9 gifts to make the LGBTQIA+ person in your life feel seen, heard and loved

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As the holiday season quickly approaches, gift giving is more personal this year. Shopping LGBTQIA+ gifts can often feel inauthentic and stereotypical, but rest assured there are good gifts out there. We’ve rounded up nine presents that will hopefully make the LGBTQIA+ person in your life feel like you really went the extra mile.

1. TomboyX Packing Boxers, $34

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TomboyX is a queer-owned underwear and loungewear brand that makes the most comfortable underthings ever. The brand carries specific pieces that cater to the trans* community, like compression tops and packing boxers. Plus, the sizing is incredibly inclusive, ranging from XS to 6X.

– Katie Dupere, Commerce Editor

2. RuPaul Chia Pet, $24.99

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Chia Pets are nostalgic as is, so having a RuPaul wig sprout in the form of a tree is pretty iconic. Everyone has that one friend who has no home decor in their apartment, so let this be the item that gets them on their way. Not to mention, it’s low maintenance and sure to be one of those LGBTQIA+ gifts your loved one will get a kick out of.

– Ari Bines, Commerce Editor

3. Maison Margiela “Replica” Sailing Day Unisex Fragrance, $130

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Gone are the days when fragrances were gender-specific. In the name of progression and just common sense, to be honest, Maison Margiela released a collection of fragrances called Replica and the line is already a cult classic. While several of the options are labeled as unisex, Sailing Day is one of my personal favorites as it gives the aura of a luxuriously relaxing day on a yacht. Think light, airy and fresh. You can get this particular fragrance or test them all in this affordable and chic set of five minis.

Moriba Cummings, Commerce Editor

4. The Haul, $92

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Freck Beauty is a queer-owned brand that was inspired by the founder’s dream of wanting freckles. Since dropping its popular freckle pen, the brand offers a series of skincare products that you can get in this limited edition bundle. It features a cactus flower cleanser, cactus water with lactic acid, a vitamin C moisturizer and an eye jelly.

– Ari Bines, Commerce Editor

5. Grrrl Spells Pins, $9.59

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Grrrl Spells makes queer, trans* and feminist apparel and accessories inspired by the occult and everything spooky. The brand’s collection of pins really shine, from a metal option that says “Gay Goth” to another with a gemstone colored like the trans* flag which says, “I Am Valid.” These pieces are top-notch stocking stuffers — or pick up a few selects for a curated queer gift bundle.

– Katie Dupere, Commerce Editor

6. Me Undies Mystery Boxer Brief, 3-Pack, $54

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MeUndies stands out as one of the most inclusive and lighthearted brands in intimate wear. Featuring sizes for all body types (and further displaying that representation on models of different sizes, genders, identities and races), MeUndies is a brand that’s known for walking the walk and talking the talk. Also, I can firmly attest that they are the most comfortable underwear I’ve ever worn. And as an added bonus, the colors and patterns are adorable.

– Moriba Cummings, Commerce Editor

7. Queer Candle Co. Winter Spruce Candle, $17.50

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Queer Candle Co. is a queer-owned NYC candle business that makes small-batch soy wax candles. The scents are delightful, rotating with the seasons so there is always something new. These candles burn forever, plus they are really fragrant. Though you really can’t go wrong with your selection, this winter spruce scent is gorgeous and a personal fave.

– Katie Dupere, Commerce Editor

8. gc2b 2B Nude Binders, $33 – $43

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Gifts that encourage self-expression are always a win, and trans and nonbinary shoppers love these binders from Trans-owned brand gc2b that easily fit the bill. These binders are specifically engineered to be safe and accessible for gender-affirming chest binding. Plus, they come in several different skin tone shades. 

– Ari Bines, Commerce Editor

9. RuPaul’s Drag Race Engraved Pencils, $8.99

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If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for the RuPaul’s drag race super-fan in your life, why not get them something they can actually use? These $9 pencils come engraved with funny-but-motivational sayings made famous by the show’s iconic queens and moments. Trust me — with this one, you won’t [bleep] it up. 

– Moriba Cummings, Commerce Editor

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