Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday centered around patriarchal, oppressive relationship norms, so it can be hard to find feminist Valentine’s Day gifts. Finding a present that tells your feminist loved one that you adore them takes a little bit of creativity, but it’s totally possible — you just have to think outside the box.
Shopping in the weeks before Valentine’s Day may find you awash in sexism, pink, and chocolate (mmm, chocolate). If your special someone — be them long-term partner, casual fling, or good friend — isn’t into that kind of thing, it can be hard to find something that shows you appreciate them but doesn’t buy into antiquated stereotypes or offensive assumptions.
Generally, feminist gift shopping is about buying a gift for the person instead of the occasion. What do they like? What are they into? Instead of literally buying into tired stereotypes, find something that that aligns with your favorite person’s interests or aesthetic. Just because the holiday itself isn’t feminist doesn’t mean your gifts can’t be.
There are plenty of options for great gifts for feminist you love. They’re sure to love anything you buy them, if it comes from your heart, but here are some good places to start.
1. For The Person Who Loves Feminist Theory
2. For Your Little One
3. For The Food Lover
Cook a romantic dinner for you and your boo — that won’t break the bank — with a recipe from Jack Monroe's A Girl Called Jack. This cookbook is for people on a budget, and a portion of the proceeds go to local food banks in the UK. The feminist foodie in your life will thank you.
4. For The Person You ‘Netflix And Chill’ With
Snuggie Love Blanket, $19.46, Amazon
For those of you that actually watch Netflix and chill out when you say you will, why not buy your cuddle buddy a Snuggie “Love” Blanket so the two of you can stay warm on cold winter nights in front of the TV. (Bonus points if you have a matching one.
5. For Your Galentine’s Day Pal
6. For The Misandrist In Your Life
7. For The Cat Lady You Love
8. For Your Crush
9. For Your Friend With Benefits
10. For Your Bitter Valentine
Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter, $7.49, CraftShack
Instead of a box of chocolates, get the beer-lover in your life a six pack of this Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter. You can crack beers together, and have a great time.