Best Goth Gifts 2023
It’s that time of year again, and while some of us love nothing more than picking out gifts for people, it can also be a panic-inducing nightmare, especially if you don’t really share or understand their interests. Well, luckily for you, goths are pretty easy to shop for, and to make it even easier, we’ve put a whole list of possibilities together (and you can check out last year’s list of best gothic Christmas presents for a little extra inspiration, too).
Black faux fur electric blanket
OK let’s be real, I want this black faux fur electric blanket. It’s cold right now, and this looks so soft and snuggly (and electric blankets are cheaper to run than central heating). Really nice blankets are a traditional gift this time of year for obvious reasons, and this one’s perfect for that wintry vampiric castle aesthetic—it’s hygge but make it goth.
Mini squishable plague doctor
This cuddly plague doctor is adorable (I have actually bought one for a small child before, so I can vouch for its soft cuddliness), and there’s something about the contrast in objectively creepy things made cute that really works for the perky goths among us. If your goth loves plushies, you should definitely consider this.
Vincent Bloodlust undead plush
Another option for the plushie-loving goth, Vincent Bloodlust is a plush vampire bat who comes with his very own coffin, created by small business Frightlings, who design a range of spooky cute characters available as silver charms, printed on homeware, and as adorable stuffed creatures. Vincent has his own backstory that you’ll learn more about if you buy him. Plus, it’s unlikely anyone else they know is going to have one so there’s uniqueness points there, too.
My [your] heart in a box
If you’re looking for a romantic gift—say you’ve found yourself a goth girlfriend and are living the meme—you could definitely do worse than presenting her with an anatomical heart in a box (Caution: check she’s that sort of goth first. Some of us have a higher tolerance for gore than others.) Handmade by Matt Trist, it comes in more and less bloody varieties depending on your level of squeamishness and is perfect for keeping on your desk so you can pretend to be Mary Shelley.
Pearlescent batwing mug
Goths like hot chocolate too, and this mug may be the perfect vessel to drink it out of. Handmade, with bat wings for handles and a pearlescent, oil slick glaze that’s pretty magical, this mug would be a great addition to a Christmas Eve box or a hand-curated cozy Christmas basket with hot chocolate, candy, and other wintry treats.
Nevermore teacup and saucer
For the fancy, Victoriana, Romantic poets and dark academia-style goths, an elegant teacup can never go amiss, and Angioletti Designs on Etsy has a great selection. Now, if you’re made of money, you could get your goth an entire tea set from them, but if you aren’t quite there finance-wise just, one of their teacups would be the perfect aesthetic touch for an evening spent reading a classic gothic novel with a good cup of tea. Personally the Nevermore is my favorite, but whatever your goth’s specific tastes, they’ll likely have something there.
Gothic treat boxes
Maybe you’d like to get your goth a lovely evening in a box? Complete with a horror film, self care items, chocolates, and more, each gothic treat box has a theme, from self care to different holidays. There’s even a Christmas one.
Darkling beloved jewelry
If you’re planning on reenacting one of those Christmas jewelry adverts but with something your goth will actually like, then Darkling Beloved should be your go-to site for elegant, silver-plated filigree, art nouveau, and classic gothic designs with crystal glass focals and beads that will make her look like she fell right out of a gothic novel. Whether she’s the young lady fleeing the castle with a stolen candelabra or the vampire is really a personal aesthetic choice every goth must make for herself.
Cast iron candelabra
Speaking of candelabras, no goth’s room is complete without one, and now you can get them one! This cast iron candelabra might be too heavy to flee with but you could probably bludgeon a gothic monster with it instead.
You’ll need something to go in the candelabra, of course, so can I recommend these black taper candles that drip red wax? They’re handmade by a small business using soy wax, so good for vegans, too.
Plague doctor lamp
If you’re looking for a more affordable piece of mood lighting, this cute little plague doctor lamp might be just the thing. He’s adorable yet genuinely spooky (unlike his fluffy compatriot further above), and I love how he looks like he’s chilling on the riverside with a book between going about his plague doctor business.
Krampus tabby cat ornament
Put goth and Christmas together and what do you get? Krampus! Then add in cats for a little extra witchyness. Kayleigh Radcliffe’s classic German-style Christmas ornaments made of printed wood are all a little gothic in the way that certain vintage styles just inherently have a horror element to them, but her cat Krampus ornaments may be the pinnacle of the art form.
Then again, if what your goth wants from Krampus is bizarrely adorable, then maybe this baby Krampus figure is the answer. He’s so cute and fuzzy and demonic! The perfect finishing touch under a spooky, skull covered Christmas tree.
Rose ghost figurine
If you’re on a bit of a budget, these pretty little rose ghost figurines may be the answer. Cast in resin, with real rose petals and gold leaf, they’ll make a beautiful addition to any gothic dressing table. Plus, rose petals are romantic (or Romantic, depending on how you look at it), so if your goth girl/boy/themfriend is more on the squeamish side, this would make a great alternative to the anatomical heart in a box. (Lower level of commitment, too. A hyper-realistic representation of your heart might be a lot if you’re still in the early stages.)
Good luck, and a very gothic Christmas to you!
(featured image: Etsy)
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