You can never go wrong with Edward Gorey.
Gorey was a 20th century artist/author with a macabre sense of humor and a grim visual style that has inspired countless artists and filmmakers. Gorey’s influence is all over Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, which has become the go-to source for Goth gift-giving.
But if you’ve run out of Jack Skellington miniatures to stuff in a stocking, try giving the Holy Grail of gallows humor: The Ghashlycrumb Tinies, an aberrant abecedarian in which 26 alphabetized adolescents meet an untimely, but alliterative death (such as “N is for Neville who died of ennui”). I have it on good authority that Santa will be bringing me a 2013 Tinies calendar this year.
You can find all of his books, prints, posters and other memorabilia at the Edward Gorey House Store, a museum/gift shop set inside his former Cape Cod home. Funds raised by the museum go to charities that support animal welfare, as Gorey was passionate about animal advocacy and conservation.
So, you can support a great cause and please the Goth on your shopping list with a set of Gorey notecards, filled with “Mysterious Messages, Cryptic Cards, Coded Conundrums, and Anonymous Notes,” or maybe a watch featuring “17 Cats of Maple Street.” There are mugs, puzzles, T-shirts and totes featuring such favorites as The Doubtful Guest and The Epileptic Bicycle.
Of course, you can purchase his collected works via the highly recommended Amphigorey series, and there’s even a Gorey tarot deck (which looks awesome). And it just wouldn’t be the holidays without The Twelve Terrors of Christmas.