Bisexuals are too often underrepresented in LGBTQ+ gift guides or excluded altogether so here’s a bisexual-specific gift guide to support and love on the bisexual people in your life this holiday season. As a bisexual person, here’s some gifts I would love to receive that not only validate my sexuality, but make me feel loved and cherished!
Vinyl Records by Iconic Bisexual Artists
Music is one way people can feel seen and listened to when they come out as bisexual, which is why a record by a proud and out bisexual artist like Janelle Monáe, Halsey, or Victoria Monét. Tickets to live shows are also an amazing way to connect with other bisexual people in the audience from around the world! Here are some record suggestions:
Favorite Bisexual Character’s Merch
Bisexuals may continue to be vastly underrepresented on television, but there are a few characters who may instantly come to mind for the bisexuals in your life. You can support them by gifting mugs, T-shirts, or inspirational quote cards featuring bicons to remind them how rad they really are.
Some iconic bisexual animated characters include Luz Noceda from The Owl House, Korra from Legend of Korra, Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time and Bob Belcher from Bob’s Burgers, to name a few!
Some of our favorite bisexual characters from real life film include Detective Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) from How to Get Away with Murder, Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) from Grey’s Anatomy, Darryl Whitefeather (Peter Gardner) from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) from The Good Place and Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) from The Magicians.
Artwork that Celebrates Bisexuality
If you are considering something more artsy, why not commission a bisexual artist to create something profoundly bisexual in honor of your friend! Commissions, ready to buy prints, and even small postcards can be extra meaningful around the holidays. Why not use gift money to support a bisexual artist and help your bi person feel seen and treasured. Here are some bi-owned Etsy shops to support:
Books with Badass Bisexual Main Characters or by Bisexual Authors
Maybe your favorite bisexual loves to read, be sure to give them books with out and proud bisexual main characters from their favorite genres, or authors! I recommend young adult books like the Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman (recently adapted for television on Netflix), Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar, or This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender.
You may also consider supporting bisexual authors like Alice Walker (The Color Purple), Carmen Maria Machado (In the Dream House), Roxane Gay (How to Be Heard), Michael Chabon, (Moonglow), and Virginia Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway).
Gifts with Subtle Bisexual Pride Themes
The colors of the bisexual flag are blue, purple and pink. You may decide to order a custom ornament, picture frame, Christmas stocking, or menorah that features these colors as a thoughtful and personal gift for the bisexual friends in your life. Something as cozy as mittens, fuzzy socks, or a winter cap can be just as fun as a classy “bi-con” mug.
Whatever your gift, the holiday season is a great time to remind the bisexual people in your life how important they are to you, in all their bisexual gloriousness! Whether someone is newly out as bisexual, or has known they are bisexual for years, it never hurts to affirm and support someone’s identity.