It’s so important to support lesbian, bisexual and queer owned business, especially around the holidays. Here are some fabulous companies run by LGBT women and gender-nonconforming folks that have the goods this holiday season.
Wildfang: Wildfang is hip as hell and has t-shirts, hats, and even suiting for women and gender-non-conforming folks. They’ve teamed up with Evan Rachel Wood, Tegan and Sara, and you may have even spotted one of their shirts being donned by Sara Ramirez in her debut Madame Secretary episode.
Dapper Boi: You’ll go wild for Dapper Boi’s button-ups, which take into account those customers who find shopping for typical shirts a challenge. No button popping or check gaps here! They also make jeans for average and plus sizes, and gender neutral swimwear for those who feel like rocking board shorts vs a bikini.
Lucky Skivvies : A perfect stocking stuffer, Lucky Skivvies makes gender neutral boxer briefs, in colorful and comfortable fabrics. Sizes go from 4-24.
Tomboy Toes: Ever lament the fact that traditionally men’s style shoes are slick but never in your size? Well that’s what Tomboy Toes is aiming to change. Whether you are femme, or butch, non-binary or trans, these shoes are made for you. These classic styles with a twist come in genuine and vegan leather too.
Travel and Leisure
Ella Travel: Travel to Malta, Mallorca, and more with this lesbian-focused travel tour company. These deluxe trips feature wine tastings, spa days, parties, and of course, lots of ladies. Those wanting to travel to Europe or Asia may want to consider checking out what Ella has to offer.
Olivia Travel: If you or someone you know wants their travel adventures to be full of entertainment, parties and fun then check out Olivia Travel. Oliva has been sailing the high seas with Olivia Cruises, for decades now, and they also plant events at resorts across the world. You may see famous lesbian entertainers like Cameron Esposito, Wanda Sykes, and more.
Food and Beverage
Republic Restoratives: This LGBTQ owned and run distillery is doing some amazing work with spirits like Rodham Rye, Chapman Apple Brandy, Civic Vodka, and Borough Bourbon. They are available throughout the DC area, and you can buy and have them shipped through certain stores.
Coolhaus: Yes, the cooler than cool ice cream company was founded by a lesbian couple! For the perfect frosty gift for the ice cream lover in your life, you can have a six-pack of pints or sammies shipped to them on ice. With flavors like Chocolate Molten Cake, Balsamic Fig and Marscapone, and Buttered French Toast, you can’t go wrong.
Entertainment and Books
Wolfe Video: Looking for a film featuring women loving women? Well, they probably have it at Wolfe. From classics like It’s in the Water, to new releases fresh from the festival circuit like A Date for Mad Mary, you’ll find what you are looking for at Wolfe. Baroooo-aoooo.
Tello Films: Support lesbian filmmakers and creators and give someone the gift that keeps on giving with a Tello membership.
Bella Books: Yes, us! Not only are we lesbian run, owned and operated, but we are the premiere publisher of lesbian fiction, with over five hundred titles in print. We have paperbacks, ebooks and even gift certificates available.
Outwords Books, Gifts, and Coffee: This Milwaukee-based LGBTQ bookstore has been serving the community since 1993, and has tons of books, gifts, and Pride-related items.
Common Language Bookstore: For decades, this Ann Arbor, Michigan feminist and LGBTQ bookstore has had a huge selection of books and magazines, and continues to thrive even as many bookstores have shuttered. Shop online or stop in and pick something up. And yes, they do carry Bella Books!