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EauMG’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Your Favorite Goth

Goth Holiday Gift Guide

Here’s my guide for all those that fancy the vampy! Every year I put together a holiday gift guide for the freaks, goths, post-punk dames, vintage vamps and alt-chics – all my favorite types of people. This is one of my favorite gift guides to put together as I never outgrew that “phase”; I just adapted better skills on how to conceal it so I can get a paycheck. This is the guide where I want it all and one of my favorite guides to compile:


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1. Serge Lutens Eye Khol Liner in Black – Nobody really does high glam goth as well as Serge Lutens. (as pictured above). This liner is perfect for smudging to achieve that Theda Bara vamp look or 80’s Batcave rocker look. Retails for $75 at Saks.

2. Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick in Fortune Teller – This brand keeps showing up in this guide every year because it’s one that I wear and a personal favorite. They’re perfect for goths, corp goths, modern witches and everyone else.This shade is the deepest, darkest cherry in a matte finish. Retails for $23 at Rituel de Fille. 

3. Estee Lauder Creative Spider Pressed Powder Compact – This is the gothiest refillable compact you’re ever going to find. And it’s one of the most glamorous ones you’re ever going to find. Retails for $150 at Saks.

4. Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady Hair & Body Oil – Give your favorite luxe goth a deep, dark and moody rose-patchouli body oil that looks like it a vampire’s martini shaker. Retails for $190 at Aedes.


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5. Ellis Brooklyn Raven EDP – It’s an easy-to-wear patchouli and musk inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and totem poles. So, that’s cool. Retails for $100 at Beautyhabit. There’s also a candle and body lotion available in this scent.

6. Papier d’Armenie Scented Notebook – Your favorite goth is going to pull out their quill and rose scented ink and scribble their angst all up in this benzoin-scented journal. This is such a hopelessly romantic journal celebrating Papier d’Armenie’s 130th anniversary. The center features strips to burn and the rest is journal pages. Retails for $22 at Beautyhabit. 

7. Paddywax Edgar Allan Poe Candle – Take your pick with these candles. I like the scent of this one because it’s dark and woodsy. But, there’s other great writers (popular with goths) like a really floral Jane Austen and chypre Leo Tolstoy. Retails for $21 at Paddywax. 

8. Madame Scodioli Laudanum Soap – This soap smells like cherry pipe tobacco and smoky black tea. The packaging is rad and the price is right for being a stocking stuffer. And yes, it’s named after an opium tincture that was often paired with saffron and was popular in the Victorian era. That’s dark, right? Retails for $8 at Beatnik Emptiness. A solid perfume is also available.

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9. Witch Baby Graveyard Body Butter – I have yet to get my hands on Witch Baby products because they have such a cult-following and sell out quickly. One of these days I will get a bath bomb as dark as my soul. Until then, I can buy body butters that claim to smell like graveyard dirt. Retails for $13 at Witch Baby Soap. 

10. Lunatick Cosmetics Elvira Mistress of the Dark Palette – To celebrate 35 years of horror hostess badassery, Lunatick Cosmetics has a collab with Elvira (Cassandra Peterson). This coffin-shaped palette contains AUTHENTIC Elvira shadows ranging from hot pink to pitch black. Retails for $35 at Lunatick Cosmetics. 

11. NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Vault – This is a set of 24 mini NYX liquid lipsticks in weird colors that used to be impossible to find when I was growing up but are now sold at drugstores. See, there’s some good things happening in this world despite its imploding. Retails for $50 at NYX.

12. Kat von D Alchemist Holographic Palette – This is a candy goth’s (or club kid’s) dream of iridescent, holographic shape-shifting highlighters in a totally 90’s triangle palette. Retails for $32 at Sephora.

13. Garrett Markenson EVER Recovery Hair Oil – Listen, you can’t stop me from putting all the oils into the guide. ESPECIALLY an oil that contains all sorts of rare natural ingredients and comes in a black moon phase bottle. Plus, good goths do bad things to their hair. Goth hair needs extra TLC. Retails for $52 at Beautyhabit.

Tell Santa or Ded Moroz or whatever old mythical man that we’re supposed to believe in, that I want all this stuff.

Need more ideas? Here’s my 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for your Favorite Goth.

Disclaimer, because, you know, the Internet: I never said I was a goth expert because it’s a diverse subculture. This is my “dark beauty” gift guide that highlights a darker aesthetic regardless of given or chosen labels. I mention this because every year someone comes out of the depths of the Internet to school me on what’s “goth or not”. And I’m like, “Yo, I’ve been called a goth devil worshiper¹ since like, before you were even born, kid”. But, whatever. This is my guide for those of us that just lean towards a darker aesthetic and find beauty in the darkness. And I feel like the 2016 holiday season has even more of us in a darker place this year.

¹One of the many joys of growing up in the Bible Belt…

*Saks, Beautyhabit, Sephora and Beatnik Emptiness contain affiliate links. Thanks! First pic is Serge Lutens from the 70’s.

19 thoughts on “EauMG’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Your Favorite Goth

  1. All of these products look *beautiful*, especially that Frederic Malle body oil. Some really nice packaging in this list. My guilty secret is that I’m a sucker for any gift guide based on horoscope signs. They are so hilarious to read! I’m a Virgo, though, so every guide thinks I want a sad green tea fragrance. Which is bogus.

    Are you planning to do a Best Fragrances of 2016 post? I would love to know what you thought of this year’s offerings. I was traveling recently and picked up a rollerball of Stash by SJP, and thought it was really great for a mainstream perfume.

    1. I wish it were cheaper but gosh, the FM body products are so wonderful.

      The Taurus stuff never matches what I want. I’m like it’s an Earth sign and I’m a patch-head, how can you mess this up?

      I plan on it. I’m trying to get in the mood for it. There was so much launched this year and I’ve been sort of detached from it all. Anyway, I do a list each year and I’ll try to do it this year too!

  2. HOLY SHIT I WANT THAT NOTEBOOK it’s my favorite things: fancy paper AND perfume. If it came with a tube of lipstick I’d order 3.

    Thank you for putting together all these gift guides! Your guides are fantastic and a ton of fun. I hope you have a great holiday and get lots of stuff that you want.

    1. Isn’t is amazing?! I actually keep a little matchbook of Papier d’Armenie in my wallet so my money smells like benzoin.

      You’re welcome 🙂 Hope you have a great holiday season!

    1. It’s so wonderful! It’s an odd design but really gorgeous. Every year Estee Lauder really nails their LE compacts. They’re all so delightfully vintage.

  3. I want that notebook in the wooooooooooooooooooorst way

    You need to get your hand on Witch Baby. They are my favorite. The Graveyard Bath Bomb smells so wonderful. I subscribe to their seasonal boxes and it’s totally worth it.

    1. This has me wondering if there are other scented notebooks out there…there’s a pencil store in Manhattan that sells Fig, Jasmine and other scented pencils – There has to be a market for this!

      OK, so I signed up to the newsletter months ago but I’m awful about opening up email. I just signed up for the SPRING box 🙂

    1. I didn’t have Fortune Teller but it was given to me as a gift. I honestly couldn’t believe I didn’t have it until now. It’s a gorgeous color.

  4. You had me at POL hair and body oil. I love the perfume and the oil is sublime. I’m splurging on all things oil this year.

    1. Same. I’m so happy with my oil purchases in general. And I think many of them (like the Opium I bought last month) smell just as wonderful as the perfumes but I also love what they do for my skin. For me, it’s about “cost per wear” and I’m wearing my oils much more frequently than my perfumes so I guess that makes it a better value 🙂

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