Today’s gift suggestion

WATER WORLD

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

Today’s gift suggestion

ORGANIC IS GOOD

Simple Truth Organic brand foods give you nearly 250 items that are missing something … specifically, man-made chemicals. From the coffee to the breakfast cereal to the olive oil and even chocolate chips for baking (or just munching out of the bag), this selection of products available exclusively at Kroger and online shows you don’t have to sacrifice flavor to eat healthy.

Available at Kroger, 4142 Cedar Springs Road and other locations and at SimpleTruth.com.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Today’s gift suggestion

Looking for something unique to give a voracious reader that’s not same ol’, same ol’? Here are some ideas.

Who’s not interested in Hollywood scandals? You’ll get a big smile when you wrap up Full Service by Scotty Bowers. This book is filled with OMG moments, featuring yesterday’s stars and the man who knew them (all too well). Another biography you may want to wrap up is Inside the Vortex by Justin Hernandez. It’s a series of personal essays on life, dating, living, and surviving from the creator of the blog Naked in New York City.

Your novel lover enjoys a good mystery, too, so he’ll love Third You Die by Scott Sherman. This whodunit, the third in the series, features former callboy and part-time P.I. Kevin Conner in yet another sleuthfest, this time a gay porn sensation who took a short swim in a long river. Also look for The Mile by Robert Lennon. It’s the story of a man who tires of the way his life is going and decides to step up his running game. Will there also be love to chase?

The mom who just learned the truth about her child will love reading Mom Knows: Reflections on Love, Gay Pride, and Taking Action by Catherine Tuerk. This book is part biography, part essay, and — for LGBT parents — all reassuring, with a dose of charm. And speaking of Mom, Riding Fury Home by Chana Wilson is the story of Wilson’s childhood with a mother who endured attempted “cures” for her lesbianism back in the 1950s. It’s frightening, sobering and surprisingly joyful in places.

For the giftee who’s a fan of art and nude paintings, then Gorgeous Gallery: The Best in Gay Erotic Art by David Leddick is a must-wrap. Filled with beautiful artwork from centuries ago to the present, in several different mediums including photography, this book from Bruno Gmunder might be just what you need for that special someone on your list … as long is he’s over 18.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Today’s gift suggestion

WINE WITH A KICK

Flappers used to drink champagne from a shoe; now you can serve it from one, too. The stiletto wine caddy makes a kitschy hostess gift or a wonderful way to display your own vintage wine at a faboo gay soiree. Hey, a guy can never have too many high heels. A variety of styles, all hold standard 750 ml bottles. ($29.99–$34.99)

Available at Tapelenders, 3926 Cedar Springs Road. 214-528-6344. Tapelenders.com.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Today’s gift suggestion

SOCKS IT TO ME

During winter, we all contend with cold feet and dry skin, so luckily we have Kissable Socks to combat both. This new line from VH Apparel comes in a range of colors, styles, fabrics and even packaging, but they do have something in common: They feel good on your feet. The heavy chenille versions are warming, but there are also versions infused with aroma and emoluments. Yeah, we know they are marketed to women, but the one-size-fits-most selection — including those infused with botanicals, minerals and toe socks that are comfy for a pedi — means we know at least one gay guy who doesn’t mind a little cross dressing.

Available at VHApparel.com.

 

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Today’s gift suggestion

GET NECK-ID

The holiday season means one thing: Holiday parties. And there’s no better way to look in a festive mood than with a Christmas necktie from Dubal Bros. This pre-tied accessory, which comes with matching hankie, is available in a assortment of colors and designs, all of which show your spirit of the season (and, in the Diesel underwear shown with it, the hottest guy in the least amount of clothes at the company party). ($24)

Available at Outlines Menswear, 3906 Cedar Springs Road. 214-528-1955.

 

 

—  Arnold Wayne Jones