2012 Holiday Gift Guide
|Written by Scott Holland on December 03 2012|
The Holidays are just a few weeks away and there are millions of items to choose from. Here are some of the items that came across my desk that impressed me These just might be the perfect gifts for your gay friends or loved ones. Have a wonderful holiday season!
The Gay Couple’s Guide to Wedding Planning: Everything Gay Men Need to Know to Create a Fun, Romantic and Memorable Ceremony by David Toussaint. This is the only wedding book that is dedicated to gay men only. Toussaint reveals everything gay couples need to know to alleviate the pressures from each and every stage of planning. $17.21 on Amazon.com
Paramount Home Media Distribution proudly presents one of the studio’s most iconic films, newly restored and in sparkling high definition for the first time ever; Sunset Boulevard. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and winner for Best Writing, Best Art Direction and Best Music, Sunset Boulevard was named by the American Film Institute as #12 on its list of the Greatest American Movies. Suggested Retail Price is $24.99
The original Reality TV singing winner (yes it’s been 10 years already) and now superstar, Kelly Clarkson, has recently released her Greatest Hits – Chapter One. This greatest hits compilation features three new tracks from Clarkson as well as a compilation of some of her greatest hits to date. Suggested retail preice is $11.99 and is available at KellyClarkson.com and stores nationwide.
Actress, singer, director, writer, composer, producer, designer, author, photographer, activist and gay community diva— Barbra Streisand defines the term “icon” in so many ways. On February 11, 2011, Barbra Streisand was honored as the MusiCares® Person of the Year. At a gala event in Los Angeles, Barbra and an all-star cast of guests including Tony Bennett, Faith Hill, Diana Krall, Barry Manilow, Seal, Stevie Wonder and more performed many of the songs she made famous throughout her illustrious career. Shout! Factory has recently released A MusiCares Tribute to Barbra Streisand, a collection of these never-before-seen performances on DVD and Blu-ray. Suggested retail price is $14.99 and is available at ShoutFactory.com and nationwide.
The world's favorite International Air Hostess touches down in money making Manhattan for her hilarious and long-awaited brand new live DVD, Pam Ann Non-Stop - Live from New York City. No one is spared from her ferocious and outrageous brand of comedy as Pam Ann takes off her pristine white gloves and delivers an unrelenting barrage of shoot-from-the-hip observations. Shocking and totally politically incorrect, the queen of the skies is plane filthy! Available at Amazon.com for only $19.99
Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer ($23, Macy’s) is a full coverage concealer for moderate to major localized skin flaws and imperfections. Available in 10 shades to perfectly match your tone, Quick-Fix provides buildable coverage that won’t enhance the appearance of wrinkles or pores, and leaves skin soft and comfortable.
Dermablend Smooth Indulgence SPF 20 Concealer ($22, Macy’s) provides twice the coverage of a classic concealer for up to 12 hours of wear (16 hours of wear with Setting Powder). A soft touch to skin, Smooth Indulgence Concealer evens complexion and won't enhance fine lines or surface imperfections. Provides all day hydration with SPF 20 Sunscreen.
Organic Male OM4 - 4 Products - 4 Steps - 4 Minutes - 4 Men
Striking a chord with males of all ages, Organic Male OM4 fuses natural, high quality ingredients with innovative suspension technologies to produce ground breaking formulas that are truly exclusive in the science of skin. Taking skin care by storm, Organic Male OM4 produces strikingly noticeable results by delivering an infusion of highly bio available, natural “skin food” to address the differences in male and female skin. This innovative range helps turn back the clock while finally taking the guess work out of skincare and is free of harmful chemicals such as parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate. Each four piece set targets a different skin type, addressing dry, normal, sensitive and oily yet guarantees an absolutely divine, eco-friendly experience. Each set retails for $170 however, products are sold separately.
Organic Male OM4 products are available at www.om4men.com
BookBook for iPhone 5 is the latest installment in the library of BookBooks. Open the beautifully-designed leather book and you’ll see a wallet on the left and a leather wrapped frame that securely holds your iPhone 5 on the right. Transfer your iPhone and the items in your wallet to this genuine leather book and you’ll have one less thing in your pocket or purse when you walk out the door. And, as long as you remember your phone, you’ll never forget your wallet again. $59.99 and is available at TwelveSouth.com
The iPad mini sports all the functionality of the full sized iPad. Apple has cut absolutely no corners with the mini, except literally only the size of the device. This top quality tablet is just small enough to fit in one hand (or a large pocket) and runs on 4G LTE speeds in models equipped with cellular capability. The mini is a knockout at web surfing, taking pictures, gaming, and perfect for reading an e-book. At the excellent starting price of $329 for a 16 GB, Wi-Fi only version, the iPad mini is an exceptional gift for a special someone, including yourself :), without breaking the bank! Apple.com
My new favorite cologne is La Nuit De L'homme by Yves Saint Laurent. This is a spicy /oriental fragrance for men and recommended for evening. Composed by three esteemed perfumers, anne flipo, pierre wargnye and dominique ropion the fragrance opens with cardamom with a heart that is strong and virile, with notes of bergamot, lavender and cedar. The base is deep and rich with cumin and vetiver. Suggested retail is $80 for 3.4 ounces and $62 for 2 ounces.
