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It’s the holidays, when red and green lights and huge wreaths and loud bells and furry fat men are visible from every corner. Let’s face it: It’s not a time of year to be subtle. So why not give a gift that reflects exactly how you feel? Give that sweetie in your life some intimate apparent from Priape, available at Condom Sense. Consider it a package you get to open on Christmas night! There are many sexy styles, cuts and sizes to choose from. $24.95.

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

Don’t think that just because Culwell & Son has been a staple in the Park Cities for ages that they only sell your dad’s clothes. They know how to dress everyone, including today’s fashion-forward club kids. Just check out their wide selection of shirts from dazzling designer Robert Graham. The company motto is "Knowledge Wisdom Truth," and this colorful couture never fails to attract attention.  Prices start at $178, but set aside enough to buy one for yourself — unless you don’t mind being upstaged by your boyfriend.

Culwell & Son, 6319 Hillcrest Road. 214-522-7000.

We all know the stereotype that gay guys love to preen and groom like more than monkeys in the wild. Well here’s a news flash for ya: It’s true. Instead of resisting it, why not give in and pamper that dashing man in your life with a shaving kit that includes a selection of high-end products: the Italian-made Santa Maria Novella razor, brush, bowl and stand with enough skin-care items to keep him gorgeous for months ($225).

Nuvo, 3900 Cedar Springs Road. 214-522-6886.

We do live in Texas, and no Christmas season would be complete without some gift that calls to mind cowboys, beef barbecue or whiskey. For the cowpoke in your life, why not mosey down to Lula B’s for a pair of vintage boots, priced as low as $35. Available in tons of sizes for men and women, in a variety of exotic skins, it’ll open the door for some post-holiday boot-scootin’!

Lula B’s Antiques, 2004 Greenville Ave. 214-824-2185.

Not everyone celebrates the holidays the same. Some like to be nestled all snug in their beds, and some prefer to be nestled snug in a tight-fitting leather harness with steel chains. Tomato, tomahto. For the fetish fiend in your life, buy some leather/BDSM gear from that stalwart purveyor of edgy accessories, LeatherMasters. We bet you’ll love the way he says "thank you!" Starting at $46.95.

LeatherMasters, 3000 Main St. 214-528-3865.

Café Coton wants everyone to look good, which is easy to do if you take a gander at its selection of 3-ply Egyptian cotton French cuff shirts ($135) and Italian woven silk neckties ($80). Luxurious and available in a literally dozens of patterns and colors, these clothes really will make the man… go wild for you!

Café Coton, Preston Center, 8300 Preston Road, Suite 310. 214-265-3900.

We can all use some direction in our life, but how about a compass right on your jacket? Check out the whimsical stylishness of Walter Wilson’s custom jackets, like this one available at Couture Consignment ($499). Fashion should be fun, and nothing’s quite as fun as a clever designer dinner jacket that’s both body-flattering and a conversation starter.

Couture Consignment, 2926 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-219-8588.

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Talk about a twisted artistic obsession: After gay artist Andy Warhol was seriously wounded when Valerie Solanas shot him in 1968, he turned a duplicate of Solanas’ revolver into the basis for his "Guns" series, reproducing multiple images that makes it both lethal and eerily, wonderfully Warhol. Art Frame Expo offers high-quality prints capturing the vivid color and exceptional detail of the original, as well as tons of other art. $149; second purchase half off.

Art Frame Expo, six Dallas locations.

Dallas painter Ron Radwanski is known for his large, colorful, abstract acrylic paintings that evoke the moods and senses of the natural world. This season, Radwanski is making his art even more affordable and doing something for one of Dallas’ most noteworthy charities. Through the end of the year, you can purchase a series of six of prints of Radwanski’s paintings in 8×10 inch photographic prints, signed, numbered and framed in a gallery float that can be hung horizontally or vertically. Sales of each $145 piece — limited to only 50 per work — benefit AIDS Arms Inc.

Ron Radwanski AIDS Arms art project,

Worry that Christmas has become too commercial, but don’t want to seem like a Scrooge by not getting into the holiday spirit? The Cathedral of Hope has a solution. For a $25 donation to the gay-affirming church’s Child of Hope program, you can get a tree ornament made of recycled glass, wire and ribbon. It’s an easy way to do something good for people, for the planet, for those on your shopping list… and for your wallet.

Cathedral of Hope,
5910 Cedar Springs Road.

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Our pets can be like our children, which means Christmas is the perfect time to pamper them with toys. Doggy Tug offers a complete line of double-stitched, industrial-quality terry cloth toys to delight, train and even torment the four-legged friend. Whether for exercise or playtime with you or a canine peer, these durable, washer-safe toys are a mouthful.

Doggy Tug, 2727 W. Mockingbird Lane, suite 102. 214-654-0101.

As kids, we all had to pose come the holidays for the dreaded family portrait. But you won’t find a package like this at Sears. Pet photographer Teresa Berg offers family pet sessions for $150, with professional studio photos that capture the beauty and individuality of man’s best friends. You can purchase everything from prints to custom-designed jewelry and accessories with your pet’s image.

Teresa Berg Photography, 214-557-2415.

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You’re not the only one who likes to dress up. Petropolitan has joined forced with Armhole to create a line of customizable T-shirts for your fashion-conscious pooch. Print whatever catches your fancy on a variety of designer looks, available in about a week for only $20.

Petropolitan, 408 S. Harwood St. 214-741-4100.

What is it about our pets chew toys that compel us to buy unusual shapes and colors? Don’t worry about Spot getting a mouthful of glass with the peppermint and Christmas tree-bulb chewies, which even have a place to stuff treats. GreenPet offers a range of these recyclable, non-toxic products from Orbee-Tuff. $10.95.

GreenPet, 315 Bishop Ave.

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What could be a better gift than a get-out-of-jail free card? You can almost do that with a hands-free Bluetooth car kit, available at Alta Mere. Don’t worry about getting pulled over for chatting on your handheld through a school zone. With a Parrot car set adapter ($389 installed), you can use voice recognition technology to dial up to 150 numbers and see missed and incoming calls on an easy-to-read display, and do much more.

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

Even in the winter, the gift of greenery makes a good one. Try a South American amaryllis hybrid for a stunning gift-that-keeps-on-giving. These far-from-standard varieties boast architectural blooms in red, pink, white, orange and burgundy ($18.99; can be arranged in pottery and stone vases as well).

Northaven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Road. 214-363-6715.

Actually, when it comes to Jennifer Morgan’s paintings, something as ordinary as a mouse is stirring… especially when as contemplative and droll as she produces. Morgan’s eye-catching, instantly-identifiable artwork — from the bargain "minis" that perk up the tiniest space to big ‘uns that can dominate a wall — have been a staple at Jones Walker for years. Wide selection. $50 to $350.

Jones Walker Home, 3010 N. Henderson St.
5813 Preston Road, Plano. 469-916-5500.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 28, 2008.

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