The Holidays are just a bit more than 2 weeks away and there are millions of items to choose from. Here are some of the items that came across my desk that I like and I hope you do also. Some of these just might be the perfect gift(s) for your gay friends or loved ones. Speaking of loved ones, this year we included gift suggestions for your mom. Have a wonderful holiday season!
Alterna 2-Piece Bamboo Men’s Hair Essentials ($44, QVC and qvc.com): This kit features full-sezed Alterna Bamboo Men Invigorating Shampoo and Body Wash and Bamboo Men Conditioner and Shaving Cream. These popular 2-in-1 formulas provide head-to-toe cleansing and moisture for the hair and body. The conditioner doubles as a shaving cream to set up a clean, close shave.
Evolution Man ClayMaskevolution-man.com $48.00 2.0 oz (57 g): Transform your complexion from the inside out with Evolution man Resurfacing Clay Mask. This transformative mask is the closest at-home treatment you will find to a professional facial.
Boots No7 Mens Hydrating Shave Kit $20, available at Walgreens and Walgreens.com. Includes: Anti- Friction Shave Gel; Post Shave Recovery Balm, Men’s Energizing (spelled correctly) Face Wash and the exclusive Boots3 blade razor. Check out Walgreens’ coupon page for monthly savings.
Spirits and Wines
Bluecoat Gin – is a dry gin that has refreshingly sweet aromatics, with notes of that earthy juniper. The body is intensely smooth and features complex flavors that slowly emerge on the palate. The citrus peel blend offers Bluecoat an exceptionally long, bright citrus finish. $27.99
Baron Cooper Wine – The inspiration for the company’s name was the Habashi family’s new rescue dog, Baron Cooper, a Manchester Terrier, adopted from their local Humane Society. In honor of the company’s namesake, one percent of all sales are donated to Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare organization focused on saving the lives of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Baron Cooper Wines are available nationally where wines are spirits are sold and the prices vary, but the delicious 2010 Red Wine Blend is only $13.99 a bottle.
Casa Noble – The Casa Noble family of triple-distilled organic tequilas are noted for being one of the world’s finest ultra-premium spirits and a personal favorite of music legend Santana, Casa Noble hand-crafted tequilas are USDA/CCOF organic certified, and KMD/ CK Kosher certified. Each tequila in the Casa Noble portfolio is available in 750ml size with SRP ranging from $39.95 for the Crystal; $49.95 for the Reposado; $59.95 for the Añejo.
Winestyr.com Wines – A curated collection of the best small-production wines you won’t find on store shelves. delivered quickly and conveniently to your door. “At Winestyr, it’s our mission to discover the country’s best small production wines. We seek out real wines made by genuine people. We’ve personally met all of the producers we work with and tasted hundreds of wines; Winestyr is a collection of our favorites.” Winestyr is the benchmark in the wine industry when it comes to curation and gifting. They custom designed all of our own packaging to be the most beautiful and elegant in the wine industry. We spent painstaking hours perfecting every part to ensure that the customer experience is perfect. Prices Vary.
