HGG 2011 Gift-A-Day: Bella Bears

FLUFFY BEARS FOR YOUR HUNKY BEAR (or anyone else)

For an eco-luxury gift idea, consider Bella Bear & Co.’s line of recycled heirloom fur teddy bears that are handcrafted. These bears are not only an heirloom but can be customized as well. Don’t get too freaked out by the fur thing. Bella Bear takes an exoluxe approach to the material. Their products are all made from recycled furs and none from endangered animals. The Mink Bear Collection comes in petite 12″, classic 18″ and grande 24″in shades of champagne, caramel and chocolate. The Limited Edition features a variety of one of a kind bears from decadent fox, New Zealand Opossum as fluffy as cotton candy and velvety sheared beaver (no jokes, please). And all feature hand detailed faces and decorated for the holiday season with sparkling Austrian crystal necklaces. The bears can be customized for that extra special touch. They can be made from your grandmother’s mink cape, your mother’s fox coat, or other fur item – and passed on as treasured heirlooms.The bears are priced from $125–$375.

Available through BellaBearCompany.com.

—  Rich Lopez

SHADY IDEA: A good gift for dad

Whether you are looking for a gift idea for the gay dad in your life, or you want to give your straight dad something that reflects your fabulous sensibility, you can’t go wrong with a pair of shades from N3L.

The company’s name is short for Newton’s Three Laws  of Motion, which establishes its ethic as a sports-based product designed for the active dad, whether he enjoys motorcycle racing or golf — or a backyard trampoline.

It’s not just the styles that you can use to capture pop’s attention, but the technology: Imaging systems allow you to directly compare the effectiveness of certain lenses under various conditions. (Amber lenses, in general, make the environment more vivid, and are great for enjoying sunsets on the beach; darker shades filter more light and provide serious protection from glare.

A variety of brands from Maui Jim to Oakley are available within a range of prices (most in the $200 neighborhood), each offering their own styles and options (such as replaceable lenses and custom colors).

—A.W.J.

N3L at NorthPark Center on the second level near Nordstrom. N3LOptics.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 17, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens