It’s getting harder and harder to find gifts that are unique, interesting and that the perspective person doesn’t already have (or have an opinion on). So here’s my go at a gift guide for the modern oddball. Whether they’re a Goth, a modern witch, a Man Repeller, a collector of oddities or a horror freak. I’m sure this gift guide has something for you.
Make a “Witchy” Kit
Now, I don’t mean offense to any Wiccans out there. But wouldn’t you adore a box filled to the brim with all of your favourite ritual pieces? Fill a box with sage wands, candles, incense, crystals, loose lavender, feathers, flowers and talismans. Don’t forget to decorate the box too! Something as simple as a pentagram on a wooden box can work beautifully, or opt for a more personal decoration by covering it in memories of the both of you.
Bonus points if your kit is Yule themed!
Smoke Get’s in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlyn Doughty
Holyshit, I want this book so badly. It’s written by ex-mortician and current death – Youtuber Caitlyn Doughty as a kind of memoir about her life in the death industry. Her personally through her videos is hilarious but factual, and I’m sure the book is in the same vein.
Old Medicine Bottles
For the antique lover or the curiosity collector, old medicine bottles can make perfect addictions to their collection as well as beautiful vases for flowers or bottles for herbs. Just make sure you know the condition! Some of these bottles have remnants still inside and others come fully stocked with old Arsenic.
A desk of tarot cards is win-win-win. Most
people into tarot collect decks. If you aren’t sure whether they’d be
interested learning the art of tarot, they also make killer decoration!
You’ll know whether you’re friend is a lipstick
lover. It’s the kind of thing we tend to stock up on. But lipsticks are
also killer gifts because you don’t have to fuss with sizes and there
are some colours that work on everyone!
A vampy red lip
is generally a staple for anyone who wears lipstick, but for the more
adventurous you could opt for the super popular bright purples, blues, greens a la the super popular Jeffree Star collection. Or for the
neutral lover that wants to try something more experimental brown is
Humans of New York
If you haven’t heard of Humans of New York, where have you been? I love pulling out my copy of this book when I’m not feeling the best because it gives me a positive look on life. It’s a body by photographer Brandon Stanton who has a great ability to tell empowering stories in just a couple lines of interview. Oh, and it perfectly represents the diversity of New York City.
In my books, you can’t go wrong with good old flowers. Plus, this is a great gift for the non-consumer or anyone into sustainability. You could opt to scavenge for your own bouquet of flowers, or create your own cutting on a plant to give them to grow.
BodyArtForms Gift Certificate
Body Art Forms is one of the most popular body jewellery websites and it’s a site I’ve been busying from for years. They have great options for saving packaging, donating to foundations and they even have an in-house autoclave system (sterilising). So, if you’re friend is a body modification junkie send a gift card their way!
Cabinet Cards are a cheap but heartfelt gift, or at least I think so. They’re perfect for those who love history or for the faintly morbid.
It takes rummaging to find the perfect cabinet card. Then to have it framed or have a collection pasted into a book takes effort. But your efforts may well start off someone’s own collection!
Or The Library of Lives and Letters has an etsy store filled with vintage cabinet cards and book covers made into journals.
Lace and Other Adornments
While buying clothes for someone as a gift can be a bit tricky what with sizing being an ever changing phenomenon and taste being entirely subjective, why not opt to gift them a band patch of their favourite band, a set of vintage buttons or a couple yards of gorgeous lace that they can add to anything – even something they already have in their closet!
It’s not a coincidence that the majority of Goths I know sew their own clothes, in a subculture that prides itself on DIY.
American Horror Story!
Chances are they’ve already heard of American Horror Story and either love it or hate it. If they love it, why not gift them the series (I suggest Asylum!) or some series merchandise. Those who love American Horror Story, really love it. There is no middle ground!
Well, there’s my gift guide for modern oddballs. (Hint-hint, Coen!) Did anything catch your eye? What’s on your wishlist?
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