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2009 Holiday Gift Guide for Smart, Sexy, Sweet, Sporty, Sassy and Savvy Women

Whether she’s a barfly or bookworm, power dyke or domestic diva, high-energy sportswomen or lady of leisure, we’ve got you covered with this gift guide of quality goods, from the extravagant and indulgent to the practical and pennywise, and all from proudly gay-friendly companies.

Whether she’s a barfly or bookworm, power dyke or domestic diva, high-energy sportswomen or lady of leisure, we’ve got you covered with this gift guide of quality goods, from the extravagant and indulgent to the practical and pennywise, and all from proudly gay-friendly companies.

Did You Say Fruit?

Fruit tastes even better when it’s socially conscious.  For every delicious, nutritious Naumes Gourmet Fruit Gift sold, the company matches it pound-for-pound with a donation of fresh fruit to food banks.  Five gift box options include comice, bosch, red and colossal pears.  $29.95 to $32.95 with shipping included.


If your girl likes a nice rack, give her the stylish alternative to the boring fruit bowl, the Circle Fruit Holder and Wreath.  This fun wreath-shaped fruit rack stores citrus, apples, pears and more on the kitchen counter or wall, keeping fruit within easy reach and fresher longer. Comes in chrome and red.  $25.


Organic Lipstick Lesbian

Britain’s Organic Glam make up line offers true natural beauty with lots of shimmer and shine without artificial preservatives, synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, and other toxins found in mainstream cosmetics.  Begin with SPF 9 Luminous Antioxidant Foundation ($59.95) with mineral pigments that correct imperfectionsand skin-softening shea butter; add shimmery mineral powder Bronzer ($62.64) for a healthy glow; sparkle things up with Liquid Shimmer Highlighter ($37.95) for cheek bones, eye lids, brow bones or the bridge of the nose; andfinish with High Shine Lip Plump ($33.18), infused with light-reflecting particles that give lips a super sexy pout.


Take it all off with Organic Carrot Butter Cleanser which dissolves grime, dirt, pollution, make up in one easy step. Antioxidant Carrot is blended with skin softening Shea & Cocoa Butter to leave the skin incredibly soft and smooth. Chamomile, Rosemary and Lavender soothe and decongest the skin leaving it radiant. $59.90.


Treat her to down under pampering with all-natural LillyPilly Naturally Australian Body Wash and Hand & Body Crème made with Australian native plant extracts including berry extract, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree Oil, Quandong, Bush Tomato and Tasmanian Kelp.  $10 to $36.

Top off her beauty regime with luxurious and refreshing Sonoma Soap Company’s First Crush Shampoo and Conditioner ($9.95 each).  The First Crush line includes a bevy of beauty products all made with natural ingredients such as grape seed, red raspberry and green apple.

For Ladies Only

Hang an adorable I Rub My Duckie Massager on the Christmas tree and see her light up when she discovers it’s actually a waterproof mini-vibe.  $28 from Babeland.


Traveling for the holidays and don’t want to pack along that cumbersome plug-in appliance?  Take along magical Mystic Wand, a versatile pleasure tool powered by batteries, featuring six functions, a water-proof body and a storage bag to keep things neat and discreet.  $68 from Babeland.


Give her the shaft that will last for years to come with a unique, handblown Candy Colored Glass Phallus, made of seamless an eco-friendly glass that can be warmed or cooled for extra sensation.  $90 Babeland.

Talk about a hot night out.  Club Vibe is a wearable bullet accessory that shimmies to ambient sound.  It comes with an ultra-quiet controller and a sexy black thong to hold the vibe securely in place. $49.99 from OhMiBod.

Other Adult Toys

Things getting a little hairy at your house?  Let the iRobot Roomba Pet Series help out.  The tiny robot vacuums floors with specially designed brushes that grab hair from carpets and hard floors while a side brush removes pet hair, dirt, kitty litter and more from wall edges and corners. $319.99.

Always be ready for that YouTube moment with Coby SNAPP Pocket Camcorders.  These portable “pocket” models are all priced under $100 with the entry-level unit, the CAM3000, priced at just $39.99.  Two other units with more features are priced at $59.99 and $99.99, with the top-of-the line CAM5000 offering HD capability. Available in blue, red, purple, charcoal and black.  Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Amazon.com.

Help her keep her New Year’s resolution to have an active lifestyle with the Polar FA20 Activity Watch as her fitness buddy.  She can input her age, weight, age and gender, and the watch’s computer calculates the calories burned doing everyday activities, with no need for a chest strap transmitter monitor like other Polar watches.  $119.95.  Available at Sports Authority and ShopPolar.   

She’ll never have to fumble with those MapQuest print outs again with the TomTom GO 630.  It’s the ultimate car navigator, preloaded with maps of the US and Canada, featuring a 4.3” full-color touch screen.  She can input a destination by simply voicing the address and make calls hands free using integrated Bluetooth technology.  $299.99 at Staples.

