Nine Gift Choices for the Masculine of Center
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So you’re buying for a masculine person in your life and you’re leaning toward lingerie. Great! It is hard to buy underwear for other people, though, as Ann-Marie and The Lingerie Lesbian have discussed in holiday seasons past. So let me make some suggestions, and then give you some places to start looking. First, I’d like to ask all relatives to bow out of this one unless you’re a seasoned expert in masculine-of-center dressing: you’re too invested, it’s too weird, let someone else tackle this one.
However, if you’re a friend or significant other of someone who leans masculine, underwear can actually be a great gift: a lot of us wear a lot of Hanes 5-pack underwear, and this can be an opportunity to get us something a little nicer that we wouldn’t ordinarily buy for ourselves. Plus, pricing is on your side: there are so many options for masculine-of-center dressing that are under $50. Buying lingerie for other people is tricky, so I’m going to suggest you stick to things like underpants, socks, and accessories. Unlike the perils of fit and style that come with bra buying (or binder buying), boxers and briefs tend to be more versatile and more forgiving. And if your friend/lover is into dapper fashion, they will never, EVER have enough cool socks that complement their ties.
Find out this person’s size; don’t try to guess. Remember to think about this person’s typical color palette and taste. If you’re dating someone who likes to dress like Mad Max, maybe don’t buy them s’mores underpants, no matter how much you like them. You can always buy a pair for yourself; I’m sure they’d adore you in them. And now, the best lingerie gifts for masculine-dressing folks!
These lion boxers from ASOS look like a good fit for AFAB folks. I highly recommend browsing ASOS for lingerie gifts in general.
Price: $11.37 USD
Novelty socks of any kind are a moderately good gift; squid socks are a great gift. Via Sock It To Me.
Price: $11.50 USD
A recent addition to the TomboyX lineup, these briefs are adorable and androgynous.
Price: $14.00 USD
These socks would be amazing under a masculine suit or with everyday wear. Check out ASOS for other prints, including more masculine ones.
Price: $15.16 USD
For holding up said socks, nothing is more gentlemanly than sock garters. SockDreams has a selection, as do several online retailers.
Price: $16.00 USD
PlayOut is an explicitly queer company and all boxers are available in “women’s” and “men’s” cuts (a loose definition since the owners encourage buyers to try either.) Via PlayOut.
Price: 24.00 USD
Frank Dandy boxers come in all kinds of fun prints and are a little more of a luxury gift.
Price: 29.00 USD
Finally, may I suggest this rainbow of briefs available on ASOS? It’s also available in more subdued colorways, but I feel like the rainbow is both festive and gay. And nothing is more appropriate for holiday gift-giving than that.
Price: $37.90 USD
Which of these work for you? What are you giving your masculine-of-center friends and partners this holiday season?