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    1. Kenyan AA Whole Bean Coffee by Ajiri Tea, $17.00

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    In the city that never sleeps, coffee becomes our best friend, and there’s no better way to begin a good day than with the perfect cup of Kenyan Coffee. Ajiri Tea offers whole bean Kenyan Coffee, perfectly paired with subtle citrus and berry flavors to begin a morning in good taste! Ajiri Tealives up to the translation of their name: this company donates 100% of their profits to orphan education, their coffee and tea is cultivated in Kenya and every label is individually hand-designed by Western Kenyan women on dried banana leaves. Help support the effort to create an independent, self-sustainable community that isn’t functioning on unreliable international sponsorship. Ajiri now fully sponsor 29 orphans – so give the gift of giving this holiday, and help this company support even more kids! 

     

    2. Run For Office Necklace by Activated NYC, $38.00

    This bracelet speaks for itself (literally) and its message is most important in today’s age. Remind your loved ones that their voices must be heard, and that it’s time to wake up and resist! Gift awareness and motivation to those important to you. Activated NYC specializes in feminist jewelry, creating pieces to spread solidarity with this uplifting accessory for every outfit. Whether you’re resisting the policies of “Not My President” or just generally supporting women (as you should), show your voice in style.

      

    3. Purple Peacock Polymer Clay Feather Pendant by Artifacts Everyday, $65.00

    Celebrate and share the story of Aztec Goddess Xochiquetzal with this handmade clay necklace! Boston-based Artifacts Everyday creates beautiful pieces from polymer clay.  Whether it's a wave choker or a Cleopatra headpiece, designer Elle Marrone's pieces are sure to catch attention and start conversations.

    4. Dominican Republic Dark Chocolate by Dalloway, $9.00

    Share and savor the flavors of currant and sour cherry in this chocolate bar hailing from the Dominican Republic! Dalloway Chocolate is a Brooklyn-based company that swears by the power of cacao and the love it spreads. This is the first coffee company that's owned by a queer couple with a passion and mission for "building love and community with chocolate." Help spread the deliciousness of the message of love while supporting the LGBTQ community and gift these tasty chocolate bars this year.

    5. "Witches Against Hate" Button byChloe L Wilkinson$3.00

    Help witchy feminists fight against all types of hate with this pin. Adorned with sage and the moon, every focal equalist can show racists and prejudicists what's really going on without speaking a word.Chloe L Wilkinson is a New York-based artist who uses Surrealism and Victorian influences to design art prints, pins, and patches. Herphotographyis stunning and focuses on the true wonders of nature.

    6. Busy Bitches Candle by SugarBush Babes$15.00

    Show your girl you support her nonstop hustle bustle with this "Busy Bitches" candle. SugarBush Babes offers this hand-poured vegan soy wax candle. This candle offers enticing scents of green tea and lemongrass to offer a relaxing solace to the go-getter bitches. True bosses never slow down or care enough to stop, and this is a message SugarBushBabes supports and promotes.Creator Dianna Pena, a previous Motorcycle Company apparel buyer, is all about strong women who flourish in their freedom, confidence, and style. Plus: all NYC biker babes, come check out her bike garage in Ridgewood! There's storage, shopping, and a technician to assist with repairs.

    7. Nectar Fire Tonic by Hany's Fire Tonic, $15.00

    Give the gift of good health available fromHany's Fire Tonicwith this Nectar Fire Tonic.  Apple Cider Vinegar is known for its health benefits, and owner Hany has created the perfect recipe infusing this into recipes perfect for all taste preferences and lifestyles.Hany's Fire Tonic has four delectable flavors to choose from that have been handcrafted in Brooklyn. You can check out their blog to learn even more about all their tonics and learn which one is perfect for you!

    8. Designer Pussy Tee by Geneva Diva$25.00

    Help your girls let all suitors know what they're really dealingwith this shirt! This silkscreen shirt is handmade and is one of the outspoken pieces available from Geneva Diva. Whether you're in search of keychains, spunky thongs, hoodies, or crop tops, don't hesitate to scroll through theirInstagram to see what other badass products are available.

    9. Long Black Gloves by LamiaDesign, $101.00

    These open-fingered gloves from Lamia Designsare showstoppers to step up any outfit to the next level. Show off your sassy manicure or new ring collection with these, all eyes are sure to be drawn right to it! Lamia Designs has worked for years in the fashion world, and is open to your own ideas for different design ideas or material choices to make your dream gloves your own reality. Check out her blog here to see all the different styles she's mastered!

