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We are quickly approaching the most cliché and romantic time of the year for some. Valentine’s Day has always had a special place in my heart, but I’m not so in love with all the overused gifts that tend to be given. This year, join me as we cover some unique, fun, and joyful gifts.
Bold, Colorful, Upcycled Jewelry
Some babes just love jewelry right? Give the gift of bold powerful pieces made by a queer artist based in Boston, MA. CJBenjamin is a low waste brand whose footprint is important to them. There goal is to create joy through art. Each piece of jewelry is one of a kind, hand painted. This artist makes earrings, necklaces, even colorful bold cufflinks that are a unique way to show off your style.
There are so many jewelry options out there but so few of them that fit large wrists and big fingers. Claire creates pieces that fit most body sizes not on accident but as an intentional way of including the plus size community.
Starting at $14
Unique Greeting Cards
Finding a card with a sweet love note from your babe is such a fantastic way to start the perfect Valentine’s Day. Fine Tip Greeting Cards won’t just make them say, “aww!” because you are the sweetest lover, they will also laugh out loud when they see the hilarity that is these unique cards. The idea behind Fine Tip Greeting cards is that you don’t have to be sappy to be sincere.
The best part? A portion of the proceeds from these cards benefit RAINN the nations largest anti-violence organization.
I need to preface this perfume section with clarifying that I am super femme but hate really feminine perfumes. Until I found the Commodity perfume line, I never wore perfume. Commodity is different. It’s a unisex perfume line and every single one smells absolutely heavenly. Now my masculine partner steals my perfume once I finally decided to invest in it.
If you want to really impress a picky partner or one that doesn’t quite fit into anyone else’s molds, this is the perfume line to do it with. You can get a sample at Sephora if you want to smell it before buying.
Bonus: Get a free candle when you buy the perfume and sign up for the email list.
Unbound is run by the incredible Polly Rodriguez and it is an inclusive sex toy company that focuses on self pleasure. Recently they sent me a few of their top sellers and y’all, they are so well made! Sex toys are the perfect gift to spice up your relationship, give your long distance babe a way to remember you in the moment, or just… ya know 😉 the perfect gift for yourself.
The Squish is a multi setting vibrator perfect for those that like to have a lot of control over the strength of vibrations. The Gem is versatile as a g spot toy or to be used in other creative ways. To top it off, you always need a good lubricant, and the Jelly lube from Unbound is one of the better ones out there.
Cost: Starting at $15
Sexy Photography in the Midwest
Kelly is a striking enby photographer that focuses on boudoir sessions for one, even though they are also into photographing couples. Bloom Photography Chicago is a quirky photography company that offers options that perfectly encapsulate your boudoir dreams. This is the perfect gift for a lover that isn’t quite into the classic idea of sexy photography but wants to show off their unique self.
By mentioning Mechanic Shop Femme you get 15% off a Premium, standard, or basic package (or gift certificate for one!) until February 15th. Must book session before August 2019.
Y’all, I’ve shot with Kelly before, and they are the greatest at making anyone feel super at home in front of their camera. Like I didn’t even wear makeup and that is huge for me!
Cost: Starting at $300 (Before discount)
TomboyX is the leading brand of unisex sports bras, boxers for most bodies and loungewear. I have so many colorful sets but you can find the perfect style, size and print as well as fabric choice for the perfect sex for your lover. There are more classically masc sets with boxers – a variety of length – to even thongs and PJs. Sometimes, gifting something comfy and usable is the best gift to give.
Bonus: $20 off your first purchase off $50 or more
Cost: Starting at $18
Body Love Box
Have a bodylicious babe that can use a little body love pep talk once a month? The Body Love Box is a trendsetting subscriptions box that features products meant to boost your love for your curvy, luscious body. Fat art, stickers, Health at Every Size content, as well as items like unicorn soap and funky zines are all some of what you can expect to get from the box that is perfect for every gender.
Cost: $38 (Use coupon code MECHANICSHOPFEMME for 15% off!)
If you are on the west coast, you’ve probably already heard of the published plus size photographer Suma Jane Dark. A femme non binary treasure, they specialize in plus size boudoir and couples photography as well and shooting lifestyle photos for all kinds of bloggers. Suma has a really minimalistic vibe and creates albums and wall hanging that are heirloom quality, something you will want to treasure.
Giving your lover the gift of a session with Suma Jane Dark Photography means they will get a day of pampering, hair and makeup done for them and an in studio shoot with someone that is gentle, kind and great at giving direction. This gift will be memorable for the both of you.
Cost: Sitting fee including hair and makeup $199
Sexy Board Games
What better way to show your babe that you love them then to cook a nice pot of soup and play board games into the wee hours of the night ignoring your phone? Sometimes the best gift isn’t the one that costs the most, but the one that means the most. For those of us that have partners that love undivided attention this is surely the way to go. And yes, you can sure spice it up with the sexy couples games to follow the PG-13 ones.
Scrabble is a challenging game that can make you and your partner laugh (which by the way I only put up with since my partner loves it); Jenga for short sweet little bouts. The games you really want to hear more about: for couples’ games for sexy fun, I like Dirty Deeds, The Box of Dares, and check out the Speak, Flirt or Dare game as well. Trust me, this game night will be one you won’t want to forget.
What is sexier than an empowered babe? Automotive fundamentals classes from Mechanic Shop Femme are one of the greatest gifts you can give. These classes are taught by me, a femme for women and queer folks nationwide! This gift certificate offers the recipient access to any of the online automotive classes that are offered in 2019. Classes include: How the Heck Do I Buy a Used Car?, The Why’s and When’s of Car Maintenance, How the Heck do I Buy or Lease a New Car? among others.
Mechanic Shop Femme is a education and empowerment platform. With a live blog, consultations and a multitude of online automotive classes, this is the go to place for all things cars. Taught by someone just like you, this information is easily digestible, honest and comprehensive. Any babe you love would appreciate this fabulous gift!
So lingerie is super cliché right? I guess it would totally depend on the brand and styles you choose. I love SexyPlus because of their unique options like this colorful printed baby doll that I can wear to bed, or even as a top with a white moto jacket and some jeans. If your sweetie loves color and maybe flaunting their gorgeousness a little, SexyPlus lingerie would be a great place to grab something uniquely them.
Cost: Starting at $39
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Most photos in this gift guide are by Jackie Fairman.