Holigay Gift Guide 2015: Timeless Accessories For Your Favorite Gentlequeer

2015 Autostraddle Holigays

Whether it’s a sharp watch or a dramatic cape, the perfect accessory can ground a whole outfit and make it spectacular. Because accessories tend to be one-size-fits-all, they’re one of the easiest ways to blow off gender expectations in favor of looking like the royal babe you are. Timeless accessories can be worth the investment, because they look great throughout the seasons and tend to be pretty functional, too. When you’re shopping for the stunning gentlequeer in your life, consider an accessory that will set off their style and make you smile when you see them wear it every day.


I admit, buying someone a watch is kind of an intimidating prospect because it can be such a characteristic piece of someone’s wardrobe. But nothing says class like the perfect watch, so I say it’s worth taking a dive to really dazzle someone.


BrAun classic silver-tone watch // Kensington leather rose gold // Stock’s S002G

Gold Jewelry

It seems everywhere I look, gorgeous queers are dazzling with flecks of gold on their ears, arms and fingers. Whether to accent a perfect holiday outfit or that perfect addition to your loved one’s stocking, sometimes the tiniest things make the biggest impact.


Need Supply Gold Screw Cuff // Small Gold Hoop Earrings via Etsy // Aro’s Shahla Karimi Subway Series


Did you know capes are A Thing this season? I don’t know what weirdo universe spirit thing wanted to make me this happy, but I’m about to move back to a place with winter and the only thing that makes it seem bearable is cape shopping. Asos and Topman both have a ton of options. Capes for all you snuggly weirdos.


ASOS Cape With Borg Collar // Topman Black Windowpane Check Knitted Cape

The Perfect Tan (Faux) Leather Bag

Tan leather is beautiful, versatile, and can take a beating/staining/tossing into the back of any vehicle. Whether your beloved gift recipient needs right backpack for a daytrip or just a place to stick a book and Chapstick, nothing says “I’ll carry you” like a gorgeous bag.

holigay bags

Fossil Sydney Leather Crossbody // Tan Leather Flat Top Backpack // Know A Thing Or Two-Tone Reversible Bag

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  1. I’m really happy that capes are a thing this season. also, i’ve been thinking about bringing hoops back for my ears because they look so good in my nose, but i have super small ears, and they’re all usually way too big. but these hoops look small! gold hoop and cape season. what a winter!

    • I love my capes (I have a black cape, a black capelet, and a blanket-shawl-thing that perhaps might also fall into the general cape category).


  2. First off I want to say that this is a top notch gift guide.

    Also though, I 100% believe that the current cape trend is due to the article I wrote about wearing a cape to an outdoor wedding last winter and I’d just like to get a little credit for it. Thank you.

  3. I love a nice watch. Those are great options. My watch is Mondaine, “the Official Swiss Railways Watch” which I guess is cool? I just think it looks really nice!

  4. I don’t know where you’re moving, but as a Canadian I laugh in the face of those capes. That is fall apparel, not winter. (Many thanks to el nino for the current mild weather, though.)

    • Haha yeah I live in Texas so it is still lovely weather. BUT, I maintain capes could be one of many layers for any type of weather :)

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