Have a Goth friend with tastes that are far more macabre than yours? Despite popular stereotypes, Goths can be fun to hang out with, even if you don’t always understand their obsession with all things black. Goths can be particularly tough to give gifts to. What if they are offended by the rainbow coloured shirt you got? If you have Goth friends, here are several brief guidelines on how to find gifts for them:

Choose Black

Black is the “happy” colour for Goths. So regardless of what you are buying, if it’s black, then your friend will love it (most of the time at least). In other words, when in doubt, go with black. If you are buying clothes, jewellery, or personal items, pick them in a dark shade to impress your Goth friend. This rule applies to everything except plain t-shirts. Your Goth friend would have countless black tees so you are not getting him or her anything new. When it comes to t-shirts, choose a literally horrifying print. With everything else, favour dark shades.

Buy Stuff with Skulls on Them

Skulls are hugely favoured among Goths in all ages, genders, shapes and sizes. So, skull purses and handbags are always wins with Goth gift recipients. You can find many of these online and in speciality stores. These don’t cost much either, so it’s a win-win for both the gift giver and the recipient.

Coffin Iconography? Great Idea!

Not sure what to choose exactly for your Goth friend? If you see a coffin shaped anything, like coasters, dishes, wallets, or tin holders, then you are looking at a gift a Goth would kill for. Remember, Goths life macabre things and coffins are usually at the top of the list. Buy your Goth friend a useful item shaped like a coffin and he or she will love you forever.

Grim Reaper is a Major Yes

After coffins and skulls, the other big thing that gets Goths going is the Grim Reaper. Literally, the personification of death, stuff inspired by the Grim Reaper make great gifts for Goths. These days you can literally buy anything with the Grim Reaper on them. There are bed sheets, coffee mugs, earrings, and even bath bombs inspired by Death. You may hate them, but you Goth will go crazy for these gifts.

The More Macabre It is, the Better the Gift will be

As a simple rule, choose the most macabre thing you can find in the store for your Goth friend. If you see serving plates with human body parts painted on them, naturally, you would look for something else. But these are the things your Goth friends long to have in their kitchen. The more macabre you think it is, the more your friend will love it. So, don’t turn away from scary stuff, like syringe shaped pens, when buying gifts for your Goth friend.

Don’t Limit Yourself to Clothes and Accessories

Keep in mind that you can shop for many other Goth-targeted things other than apparel and accessories like jewellery. There are so many other things you can choose from, such as carpets, bedding, personal care items (like shampoos dyed like blood), that you can get for your friend.

Now you are a little more knowledgeable about how to shop for a fashion gift for a Goth friend. Go ahead and start applying your newfound knowledge in real life.