22 Marvelous Gifts For Anyone Who Likes to Look (or Smell) Marvelous

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The Simpsons Bad Boy Bart Swag
In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of The Simpsons, the longest running scripted show in TV history, two different fashion collaborations with Joyrich and Bathing Ape, offer new Simpsons swag that combines street style and classic animation, in vibrant, eye-popping colors. Our faves from Joyrich and Bathing Ape are the trendy varsity jackets, handbags, shorts, even baby bibs. Prices vary, JoyRichStore.com and Bape.com

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Arrows Belt Buckle
This lovely innuendo-laden and totally unisex belt buckle by FluffyCo, the San Francisco-based, eco-friendly indie design company, consists of a resin-coated digital print set in an antiqued nickel tone round-cornered solid brass buckle. It’s sized to fit most belts made to take an interchangeable buckle.  $27, butchbasix.com

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Grey Woodgrain Leather Belt
What better to put that buckle on than this gorgeous grey leather belt from Butch Basix. The wood grain design, which mimics the unique orientation of wood-cell fibers in trees, is made from genuine American leather and comes with rough rawhide edges and a semi-matte finish.  $39, ButchBasix.com

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A Great Pair of HELM Boots or Shoes
Where timeless upscale footwear meets modern normcore, Austin-based HELM Boots are meticulously handcrafted artisan shoes made in America using domestic leather goods and materials, all of which are sourced from small, family manufacturers. Think of this as an investment shoe. The menswear line already has rabid fans and HELM released a women’s line finally this fall. $299 and up, HelmBoots.com

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Angela & Roi Handbags
Get a luxurious, classic, minimalist handbag or tote that’s way more affordable than other designers, and support an important charity along the way? Yes please! Angela & Roi’s boutique of cause-driven bags raise money for charity based on color; a portion of each sale is donated to a health cause based on the color of the bag (buy a red bag and a portion of your cost goes to an HIV and AIDS charity partner, Keep A Child Alive; pink to breast cancer; green to anxiety and mental health groups; blue to colon cancer, and so on. Bags are 100 percent vegan using materials in fair-practice setting, and the price point is consumer friendly: $65 and up, Angelaroi.com

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You Dirty Dog Soap and Concrete Soap Dish

Nothing but cement, suds, and inspiration with this soap dish and You Dirty Dog soap, which is ironically only tested on one animal: Man. The Owen and Fred soaps are awesome and manly —they're scented like an old cigarbox (cedarwood), with a hint of Peru Balsam and black pepper. No wonder the owners say the soap is “how we imagine Teddy Roosevelt would smell after wrestling a bear to the ground.” It’s vegan, with activated charcoal which detoxes the skin, and—while we're not sure if this is sarcasm or not, I'm fascinated by the fact that it says it contains, among other things — “Rottweiler Musk.” The soap dish of course, is just cool.  Soap: $8.75; Soap dish: $25; owenandfred.com
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Get It On Organic Bodywash
Give him a message under the tree with this shower gel infused with all-natural essential oils of sandalwood, ginger, and cedar. $20, AbesMarket.com



 




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Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap
This great soap not only creates a great lather, it is embedded with salt flakes that gently exfoliate. Ironically, mineral-rich sea salts are said to be a tonic for dry and cracked skin. $6, WestElm.com

 

 

 

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Primal Pit Paste
This is so cool s/he won't think it's a hint: think of this hndcrafted, organic paste as artisan deodarant. It keeps you dry without antiperspirant and comes in amazing combos like thyme and lemongrass, patchouli, and orange creamsicle. Yum. $8.95, PrimalPitPaste.com




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Nip + Man's Body Products
Launched in 2103, Nip+Man's Body Fix Kit — which includes Ab Fix, Pec Fix, and Bicep Fix —has quickly become a favorite among fitness conscious gay men in Britain. Here's why: these fixes are lightweight, fast-acting gels containing (respectively) gemmoslim, caffeine, unislim, and laracare, all of which will help to improve skin tone, help contour (six-pack abs here we come), and reduce the appearance of excess fat. $10.95 and up, GNC.com