Treat her to delicious holiday coffeehouse-style frappes in the coziness of your own kitchen with the Mr. Coffee Cafe Frappe Maker.  With the push of a button it automatically brews and blends Cappuccino Frappe, Mocha Frappe, Chocolate Caramel Swirl Frappe and any other of her fave blended coffee drinks in about three minutes.  $79.99.  Wal-Mart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond.

Gadget Girl

Hook her up with V-MODA’s Faze Headphones for easy listening from calls to music.  Compatible with all iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, Palm Pre and MP3 devices, these sleek and ergonomic headphones with a microphone offer noise-isolating technology for superior sound and a control button for smooth transition from talk to tunes. $49.99.  Best Buy.


Display all your Dinah pics, and then print them to share with the iMo Photo Frame Printer, the world’s first patented photo frame printer.  The 8” LCD hi-res monitor runs independent of a computer using a memory card or Sony Memory Stick and prints 4x6 glossy prints.  $229.99. MiMoMonitors


Memory cards are the new batteries, so don’t forget to get to pick up SanDisk Memory Cards ($22.99 for 2GB to $166.99 for 32GB) for her digital devices.  Not sure what format?  Make it easy to transfer files to her PC with SanDisk ImageMate All-in-One and Multi-Card USB 2.0 Reader, which works with many popular types of memory cards. With the push of a button, the reader automatically launches her favorite application or Web site for transferring or editing files.  Plus with its glossy black and metallic silver design, it looks sleek on her desk.  $32.99.  Best Buy.


Power Dyke

For a girl on the go with no time to plug-in, the NOVOTHINK’S Surge Solar Charger Case comes in handy.  It’s the first Apple-licensed solar charger that can power up her iPhone or iPod touch anywhere under the sun.  For the fashion-conscious gal, the case comes in four metallic colors.  $69.95.  Solarcadia.


Now a girl need never worry that her batteries will die in an inopportune moment.  With Energizer’s Energi To Go XP4000 ($84.99), she can charge up her digital camera and camcorder in a flash, or bring her Blackberry back to life with the Energi To Go XP2000 ($39.99).  Don’t forget to stock op on plenty of long-life Energizer Rechargable batteries.  Home Depot.

Even lugging a laptop your lady will look chic carrying aWaterField DesignsMuzetto Bag, the perfect complement to a tee or a power suit.  Nicknamed the “urban man bag” for its handsome look and gender versatility, this classy and cool bag sports a soft brown leather exterior with a splash of color inside. And it’s made in the good ol’ USA, right in San Francisco.  Two sizes available to fit 13” or 15” laptops, $239 and $259.

Give her a stroke she’ll remember and cherish with a Parker Premier state-of-the-art pen.  The new Parker Pen luxury collection combines lacquering, chiseling and plating techniques with either gold or silver detailing and a choice of ballpoint, roller ball or fountain styles.  $125 - $350.   Available at fine pen shops and specialty retailers nationwide.


The ReadHer 

Whether she’s your gf, ex or bff, every lesbian has a history.  Give the lesbian in your life some perspective with Queers in History:  The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals, by Keith Stern, an entertaining and lighthearted account of the roles gays and lesbians have played in history over the years, with a foreword by Sir Ian McKellen.  $19.95.

For the woman who appreciates a little stimulation of the intellectual kind, give her some thoughtful reading material with The Intellectual Devotional: Health, from the New York Times best-selling series. This daily devotional will renew the mind and provide her with health and medical information for each day of the year, covering vitals categories from drugs  & alternative treatments to sexuality and lifestyle & preventative medicine. $24.00.


Forget the health misinformation on the Internet.  Empower her with a resource by a trusted name with the expertise of  3,000 physicians and clinicians who have compiled answers to typical and not-so-typical health questions in The Mayo Clinic Family Health Book – Fourth Edition, for preventative and self care for herself and all her family members.  $49.95.  Bookstores nationwide.

What self-respecting lesbian doesn’t love dogs and doesn’t love National Geographic Channel’s hit show, Dogtown?  Now she can read the inspirational and moving tails, ehem tales, of how  a very special shelter healed and rehabilitated “unadoptable” dogs and found them welcoming homes in DogTown: Tales of Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Redemption. $26.  Bookstores nationwide.

One for Every Girl

Not sure what to get her?  Got a lot of girls to shop for?  Get the can’t-miss gift of a gift card from the one-stop online shop, or visit the Gift Card Mall kiosk at your local grocery, drug and convenience store for a variety of gift cards, from REI, Best Buy and Sports Authority to Nordstrom, ranging from $10 to $200.  Win $100 in gift cards to your favorite retailers featured in the Gift Card Mall.  *See contest rules below. 


She Wired

For a busy babe who loves her tunes but has no time for downloading, the KIIS-FM slotRadio Player will rock her world.  SanDisk and LA’s top station KIIS-FM teamed up to create a unique music device that comes pre-loaded with a playlist off more than 500 hits with featured artists including Akon, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Lady GaGa, No Doubt, Paula DeAnda, Rihanna and The Pussycat Dolls.  $49.99.


