Gift guides always seem to highlight the same stuff, year after year: fancy serving-ware for your hostess friends, scented candles for your bad-smelling friends, little tiny guest soaps that will never, never be used for the people you wouldn’t necessarily call “friends” but whom you certainly can’t pass over altogether in the big end-of-year gifting meltdown…
Here’s a suggestion–put together a fun little package with one of these witty, design-y t-shirts* and a few good books! Why not try one for each author? I recommend Hurston’s Go Gator and Muddy the Water: Writings by Zora Neale Hurston From the Federal Writers’ Project, Morrison’s A Mercy, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness by Alice Walker, AND (Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Yule comes but once each year, after all) Octavia E. Butler’s entire Xenogenesis trilogy, now collected in one volume! What a stocking-stuffer!
*The best thing about these wonderful t-shirts is that each purchase helps to support the Black Girl Project for another year, so you’ll be spreading holly-jolly cheer and assisting girls and young women become stronger, more self-confident individuals and community leaders at the same time! And when you pick up the accompanying works of these great authors, you’ll also be keeping your local independent bookstore afloat for another wintry season… ho ho ho!