2014 Holiday Gift Guide online special: Gifts for the gifted from Gifted


Looking for a gift for that special someone who knows how to follow the trends without following the crowd? Then the GMan line of jewelry from Treska has you covered, with bracelets made from a variety of eclectic components including agate, semi-precious stones, glass beads, shell, ceramics, metals, plastics, resin, fabrics and wood.

$5-$20, available at Gifted, 4001 Cedar Springs Road.


Fido wants to be fashionable this holiday season, too, and the right necklace — uh, collar — can be the perfect accessory to finish off that perfect ensemble. Made from jacquard woven nylon with welded steel D-rings and heavy-duty side-release snaps, and available in a variety of patterns — including several Christmas prints, these 1-inch wide collars from Mud Puppies are perfect for medium- and large-sized dogs. But a little dog can rock the fashion, too!

$6.99. Gifted, 4001 Cedar Springs Road.



Everyone has that special “frenemy” to buy for at Christmas. And what could be more fitting than the Nemesis White Triangle watch? With Japanese quartz movement, a durable mineral crystal to prevent scratches, a stainless steel case and a leather band, the Nemesis White Triangle watch may last longer than your friendship.

$169. Available at Gifted, 4001 Cedar Springs Road.



—  Tammye Nash

2014 Holiday Gift Guide online special: Fleet of foot

137321-1_3QLet your athlete know you know they can handle the attention by gifting them with these GBX Holt sneakers, inspired by high fashion but built for the streets. The sneakers offer trendy high-top style and a vulcanized rubber outsole.

$70. Available in black and dark brown at GBXShoes.com.

—  Tammye Nash

2014 Holiday Gift Guide online special: ‘Cher’-ing some holiday cheer

Cher Upon a Midnight ClearWe gay people love our divas, and Cher is one of the diva-est. So it seems only fitting that there should be a book in which Cher saves Christmas.  “If 8-year-old Luca can’t convince his parents to give him the white ice skates he has his heart set on, Christmas is going to be ruined. Who does a child turn to when he can’t even county on Santa Claus?” Why, Cher, of course. Cher Upon A Midnight Clear is the “Christmas fable for children of all ages and the homofriendly/genderqueer holiday story your modern family has been waiting for.”

Cher Upon A Midnight Clear, by Matteo B. Bianchi. $8. Available online at FourCatsPress.com/new-releases.

—  Tammye Nash

2014 Holiday Gift Guide online special: Get happy, stay happy

IMG_3522_1024x1024You may not always control your own destiny, but you can control your own attitude. And this trucker cap from Robert Hearn reminds you — and every one else of that fact every time you wear it. The khaki mesh back helps keep you cool while the patch on the front with a rainbow and the brand name “You Can’t Steal My Happy” reminds you to keep your cool. And your smile.

$16. Availble in blue or black at Skivvies, 4001 Cedar Springs Road, or online at YouCantStealMyHappy.com.

—  Tammye Nash

2014 Holiday Gift Guide online special: Sparkle and Shine

The holidays are full of sparkle. But you can make sure that very special man or woman in your life sparkles year-round with jewelry from J. Pacetti Precious Jewels and Joe Pacetti His World Collection. This bracelet from the “His World Couture Collection” shines as bright as your love for him with 12 carats of diamonds set in large links of 18K gold. And she will know she is the shining star in your life when you give her this Van Cleef & Arpel signed necklace J. Pacetti Precious Jewels.

Contact for prices. HisWorldCollection.com. JPacetti.com. By appointment only. 214-521-0815. pdmj@aol.com.


—  Tammye Nash

Last minute shopping ideas: Our Holiday Gift Guide supplement

Last month, we went to all this trouble to put together a list of great gift ideas for the holidays. But some of you didn’t listen. You didn’t go Black Friday shopping or Cyber Mondaying and now you’re panicked.

Well, that’s what we’re here for. Here’s our last-minute guide for you to get what your giftee wants, needs or just deserves. You can thank us with cookies.

CARToys for big boys

Guys are notoriously hard to shop for, but no matter how old they get, all men are boys at heart. And boys like toys. Alta Mere is all about toys for your car, so consider a gift certificate that allow the gearhead in your life to go hog wild with a rear-view camera, custom wheels , radar detector (for the speed demon — you know there’s one in your life) or anything else his heart desires.

Available at Alta Mere, 4302 Lemmon Ave. 214-521-7477.