The N10Z [INTENSE] brand of male pheromone products has captured the rich, sophisticated and erotic smell of fresh leather and added male pheromones to create a new cologne called Leather by Intense. Leather by Intense takes one of the world’s most ruggedly masculine, intoxicating scents and merges it with the unique N10Z [INTENSE] male pheromone blend that countless men have sworn by for over a decade to promote attraction. Leather by Intense is available in a 2-ounce eau de toilette spray at a suggested retail price of $60.00. Leather by Intense will be available in stores worldwide as well as online retailers including Amazon.com and 10percent.com.
Kettle One Vodka – Launched in 1983 Ketel One is known for its ‘personality’ and is an Ultra-Premium vodka. Crafted from small batches, Ketel One vodka is crisp and sophisticated vodka. A Nolet family member approves every batch before it is allowed to leave the distillery. Available at all liquor store Price varies.
Thorny Rose Wines has recently launched its wine portfolio and has a user-friendly screw top cap with chic modern packaging. Thorny Rose Wines is the perfect wine to stay within your budget this holiday season. Whether you’re looking for a wine to serve at a holiday bash, bring as a hostess gift or use as a white elephant – Thorny Rose is your new partner in wine.
Thorny Rose offers a Chardonnay, Red Blend, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. $9.99
Baileys Irish Cream is always a favorite during the holidays. Not only is it an easy, ready-to-serve drink that can help take stress out of holiday entertaining, but it also makes a great hostess gift. And just in time for the holidays, Baileys has launched a new flavor – Baileys with a hint of Hazelnut. Now, the same popular flavor coffee enthusiasts have enjoyed for years can be savored all year long.
Bosley Hair Care Products
Healthy Hair Rebalancing & Finishing Treatment is a dual purpose treatment for the scalp and hair. The weightless treatment for all hair types may help rebalance dry and oily hair, relieve eczema symptoms, scalp itching, irritation and redness, condition hair and add shine. $24.95
Non-Aerosol Hairspray & FiberHold Spray is a fast-drying, humidity-resistant hairspray that creates thicker, fuller-looking hair with long-lasting body and hold for all hair types. Use alone or with Bosley Professional Strength Hair Thickening Fibers to increase the bond between natural hair and fibers for a more durable style. $16.95
Volumizing & Thickening Styling Mousse - Weightless, alcohol-free extra hold volumizing mousse; for all hair types. Infuses instant body and shine while it strengthens and thickens the hair shaft without flaking or dusting. This product is also humidity and heat-resistant. $15.95
Volumizing & Thickening Styling Hairspray - Weightless, alcohol-free extra hold volumizing finishing spray; for all hair types. Provides long-lasting body and shine and holds styles in place without build-up, stickiness or flaking. This product is also humidity and heat-resistant. $18.95
All Bosley Products are available at BosleyPro.com
2 great products fro Quirky.com. Quirky makes invention accessible by partnering with creative people around the world to bring new products to life.
Pen Zen$19.99. Pen Zen is great for the office, bathroom or kitchen! Have a student or artist in the house? Store pens and scissors or brushes and small tools to stay organized and keep your space looking stylish. Pen Zen's rubber extrusions act as magic fingers to hold your items in place. You can position your Pen Zen horizontally with the items extending out of the top, or stand it upright with the items extending out of the ends. Hidden magnets on the sides of the bamboo surface hold pins and small metal items in place. Pen Zen is great for small spaces and comes in black and blue. Pen Zen was the dream of Edwin van de Bospoort from Bennekom, Netherlands and was brought to life with the help of 910 influencers
Full Bottle Service - $24.99
Opening a bottle of wine during the holiday season is made easier with Verseur, a combination corkscrew, foil cutter, pour spout and bottle stopper. It's everything you need to open, serve, and save your favorite wines. This product was invented by Angelo Cacchione of Bassano del Grappa, Italy with the help of 648 influencers.
“I’m the Daddy!” has 2 purposes: 1) for new daddies and/or 2) for gay men that are daddies. These gifts are extra special saluting daddies of all kinds . Some of my favorite from the I’m The daddy line are: I’m The Daddy Hoodies ($54.95) available in Monterey Moss and Pacific Blue, I’m The Daddy Water Bottle ($10.95). Daddy Diaper Pack ($69.95). These are all available at Daddyscrubs.com