6 sexy Valentine’s Day gifts for the travel lover in your life

Man surprising boyfriend with red gift box in hand.

2023 is overflowing with love toward LGBTQ+ travelers. This year, queer jet setters can look forward to Bad Bunny headlining at Coachella, an Animalia-themed Burning Man, Gay Games hosted across 2 hemispheres, and of course, Beyonce’s much-anticipated tour. So this Valentine’s Day, show your travel-loving partner how much you love them with one of these gifts they can use on the beaches of Provincetown, the playa of Black Rock City, or within the throngs of the BeyHive.

Your Right To Bear Skin

Love comes in all shapes and sizes, which is why Bear Skn offers a variety of underwear and swimsuits up to size 6XL. For Valentine’s Day, consider snatching a pair of crimson briefs from their Red Comfort collection for your favorite zoftig zaddy. It’ll make a perfect outfit for shaking his ass on the dance floor of Provincetown’s My Slutty Valentine Underwear Party with all the other otters, pups, and daddy bears.

Nuts ‘n DOLTS

Put a twist on the traditional Valentine’s Day gift of jewelry with a handcrafted, metallic harness from the San Francisco-based company DOLT. These forever pieces are engineered to be lightweight enough that you can dance the night away unencumbered, yet durable enough that your dance partner can yank you around without breaking it.

(Half)Face Forward

It’s not surprising that the big brain behind San Francisco’s popular Young Hearts party also offers Valentine’s Day gift options for your partying sweetheart. Multihyphenate artist-designer-party promoter Simón Malvaez has adapted his distinct fine art aesthetic into a line of swimwear, most notably with his Half Face Brief. This chiaroscuro speedo is a perfect piece for strutting across the beaches of Puerto Vallarta this summer.

My Sweaty Valentine

If your romantic partner is one of the many queer wrestlers flying down to Guadalajara this November for the Gay Games, show your support by gifting him a geek-chic singlet from Tri-Titans. This Los Angeles-based athletic apparel company specializes in pop culture iconography, straddling the perineum between “jock” and “nerd,” and offers designs based on Loony Toons, Wolverine, and Dragon Ball’s Goku, to name a few.

A Pup (Player) Named Scooby-Doo

Prominent pup player Paul Charles (@gaycomicgeek) sporting a Scoobie Collar from Etsy creator SilentEmotions. Photo provided by Paul Charles.

This year’s Burning Man theme is Animalia, a bacchanalia celebrating all things bestial. If your boo is planning on braving the dust-stained playa of Black Rock City this summer, give him a fashionable headstart with this Scooby-Doo-inspired chocker from Etsy designer SilentEmotions. It’s a perfect gift for your Burner bae, pup-playing partner, or queer cartoon connoisseur.

Sweets for your Sweetie

One of the most traditional Valentine’s Day presents one can give is an assortment of candies. So put a spin on this classic gift with some of MadamMunchie’s cannabis-infused confections. Her specialty is marijuana macarons, but for those romantic partners who often fly, the strawberry-flavored French Gummies are an ideal, non-melting treat that will make their flights a much more chill experience. Give your queer cannabis cognoscente the gift of flying high while they are “flying high.”

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