Monday, May 27, 2024
Holiday Gift List

Seductive stocking stuffers

Scented, shiny, sexy, sweet. Here are our ideas for some special little gifts.

RED DELIGHT CHOCOLATE

RED Chocolate might just be that sweet you’ve always dreamed of. Chocolate pralines without the guilt! RED Chocolate has all the indulgence of regular chocolate, but with up to 50% less calories and 30-40% less fat than many popular brands. Plus no added sugar! Created by European Master Chocolatiers, their truffle gift boxes are filled with either a smooth nut or a coconut filling. Smooth Nut features the buttery taste of hazelnuts combined with the creaminess of macadamia nuts, wrapped together in velvety milk chocolate. Coconut delivers a sweet-salty melange masterfully paired with smooth milk chocolate. These diamond shaped truffles add a different kind of sparkle to cold winter nights.

JIMMY JANE

How about some luxury toys for the adult playmate in your life? Or, how about gifting yourself a beautifully-designed bedtime gadget from Jimmy Jane? According to numerous reports, sales of sex toys have boomed during the pandemic. But we think it’s worth being choosy and picking toys that work, that last, and that are beautiful to own. Jimmy Jane’s Chroma comes in a very festive cherry pink and has many features including five vibration modes and five intensity levels. It’s basically a powerful bullet that is large enough to please but small enough to pack and travel with. Made with with clean, non-porous aluminum it’s sleek, shiny, safe, and fully submergible. Suitable for use by women, men and couples, the Chroma has a choice of 3 sleeves so you can dress it up to fulfill your needs. Also back is the Form 2 Pro, a powerful palmful that massages as it pinches whatever extragenital erogenous zone that pleases you. Waterproof with five modes and intensity levels it also comes with a discretionary travel-lock.

AGUA FRESCA CANDLES

Add the scents of Mesoamerica, such as guava, pineapple, papaya, and passion fruit, to your festive decor — and help those in need.GYV Mesoamerican Beauty introduces gorgeous Aqua Fresca candles with five fragrant offerings in custom vitrolero hand-blown glass that make very elegant and colorful and romantic gifts this holiday season. Proceeds benefit non-profits selected by Latin artisans. It’s a celebration of the beautiful variety of fruits in the region while supporting underserved communities. The idea for these candles come from the popular fruit drink throughout Latin America. And these candles have delicious and luscious scents reflecting popular fruits that also come with a heritage.

We tried the vibrant Papaya, with scent notes of Papaya, raspberry, vanilla, and black currant. These candles are made by Fiorella Martinez from proprietary coconut, corn, and vegetable wax with 100% natural cotton wicks, hand-poured in the U.S., not tested on animals, and free of phthalates, parabens, and sulfates.

SPLASHES LASHES

Don’t be a drag, be a queen! Got a big winter party to go to? Faux mink lashes add a splash of magic to Holiday event outfits. Choose from three types of lovely falsies: Butterfly, Sparkle, and Heart Lashes. These are super cute and handmade by a small business. And because each set of Splashes Lashes can be worn up to 10 times if cared for and applied and removed properly, you can use them again for New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day, and maybe even Pride…. 

LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE

Looking for an engrossing, entertaining, and easy read to curl up with in front of the fire? This one is admittedly for the gay or bisexual girl in your life. Like a House On Fire is a seductive debut novel by Lauren McBrayer, about a woman at a turning point in her life, and what happens when she discovers the spark that makes her feel like her essential self again—not “just” a wife and mother.

After 12 years of marriage, Merit returns to working as an architect and immediately clicks with her brilliant and beautiful Danish boss, Jane. As the two work closely together on complex projects in the Bay Area, their burgeoning friendship takes a passionate turn. After years, Merit feels whole and completely at home. But what does she do with her husband and kids? What if the love of her life isn’t the man she married but her female boss?
 
This novel skips along like a fabulous love affair. it doesn’t shy away from the complicated aspects of being female, being an older woman, and being an ambitious one at that. With its exotic locations — from San Francisco’s Painted Ladies to tropical Mexico — the story is surprisingly smart and sexy, and echoes what we see happening more and more in our culture: apparently straight women falling in love with their best female friends — think Elizabeth Gilbert or Glennon Doyle.
 
This novel is a convincing and realistic portrayal of what it feels like for a woman to fall in love with another woman for the first time and to discover mind-blowing lesbian sex. As characters, Merit and Jane leap off the page, and they’re a pleasure to spend the hours and the days with. And be sure to read this book right to the very end… Like a House On Fire is out in Spring 2022. Pre-order it here.

CMY CUBES

During Winter, bring your rainbow indoors with a surprising element that reduces stress: a CMY Cube. Engineer Lorenzo Gonzalez and marketer Gabi Saper have invented a 21st Century version of the Rubik’s Cube, only a lot prettier! CMY Cubes are sensory, visually magical color-defying cubes, tetrahedrons, and icosahedrons. Co-founder Gabi Saper revealed, “As with many people, COVID put us in an extremely difficult financial situation with work drying up for Lorenzo during the peak of lockdown. This gave him a little more time on his hands to find a new way to make ends meet. Lorenzo is a bit of a science nerd and we both have always loved experimenting and making new things so we came up with the idea for making CMY Cubes. What we didn’t realize is that it would be as big of a hit as it has become all over the world. We love knowing that we created something that people not only wanted but needed.”

So, what’s special about them?:

  • Each face is coated in electromagnetically subtractive materials that appear as cyan, magenta, or yellow
  • As you twist and turn it creates all-new color combinations
  • Use it to teach color mixing, light refraction, angles and geometry, and more!
  • Available in a myriad of shapes to suit your taste

CMY Cubes are being developed further, and set to launch over 6 more products in Q1 of 2022 bringing their range to over 25 curiously awesome shapes and sizes to choose from. To learn more visit www.cmycubes.com

 

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