HGG 2011 Gift-A-Day: Last minute gifts and stocking stuffer roundup

COUNTING IT DOWN

Whether you need to give to the coworkers, neighbors or just add to the gift stock pile by stuffing the stocking, these might help out on your decision making.

SPIRITS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

Moon Mountain vodka makes this holiday season more “green” that is certified organic by the USDA. Made in America, the artisanally crafted vodka is made from Midwestern corn, but in small batches creating the right taste to make it the perfect spirit to toast the season. The vodka is priced at $19.99.

Available at major spirits retailers.

FORGET SANTA

These Biscoff cookies are a surprisingly addictive treat, that it may be hard to give away. The crispy biscuits with the caramel flavor are ideal with coffee or even on their own. And a welcome alternative to usual holiday sweets with their light touch. Made from Belgium, these treats are vegan and contain 0 grams trans fat and 0 cholesterol per serving. So your recipients will be quite happy about these. Coming in a variety of counts and packages, these Biscoff Cafe Totes house eight packages of two. So you can get one for yourself and then try to give the other one away. You could leave them out for Santa but try not to eat them before he does. Ten percent of the purchases of this item go toward Teach for America. A set of three is priced at $16.95.

Available through Biscoff.com.

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU

For the Star Wars gamer geek — er, loved ones — comes this quirky stylus set. Made for Nintendo DS products, Star Wars fans can have their very own Clone Wars with these character-designed stylus lightsabers.  The stylus can be used for DS Lite, XL and 3DS and is for ages six and up. Priced at $9.99.

Available at Best Buy, Walmart, Target and other major video game retailers.

 

GAY FILM FEST

Breaking Glass Pictures has made gift giving for your LGBT movie fan rather enticing. The company that distributed the locally-made Ticked Off Trannies with Knives is offering a 30 percent off purchases made during the holiday season. Stack up on indie gay movie faves like Violet Tendencies, The Big Gay Musical and the 30th anniversary edition of the gay classic Taxi Zum Klo. Head to the site withthe promotion code “holiday” and snag a bargain on the films. Hey, you might even get one for yourself.

Available at BreakingGlassPictures.com.

 

 

 

BRUSH AWAY

Expect an eye roll if you give kids a toothbrush, but once they start handling his Arm & Ammer Spinbrush Proclean, they might get more on board. The battery-operated brush is a simple, but effective way to keep those pearly whites, um, white, with the appeal of being a whirring gadget. Don’t talk about how better it is than a manual toothbrush and dental health. Yawn for days. Hype up the dual action technology, the durable body style and what a grown-up “toy” it is. Because, of course, adults can use it to. Retails between $8–9.

Available at retailers nationwide.

 

—  Rich Lopez

Starvoice • 12.17.10

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Andy Dick turns 45 on Tuesday. He played the quirky Matthew Brock for five seasons in NewsRadio which ended in 1999. Since then, the bisexual actor has floated around movies and television. We love him voicing Jesus Christ in the animated show, Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, but  lately he’s been touring with his Andy Dick’s Stocking Stuffer Music and Comedy Show.

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THIS WEEK

With Mars semi-square Neptune enthusiasm and ideals can ignite huge fires. Especially in this holiday season of dreams, trying to dodge disappointments and enthusiastic partying isn’t easy. Focus on meditation, charity and humility.

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SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Trying to figure out your finances now will only make you crazy. If you must worry about debts, also make a list of assets. Don’t worry about getting it all penny perfect. That will come later.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Your efforts to get ahead get costly. Think ahead. Financial success is only a means to comfort and options. Focus on deeper values and keep everything else in proportion.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Worries that normally lurk in the back of your head are in your face. Tear them apart and put into perspective. Be adaptable and open without dithering and doubting.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
The future looks scary for good reason: It ain’t pretty. Still, your imagination is better put to finding light in the darkness than worrying about doom and gloom. Consider that your mission in life!

