It’s December 1st which means the holiday shopping season is definitely upon us. Now regardless of what you celebrate, if you even celebrate at all, this time of year always feels like it involves gift giving in some capacity. This year I wanted to highlight some LGBTQ+ connected sites that you can find things that are perfect for anyone in your life. These are listed in no particular order, though somehow they are unintentionally in alphabetical order, and I recommend checking out each of the sites, even if you aren’t in a shopping mood right this minute.
Some of you might remember that I actually interviewed the owner of Butch & Sissy, Connie Collingsworth. For those of you who haven’t seen that interview Butch & Sissy is an LGBTQ+ product company that sells pins, buttons, patches, and even some shirts. I have purchased a number of items from them in the past, primarily at ClexaCon, and I can promise that they are great quality. There are things connected to webseries, Carmilla for example, and television shows, including The L Word and Riverdale. There are also some great identity themed pieces, I have a Bi patch on my convention bag and it is really sturdy and was really easy to sew on. If you are looking for some fun swag to add to your wardrobe Butch & Sissy is a great place to look.
Don we now our gay apparel, fa la la la la, la la la la!! Now Gay Apparel is pretty much pitch perfect for this month, yes that is a music pun. They focus on as you might have guessed, apparel for the LGBTQ+ community. While the name does say gay they have a variety of designs and are releasing even more. My favorite currently is Crystal Queer, though I saw that Valentine Smith has some collaboration designs coming out and one says Bi Babe, which I am pretty sure I can’t live without. They have snapbacks, hoodies, shirts, really any sort of item you might need for above the waist wearing.
For fans of Drunk Lesbians Watch, Parallel, and the podcast Queer As Fiction, Girl Ship TV has their very own merch store. They recently announced some new additions, but my favorite of the designs right now is Kick Ass and Kiss Girls. With their store you can pick any of the designs and then there are a ton of options for what you’d like to have the design appear on. You can do bags, shirts, mugs, practically anything you can think of. Also if you haven’t checked it out yet I did an interview with the ladies of Queer As Fiction a little while back.
Tying back into another podcast that I’ve interviewed the hosts of, Lez Hang Out also has their own store that focuses on apparel and some assorted home goods. They have tons of shirts, but what I think is really fun is that they have pillows. This might seem odd, but who doesn’t love a good throw pillow? You can get their logo as well as a variety of different designs that are related to their episodes. One of my favorite ones is Hip, Hip I’m Gay, which has this great rainbow design. You can also get notebooks and some other fun little accessory elements.
I hope these site suggestions help you find something for everyone on your list and if you have other LGBTQ+ sites you think people should check out make sure to let us know.
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