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The Ultimate Guide To Gay Gift Giving

By |2014-11-20T09:00:00-05:00November 20th, 2014|Guides, Holiday Gift Guide|


What do you get a gay who has everything? Take your pick from these ideas, perfect for LGBT foodies, techies, explorers and more.

Zooop Adult Onesies

Lazy winter weekends are meant for lounging around the house, stuffing your face with your favorite junk foods, and binge watching whatever TV marathon du jour strikes your fancy. Now you can dress the part of a casual-cum-comfortable loafer with fleece jumpsuits from Zooop, hooded, footless adult onesies that feature two side-zipped pockets and a front zipper that spans from head to crotch. A cross between your favorite pair of sweats and the iconic union suit (sadly without the butt flap), these onesies come in an array of fun styles, including American Flag, licensed collegiate teams and a clever “Hangover Tux.” $169-$249; http://zooopitup.com

Biedermeier Tumblers

Have someone on your list with seriously expensive taste? You may want to rethink that relationship to stay in the black, but if you’re committed to spending a pretty penny to make him or her happy, the Biedermeier Tumblers from Stillfried Wien are a formidable gift option. These fine hand-painted, enamel-technique glasses feature scenes of high society townsfolk from 1800s Vienna as they wander about in the elaborate dress of the day. Eight variations are currently available with additional pieces forthcoming to create a collection. $209 per piece; http://stillfried.com

Yellow Leaf Hammocks

It’s never too early to start thinking spring, and a gift from Yellow Leaf Hammock has relaxation written all over it. Not literally of course, but you can show your true colors with the rainbow-colored, hand-woven hammock that’s sure to bring all the boys to the yard. Gift includes the “Hammocking 101 Guide for Easy Hanging” and a signature tote. $179; http://yellowleafhammocks.com

The Bacon Jams

If there’s a little piggy on your list this year, surprise him with The Bacon Jams spreadable bacon three-pack sampler, which includes All Original, Black Pepper and Red Chile & Garlic flavors. These sweet-and-savory condiments are a fantastic finishing touch to dishes like seared scallops and baked chicken, or create complete appetizers like the Bacon Jam Gorgonzola Flatbread, the recipe for which arrives with the gift. $39.99; http://thebaconjams.com

Tom of Finland Cologne

Based on the Finnish artist renowned for his stylized homoerotic fetish art and the indelible mark he left on late 20th-century gay culture, Tom of Finland Etat Libre d’Orange (a fancy phrase for cologne) layers masculine notes like pine, pepper and cypress between more predominant notes of lemon, suede and musk. A fragrance that transcends sexuality while serving as an ode to the male body, it swings more our way than the other. $90; http://min.com

MSC Skin Care + Home Gift Set

Well-groomed gentlemen will enjoy the soul-soothing gift sets from MSC Skin Care + Home, which include an all-natural hand-cut artisan soap, soy candle in a reusable glass jar, and a fragrant reed diffuser to spread the holiday cheer all over the house. Available in several sophisticated scents – like spicy Orange, Clove and Cinnamon; seasonal Rosemary and Spearmint; and the warm-and-cozy Bourbon Vanilla and Oak (which also happens to be an award winner) – each and every MSC product is made by hand in Brooklyn, New York. $68; http://mscskincare.com

In Blue Handmade Leather Goods

Niche men’s accessories are sort of having a moment, and In Blue Handmade is at the forefront of the movement. This No. 1 handmade leather-goods company on Etsy specializes in stylish travel journals, wallets, belts, flask covers, guitar straps, tote bags and other accessories – and each and every piece is made by 30-year-old Lynn Schroeder, In Blue Handmade’s founder. These 100 percent cowhide products are great as stand-alone gifts while others are ideal as stocking stuffers. $14-$45; http://inbluehandmade.com

Viking Kitchenware

The everyday Bobby Flay in your life will appreciate Viking’s new line of professional cookware, cutlery and bakeware, which is 100 percent manufactured in the United States. From stainless steel cookware with a unique multi-ply construction to bakeware coated with a ceramic finish to contemporary cutlery handcrafted from German steel, this trio of culinary staples has the potential to help turn the diner-dining experience you’re used to into five-star cuisine fit for a Nordic king. http://vikingculinaryproducts.com

Big Bottom Boxes

Gay-owned Big Bottom Market, a unique gourmet food, wine and general store in the heart of the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, recently launched a gift box program affectionately know as – what else? – Big Bottom Boxes. Hey, girl, hey. These handsome gift boxes are brimming with artisanal home and foodstuffs from local Northern California providers with a hint of L.A., and they’re perfect for gifting at any holiday occasion, including brunch, cocktail parties, or formal dinners. $25-$75; http://bigbottommarket.com

