AfterEllen.com’s 2010 Gift Guide for the Gay Woman

The Sapphic Music Fan

 

Getting holiday gifts for a music lover can seem very difficult – whatever kinds of music we love, we tend to get very passionate about. So, this holiday season, use their passion to your advantage.

1. Mix tape. For true music lovers, there is nothing better than getting a perfectly crafted mix tape from someone. Think about what you want your mix tape to say and weave a story together from the tunes you’ve got on your playlist and any new ones you need to add. ($0 – $10)

2. Don’t Need You: The Herstory of Riot Grrrl DVD. No matter what genres of music you enjoy, it’s always good to know your history – or herstory. Your favorite music lover will kiss you forever for getting her, Don’t Need You: The Herstory of Riot Grrrl DVD featuring interviews with Kathleen Hanna, Corin Tucker and more. When you’re done adding that to your cart, take a look around the entire site, they’ve got some of the cutest gifts ever. ($15)

3. Disc Jockey T. Music lovers are loud and proud people. We want you to know we have every Luscious Jackson album and B-side that there ever was. We want to argue over whether or not the latest Kanye album really deserved a 10.0 on the Pitchfork ratings system. So, why not let us wear a cute shirt while also paying homage to our embarrassingly large vinyl collection with this selection from Threadless. ($18)

4. The Composition. I cheated this year and told my girlfriend exactly what I want as part of my present, an awesome and economically sound piece of art that I’m sure Suze Orman would yell, “approved” to. My reason for choosing this particular print? It combines my two loves: music and writing. ($25 – $55).

5. Concert tickets. Here’s the tricky thing about buying concert tickets as gifts. You need to be careful to not accidentally get the tickets for yourself. Sure, The Bangles only come around once every five years, but your honey wants to see Rasputina – so Rasputina it is. My concert advice though, if you want to make it special, try to find someone just on the verge of getting big on the indie scene and see them in a smaller venue. ($12+)

Mia Jones

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