Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Holiday Gift Guide: This Year, Make Your Holiday Dollars Count, Whether by Supporting Gay and AIDS Causes or Simply by Expressing Your Same-Sex Affection with the Perfect Gift. May We Offer Some Suggestions?

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Holiday Gift Guide: This Year, Make Your Holiday Dollars Count, Whether by Supporting Gay and AIDS Causes or Simply by Expressing Your Same-Sex Affection with the Perfect Gift. May We Offer Some Suggestions?

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gifts that Matter

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2003 holiday cards

Talk about sending a letter from the heart: This year's set of four beautiful cards--"Homes," "Penguin," "Snowman," and "Elf"--was designed by children's book author and illustrator David Costello. The cards will have a custom-printed message of your choice inside and be hand-addressed and mailed to your loved ones. (American Foundation for AIDS Research; $500 for 100, $25 for each additional lot of five cards)

Human Rights Campaign

"Jackie" ornament Jackie, oh! The offering from HRC's fourth annual ornament series, "Jackie" was designed by Christopher Radko, who was also responsible for last year's ornament, "Snowie." ($36)

PFLAG

Looking to bring warmth to your loved ones this winter? Kisses and hugs do nicely, and so will PFLAG's Polarfleece pullovers (in black and charcoal) and variety of fine wines: cabernet sauvignon, sparkling, merlot, and chardonnay. "Family gatherings usually include good food and good wine," notes

PFLAG's Craig Ziskin. "Bring a bottle to your parents and family." (Fleece pullover, $50; fine Californian wines, $58-$72, four-packs, or $132-$2388, cases; all from Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

Broadway Cares/EFA

Artist Ty Wilson's 2003 edition of BC/EFA's highly collectible snow globes features marquees of more than 20 Broadway musicals. Christopher Radko's exquisite ornament depicts marquees, drama masks, and New York's cityscape with a red ribbon. The Hairspray holiday card set features a dozen cards with lyrics from the Tony award--winning score. The Carols CD features casts and stars from Broadway's top shows--including Nine's Antonio Banderas, The Boy From Oz's Hugh Jackman, and Hairspray's Harvey Flerstein--belting out original and traditional holiday tunes. (2003 Broadway snow globe, $50; Forever Broadway ornament, $40; Hairspray holiday card set, $30; Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure, Volume V, $20; all from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS)

Project Angel Food

Illume angel food cake-scented candle

Have your cake and snog by it too! This exclusive frosted-glass--encased candle from Illume smells just like delicious angel food cake when it burns--for 60 hours, and with no carbs to boot. "This is the most delicious candle ever," testifies the simply singing diva Sheryl Lee Ralph. "It is an aroma I want in my home every day. Everyone will think I am baking! And knowing it supports Project Angel Food's hotmeal delivery to people homebound because of HIV/AIDS makes it a holiday gift-giving must." ($24, or two for $45)

--Lawrence Ferber

Gadgetry

Final Fantasy X-2

Role-playing games like the Final Fantasy series have always been big with girls, gays, and gamers of all types. But with this new spin-off of the hit game Final Fantasy X, Square Enix seems to be speaking to a new market altogether. Take cute Yuna and her girlfriends on a journey across the world and join in some good, clean, and flirtatiously lesbian fun. This is the only video game where you can save the world and give an evil queen a back massage. (Square Enix USA for PlayStation 2, $50)

Sonicare Elite

After your sweetie's done downing the cranberry sauce, red wine, gravy, and coffee this holiday season, her molars will be happy to find salvation in the brand-new Sonicare Elite, which removes 20% more plaque than older models of the popular sonic toothbrush. ($120)

TDK DA-9000 CDRW Jukebox

For your favorite audiophile, here's the perfect way to mix in modern technology without breaking out the laptop and software. The TDK DA-9000 allows you to transfer MP3 files directly from your computer--or just pop in a disc and put it on the internal 20-gigabyte hard drive. The analog connectors also let you effortlessly make MP3's of your tape and record collection as well, and you can even burn your own CDs. …

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