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It’s that time of year when we all think about what to give the people who matter most to us. It’s always a last minute thing and always a struggle for most. According to Consumer Report, 75 percent of all retail store gift buying takes place on the final three days before Christmas. And so, if you are like everyone else in Los Angeles, don’t worry, the Los Angeles Blade has you covered. Here’s our comprehensive holiday gift guide”

Giving Back

The WaterAid #GiveAShit Mug is the perfect conversation starter. Engage your friends over coffee when you explain that 2.3 million people worldwide lack access to a decent toilet. Two-tone molded ceramic. 9oz. Dishwasher safe. Proceeds go to help WaterAid’s mission of reaching everyone, everywhere with water and toilets by 2030.
$15.00

WaterAid #FinishThirst Tank Top: Show your support to #FinishThirst in style. With every purchase you will be supporting our mission to reach everyone, everywhere with clean water by 2030. The soft feel and great drape of this racerback tank makes it the coolest tank for trips to the gym, hot summer days, or for layering. Made from our ultra-soft Bamboo. 100% organic. Made in USA.
$30.00.

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a non-profit founded 10 years ago by the mom of a little boy named Liam who was battling cancer, offers delicious holiday cookies in 11 gourmet flavors including Mint-Night Chocolate, Ginger Spice, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, to name a few. Cookies can be purchased by the dozen, as a cookie of the month subscription or in honor of a child who has battled cancer. Every box ordered supports research at the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers.
A box of a dozen cookies is $29.99.

Looking Good

Here’s how to ensure your complexion glows and lips are mistletoe-ready:

NeoStrata SKIN ACTIVE Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum: The brand’s NEW and most potent serum to date launches in November. This supercharged serum volumizes slack skin, renews tone, and smoothes skin with a proprietary triple antiaging complex of Aminofil®, Gluconolactone, and Hyaluronic Acid. Once you have this product, cross aging backwards off your holiday wish-list. @NeoStrata

HALO: Repair skin damage from summer sun with the celeb-approved HALO laser treatment. The hybrid laser combines two different wavelengths to target both upper and lower layers of skin. Just one session can help even texture, reduce pigment problems, improve tone, and diminish the look of pores. With no downtime, you won’t miss one holiday shopping trip. @halobysciton

DefenAge Clinical Power Trio: This breakthrough skincare line corrects up to 16 signs of aging with its patent-pending key ingredient – Age Repair Defensins®. These miracle workers minimize pores and wrinkles, firm skin and improve evenness, brightness and hydration. The Clinical Power Trio includes a 2-Minute Reveal Masque, 24/7 Barrier Balance Cream and 8-in-1 BioSerum so you can get party-ready skin in 1-2-3. @DefenAge

HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36: Protect skin from winter burns with this all-in-one moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen. The highly effective hydrators, antioxidants and skin-soothing phyto-nutrients will keep your skin protected and glowing all the way up the ski lifts and down the slopes. @alastinskincare

EpiCeram-L Lip Care – Soothing Aloe and blend of vital lipids are exactly what your lips need to avoid cracking and feeling chapped this winter. This medicated, fragrance, steroid, and paraben-free lip balm protects your pucker and its pocket-size makes it the perfect stocking stuffer. @EpiCeram

This gentle, luxurious cream is formulated Pracaxi Oil extract—the miracle oil from Brazil—to hydrate hair while removing dirt, oil, and impurities. The nourishing formula will help to bring back shine, bounce, and body to hair. (Photo provided by Sephora)

MARAJÓ™ is made with the hydrating, restorative Pracaxi Oil extract found in Alessandra’s native country of Brazil and has been revolutionizing the industry since its recent launch. Users of the innovative new hair products experience salon-like results from MARAJÓ’s simple 2-step regimen. The Nourishing Cleansing Crème refreshes as it fortifies and hydrates hair, while the Deep Treatment Butter works to help restore, protect and add vitality while not weighing hair down.

Philosophy’s “hope & grace” initiative is the first of its kind in the beauty industry to support mental health and well-being. Millions of LGBTQ people worldwide suffer from mild to serious mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, self–esteem and financial worry.

So if you would like to support this worthwhile beauty brand, they have gentle products like “all is smooth, all is bright!,” a complete pore-perfecting regimen which gently resurfaces, retexturizes and refreshes, revealing a smoother complexion with less-visible pores. Your soft skin is infused with all-day hydration. $34

For a guy’s sensitive skin, Philosophy’s mattifying moisturizer is enriched with skin-soothing ingredients to calm freshly shaved skin. the lightweight texture absorbs quickly, offering lasting hydration without heaviness or greasiness. A perfect pre-shave primer.

Winter is here and bad hair days are coming with it. Joico, a renowned haircare brand, offers several products that enhances and restores the strength and shine of hair during the most festive time of the year.

Joico K-Pak Holiday Trio W/Gift Tote 3-pc. Value Set – 24.9 oz.
Damaged hair’s hero $33.9

Gadgets are always a big score when opening holiday presents. This season, there has been nothing girls have wanted more than big, plump lips and JuvaLips is a convenient and natural way to get them. Gifting something significant on your honey’s holiday wish list will show them you really care.

Achi’s new line of beauty products include gel polishes for amazing manicures that will last and tweezers to keep a beautifully groomed face throughout the chilly season. These essentials make adorable stocking stuffers for the person who loves to open pretty things. Achi gel polishes come in scents that will put you right in the bright and cheery holiday mood. No matter what holiday you’re celebrating, achi has colors tied in with every festivities whether it’s fizzy champagne shimmer, snow white or as red.

The Cleopatra Cat Eye Stamp is a unique product that solves a key problem, creating a perfectly symmetrical “cat eye” or “winged eye” look in less than 60 seconds with minimal effort. The patent- protected stamp is a compact pen- shaped applicator that features a cat eye stamp on one end, and a slender nib on the other. It is available in two different sizes, bold and sleek.

PHLUR’s holiday giftset features three distinctive fragrances: “FOR HER” includes Hanami, Moab and Siano; “FOR HIM” includes Hepcat, Olmsted & Vaux and Greylocke and “ANYONE” includes Hanami, Moab and Hepcat. Also, $5 from every full-size bottle purchase goes back to the Central Park Conservancy and the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature – an offshoot of the UN). $18 – includes a beautifully wrapped sample set of 3 trial vials.

Raphael Beyond Spa oils can be used on either dry skin as a moisturizing aid, or on slightly damp skin post-shower to enhance relaxation and deeply penetrate skin, maximizing moisturizing and balancing benefits. Favorite products: Energizing Lemon Oil: A fresh, invigorating blend of lemon and citrus oils to awaken body and spirit. Soothing Lavender Oil: A relaxing infusion of lavender and herbs to calm the body and mind.

Burke Williams is a great place for a mini retreat. The stress of everyday life can get to you, which is why a massage for you and your person might be the perfect gift. And, you can take the spa home with you by using Burke Williams exclusive H2V skincare line. For more information on the spa and products visit www.BurkeWilliamsSpa.com.

Treat your loved one or dear friend to the LATHER Jasmine & Plumeria bath set for a romantic night in this holiday season. The sulfate-free bath gel can be used in the bath or shower as a body wash, or added to a warm bath for a soothing, aromatic soak. The body whip quenches dry skin with a rich, yet light, petal-soft whipped texture. And the non-greasy, silicone-free and lightweight body oil spreads easily and absorbs instantly with a “dry” velvety finish. Free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil and synthetic fragrance and colors, this set is a luxurious kit for the partners who want to stay in for a romantic evening for two but that won’t break the bank at $58.

Elevate your travel skincare ritual with the Ranavat Botanics Discovery Collection – Featuring 6 single-use masque sachets (2 of each: Kiss of Royal Tea, Eternal Reign and Flawless Veil) + 1x10mL Mighty Majesty fortifying Hair + Body serum all in our travel-friendly canvas bag – it is the perfect gift to ensure you look the part for any holiday or new years parties and your skin is prepped to meet the love of your life.

Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Beauty Escape Brazilian Beauty Essential Gift Set
$59.00 ($82.00 Value) – Sephora/Sephora.com
Your Sol de Janeiro favorites are great separately, but together they create a one-of-a-kind, full-body, sensory escape. No need to book a flight: with a spritz and a swipe, this intoxicating trio whisks you away to the sun-drenched beaches of Rio de Janeiro. And with all your obsessions in one place, you’ll always be ready to Love it. Flaunt it. and show You’ve got it!

Moonlight by Ariana Grande Holiday Gift Set ($52.00, Ulta/Ulta.com) a great fragrance for any Ariana fan. Also available is a gift set with a few of her perfumes.

Mirai Clinical has seen much success in Japan with its proprietary line of body care products containing persimmon extract – the one ingredient that eliminates certain body odors including nonenal, vaginal and foot odor.

