It’s the time of year when we search to find the perfect gift for our friends and family that they don’t already have, isn’t crazy expensive and doesn’t suck…not an easy task. If you haven’t yet finished crossing off your list, don’t worry – I’ve got a bunch of great gift ideas, you lucky procrastinators. I found a bunch of lady-friendly, fun and sex-positive gifts for you and your loved ones.
For your friend who is a mom or is thinking about becoming one, I really enjoyed Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care, by Jennifer Block or try Firdaus’ recommendation, Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood, by Naomi Wolf. Both are insightful looks into the childbirth routine and the industry that surrounds it, from a perspective that is very supportive of mother’s rights and autonomy during birth.
For your friend who likes sociological and racial analysis of our society (but really, don’t we all?), try The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander, an award-winning book about the ongoing racial stratification in America.
For the fashionable and proud reader, Sarah Utter makes a cute “Reading is sexy” t-shirt.
If you know someone who’s always sketching or jotting down ideas, think about this gorgeous sketch pad by Olympia, Washington-based artist Nikki McClure.
For the introspective or the aspiring writer, she also has this super pretty journal.
Also, you really can’t go wrong with Frida Kahlo socks. Sounds ridiculous, looks awesome. I own them in yellow.
For your friend with a sense of humor, Giant Microbes make adorable plush versions of microbes. They have a wide variety, but I prefer their sexually transmitted infections. Chlamydia is especially adorable. (Probably not a good gift for the germophobe.)
Help your friends show their feminist pride by wearing this Bra burning t-shirt. Yes, I know feminists never actually burned their bras but it’s still quite a statement.
You can wear your heart on your sleeve, but can you wear your uterus on your…uterus? Yes, you can. You’re welcome.
Pillpaks are a cute place to stash your birth control, with a handy alarm so you remember to take them.
Safe Sax make really cool tote bags, shoulder bags, or makeup bags lined with colorful condoms. For someone who likes to make a statement – be prepared for people to ask a lot of questions.
Our Bodies Ourselves, by the Boston Women’s Collective is a classic for any sex-positive/body-positive lady. An excellent gift for a younger sister, especially.
Or, if you’re a really good friend, you could always buy something from Good Vibrations. Hey, get yourself something too. It’s the season for giving, after all.