We pulled out all the gay for this year’s romance installment of the holiday gift guide.
Sometimes gifts for your gay sweetie can be the hardest on your list. You want something off the beaten path but not too wacky; tender and romantic but not too heteronormative. We looked around and found some great ideas.
Custom-made wine-and-gift baskets from Cork Market (1805 14th St., N.W.) come in a range of sizes and prices.
Gift basket at Cork (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)
If you want to go trendy and high end, gay-friendly company Shinola has a new shop at 1534 14th St., N.W. The Black Blizzard retails for $1,500.
(Photo courtesy Shinola)
American Plant (7405 River Road, Bethesda) for decorated vintage farmhouses (it can be yours for just $3,200!) such as this one and other one-of-a-kind items.
(Photo courtesy American Plant)
You can never go wrong with flowers. Gay-owned Flowers on 14th (1712 14th St., N.W.) has a wide array of options.
Flowers on Fourteenth (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)
Another sure-fire winner — lesbian-owned Grassroots Gourmet (104 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) has many Christmas- and Hanukkah-themed sweets. Sara Fatell’s chocolate mint cookies are one of the shop’s most popular items.
Grassroots Gourmet (Photo by Emily Goodstein Photography)
Romance Me Holiday Kit ($68.99) from Secret Pleasures (1510 U St. N.W.)
Chocolate is a romance essential — Co Co Sala (925 F St. N.W.) has all kinds.
Want to see the city in a new light? Try a romantic carriage ride — $175 per hour at carriagesofthecapital.com or take a D.C. dinner cruise ($124.89) through funsherpa.com.
Ready for a laugh? These Cunt(ees) shirts come in a variety of cheeky sayings such as “Madonna made me gay,” and, well, that’s about the nicest one we can show here. Tees, tanks, sweatshirts, totes and more are available in various prices.
(Photo courtesy Cuntees)
If your girlfriend is a little butch (or your boyfriend a little preppy), they’ll love these locally made bow ties from lesbian-owned Qwerty which prides itself on “curating the contemporary neckwear experience.” They’re the brainchild of D.C. lesbian Abby Miller.
(Photo courtesy Qwerty)
The rent boy.com Players 2015 Calendar — a perennial naughty favorite! ($7.99)
(Image courtesy Project Publicity)
Another naughty calendar we look forward to every year — the Homoerotic Orthodox Wall Calendar 2015. $34.51 at orthodox-calendar.com.
(Photo courtesy of orthodox-calendar.com)
Trim the tree with gay crooner Johnny Mathis. This new collection features some of his seasonal standards and a couple new cuts. On iTunes and everywhere.
(Image courtesy Sony Legacy)
Customize your own gift basket at — don’t laugh — Big Bottom Market. Prices vary.
(Photo courtesy Big Bottom)
All bed and breakfasts listed at bedandbreakfastdc.com, like this lovely room at Meridian Manor, are gay-welcoming and make a great gift idea.
(Photo courtesy Bed and Breakfast DC)