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Queer Gift Guide 3: For your SJW Friend

by Chaya Milchtein

Do you have a friend that’s always trying to understand the world and make it a better place? This is the gift guide for folks with a strong social cause. Since these gifts are still products, consider making a donation in your friend’s name to a cause that’s important to them.

What Matters 2020 T-Shirt

Black Lives Matter 2020 t shirt is sold by Black Lives Matter organisation itself so the money goes directly towards the fight. While you’re on the site buying your friend a gift, pick one up for yourself too.

Cloth Non Gendered Menstrual Pads

As a satisfied customer writes in their review: “I ordered two medium flow reusable pads and honestly I absolutely love them. I was just trying them out to see if they were something I could really use and they are awesome! Super comfy, not scratchy, and I feel protected. I will like to get some in other sizes but I haven’t yet! If you were thinking about trying them, don’t hold back! These are well made! Thank you!”

These non gendered and reusable menstrual pads are ideal for cutting down on your waste products and gifting to friends. Lots of different designs and flow options available.

There is No Wrong Way to Have a Body Mirror

Give the gift of a daily reminder that there is no wrong way to have a body. This mirror is the perfect size for a makeup bag or grooming kit.

Queer (and Jewish, Muslim, Christian etc) Pins

These pins are handmade for religious and non religious folks who are queer. With rainbow flags adored with religious symbols, it’s hard to miss the clean opinion that religion certainly doesn’t have any impact on queerness.

Impeach Trump Pin

What a fun gift to show your utter contempt for 45? A portion of the proceeds of the first batch are being donated to The Dru Project which honors one of the Pulse victims.

Black Power Tarot Cards

King Khan developed this deck to use tarot to celebrate black power. “The mission behind the “Black Power Tarot” was to add a heavy dose of surrealistic mythos to American history by replacing the archetypes of the major arcana with the chosen people thus giving the world a new deck.”

Health Care is a Human Right Hoodie

This hoodie is made by a new brand that goes up to 5x for accessibility. THey also have goods for all the political candidates, the squad and Impeach Trump gear for Christmas. 10% of all profits go to Fair Fight, an organisation started in Georgia by Stacy Abrams.

Big Fat Feminist Print

A reasonably priced print perfect for your fat warrior friends. Can be gifted as is or frames for an extra special touch.

Passion Planner

Do you have a friend that needs a place to organize their dreams? “Passion Planner is the one place for all your thoughts. It’s more than just a planner — it’s a tool that helps you break down your short and long-term goals and incorporate them into your daily life. It has been designed to encourage you to plan for the future, reflect on the past, but most importantly, act on the present.”

Biodegradable Phone Case

This case is not plastic! For your friend who has the environment on the top of their mind, gift them this case. It’s compostable and they donate 5% of sales to environmental causes.

This list might never end, so I do need to cut it off here. Have something to add? Tweet me @mechanicfemme so I can know for next time.

About the Author:

Chaya Milchtein is the driving force behind Mechanic Shop Femme. As an automotive educator, speaker and writer, she’s made it her life’s mission to educate women and LGBT people about their cars. Her website also highlights her work on her other passion: empowering women to live their best lives in the bodies they have, through fashion and modeling. Chaya’s work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Go Magazine, and others. She lives with her fiancée and tortoise in Wisconsin. Follow her on twitter @mechanicfemme.



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