Find the Perfect Gift for the Country Queer in Your Life
By Eryn Brothers, Staff Writer
It’s that time of the year where we are all boot-scootin’ to find the coolest gifts for our pals. To help you provision your loved ones with the finest goods, we have compiled a shopping guide from queer creators and select allies. Happy Yee-haw-lidays, y’all.
COUNTRY QUEER MERCH
We’d be remiss if we didn’t kick off this list by mentioning that we have our own line of treats for you to pick from. From hats to stickers to pins, you can show off your Country Queer pride (while making what we do possible!)
WE LIGHT HOME
For that luxurious queen in your life, We Light Home will help your fires burn tall and bright for this festive part of the year. These beautiful candles are handmade by performing artists,and feature scents from medlies of forest fir, vetiver and myrrh to champagne.
Where to shop: https://www.welighthome.com
FANNY’S HOUSE OF MUSIC
We love Fanny’s. You should too. A music store dedicated to being a safe, inclusive space, a melange of fantastic instruments and well curated vintage, their unique space offers quite a bit to choose from for the musician in your life.
Where to shop: https://www.fannyshouseofmusic.com/
Have you ever wanted to smell like a rainstorm? A desert in the summertime? The perfect bonfire? Look no further than Dryland Wilds. Owned and operated by the incredible wife duo Robin and Cebastien, they cultivate everything from perfume to lipbalm sustainably from the high deserts of New Mexico. They also are incredibly active in supporting the Native and Indigenous communities of the Southwest.
Where to shop: https://www.drylandwilds.com/
Speaking of supporting Native and Indigenous creators, you have to check out Cheekbone Beauty. With palates and colors based in nature and made with “less waste” and sustainability in mind, your favorite lipstick person would swoon to the ends of the earth over these. This company has also given over $56,000 to a variety of causes and actions. Their products are vegan and paraben free.
Where to shop: https://cheekbonebeauty.ca/
LIVE TRUE VINTAGE
This year, for our Chosen Family Ally Pick, we want to introduce you to Live True Vintage. Owner and curator Tammy has been a fierce and loyal supporter of country queers, and offers an extremely diverse collection to make sure that everyone can find the items with which to express themselves. In the heart of the up and coming Old Hickory, Live True Vintage has everything from tchotchke to fringe.
Where to shop: IG @livetruevintage and https://livetruevintage.com/
You got a reader in your life? We sure hope so! Bring your lasso to our book rodeo and rope in a winner.
Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music by Nadine Hubbs
National Anthem by Luke Gilford
We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown
Our venues need us! We need them to stay alive so we can have places to play! Consider buying some merch from them for a friend, with a promise to travel and buy them a bev for When This Is All Over:
El Rio, San Francisco
The Pinhook, Durham NC
Club Cumming, NYC
And last but not least, you should BUY MERCH from any or all of the queer country musicians we’ve introduced you to or that you’ve loved for a while now.