Gift guide

Movie books, iPod accessories, and fun ways to support your favorite charities—they’re all here

BY Advocate.com Editors

November 07 2005 1:00 AM ET


Charitable

Pillow and votive candles designed by Barclay
Butera for AIDS Project Los Angeles
Rest easy with a gorgeous linen pillow from Los Angeles
designer Barclay Butera. Cozy up the room even more
with Butera’s trio of scented votive candles.
Matches are included! (Candles $39.95; pillow $295)

2005 snow globe; Broadway Bares 15: Rxxx
2005–2006 calendar; dog collars and leashes; and
“Make a Difference” wristbands for
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Continue the wristbands-of-awareness trend with
BC/EFA’s “Make a Difference” set
of five. Broadway’s latest season is immortalized in
Scott Pask’s snow globe, which can be wound up to
play “New York, New York.” Get your
friends wound up with the Broadway Bares calendar. And
get your canine pals a “Broadway,”
“Tickets,” or “Diva” collar or
leash! (Snow globe $60; calendar $20; leash $20;
collar $15; wristbands $10)

Rainbow Celebration Flag; partner touchstone
pendant; Annie ornament for HRC

Christopher Radko commemorates HRC’s 25th
anniversary with a brand-new, hand-painted,
limited-edition ornament. Share the joy by displaying the
seven-panel Rainbow Celebration Flag. And for an intimate
celebration this holiday season, a sterling silver
partner touchstone pendant makes the perfect token of
love. (Flag $19.95; pendant $42.95; Annie ornament
$35)

Pendant and lapel pin for PFLAG
Both the pendant and lapel pin, each sterling silver,
are in the shape of the organization’s
meaningful heart-and-triangle logo. ($60 each)

“Happy Pawlidays” ornament for PAWS/LA
This limited-edition ornament benefits PAWS/LA,
an organization providing free comprehensive care for
the companion animals of people suffering from
debilitating or terminal illnesses. ($45)

—Lawrence Ferber

High-tech

For the
caffeinated, give them the best with a new addiction-aid
gadget, the Nepresso Romeo ($799).
It’s all the foam and fun of an espresso
machine but with Nespresso’s easy-to-use
capsule coffee system.

Here’s the
perfect gift for the videophile in your life—the
Lite-On DVD+VHS Recorder LVC-9006 (about $230).
The LVC 9006’s AllWrite technology allows him to
transfer tapes to DVD with a choice of formats. Just
in time—his Mariah Carey Cribs tape was about
to snap.

LEGO Factory
offers a brand-new way to make your own custom block sets.
Download the Digital Designer software from
Lego.com and create virtual structures. LEGO will then send
you the blocks to build a three-dimensional version
(prices of blocks vary, with many in the
$20–$30 range). Great for your little
constructionist, or if you just want to give someone
that Liberace bust you made. (What? They’re
hard to find!)

Even the chef who
claims “I never buy canned anything” will bow
down to the power of a good bread maker, and it
doesn’t get much nicer than the Zojirushi
Home Bakery Supreme
($250). You can set it to
bake at a certain time, you can prep sourdough, and you can
even make jams. The only thing it won’t do is cut off
the crusts.

Slim, sleek,
sexy: The Casio Exilim EX- S500 five-megapixel
camera
($400) does not skimp on features and comes in
a choice of three colors to suit what hues you think are
most flattering to your gift-getter.

Let your favorite
music fanatic go cordless with the Sennheiser RS 140
wireless headphones
($220). He gets musical
freedom, and you get quieter evenings. What’s not to
love?

Bring her iPod to
life with The Bridge ($70–$100) and the
AVR-340 home theater receiver ($899), both
from Harman Kardon. The Bridge links her iPod with the
receiver and enables control of both with the receiver
remote. She can even track song information on a TV
screen or the receiver’s LCD display.

Accessories and novelties

Holidays,
reindeer, heavy coats—these deer hat
hangers
($160) from artist David Wiseman are perfect for
your loved one to unwrap on a snowy morning.

Get them
something they can step into for the holidays with
Medium’s Alchemist shoes
($95–$115), available in a range of colors for
all seasons—winter, spring, summer, and sexy.

There’s
something to be said for a clean shave, and with the
HeadBlade Classic ($15), now there’s a
solution for the top of your favorite
smoothie’s head.

These handcrafted
Love and Pride stainless steel and diamond
rings
($295) are perfect for saying “I love
you” or even “I do”—or
maybe just “Sorry about going over that curb with the
Lexus.”

For the wine
connoisseur, there’s the VIP Edition of
Metrokane’s Rabbit
($125), a corkscrew that
surpasses all other corkscrews. It can pull corks out
in one clean, sexy sweep.

The Alessi Kaj
watch
($85) makes simplicity look sophisticated
and is the ideal gift for the mod you’re mad about.
It comes in pink, brown, black, and silver-gray to
accommodate your color preference.

Gay designer
extraordinaire Jonathan Adler has created this fantastic
chocolate Fondue for Two Gift Set ($85)
exclusively for New York City’s cocoa-based boutique
Chocolate Bar. You buy the set as a gift—but
there’s enough chocolate for two. Smart, huh?

—V.L.

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