The goth lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular, especially as teenagers are embracing the goth music scene. For people who are not used to goth culture, it can be hard to know what presents to give that will be appreciated. These ideas can help ensure you give a gift they’ll love.
Live music is central to the goth scene and for many it’s a social gathering of like-minded people as much as a chance to see a band. Find out which artists they are fans of and see if they are coming to a venue near you. If they are, gig tickets can be a fabulous gift and a chance for them to make memories that will last a lifetime. Why not also visit the merch stand so they can choose a piece of memorabilia to remember the event by? Hoodies and t-shirts are popular choices, but patches and badges are cheaper alternatives if you are on a budget.
A Portrait with a Difference
Goths often have an artistic side and are appreciative of other creatives. Commissioning a professional such as James Green Artist will give you the opportunity to choose an abstract portraits style which represents a person rather than being a traditional image, making it a unique gift for a goth with a spiritual outlook. Expressive portraits are truly individual and can be enjoyed for years to come.
Both male and female goths are known for pairing their all-black outfits with silver jewellery. Celtic knots and crosses are often popular, as well as skulls, which are the timeless symbol of the goth community. Chunky rings and studded leather cuffs or chokers have long been in fashion for fans of this look. Bulky, industrial-style jewellery is best – steer away from delicate silver chains or rings with coloured stones unless it is something they have asked for and you are sure will be appreciated.
Black clothing is the ultimate in fashion for any goth with oversized hoodies a favourite due to being simple to source, socially acceptable in all situations and comfortable. When buying clothing it is best to go shopping with them so they can choose for themselves as style is important for teens who are exploring their identity.
Classic Gothic Reads
Many goths are insular and love to read, so investing in classic titles of the gothic genre can be the ideal present for a bookworm. Clothbound volumes look beautiful on display and will be treasured forever, with classics such as Frankenstein, Dracula and Wuthering Heights the ideal starting point. More modern gothic classics include The Thirteenth Tale and We Have Always Lived in the Castle are accessible and are sometimes considered easier to read than the traditional gothic novels.
Thinking about what would make the teen goth in your life happy shows you have considered their likes and dislikes – this will earn you respect as well as brownie points for choosing an awesome gift!