Friday, November 24, 2006

Leather Life’s Holiday Gift Guide: Steve’s Stocking Stuffers

(Leather Life column published in Lavender Magazine, Issue #300, November 24, 2006)

It’s that time again. Your humble columnist has been searching and researching all year to bring you these leather holiday gift-shopping suggestions. Here are a few distinctive items that could bring pleasure to the right recipient, followed by some local merchants where you can find many more gift suggestions.

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Leather “Housegear” from MindFetish.com

Quincy Russell is the designer behind MindFetish Bedding Company. He has created the first and only fetish-based masculine collection of home furnishing and apparel for the bed, bath and body.

For the bedroom MindFetish offers erotic-print cotton bed linens as well as leather duvet covers, pillow shams, pillow cases, throw pillows, rugs, blankets and throws. There’s even a leather bed skirt incorporating bondage rings, and a bed mat that’s easy-clean leather on one side and non-skid rubber on the other.

For the bath Russell has created (very) graphic-print shower curtains and a line of erotically scented candles, soap and more.

MindFetish apparel includes bathrobes and boxer shorts in leather or erotic cotton prints, as well as a distinctive line of leather jocks.

See the whole collection at <www.mindfetish.com>. (Try not to drool on your keyboard.)

PHOTO: Gear Essentials ball weights

PHOTO BY: Gear Essentials

Erotic Weights from Gear Essentials

Twin Cities-based Gear Essentials has for several years offered a very popular collection of premium stainless steel cockrings. Now the company has introduced premium erotic weights for men in three different hefts (heavy, heavier, and heaviest).

The two-piece, doughnut-shaped weights are simply yet elegantly sculpted, meticulously crafted from stainless steel and given the Gear Essentials jewelry-quality finish. The precision with which the two halves fit together is stunning. Men who are fond of playing with parachutes (the kind that have nothing to do with jumping out of airplanes) will definitely appreciate these. Order from the manufacturer or find a retailer near you at <www.gearessentials.com>.

PHOTO: Pig of the Run card game

“Pig of the Run” card game

At last—a game that gives new meaning to the phrase “having the gang over for a game of cards.”

The game’s concept: You’re at a leather run. There’s a guy you’d like to play with—and there’s another one. You invite them to play (in this instance, using the cards in your hand). You negotiate. Other players might join a scene already in progress. You make new friends. And maybe you wind up as “Pig of the Run.”

When it’s your turn, you invite another player to play using a combination of a role card (Top, Bottom or Switch) and an activity card (bondage, domination/submission, fisting, flogging, torture or watersports—all with varying point values).

If the player you invited can play a compatible role card it’s a successful scene, and you get the points on the activity card. The player with the highest score at the end of the game is “Pig of the Run.”

Players can modify the game’s action with special cards including “Aggressive Top,” “Pushy Bottom,” “Novice,” “Gangbang,” and “Pig Pile.” There are even “Safeword” and “Safety Monitor” cards. Order from <www.toyboygames.com>.

Where to Shop

Here are two special events, and six local stores, where you can find more great leather/fetish gift ideas.

MSDB’s Bizarre Bazaar—Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 A.M.-7 P.M. at Trikkx (490 N. Robert St., St. Paul) Vendors include Dreamhaven Books, D’Sensual Products, Wolfhold Productions, Boundesign, Queen of Rods Tarot, MiN-KY and massage practitioners. Silent auction benefits National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with Kinky Santa 1-5 P.M. See <www.msdb-mn.org> for more info. (Drinks and food available at the bar throughout the event.) No admission charge.

Atons Holiday Fundraiser—Sunday, Dec. 3, 5 P.M. at The Bolt Underground (501 Washington Ave. S., Mpls.) The silent auction always offers interesting shopping possibilities, and the proceeds go to a good cause (the event benefits The Aliveness Project and Open Arms of Minnesota).

Cockpit Project (3015 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls.) Great selection of leather, gear and toys.

Smitten Kitten (3010 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls.) Large stock of vibrators, massagers and sex toys (all safe and non-toxic) as well as lubes, personal-care products and books. Guys, check out the Aneros prostate massager.

Gray’s Leather (3401 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls.) In addition to leather garments, Gray’s sells hides, hardware, and other supplies for leather-crafting projects.

Query Booksellers (514 E. Hennepin Ave., Mpls.) The quintessential GLBT book store. Books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, greeting cards.

Dreamhaven Books (912 W. Lake St., Mpls.) Nice stock of fetish-related books as well as science fiction, fantasy, horror, film and media books. Comic books, too.

Rainbow Road (109 W. Grant St., Mpls.) The GLBT general store. Apparel, jewelry, toys, housewares, greeting cards, books, magazines, videos.

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