Biolage R.A.W. Shampoos, Conditioners, and Stylers—a next-generation collection of natural-origin hair styling formulas. Biolage R.A.W. Styling provides a “naked touch,” with high performance styling results that are seen but not felt. ** All Biolage holiday gift sets retail in salons for $24-$40.

If you want a bit of lift in your hair, check out the voloom, a volumizing hair iron.(YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS THING!) Great for all hair types, it’s especially helpful for those with aging or fine hair.

For the Pup

For dog lovers, consider Nitey Leash. gay inventor Joseph Hassan created the illuminated leash, which helps keep you and your pup safe during your nightly walks.

Dog Lover’s Gift — $69.99, GourmetGiftBaskets.com

Pamper your favorite pooch with this delightful reusable tin perfect for keeping food and treats fresh, Fido or Fifi will discover an assortment of delectable doggie treats, like maple bacon as well as peanut butter biscuits, along with irresistibly fun toys. Complete with a knotted rope toy, bright bouncing Kong ball, and a soft fleece toy, this arrangement is guaranteed to keep their tail wagging!

Made in a human food plant in the USA and with 100-percent human grade ingredients, the new Daily Dish Stews from Caru Pet Food look, smell, and taste like a home cooked meal. The protein in these stews comes from meat and/or poultry, as well as chickpeas, flaxseed and egg whites. These delicious stews are made with non-GMO ingredients and do not contain any wheat, gluten, soy ingredients or animal by-products. Plus, they’re packed in 12.5-ounce Tetra Pak cartons, BPA-free sustainable packaging that keeps the stews fresh without preservatives. These stews make for the perfect stocking stuffer for those looking to give their pups a home cooked meal this holiday season and they’re perfect for holiday travel!

The Crazy Curly Chew Beef Bully Stick from Bravo Pet Foods is made from premium quality beef pizzle and are 100% all-natural. They help keep pet’s teeth clean and promotes healthy teeth and gums. These chews have no added preservatives, flavors or colors and are made in the USA.

Big or small, fluffy or short-haired, young or old, everyone loves photos of adorable pooches. So what happens when you pair the cutest pups on earth — who just happen to be in need of forever homes — with beautiful, hunky men? The year’s most buzzed-about calendar, that’s what.

Photographer Mike Ruiz’s 2018 calendar, “HeartThrobs and Hounds,” is thirteen months of perfection (1 bonus month in 2019) that will put a smile on your face every day of the new year.

Ruiz is a celebrity photographer whose clients include Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, and even legendary pop icon Prince. In addition to his work in Hollywood, Ruiz is known for shooting top male fitness models. “I admire men who have sculpted their bodies into works of art,” he says. “It takes incredible skill and knowledge to form human tissue to near perfection. Photographing their work is quite gratifying to me.”

The hunks in “HeartThrobs and Hounds” are some of the biggest male fitness models working today including James Alexander Ellis, Dragos Sykos, Myles Leask and cover-model Mike O’Hearn. Each has hundreds of thousands of followers online as well as a personal link to animal advocacy.

Mike Ruiz, too, is an animal rescue rockstar. He saved Oliver, a beautiful pit bull who had been left for dead, five years ago. Through Oliver, Mike was inspired to help other dogs like him by fusing his two passions — photography and dogs in need — together into an annual calendar.

For The Foodie

The perfect culinary treat, for you and your sweet, this homemade tomato and veggie rich sauce is a light compliment to any dish, made fresh at celebrity haven, Golden Door spa. Gay stylist Joe Zee was at the spa this year and loved it. Since it’s launch, the spa has been frequented by numerous celebs including Elizabeth Taylor, Julia Roberts and Amy Schum.

Golden Door has a variety of spa products too, including their fantastic face oil. Best of all, 100 per cent of all their profits go to children’s charities.

Thoughtfully’s holiday cocktail gifts welcome every family member to their place at the dinner table. Each ornament contains a festive cocktail mixer and name tag, perfect for personal place settings or unforgettable stocking stuffers. Each set contains cocktail mixes consisting of Candied Appletini, Cozy Sweater Cranberry Martini, Mistletoe Margarita, Tartan Plaid Mango Margarita, Blue Hawaiian Christmas and Red Nose Strawberry Margarita.

Check out the sports beverage, Hotshot, which prevents muscle cramps by stimulating the nerve. Invented by a Nobel Peace Prize winner and backed by science, this unique 1.5 fl oz, spicy drink helps fitness enthusiasts have a better overall workout experience.

If your recipient loves coffee, the Community® coffee Premium line is made only with 100% select Arabica coffee beans. Their Private Reserve line of gourmet coffees is made only with the top 1% of coffee beans from around the world. The wide variety of light, medium, and dark roasts includes their House Blend, which combines Colombian and Brazilian coffee beans, and the Louisiana Blend, which embodies the distinctive flavor of Community’s home state. Several seasonal coffees that are only picked and roasted during peak ripeness are available during their specific harvesting season in order to ensure maximum taste and freshness.

We love natural food company Crunchies and its tasty line of all-natural, freeze-dried fruit and vegetable snacks. With just one simple ingredient – fresh produce – Crunchies has developed a snack food that’s packed with nutrition.

Crafted with organic ingredients like cold-pressed coconut oil and fair trade cocoa powder, Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies offer consumers a clean treat they can feel good about eating. All Emmy’s products are made without artificial flavors or coloring and are certified USDA organic, non- GMO, gluten-free, soy-free and vegan. Plus, each serving of Emmy’s contains only six grams of sugar or less.

With dry cold weather, it’s always a good thing to stay hydrated. If your loved one loves to workout, make sure they drink Propel Water. Available in different varieties, the water has electrolytes that give you more energy.

If you can’t see mom this holiday, but still want to feel like she is close to you, check out Mom in the Mail, a home delivery baked goods box that makes you feel like she sitting right next to you. Perfect if you have a college kid who is away from the fam.

Flahavan’s Irish Oatmeal.
They are Ireland’s oldest family owned business (over 250 years) and practice 100% sustainable milling. Their oatmeal is delicious, much creamier than any American oats and they have a ton of really cool recipes (oat sushi, boozy oatmeal, etc.). Not to mention, they are high in beta glucan, which is great for gut health.

HelloFresh Gift Card
For the young couples, empty nesters, or notorious takeout devotees on holiday shopping lists this year, this is a gift they will all be thankful for with no wrapping paper required. While anyone can deliver a box of food, HelloFresh opens an experience that goes beyond the final plate and brings the fun of cooking back into people’s lives. By covering the shopping, planning, and delivering step-by-step recipes and ingredients, customers can relax and enjoy all there is to love about cooking — and eating! In just a few easy-to-master steps, home cooks can chop, zest, and sauté like naturals thanks to recipes that take just 30 minutes. Starting at $59. Gift cards are available at hellofresh.com. *Ships nationwide excluding Alaska and Hawaii.

Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes
This ready-to-eat oatmeal, packed with grains and fruit bites, is perfect for a quick breakfast or snack on the go! Available in five delicious flavors, including Apple Quinoa Cinnamon, Maple Pear Quinoa, and more, they are gluten-free, non GMO, vegan and high in fiber.

Munk Pack Protein Cookies
With 18G of plant-protein and 6G of fiber per cookie, Munk Pack Protein Cookies are a delicious, on-the-go protein bar alternative. In flavors like Double Dark Chocolate, Coconut White Chip Macadamia, Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Raisin Spice, these vegan and gluten free cookies are soft baked and filled with fiber.

Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beers & Ales
The newest craft beverage collection to come from BCGA, Brooklyn Crafted brings seven bold ginger flavors into the mix due to popular demand. Made with 100% real ginger, the 12 oz. bottle flavor profiles include Extra Spicy Ginger Beer, Sugar Free Ginger Beer and Sugar Free Ginger Ale. The 7 oz. mini bottle flavor profiles include Traditional, Earl Gray, Lemon & Lime and Mango.

Gender Fluid Clothing

UglyChristmasSweater.com has some great sweaters for LGBT readers. This brand new one has been a huge hit with our gay social media influencers so far:

We bet that these fun, playful, and sometimes very suggestive sweaters resonate with customers, who also can customize their very own exclusive sweater to say or show whatever they’d like using their sweater customizer

“Balls” Ugly Christmas Sweater

Let’s Get Elfed Up Drunken Elves Ugly Christmas Sweater

LaCoste has hot boxers for your man to wear. He will look so hot you may even forget to drink your eggnog!

Thinking of “gifts for her” during the holidays can be a real challenge, especially when you don’t want to break the bank. This season, check out French Affair’s gorgeous selection of bralettes that offer everything you could want in a gift– comfort and style all for $20 or less.

