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Last minute media gifts

The L Word: The complete series

Music, movies and books make great holiday gifts, and most can be ordered online — through local LGBT stores or major web retailers — to avoid fighting crowds at the mall.

Here are some options for your gay giving.

MUSIC

“Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Volume 2” (Columbia, 2011)

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Plan your LGBT holiday calendar

For the Kid in All of Us' Toy Party

A child’s delight for gifts is synonymous with the holiday season, and the cover for one of the biggest parties of the year is just one unwrapped toy.

After almost a decade, Toy Party has established itself as the largest event on Atlanta’s LGBT holiday calendar. Last year 4,000 attendees donated 6,000 toys. This year organizers expect attendance to surge by up to 1,000.

“This is our ninth year and it’s become an institution for the holiday season,” says Chris Bess, president of For the Kid in All of Us, the nonprofit that puts on Toy Party.

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Songs of the season

Atlanta LGBT chorus

Concerts by two of Atlanta’s gay choruses over the next few weeks promise cheer and beloved holiday music, each with its own particular spin.

OurSong, Atlanta’s gay and lesbian chorus, will perform its holiday concert “Shout Out to Heaven and Earth” next weekend, Dec. 2-3. According to Artistic Director Dr. Robert Glor, the musical program is a reflection on those natural elements that make the holidays a special time of the year.

The concert will feature favorites such as “Let it Snow” and a jazz version of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” as well as selections by composers Morten Laurdisen, Kevin Memley and more.

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Local stages offer gay favorites

Upcoming theater shows

As the holiday season gets underway, local theaters bring out their heavy hitters, many sure to appeal to LGBT audiences.

At the perennial top of the Christmas must-see list is Horizon Theatre’s “The Santaland Diaries.” Openly gay actor Harold Leaver returns for a 13th time as the sarcastic main character, who becomes a department store elf to earn some money one holiday season. It’s based on gay writer David Sedaris’ own experience, as told in his “Holidays On Ice.”

According to Leaver, for whom the role has been career-defining, it’s a production that has stayed snarky throughout the years – and kept its gay sensibility intact. A few years ago, “The Santaland Diaries” lost its original director Clint Thornton (with Jeff Adler taking over) but it’s kept on charming audiences, with the cast and crew finding ways to make the comedy fresh.