Festive Feminist Gift Guide

8 / 12 / 2015

Well it appears to be that time of year again. So why not take the festive season as an excuse to bestow some glad feminist tidings, and giftware, onto your nearest and dearest? If you’re stuck for ideas, read on.



The ladies over at Emily’s List sure know how to come up with some smart and sassy merch. Nothing freshens the breath and galvanises one’s patriarchy-smashing resolve quite like an ’empowermint’ or two.

Stock up at: emilyslist.net.au



2015 has been one of the best years for rock autobiographies in recent memory. Here are three great books for the feminist music snob in your life. Try your local independent bookstore or Better World Books.

Riot grrrl, rocker, comedian, actor, and everyone’s hero – Carrie Brownstein. The Sleater-Kinney frontwoman and Portlandia star tells her story in this eloquent, compelling memoir. Read it and then see catch band’s reunion tour in 2016!

You’ll be seeing this on a lot of ‘best of’ year-end lists. It’s Sonic Youth trailblazer Kim Gordon’s road to stardom, and everything that went along with it.

The follow up to Just Kids – Smith’s award-winning, poignant tale of her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe as they went from from poor teenage artists to cult figures. Whenever Patti Smith puts pen to paper it’s worth your while.


Gift a subscription to your favourite feminist publication – you’ll be helping to keep it afloat and providing an awesome, recurring present at the same time. Who doesn’t love getting surprise packages in the mail that aren’t bills or train fines?


The most crushable zine on the whole wide Interwebz, Got a Girl Crush, also sells some great swag – like this lapel pin with a nod to the incomparable Ms Janet Jackson. Shop online here.


Sometimes if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. In August, old-white-man-who’s-never-had-a-period-in-his-life Joe Hockey decided that the “tampon tax” – the 10% GST on women’s hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary pads – would be staying. Defy this blatantly sexist impost by doing something good for yourself, a friend, and the planet by purchasing the following. 


Ethical pads

Fitzroy based, crowd-funded company Tsuno makes bamboo fibre sanitary pads and donates 50% of profits to the International Women’s Development Agency. They also come in pretty boxes. Why not get a subscription for yourself or a friend? 

Visit tsuno.com.au for more info. 

Menstrual cups 


Cups are definitely having a moment. They’re comfortable, reusable, and come in a plethora of sizes, brands and colours (even sparkly ones!). They will save you money every month as well as saving trash from going to landfill – definitely the gift that keeps on giving.

Check out the ‘Menstrual Cups Worldwide’ group on Facebook for super friendly advice, and more than you ever thought you needed to know about menstrual cups. There are tonnes of great brands to choose from including DivaCup, Lunette, Lily Cup and many more.


If you don’t hit up Etsy for some quirky holiday cards and gifts, you’ll regretsy it…Obviously, Etsy is a treasure trove of objects of desire that you didn’t even know you needed, but definitely must have. Here are a couple of faves.


Adult colouring books are officially the new sudoku, and there are some great feminist finds to be had. Casey Landau’s ‘Coloring Outside the Kitchen’ features the likes of Yoko Ono, Billie Jean King and Frida Kahlo.


This ‘male tears’ stubby holder by eythink will keep you and your beverage of choice sufficiently ice cold this Aussie summer. Check out the rest of eythink’s great feminist merch on their Etsy page.

That’s it from me folks. Happy feminist festivus and happy gifting!