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Gift Guide 2011
59 Gift Ideas for Anyone & Everyone
Stephan Horbelt
11/23/2011

GIFTS FOR THE PARTY HOST

1. FOR THE LOVER OF BUBBLY
The Golden Moët Imperial Gift Box is an innovative chill box disguised as a beautifully wrapped gift and tied with a golden bow. Inside is a 750ml bottle of Moët Imperial, fresh and ready to pop! $39.95, moet.com

2. FOR THE JETSETTER
Spark an adventure with Bon Voyage, a gift to inspire the recipient’s next escape. The set features a coffee table book, personalized travel advice from a Jetsetter expert and a travel journal to capture every memorable moment. $199, jetsetter.com

3. FOR THE ARTSY DRINKER
Van Gogh Vodka has been considered a pioneer of flavored vodka, thanks to its ability to create vibrant and authentic flavors. With close to 20 flavors in its portfolio already, they have recently introduced two new flavored vodkas—Rich Dark Chocolate and Cool Peach. $27, vangoghvodka.com

4. FOR THE ELITIST
Stoli elit is a taste above all other vodkas, meant for the discerning gentleman. It’s a luxury ‘sipper’ vodka, and it’s presented in a sleek, sophisticated, heavy glass and matte finished bottle. $59.99, elitbystoli.com

5. FOR THE HEAVY PARTIER
Cabo Wabo Tequila is the original rock ‘n roll elixir, founded by Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar. This party pack includes a 750ml bottle and a five-song download card, so that you (or your giftee) can embrace the true spirit of Cabo! $39, cabowabo.com


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1. FOR THE PEACE-LOVING DIARIST
For the one on your list who wields words with the utmost care, especially the most dangerous ones, this collection of three Armed Notebooks converts symbols of violence into tools for peace—and each has a tough PVC cover. The set includes one Grenade, one Knife and one Revolver. $45

2. FOR THE POP ART LOVER
Minneapolis-based designer Kii Arens created this vibrant satin pillow, featuring two luscious, color-saturated rainbow ice pops. Arens’ signature is printed on the bottom for a Warholian touch your groovy friend will appreciate. $38

3. FOR YOUR HONEY PIE
The stylish Clear Hive Honey Set isn’t just a honey pot—it’s a work of art inspired by the natural geometric structure of honeycombs, and is made by beekeepers for honey enthusiasts. Included is a clear glass honey pot, capped cell lid and a Bee’s Butt dipper made from sustainably grown American Sugar Maple. $53

4. FOR THE HOME BARTENDER
Instead of buying booze for the discerning drinker on your list, present them with this dry cocktail station. The Bottle Bucket includes a built-in bottle-holder that keeps your labels dry and presentable. The Drain Scoop, on the other hand, has slots that drain excess water from your ice before it drowns your cocktail. Together they’re invincible. $53

GIFTS FOR YOUR FURRY FRIEND

1. FOR THE DOG WHO KNOWS THERE’S ‘NO PLACE LIKE HOME’
The Wizard of Oz Emerald Red Swarovski Dog Collar is the ultimate in glam collar style. Red and clear rhinestones are fixed to a sterling silver base and set on a lush red velvet collar. $75, poshpuppyboutique.com

2. FOR THE DOG DESTINED FOR STARDOM
This genuine Latigo leather collar has powder-coated 24K gold stars, and best of all, Platinum Pets offers Frontiers readers 20 percent off when ordering on Amazon.com—enter HRPZZ06B at checkout! $19.45-34.54, platinumpetsUSA.com

3. FOR THE PAMPERED POOCH
The BowHaus by DenHaus is a perfect retreat for small dogs in big cities who crave a comfy spot to retire after a long day pounding the hard concrete or playing in the park. $599.99, denhaus.com


GIFTS FOR READERS
1. FOR THE HOLLYWOOD HISTORIAN
Follow Hollywood from its dusty origins to its meteoric rise to stardom to its eventual decline and current renewal in The Story of Hollywood, now available in a limited softcover edition. $49.95 ($23.10), storyofhollywood.com (amazon.com)

2. FOR THE SHOWTUNES QUEEN

In the style of a high school yearbook, Playbill Books—part of the company that designs the programs for every Broadway show—has created the ultimate scrapbook. The Playbill Broadway Yearbook is an all-access pass to Broadway’s backstages. $39.99, applausebooks.com

