Times are tough for everyone this year and with the holidays right around the corner, what's a lesbian to do? Well relax, take a deep breath, and don't think you have to forgo gift-giving all together. Instead, why not budget your shopping a bit more than usual, while still helping to stimulate the economy... Plus it's fun to give other's that warm fuzzy feeling that gift-giving can induce. So, with that in mind, here are some inexpensive but thoughtful gift ideas for all of the lesbians in your life.
The Butch Cookbook
Recipes contributed by butches from around the world and from all walks of life are mixed with butch musings, life and lore, history, and quotes. Novice to gourmet, these chefs have shared their expertise, frequently with humor, in easy-to-follow, hands-on instructions for an entirel new blend of cooking and culture. Irresistible offerings include quick meals for a night on your own, lucious potluck recipes, holiday indulgences, sweet treats, a special time for two, and even goodies for furry friends. Check out the website, thebutchcookbook.com, for photos and information about the contributors and excerpts from the book; $18.95 at Amazon.com.
The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For (hardcover)
From the author of Fun Home -- the lives, loves, and politics of cult fav characters Mo, Lois, Sydney, Sparrow, Ginger,Stuart, Clarice, and others. For twenty-five years Bechdel's path-breaking Dykes to Watch Out For strip has been collected in award-winning volumes syndicated in fifty alternative newspapers, and translated into many languages. Now, at last, The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For gathers a "rich, funny, deep and impossible to put down" (PublishersWeekly) selection from all eleven Dykes volumes. Here too are sixty of the newest strips, never before published in book form; $16.50 at Amazon.com.
Judy Francesconi Sugar & Spice 2009 Calendar
This is a limited run, 12 month calendar with 13 beautiful black & white images of lesbians, each suitable for framing. $25.95 at http://www.judyfrancesconi.com/calendars.
Movies are another great gift idea is quite affordable. Here are a few lesbian movies that would also make a great holiday gift.
Behind every tattoo there is a secret. Webcam girl Jade (Taiwanese pop icon Rainie Yang) makes her living tantalizing online voyeurs. But behind her sassy façade, Jade carries the powerful memory of her childhood crush on Takeko, a young woman who now works at a nearby tattoo parlor. Jade goes to Takeko seeking a tattoo of a spider lily, hoping to rekindle their love. Takeko refuses to give her the tattoo, which symbolizes a family secret. She also spurns Jade's advances - at first . . . $22.49 at Amazon.com
Nina's Heavenly DelightsWhen a feisty young woman returns to her home to attend her father´s funeral, she´s shocked to learn that her family has sold half of the shares in their Indian restaurant. Inspired by her colorful friends and budding new romance, she works towards saving the establishment and besting its competition. $19.99 Amazon.com
She Likes Girls 3
The girls who like the girls are back in this jam-packed installment of the most popular lesbian shorts DVD series of all time. Enjoy the eye-candy and prepare to be entertained by these funny, sad, romantic, dramatic lesbian short movies from today’s top talents including: Guinevere Turner (Go Fish, The L Word), Julie Goldman (Big Gay Sketch Show), Cassandra Nicolaou (Interviews with My Next Girlfriend, Show Me), Roberta Munroe (Dani and Alice), and others. $22.49 at amazon.com
Itty Bitty Titty
This latest fabulous movie from Jamie (But I’m a Cheerleader) Babbit is a dynamic, romantic, frequently funny and politically astute movie with a smart script, rockin’ soundtrack and terrific ensemble cast that includes sexy young Melonie Diaz as the new dyke on the block who falls in with a great gang of Feminist troublemakers called Clits in Action (CiA), and then falls in love with leader of the pack, Nicole Vicius. Unfortunately, Nicole has a girlfriend – Melanie Mayron – and, as they say, drama ensues. With Carly Pope, Daniela Sea, Guinevere Turner, Deak Evgenikos, Jenny Shimizu and Lauren Mollica; $14.99 at amazon.com.
Whether your looking for something special for your partner, or a gift for a friend, sex toys are a fun option. Here are a few items that might make the perfect Holiday gift and won't break.
Here are a few more items that will not only fit your budget, but will also make for a fun gift for your favorite lesbian.
Two Women "abstract art" Christmas Ornament with name personalization and date. life-iz-sweet.com for $14.99
Stylish Retro Lesbian T-Shirts
T-shirt designs include: Liquor in the front ... poker in the rear. Open 24 hours, I kiss girls better, Lezzy's oil and Lube...Let me Service you today...etc. $18 at Queerrepublictees.com