You don’t have to be a wiz in the kitchen to impress your friends and family this holiday season. Gay-owned Casseroles does the work for you. Pop a pre-made gourmet casserole in the oven — think Chicken Divan (picured), 5-Cheese Macaroni, Chicken & Biscuits, Shrimp & Grits or even Apple Cobbler — and you’ll have a feast for all occasions in a jiffy!
Perplexus mazes $19.99 – $29.99 | Widely available
Maneuver a small silver ball through a 3-D maze enclosed in a clear plastic sphere, carefully rotating to keep it from falling. A boost for fine motor skills, it’s also addicting and comes in three skill levels: Rookie, the original level, and the more expensive Epic. Prepare to be obsessed as the kids keep asking you to give it back.
We asked Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse owner Philip Rafshoon and Charis Books & More owner Sara Look to suggest reader favorites, new selections and gift ideas. Here’s what they chose: ‘The Spirit of We’Moon’ Anthology | ‘36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada’ from the New York Times | ‘Reclaiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World’ by John Shelby Spong | ‘The Stranger’s Child’ by Alan Hollinghurst | ‘Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul’ by Clarissa Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD | ‘Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality’ edited by Kevin Simmonds | ‘Seriously… I’m Kidding’ by Ellen DeGeneres | ‘Dreaming in Color’ by Fiona Lewis | ‘Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love & Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary’ Anthology | ‘Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If it Were Your Last’ by Lee Rosenthal, M.D.
Photo/art books: ‘The Mammoth Book of Gorgeous Guys’ edited by Barbara Cardy | ‘Still Side by Side: A Diary of Making It Big in the City’ by Mioki (Illustrator) | ‘Gaga’ by Johnny Morgan | ‘Naked’ by Dylan Rosser | ‘TURNON: Sports’ photo anthology | ‘Gay in America’ Portraits by Scott Pasfield | ‘Do it Yourself’ by Uwe Ommer