Jenni Rivera La Gran Señora Tequila – Jenni Rivera La Gran Señora Tequila was an idea of Jenni Rivera to compete with the Don’s of the tequila world, just as she did in her music.Variations: Blanco ($39) Reposado ($45.99) Añejo ($49.99)
Merona Men’s Chronograph Watch Set in Blue, $29.99 Merona Men’s Pocket Squares in Blue Polka Dot Print and Navy Handkerchief Print, $12.99 each. Both Available at Target and target.com
Lucky Dog Leather Leather Cord Bracelets with Crystal and Silver Beads – combines the highest quality Leather cord with beautiful crystals set in sterling silver. This is a bracelet makes a truly special gift and the two styles are perfect for a couple to wear. These styles bring together elegance and masculinity in perfect balance. luckydogleather.com $79-$89
Argenti Designer Jewelers new Leather and Stainless Steel Men’s Bracelets with a “Classic Edge” to them. Mark has exclusively designed an enormous selection of leather and stainless men’s bracelets and they are all sale priced at only $45.00 each. argentidesignerjewelers.com
Guitar Pick Pendant – Show him how much he rocks with this stylish piece. Made of fine (.999) silver, this charm can be personalized with a name of up to 10 characters, as well as a date. The perfect holiday gift for the special guy on your list! $78.00 IsabelleGraceJewelry.com
LSTN is the gift that gives back. It is a successful social enterprise that was founded by Bridget Hilton and Joe Huff. LSTN produces high quality headphones from reclaimed wood. Bridget and Joe didn’t want to start just a headphone company, they wanted to start a company that could change the world through the power of music. For every pair sold, they help provide hearing aids to a person in need! In under 2 years, LSTN has been able to give the gift of sound to over 15,000 people through Starkey in the U.S., Peru, Kenya and Uganda. LSTN brand offers three styles in three colors (beech, cherry and ebony): ear buds, over-ear foldable headphones and regular over-ear. lstnheadphones.com $127.50
Garment Weekend Bag in Brown Leather – $585 – www.KnotStandard.comThe Garment Weekender combines the functionality of a garment bag with the pack-it-up portability of a weekender or duffel bag. Made with oiled pebbled calf skin leather, stainless steel hardware, premium YKK zippers, it is both the most uniquely designed and best-looking bag on the market today.
ElevenSkin Anti-Aging System – elevenskin.comUsing natural ingredients such as seaweed, sage leaf oil, and green-tea leaf extract, the ElevenSkin Anti-Aging System strips skin of its impurities and revitalizes its natural glow. Refresh Cleanser; Hydrate Serum, Smooth Eye Crème andProtect Day Crème. The set is $39.95 on ww.tryelevenskin.com. You can purchase the products individually at www.elevenskin.com with the prices being as follows: Refresh: $42.00; Hydrate: $40.00; Smooth: $35.00; Protect: $30.00
Pedi Princess, the flip flop that is revolutionizing the way women receive a pedicure, because they have rhinestoned toe separators making them the perfect pedicure sandal—just polish and go! Pedi Princess flip-flops retail for $12- $20. www.shop.pediprincess.com
Clutchette Power—$49.99- With Clutchette Power by Chic Buds, phone charging convenience is in the bag…literally! Inside each Clutchette is a lightweight, ultrathin battery to recharge smart phones and USB devices on-the-go. So light it’s practically undetectable! chicbuds.com
Luv Buds-tangle-free ear buds with the first-ever flat-chord design in tons of trendy patterns and colors – $14.99. Luv Buds are amazingly stylish and tangle-free earbuds that not only look great, but deliver quality mega sound! Super chic and easy to store.
Sing for Hope Volunteer Artists, a New York City based national non-profit organization that helps artists give back to their community, gathered more than 70 of classical music’s biggest stars, to create a new classical music CD: “An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope.” Proceeds from the album will support amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research funding critical HIV/AIDS cure-focused research. The album is available for purchase nationwide $19.95.
Just in time for the holidays…The Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga collector’s edition box set comes with not only the deluxe edition of the critically acclaimed album, but an exclusive 7″ vinyl of “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and “Cheek To Cheek”, an embroidered, monogrammed, handkerchief with Tony’s initials and Gaga’s lipstick print, personal snapshots of Tony and Gaga, and Cheek To Cheek sheet music autographed by Tony with a special, personal message to Gaga. http://smarturl.it/CheekToCheekBox. All housed in a black leather-finished box to hold all items $149.99.
Hercules – Fast-paced and packed with eye-popping action” (Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News), Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures wildly entertaining epic adventure HERCULES from Paramount Home Media Distribution. $49.99 U.S. (Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack); $39.99 U.S. (Blu-ray Combo Pack); $29.99 U.S. (DVD)
Aretha Franklin, the incomparable “Queen of Soul,” recently released her highly anticipated brand new studio LP “Aretha Franklin sings the Great Diva Classics.” Available nationwide and at Target.com for only $9.99
Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes – This is a Christmas album recorded by Tony Award winning singer/actor Idina Menzel and features all your favorite Christmas songs. The CD is only $10.98 at Amazon.com, also available at all major retailers.
