The equity4success alternative gift guide 2023

The equity4success alternative gift guide 2023

The equity4success alternative gift guide 2023

Are you looking for ‘gifts for him’ and ‘gifts for her’? Think beyond gender this year with our alternative gift guide! We’re back again with suggestions that go beyond the stereotypical baby dolls and bath bombs or toy cars and ties. We’ve split our gift ideas into categories for easy browsing (that doesn’t include gender!) so enjoy taking a fresh look at festive gift solutions that promote science, diversity, and general awesomeness. Check out our previous lists from 2021, 2020 and 2019 for even more ideas. Also watch our short talk on gendered toys and stereotypes to learn why it’s important and what you can do to discourage gender stereotypes.

We hope you enjoy our suggestions. Get in touch to show us your nerdy stereotype-defying gifts on or on twitter (@equal4success)

Please keep in mind, our selection is purely based on our commitment to supporting equality and diversity and challenging gender stereotypes. We’ve also made an effort to feature products created by people from marginalised groups. We’re not receiving any incentives to feature these products and we haven’t inspected them in person so we can’t say how well they perform. Inclusion in our list is not an endorsement of a product. Prices may vary from those indicated depending on retailer.

Images of a book cover, toys and a baby grow saying "feminist in training"

Babies and toddlers

a book cover, wooden disks that reveal constellations and happy families cards


a book cover, headphone cover in the shape of a controller, temporary tattoo pack


  • This eye catching and engaging graphic novel illustrates the stories of lesser known scientists, focussing on those who were side lined because of their gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status. Graphic Science: Seven Journeys of Discovery by Darryl Cunningham £16.99
  • These temporary pride tattoos with designs by professional tattoo artists have a range of rainbows anyone would love to decorate themselves with. Inclusive Pride Tattoo Sheet by Bianca Designs £9
  • Those expensive wireless earbuds need protection and this silicone case provides that in the best way possible: like a nerd. Handheld Game Console Design Case by elago £15.99

bookmarks, soap, food in the shape of coals

Secret Santas

  • If your giftee has been more naughty than nice this year, give them a sack of coal in delicious marshmallow form. Sack of Gourmet Marshmallow Coal by The Naked Marshmallow Co £8.95
  • The Shetland Soap Company works alongside people with learning disabilities to produce amazing skincare, like this festive inspired moisturising lotion. Tammasmas Hand and Body Lotion by The Shetland Soap Company £9.95
  • These magnetic bookmarks in range of cute chemistry beaker shapes and colours are the perfect accessory for any booklover and/or scientist. Trio of mini chemistry bookmarks by WoolyScience £6

plant pots in the shape of viruses, grow kit, book cover


  • A flower growing kit that’s made of sustainable materials, plants that promote native pollinators, money that goes towards cancer care, a slice of nature for wellbeing. What doesn’t this gift do? Sow&Co Save the Bees Kit £15.00
  • These attractive planters are a safe way to give a virus to your friend or loved one. T4 Bacteriophage Planter by MyMiniLaboratory £35.99
  • Aderin-Pocock from The Sky at Night is now available in book form! A guide to what you can see and how best to see it, this beautifully illustrated book opens up stargazing to anyone. The Art of Stargazing by Maggie Aderin-Pocock £16.99

three book covers


a blue hat, organge artwork and envelope of escape room clues

Best friends

hanging plant, puzzle, phone charger