3. FOR THE LOVER OF POLITICS (AND CARTOONS)
John DeSalvio’s God Told Me to Draw These is a compilation of political cartoons, interviews and columns on various topics written by DeSalvio for various weekly and monthly NorCal newspapers and magazines. You’ll appreciate his sly wit and sense of humor. $18, lulu.com

4. FOR BUTCH BAD-ASSES
Longtime LGBT journalist and butch advocate Jeanne Córdova has written a deeply personal account of being a radical lesbian activist during the often-dangerous 1970s—When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love & Revolution. $14.95 ($10 on Amazon), jeannecordova.com

5. FOR AGING POLITICOS
After a lifetime in the thick of politics, David Mixner explores his inner Thoreau. At Home With Myself: Stories from the Hills of Turkey Hollow looks at his historical career through the lens of quiet natural beauty. $12.11, amazon.com

6. FOR LEATHER LOVERS
The new biography of the openly gay businessman who created the famous Mr. Leather contest—Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow—also features more than 300 images, including murals and drawings by Dom “Etienne” Orejudos and posters for International Mr. Leather. $24.99 for B/W, $79.99 for color, amazon.com

7. FOR THE MAN’S MAN
The images of gay men in Blake Little’s The Company of Men shatter mainstream gay stereotypes and underscore that masculinity lies beyond sexuality.  Little illuminates an inconspicuous subculture that extends through rural communities, small towns and cities across the U.S. $50, companyofmenbook.com

8. FOR THE ROCK ‘N ROLL LOVER
All Access: The Rock ‘n Roll Photography of Ken Regan features never-before-seen images of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and tons of other rock legends. Let rock history unfold in your fingertips. $47.25, amazon.com

9. FOR THE ASPIRING FEMALE IMPERSONATOR
Jim Flint: The Boy From Peoria by Tracy Baim and Owen Keehnen is a biography of Flint (aka Felicia), the courageous owner of the world-famous Baton Show Lounge, a famous female impersonation club in the 1960s and ‘70s. Flint also created the Continental Pageant System in the ‘80s. $29.95 for B/W, $89 for deluxe color edition, amazon.com

10. FOR THE OBAMA AFICIONADO
Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage is a book of essays edited by longtime Chicago-based journalist Tracy Baim. It shows the trajectory of Obama’s positions on gay issues, including a piece by Frontiers News Editor Karen Ocamb. $24.99 ($13 Amazon), obamaandthegays.com


GIFTS FOR ANYONE & EVERYONE

1. FOR THE LUXURY SEEKER
For the 2011 holiday season, Audi is releasing a limited run of its sporty and sleek S5, the S5 4.2 Special Edition, with exclusive equipment including a gray pearl effect, bi-color sport seats, silver contrast stitching throughout the interior, carbon fiber inlays and Piano Black instrument panel surround. $69,900, audiusa.com


2. FOR YOUR PRINCE WHO NEEDS PAMPERING
Le Posh is a fresh spin on the traditional day spa. Their Men’s Signature Package is a four and a half-hour treatment that includes a deep tissue massage, foot reflexology treatment, facial, manicure and pedicure. $330. Le Posh Salon | Spa | Lounge, 7551 W. Sunset Blvd. salonleposh.com

3. FOR THE LUXE TRAVELER
Kumi Kookoon—the finest maker of silk bedding, loungewear and accessories—has come out with this Luxe Holiday Travel Kit, which includes a silk throw, eye mask, travel pillow and case with a bag. There’s no reason not to be comfortable, even when traveling! $495, kumikookoon.com

4. FOR THE LAZY GATOR FAN
A perfect present for the ultimate lounger, this Lacoste bathrobe will keep someone cozy and comfortable while keeping them in style. Few things are as timelessly cool as the classic French crocodile. $95, lacoste.com


5. FOR THE FRIEND WHO DESERVES FLAWLESS SKIN
Organic RegiMENS is a new skin care line for the modern man that includes a clarifying face wash, microfine face scrub, oil free face lotion and an ultra smooth shave formula—and travel sizes of each! $25-36 ($10-19 for travel sizes), organicregimens.com

6. FOR THE TECH-SAVVY PHOTOGRAPHER
The Casio TRYX—a sleek, easy-to-carry point-and-shoot that breaks the mold in camera design and function—has the ability to twist and turn into an almost limitless number of positions. You’ll rethink the compact camera while taking effortless self-portraits and wide-angle group shots. $249.99, casio.com

