Holiday Gifts for the Homebody

By Diane Anderson-Minshall

Originally published on Advocate.com November 14 2012 5:00 AM ET

Table Settings
Outsider artist Angela Rossi uses recycled, abused, and forgotten items to create hip, quirky, and often hauntingly beautiful Altered Antique Plates with cultural icons (Patti Smith, Pee-wee Herman), animal-human hybrids that are kitschy and classy all at once, vampire girls, tattooed ladies, and Victorian gay zombie couples. $45 and up, BeatUpCreations.com

Pop Art With Purpose
Add a dash of color to your abode with DENY Designs. Deniz Ercelebi’s Greta Garbo–esque Mystic Iron shower curtain and Randi Antonsen Poster Heroins 6 throw pillow will stun visitors. $39-$89, DENYDesigns.com

TV Anywhere, Anytime
TiVo Stream lets you seamlessly deliver content stored on any TiVo Premiere box to mobile screens such as iPads and iPhones. You can stream up to four shows at once to four devices connected to a home network. It also allows for wireless transfer of recorded content to a supported mobile device so you can take your favorite TV shows with you, and there is no monthly service fee. $129.99, TiVo.com

Get Your Fix
The Capresso Froth Plus Automatic Milk Frother is a must for any cappuccino or hot chocolate junkie. Unlike other frothers, it produces professional-grade foam — hot, warm, or cold — with the touch of a button. $59.99, Capresso.com

Spiked Drinks
Got a farmers’ market lover on your list? The ingenious Aqua Zinger and Citrus Zinger let you infuse water with fresh fruit, herbs, vegetables, pretty much any flavor you can imagine, with no mess. There’s a Vodka Zinger too. $16.95 and up, ZingAnything.com

Class Up Mealtime
You love your pet but hate those ugly plastic dishes. This leatherette Resort Collection Pet Bowl Holder with embossed label plaques makes it look like Fido’s eating at a high-end hotel instead. $34.99, GreatUsefulStuff.com

Desserts on a Dime
There is no better way to make everyone smile than with the Zoku Duo Quick Pop Maker, which freezes ice pops in as little as seven minutes on your countertop without electricity. Zokuheads are already trading recipes for striped pops, yogurt pops, treats with candy and nuts, and (available for the first time with a home pop-maker) different-flavored core pops. $36.95, ZokuHome.com

Chopped
The Farberware 12-Cup Food Processor with four-cup nested work bowl is a multitasking stainless steel wonder that slices, dices, and shreds, and since the bowl and all blades are stored within, it’s perfect for short-on-space apartment dwellers. $65.99, FarberwareProducts.com

Classing Up the Poster
Monster Gallery, a one-man Etsy sweatshop run by Joseph (a.k.a. JoE), a Singapore-based artist known for his retro-pop-culture-inspired art and prints, offers the perfect addition to your décor. We love his I Shot Andy Warhol movie poster, which, like his others, is a re-imagining of the poster for aesthetic, not commercial, interests. $19.90, Etsy.com/ shop/MonsterGallery

Light Up(cycle) the Room
Break the Record’s totally unique and rocking retro Cassette Tape Night Light Lamp is made from repurposed cassette tapes (can’t stop loving the ‘80s Classics). At night, the effect is beautiful and hazy, like a modern lava lamp that’s calming and mood setting, if you know what we mean. $48 and up, Etsy.com/shop/BreakTheRecord

Add Some Same-Sex Spice
Just in time for the holidays, Jonathan Adler is releasing his new Mr./Mr. or Mrs./Mrs. Muse Salt and Pepper Shakers, which are inspired by Adler’s most iconic pottery. And a set makes a better hostess gift than the usual bottle of wine. $48, JonathanAdler.com



Jackie O. is in the House
With Adler’s newest addition, the First Lady Needlepoint Pillow, you can be chic and finally say you’ve met the iconic fashionista — at least in slumber. $165, JonathanAdler.com

Give Ginger Her Own Princess Bed
If you love your dog enough to give her (or him) the very best, the Duroque Dog Beds are gorgeous, albeit a bit pricey, must-haves. Lesbian designer Olga Rechdouni offers 12 different ready-to-purchase doggy beds (like the Duncan model, pictured here), however, clients can choose to customize the designs with over 500 fabrics, a wide variety of nailheads, fasteners, and Swarovski crystals. Ten percent from the sale of each bed is donated to a local animal rescue agency.  $1,200, Duroque.com