Welcome to the 2013 edition of VEGAS.com’s Ultimate Vegas Holiday Gift Guide, your one-stop shop for holiday gifts for the Las Vegas lover. Perfume and lotion gift basket for mom? Tie and slippers for dad? Forget about it! Check out a holiday gift guide where it’s beginning to look a lot like Vegas.
Where: Agent Provocateur at the Forum Shops
Cost: $60 and up
Let’s be honest. Nipples are highly overrated. Pasties, on the other hand … why, these fancy-pants nipple covers are just the cat’s pajamas (although you’ll probably have to buy four pairs for your cat).
Pasties burst onto the burlesque and striptease show scene in the 1920s and have been proudly worn in many a Las Vegas cabaret, from the dancers in the “Folies Bergère” to Claire Sinclair in Pin Up at the Stratosphere.
This holiday season, help your favorite lady friend channel her inner burlesque star with the very Vegas-y gift of pasties. Red, gold, black, silver … star shapes, heart shapes, cone shapes … with tassels, without tassels … sequin-covered, diamond-encrusted … you’re sure to find the perfect pair for her perfect … (you probably see where I’m going with this).
Give them the gift of sweet suite dreams
Is your friend or loved one so obsessed with Las Vegas that they can’t bear the thought of spending the night anywhere else? Make their dreams come true this holiday season with a bed and accessories from the Wynn and Encore hotels.
- Dream Beds (custom-built Sealy mattress and box spring) – $1,589 to $2,695
- 310-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets – starting at $279
- Wynn/Encore Signature Scent Asian Rain diffuser – $30
Where: The Mob Museum or online
Cost: $11.99 and up
Vegas is no longer a bastion of organized crime, but that doesn’t mean you can’t relive its heyday of heavy-handed tactics. The Mob Museum has a ton of gifts “made” for you this holiday season, including (pictured left, clockwise from top):
- Brass Knuckles Meat Tenderizer – $12.99
- Lipstick Flask – $19.99
- Bullet AK47 Ice Cube Tray – $11.99
Viva Las Vegas, Baby!
Everyone knows that you’re never too young to shake your pelvis … even if said pelvis is covered in a diaper. Indoctrinate your children, your children’s children or other people’s children as early as humanly possible in the Las Vegas lifestyle with the gift of an Elvis onesie.
This stylish and comfortable piece of clothing is a huge hit with the ladies and would surely put some swagger in your little one’s step (if he were old enough to walk). Your little prince will be as cool as the King in this classic jumpsuit.
Where: Stella McCartney at Crystals
The iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign attracts visitors from around the world and tons of people pose for photos in front of the sign on Las Vegas Boulevard everyday. It also graces the front of tons of T-shirts, mouse pads, shot glasses, magnets and other assorted Vegas-themed memorabilia.
Although you can pick up a “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign” T-shirt at just about any Las Vegas gift shop, not all “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign” T-shirts are created equal. This “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign” T-shirt from Stella McCartney is a designer T-shirt sold at a luxury mall. And that makes it classy.
Hometown chocolate for your homies
Handcrafted at our local factory (a free Las Vegas attraction) Ethel M Chocolates offers gourmet collections, seasonal favorites, stocking stuffers and gift baskets, including:
- Holiday Deluxe Collection – 24 pieces, $34
- Crème Liqueur Tin – 30 pieces, $45
- Cocktail Collection – 16 pieces, $28
- Classic and Chocolate Pecan Brittle – 13 pieces, $35
- Peppermint Bark – 6.4 oz, $22
Where: Bonanza Gifts
Does your favorite female have a studious side? Then she’s sure to love this riveting piece of literature about a time-tested Las Vegas “art,” available in hot pink paperback. It’s a real page turner, full of twists and turns.
You can also indulge your learning enthusiast by sending her back to school — throw in tickets to one of our famous Vegas stripper classes (yep, we have those): Stripper 101, X Burlesque University or Night School 4 Girls. Knowledge is power.
Human Nature goes Christmas caroling
Where: iTunes Store
Cost: $2.19 per song
Las Vegas entertainment powerhouse Human Nature, also known as the four Australian dudes who sing Motown, presents its first-ever holiday album, “Human Nature: Dreaming of a White Christmas.”
The men perform 14 songs on the album including holiday classics like “White Christmas,” “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and “Amazing Grace” as well as original songs — backed by a 16-piece band.
Where: Sam’s Club and online
Cost: $9.98 per box
Pop-tastic PopShoppe Gourmet Chocolate Covered Popcorn is popped and packaged by local charity Opportunity Village in Las Vegas, Nevada’s largest employer of adults with disabilities. Opportunity Village is a popular charity with locals, including magician Penn Jillette. They also offer a pretty awesome Magical Forest attraction during the holiday season.
The locally-made popcorn is available in Classic, Cinnamon or Peppermint Choco-Pop flavors.
Light the neon Christmas lights
Neon sign enthusiasts will enjoy decorating their Christmas tree with whimsical ornaments modeled after famous neon signs of Las Vegas past, such as the “Silver Slipper” rotating shoe sign (pictured in ornament form at right). Collectible ornaments also available include the “Ugly Duckling Car Sales Sign” which originally stood on a used car lot on Sahara Avenue and Boulder Highway and the “Coin Casle Casino” fiberglass king sign, which stood on Fremont Street for more than 25 years.
If you’d like to see a live representation of your Christmas ornament, the original signs are on display in the Neon Museum and Boneyard.
Where: Prosecco at the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo
This exclusive Jimmy Crystal gondola is a miniature, crystallized representation of the life-sized gondolas at Venetian … which are a representation of the life-sized gondolas in … Venice. Miniature gondolier not included.
Give them Vegas in rectangular, two-dimensional form
Cost: $25 and up
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