7. FOR THE STRESSED-OUT YOGI
A modern take on the beds of nails yogis used thousands of years ago to naturally stimulate the release of endorphins and oxytocin, the body’s own pain relief hormone, the Halsa Wellness Mat consists of 8,820 soft spikes that stimulate your body’s acupressure points. $39.95, halsamat.com

8. FOR THE MILITARY MAN

This fall, 2(x)ist introduced Military, a line of men’s underwear modeled after modern combat uniforms and body armor. The line reinforces masculine features, is available in a variety of low-rise cuts and is made from a very breathable Pique-Fle(x) cotton. $20-28, shop.2xist.com

9. FOR THAT FRIEND WITHOUT CABLE
Hulu Plus gives users instant access to hit TV shows and classic movies anytime in HD. You can stream any current season episode from top shows, catch up on full back seasons or explore hundreds of acclaimed films. Hulu Plus gift cards are the perfect gift for tons of people in your life. Available for purchase at Best Buy. hulu.com

10. FOR THE CONSTANT DIETER
People find it difficult to stick with a new routine, but fitness device MYTRAK gives people a technological solution, tracking and analyzing the user’s lifestyle while they are doing whatever it is they do. While wearing the device, press the button to instantly see your health circle. The more green the circle is, the closer you are to reaching your daily goal. $99.95, mytrak.com

11. FOR THE MAN WHO DEMANDS MAXIMUM UTILITY
Sized for use with day trips, office commutes or as a smaller carry-on, the RUSH 12 backpack was designed by a special ops combat veteran to hold everything you need. Made for use by law enforcement and the military, this bag will last forever. $149.99, 511tactical.com

12. FOR THE GYM RAT
The iWatchz patent-pending clip system lets you wear your iPod nano 6G like a watch. Comfortably fastened on your wrist, the nano band lets you keep your nano close and your tunes even closer. $24.95-89.95. iwatchz.com

13. FOR THE WARHOL ENTHUSIAST
Less than 2,000 editions of this set are available worldwide, containing four vinyl records, three CDs, liner notes, artist photos and 16 12X12” color offset lithographs. A deluxe edition (85 worldwide) includes signed and numbered original silkscreens. $600, fifteenminutesonline.com

14. FOR THE ‘ASS MAN’
From the hand and mind of Steph Mantis comes these hilarious, inventive and silly animal butt magnets. The plastic butts are perfect for displaying everything from love notes to this month’s electric bill! Set of 7. $20, stephmantis.com

15. FOR THE MUSIC-LOVING JOGGER
Sculpted eers are the first and only self-fit custom molded earphones, providing maximum comfort along with secure-fitting earphones that won’t fall out. The earphones mold to the unique shape of an individual’s ear in just four minutes. $199-299, sculptedeers.com

16. FOR THE KITCHEN GADGET COLLECTOR
The Yonanas maker is a new kitchen appliance that takes frozen fruit and vegetables and turns them into a dessert that looks and tastes like soft-serve ice cream in seconds. The result is so delicious that people have a hard time believing it’s only fruit or veggies! $49.99, yonanas.com

17. FOR THE HOMESICK TEXAN

With a long list of Southern-inspired products ready to ship nationwide, Goode Company is the perfect gift for foodies, BBQ lovers and the home cook! This three-sauce gift set includes Original, Jalapeño and Heavy Garlic flavors. The sauces are also sold individually. $14.95-19.95, goodecompany.com

18. FOR THE HOUSE (AND HOME) DJ
SuperTooth’s Disco is the only portable speaker on the market to wirelessly stream 28 watts of explosive sound for three to four hours at high volume or for 10 hours at moderate volume. $149, supertooth.net

19. FOR THE AIR GUITAR PRO
ION Audio’s Block Rocker is a portable speaker and docking system for the iPod that also features an AM/FM radio. Just don’t wake the neighbors. $229.99, ionaudio.com

20. FOR THE PROCEDURAL TV JUNKIE
One of TV’s most resilient procedural dramas, Law & Order always made the bad guys pay for their crimes. Relive the show’s 20 seasons with Law & Order: The Complete Series. $699

21. FOR THE SEQUIN WEARER OR WORSHIPPER
Bob Mackie is one of the few great fashion artists left who still sketches by hand. Many of his original illustrations were sold at Christie’s, but these prints, available in two sizes, can be yours. Choose from 46 illustrations. $69-179, bobmackie.com

22. FOR THE OLD-SCHOOL ATARI PRO
Give the gift of childhood memories with ThinkGeek’s iCade, an authentic retro arcade cabinet for the iPad with a functioning joystick and buttons. $99.99, thinkgeek.com

