Wedding (or Valentine’s day) gifts are fun to shop for no matter who the couple is, although it can be tough if you are not super close to them to buy personal gifts. It is no different to buy a gift for a same sex couple than for any other couple that is sharing their love and lives through marriage. It is a joyous, special day for them; maybe even more so if they have had to wait to marry due to laws that did not allow it in their state.
If you are close to the couple or to one of them, it makes it even more fun to shop. You can be traditional or you can get funky and creative. Finding the perfect gift is so rewarding! Here are some great tips and ideas for the best same sex wedding presents for gay couples.
Personalized wedding or Valentine’s day gifts are always amazing! There are very nice even eclectic items that you can find online that are made especially for same sex marriages or for gay couples anytime. Cafe Press is the perfect one-stop shopping for a myriad of items geared specifically for gay couples. Just a sample of items:
• Drinking glasses
• Coffee cups
• Shirts and sweatshirts
• Water bottles
• Tote bags
• Wedding cards
• Flip-flops with wedding rings and rainbows
For actually personalized items, you can order ahead for customization. Customgayweddinggifts.com has a huge selection wedding items for gay couples. From presents to invitations and RSVP cards.
• Custom ornaments
• Gift wrapping
• Wedding frames
• Personalized frames
• Ceramic tiles- Decorative
• Paper napkins
• Cake toppers
Another site that has personalized items is thatgaysite.com. These are unique, off the wall items that are super fun.
• Personalized clothing hangers
• Home Decor that is personal
• His & His or Hers & Hers pillow cases
• Wedding cards
For handmade items or supplies to make a wedding gift for your gay couple try Etsy. The options on there are endless. Many sellers will also customize by special order. A sampling of a few ideas are listed below:
• Tuxedo origami wall decor
• Boy meets boy luggage tags
• Couples heart maps in frame- a heart made from two maps of where each were born, in a wood frame
• Mrs. & Mrs. or Mr. & Mr. burlap pillow
Other great ideas, that are not purchased items per se can have a various range. You could know the couple very well and come up with your own special personalized idea that is unique to them. Here are some general ideas that might stoke your creativity:
• Gift card basket- With gift cards to special places to the couple
• A weekend spa get-away or whatever they would like
• Housecleaning package for a month
• Car detailing packages for the car buffs
No matter what gift you choose your friends or family will be thrilled that you are sharing their special day. You can’t go wrong with something personal and from your heart. It shows how much you care and that you thought about them deeply when choosing their gift.
People will remember the name ‘Chad Allen’ from the 1980’s and the 1990’s especially, but his is not a name that rolls off the tongue from any time period exactly. He is a lesser known and moderately famous actor who has had a fruitful career without managing to become too much of a household name. The fans of the popular 1990’s series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman will remember Chad Allen, and people who were teenagers or twenty-somethings in the 1980’s will remember him from his teen idol days.
Interestingly, agreed to join the cast of the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman pilot in order to raise money for college, a familiar narrative for people in that age group. He didn’t think that the series would go on for any longer than that pilot. To his surprise, it went on for six years. He starred as the character Matthew Cooper, and he participated in a full 147 episodes.
Chad Allen’s career didn’t end then. He has had a large number of minor or guest roles in television series. His resume almost reads like a list of the most popular television shows of the last thirty years or so. However, Chad Allen might be more well-known today as a gay actor. In a time period in which gay actors can finally share their personal stories, Chad Allen is going to show up on lists of gay actors, and many people are familiar with his quotes related to gay rights and the portrayal of gay characters. Chad Allen was outed as gay in 1996, during a time period when only one in four people were in favor of gay marriage. Still, he become an LGBT activist and soldiered on through despite the setback.
Chad Allen has been in a relationship with his partner Jeremy Glazer since 2005, so his personal life has been relatively stable for a while now. In terms of his family life, it is interesting that Chad Allen was brought up in a dedicated Catholic home. He still regards himself as spiritual. For the most part, Chad Allen’s past and present seems to defy the stereotypes about actors in general as well as gay actors. He has not had a life without conflict, but he has not had a tragic life either.