She can listen up in style with Logitech’s Ultimate Ears MetroFi 170 ($49) noise-cancelling earphones featuring premium sound quality and personalized comfort, and MetroFi 220 ($80) featuring titanium-coated speakers for sound clarity with maximized comfort for her MP3 listening experience.  Also available in iPhone- and Blackberry-friendly versions.


Lesbian Fashionista

What’s more irresistible than a girl in a cute butch hat?  Nothing!  Dress her up in the sassy 4-Button Sueded Cord Newsboy Cap from the San Diego Hat Company.  $12.

Accessories aren’t just for femmes.  Every Xena lover will go yaya over a hand forged Copper Cuff Bracelet ($168), designed by a woman artist as part of a series of bracelets inspired by her travels to the Caribbean.  Crafted in a variety of textures and styles, there’s one for every woman. 

Combine it with a Chocolate Pear Sterling & Copper Mokume Gane Ring ($195) for a completely exquisite look.  fehrenbachjewelry.com

Take a hike, with your favorite lady, and give her a “Just Hike” Just Be Tee fit for the occasion.  All their tees are printed on super-soft 100 percent cotton and printed with eco-friendly ink. The concept for the shirts is based on an online community where people are encouraged to be themselves, where you can also buy the shirts.  $15 to $21. 


You Go Green Girl

Have a cup of Joe, save the world.  Well, at least do your part by supporting Terra Firma Coffee, a world-class specialty-grade coffee created through a partnership between BomDia Café and National Geographic to offer a coffee with environmental and social character through Fair Trade practices, sustainable farming and a carbon-neutral roasting facility in Brazil.  $19.99 for two bags.  Amazon.com.


Take her dedication to the Earth to a new level of consciousness with eco-pure Blue Ice Organic Wheat Vodka, a USDA Certified Organic product, made from 100-percent locally harvested, organic winter wheat and pristine Idaho water.  Available where spirits are sold nationwide.  $30.


Cause Marketing

Get a tingly feeling by giving the gift of handmade Indigo Wild Holiday Mint Zum Soaps, and the company will donate a portion of sales to help homeless pets and contribute to breast cancer research.  $6.25.  Whole Foods Market.

Shine a little light in her life, and share a little light with kids in need.  The IKEA SUNNAN solar desk lamp combines low-energy LED technology with solar panels that charge up in the sun.  For every SUNNAN lamp sold in IKEA stores, a SUNNAN lamp will be donated to children in developing countries. $19.99.  IKEA.


Girly Pics

Capture the love that makes a family with a unique family portrait.  Los Angeles photographer Beth Moser, and daughter of two dads, captures the personality of her subjects and the dynamics of a family to make a magical moment last a lifetime.  Contact Beth to book a private studio or at-home session.  Sitting Fees start at $150, prints start at $40 and packages at $350.


Out and About

Bring out her inner Pippi with the REI Knit Peruvian Hat with Pom.  Its soft microfleece insulating lining will keep her toasty and warm without that itchy feeling.  $24.50.  REI.


When it’s too hot for a winter coat and too chilly for shirt sleeves, she’ll feel right in the groove with the REI Muir Woods Fleece Vest.  Made of 62 percent recycled fleece, this eco-friendly mid-weight vest offers warmth without bulk.  $34.93.  REI.


The LA theatre spoof Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas brought the exotic wooly livestock to new level of celebrity, and now your girl can make the scene in a beautiful handspun, hand-knitted Alpaca Scarf from woman-owned Utopia Alpacas Farm.  $26.


She doesn’t have to be a world-class runner to appreciate the New Balance 70, an everyday shoe for running around town or hanging out at the house.  And she can feel good wearing knowing it’s made using eco-friendly water-based adhesives and an upper of 75 percent "environmentally preferred materials." $80.


Jock-gear for Her

She’ll never be late again with the Casio Solar Atomic Baby-G watch.  It auto-syncs with atomic clocks around the world and recharges itself with indoor or outdoor light.  Its tough casing can also resist shock and withstand water up to 200 meters.  $130.


If your girl likes to walk hard, she’ll love the Accusplit AL370FM Radio Pedometer. It counts and announces her steps, distance, and calorie progress at set intervals, or she can tune it to FM radio.  $24.99. Sports Authority


Love Those Sensible Shoes

If the fashionista in your life complains she never has the right shoes, give her the Earth Solar Vegan Casual Shoe.  The shoe’s minimalist design goes with just about everything, and they are vegan to boot, featuring a microfiber upper and a synthetic sole with exceptional cushioning.  $94.99.  Sports Authority


She can take on the trails in style and comfort in the ergonomic Chung Shi Holiday Balance Step, a sharp-looking hard-wearing leather fitness shoe with a breathable mesh upper and a shock-absorbing rocker sole that corrects posture, stabilizes gait and increases circulation with walking.  $275. Foot Solutions


Pamper her feet with big pink fuzzy Soft Hugwear Slippers, made of plush fleece that will keep her tootsies warm and cozy. $10.  Walmart.


Stocking StuffHers

When you can’t be there for a foot massage, give her feet a treat with the NBx Scrambler Tab hi-tech sock,

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