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Queer Gift Guide 4: Shopping Queer

by Chaya Milchtein

We are out here shopping for holiday gifts, which makes it the perfect time to shop queer. These listing are all produced by queer small businesses that will be thrilled with your support. What better way to spend your dollars?

Galaxy Bar Soap

This galaxy soap bar is gloriously hand made in Youngstown, Ohio. According to Etsy, “A complex blend of lemon, lime, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, sandalwood, vanilla, and amber. As you reveal the crescent moon, you’ll find sweet undertones of thyme, white tea, nutmeg, rose, and honey.” This soap bar is perfect for someone who needs a little self care in their life.

Anthology of Queer Analog Games

“An anthology of analog games (tabletop role playing games and live action role playing games) written by queer people about queer experiences.” This book is great for someone who loves to host game night or small group get togethers. Better yet? It’s free on the Kindle!

Chapstick Wallet

Maggie McGill sold this best: “My friend Kellie hand makes wallets with awesome chapstick holders, rough and tumble gear bags, hand waxed aprons, and ties. Every piece she makes is one of a kind, just like the people who use them!” Don’t forget to follow this plus size butch hottie on Instagram.

Dragun Beauty Makeup

Started by Nikita Dragun, a transgender Youtuber, this makeup collection sold out at launch. It’s made for transgender folks and everyone else as well. The quality is incredible with prices on par with it’s competition. This makeup is perfect for the femme goddesses in your life.

Beefcakes Gender Neutral Swimwear

Beefcakes is a 1920s inspired gender neutral swimwear brand by and for queer folks of all genders. This is the perfect gift for your friend that prefers a neutral or more covered up style.

Gemstone Jewelry

Handmade jewelry always hits the spot. Perfect for the friend that likes to add a little pizzazz to their outfits.

Aldi Quarter

Have you ever been to Aldi and didn’t have a quarter for your cart? Give your friend the gift of never being in that uncomfortable position again with this unique Aldi Quarter keychain!

Fix Yo’ Face Kit

Taking care of your face can be hard! This black queer owned brand makes it easy with all essentials in one kit. The best part? It’s all 100% natural and handmade.

Menstrual Boxer Briefs

Some folks that menstruate don’t like to wear “feminine” undergarments and others just like comfy boxers! These menstrual menstrual briefs are a thoughtful gift that will be useful for years to come.

Mechanic Shop Femme Gift Certificate

Give the gift of empowerment to a woman or LGBT person in your life. It’s a perfect last minute gift! Mechanic Shop Femme is selling gift certificates to it’s most popular classes in 2020 for a discounted rate! Classes include subjects like “How the Heck do I Buy a Used Car” and “The Why’s and When’s of Car Maintenance”

F*** Your Gender Roles Cross Stitch Kit

Have a friend that loves crafting? This kit is perfect for them. Simple easy to understand directions, thus kit includes everything they need to make a beautiful wall hanging piece.

Boy Smells Holiday Candles

For your favorite candle lover, these candles are queer made with queers in mind. “Sensuous, accessible and bright, Boy Smells products elevate your intimate world. Packaged in pink and conceived beyond the gender binary, Boy Smells candles and intimate apparel make loving your identity a daily ritual.”

I’m always looking for fantastic queer made / queer owned goods and services. Have suggestions you’d love me to share? Tweet me @mechanicfemme!

About the Author:

Chaya Milchtein is the driving force behind Mechanic Shop Femme. As an automotive educator, speaker and writer, she’s made it her life’s mission to educate women and LGBT people about their cars. Her website also highlights her work on her other passion: empowering women to live their best lives in the bodies they have, through fashion and modeling. Chaya’s work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Go Magazine, and others. She lives with her fiancée and tortoise in Wisconsin. Follow her on twitter @mechanicfemme.




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