Dear Gay Santa,
Everyone at Queerty and our parent company GayCities has been
incredibly naughty relatively good this year. We’ve worked very hard to keep our readers up-to-date with the great strides made in achieving equality during the past 12 months. We’ve also applauded all the notable folks who’ve come out this year, we’ve hissed at all the haters and cheered all the queer proposals that took place in 2013. So now it’s payback time and we’ve compiled a list of things we want for Christmas. We tried not to be too selfish. (Believe it or not, no one asked for a lap dance from Tom Daley or Robbie Rogers.)
The Queerty and GayCities staff
Pour yourself another brandy egg nog and scroll down for our lists.
Les Fabian Braithwaite, Queerty’s Assistant Editor:
Blackglama mink coat
It becomes a legend most.
There’s nothing else worth wearing in the winter time. And for some reason, people love a full-grown man in what is effectively a baby’s pajamas.
I want to step up my Instagram game and it’s got the best camera on the market. #SELFIESforDAZE
Scott Gatz, Queerty’s CEO and GayCities’ Founder/CEO:
Super cool that it learns my patterns (and even sees me walk by) to program my heat.
It’s a fire detector that works with the thermostat to see me walking around my house. It also turns on a nightlight if I walk under it at night and just wave for times under it to shut it off in case of my cooking has gone bad (and smoky). It also sends me a popup message on my iphone if the battery is running low.
Someone got me this last year and I love it. Facial Fuel is the best moisturizer and I love their shave cream too. I used everything in this pack (and would love another.)
Oscar Raymundo, Queerty’s Marketing and Communications Manager:
Porn from Andy Warhol to X-Tube by Kevin Clarke
Matt Baume, Queerty’s Contributing Writer:
How to be Gay, by David M. Halperin
Paul Landholt, Queerty’s and GayCities’ Marketing and Sales Associate:
Graham Gremore, Queerty’s Contributing Writer:
Attachments by Lorraine Feather
This is super random, but I first learned about jazz singer Lorraine Feather after hearing her 2008 album Language. Her witty lyrics and subtle sound made me an instant fan. Her latest album Attachments was released in August 2013 and was just nominated for a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
Gray Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag by Overlap
Forget brown paper bags: I want to carry my lunch in style with this custom waxed cotton canvas reusable lunch sack. The classic-looking bag is touched off with a leather strap and brass buckle.
Nautical Bow Tie by For The Guys
Whether you’re going preppy or hipster, a bow tie is the perfect accessory to complement any look. They’re fun, classic, and always get a compliment. For The Guys is an Etsy shop run by a woman named Barbara who makes all her products by hand at her home in Maine. My favorite is her Navy “Anchors Away” nautical bow tie. The best part: You can order them “pre-tied,” which means you don’t have to figure out how to tie them yourself. (Ain’t nobody got time for that!)
I’m all about funky reclaimed home accessories. Ralis Design, located in Iceland, has an awesome table lamp made from driftwood found in the snowy region of Siberia. It has a rustic look to it that I just love. And at just $59, you can’t beat the price.
I’m a sucker for all-natural skincare products. I recently discovered Bonny Doon Farm, which is located in Santa Cruz, CA. They have an entire line of luxury skin and bath products. I love their spruce-scented Soap of the Lodge bar soap. They also make a great sandalwood scented soap for men.
Jeremy Kinser, Queerty’s Managing Editor:
The lime, basil and mandarin and grapefruit-scented candles have found favor with the former Posh Spice so this is likely as close as I’ll ever get to finding out what David Beckham’s bedroom smells like.
A sizable donation to AIDS Lifecycle
Donate $1K to this incredible organization that helps raise AIDS awareness and funds the search for a cure, but do it in the name of homophobic Duck Dynasty
pinhead patriarch Phil Robertson.
A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel True (1907-1940) by Victoria Wilson
Since I already own the stunningly-illustrated new bio of my other favorite classic leading lady Vivien Leigh, I’m eager to devour this epic portrait (1,044 pages in just the first volume!) of one of the cinema’s toughest dames who remains one of the most endlessly fascinating queer icons.
Jake Myers, Account Manager for Queerty and GayCities:
It’s one of Oprah‘s favorite things this year!
Gabe Cooper, GayCities and Queerty Marketing, Content and Community
Just to be classy
Chris Bull, co-founder GayCities, Inc., editorial director, Queerty:
The coolest black leather jacket made this year, from uber-chic Japanese designer, Julius. It’s an imitation of a fencing jacket, in silicone-coated calf skin, so it will serve as my urban nightlife combat outfit. (The model, for the shop Archive For Men in SF, a veritable fashion museum, is pretty sweet, too.)