All during December, we’re publishing gift guides to highlight stuff we love and creators we want to support.
I am a homebody 90 percent of the time. While I enjoy socializing with friends, there is no greater love than the love homebodies have with our couches. Here is a gift guide to celebrate the art of staying indoors!
Would a sleeved throw by any other name—Snuggies, Slankets—look as sweet as this? Real talk: I used to think these things were glorified robes. Then I went to a friend’s for movie night and borrowed his, and I never wanted to give it back. So when you buy this for the geeky couch potato in your life, make sure to grab one for yourself.
I know what you’re thinking: who buys DVDs anymore? Turns out a lot of people do. Having physical copies of your favorite TV shows and movies is great for when a) your internet access is down or b) you want to disconnect from the online world. And if the feminist homebody in your life isn’t subscribed to Netflix, she is missing out on one of the best women-centric shows in the last five years.
I once used a backrest/bed-desk combo for a whole year because I couldn’t afford a real desk. It wasn’t ideal, but it was at least comfortable. Backrests are great for the homebodies in your life who don’t want to leave bed but are okay with sitting upright, and the workstation is perfect for anyone who wants to use their laptop (or do other work) in bed.
Perhaps your feminist homebody likes to host social events at home, or perhaps they like to add ambience to their rooms but don’t want to fuss with melting candle wax. In either case, flameless candles are the way to go. Just pop in some batteries, dim the house lights, and enjoy the glow.
A Delicious Flowering Tea Set
Tea needs a few minutes to steep before it’s drinkable. For people who like to wait and watch, give them a flowering tea set. Place the leaves in the glass pot provided and watch them blossom into the most delicious drink to start or end your day.
What better way for the feminist homebody to drink flowering tea and show sexists we have a sense of humor than with a Male Tears mug? As an added bonus, check out the one- and five-star reviews for these and similar mugs on Amazon.
Indie press books
Left to right: Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before (Ooligan Press), Clown Girl (Hawthorne Books), Excavation: A Memoir (Future Tense Books), Marielitos, Balseros, and Other Exiles (Ig Publishing), A Load of Hooey (McSweeney’s).
Your feminist homebody probably likes to read. I say skip books from the Big 5 (they have enough money, trust me) and purchase some books from indie publishers, preferably from your local independent bookstore. Don’t have one? Try Powell’s!
Puttering around the house calls for cozy socks. Portland-based Sock Dreams has a wide selection of adorable patterned socks, from Starry Night knee highs to sloth anklets, and not only do they have plus-sized options, they ship for free in the U.S.! For the homebody in your life, help them eliminate the need for house shoes with these ruby slipper socks.