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Your friends mean well but they have a poor understanding of what you need to get ahead. Thank them for their support, but be clear on your goals and what it really takes to reach them.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
A tendency to mouth off gets you into trouble. You need a challenge and will find it more trying to develop a deeper appreciation for classical art or music.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Sexual experiments take you to places you never imagined and prove dangerous. Maybe that’s good, but be careful. This is not the time to experiment with skydiving or recreational drugs.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Mad, wild passion is thrilling, but don’t take a rush of hormones and sweat too seriously. Enjoy the moment. If you want to make promises, wait a while and be sure you can keep them.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Your eagerness and force of personality are a runaway train. Check with colleagues often and be attentive to their processes. Moderation is the key to cooperation and good health.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Safety first. A rush of playful enthusiasm gets you into all kinds of trouble whether it’s a scandal at work or a sports injury. Anything that can work up a sweat may be considered “sports.”

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Think about the best you can reasonably hope for and what it would take to get it. This season drips maudlin sentiment that easily provokes disappointments. Keep your balance.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Efforts to rectify family problems cause more trouble than they solve. Knowing the problem is good. Waving it in everyone’s face, not so much.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 17, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Holiday Gift Guide 2010 Online Exclusives

GADGET REST STOP

There is that one person who is a little too attached to their smartphone or mp3 player. Perhaps this stocking stuffer can give both him and the gadget some much needed rest. As a throwback to 1970s basement parties, this Beanie Chair Holder is the perfect and colorful way to relax that iPad or Blackberry. The holder is priced at $10.

Lug, 2805 Allen St., # 117.
214-613-7648. LugLife.com.

SATISFACTION GUARANTEED

Why not be a little bit naughty this holiday season? Tenga brings its automobile design background to the world of adult toys. Sleek and stylish, the Tenga Flip Hole is designed to give the best stimulation and sexual experience. Like, ever.  Plus, Tenga has designed this male self-pleasuring device with such elegance, that it’s OK if left out in the open. Priced at $129.

Alternatives New Fine Arts, 1720 W. Mockingbird Lane.
214-630-7071.

DRINK SMART

These LifeFactory Glass Bottles have a silicone sleeve and are suitable for milk and juice — they are also great for lunch boxes. Available in several colors and two sizes: 9 oz = $12.99 and 22 oz = $21.99.

Sundrops Vitamin & Nutrition, 3920 Oak Lawn Ave.
214-521-1606. Sundrops.com.

ROBOT ACTION

Yes, paper gifts might sound a little bit underwhelming, but you haven’t seen Piperoids. All you need is a pair of scissors. Just cut, fold and connect the pipes to build your own robot with movable joints in less than 30 minutes. Each character has a unique background story and after assemble it can be used as an accent for home or office. It’s like origami, but the cool kind. The items are priced at $16.50 each.

Iota Gallery, 3107 Knox Street
214-522-2999, IOTADallas.com.

SENSUAL SEDUCTION

Surprise every kiss with nature’s sweetest gift: natural honey. The silky-soft glow from these delicate powders offer delicious fragrance and an irresistible lure. Each beautifully decorated canister includes a powder-filled satin pouch and a handmade feather applicator to tickle more than the imagination. Better yet, the Honey Dust can also be used as a daily body powder or a fragrant touch to the bed sheets. Prices start at $23.99.

Condom Sense, 4038 Cedar Springs Road.
214-522-3141. CondomSenseUSA.com

BOOK SMART

E-books might never replace the real thing, but they sure are handy. Aluratek’s new Libre eBook Reader Pro joins the ranks for e-readers. They’ve partnered with Borders to offer a reader that won’t break the budget. With the latest monochrome reflective light LCD display technology, it eliminates those darn flickers during page turns. Battery life will hold up to 24 hours so when that book is just too hard to put down, you got some time. The Libre is priced at $99.

Available at Borders Uptown, 3600 McKinney Ave. (in West Village)
214.219.0512 or online at Borders.com.

—  Rich Lopez