23. FOR THE NOCTURNAL NIGHTCLUBBER
Stem Innovation’s TimeCommand is an app-enhanced audio alarm sound dock for the iPod, iPhone and iPad featuring lamp control and dimming. Never again will you wake up late for work. $99, steminnovation.com

24. FOR THE ASPIRING LYCAN HUNTER
Underworld Trilogy: The Essential Collection lets action fans experience Underworld like never before, available Dec. 20. The Blu-ray set features all three films, the never-before-seen anime series Underworld: Endless War and two tickets to 2012’s upcoming fourth installment. $45.99

25. FOR THE SKYPE ADDICT
Samson’s Meteor Mic is a stylish, chrome-plated, foldable USB mic that’s perfect for the home studio, Skype, iPad Garageband and more. $99.99, samsontech.com

26. FOR THE GUY WHO HATES TO CLEAN
The MintPlus Automatic Floor Cleaner could save you hours by replacing cleaning time with leisure time. It’s smart enough to navigate and clean hard surface floors systematically and without
human assistance. Prep your place for date night while sitting on the couch. $299.99, mintcleaner.com

27. FOR THE HOME BARISTA
The Kenmore Elite 12-Cup Coffee Grinder and Brewer comes complete with a burr grinder, stainless steel premium touch panel, charcoal filter and two-hour auto shut-off. $149.99, kenmore.com

28. FOR THE COMPETITIVE SWIMMER
These Positive Drive Fins by Finis are designed for correct propulsion with all swim strokes, helping to increase leg strength, foot speed and ankle flexibility. $21.99-27.99, finisinc.com

29. FOR THE PERPETUAL PEDESTRIAN
Heelys are shoes with a single or double wheel in the heel, and they allow the wearer to go from walking to rolling simply by shifting his weight to his heels. When the wheels are removed, the shoe performs just like any other shoe—you can remove the wheels faster than you can tie a shoe! $60-85, heelys.com

30. FOR THE ITALOPHILE
Two of Italy’s most iconic brands, Fiat and Gucci, have partnered to introduce the new Fiat 500 by Gucci limited edition car. It’s the ultimate fashion accessory, with “GG” hubcaps, premium leather seats and other premium quirks. $23,500. fiat.com

31. FOR THE SMARTPHONE OWNER
The perfect stocking stuffer, the Toddy Smart Cloth is made of handcrafted microfiber and provides effective, scratch-free cleaning for your iDevices, screens, lenses and more. Plus, they come in a variety of prints and patterns. $9.99 ($19.99 three-pack), toddygear.com

32. FOR THE ULTIMATE COUCH POTATO
Roku was the first product designed to deliver movies from Netflix instantly on TV, and the Roku 2 is even better than before. It’s a high-definition video player, with built-in WiFi and over 300 channels with movies, shows, music and more. $59.99-99.99, roku.com

33. FOR THE DESIGN-INSPIRED HEALTH NUT
The Bobble Jug, designed by Karim Rashid for Move Collective, is a reinvention in home filtration. It’s a patented, eco-friendly jug that quickly filters chlorine and organic contaminants from your kitchen tap, leaving you with crisp, clean water. $29.99, waterbobble.com

34. FOR THE BACKYARD CHEF
Black + Blum’s Balcony ‘Hot Pot’ BBQ looks like a terracotta pot but conceals a grill underneath. Grow your herbs on top to season the food you cook inside. Perfect for small terraces or balconies. $124, apt2b.com

35. FOR YOUR PASTY FRIEND (YOU KNOW THE ONE)
Spray on that perfect golden glow with TanSXL. Sound familiar? It should—it’s the master marketed spray tan line of Derek Saathoff, cast member of The A-List: New York. The tanner is infused with hyaluronic acid, which is deeply hydrating and means a longer-lasting tan and an even fade. $25, tansxl.com

36. FOR THE CHIC SHAGGER
Everyone should shag in style! Sir Richard’s Condom Company makes stylishly packaged condoms, great for stuffing a friend’s or loved one’s stocking. They’re 100 percent natural latex, and for every
condom bought, the company donates one condom to a country in need! $4.99-13.99, sirrichards.com

37. FOR THE TRUE DIVA LOVER
Kylie Minogue’s highly acclaimed theatrical ‘Aphrodite: Les Folies’ world tour, filmed live at London’s O2 Arena last April, is now available on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and audio digital download. The footage captures the show at its peak, and is directed by William Butler and Marcus Viner. kylie.com

 


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