Stocking Stuffers From LGBTQ-Owned Small Businesses
Your stockings are hung by the chimney with care, but chances are you haven’t given as much thought to what’s going in them compared to what’s going under the tree. It happens to us all, we search for that perfect gift for our friends and loved ones, but then we phone it in regarding the stockings.
A gift in the stocking can be just as cherished as the ones that you wrap. If you want to put a little more thought into your stockings this year compared to the traditional oranges and walnuts, we’ve rounded up stocking stuffers everyone will love while also supporting LGBTQ+-owned businesses.
Twin sisters, Corianna and Brianna Dotson are the co-owners of Coco and Breezy Eyewear. While their glasses may be a bit higher-end than your normal stocking stuffers, they are high-quality and totally stylish (and the perfect size to slip into a stocking). Their tortoise-colored sunglasses with dark brown and gold marbling will look great with your winter wardrobe. WISDOM-101 Sunglasses by Coco and Breezy Eyewear, $249
Based in Los Angeles, Otherwild is a queer-identified store and design studio that also hosts events. Otherwild aims to showcase goods made by their community of artists and designers, like this set of three bags from Baggu. Everyone can use a cute cloth bag to store and organize their belongings. Give the set to one person or divide up the bags between three different stockings. Go Pouch Set by Baggu from Otherwild, $40
Robin Williams, a Bronx native, created Bowtie Behavior when she was unable to find bowties that fit her personal style. Her store offers untied or pretied bowties, all in a beautiful array of prints and designs. If you know any Scrabble lovers, they will be delighted to pull this board-game-themed bowtie out of their stocking. Sundays in Prospect Park by Bowtie Behavior, $30
Lockwood opened its first store in 2013 in Astoria, Queens, where the owner, Mackenzi Farquer, lives with her wife and their toddler. The store sources unique gifts, like this Spicy Mango Margarita Cocktail Kit. Cocktail lovers will enjoy this gift that gives them everything they need for a delicious and photo-worthy craft cocktail. All they have to do is add their tequila of choice. Spicy Mango Margarita Cocktail Kit by Practical Magic Apothecary, $34.95
An LGBTQ-owned business out of Michigan, Unicorn Feed & Supply, has all kinds of whimsical artwork, stickers, stuffed animals, and more. You’ll want to scroll through their site to see all the top-notch products they sell. If you like to put socks in your stockings, upgrade them to these extremely cute bee socks they sell. The recipient will want to wear them every day they’re so adorable. Buzz Off Small Socks by Unicorn Feed & Supply, $9.99
Know someone who loves cheese above all else? While you won’t want to put a dairy product in their stocking overnight, you can print out a certificate sharing the news that you’ve signed them up for Cowgirl Creamery’s Quarterly Cheese Club. Four times a year, they’ll get sent fine organic cheeses from business partners Sue Conley and Peggy Smith's farm-to-table shop. Quarterly Cheese Club by Cowgirl Creamery, $110
Dental hygiene is important, and now you can brush your teeth while helping the earth. These toothbrushes from Dr. Botanicals are eco-friendly and made with bamboo bristles, unlike your traditional plastic options. You can buy the toothbrushes individually, but we recommend this set of three. Then you have a different color brush for each stocking you fill (or you can have extras for yourself). Bamboo Toothbrush: Blue + Rainbow + Yellow by Dr. Botanicals, $44.25
Founded in their Chelsea apartment, partners Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz created (MALIN+GOETZ) to uncomplicate skincare. While we suggest trying out all their fabulous skincare products and amazing-smelling candles, the gift set here makes a great stocking stuffer. It includes a super hydrating hand treatment and a moisturizing lip balm so you can keep dry winter skin at bay. in good hands. by (MALIN+GOETZ), $22
A luxury wallet from Brandon Blackwood, named after the LGBTQ+ designer, will be a statement-making stocking stuffer The accordion style of this wallet allows you to fit all your cards, cash, and receipts in one spot while still remaining petite enough to store in a smaller bag. The functional and fashionable accessory comes in five color options. Accordion Card Case by Brandon Blackwood, $130
Are you gifting a candle this year? Don’t forget to provide the matches so they can light it. Throw in these colorful matches in a vintage-looking glass jar for a fun surprise. The matches come in various colors to easily match your loved one's style. While Candlefolk itself is not LGBTQ+ owned, the Chicago store that curated the item, Humboldt House, has been queer-owned since 2013. Apothecary Matches by Candlefolk from Humboldt House, $12
Inspired by the sweet and tangy tastes of Mexico, Tamalitoz by Sugarox is a fiery ribbon-style candy created by husband-and-husband team Jack and Dec. The naturally flavored and colored sweets come in 10 different flavors. Tamalitoz Candy by Sugarox, $29.50 for a five-pack, available on Amazon
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Written by Rebecca Rovenstine | Cover photo by Cottonbro Studio