5 last-minute gifts from businesses owned by LGBTQ+ people

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The holidays are almost here, and if you’ve been dawdling or need a last-minute stocking stuffer, we’ve got five perfect solutions.

All of these products are from businesses owned or founded by queer people, and they all make donations to LGBTQ+ charities, so your dollars will go even further than the owners’ bank accounts.

From spicy to silly, these five gifts are only a few of the options available from the vendors, of course. Check them out and you’re sure to find something that meets your holiday needs.

Shaquanda’s Hot Pepper Sauce

Need to spice things up a bit? You may have seen Shaquanda and friends streaming live on Facebook, but you haven’t had the full experience until she’s entered your pantry.

This queer and Black-owned business uses the freshest of ingredients, from the farm to her kitchen, and from Shaquanda’s kitchen to the bottle. Shaquanda’s Hot Pepper Sauce made its first appearance at Bushwig in 2013 when she and her friends strolled the streets with a shopping cart, serving sauce to everyone she could as part of her performance. The demand was so high, the business was born.

Personal recommendation: the original hot pepper sauce or the Mx. Green Sass sauce.

Trevor Wayne

Golden Heroes

Looking for something original and one-of-a-kind? Trevor’s original art pieces range from whimsical to sexy, and the selection of home decor and gifts are also unique.

His “Golden Heroes” print is a reasonably-priced bestseller, but if you’ve got some Christmas cash, buy an original painting. If bags are your thing, you can’t beat the Unicow tote.

Explorer Cold Brew

Feel like Troye Sivan when you buy some Explorer Cold Brew coffee.

Get your day started – and elevate your coffee ritual – with the LGBTQ+-owned and -operated brand featured in Sivan’s video for his hit song “Get Me Started.”

The unique coffee or chai brew is concentrated, so all you have to do is add cold water. Don’t know where to start from all the options? There’s a cold brew variety pack and one for chai, too.


Give the gift of gender euphoria with a ForThem gift card. They’re good for membership in The Playground, where you can pick up exclusive merchandise, binders, or queer drops and merch.

Queer, trans, and lesbian-led, the company believes that there is nothing more powerful or beautiful than human beings existing as their most authentic selves. Even better, they own Autostraddle, one of the premier lesbian news and entertainment sites, so your purchase also supports queer media.

Equality Vines

Choice Wines

What if a bottle of wine represented something bigger, something more important? What if a bottle of wine could do more than help you unwind or celebrate in the moment?

Founders Matt Grove and Jim Obergefell launched a new kind of wine label that collaborates with talented winemakers who support the LGBTQ+ community. They give a percentage of each sale to queer charities as well as making direct donations.

Pick up the Choice Wines 3-bottle bundle of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay, hand-crafted by acclaimed winemaker Melissa Kuhn, and you’ll be supporting reproductive rights in your own state. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to organizations in your home state that are fighting for women’s reproductive rights.

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