Holiday Guide: Winston's Wish List

By Winston Gieseke

Originally published on Advocate.com December 14 2011 4:20 AM ET

 MM — Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe
Promising to be one of the most intimate books on Monroe in decades, this new page-turner boasts many previously unpublished photos and documents that show Hollywood’s most famous sex symbol as an everyday person who just happened to be the world’s biggest star. ($21, on Amazon)
 MM Personal cover x560 | ADVOCATE.COM Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The long-awaited Vintage 1995 hits the U.S. this month. One of the reasons Glenrothes stands above other scotch makers is that it releases its vintages only when they are deemed perfect, instead of at predetermined ages like other manufacturers. ($82,  TheGlenrothes.com)Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Whisky XSMALL | ADVOCATE.COM Lady Gaga iPhone 4 case from LuxMobile
The reigning queen of pop has already conquered music and fashion; now she turns her creative vision to an eye-catching line of mobile phone accessories from LuxMobile Group. (From $12.99)Lady Gaga iPhone 4 case from LuxMobile X560 | ADVOCATE.COM Kelly Clarkson, Stronger (Deluxe Version)
If the lead single, “Mr. Know It All,” is any indication, the first American Idol’s fifth album is sure to be filled with powerful vocals and an edgy rock sound. ($11.99,  on Amazon)Kelly Clarkson Stronger (Deluxe Version) X560 | ADVOCATE.COM  Rated M by Mario Lopez

Three new collections of premium underwear, T-shirts, and bodywear for everyday, sport, and fashion. If the slogan alone doesn't jingle your bells — "For manful men and their very special guests" — the sight of Mario and his special guests modeling them certainly will. ($16 and up, exclusively at FreshPair)MARIO LOPEZ UNDERWEAR X560 | ADVOCATE.COM Fair Isle lamb's wool cardigan sweater from J.Crew
I love cardigans, especially understated ones with a classic design. They’re more versatile than other sweaters and perfect for that functional layered look. ($88,  JCrew.com)Fair Isle lambswool cardigan sweater from J.Crew X560 | ADVOCATE.COMiPhone 4S
One of the things I need most this holiday season is a personal assistant. The latest and greatest iPhone features Siri, who promises to make calls, send texts, and remind you of important events. Finally, a smartphone that’s even smarter than me. (From $199,  Apple.com/iphone/)