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Queer Gift Guide Part 2: For Your Home Decor Loving Friend

by Chaya Milchtein

Have a friend that’s constantly redecorating? These gifts are perfect for home loving friends. They’ll look at the price you bought them regularly and maybe make plans to visit!

Bi Pride Crystals

Perfect for you bisexual friend, these crystals are queer made and are lovely house decorations, bookends or even a way to jazz up a windowsill.

Hand Painted Wood Sign

Stunning art doesn’t just come on canvas. This piece of wood is hand painted and unique. If your friend loves art work it might be the right gift for them.

Travel the World Globe

Have a friend that can’t stop talking about where they have traveled to or where they want to travel? This handy globe is both a great piece of decor and a way to keep track or everywhere they’ve traveled.

Mermaid Clock

What a fun way to tell time! Gift your mermaid loving friend this Ariel Mermaid Silhouette clock. It comes in loads of different colors to fit any deco.

Boy Smells Cedar Stack Candle

Made by queers, this candle is infused with scents of cedar, labdanum, juniper berry, sawdust and white musk. This gift is fantastic for folks that love entertaining and fancy candles. “A prettier take on the classic wood scent — cedar chips and dried tobacco are led into deeper spiced floral notes of labdanum, while notes of peppercorn add a light bite to this smell, both modern and nostalgic. It’s instant glamping in candle form.”

Big Gay Sorbet Poster

Not much has to be said about this glorious print. Fatness, queerness and ice cream and wrapped up in a pretty bow? Any friend will love this!

Indoor Wall Hanging Herb Garden

Home decor that’s versatile and taste delicious is my cup of tea. Do you have a friend that loves to cook and love to decorate? Gift them this for lots of tasty meals in the future.

Fat Lady Painting

This fat lady painting is painted by a plus size queer person. It’s the perfect gift for someone who has space for more radical art (artistically nude). The colors are so vivid!

Calendar for the End of Mass Incarceration

This calendar has been published for 19 years. According to its website, “Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar is required reading for radicals, leftists, and all who support political prisoners and advocate the end of mass incarceration. All proceeds support prisoners and grassroots organizations.

Each calendar has 12 thought-provoking essays and 12 pieces of beautiful art that address a yearly theme — in 2020, the theme is finding ways of Knitting Together the Struggles. You’ll feel inspired every day of the year, with radical historical dates and lots of space for your own plans.”

Stained Glass Switchblade

Handmade in Los Angeles, this stained wall hanging is a work of art. Perfect for the friend that loves sharp objects or maybe just has a sharp tongue. It’s slightly customizable with different backgrounds available.

This guide came together as I considered what decor I wanted in my own home. With the help of friends, I came up with this list. Any unique pieces that I should know about? Tweet me @mechanicfemme and let me know.

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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