5 Gift Ideas for the LGBTQ+ Person in Your Life

5 Gift Ideas for the LGBTQ+ Person in Your Life

Sometimes it's the simple gifts that mean the most.

Holiday shopping is inevitably stressful no matter who you're shopping for; you just want to find the perfect gifts for the most important people in your life. Maybe you feel at a loss when it comes to gift giving because you have a friend who just came out and you want to find something meaningful to give them; whatever your situation this holiday season, I hope these gift ideas help you pick out the perfect present for the LGBTQ+ people in your life!

1. Pride Flag.

This may seem almost too simple, but it can mean the world to someone (especially if they recently came out). A flag can be hung in various places and serve as a constant reminder of acceptance and pride. The fact that you bought them something that represents a piece of their identity shows that you fully support them and want to help them feel as loved as possible.

2. Crafty Savings Jar.

If you know someone who is anxiously saving up for the day that they can have any form of gender-affirming surgery (i.e. top surgery or facial feminization surgery), this one is for you! This allows you not only to get in the holiday spirit, but you’ll also be able to get crafty which is a must during this season.

3. Gender Affirming Clothes.

Clothes shopping can be a pain, I know, but it always seems to be easier when you’re shopping for someone else, especially if it’s for someone very close to you. Maybe your friend just came out as gender nonconforming or transgender and you could find a few clothing pieces that would help them feel comfortable within themselves (i.e. these clothes can help them see themselves as the gender the truly identify). You could even get them a binder (an undergarment that flattens the chest) or a gaff (underwear that conceals the male genitalia). While those may be a little pricey, the positive effect that they have on someone's perception of themselves outweighs the cost. All else fails you could get them a gift card; you’re giving them a gift that will allow them to express themselves in a way that they may have never been able to do before and that is special all on its own.

4. LGBTQ+ Movie or Book.

Literature and movies that strictly cover LGBTQ+ topics, whether they be fictional or real, are hard to come by, so this one can be quite special once you find the right one. You can go on the hunt for the perfect documentary or (the least cliché) lesbian romance movie, depending on what you think the person will like the most. If the person enjoys reading, I highly recommend a book relating to the topic; whenever I personally find a LGBTQ+ book, I get overly excited because it is such a rare find. This gift might require some searching but the person truly will appreciate it in the end.

5. “Punny” Holiday Sweater.

Everyone appreciates a great pun and combined with a Christmas sweater, this is a foolproof gift. Bobo Academy has a collection of LGBTQ+ sweaters that are as adorable as they are funny. Not only with this person be able to spread holiday cheer but they’ll also be able to spread pride and that is a great combination.

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19 Things To Do On Your 19th Birthday

You only turn 19 years old once, so spend the day doing these awesome things!

Nineteen isn't a fantastic birthday. It is not your 18th birthday where you can start saying, "I'm legal," it's not your 16th birthday when you can have a Sweet 16 birthday party and it is not your 21st birthday where you can finally drink legally.

So here are 19 things that you can do to celebrate your 19th birthday and make the most of it.

1. Sleep in.

Unless you need to wake up early for something, don't set your alarm. Catch up on your sleep and relax for the morning. Enjoy waking up and not having a place to be.

2. Make yourself a nice breakfast.

You only turn 19 once, so make sure it is a good breakfast to start your day off right. Make yourself some eggs, toast, bacon and a nice cup of coffee.

3. Go get a manicure.

It is your birthday; make sure you treat yourself right! You deserve to be pampered on your birthday!

4. Go to the beach.

There is nothing better than getting some sun on your birthday! Enjoy the warm weather and the heat. Swim in the water and soak up some sun.

5. Go to an amusement park.

For those of you who like the thrill of roller coasters, an amusement park is the way to go. Ride roller coasters and eat some fried dough with your friends.

6. Have a party.

This is the most common way to celebrate your birthday. Invite friends to come over and make food. Spend your birthday surrounded by friends and family.

7. Have a bonfire.

This is what I love to do on my birthday. Surround yourself with your best friends, enjoy some s'mores and sit around the fire.

8. Go on a hike.

For the nature lovers, this is the ideal way to spend your birthday. Grab a friend and go to the Adirondack mountains and spend the day hiking.

9. Buy yourself something nice.

That pair of boots you've been staring at for the last two months or that Michael Kors wallet you've been dreaming of? It's your birthday! Go buy it. You deserve it.

10. Have a movie night.

Invite a couple friends over, make some popcorn and have movie theater candy on hand. Watch a couple movies and eat some snacks with your best friends.

11. Call up an old friend.

I'm sure that old friend has been thinking of you too, so why not give them a call? See if they want to go out and get lunch with you.

12. Buy some lottery tickets.

Who knows? Your birthday could end up being your lucky day. Maybe you'll lose all of your money, but maybe you could win some back too.

13. Go to a concert.

What is better than music on your birthday? Hopefully there will be some good music groups in town during your birthday.

14. Bake a cake.

If you love to bake, then make a birthday cake! Decorate it all specially and put your favorite colors and flavors of frosting on it.

15. Do something on your bucket list.

At one point or another, all of us have made a bucket list. Take it out and find something on your bucket list that you can cross off and complete!

16. Spend your day with family.

Enjoy your day surrounded by your family. They will know exactly what to do for the day and how to make sure your birthday is a good one.

17. Visit your favorite place.

Whether you love going to the zoo and seeing the animals, or there is a nearby city that you love going to, spend the day there.

18. Get a haircut.

It is a new year and a new you! Get a haircut!

19. Do something you love doing.

Whether you love reading or love to run, spend the day doing whatever it is you love. It is your birthday and you should spend the day doing what you love.

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

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