The 2012 holiday season is officially underway—and that means its time to go shopping for presents! Over the next few weeks, the Queerty Holiday Gift Guide will offer some unique suggestions for big gifts, secret-Santa offerings and stocking stuffers. First up: some presents sure to warm the hearts (and other parts) of your nearest and dearest.

Photo: Andrew Christian




Hooray Hoopla mittens
If it seems like your gloves have a mind of their own, they just might: These whimsical handmade mittens from Ashley Connors and Hannah Lavon pit natural predators against each other—dogs and cats, owls and mice, even lions and gazelles. ($24,


Rag and Bone Zermatt Scarf
We want to marry this luxe Merino wool scarf from designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville.
($220, rag & bone)


Sensor Touch Cable-Knit Gloves
Hate having to yank your gloves off to answer your phone? With special conducive threads on the index finger and thumbs,these hand-washable knit gloves save you time and look stylish to boot. Available in black, red or ivory.  ($49.99,



Bearded Viking Helmet

What better way to protect your face from the wind than with a crocheted viking beard? It’s easier than growing the real thing and, when it gets a little ripe, you can just scrub it in the sink.  ($75, Crafty Ridge)

Mini Hottie Hot Chicks Hand Warmers
Sometimes gloves are not enough to protect you from winter’s harsh bite. These warmers aren’t just functional—they’re cute! The clear plastic capsules are reusable (just toss ’em in boiling water to recharge) and come with a knit cozy, available in penguin, duck and baby chick. ($8.99, Walgreens)

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