8 Gift Ideas to Keep the Democracy Strong

By Laura Foote Clark

Donald Trump is slated to take office on January 20th. Yeah. I know.

I’ve collected a list of gifts to both enrich the lives of the receiver and keep our institutions strong. These gifts will hopefully keep you #FiredUpReadyToGo!

1) News Subscriptions

Donald Trump lies. He lies so egregiously and consistently, he has managed to create his own alternate reality. The only thing that can stand against that is well-funded, quality, reality-based news. Buy your loved ones a little slice of reality.

Go Local!

Small local newspapers are in dire straights. We need to take back local state houses, and local newspapers are your first step to understanding your community.

The New York Times
The Washington Post
Foreign Affairs
Slate Plus (For the Podcast Lover)

2) Say it Loud, Say it Proud — With SWAG!

Support these organizations and wear it on your sleeve! Your friends and family will love these beautiful expressions of everything that makes this country great.

National Public Radio Swag
American Civil Liberties Union swag
Human Rights Campaign Swag
Planned Parenthood Swag
Organizing For America Swag
Define American
Democracy Now! Swag

3) Music, Documentaries, & Live Events

Ok, yeah you probably don’t love them enough to buy them tickets to Hamilton, but you might get them…

Hamilton Cast Album
A gift card to a local indie cinema
A gift card to their local theater
Planet Earth or other documentaries

4) Books!

Here is a great list by Newsweek
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam
March Graphic Novel by John Lewis
Or get them a gift card to a local bookstore!

5) Art & Other Cool Objects

These Feminist Playing Cards!
Powerful Posters
Support local artists and craft shows!

6) Local Food!

Year long Local Organic Produce with CSA boxes!
Or get a gift card to a local restaurant, perhaps owned by folks from an at-risk population!

7) And for the Kids…

Classics like Yertle the Turtle
There’s also this massive resource!
Chat with your local bookstores!

And last, but not least…

8) Donation in Their Name!

Watch this great John Oliver Clip for inspiration…
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