24: Live Another Day, also known as Day 9, was a 24limited event television series consisting of twelve episodes. Set four years after the events of season 8, it adheres to the real time concept of covering the events of a 24-hour period and begins and ends at 11:00 a.m. However, there is a 12-hour time jump within the final episode. Available nationwide price varies.
Does holiday planning cause you stress and angst? Then the “The No-Stress Holiday Organizer: An All-in-One Guide to Planning and Recording Your Holidays” is the perfect book for you Mitigate stress and enjoy the holidays more with “The No-Stress Holiday Organizer.” Available at BarnesandNoble.com for $12.40. Also available at most book stores.
Sex Happens by Arlen Keith Leight Ph.D. is, quite simply, a book for any gay man at a turning point in his relationship life. Think of it as months of working with a clinical sex therapist, but without having to pay for the weekly sessions! $17.37 on Amazon.com
The North American Whiskey Guide From Behind The Bar, Real Bartenders’ Reviews of More Than 250 Whiskeys–Includes 30 Standout Cocktail Recipes by Chad Berkey, Jeremy LeBlanc – $15.13 at Walmart.com.
In Porn Again: A Memoir, Josh Sabarra throws open the proverbial closet – and bedroom – doors, taking readers on a Hollywood thrill-ride through growing up, coming out, coming of age and finally finding himself at 40. Despite being a high-level entertainment executive, Josh was still a virgin at 31. Uncomfortable in his own skin, haunted by painful childhood memories, he kept laser-focused on building an unparalleled career trajectory at the expense of his personal life. The gay best friend you always wanted, Josh Sabarra delivers a whip-smart, poignant memoir set against a glittering backdrop that is at once heartbreaking, glamorous, sexy and hilariously honest.$16.98/$9.99 (Paperback/eBook) at Amazon.com
dr.a.g. is This Holigay’s Perfect Stocking Stuffer, …with Twenty Never-Before-Seen Images. Unwrap your favorite drag superstar this holiday! Christopher Logan’s remarkable coffee table book, dr.a.g., filled with photographs of iconic queens by the industry’s leading photographers, makes the perfect stocking stuffer. Christopher Logans’ dr.a.g is available for purchase now on Amazon.com. For more information, visit bookthefilm.com. $39.99
I Am Sophie Tucker – Hardover is $20.65 at Amazon.com. Part fairy tale, part crime novel, part rags to riches Hollywood myth, I Am Sophie Tucker tells the outrageous story of one of showbiz’s biggest personalities. From 1906 through the beginning of television, Sophie Tucker and her bawdy, brash, and risqué songs paved the way for performers such as West, Monroe, Midler, Cher, Madonna, and Gaga.
Rentboy.com Players 2015 Mini Wall Calendar – Competition is fierce among the best male escorts in the world including Boomer Banks, Ryan Rose, Aleks Buldocek, Blue Bailey, Nick Sterling, Tyson Tyler, Leo Sweetwood, Israel Oka, Mike Tanner, Tony Orion, and Joseph Rough. Photos by Dick Mitchell, Kevin D. Hoover, and WilsonModels. From $7.99
2015 Andrew Christian Wet Dreams 12 Month Calendar Have sweet dreams all 2015. Don’t even think about hanging it in your office. I suggest you hang over your headboard, and if you’re feeling restless one night, you can count muscles instead of sheep. $4.95 at AndrewChristian.com
Stainless Steel Airtight Watertight Food Storage Container – 16 cm / 6 1/4″ This line of versatile, round, airtight and watertight, high quality food storage containers is one an absolute favorite product and can be used just about every single day for lunches, leftovers, snacks and eating on the go. Replacement lids can be purchased separately. $23.95
3-Piece Stainless Steel Dish Set This dish set is it. Made of the highest quality 18-8 food grade 304 stainless steel, the unbreakable set includes a good-sized plate with special flattened sides to make it easy for small hands to carry. There is also an insulated, double-walled bowl and tumbler to protect those same hands from hot foods and liquids. They keep warm things warm, and cool things cool! $32.95
Numi Indulgent Tea (NEW for 2014! $7.99/box) NumiTea.com. A new line of chocolate teas in four flavors – Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Rooibos, Chocolate Spice and Chocolate Earl Grey – that will launch in stores this fall. Numi Indulgent Teasare certified organic, verified non-GMO, Fair Trade Certified, and made with 100% real ingredients (not “natural” flavorings, or perfumes) including real cacao powder.