The Spa Dress® is a slip-on towel with less wardrobe malfunction than a traditional towel, changing the way we use and wear towels. Doesn’t fall when you need a towel to stay up, reducing public displays of ’towel dropping syndrome’ found prevalent at spas, healthy clubs, and in particular, hotels opening doors to room service. Stretchy top provides light support.

It’s the perfect time to add a few necessities to your wardrobe with the new year coming around. American Made Supply Company (AMSCO) creates all around apparel that can be dressed up, dressed down and lounged in. Layering is the perfect way to stay warm and achieve trendy yet comfortable fashion combinations. AMSCO’s T-shirt necklines won’t twist or torque and have pre- washed materials that come out of the dryer looking the same way every single time.

You can’t go wrong with the Classic V-Neck Pocket t-shirt, outfitted with their signature pocket adding a bit more style. You can throw this on going to the gym, or out to dinner with friends. Keep the bottoms clean with nice chinos or fresh jeans, with a spotless pair of shoes.

Black Lapel is a hot new fashion brand that specializes in high-quality custom suits, shirts, blazers and more — all online and all from the comfort of your home. The brand also has great accessories like the Grey Geometric Pocket Square (featured here), which would be perfect for many types of suits, giving you just the right added flair. The beauty of Black Lapel is that it’s reasonably priced for upscale items and its style experts will work with you to custom design exactly what you want to wear.

One of their newest additions is a WOW-inducing Blue Velvet Dinner Jacket. Just imagine how you would look in this gorgeous jacket at your next festive dinner party. It’s also available in Deep Purple and Black, depending on just how much you want to make a statement. Let’s face it, any man arriving to dinner wearing one of these jackets will be the very definition of handsome.

Obama Watches offers five limited edition, collectible timepieces, including an “Obama Pride” watch— a perfect gift for any LGBT that is missing our former POTUS (guaranteed to be more accurate than Donald Trump… LOL!) FYI, three of the items are in the Smithsonian Institution. Retails for $75.

Looking slim is always hard during the holidays, with all that eating. But if you are wearing Skinnytees, their fabric works to create a shrinking effect, specifically around the mid section. Skinnytees are longer in length than most tanks and tops and this extra length really works to elongate the figure and create a slimming effect.

If you are looking for unique jewelry, PONO by Joan Goodman has beautiful pieces. $265.00 Glittering, glamourous and playful, the Stella Resin Choker is the gift of sparkle. Made from beautiful Italian resin, this colorful show-stopper is all adazzle!

PONO’s Polaris Drop Resin Earring is lovely too.  $130.00
Like shimmering beacons of light across the night sky, the earrings are the cool girls answer to modern elegance. Available in 4 colors.. each gal can wish upon her own star..

Larissa Mini

There are loads of pretty new dresses for the holidays too on www.tahariasl.com. Their Embroidered Crepe Fit-And-Flare Dress, this flattering v-neck dress style is accented with piping around the waist.

Also lovely is the Bell-Sleeve Plaid Jacquard Shift – $138.00. Finished with faux suede edging the boat neck and slant pockets, the classic plaid is modernized in this jacquard knit dress with of-the-moment bell sleeves.

Flag & Anthem’s chinos are a great fit for holiday. Available in 3 different styles (Oakland Slim, Nashville Straight, Portland Relaxed) and a handful of colors, the Castleton Chino ($59.50) is known for its comfortable fit, trendy look and is appropriate for any occasion.

Evolve by 2(X)IST: Sleepwear Makes a Great Gift. Just in time for the gifting season, Evolve has brand new sleep and underwear lines. The sleep collection (online only) features two ultra-comfy options: Space Dye Crew with Zip Pocket and Pant – in Burgundy and Black and Mesh Panel Shirt with Moto Pant / Capri– in Heather Grey and Varsity Navy

If you are looking for something really special to wear this holiday season, look no further than AQ/AQ, which feature gorgeous jumpsuits and dresses in dynamic colors..

BED|STÜ boots and sandals are attractive and comfortable. Just like no two finger prints are the same, each BED|STÜ product is distinct. Inspired by the resilient streets of Brooklyn, New York, BED|STÜ opened for business in a small Los Angeles warehouse in 1995. Lots of styles to choose from.

Give your loved one the gift of art this holiday season with K-apostrophe’s signature prints. Los Angeles-based mixed media artist K’era Morgan creates a colorful world in her small works on paper and has a long term love affair with textile traditions from around the world. All prints start at $36 and are printed on 100% textured cotton archival paper with fade resistant ink. Perfect for the interior design buff or art lover in your life.

Music

Is learning guitar on your friend’s bucket list? The new American Professional Stratocaster is the latest evolution of the world’s most-loved electric guitar, with a host of new features aimed at professional players. Kick off their musical journey with Fender Digital’s new digital learning program Fender Play ($9.99 per month through Dec. 31), an online and mobile platform geared to educate beginners and intermediates alike on guitar foundations. Fender, in addition to its talented team of world-class instructors, as well as music professors from esteemed universities, developed the curriculum making it feasible for beginners. Subscription gift cards will be available for purchase on Fender.com.

The Christmas season is in full show tune swing now that the 19th volume of the popular Broadway’s Carols for a Cure album has arrived. The latest compilation from the beloved series continues Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ tradition of pairing the casts from award-winning Broadway musicals with seasonal songs that are both classic and new. Once again, the result is pure magic and is sure to help make the 2017 holiday season shine brighter than ever before.

For The Home

HGTV star Josh Johnson’s has had tremendous success with his signature product, the “Sparklicious Pillow” by Josh Johnson Home, available in different sizes and colors. Johnson also sells “Hollywood Glamclock,” which was an exclusive gift to A-Listers backstage at this year’s Emmys. All of these items are featured and available to purchase on his website, www.JoshJohnsonHome.com .

“My husband and I are the founding, Senior Pastors at InVision Church LA, which is a Christian, non-denominational church that is INCLUSIVE,” said Johnson. “Our primary focus is to reconcile members of the LGBTQ community to a relationship with God. We want to be an example of the “REAL Jesus”, and to reflect Him in all we say and do. We proclaim a steadfast, bold decree of acceptance, affirmation, and inclusion for every child of God in our midst and every person that is to come, regardless of race, gender, class, background, or sexual orientation.”

Deck the halls with fabulous nutrition! Abs are created in the kitchen, not the gym… so cheat now and stash NutriBullet’s latest secret weapon for January 1. The Nutribullet Balance’s built in Smart Nutrition SensorTM connects to an app via Bluetooth and visually counts calories, protein, carbs, fat, sugar and more—it’s like having your own Virtual NutritionistTM at home!

NutriBullet BalanceTM takes out the guesswork with no more recipe books, measuring cups or eating programs. Connect NutriBullet BalanceTM to your smart device to get REAL-TIME nutrition data as you build recipes customize recipes to your tastes set and track nutrition goals, ward off chronic disease.

T3 makes a really good shower head which filters remove dirt, odors and other impurities from your shower water.

Greige is a dynamic ecommerce furniture store, run by gay owners/best friends Scott Frankum and Doug McNatton. Frankum is not your average sales guy, his insight into each item is impressive.

“There is a book I love by a guy I know who used to be the Curator of Architecture and Design at SFMOMA,” notes Frankum. “Aaron Betsky makes the case that gay people become visually astute adults because we recognize our own otherness early on. Consequently, we spend our lives looking into the eyes of others to see if we will be safe with them. Over time, all that looking makes us visually sophisticated and often leads us into appreciation for design. In that way, design-forward products are queer.”

If you want more info on the book: https://www.amazon.com/Queer-Space-Architecture-Same-Sex-Desire/dp/0688143016

Britten Couture’s new Dirty Linen® sets make the perfect gift for any host or hostess! Hot-stamped in metallic foil with one of their cheeky sayings on our thick and luxurious Linen-esque®, or as they like to say, Linen-risqué, napkins and guest towels are sure to liven any soiree!

Guest Towels in this fun gift box set/12, includes three of each saying;
Take Me, Want Me, Have Me, Use Me Hot-stamped in gold metallic foil on our luxurious Linen-esque® paper guest towels 8.25″x4.25″. MSRP: $32

Lutron Caséta Wireless Lighting System (SRP: $99.95): Caseta Wireless (dimmer and pico remote control) is small enough to fit into a stocking – you can simply control your lights (on/off/dimming) in your home, perfect when getting the kids in bed before Santa comes. It’s also pretty affordable, too. You can purchase the Smart Bridge (pictured) separately, which hooks up to your home’s WiFi router to control via your phone or using voice devices like Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Sonos.

If you love fresh flowers, Bouqs are available in a variety of sizes (Original, Deluxe or Grand) and prices range from $40-$80 (including shipping). All flowers are grown on sustainable, eco-conscious farms in California or South America and are cut to order then shipped directly from the farm to your door.

