FEMINISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
First up, we have the brand new book from Rebecca Shaw, the mind behind some of our favourite comedy writing (SBS Backburner etc) and one of the voices on the Bring a Plate podcast, which still cracks us up. You might have seen her satirical Twitter account @NoToFeminism..well, this is a book version with excellent illustrations by Fury.
You can expect gems like-
Buy it here, or all good independent book stores.
Frances Cannon is a Melbourne-based artist whose work focuses on self-love, positive body image and relationships.
Doodad and Fandango is a Sydney based accessories line handmade and designed by Nikita Margarita.
The bold and bright perspex designs are made in short runs and all manufacturing and materials are sourced locally.
We love her doppelganger series- you can get earrings made featuring yourself!- but the "Bad Baby Feminist" and "Yoko" designs have stolen our hearts. Buy online here (there's some Melbourne stockists too).
TOOT! That's us blowing our own horn. It would be remiss of us not to mention our own range of YWCA Gift Cards! These cards allow you to purchase a holistic beauty treatment for a woman living in a YWCA Boarding House- as we know, personal care can be expensive and it's something that is often out of their price range. So, you can gift this service on behalf of someone! Buy a manicure for a woman from your dad! A haircut from your brother! A skin treatment from your boss! You'll get a cute card explaining the deal to give to the recipient of your choice. So it's really two gifts in one! VALUE!
All services provided by Bachelorette Beauty.
Speaking of Bachelorette Beauty Services, they are a great independent beauty salon, run by Adelaide and Ruby. They provide affordable home beauty services from Thornbury or driven to you. They're queer, trans, and body positive, emphasising the 'therapy' in beauty therapy. You might have seen them doing some gorgeous nails at our Rack Off! festival earlier in the year. They also have a new range of handmade beauty products- we can definitely vouch for the face mist. Gift vouchers also available- go to their site.
We love Miranda J Millen's funny, grotesque and ultimately uplifting art. This Melbourne-based gal also writes great articles for our pals at Ramona Magazine for Girls.
We can imagine her kooky ceramic handbowl on our coffee table hoarding sweets. Check out her store.
Our buddies at Friendly Moving Men have done it again this year! If you're into hunks, this is the calendar for you.
Created and shot by local Melbourne women Georgia Rose and Harriet Stewart (full disclosure: she works in our Engagement Department), this prime selection of spunky removalists (ok, and members of the Melbourne music scene) raises money for the good folk at Merri Outreach. Buy it here or instore at Milkwood Cafe or The Arena Store in Collingwood.
You might recognise Phoebe Paradise's work from some of our posters! Did you know she makes clothes and accessories too? Well now you do. She's just launched her "Hot Mess" range in time for the sweltering Christmas season, but we also enjoy her range of hand painted jackets and lurid socks and pins. Go for it here.
Of course, no feminist Christmas gift guide would be complete without Clementine Ford's debut novel, Fight Like a Girl. Writer, activist, podcaster and co-collaborator on our TINAtalks series, Clem's writing has the ability to inspire, divide and impassion. This book is a a call-to-arms, a biography and a manifesto all rolled into one. Available at all good bookstores, like Readings for instance.
The ladies at Multicultural Boob Revolution are two Brisbane-based best friends who promote body positivity, foster diversity and normalize breastfeeding through their range of crafty jewellery. Boobs around the globe! On you! Around your neck! Go here.
Finally, IT Records is run by local lady, Kate Reid and has been putting out some of Australia's best music since 2013. The label favours the dark and electronic side of things, and has a healthy helping of women, femmes and gender non conforming people on the roster.
Happy giving! Love, the team at the Y.