In this season of near and far, in boisterous celebrations and in the quiet with the ones you love and like, here’s a gift guide with gathering on the mind and in our hearts.
A collection of colorful cotton mesh bags for your dear friend wrapped in twine for future adventures in warmer weather at their local market.
A membership for Brooklyn Academy Of Music for your favorite teacher printed and enveloped in handmade origami style.
A magazine subscription for your foodie friend who can’t wait to dig in!
A comfy capsule sweatsuit that goes from couch to hikes all winter long for the entire family (instead of pajamas!)
Touchscreen gloves for your teenage daughter, partnered with a date to go ice skating on Governor’s Island.
A very early date to The Brooklyn Nutcracker for yourself as a local holiday tradition of sorts.
A stack of engraved rings collected and gathered for your mother from all the grown-up kids who now have children of their own.
A hand blocked table cloth made of 100% kora cotton for your aunt for the family to gather ’round.
Or simply a blissful day date with your wife at The Met, “Before Yesterday, We Could Fly”
As always, the privilege to gather is a choice. It’s a choice we make for our bodies, and often, as we study the ways we engage with those we like (and do not like) something that we can choose for our mental and emotional health. At this very moment, the simple and powerful decision of choice is being debated and at risk. This choice harms Black, brown, and lower income women the most. Of course, those that are litigating this key issue know this to be true. The privilege to gather with my body, isn’t lost on me today. Nor is it ever. You can give a monthly donation to Planned Parenthood in the name of all the women you love this holiday season. Or give a donation to Plan C which ships abortion pills all over 50 states for all the women you do not know.
(Photo via Vogue of Naomi Campbell and her mother. This post includes affiliate links. If you choose to purchase something, we may earn a small commission. As always, thank you for supporting our small business. Graphic by Grace for LY.)