Welcome to the first ever Microcosm “oh crap I’m supposed to be thinking about gifts for people” guide! Between zines, buttons, books, patches, and more, we’ve got something for everyone on your list.
(Or yourself, because you deserve something fun, too.)
Plus, you can use coupon code DECEMBER to get 10% off on your order from now until December 8th.
We’ve sorted it all by interest, to make things easier for you. Happy scrolling!
The Zine Lover
Disgruntled Barista Coloring Book is part graphic novel, part coloring book. This zine takes you on a caffeinated journey through the working lives of baristas and the customers they serve coffee to every day.
Other ideas: Conspiracy Fun Book (Holiday Edition), Indigenous Noms, The Revolution Won’t Forget the Holidays, True Cat Confessions, 50 Ways to Protect Bookstores
The Cozy One
Everyday Herbal Teamaking is a great little pocket guide to 35 easily-accessible herbs that make great teas, perfect for the comfy-cozy time of year.
Other Ideas: Flowering Plants & How to Grow Them, Winter Window Gardens & How to Grow Them, Make Your Place, Bread of the Resistance
The Memoir/Music/Travel Journal/Self Improvement Fan
That’s very specific, but you’ll definitely want to check out Beatles Blackouts, Jack Marriott’s journey to visit every single Beatles monument in the world after he hit rock bottom.
Other Ideas: Couple’s Vacation Passport, Sober Travel Handbook, Cola Pop Creemees, “Hittin’ the Road” Patch, Punk USA
From Conflict to Community is Gwendolyn Olton’s guide to resolving conflicts without calling the cops (or HR). It’s a realistic and kind read for anyone looking into the world of mutual aid and community care.
Other Ideas: “Free Palestine” Button, “Defend Trans Kids” sticker, Direct Action Handbook, How to Organize Inclusive Events, The Enduring Legacy of Portland’s Black Panthers
The Bikes in Space series is full of fun and feminist sci-fi and fantasy short stories. The latest volume, The Bicyclist’s Guide to the Galaxy, adds a bookish twist to it all!
Other: Cruiser Bike Sticker, “Put the Fun Between Your Legs” Shirt, Go by Bicycle, How to Ride Slow, Biking Fun Magnets
The Witchy One
The Practical Witch’s Almanac 2024 is all about growing your craft in the new year. This planner has recipes, spells, DIY projects, all focused on herbalism, magic, divination, and more!
Other Ideas: Pocket Guide to Futhark Runes, Culpeper’s Complete Astrology, Divine Deco Tarot (and Coloring Book!), Year of the Witch, “Kitchen Witch” Sticker
The Wayward Writer is all about writing without selling out or selling yourself short. With practical advice on balancing your writing craft with progressive ideas, this is a book for anyone who wants to turn writing into an honest literary community.
Other Ideas: From Dream to Reality, Promote Your Book, Unf*ck Your Writing, “This Font Is Chaotic Evil” Sticker, “Revolution Between the Lines” Pin
The Self-Help Reader
Unfu*ck Your Stress might seem like a strange gift (“here, I got you this book to help you calm the heck down!”) but honestly, we all know someone who could use Dr. Faith’s clutch advice on helping turn overwhelm into excitement.
Other Ideas: Stress Coping Skills Deck, Monthly Manifestation Manual, How to Get Off Social Media and Still Keep In Touch With Your Friends, I Love My Queer Kid, “Do No Harm Take No Sh*t” Pin, “You Got This” Sticker
The One You Don’t Know How To Shop For
Whether they don’t like gifts or have read just about everything we have, hook them up with a gift certificate, BFF subscription, or even donate books to incarcerated folks in their honor.
We hope this list was helpful!
Remember to be kind to folks this holiday, and shop local where you can.