Welcome to lockdown 2.0. It certainly is a crazy and strange world that we are living in. Most of us thought by now that things would be different in the retail world and we’d be able to buy gifts the traditional way. However, with England being in lockdown (again!!!) until the 2nd of December (at least) I thought I would round up 8 fabulous LGBTQ gifts to give to your friends, family and LGBTQ family this year. You won’t be stuck for a gift this year. You should be able to source them all online!
1. Philip Normal ‘Full of Festive Queer’ Jumper
I love everything that Philip Normal does. For starters he’s a huge inspiration to me for being the first openly HIV+ mayor, who is Mayor of Lambeth. His quirky and wonderful shop can be found in the heart of Brixton Village. As we may not be able to visit his shop until December, you can purchase his amazing clothing products, greeting cards and gifts from his website.
http://www.philipnormal.co.uk/home – ‘Full of Festive Queer Baby Pink Sweatshirt’
2. Best Gay Life Subscription Box
Struggling for that amazing gift for your boyfriend or best Judy? Why don’t you pick a gift that keeps on giving! Our subscription boxes are full of top branded, sexy underwear, active wear and luxury self care products. Whoever gets one will feel like they are definitely on the good list!
All of our subscriptions are named after LGBTQ+ icons and we have 4 packages to suit all your needs, starting from £20 a month.
The four iconic names we have our – Milk, Magnus, Bayard & Lorde
If you want to gift a box as a one-off…we have those too.
Our four one-off boxes can be found in our shop.
One-off boxes: https://bestgaylife.com/shop/
1. Dean Morris Christmas Cards
I always have good intentions to send Christmas cards and it’s always something that is last on my list to do. I end up spending the whole of December meeting up with people that I never send any Christmas cards through the post. With the possibility that I wont get to see as many of my friends this December or restrictions will be limited – I wanted to make sure that I have some fab Xmas cards. I stumbled across Dean Morris cards and there is a huge selection to choose from his website. They won’t disappoint and there are some cracking ones in the mix – I’ve just selected a few that made me chuckle.
1.Christmas Gay icon baubles —- W.A. Green
1.Plant subscription Box – The Urban Botantist
One trend that we are certain is going to be continuing into 2021 is the glorious indoor houseplant. Building your own little oasis and tropical environment has also proven to boost your mental health. We think that this plant subscription box is a perfect gift that will keep on lasting for months on end (or however long you took out the subscription for). People will receive an amazing house plant every month. And no need to worry, The Urban Botanist specifically picks plants that are difficult to kill and personally pick the most gorgeous succulents and cacti in Amsterdam.
1.Double Ceramic Rainbow Vase – DOIY Design
A lot of people will want to buy gifts that brighten up people’s homes or bedrooms. This gorgeous ceramic double Rainbow Vase DOIYDesign is such a great addition to any room and will make the perfect gift to spark joy in anyone’s home.
1.Into the sky rainbow mini pendant -Kate Spade
A stunning gift for her or him this Christmas. A little reminder from Kate Spade that there is no dream beyond reach and to proudly chase rainbows. The pendant is beautifully styled as the whimsical necklace is in the shape of a rainbow and studded with lots of colourful jewels.
Visit Kate Spade Online, Rainbow Pendant – £60 – https://www.katespade.co.uk/en-gb/jewellery/into-the-sky-rainbow-mini-pendant/WBRUI112.html
1.Personalised rainbow fairy lights for children – Melanie Porter
What about gift ideas for children this Christmas? After all nothing makes me happier than watching my niece and nephew opening their Christmas presents. I like to think that Christmas is all about the children. Well the perfect gift idea for children comes from British designer and maker Melanie Porter. These beautiful rainbow fairy lights can be personalised to include children’s names. As each gift is handmade and done uniquely by Mel, be sure to pre-order well before Christmas to ensure it’s delivered in time and sitting wrapped under the Christmas tree.
I hope this gift guide helps out buy for all those fabulous people you have on your list this year. With buying in mind try to think about the small businesses, local businesses and independent businesses in your area. May your Christmas shopping be joyful and gay.
Written By David James DeSouza