Numi Flowering Tea™ Set in Bamboo – $39.99 Packaged in an exotic, hand-made, dark mahogany bamboo case, this gift set holds a box of Numi’s Enchanted Blossoms Flowering Tea that is filled with handsewn tea leaves and flowers, and a 16 oz. glass teapot through which to observe the blooming tea petals.
Steeping Mug ($23.95) is their best-selling teaware! This loose tea mug with infuser and lid is masterfully handcrafted in porcelain. It’s a modern tea mug that allows you to brew leaf tea as easily as a tea bag, but with more style and better taste. The large-volume infuser allows room for loose tea leaves to unfurl and release their full flavor and aroma into the brew. The lid keeps your tea hot while steeping and doubles as a saucer for the infuser when you’re done steeping.
Premium Loose Leaf Tea – Prices start at $8 and there are more flavors then I could possibly mention!
Host Freeze Cooling Pint Glass – HostStudios.com $17.99. Say goodbye to lukewarm drinks with this versatile and reusable glass. HOST’s proprietary freezer gel is precisely engineered to keep your beverage perfectly cold for hours.
Cun[tees] was inspired by Madonna and drag queens! They’ve become especially popular for their ‘Shade’ collection (http://whatsthetee.net/collections/shade). They make the perfect gift and stocking stuffer for every shady queen in your life Prices Vary from around 25 to $60.
So Well Gourmet Pink Himalayan Salt Block 8” Round – $34.95 Used by gourmet chefs, these solid Himalayan salt blocks make unique presentation platters, plates, cooking tiles and small cutting boards. So Well Salt blocks are naturally artisan-crafted from fair trade sourced primordial ocean deposits that have been protected in the remote, pristine Himalayan Mountains for 250 million years.
USB So Well Fair trade Computer Companion Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamp-White Round – $24.95. Computers and wireless devices create unhealthy electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Keeping a Crystal Salt lamp next to your computer helps counter EMF (electromagnetic radiation) organically, because these ancient crystals resonate at a frequency nearly identical to our bodies. An ideal gift for your favorite student or traveler and they simply plug into your computer’s USB port for power. Medium 5-7lb So Well Fair trade Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamps with Dimmer Cord – $34.95
Attractive room accents “with benefits.”- Many people purchase Crystal Salt Lamps for their unique inner glow and warm light as well as their therapeutic benefits. Their deep, serene glow is caused by their rich mineral content. Their natural colors add a sense of serenity and a relaxing feel to homes and offices. As a result, many therapists, feng shui and healing practitioners, doctors, Reiki masters, and others include salt lamps in their offices and waiting rooms. Fully backed by our 90-day satisfaction guarantee.
Nudo: Adopt An Olive Tree Or Tea Garden – Allows you to enjoy the harvest of an olive tree or a Darjeeling tea garden that you’ve “adopted,” either for yourself or as a gift. Nudo also allows you to enjoy their foods without adopting a tree or garden. Shop or adopt at NudoAdopt.com Prices vary.
Mod Shop – Features many styles of throw pillows, but one of my favorite is the Zig Zag collection consisting of three key Colors: aqua, yellow and grey – all of which can be layered to create a bold and beautiful statement in any room! This collection also is sewn by hand and created using a soft linen. Zig Zag Oatmeal pillow is $70, and the Zig Zag Ombre Yellow are priced at 34.99. ModShop.com