Holiday Gifts for the Entertainer

What better way to spend the holidays than cuddled up with the remote control, the reading lamp, and your favorite elf?

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

November 23 2012 5:00 AM ET


Coffee-Table Tomes That Reflect Your Interests
When Touko Laaksonen, the boy who became Tom of Finland, began drawing bikers it was the same year Marlon Brando showed the world it's first leatherman by playing the leader of a motorcycle club in 1953's The Wild One. Decades later, Tom of Finland Vol. II: Bikers by Dian Hanson features some of the artist's best  multi-panel comics and single panel drawings and paintings. Bonus, it comes with a Panic Jacket, which lets you turn the book from sexy to serious in case grandma is visiting. $17.99, Taschen.com

Taschen's 365 Day-by-Day Fashion Ads of the 20th Century is like a daily calendar that never expires. It features classic advertising art, including more than a few of super-gay-looking men's underwear ads. $29.95, Taschen.com

Hello, Cutie: Adventures in Cute Culture by Pamela Klaffke delves into the world of cute collectors, the resurgence of retro cute collecting, cosplay, the psychology-driven aesthetics of cute, and the fine line between cute and creepy. $19.95, ArsenalPulp.com
 
Mario Testino: Private View is a brilliant collection of the celebrity photographer's most exciting work that accompanies his inaugural exhibition in China (and comes in Chinese). But you don't have to get to the Great Wall to enjoy it: with unforgettable pictures of Princess Diana and iconic shots of Jennifer Lopez atop a commode, and text by folks like Karl Lagerfeld and Graydon Carter, this is a must-have collector's item for any art or fashion lover's library. $69.99, or for one of the 1,500 signed limited edition prints that come in a plastic case, $700, Taschen.com

Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style js a stunningly illustrated coffee-table reference book that covers 3,000 years of fashion trends. $50, DK.com
 
Still got that Farrah poster over your bed? Channel Surfing: Charlie's Angels by Mike Pingel is perfect: It features episode recaps, toys, and interviews with all the major players — Kate Jackson, Jacyln Smith, and more. $19.99, Amazon.com
 
Perfect for Holiday Road Trips
In Jonathan Kellerman's new audiobook, Victims, an acid-tongued biddy is killed with her intestines strewn about ala Jack the Ripper, but this is Los Angeles, not London, so grizzled detective Milo Sturgis, who just happens to be gay, is back with his go-to expert, psychologist Alex Delaware, intent on finding out who the killer is. $45, RandomHouseAudio.com
 

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