Recently featured on Shark Tank, The Sleep Styler is a lightweight, ultra-soft hair roller that both dries and curls a user’s hair while they sleep. Made from 100% microfiber materials, The Sleep Styler quickly absorbs moisture while remaining dry to the touch. The Sleep Styler works with short, medium, and long hair lengths, and can be used to create straight, curly or wavy looks.
$29.95 plus S+H; bundle pack of mini and large $54.90

An ode to unforgettable So Cal, the Jennifer Adams Lux Collection Sheet Set feel even better than they look. Whether you use the top sheet or go California-style, Lux will have you sleeping in incomparably soft comfort.
Lux Collection Sheet Set

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For The Drinker

Want to know the perfect gift for that fashionista in your life who loves a libation? Pick up a limited edition bottle of Disaronno designed by legendary Italian fashion house, Missoni. According to Paul Zahn, their gay director of brand ambassadors who is well known in the LGBT community, the bottle is filled with the original amaretto liqueur and is a collector’s item.

“One of their biggest accounts is Weho’s The Abbey—it’s no wonder Disaronno has been a staple at many LGBTQ events,” said Zahn, who noted that the brightly colored zig zags Missoni is known for makes the bottle a perfect holiday accessory.

Disaronno has partnered with iconic fashion houses like Versace and Moschino in the past, donating a portion of sales to Fashion 4 Development, which helps humanitarian efforts in Africa.

For health conscious gifting, Blüm Beverages is a non-alcoholic, plant-based, low calorie, botanical elixir. Blüm offers two culinary-inspired blends: Uplift is loaded with anti-oxidants and yerba mate and gives drinkers an elegant boost for social engagement, while Zen is loaded with hibiscus, chamomile, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants which help you relax and un-wind. Both blends balance earthy tones of brewed herbals with brighter floral notes.

Jameson Caskmates is a one-of-a-kind whiskey created out of passion for craft, quality and neighborhood collaboration. Finished in stout seasoned barrels, Jameson Caskmates combines the triple distilled smoothness of Jameson Original with the richness of stout beer, adding notes of coffee, cocoa and hops for a truly unique finish.

Jameson The Blender’s Dog celebrates the role of Jameson Head Blender, Billy Leighton; a tribute to his craft and the fine art of blending. A master at matching whiskeys across ages and characters, Billy is tasked with uniting the crafts supplied by distiller and cooper to create harmonious, perfectly balanced whiskeys.

Named after Billy’s go-to instrument, a ‘dog’, used to collect whiskey samples from the casks, The Blender’s Dog pays homage to Billy’s ability to bring together complementary spirits from Midleton’s extensive range of maturing stock. The second of three in The Whiskey Makers Series to launch in the U.S., The Blender’s Dog focuses on the art of marrying whiskeys.

Altos Tequila Plata is made from 100% blue agave grown in the Los Altos highlands of Mexico. Complete with herbal notes of cooked agave, thr Plata is slightly citric and sweet with a fruity aroma. It’s a classic tequila for the modern world.

Malibu Rum is a light and sweet rum infused with smooth and creamy coconut that is perfect for happy hour.

In celebration of everyone’s two favorite things at this time of year (chocolate & wine!) – Kim Crawford Wines has teamed up with Brooklyn based desert company, Mini Melanie to create a delectable box of 24 karat gold, Sauvignon Blanc infused, chocolate cake truffles, to pair with the brand’s limited edition 2017 Holiday Bottle.

These one of a kind, assorted boxes of dark, milk and white chocolate truffles are hand-painted with 24 karat gold leaf and adorned with mini gold sugar dragees. Dark chocolate ganache made with Kim Crawford Wines Sauvignon Blanc oozes from the center with every bite.

Légende, a collection of wine that offers the Lafite Bordeaux experience at a fraction of the cost, is a lovely drink for those who like to relax with a glass after work.

Mionetto Prosecco is releasing their brand new Luxury Cuvee Anniversario 130th Anniversary Millesimato in celebration of 130 years as Italy’s foremost Prosecco producer. This is the perfect wine for any occasion (and specifically for that Prosecco lover in your life!).

Patron Silver Limited Edition Tequila 1L $59.99: This beautiful limited-edition 1 liter bottle was inspired by Mexico’s rich heritage of art deco design. The bottle features a black and silver handcrafted pewter label, intricately adorned with detailed geometric lines and the iconic Patrón bee.

We love the Ferrari Rose NV to add some sparkle to holiday season. It’s the perfect addition to any holiday spread as it looks festive in a glass and the fresh, fruity taste in combination with the flavor of sweet almond supported by an acidulous vein makes it extraordinarily appealing.

Also lovely is Vina Casablanca Pinot Noir Nimbus 2015 from Casablanca, from one of Chile’s best regions for producing Pinot Noir. This Pinot Noir is garnet red in color. The nose displays black fruits like blackberries and blueberries, notes of earth and forest undergrowth. A wine of medium, complex body. The palate is enhanced by the silky texture of its tannins.

Moët Impérial Golden Sparkle Bottle (SRP $39.99) – A chic dressing of the House’s iconic Impérial Brut champagne, this bottle embodies Moët & Chandon’s unique style of bright fruitiness and elegant maturity with a seductive palate; the gold bottle adds a touch of glistening glamour to all holiday meals.

Moët Impérial Golden Sparkle Gift Box (SRP $39.99) – This festive go-to gift for seasonal festivities will make any party-goer a crowd favorite. Bringing a bottle of Moët & Chandon’s iconic Impérial Brut Champagne will add a golden touch to any end of year festivities.

Moët Impérial The Greatest Entertainer Gift Box (SRP $39.99) – In partnership with 20th Century Fox’s holiday hit movie The Greatest Showman, a film inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, Moët & Chandon’s limited edition gift box is the perfect offering for any movie or Hollywood fan.

Fresh off the boat, The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey was launched in the U.S. just this month, making it the perfect gift for even your biggest whiskey-loving friend or client who is unlikely to have it yet. The whiskey is aged in Oloroso Sherry casks, which gives a smoother, light and fruit-forward taste.

Best served neat or poured over one large ice cube to savor the clean malt flavor followed by the complexity of spices, nuts, and sweet oils, the whiskey is a perfect holiday gift to yourself after a long day of cooking and dealing with relatives.

The striking, hexagonal black bottle makes for a modish gift and looks very cool on anyone’s home bar or shelf. Retails for about $27.99.

Travel

The London Fog Heathrow 21” Expandable Spinner from Leisure Merchandising, a hardside carry-on in 100% polycarbonate that features maximum durability with a scratch-resistant micro texture finish. A silent 8-wheel system with precision tracking control makes maneuvering through crowded airports and aisles a breeze. A thoughtfully organized interior offers zippered dividers, integrated shoe pockets and small zip pocket. MSRP: $300

The Kate Nylon Under Lock & Key Fabia Tote from LODIS features dual-function exterior zippers that can be used as a pocket or a slot for a suitcase handle; interior zip, slide and phone pockets; and a padded laptop compartment. Kate keeps your personal information “Under Lock & Key” by blocking hackers with RFID protection in the interior zip pocket. MSRP: $224

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Valentine’s gift of love is in the air

Something for everyone on your Valentine Day shopping list.

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In such hard times, it’s always nice to show a little love to the ones you care about! Los Angeles Blade has a plethora of lovely, exquisite gifts for everyone on your Valentine’s Day shopping list. We have thoughtful gifts for him, gifts for her, and them! (And if you want to show some love to Mom too, we have some great gift ideas for her too!)

For The Body

Rooster Essentials is a fully Self-customizable men’s grooming store–you choose what you want and how often you want it and the company delivers it right to your door! So your man will never run out of toiletries, personal hygiene and grooming products ever again. 

Currently boasting nearly 200 products from more than 80 brands, Rooster  offers an expertly curated selection of lifestyle essentials and grooming necessities. Their goal is to make sure you always have everything you need to look, feel, and smell your best. RoosterEssentials.com

Daphne’s Is Offering A Valentine’s Day Two-Person Feast All Week Long (Locations Across California) In time for Valentine’s Day, Daphne’s is transporting guests to the Mediterranean coast. Starting on Monday, February 8th through Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb 14, Daphne’s will offer a 3-course dinner for two for those who want to celebrate the Mediterranean way. The package begins with a hummus and pita starter followed by two entrees with a protein of choice (gyro, chicken kabob, or falafel) served with basmati rice, a house salad, and pita bread with tzatziki sauce, and complete with choice of cookie or baklava dessert for $19.99. To find available locations in your area, visit daphnes.biz.

Fascia Stimulating Tool

The Pause Fascia Stimulating Tool, an FDA-cleared Class 1 medical device, is engineered to stimulate fibroblasts—collagen-producing cells within the fascia connective tissue. Research suggests that external skin stimulation can reach beyond the surface to the subdermal level. Gentle stroking with The Tool to improve blood flow, support cell turnover, remove waste, boost collagen production, and optimize overall skin nutrition—which can help minimize sagging and enhance volume and elasticity. Price: $115. You can buy on Amazon, Nordstrom, see Pause Well-Aging.