    10.Awaken the Scorpion Ring byMERCURY HOUR, $110.00

    This breath-taking ring is sure to startle some, but let it be a forewarning to foes of your true strength within. Mercury Hour incorporates the strength of power and rebirth into this ring, and have been incorporating all that scorpions stand for into their masterpieces since 2014. This ring holds a story itself, and there's little better gift than an incomplete story to partake on a journey. Plus, labradorite, the stone of transformation, is embedded in the center, making sure to guide and protect your friend to holding their consciousnesses strong. See all the stunning work done by Scarlett C. Dancer in her lookbook!

    11.The Dark Amethyst Crown byJudy & Madeleine, $44.99

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    Become the literal feminist goddess that you are with these magical and mystical crowns from Judy and Madeleine. These handcrafted headpieces are inspired by infamous paintings, films and books and every piece is made-to-order. This means that you can be the envy of everybody and anybody while wearing your unique headpiece as you strut down the runway of the city streets and smash the patriarchy with every step. 

     

     

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    All the classics of this holiday meal, scaled down for a socially distanced celebration.

    My mom’s idea of Thanksgiving dinner was a far cry from the traditional turkey, stuffing, and apple pie suppers my school pals were having. Mom opted for Empire Kosher chicken (roasted with no seasoning whatsoever), canned asparagus, and, if we were lucky, an Entenmann’s cake shaped like a turkey. In my adult years, Thanksgiving became what I call an orphan supper. I’d invite my friends over who either had no family or wished they didn’t, and put together a bountiful potluck supper laced with love. (If you don’t get the family you want by blood, get it by choice—this is especially true in my gay community.) Of course, lots of issues come up with T-Day: on the top of my list is how friggin’ horrible its colonial roots are. Plus this year, we’ve also got Corona to contend with! Which means swapping large, glorious gatherings for intimate settings. So I’m cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for two, using it as an occasion to be grateful for my chosen family, the indigenous history of the land I live on, and the foods I find most comfort in. (If you’re decolonizing your diet, take only what works for you!) Then I’m inviting a slew of my favorite people to join me from their own suppers on Zoom.

    Yum Town Turkey Thighs

    I think white meat turkey is an abomination. I’m a thigh girl all the way—the dark meat is so much sexier and more interesting. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Dry two turkey thighs with paper towels. Rub all over with salt, pepper, and paprika. Melt a stick of sweet butter, mix with a few smidgens of chopped fresh rosemary and fresh thyme, and a good plop of mustard (any kind will do). Toss the seasoned turkey thighs in the herb mustard butter, getting it under the skin, too. Slice up two white onions. I like to cut them into half-moon shapes, but float your boat. 

    Drizzle a little olive oil into a baking pan and spread it around. Put the onions in the bottom and lay turkey thighs on top, skin side up. 

    Roast for about one hour, or until your meat thermometer says 170 degrees. I always baste once or twice along the way with drippings. Let the thighs rest for 10 to 15 minutes tented under foil before carving—it makes it way better.

    Simple, Glorious Baked Sweet Potatoes

    I’ve tried all kinds of fancy shmancy Thanksgiving sweet potato dishes, but I always go back to simple, baked spuds. Wash (I mean really scrub) and dry one average-size sweet potato for every person you want to feed (leave that gorgeous skin on, it’s got loads of nutrition). Poke holes with a fork around the potato, a few times on each side. Lay on a baking pan lined with parchment or foil, because it will get messy! Roast at 400 degrees F until a fork stuck into the sweet potato comes out easily, probably 40 to 50 minutes. Cut open that sweet potato and slather with butter or vegan butter, salt, and pepper—it’s pure heaven. 

    Gotta Love the Sprouts

    Buy one bunch or package of fresh Brussels sprouts. Trim hard ends and any funky outer leaves, then cut each sprout in half the long way. Toss sprouts in olive oil, kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Lay them on a baking sheet and roast in oven at 400 degrees F until sprouts look brown and feel soft, about 30 minutes. Sprouts may look a bit burnt—that’s fabulous. Eat them plain, or mix a few dashes of Sriracha with a good plop of honey and toss the hot cooked sprouts in it for sweet and spicy glory.

    Basic, Fabulous Cranberry Sauce

    In a saucepan over low heat, mix up a half coffee cup of sugar, a few smidgens of brown sugar, a half coffee cup of orange juice, and a half coffee cup of water. Cook over low heat until sugar dissolves. Dump in a bag of fresh cranberries. Cook until the cranberries are all soft, about 10 minutes. Then turn up the heat a little and cook until the cranberries all burst. Reduce heat to low and cook until everything looks nice and cranberry saucy (another 10 to 15 minutes more). I like to throw in a good pinch of salt to even out the sweetness and a good pinch of fresh ground black pepper for a little zing. I have also been known to toss in a dash of hot sauce. Hey, why not? 

    By Chef Rossi
    Photographed by Ify Yani

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