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You’re always getting your man a nice shirt. And no matter how nice, it always has those plastic collar stays that melt the first time you put it in the dryer. And each shirt is a different size anyway, so you can’t reuse them. Well, Swiss Stays make finalizing that dressy look a breeze. Available in stainless steel, brass, titanium (and even an extra-special sterling silver with leather case), these metal stays come three to a pack and are fully adjustable to any color and oh-so-elegant. And they literally go with any color. $20–$150.




Joseph Joseph Nesting BowlsBowled over

Wanna know what happens when Martha Stewart meets Carmen Miranda? Measuring spoons and bowls in colors so vibrant you’ll think your kitchen is in Rio. The set is dishwasher safe, and it consists of five measuring cups, small and large mixing bowls, a 3-liter colander and a 1.65-liter sieve. The nine-piece set nests inside of each other, ending all that kitchen clutter. Now glue a few bananas and a pineapple to your hat and get to measuring. $51.95.

Betty Lou, 3207 Knox St. 214-206-9514.

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Norma Desmond never did have anything on you. When you take a drag from your Ecavape1 e-cigarette, everything you say will be dramatic. The rage in smokeless devices not only saves your lungs, it also does away with those tacky ashes on your shoulders. It’s the way you hold your cigarette, dear. (It may not make you smarter, but you may look smarter, and that’s what counts.) And with the purchase of $50, $100 or $200, you get a free gift. Now let’s say it together. “I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.” And long drag on your E-cigarette. You’re ready for your close-up.

Ecavape1, 2525 Inwood Road. 214-357-VAPE. Ecavape1.com.

HiM 100mlThe sweet smell of success

Hanae Mori Parfums introduces you to HiM, the proud result of more than a decade of sculpting, refining and finishing the best ingredients demanded by man.  Meet HiM and find a masculine blend hand carved from nature to please him and her.  Own HiM and know a well constructed scent that fits a man like a tailored blazer or his best cut blue jeans.  Be HiM and live the Hanae Mori Parfums proverb: “Fragrance accomplishes in moments what conversation achieves in hours.” $50–$95.

Available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard’s and select Macy’s. Nanaemoriparfums.com.


Toast the TraditionsYummers

All the farm-fresh, savory and sweet flavors you love are packed into this abundant extra-large gift crate. Hickory Farm’s Signature Beef Summer Sausage, creamy cheddar cheeses, extra-large Crown  Comice & Red D’Anjou Pears, bright Fuji apples, crunchy nuts and delectable chocolate-covered cashews come to life when enjoyed with a bottle of La Crema Chardonnay. $99.99.

Available at Hickory Farms, Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine. Hickoryfarms.com.

bellaToastBrewPerk up! We offer this toast

So you have only five minutes to get your trick out the door before you need to get to work? No problem, darlings. The Bella Toast & Brew Breakfast Station lets you — wait for it — make toast and brew a cup of coffee at the same time!!! Calm down, multi-taskers. Yes, we know it’s divine, but there’s more. The unit comes with a USB port on the front. Now you can squeal. And get this: It comes in three colors: teal, purple and red. The same colors as that Christmas sweater Nana gave you. $34.99.

Available at Amazon.com.

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Crafted in a splendid patterned-velvet, Robert Graham’s handsome two-button velvet sport coat can be worn with jeans for a laid-back look. Or, pair it with a dress shirt and tie for dressier occasions. The coat is detailed with twill silk piping and a single welt chest pocket. Flap pockets at the waist add to the refined look. And — the vivid abstract geometric print lining make it just as pretty on the inside. $698.

13HOL_5038_blue_mark_set_b_webAvailable at Neiman Marcus, NorthPark Center, 8687 North Central Expressway. RobertGraham.us.


Eau, the places you’ll go

Jack Black the skin-care line is sure better on you than Jack Black the actor. Its blend of the finest essential oils are crafted with an artisan’s skill by world-class perfumers to deliver an exquisite blend of Watermint, Bergamont, Japanese Juniper, fresh Ginger, Thyme and Vetiver to flood the senses with freshness. $70.00.

Available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. GetJackBlack.com.

Colander Group Image x 6Strains the imagination

Oh, what Aunt Bee could have done with this colander. Pick from one of six sassy colors and get to straining those vegetables and pasta. When you’re done, this jewel collapses to 1-½ inches. Now when’s the last time you had anything that small in your kitchen? Mmm hmmm, that’s what we thought. Speaking of steaming, you can use this colander to steam food, so finish folding your tea towels and order you one.  $60.


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You’re all the sweetness anyone would want, but go ahead and show more love with a customized candy box from See’s (its first Dallas storefront is now at NorthPark!). We all know the heart beats fonder when you throw sugar in the mix, so go ahead and buy a few boxes. We heard he’s a hard catch.

