If you’re reading this, you have probably survived Thanksgiving with your family for yet another year. Now that the fights over politics have been fought, the gravy has been sieved and every member of your extended family has been properly alienated…the holiday shopping season begins.
*Sigh* Ariana Grande, give us strength.
Of course, the upside to having alienated most members of your immediate family is that no one will expect you to drag yourself out of bed before the crack of dawn to line up outside the mall for Black Friday sales. No, stay tucked up in bed with a heavily spiked eggnog and order yourself a little something queer to stuff in your own stocking.
You’ve earned it.
Our friends at N.I.C.E., Joe & Ian, have gone entirely online with their impeccable collection of street styles. From military-inspired belts and dog tags to the sexiest T-shirts around, these outfits will be your go-to urban armor and hope you stand out during the holiday season. Order at N.I.C.E. Collective
Can’t get enough of Freddie Mercury and the film? This gorgeous coffee table book is filled with great stills from the film and stories the life of the queer rock star. Forward by Brian May and Roger Taylor. Order at Amazon
Born to be Postumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery
Chances are you’re feeling a little grim after the Turkey Day ordeal. Lean into the gloom and order this huge new bio of queer artist Edward Gorey. You’ve seen his neo-Victorian gothic work in old-school opening titles for PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery!, and in Gorey’s own collections of droll rhymes like The Gashlycrumb Tinies, but who is the man behind the drawings? Author Mark Dery delves into the shadowy life of the influential artist via newly discovered correspondence and interviews with acolytes like Neil Gaiman and Lemony Snicket and Anna Sui. Order on Amazon or from LGBT bookstores like Malaprops.
Jonathan Adler Trinket Trays
Jonathan Adler’s home décor is always the right ratio of kitsch to chic (okay, well not always, sometimes, occasionally), and these little catch-all trays are the perfect example. Who wouldn’t smile seeing such bold, bright, polychrome objects around the house? Well, Edward Gorey, an artist with actual taste, for one. Order at Jonathan Adler
Kate Bush remastered boxed sets
These sprawling, comprehensive boxed sets are the very definition of “treat yourself!” Massive! Expensive! Questionably necessary! But, damn, do they feel like the kind of thing you want on your shelf if you’re a hardcore fan. Every one of the eccentric artist’s influential studio albums—from 1979’s The Kick Inside to 2011’s 50 Words for Snow—has been remastered on vinyl and CD, plus several discs’ worth of b-sides, covers, and rarities. The first couple sets are available now, with the rest arriving November 30. Order on Amazon.
American Horror Story Vogue sweatshirt
The apocalypse, but make it fashion. If only Myrtle Snow and Co. could really save us all from our real-life American end times. But if we’re all going down in nuclear flames, we may as well do it in cute t-shirts. Order at Penguin Tees.
Fine and Dandy Aloha Ladies neckerchief
Proprietors Matt Fox and Enrique Crame III have made antiquated men’s style their religion. Their Hell’s Kitchen shop is a destination for contemporary dandies looking for bowties, spats, suspenders and anything else an early 20th-century guy could want. But you don’t have to tool around town in a bowler hat to find an accessory you’ll love. Take their collection of neckerchiefs. Buy one now and dream of warmer days when you can wear in the sunshine. The “Aloha Ladies” print is particularly cheering as the days get darker and colder. Order from Fine and Dandy
Sure we have been critical of the iconic underwear brand, but let’s face it, every gay guy (and plenty of gay wannabes) seems to have at least one pair hidden in the back of his drawer for that Grindr profile photo opp and those special occasions when boxers simply will not do. Order at Andrew Christian