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Oral Essentials Mouthwash
Perfect stocking stuffer for that clean freak: An alcohol free, dye-free mouthwash crafted from Dead Sea salt, aloe vera, and essential oils is sweetened with sugarfree Xylitol and packaged in a BPA free plastic bottle. $ 14.99, oralessentials.com




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Zarbee's Elderberry Gummy Immune Support
Nothing says, "I love you but don't want to catch your winter cold" with these yummy concentrated immune support gummy vitamins with elderberry, vitamin C, and zinc to help support immune system health. $18.99, Target.com





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Dermasport Skincare for Active People
This new skincare line is the first to specifically address the facial skincare needs of athletes and those with active lifestyles: whose skin must handle the damaging impact of salt, sweat, wind, heat, sun and/or chlorine. All of this can disrupt the pH balance of the epidermis causing uneven, dry or excessively oily skin. With a powerful blend of natural ingredients it neutralizes free radicals and supports cell turnover while providing a light, citrus scent. Paraben and gluten free. $16, SwimOutlet.com
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Zebra Wood Troubadours with Mic
These super cool, over-the-ear headphones, created from reclaimed wood, are made LSTN, a Los Angeles company that donates a hearing aid for every headphone sold. The use of wood channels a naturally warm and resonant sound and you can use the microphone for calls and voice recording. $ 149.99, lstnheadphones.com




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Sophisticated Guy Goods
We love The Goods LA's American-made leather products including the Combo set, which contains The Loop (a leather loop designed to retain the charger cord for a Macbook or Macbook Pro) and The Crew, which keeps your earbud cords neatly wound. But if you want a smart gift, get him (or her — butchy girls will like this, too) the Hit, a slim wallet made from black vegetable oil tanned cowhide leather and black dyed snake skin. It’s small enough to keep a low profile so it remains unnoticed in your pocket, and there's no unsightly bulge (well, at least not from the wallet). $60 and up, TheGoodsLA.com
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Shu Uemura Art of Hair
Spoil the tresses with the hair care line from the famous, late makeup artist for which it is named. Made from Depsea Water, unpolluted and free of bacteria, drawn 200 meters beneath the seas of Japan where it is said to be “matured over hundreds of years,” the products are a rich source of essential minerals and nutrients that provide great cleansing and super hydration. The cleansing oil shampoo and conditioner are great, but it’s the Depsea Foundation Clay Definer, Rough Molding Clay, and Kengo Feather and Shape Pastes that will give anyone amazing texture and feel. $38 and up, Shuuemura.com

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Why it Does Not Have to Fit: Modern Fashion Explained
Marnie Fogg looks at unwearable fashion from Josephine Baker’s famous flying banana skirt to the backless dress Grace Jones wore in 2009. The book features 100 photos of groundbreaking garments with commentary on avant-garde clothing, much made by gay designers like Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier. $18.95, Amazon.com




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The Cozy Canadian Sweaters From Garage
If same-sex models canoodling on Icelandic fashion sets in cushy chinille and oversized cashmere doesn’t sell you, then the actual sweaters will. This Montreal-based fashion label is already beloved by fashion bloggers and, soon, you too. $20 and up, Garage.ca






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TomboyX Duds
Lesbians love these TomboyX “Good Carma” boxer briefs, men’s style undies made to fit women’s bodies (so no bulging pouch for the crotch rocket), which range in size from XS to 4X, but you may want to outfit yourself with this whole outfit: the boxer briefs, the Tomboy tee, and the men’s cut TomboyX White Jeans by Marc Nelson Denim. $27 and up, TomboyX.com


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Aluna Meditation T-shirts
These sweet tees, designed by spiritual artisan group Aluna, are emblazed with messages that can be read as meditations from Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera, Alexandra Carvajalino, and Angie Caballero to calm the mind, body, and spirit. Aluna says the intent is to uplift all who wear their designs, so that they can ultimately help heal the world. That could be. I just think they’re cool, but world peace is a bonus. Prices vary, www.alunalight.com

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LACAR Siamese Collar
For the femme who thinks necklaces are too frilly and pearls too much: this gorgeous sterling silver Siamese Collar with engraved spike detail is absolutely perfect. $360.00, Lacarstudio.com







 

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