Luxie Glimmer Set Price: $80

Luxie also has their Glimmer Set, which was inspired by rose quartz and the healing qualities and properties that come from the earth’s natural creation. The latest generation of synthetic tapered heads provide extraordinary performance and make this new set indispensable to all makeup enthusiasts. Explore the full array of looks the set helps you to perfect. 

For Him/Her/Them

LiveLids

LiveLids is the ultimate in personalized gifts – a cap with an LCD display embedded unto the crown that allows its users to wirelessly upload and highlight images of their choice. The wearer can choose to show off their fashion savvy, favorite sports personalities or teams, rock or pop singers, or whatever fandom they love.

Ambition Worldwide “World’s Fair Collection” highlights both the brand’s NY roots with a pair of drawstring shorts in black destined to become a wardrobe staple due to its incredible fit and extended drawcards. It features the Gilmore D. Clarke unisphere logo referring to the 1964 New York World’s Fair in Queens, NY. Since its inception, Ambition Worldwide has earned cult reputation as classic streetwear, earning raves from fashion and entertainment industry insiders like director Spike Lee and the cast of Fox’s hit series, Empire, some of whom became early aficionados of the brand.

Swiminista’s Faithful Onepiece

The most elegant design, Swiminista’s Faithful Onepiece sits high on the neckline and features a chic keyhole cutout design. The thin braided ties weave through to the back and are adjustable to allow for the ultimate personalized fit. An underbust seam with hidden, removable softly moulded cups offers support and style. Designed in California. Eco-minded, luxury recycled material. Comes with a travel pouch.

Venus Mask Chain

Blossom & Stone has created a beautiful Venus Mask Chain  (https://www.blossomandstone.com/venus-mask-chain ) which offers an opportunity to feel protected and grounded in an unpredictable world, while keeping ourselves and each other safe. Every chain is handmade to order with love and intention; rose quartz and clear quartz are charged in the new and full moons, and selenite is a natural energy clearer to keep you grounded. Glass beads are incorporated to keep the chains lightweight, and every order comes with a pair of silicone eyeglass chain loops for versatile wear.

DickPrint

DickPrint provides the perfect fit to show off your man’s manhood and boost his confidence. It’s fashion athletic wear with soft, quick-drying fabric great for nights in or days at the gym, designed for ideal comfort while transitioning through different parts of your day. Show off your sense of humor and your DickPrint.

Cameo Nouveau

Marisa Rae Corrado is a fantastic entrepreneur who launched Cameo Nouveau, a fashion website which features a beautiful array of new fashions and vintage finds. 

She has been a designer in the fashion industry for over 15 years and was recently furloughed due to COVID 19. Marisa has made use of her creative energy to launch her  lifestyle brand, which focuses on jewelry and home decor.

My Mom For Me

One of the amazing brands on the site is My Mom For Me – designer Mishky trains and employs women from low income communities to become artisan weavers and create these hand beaded beauties. This program encourages women to work from home in order to provide love, care and parental guidance to their children while having a sustainable income.

And Now For Something Different!

Sex in a Swing

The pandemic may have curtailed travel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a wild ride in the privacy of your own home. Sexswing.com offers a variety of easy-to-install swings and slings guaranteed to take you higher and higher. You can bolt them to the ceiling or use in a stand. And once the pandemic is over, there’s even a portable swing that fits over a door, which you can pack in your suitcase and take on vacation. 

For The Eternally Romantic Person!

Nothing stirs the passionate heart like a fresh rose with its velvety soft petals and inimitable fragrance. But that beauty has been short-lived … until now. Empress Flora has created roses in a multitude of vivid colors that remain vibrant and smell wonderful for at least a year. One of the gift selections even comes equipped with a video screen for recording a sexy message that, too, will last for years.

Limited edition collaboration of Blvck Paris x Coup Champagne $225 in matte black bottle, this 2004 Vintage Brut Champagne by J. de Telmont opens up to delicate notes of ripe lemon, white-fleshed fruits and brioche. Lovely volume, full body yet also freshness and mellowness on the palate. Remarkable fullness and lengthy fruit exposure.

Weed Cellars has a fantastic fruity wine–Italian Sparkling Rose is a must for Valentine’ Day! Purple violets greet you on the nose of this wine, along with whiffs of lime, peach, and vibrant red berries. A strawberry core meets with raspberry and tangy grapefruit on the palate. A vivid rosé that is beautifully textured and generously ripe, buoyed by fresh acidity. Pair it with seafood, cold meats and charcuterie, crab cakes, calamari, baked seafood, sponge and mousse cakes.

For The Fitness Geek

There’s nothing sweeter, especially these days, than good health and fitness. 

This Valentine’s Day, treat your significant other to their very own Kemtai virtual personal trainer. You can choose from an extensive menu of workouts created by personal trainers from around the world AND available 24/7. There are gym classes too! Kemtaiuses computer vision and AI to see you and give you precise, real-time, feedback based on your exact movement. It’s just like having a ‘real’ personal trainer in your house, adjusting your angles and motivating you along the way.  And, you don’t have to be a millionaire to afford this. Monthly subscriptions are equivalent to that of a TV streaming service.  All you need is your lap top. Get Fit: Get Kemtai! App.kemtai.com   

For The One Who Loves to Learn

Love means bringing out the best in your special someone. This Valentine’s Day, inspire their inner genius and raise their level of confidence with the LINGO Coding Kit. LINGO makes coding super simple, incredibly fun and is truly perfect for the beginner – young or ‘older’. Learn that you CAN do what you never thought you could! Build a back-up sensor for an autonomous car with a hardware/software combo. Yes, YOU CAN!!  LINGO comes with a detailed, simple to follow, guide booklet as well as helpful instructional videos to walk you through step by step. Enjoy hours of fun, appreciating your loved one and exploring your new love of STEM!  www.stemlingo.com

Confessions From Angels is a rare, but extremely gifted spiritual being, with a direct line to the Divine and Angelic Realm. She channels messages through the Angelic Realm, various synchronic events and with the use of lot of emojis to ad description, character, and sometimes a little bit of humor  to her daily readings on Instagram: Confessions_from_angels

She has a talent to blend both material & spiritual energies together, romantic & spiritual energies together and even mental & spiritual energies together by using intelligence, truth and logic to her various readings.If you are lucky enough to get a private reading from her, she does not hold back. She will tell you what the Spirit Angels feel you need to know, not necessarily what you want to know.

She always adds positivity and angelic guidance from the Universe to all of her readings. You will not be left with questions, but with Divine inspiration and a clear direction in which direction to follow.Confessions From Angels specializes in Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine Soulmate Connections & and the rare yet coveted Twin Flame connections.

Confessions From Angels gives advice to harmonize and blend both masculine and feminine energies successfully, and with her professional background in the Medical, Managerial & Academia world’s, she is an excellent source for a career related reading as well.

Residing in the Chicagoland area, she is quickly becoming one of our very sought after, up and coming tarot readers of our time.

Sabrina Bradley, recognized as one of LA’s true hidden gems, is a minority entrepreneur and a holistic skincare expert who has overcome so many obstacles in her life. She believes your face is your passport to the world, so learning to take care of your skin is crucial.

As its name indicates, this age reversal stem cell cream will definitely have you stopping traffic with your glow! This product is handmade in small batches using plant stem cells from Japanese Gardens. Yes, it is basically a fountain of youth!

Its natural ingredients help stimulate collagen and restore elastin. Your skin will look hydrated due to the hyaluronic acid and your pores will not be clogging. This combined with fatty acids, Squalane, and Jojoba will have you glowing from dawn to dusk! 

Everyone wants to glow, so these Custom Cryo Globes by Sabrina took note of the best tips and are here to maximize your skincare routine. This product was made with exclusive Cryo Technology to stay could and penetrate through your skin to improve blood circulation and tighten your pores.

If you want to help your skincare products penetrate deeper into your skin, these globes will help you do that! Roll inwards and outwards for 20 seconds then rotate and massage for up to three minutes. You will come to realize a few days into this routine and your skin will be glowing like all those celebrities on TV.

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It’s not too late to give

We can’t be together this year, so send something!

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Holiday shopping for your friend or family member can be a tough task, which is why people often put off buying until the last minute!  Lucky for you, Los Angeles Blade has crafted the perfect gift guide for all your loved ones! Given that everyone is struggling right now, please consider these purchases from these wonderful businesses all year round!

