The Art of Darkness

The Goth Gift Guide

December 3rd, 2008 by Cobwebs

Santa SkullsThe holidays are coming! Everybody duck!

If you’ve got someone with morbid tendencies on your gift list and would like to branch out beyond “it’s got a bat on it, wrap it up” approach to gift-giving, here are a few ideas for dark yet tasteful items.

Absinthe and its related paraphernalia is always welcome, if only for the ambiance. I previously blogged about purchasing the real deal here, although since restrictions in the U.S. have recently been relaxed it might now be possible to buy it from domestic vendors. Spoons, glasses, and accessory “starter kits” are all pretty easy to find, and there’s even a brewing kit for making your own. You could also give a framed vintage poster, one of the many history books, or Absinthe-scented shaving cream or perfume.

Jewelry is another good option. Over at Coffin Gems, artist Mordaunte offers semiprecious stones cut like toe-pincher coffins. She has a wide variety of items for both men and women, and I like the subtlety of the designs; you don’t really notice that they’re coffins until you look closely. Pushin’ Daisies also has some nice-quality items, including skull cufflinks and crossbone buttons. A particularly nice item, especially for those interested in Victoriana, is jewelry made of Whitby jet. The Whitby Jet Heritage Center and Whitby Jet Jewellery (sic) both have some lovely pieces.

If you know your goth’s clothing size, consider vintage clothing. Check local resale shops or e-Bay for unique items, from 1920s party dresses to retro concert T-shirts. Also consider pretty hats: East Angel Harbour offers a wide selection, and 2Dark Sisters has some attractive top hats decorated with lace and flowers. For men, Baron Hats and Uniformal Wearhouse have a nice variety of top hats and bowlers. Given the ubiquity of skulls in pop culture right now, skull-print items are extremely easy to find. These skull-print pajamas and calavera slippers would be cute together, and this skull and rose corset or these skull socks would make appealing gifts.

Other accessories might include handbags, such as this skull and crossbones bag or this coffin purse. For men, Gothic Punk has a nice variety of custom-made death rock neckties, and Nino 925 offers unique wristwatches, wallets made of stingray leather, and other unusual items.

For the home, items from Dark Candles are always welcome. They’ve even got a special holiday selection featuring scents like “Forbidden Fruit” and “Naughty or Nice.” Also consider framed film cells from movies like Nightmare Before Christmas or Dracula. Day of the Dead merchandise is a possibility, including this lovely sculpture or these art prints. Men might like miniatures or replicas, like this attractive Model T hearse or this Cadillac hearse. CafePress also has a lens devoted to goth home and gifts, where you can browse a wide variety of images on things like wall clocks and framed tiles.

More offbeat items to consider might include a vintage ouija board, a Graveyard Garden, or a bottle of Crystal Head Vodka. You can also have a vampire romance novel personalized with a “hero” and “heroine” of your choice at Book By You.

For the crafter or seamstress, a selection of supplies makes a thoughtful gift: Ribbon, pewter beads, black leather cording, yards of luxe fabric (velvet, brocade, tulle), lace trim, and unusual buttons are all welcome. Supplies and instructions for learning a new craft is also a good choice: A jewelry-maker’s kit and some unusual beads, a Mr. Beer and Oktoberfest beer pack, or an aromatherapy starter set would be appreciated.

Finally, there’s the “a little of everything” approach: Get a cardboard coffin and fill it with many small gifts: CDs, black nail polish, Living Dead Doll miniatures, Death Mints, lace chokers, hair dye, or whatever else catches your fancy.

With a bit of ingenuity, a pleasantly sinister holiday is easy to achieve. What’s your top pick for the season?

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  1. Memarie Lane Says:

    wow, that must have been a lot of work to put together. we’re making braided rugs. i’m also making little organizer books out of repurposed envelopes and fabric scraps and such.

  2. xJane Says:

    thank you! some great ideas in thereā€”I was at a Hallowe’en/Birthday party at which the hostess/woman of the hour was given a bottle of Crystal Head vodka…by a guest dressed as Indiana Jones!

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