Available at Sees Candies, NorthPark Center, 8687 North Central Expressway. 469-232-9279. Sees.com.

LUE_BOOM_GROUP2Boom goes the dynamite

Make music social with UE BOOM, the wireless speaker made to rage, riot, party and play the music you love, out loud. UE BOOM’s 360-degree design blasts bold, immersive sound into any space. Its versatile, go-anywhere shape is designed to be as spontaneous as you —  it brings the music, you bring the friends. And with a water and stain resistant acoustic skin and rechargeable battery up to 15 hours, you’re ready for wherever the day or night takes you. $199.


Hook + Albert Bowtie and Tie 2Tie one on

It takes one helluva man to pull off our metallic tie collection but we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t be checking it out if you weren’t up to the challenge. Pair them with a formal tuxedo and make a big statement of color or go monotone and match silver with a gray suit for a sleek and sophisticated look. We recommend a solid white pocket square when matching this product as you’ll want to make sure your neck is the center of attention. $120.

Available at Nordstrom, NorthPark Center, 8387 North Central Expressway. Hookandalbert.com.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: The holiday gift suggestion we REALLY like

ElmoJust in time for Black Friday (and Grey Thursday, aka Thanksgiving aka Hanukkah) this week, we published in the current edition of Dallas Voice our annual Holiday Gift Guide. But there’s one item we didn’t get to include — even though it’s our favorite: Stop Touching Me Elmo. That’s because it exists only in the minds of those sick bastards at South Park. If you haven’t seen it yet, you won’t believe what you see after the jump.

In the meantime, check out the Gift Guide, and check back regularly, as we add gift suggestions throughout the season.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Today’s gift suggestion


The downside of pets and plants — even aquarium fish — is you can’t wrap them as a gift and expect them to live … or go out of town for the holidays and come back to something still alive. Not so with the EcoSphere. Inside each are active microorganisms — shrimp, algae, bacteria — co-existing inside an environment of filtered sea water.  This self-sustaining eco-system only needs some light to thrive for years. With sizes from four inches to nine inches in diameter (and prices as low as $79), there’s a size for every household.

Available at Eco-Sphere.com.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Don’t miss our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide and the online exclusives

We are officially in the midst of the holiday season. I mean seriously, where did Thanksgiving come from? That’s next week already. Of course, Thanksgiving means one thing — Black Friday. Before you head out to retailers at midnight, check out our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide for your shopping ideas. With items for the home, that special person and even for man’s best friend, we cover a wide array of gift giving ideas that run from stocking stuffers to helicopter rides.

But don’t stop there, we also have our 2011 HGG online exclusives posted here. Just some additional gifts to add to the mix. We’ll add to those with our Gift-a-Day posts that you’ll read about in the online exclusive list.

By the end of it all, we hope we’ve helped you out with your shopping list. And don’t forget to get you a little something for yourself.

—  Rich Lopez

Holiday Gift Guide 2011 • Barks & Wags



>>Barks & Wags


When it’s time to go to sleep, dogs can luxuriate in these comfortable and durable beds. Coming in an array of fabric choices, they let Fido be just as in style as his owners, if not more so. The beds come in a variety of sizes and start at $375.

Mitchell Gold Bob Williams,
4519 McKinney Ave.
214-753-8700. MGBWDallas.com.



Now every dog can be like Toto — or rather, Dorothy, from The Wizard of Oz with this emerald red Swarovski dog collar. For the glam canine, the collar is red velvet with rhinestones on a sterling silver base and a Swarovski crystal bow centerpiece. The other dogs will be so jealous. The collar is priced at $75.

Available through


Platinum Pets continues to rework the dog feeder into something snazzy. These new Olympic dining bowls are made of stainless steel in a food safe powder coat and the stands are wrought iron and thus durable for both indoor and outdoor use. The bowls come in 16-, 32- and 64-ounce sizes and are priced from $23.99
to $26.99.

Available through  Amazon.com. Platinum Petsoffers a 20 percent coupon for Dallas Voice readers when ordering through Amazon.
Enter code HRPZZ06B during checkout for their products.



Fashionista dogs likely have their own set of clothes, but do they have a wardrobe closet? Complete with hangers, this wardrobe is ideal for Spot to put away those sweaters for winter and hang up the raincoat after those not-so-sunny walks outside. The wardrobe is priced at $89.97; the raincoat starts at $55.

Available through

—  Kevin Thomas