For That Fun Friend

DICK ON A DESK

If there is one thing we learned in 2020, it’s how much we miss having fun. As many of us work from home, work responsibilities seem to be creeping outside of the typical 9 to 5 office hours and into our daily life. It’s time to change all of that. As adults, we don’t get Santa, or the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy. We get Dick. Thankfully, Dick is pretty cool. And he comes with a classic storybook tale about the joys of dicking around that will undoubtedly influence generations of sad adults. Life is for living, not just for working. Reclaim your humanity with Dick on a Desk.  www.dickonadesk.com

Barefoot’s Pride Packaging Collection features four unique and colorful designs that celebrate the strength and resilience of the LGBTQ+ community, and each design pays tribute to those who have made a significant impact on the community during Barefoot’s 30+ year history of allyship. Barefoot’s Pride Packaging Collection designs are featured on Barefoot Brut Rosé Bubbly bottles and Barefoot Rosé Spritzer cans. These bottles are great for host/hostess gifts for very small holiday gatherings or as a gift for your bubbly loving friend. Additionally, a portion of proceeds from Barefoot’s Pride Packaging Collection, up to $60,000, will benefit Free Mom Hugs – a non-profit supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

For Him/Her/Gender Fluid

There are some great gifts available at Out & About Supply, which has a collection of luxurious and stylish masks, blankets, totes, hip bags, and duffel bags, encouraging people to safely enjoy the outdoors for a walk, hike, picnic, small gathering or a weekend away.  Based in Silverlake and founded by Kathryn Hampton, owner of local interior design firm K2S Studio, and Dickey DeBiase, this is a great example of how local companies are applying their experience and resources in new ways to help during these unprecedented times.  A portion of each sale will go toward building recreational space in underserved communities through The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust.   https://shop.outandaboutsupply.com/

Santa isn’t going to need any help with this two-piece Santa bra set from 3Wishes.com – the online purveyor of all things sexy. This lovely set includes a stretch satin and net half cup bra with marabou trim, adjustable straps, a matching garter belt and a g-string. Whether you’re the one wearing or admiring, this is a unique ensemble for all who have been naughty or nice. Or choose from one of their many sexy lingerie ensembles.

Robbins Bros has some wonderful sales if you are ready to pop the question! According to their research, nearly 90% millennial gay female couples have purchased traditional diamond engagement/wedding rings. About 65% of millennial gay male couples buy a diamond wedding ring for at least one partner in the relationship. Lab-grown diamonds offer an option that allows couples to get a bigger and more brilliant diamond than they may have expected. 

SOUNDOFF is a black and LGBTQ-owned, gender-neutral streetwear brand. Their new collegiate-inspired Varsity collection includes a new collection of hoodies and crewnecks that offer premium comfort without sacrifice. 

The “S” hoodie pullover  and SOUNDOFF crewneck are both made of an ultra-comfortable fleece sponge that you’ll never want to take off. 

For the Home

Copper Cups

If you are looking for a beautiful gift for the home chef, check out accomplished coppersmith Sara Dahmen, who makes incredible artisanal items for the kitchen. Her 1.7 lb. solid copper cups retail for $90 and makes a great present! She also creates copper pots and straws, and re-tins, buffs and polishes old copper pots for clients. Her latest book is called Copper, Iron and Clay, a beautifully photographed book that shows you how copper cookware is made, cooking with copper and fantastic recipes.

Shop Now: Look for her work at housecopper.com!

Flights in Stilettos

FlightsinStilettos makes a terrific soft, makeup towel that is a perfect stocking stuffer! The company is owned by Kinyatta E. Gray, and is based on her real-life glamorous travel style. These face cloths are ideal for traveling and can be washed and reused hundreds of times! The company also makes a fantastic  “Love Wins” Towel, which is perfect for lgbtq couples on their exotic beach getaway. https://www.flightsinstilettos.com/glam-girl-beach-

For The Foodie

Los Angeles’ only shop featuring solely female-made wines is Vinovore–their wine bundles are perfect for any price point on your gift list – they are filled with a fantastic rotating selection of available wines and accoutrement. The “you can’t go wrong” gift, these bundles can include cheese, chocolate, or a variety of wines based on buyer preference. All the customer needs to do is pick the price point, and Vinovore will handle the rest. I am sure owner Coly Den Haan, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, would appreciate your support! 

Tiato Kitchen & Garden, sister restaurant to Crustacean Beverly Hills, has some amazing gourmet holiday takeout and delivery offerings for Christmas that are available to order. With exclusive menu options,  get your traditional favorites with An Family’s Cal-Asian flair. Tiato’s holiday meal packages and a la carte menu options offer the best fare from one of California’s most revered restaurant families in the comfort of your own home. And yes, the An family’s world-famous garlic noodles are being offered!

Weed Cellars brings you the Pride edition of a special white wine blend comprising 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier wine. Honor love with each sip as you enjoy rich notes of pear, ginger, jasmine, and honey. Dry and fruity, this wine has been meticulously crafted for perfect finish. Celebrate life. Celebrate you!

 Barebells Functional Foods™ was launched in Sweden in 2016 to offer products high-in-protein that never compromise on flavor. Since the launch, the functional food brand has revolutionized the industry with its bestselling protein bars delivering 20g protein and no added sugar* – a real treat for everyone who wants to feed their cravings.

KÖE is the only kombucha that’s fruit-forward, USDA Organic and packed with probiotics. KÖE was created for non-kombucha drinkers – people seeking a delicious, functional, sparkling beverage without the vinegary taste. KÖE is available in five flavors that are vegan, gluten-free, and certified Kosher. Made with black tea, natural fruit flavors, no artificial ingredients, and 100% organic cane sugar, each contains billions of live probiotic cultures and 15mg of caffeine. Formulated with just 9g sugar and 35 calories in a shelf-stable can, KÖE is the perfect on-the-go companion.

For Those Missing NYC: 

Magnolia Bakery is your one stop shop for sweet treats and gifts for everyone on your holiday list this year. From holiday cookie + brownie sampler boxes for your family to festive cakes + cupcakes for your Secret Santa; DIY Banana Pudding Kits for a virtual holiday party giveaway + Magnolia Bakery’s newest cookbook, The Magnolia Handbook for the aspiring home baker. The Magnolia Bakery Holiday Gift Guide has the perfect token for everyone and at every price point. No matter what the holidays look like this year, Magnolia Bakery will make sure that there is something delicious to celebrate!  Each holiday treat is available for nationwide shipping via Goldbelly and directly from Magnolia Bakery’s Holiday Gift Guide.

Katz’s Deli offers various packages via its nationwide shipping platform along with the option to ship individual items. The iconic deli has been serving traditional Jewish deli fare in the LES for over 132  years, and this year has been no different, offering a constant place of comfort, quality and family at a time where New York needs it the most. Their pastrami and corned beef sandwiches are the gold standard for an ‘authentic’ NYC deli experience, thanks to Katz’s emphasis on traditional slow-curing processes and hand-cut slicing techniques. Today, Katz’s  ships their deli classics nationwide, with free shipping for orders over $100. 

Some great holiday gifts include: 

Katz’s Classic Subscription Package which provides the true taste of New York every month. It includes hand-carved pastrami and corned beef, plus all the fixings to make the classic Reuben and legendary pastrami on rye sandwiches. Each monthly package contains the most popular hand-carved meats & deli specialties. Subscriptions are available in 3-month increments. Subscribers will receive their package on the third Thursday of each month.  

For those unable to get to NYC right now, the Taste of NY Package provides the perfect alternative. The package includes 1 lb. pastrami, 1 lb. corned beef, 1 small hard salami, ½ loaf seedless rye bread, 1 qt full sour pickles, 6 classic Katz’s frankfurters, 6 frankfurter buns, 1 lb mustard, 1 lb sauerkraut, and 6 classic NY bagels.

Katz’s Complete 3-Course Dinner for 4 is the perfect special meal for the holiday season. The package includes 1lb each of hand-sliced pastrami and corned beef (2 lb total), New York deli rye and mustard, housemade matzoh ball soup, tangy full sour pickles, and rich old-world cinnamon babka. The dinner can also be ordered via Amazon.  

Seeing as it is the season of giving, Katz’s will continue its neighborhood and feed the frontlines charitable initiatives throughout the holiday season and New Year, always being a reliable and comforting mainstay.

Soothing Lips

If you want your person to have soft lips, consider gifting Miage Skincare’s new lip treatment product, Bloom La Milpa. This item does so much more than hydrate your lips – it’s a healing treatment, too. Miage is the first skincare line to entirely forgo water and bring into play, the effectiveness of isotonic La Milpa cactus juice and micro-molecule nutrient formulas. This works in osmosis with your skin to heal, nourish, and pamper your skin.

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If you are going to see daddy this weekend for Father’s Day, you might consider bringing him a gift. There are so many unique and fun ways you can “I Love You” and Los Angeles Blade has a few gift idea for you.

