Gift Guide: For Your Favorite Recovering Goth

We all have that one ~special~ friend. She might’ve been a little more candy-raver in high school, or just didn’t know what to do with her hair, but she used to be weird, and now that she’s grown, she retains just a hint of her former weird-girl status. Her wardrobe might have a couple florals, but besides that it’s all black.  She favors chunky jewelry that looks slightly menacing, stuff that probably wouldn’t make it through security at the airport, and she experiments with her hair color. Recognize her?  She’s a grown up goth, and this holiday, show her just how much you care.


Etsy Coffin Sofa: This is really the best thing on this whole list so you can stop reading, say thank you, and get out your credit card. Your goth-slash-vampire bestie won’t know what hit her when this custom made, velvet coffin sofa is delivered to their home. All-black is for amateurs, this is for real goths. [Etsy Coffin Sofa, $7,000]


Manic Panic Hair Dye: Hopefully she has a creative career where she won’t get fired for having purple hair. Pair this with a bottle of wine and offer to dye her hair for her in the bathtub. Remember to use a towel you don’t mind messing up. Get ready to re-live high school, only this time you won’t get in trouble when your mom sees you! [Manic Panic Hair Dye, $10.20]

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Emily The Strange Merch: You know how some things are cool, and then lame, and then back to cool again? Emily the Strange, that black cat obsessed little girl of Hot Topics past, is not one of those things. I was always jealous of the girls with the cat ears hoodies. Your goth friend probably had one. Help her remember her glory days. [Emily The Strange Merch, price varies]



Russian Caravan Incense: Being goth isn’t just about style, it’s also about creating the perfect atmosphere. This incense, from Brooklyn’s favorite midi-ring emporium Catbird, will give your friend’s apartment that moody, old timey smell, without all the chemicals. [Russian Caravan Incense, $28]


Spider Web Bowl: What better place to store all of your jewels than in a creepy little spider web. There’s a fine line between goth and witch, but both share a fascination with the spooky. If your friend is a little bit of both, this should be right up her alley. [Spider Web Bowl, $8.75]


Razor Stud Earrings: A nod to the sad mall goth days of yesteryear, these Gwyneth-approved razor stud earrings are a more grown version of forcing a safety pin through your ear. [Razor Stud Earrings, $200]


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Active Sheer Mesh Top: Health goth is perhaps the most modern incarnation of the trend, and there’s nothing more on-trend than a totally impractical piece of all-black workout gear. [Active Sheer Mesh Top, $15.90]



Urban Renewal Recycled Hooded Cape: Again, there’s goth, and there’s witchy, and this is a little more on the witchy side, but isn’t it GREAT? You can hide inside of the oversized hood if the difficulties of being human prove to be too much to bear. [Urban Renewal Recycled Hooded Cape, $59]

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Shame: This lipstick is perfect. Give it a few swipes, and you’ve got the darkest plum. It’s full coverage, stays well, and is a great alternative to straight-up black. Plus, if you for some reason need to be a little less, well, gothy, a few blots will give you a daytime-ready berry stain. [Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Shame, $22]

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Madeline Jumpsuit: Trying to get your goth friend to be a little more, um, grown? This all black jumpsuit still fits the (non-existent) color palette, but it has a slightly more modern silhouette than that black pleated skirt and black t-shirt. [Madeline Jumpsuit, $82]