Happy pre-Holidays. Presenting, for your gift giving convenience, my second (annual?) list of beautiful things I think goth girls would like to receive in a pretty box under the Xmas tree. As with last year, I’ve avoided clothing or things you need to try on, and plastic crap from China with skulls. There are also many, many books, lots of music, and of course excellent charities to support, all worth your attention. But let’s start with these….12 items to get your shopping started, including a few fantasy shopping items — because one of these days maybe Santa will stop at the McQueen store….
Modest Pleasures (under $50)
Judas Cross Ring by Gasoline Glamour ($44)
Oversized crucifix rings are everywhere this year. This one, in matte black, is particularly bold, and well crafted and, of course, excellent protection from the vampires in your midst.
Black Diamond Nail Polish ($25)
Many companies make black nail polish. Only Azature makes black polish with a diamond in it. Just the one diamond, mind you. If you have a spare $250,000 sitting around, Azature will sell you their deluxe version: 267 carats in every bottle. But I think most of us would rather nab the $25 one, and save our 1/4 million dollars for a castle by the sea.
Fairy Stationery Set ($18)
Write out love notes, poems, or even a will on a notepad and matching envelopes in your choice of Earth, Water or Fire fairy design from Enchanted Studios.
White Chocolate Crow Skull ($20)
Life size cast of an actual carrion crow skull made into 100% pure Belgian chocolate. One of many strange and unusual items from the new Morbid Anatomy on-line shoppe.
Sophie Lancaster Foundation Tote Bag ($14.99)
“Weirdo. Mosher. Freak.” Take back these insults and support the S.O.P.H.I.E. Foundation’s mission to reduce prejudice and fight hate crimes with this bag, available in red, blue, purple and green.
“Recluse” Felt Pennant ($14)
Show your true team colours (black, and anti-social) with this pennant from Montreal artisans Stay Home Club screen-printed with the word “recluse.” Also available in “I don’t care” and “hibernate.”
Spoil Me (under $200)
Coiled Beeswax Candle ($55)
A goth girl can never have too many candles. This one is not only beeswax and burns for 50 hours, it’s in a unique and beautiful coil with brass base. From Kat Von D’s Wonderland Gallery. Uber.
Latex Thigh-Highs by House of Etiquette ($185)
I know I said no clothing but if your lady has long legs and knows how to use them, she deserves these latex stockings. Come in a variety of colours but I like the classic Cuban.
“The Raven” Duvet Cover ($166)
Perfect for memorizing poetry in bed, the full text from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” printed on a duvet cover. Classy and classic.. (Price is for Queen size.)
Serious splurges! ($500 and up)
Alexander McQueen Stained Glass Clutch ($525)
C’mon Santa! In the world of McQueen purses, this one is a bargain. Medievalists especially will appreciate the stained glass print on this canvas clutch, perfectly sized for your keeping your secrets.
Onyx Teardrop Pendant ($995)
Black onyx, goth girl gemstone of choice, is set in a beautiful mesh cap and chain of 18k rose gold. Keepsake for the ages.
Peter Murphy original artwork by Vincent Marcone ($541)
Peter Murphy is the inspiration and subject for this gorgeous painting by Vincent Marcone, titled “His Scarlet Voice.” One of the limited-edition large prints will set you back a few bones but how much would you pay to have the Bauhaus vocalist hanging out in your bedroom? (Smaller giclee prints are available for under $50.)