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Gelson’s is offering a wide selection of thoughtful gifts which make it easy to celebrate with your #1 guy. Here are some fun options that Dad is sure to love: Cowboy Ribeye steak with a bottle of Big Poppa’s double secret steak rub; Grilling tools; Cheese/charcuterie plate; Sees candies, peanut brittle and Toffee-ette’s; Father’s Day balloon bouquet; Selection of Wine & Spirits and Wine Accessories.

Customers can place their orders and pre-pay online then visit their local Gelson’s during their reservation time.

Consider bonding with dad in the kitchen by ordering a Blue Apron box. You will get lots of great dishes for the family to cook. All the meals sound amazing–you can order the ingredients to make Southern-Spiced Chicken with Potato Salad & Maple Green Beans, Seared Steaks & Lemon-Caper Butter with Oven Fries, Curry-Peanut Chicken with Sushi Rice & Marinated Vegetables or Mexican-Spiced Shrimp Tacos with Guacamole & Poblano Pepper! Yum!

A great way to bond with dad is to take a cooking class together. Impastiamo is an amazing new online cooking platform. You can take an array of great cooking classes via Zoom through them! And all the chefs involved are incredible! Most of the money goes to the chef, many of whom are really hurting during this difficult time. Classes are only $12.50 and can be booked via the company’s website.

HomeSomm is making fresh homemade pastas and sauces for you to prepare at home. You pick up, head home, boil water, heat the sauce and assemble. There is nothing better than fresh pasta! Plus Owner/sommelier Chris Lucchese, a wine expert,  will be giving you wine recommendations for your meals! Chris will be opening up a new wine bar this fall!

A great place to take dad for lunch is Lady Byrd Café, a charming, neighborhood gem nestled up in the hills of Echo Park. Committed to providing environmentally friendly farm-to-table, fresh, organic ingredients, with a wide variety of options for vegans, meat eaters and those with anyone looking for a delectable and unique dining experience, their selection, curated by Chef Fred Reyes, is sure to impress. He offers a fresh take on American cuisine, utilizing flavors that will undoubtedly please everyone’s tastebuds, drawing particular inspiration from French, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines.

Carvery Kitchen has some fun stuff planned on their Instagram for Father’s Day! So check them out! The restaurant is known for their excellent meal prep delivery and helping their community, as well as their slow roasted meats. Dad will love their new and exciting twist on your typical deli food. And if you are in need of paper products (tp paper, paper towels etc.) and other grocery items (like pasta) they have that too! For children under 18: free grab-and-go meal available for curbside pick-up (child must be present) 8:00a – 7:00p. Just drop by, no advance order necessary. For seniors 65 and over: 30% off all meals (free delivery). Order by phone or online.

Interstellar (Santa Monica)

The internationally-inspired all day café will be offering a special bone-in prime rib dinner, seasoned with a garlic pepper rub, and choice of truffle fries or mash potatoes that customers can order ready-to-eat, or they may choose to sear the meat themselves at home. Additionally, Interstellar has created a “beers and brews” beverage add on, which includes 4 beers of the customer’s choice (options ranging from LA’s Boomtown Brewery to Japan’s Kirin-Ichiban) alongside a box of fresh cold brew coffee, made with beans from Onyx Coffee Lab. Preorders are encouraged and can be placed via phone at 310.310.8820.

Urban Plates (locations throughout Southern California)

The chef-driven, fine casual brand that focuses on delicious, craveable and affordable foods made with clean, whole food ingredients will offer a Ribs Family Meal for Father’s Day (available 6/17-6/21). The composed meal includes four half racks ribs, large side of roasted old bay potatoes, large side of harissa corn on the cob, and 4 slices grilled rustic bread. The Family Meal is priced at $59.95 at all locations.

El Torito + El Torito Grill (locations throughout LA and OC; see here)

El Torito will offer its award winning all-you-can-eat Sunday Brunch Buffet with Father’s Day special menu items within the buffet, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Buffet allows guests to visit many stations where we will serve them from a variety of offerings like their favorite Hot Mexican Entrees, a Taco Station, Fresh Salads, Dessert Bar with Banana Locas made to order and other tempting sweets. Servers will take orders for made-to-order omelets, traditional menudo and pozole and freshly carved tri-tip and ham as a Father’s Day special. Plus, bottomless mimosas! Prices vary by location; reservation can be made online via OpenTable or by calling the restaurant location of choice.

Acapulco (locations in Glendale, Costa Mesa, Downey and Marina Pacifica)

Acapulco will offer a special all-you-can-eat Sunday Brunch for Father’s Day from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Guests can select from a variety of offerings like Mexican Entrees, Taco Station, Salads, Dessert Bar with Banana Locas made to order and other sweets. Servers will take orders for made to order omelets, traditional Menudo and Pozole and—special for Father’s Day—a carving station with tri-tip and ham all brought to you at your table. In addition to bottomless mimosas, Acapulco will serve $5 Bloody Marys, Micheladas, Cadillac Margaritas and select Bottled Beers. $29.99 Adults / 8.99 Kids; reservations can be made online via OpenTable or by calling the restaurant directly.

SOL Cocina (Playa Vista, Scottsdale, Denver, Newport Beach)

Inspired by the best of coastal Baja California, SOL’s kitchens feature a unique spin on fresh, healthy, coastal Mexican food, lovingly made from scratch. Treat the family to Sol Cocina’s Father’s Day brunch and dinner will be available Saturday and Sunday, all day. Menu highlights include the award-winning Taco Vampiro made with a double tortilla with cheese, serranos and green onions, guacamole, chipotle sauce, cotija cheese, and salsa fresca with choice of carne asada or grilled chicken; Pork Carnitas (available for dinner only), and the Grand Clase Azul Margarita. Reservations can be made online via OpenTable here, or by calling the restaurant.

Solita (Huntington Beach and Valencia)

Simplicity at its best for the father who loves specialty Mexican dishes and good food. Father’s Day menu items include the Pork Belly Dorado Tacos house-smoked with amarillo hot sauce, onions, cilantro & slaw; Skirt Steak Asada made with wood-grilled angus steak, avocado, jalapeno toreados, scallions, and chimchurri, served with 2 sides, among others. Round of the meal with specialty margaritas, craft cocktails, or select from a wide selection of tequilas or beers.

Las Brisas (Laguna Beach)

Celebrate Father’s Day, all day, with Las Brisas’ four-course prix-fixe brunch ($75, includes bottomless mimosas) and dinner menus ($85). Brunch highlights include Prime Rib with mole-potato puree and charred scallion; Crab Scramble with scallions, crème fraiche, crispy potatoes, and fresh corn tortillas; and French Toast with seasonal fruit, cacao nibs, toasted macadamia nuts, and tangerine butter, among other menu favorites. Dinner features the famed Halibut Veracruz with capers, olives and rice; Steak & Lobster Enchiladas with guajillo sauce, tomatillo sauce, black beans, and rice, and more. At Las Brisas—the historic landmark restaurant perched cliffside with a view of the Laguna Beach coastline—the menu is inspired by the traditional authentic cooking found throughout Mexico. Our chef inspired recipes are perfected by adding simple ingredients to the region’s wealth of fresh seafood. Reservations for dine-in are available via OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at  949.497.5434.

Health/Well Being

Even a case of Hint Water wouid be a nice gift. It’s so important for your dad to stay hydrated! And Hint has a range of great flavors for you both to try!

ELSIUS is a healthy energy drink with no crash or jitters, unlike traditional energy drinks, and clinically proven to accelerate metabolism, burn fat, burn calories, boost endurance and help build lean body muscle. It is a great drink for dad since it has 7 essential vitamins; zero sugar, no added artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, no aspartame, no high fructose corn syrup, non-GMO and very low sodium.

FitFighter  is a  strength and conditioning system originally designed for the fire service and based on their own patent-pending Steelhose free weights and iOS training app. Give dad the timeless, priceless gift of strength, spirit, and service with a FitFighter Steelhose Home Gym Set, Made in the USA out of real fire hose, complete with iOS workout app, safe for kids, and perfect for home exercise.FitFighter was originally designed for FDNY Firefighters and is now available to the public. A portion of Steelhose sales sponsor the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation supporting Veterans, First Responders, frontline healthcare workers, and their families.

If your dad is big on smoothies, look into Roma Desai Patel’s fantastic organic, plant+based protein powder called Tejari Blends. It’s all organic, plant based protein powder. Roma is an ex-Coke employee who became very passionate about nutrition. She is coming out with new flavors next month, Cacao and Vanilla!

If dad loves to exercise, he will love RECOVƎR 180°, a new holistic hydration drink with 3x the electrolytes and half the calories compared to other leading sports drinks. RECOVƎR 180° is available in three all-natural fruit flavors – Blood Orange, Açai Berry, and Citrus – and has a roster of professional athlete supporters, including NFL Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Major League Baseball National League MVP Christian Yelich and heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder.

