From “His” and “Hers” towel sets to “His” and “Hers” china cups that cost too much and no one uses, there is no dearth of wedding gifts for the bride and groom.

The happy groom and groom same-sex wedding Lucky Voodoo Dolls/Art and photo Ryn Gargulinski

But when it comes to same-sex marriages, finding suitable presents for the groom and groom or the bride and bride can be a bit of a challenge.

Enter Same-Sex Marriage Lucky Voodoo Dolls.

Before we proceed, we have to clear up that these are Lucky Voodoo Dolls, which means they only bring good things as long as you open your mind enough to enjoy them.

No black magic here. That stuff is way too scary.

The Lucky Voodoo Dolls are instead created with love and joy and blessed with the same – a perfect gift for the newlywed couple, as long as the couple, of course, has a sense of humor.*

While I’ve been making customized bride and groom Lucky Voodoo Dolls for several years – one even with a pregnant bride – the same-sex wedding doll idea was one of those eureka moments to fill a giant void in the wedding gift registry.

I’d like to say the idea came to me in a dream – but I’d be lying.

The idea instead came from an order across the country from a woman whose son and his partner enjoyed a civil ceremony in October.

Mom gave me a bit of insight into the two grooms: their passions, their favorite colors, their jobs, the fact that they both wore glasses.

Groom and groom same-sex marriage Lucky Voodoo Dolls/Art and photo Ryn Gargulinski

Voila – the happy couple was born.

Dolls measure approx. 12 inches high and created with recycled fabrics, gems, hardware parts and other items. Heads are lightweight Model Magic clay. Body frames from sticks lovingly culled from the Rillito River wash in Tucson. Sticks used to come from the yard of a Brooklyn church but I moved.

Now the problems of the world – or at least same sex marriage gifts – are solved. It would take more than a couple of Lucky Voodoo Dolls to solve the problems of the world.


Disclaimer: The author of this blog is also the artist who creates these dolls. So yes, this post is a blatant display of self-promotion. As a wise person once told me: If you don’t tell the world you exist, no one knows you’re there. That’s deep. Please e-mail for more info on things wise people said or Lucky Voodoo Dolls.

*Note on Lucky Voodoo Dolls: Dolls are fashioned with only good intentions and have even brought good fortune unless, like one woman, you hate the things. She made it perfectly clear she abhorred the dolls but thought her friend would like one as a gift. The woman’s bathroom ceiling crashed down when she brought the doll home to wrap it. Have a nice day.


Happy groom and groom same-sex marriage Lucky Voodoo Dolls/Art and photo Ryn Gargulinski

Traditional bride and groom Lucky Voodoo Dolls/Art and photo Ryn Gargulinski

What do you think?

Have you had trouble finding same sex wedding gifts?

What did you end up with?

What are some other good gifts for same sex couples?