Fantastic Fitted Tees

There were two apparel companies I discovered this season that I subsequently fell in love with, so it’s only fair that I give them both proper billing as a gift pick. Skip N’ Whistle has an expansive selection of tees ($24.50) featuring statement icons or phrases along with a bevy of other products like messenger bags and ugly Christmas sweaters. Beardsome, on the other hand, has based its business on a signature style of T-shirt ($25) that features the faceless silhouettes of famous dudes’ beards – and they’re pretty effin’ rad. http://skipnwhistle.com; http://ruggedlybeardsome.com

YouBeam

Cut the cable this Christmas with YouBeam, a WiFi-connected device that allows users to plug into their TV and beam free Internet content directly to the set via the YouBeam video browser. Users can surf the Web just like any other browser
or type what they’re looking for into the YouBeam search bar. When a user
finds the video they want (and as long as it’s compatible; that may or may not include those dirty videos you like, by the way), the “Beam” button changes from red to green. Press the button and the video starts automatically. Ain’t the future grand? $49.95 + $3.99 monthly subscription; youbeam.com

Chakra Necklace Rainbow

Show off your pride and your sense of style with the Chakra Necklace Rainbow, a mix of colored stones wire-wrapped to create a free-form dangle charm necklace. Handmade and featuring a sterling silver or 14K gold-filled 18.5-inch chain, this fun accessory is available in a spectrum of gemstones or chakras, depending on your partner’s preference. Items can be gift boxed upon request. $54; http://etsy.com/shop/maggiesjewelry

Droll Doormats

Your Millennial friends will marvel at the witty doormats from Reed Wilson Design that feature urban slang like “Sup,” “Howdy” and “Holla.” Inscribed in flock lettering on a coconut-fiber feet wiper, these spontaneous and upbeat greetings are suitable for indoor and outdoor areas. $50; http://purehome.com

HOLIDAY SPIRITS

Justin Wines

Cozy up and warm your cockles with Justin Vineyard and Winery’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, a medium-bodied red flush with notes of dark fruit, black cherry, and vanilla. Serve with grilled meats for a complementary pairing, or savor it by itself with someone special. $25; http://justinwine.com

Partida Tequila

Partida Tequila – available in Blanco, Anejo, Extra Anejo, and Reposado – is the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season. Turn up the maracas at your shindig with compact 375mL bottles (available in Partida Blanco) to make a signature cocktail that drinks like a dessert. http://partidatequila.com

Recipe: Chocolate Peppermint Cookie

3/4 oz. Partida Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
3/4 oz. Godiva Liqueur
1-1/2 oz. Cream

Rim martini glass with chocolate syrup and crushed candy canes. Shake ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into martini glass.

Domain Chandon, Blanc de Noirs Limited Edition 2014

You’ll be the party star when you show up with this shiny bottle of bubbly that features a festive message on each bottle. Fruit-driven and full flavored, this sparkling wine features a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and follows in the footsteps of Chandon’s wildly popular “American Summer” limited-edition release. $17.95; http://sherry-lehmann.com

Glassful Wine Subscription

His glass will never be half empty with Glassful, a curated monthly wine subscription and personalized online wine shop. Each month, recipients receive surprise selections handpicked by a team of wine experts with a focus on organic, natural and biodynamic vinos. Oenophiles also can rate the wines online to facilitate an even more personal experience. $35-$100/month; http://glassful.com

JP Chenet Ice Edition

Ice is back with a brand new edition! JP Chenet, the best-selling French wine in the world, bring its effervescence to America with a well-balance sparkling wine that’s jolly enough for jingle-bell time. $20; http://jpchenet.com

Recipe: New Beginnings

Ingredients:

1/2 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice (approximately 1/2 lime)
1/2 oz. pomegranate juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
4 oz. JP Chenet Ice Edition
Pomegranate seeds (approximately 15-20) for garnish

In a large-bowled wine glass or goblet, blend lime juice, pomegranate juice and simple syrup. Add ice and top with JP Chenet Ice Edition. Add pomegranate seeds and gently stir to swirl seeds into the drink.

Ritual Mixers

Replace those sugar-filled mixers at this year’s Christmas fete with Ritual Mixer juices, a line of USDA certified organic, non-GMO certified, cold-pressed raw juices that pair beautifully with your favorite booze. Flavors include Sol Margarita, Rio Mojito and Calcutta Lemon Drop. $14-$16; http://ritualwellness.com

J.R. Ewing Bourbon

Longtime and new fans of TV’s “Dallas” will appreciate this premium-quality Kentucky bourbon named after everybody’s favorite oil magnate/love-to-hate-him villain, J.R. Ewing. This well-balanced but complex and slightly sweet spirit features notes of vanilla, oak and orange, with just enough kick to let everybody know who’s boss ’round these parts. $31.99; http://jrewingbourbon.com

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Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and LGBT lifestyle expert whose work has been published in more than 100 outlets across the world. He splits his time between homes in New York City and the Jersey Shore with his dog Jaxon. Connect with Mikey on Twitter @mikeyrox.