Fashion

Lgbtq dads may be interested in Revtown, a performance denim brand that brings to mind luxury brands like AG and Joe’s –  but at a fraction of the price – $79 per pair. It is a great fit for you. These premium jeans are designed with the performance and comfort of an athletic pant, but with the look and feel of designer jeans.

Revtown is adapting to how people are purchasing by making great fitting garments and our proprietary digital tailor is what really makes us stand out..With their Digital Tailor,  you can size yourself with 96% accuracy in four clicks.

Daekshinco is a men’s and womenswear denim brand that just launched their first collection. Daekshin denim is made from Japanese selvedge denim. Selvedge denim refers to any type of selvedge that is made by means of using one continuous cross yarn which is passed back-and-forth through vertical warp beams.  With this method it gives maximum stretching capabilities. This gives extra space for comfortability that is hard to find in most denim products.

Deborah Lindquist is a fantastic an eco clothing, accessories, and home decor designer who has styled celebs like Sharon Stone, Pink, Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera and Rihanna. She has amazing masks you can buy dad that use leftover pieces from her upcycled denim jackets, embellished with appliques, studs, rhinestones and silk leopard, sari, vintage kimono prints.

Beauty

For the dads who love lipstick, check out Dirty Mind Cosmetics, lipsticks that have a range of vibrant fun colors, are vegan and cruelty free. This new indie makeup brand is sexy and carefree.

Avalon Organics Vitamin C Collection ($14.99-$29.99, Whole Foods Market, Amazon.com) Powered by Vitamin C, Avalon Organics® introduces the new Vitamin C Collection, a skincare line that provides consumer tested results, imparting a glow for rejuvenated skin. The complete line is infused with our Triple-C Complex, Olive Squalane, Kakadu Plum, Turmeric, Licorice Root and Milk Thistle, to allow you to take healthy, brighter skincare into your own hands! The formulas in the Avalon Organics® Vitamin C Collection are dermatologist tested!

Sephora.com, Algenist.com on June 16th and in-store at Sephora on June 26th)

The ultimate powerhouse for brightened, perfected and even looking skin. Formulated with Algenist’s patented Alguronic Acid, and an exclusive blend of Vitamin C from Blue-Green microalgae, antioxidant Phycocyanin, and AHA, BHA & PHA, this exfoliating peel visibly reduces the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Algenist’s proprietary Blue C technology allows this powerful peel to work deep into the skin’s surface to reveal fresh skin that has more radiance, a smoothed texture, even skin tone and an overall brighter complexion amplifying the skin’s radiance.

Goodhabit Rescue Me Glow Potion Oil Serum ($80 on Goodhabitskin.com; Travel sized (15ml) available in September for $26)

This triple-layered elixir combines the powerful effects of an oil, serum and essence into one do-it-all formula, while our proprietary BLU5 technology minimizes and helps prevent future signs of aging caused by artificial blue light. The top layer is packed with antioxidant-rich oils that infuse skin with moisture, while repairing damage, restoring elasticity, and imparting a rejuvenated look and feel. The serum phase helps prevent water loss, locks in hydration, and strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier. The rejuvenating essence phase plumps up fine lines, fades dark spots, and provides intense hydration. Instantly, skin looks and feels smoother, softer, and more hydrated with a radiant glow.

Alterna, the visionary creator of luxury haircare products free of harsh chemicals and additives, is thrilled to announce the launch of an entirely new collection aimed at celebrating consumer individuality and self-expression. Building upon the belief that hair care is self-care, My Hair. My Canvas. is the newest expression of Alterna Haircare’s transformational experience. Created to empower the millennial woman to define beauty on her own terms, these versatile and indulgently playful products offer her the products she needs to create a healthy foundation via the “blank canvas” that is her hair.

Bosley Professional Strength Bos-Renew Rejuvenating Scalp Scrub ($19.99 at Ulta.com and Amazon.com)

For those looking to improve scalp health and hair appearance, this soothing and exfoliating charcoal-infused scalp shampoo detoxifies, moisturizes and invigorates a compromised scalp to help attain optimal scalp health. Gently removing debris and buildup from the scalp and hair, this energizing product is made with essential oils and Bamboo charcoal to gently cleanse, moisturize and balance for healthier-looking hair. To be used 2-3x a month, this product is designed to enhance absorption of Bosley Professional Strength hair and scalp treatments.

For Doggy Dads

EarthyPup is the first of its kind, a sustainable/eco-conscious dog subscription box. The best eco-friendly option for dog owners and their pups. My dogs love their dog biscuits!

Hound & Gatos’ new dry food for dogs and cats features real poultry, fish or meat as the #1 ingredient. Plus, these recipes are packed with a spectrum of healthy superfoods, like blueberries, cranberries and dandelion greens. The result is a great tasting, limited ingredient diet that’s made in the USA and pea, chickpea, lentil and white potato free. Three grain free options are available for cats and three grain free options are available for dogs. Additionally, two varieties made with the finest ancient grains, such as spelt and quinoa, are available for dogs.

www.HoundGatos.com

For many of us working from home, our pups have recently become our newest coworkers; reward their hard work (and keep them busy) with Frankly Pet’s Beef Wraps, available in both natural and chicken flavors. Made in the USA, these chews are 100% collagen, making them a tasty way to strengthen joints, prevent injuries and ensure that your dog’s nails and coat are at their healthiest. Perfect for all life stages, from puppies to senior dogs, the rolls are a great addition to any pup’s balanced, healthy diet!

www.FranklyPet.com

Charlee Bear’s new Bearnola Bites are everything they’re baked up to be! That’s because they’re crafted with wholesome ingredients pet parents would find in their own kitchen pantry, like cranberries, peanut butter, honey and oats. Made without wheat, corn, soy, artificial flavors or preservatives, each crunchy cluster is bursting with irresistible aroma and taste. Plus, Bearnola Bites are perfectly sized for training or just for fun. Made in the USA by a family-owned company, four delicious flavors are available, including Blueberry Pie, Cranberry Cobbler, PB & Honey and Pumpkin Spice. Thanks to Charlee Bear, granola isn’t just for pet owners anymore!

www.CharleeBear.com

HandsOn Gloves are a revolutionary grooming tool that make bathing and deshedding as easy as petting your pup. The scrubbing nodules help shampoo get to the hard to reach undercoat and can easily handle shampoo bottles, hoses or leashes and leads without slipping. Plus, they gently clean matted or muddy fur, especially in the more sensitive areas like legs, face and ears, with ease.

www.HandsOnGloves.com

Caru Pet Food’s new Daily Dish Smoothies can be served in three delightful ways: squeeze up and directly feed to the pet, pour into the pet’s bowl or use as a topper to moisten or enhance the flavor of dry food. They contain no artificial preservatives or colors and are wheat, corn, soy and GMO free. Formulated as a special treat for dogs or cats of any age, size or breed, it’s a deliciously healthy snack to add excitement to their diet. Daily Dish Smoothies are simple to serve for a unique bonding experience.

www.CaruPetFood.com

Miscellaneous

Have you been made more aware of the seemingly endless sound of scratching in the walls and attic since you’ve been adhering to the COVID-19 “Stay at Home” order?  Several media outlets have recently published the significant increase of residential rodent infestation, due to restaurant closures and the lack of normally accessible food sources.  As rodents tend to carry an abundance of harmful bacteria and disease, this issue should not be overlooked especially at the present.

Zeev Dorfman, owner and founder of Southern California’s Rodents Stop, is a revolutionary in the Pest Control industry, utilizing non-toxic and proven solutions to effectively manage and eradicate rodents from your residence.   An independent and family-owned rodent clean up and control company, Rodent Stop services Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and San Bernardino Counties, applying their highly effective and years vetted five step treatment:

Staffing Properties founder Sam Palmer developed his company after identifying a need for himself and his growing family.  He lived for several years with his fiancée, Formula One Racing heiress Petra Ecclestone with their children at their Holmby Hills residence “The Manor”, the famed 56,000 sq. ft. luxury estate built by Aaron Spelling and sold last summer for the California record breaking price of $119.7M.   Managing a home of that magnitude required a sizable staff, and Sam found that locating the right personnel to form a cohesive team was extremely challenging.  Therefore, he launched Staffing Properties as the concierge solution to help those in need curate and assemble a top performing arsenal staff at a reasonable price.

The company’s recruitment process is simple and effective.  Staffing Properties’ teams of field experts begin by meeting with the potential client in order to identify their specific needs for a well-functioning home.  Once the precise requirements are determined, they organize a cost-efficient pricing strategy and begin the talent search in order to present a short list of potential candidates who have been thoroughly vetted by the company’s acute screening process.  Whether a staff of several dozen is required, or a modest work force will suffice, no project is too big or small and Staffing Properties ensures that a personalized, optimal and synergistic team will be forged.

 

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