I’m dreaming of an intersectionally feminist Christmas…

…unlike the ones I used to know. 

The holidays are approaching and it is very apparent that – after the past eleven challenging months (euphemism of the year) – people are embracing the pre-Christmas season even more than usual.

And thus, we enter the most wonderful and patriarchal time of the year. It is still very common for most women to do the heavy lifting in their household this time of the year – decorating the place, buying the presents, baking cookies, scheduling family gatherings, cooking the Christmas meals, etc. – all while remaining cheery and jolly. Oh, and all the while being in lockdown, of course. (Although I have to say that Goldie Hawn’s role of Mrs. Claus in Netflix’ “The Christmas Chronicles” moving up from post-credits cameo to co-star in the sequel has gotten me very excited and, in my opinion, is a crucial step towards a more equal Christmas tradition.)

All things considered, it is safe to say that this year has been a rough one, so to end it in the best possible and most encouraging way, we are sharing with you a list of our favorite presents to gift to your feminist sibling, (grand-)parent, aunt/uncle, colleague, friend or feminist to be:

  1. A book by your favorite female author
    Need some inspiration? Here are some of our team’s current favourites: home body by Rupi Kaur, Untamed by Glennon Doyle, Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett and of course Issue #1 & #2 of LUX WMN magazine!

    And if you want to make it extra meaningful, buy it from one of our beautiful local book stores, such as Librairie Alinea in Luxembourg City, Librairie Diderich in Esch/Alzette, Librairie Zimmer in Diekirch or Librairie Ernster all over Luxembourg. Most of them also do delivery, so it’s almost like Amazon, just better (and slower).
  1. EdX online course
    Knowledge is power. To help your favorite person gain more of both, gift them a certified online course from Harvard, MIT, and more of the world’s leading universities. Whether it’s Python programming, creative writing, corporate finance, blockchain technology, music history, or app development – there’s a subject for every family member. How about Gender Studies 101 for your nephew? – can’t start too early!
  1. Donation to your favorite charity that benefits women or girls/support a charity by donating in your friend’s or family member’s name.
    Since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the government’s implementation of lockdown measures, emerging data and reports have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified. The local non-profit association FEMMES EN DÉTRESSE, created in 1979, offers a refuge – a “Fraenhaus” – for women, their children, and young girls who have been victims of domestic violence. It is active in many different sectors and locations and is a member of the Women Against Violence Europe network.

    Support them here: https://fed.lu/

There are also many other different charities that need support, you’ll find one to match each type of feminist in your friend circle:
-the book lover  https://cid-fg.lu/fr/aktiv-werden/
-the entrepreneur  https://for.mamacash.org/ 
-the scientist  https://owsd.net/about-owsd/donate
-the educator  https://www.malala.org/donate 
-the coder  https://www.codetoinspire.org/donate/ 
-the crazy cat lady  https://www.sos-animaux.lu/sos_animaux/AIDEZ_NOUS.html

  1. A membership
    Whether it is to a local yoga studio there are many to choose from, an online yoga community or a subscription to eco-friendly and natural personal care products– memberships are a gift that keeps on giving!
  2. (feminist) art and Christmas decorations from your favorite local female artist such as Lisa Junius and Lys Differding or Alissa Levy who is based in Dortmund (does that pass as “almost local”?).

    Or if you prefer buying your gifts from an actual shop, Weltbutteker sell all kinds of goods and presents (from accessories, bags, ceramics, and decorations to hammocks, plant baskets, and towels) created by manufacturers from all over the world, all traded fairly and ethically. They have shops in Bettembourg, Diekirch, Dudelange, Esch-sur-Alzette, Ettelbruck, Luxembourg, Munsbach
  1. Feminist apparel
    Maybe one of our awesome and ethical LUX WMN shirts? Or Amylili, the super talented illustrator from issue #2 who sells shirts with her art on them. Or Laure Baumann, an independent midwife who has started sewing and selling face masks with reproductive organs print.

    Looking for a shirt for your feminist friend across the pond? Check out Phenomenal or The Outrage, both of the shops donate to progressive organizations with every purchase. 
  1. Gift vouchers to support your favorite female owned local business, which also happen to sell fair and slow fashion and products, such as The Modu Shop, J’adore Bio, eiv jewelry and Akabo, or encourage a slow fashion lifestyle like second-hand shop Pilea does.
  2. Low/no budget? No worries, we’ve got you!
    How about an empowering playlist feat. your favorite female artists (or mixtape/CD if you prefer to go old-school)? You can even personalize it with a self-made cover. Or just a photo of the two of you.

    If you enjoy cooking, why not gift homemade baked goods? Or chutneys – always a great idea for the cold season and you can finally process that kilo of quinces that your neighbor so kindly gave you from their garden and have been rotting sitting in a corner of your kitchen.

    Or why not make a photo calendar for 2021 with all your highlights from this past year? I know all of my friends would love to see 12 different photos of me in my PJs having a mental breakdown (Can you blame them?). 

If all else fails, you can always run to the closest gas station and buy a bottle of whiskey – and that, my friends, is what they call the magic of alcohol Christmas. 

Written by Natalie von Laufenberg

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