Wish List: Gifts for Wearing
A Free Online University—Just for Refugees The three-year program is crowdfunding scholarships.
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Famed Detroit Activist Grace Lee Boggs Passes Away at 100 She was renowned for her work in the black power movement.
Post-Obama political icon. Etsy. $8
Show your solidarity with 2012's only real feminist candidate, Pawnee deputy parks director, City Council hopeful, waffle enthusiast, and Madeleine Albright devotee Leslie Knope.
Drama-free tote. Souve. €19 (about $25)
Wear your drama-free lifestyle on your shoulder with Souve's large-font commitment to bitching reduction. It's sure to serve as a handy reminder to keep it together the next time you're pawing the depths of your effing gigantic tote bag in search of your effing car keys yet again.
One-for-one glasses. Warby Parker. $95
This online optical store brings the professorial look down to a grad school budget, offering up tortoise-shell circular specs and revolver-black Buddy Holly frames for the blanket price of $95. Each purchase also sends a free pair of glasses to one of the billion people worldwide who lack access to affordable eyeglasses.
Mismatched-on-purpose socks. Solmate. $16.99
Save yourself another desperate traipse through the hamper by investing in a pair of deliberately mismatched socks. Symmetrical dressers can buy two pairs and switch them to make a perfect coupling.
Statement shoes. Osborn. $75 and up
Shoes are the new windows to the soul (ugh)—but Osborn offers up so many unique takes on its hand-crafted designs, it's hard not to divine some sort of deeper significance from your choice of a custom-woven ikat cotton oxford over a one-of-a-kind floral ballerina flat.
A tee for deflecting the haters. Indie Goes Pop. $20
Convinced the "haters" are bringing you down? Snap up a t-shirt to put their haterade in historical context. Here, iconic hater deflector Elizabeth Eckford strolls into Little Rock Central High School in 1957 in defiance of a nation of haters, including the haters of the Arkansas National Guard, the haters of the Arkansas governor's office, and aggressively shrieking hater Hazel Massery.
Snooze button hair fix. LuLu Organics. $30
Too lazy to shower? Reframe your lethargy as an effort to save water, time, and—now—dignity with Lulu Organics' strand-freshening powder. (Pro tip: Lulu delicately refers to shower-shirking mornings as "days of unwash.")
Who killed Laura Palmer throwback. Jen Oaks Illustrations. $3.50
Tired of lugging that lugging that clairvoyant log around? Show your solidarity for David Lynch's surreal 1990s soap with pins dedicated to Agent Cooper's enthusiasm for consumption, Audrey Horne's high school detective work, and the Log Lady's extrasensory lumber.
Soap for you and the Gulf. Bird Project. $24
Inject some warm fuzzies into your morning sud routine: Every time you shower with Bird Project soap, you slowly free a white bird carved from Louisiana clay from its black soap encasing, and help fund the big-time oil spill cleanup that continues on the Gulf Coast.
Organic undies. PACT. $22
Strip down with PACT's sustainable skivvies that don't look like burlap sacks. PACT's panty-making process employs fairly-paid organic cotton farmers, a low-impact dying process, an eco-friendly regional supply chain centered in Turkey's first certified organic factory, and a business model that gives back to charities around the world.