Doing unto others: it's the holidays, which means you've got too many gifts to buy for too many special people in your life. But we've got ideas for you--yes, we do--ranging from the geeky to the generous.
Even a queer ol' Scrooge who considers the adage "It's better to give than to receive" loathsome must admit that a gift benefiting a pro-gay cause is a fabulous thing. A few items from last year (or twists thereupon) are being offered again: Human Rights Campaign's "Bearie" ornament from artist Christopher Radko, PFLAG's fleecy fleec·y
adj. fleec·i·er, fleec·i·est
Of, resembling, or covered with fleece: fleecy clouds.
fleec pullover and fine California wines, AmfAR's holiday cards, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights MDS's snow globe and all-star Carols for a Cure compilation CD.
This year offers a cornucopia of nifty new items as well, from funky and hip to family-friendly, to benefit a wide range of causes and organizations.
Red Ribbon Watch, Suede Jacket, Snowy Card Set
Beneficiary: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
This elegant brushed stainless steel Cross watch 1, decorated with a tasteful antiqued red ribbon, comes in men's and ladies' styles. The luxurious brown suede jacket 2, features buttons engraved en·grave
tr.v. en·graved, en·grav·ing, en·graves
1. To carve, cut, or etch into a material: engraved the champion's name on the trophy.
2. with red ribbons and the Broadway Cares logo embroidered em·broi·der
v. em·broi·dered, em·broi·der·ing, em·broi·ders
1. To ornament with needlework: embroider a pillow cover.
2. into the lining. And Stefan Kalinka's watercolor painted cards 3, invite you to send holiday greetings in high style. Supporter Nathan Lane says BC/EFA BC/EFA Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS does "the most important work in the theater community." Watch, $210; Jacket, $175; Cards, $30/box of 12
"Same Love, Same Rights" lapel pin
Beneficiary: Rainbow Wedding Network
RWN's beautiful double-heart pin, displaying rainbow colors and the phrase "Same Love, Same Rights," proudly proclaims one's support for marriage equality--a bargain at just five bucks. Proceeds will be divided among regional grassroots organizations fighting for gay marriage rights at state and national levels. $5
2005 Peace calendar
Beneficiary: Living Proof
An acclaimed stage production by and about a 15-member troupe of urban Baltimore GLBT GLBT Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered youth, Living Proof is being adapted for a book and documentary film. The 2005 edition of Syracuse Cultural Workers' Peace calendar will benefit these works-in-progress. "The project is all about putting out a stronger presence for urban gay youth," says producer Erin Davies. "Living Proof is really getting the word out." $12.95
APLA APLA AIDS Project Los Angeles (California)
APLA Asia Pacific and Latin America
APLA Atlantic Provinces Library Association
APLA Antiphospholipid Antibody (syndrome) Holiday Cards
Beneficiary: AIDS Project Los Angeles AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease, reducing the incidence of HIV infection, and advocating for fair and effective HIV-related public policy.
Sean Hayes is such a card ... designer. So are Hilary Swank and Selma Blair, whose whimsical art decorates APLA's celeb ce·leb
A celebrity. holiday cards. Hayes's depicts gift boxes, Swank whipped up a "Peace Fairy," and Blair's floating girl reaches to touch a star. $14.95 per dozen
"Love Is Everywhere" designer shirts, Love Rocks CD
Beneficiary: Human Rights Campaign
Love is never out of fashion, especially when designers like Perry Ellis, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, and Calvin Klein are involved. Give one of HRC's "Love is Everywhere" limited edition designer shirts to your main squeeze, and throw in a copy of the Love Rocks CD while you're at it. The 32 contributing artists include Christina Aguilera, Pink, Melissa Etheridge, Ari Gold, the Dixie Chicks, B 52's, Mandy Moore, Dolly Patton, Cyndi Lauper, and Yoko Ono, who offers a Sade-esque mix of her queer anthem "Every Man Has a Man Who Loves Him." Shirts, $21.95-$38; CD, $19.98
"New Wave '80s" record clocks
Beneficiary: Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network
Share your love of the '80s and GLSEN GLSEN Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (New York, New York) with these one-of-a-kind timekeepers. Designed by Simon Cantlon, LoungeLife's record clocks incorporate vintage '80s albums and covers--from the likes of Adam Ant, Blondie, Erasure, and Duran Duran--plus decade appropriate fabrics, patterns, fake fur, and squiggly squig·gle
A small wiggly mark or scrawl.
intr.v. squig·gled, squig·gling, squig·gles
1. To squirm and wriggle.
2. To make squiggles. new-wave clock hands. $50
Holiday card by Shag, Radko ornament
For cool cats--and dog--L.A. retro lounge artist Shag (a.k.a. Josh Agle) designed these very chic holiday cards. PAWS/LA provides care to the beloved companion animals of people with life-threatening and debilitating de·bil·i·tat·ing
Causing a loss of strength or energy.
Weakening, or reducing the strength of.
Mentioned in: Stress Reduction illnesses, so help keep tails wagging with your purchase of holiday cards and Christopher Radko's adorable "Jingle PAWS" ornament. Cards, $25 per 10; Ornament, $40