NewNowNext Holiday Gift Guide: Perfect Presents For Book Lovers And Art Fiends

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There’s only a few shopping days left till Christmas, but there’s still plenty of time to snag the perfect present for that special someone.  Today, the NewNowNext Holiday Gift Guide has suggestions for art lovers and bookworms that even St. Nick couldn’t top. Just don’t be a Grinch and keep them for yourself.


simon doonan the asylum

The Asylum, Simon Doonan
Blue Rider Press, $25.95

The style maven and author of Beautiful People has done it again with this “collage of couture reminisces” and hilarious autobiographical essays.

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Raising My Rainbow, Lori Duron
Broadway Books, $15.

Duron has collected her touching, insightful and humorous blogposts about raising a “gender-creative” son into a single tome. A must read for parents raising baby gaylings.

Autobiography, Morrissey

Autobiography, Morrissey
Putnam, $21.45

Though he’s long been mum about his personal life, the Smiths frontman and indie-music legend opens up about his life and his music. If you want details on his same-sex relationships, get the European dedition—Morrissey’s relationship photographer Jakes Walters was strangely excised from the American edition.

 Alice In Tumblr-Land, Tim ManleyPenguin Books, $20

Manley’s Tumblr-page, Fairy Tales for 20-Somethings  went viral and begat this hardcover collection of fairy tales reimagined with queer twists, like a gay Rapunzel and transgender Mulan.


Heal This Way: A Love Story, Tracey B. Wilson
Hot Glue Press, $29.99

Say what you will about Lady Gaga’s legions of followers, but there’s no denying their passion: Photographer Wilson captured stunning portraits of Little Monsters, accompanied by heartfelt letters and quotes. A portion of proceeds pledged to pro-LGBT charities and anti-bullying campaigns.


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Magritte Plates
MoMA, $16 each

The Belgian surrealist is the subject of an extensive exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, but if your loved one can’t get to New York for the holidays, you can give them a taste with these decorate plates. (Get it, taste?)


The Art of Frozen, Charles Solomon et al
If your giftee couldn’t get enough of Disney’s latest animated masterpiece, this lush coffee-table book features concept art, character studies and sculpts, color scripts, storyboards, and interviews with the film’s team of artists.

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LEGO Sydney Opera House
LEGO,  $39.99

Realizing many of their fans were old enough to have kids of their own, LEGO launched a line of architectural-inspired models for grownups (well, folks over 12). One of our faves is Sydney’s legendary opera house, though we also like their version of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwaters and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.



Dior Glamour: 1952-1962, Mark Shaw
Rizzoli, $115

Designer Christian Dior was the epitome of tasteful glamour in the mid-20th century, as documented in this delicious collection of iconic images by photographer Mark Shaw.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.