acceptance of bodies. It is being distributed through the website of Transgender Trend, a group that produces resources for schools dealing with children declaring themselves to be transgender. The number of adolescent girls being referred to gender identity services has risen 4,400% in the past decade.

It's only for sale via Transgender Trend I think.

The website says:

RacheI Rooney is a trained teacher in Primary and Special Education. She taught for many years across a range of school settings and has particular interest and experience working with pupils with ASC (Autism). She is now an award-winning children’s poet and picture book writer.

Jessica Ahlberg has been illustrating books for children for 18 years.

(And, they don't say, but she's the daughter of Janet & Allen Ahlberg who wrote & illustrated Each Peach Pear Plum, Burglar Bill, the Jolly Postman etc etc!)

wakemewhenitsallover Thu 19-Dec-19 23:16:50

I love the Radical Tea Towels stuff and also the Fawcett Society stuff = but aren't they both woke?

Antibles Thu 19-Dec-19 23:34:32

Stuff from the knitters that were getting flack? I can't find the thread though.

AndreaWard Fri 20-Dec-19 09:34:58

Message deleted by MNHQ. Here's a link to our Talk Guidelines.

koshkat Fri 20-Dec-19 09:42:21

Just want to say how much I love this thread and how much I love the FWR board.

As you were...grin

GoulashSoup Fri 20-Dec-19 10:53:23

I love the messages on these shirts

ScrimshawTheSecond Fri 20-Dec-19 11:03:43

I often have a look at A Mighty Girl for ideas for kids.

OhHolyJesus Fri 20-Dec-19 12:47:00

I want a Ruth Bader Ginsberg mug

'I dissent'

For Christmas and if no one buys it for me ai will get it myself and use it at work.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, quick, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Get started »