Teeco71′s Holiday Gift List for the Guys in Your Life

The Elephant Pants provide fashion and comfort with a social good spin

I’m always hearing people say that their fathers are difficult to shop for when it comes to holidays and birthdays. I also hear people say it’s hard to figure out what to get their husbands or boyfriends. I’ve been to a few events where I got to meet vendors who have some amazing  products and as an added plus, many of them are small businesses and some even incorporate social good by donating proceeds to charity or causes. This year, I thought I would put together the very first Teeco71 Christmas Gift List to highlight some of the items I’ve seen over the year.

Most of the products I come across are thanks to Celebrity Connected, do I’d like to shout them out! You can follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see what they are promoting AND to see some of your favorite celebrities supporting these companies during Award Season. You can see all of the posts pertaining to these events by following the hashtag #CelebrityConnected on Twitter and Instagram as well.

I’m going to list my finds in no particular order because they are all so fantastic, I can’t really pick my very favorite. I think they are also so diverse that you can find something for every guy in your life and ladies, you are definitely going to love some of these for yourselves as well!

Let’s start with The Elephant Pants, this company is pretty awesome and they’ve actually been on Shark Tank, so you know this is quality stuff. It’s also a social good company because they are doing their part to help save elephants. The yoga/harem pants make for great lounging wear for men and women, plus I think the kimonos would be perfect for guys too! I actually ordered myself one after I met them and they gave me a pair of the pants. Head over to their website to see all they have.

Here’s a great gift for him but fun for having friends over too! It’s Watch Ya’ Mouthand

Watch Ya Mouth isn't just for the kids anymore! They have a #NSFW set of cards!

now they have an adult NSFW version plus a redneck version. It’s sure to create some silly fun as you try to guess the NSFW phrases your partner and/or friends are tying to see with the mouth guard in place! You can play with 2 to 10 people so it makes it perfect for date night or friends’ night. It’s available where games are sold or you can order it straight from their website.

Fancy some sweets for your sweet? How about organic, vegan, fine chocolate with a social good spin? Hemp Love has been crafting the finest organic, vegan ( and might I add delicious) chocolate since 2012 and now they also pledge twelve percent of its net profits to to Animal Assistance Programs that service the elderly, ability-limited, ill, combat wounded, emotionally distressed and first responders. Pretty cool gift that you can both enjoy too!

After enjoying that chocolate, a workout may be in order. How about Some gear to inspire and motivate? The people at Second Skin have compression gear to assist in your journey to get wronger, faster, or fitter. The prices are very reasonable and yes, they have plenty of stuff for men AND women! See, ladies, I can’t leave you out even when I’m trying to concentrate on my fellas….

My next suggestion may not be for every taste but it can be for everyone. Do you want to spice up your sex life a little? I know this isn’t what I normally talk about but it has become a huge part of our sexual health and activities. That’s right, I’m suggesting sex toys because our sexual health is important and shouldn’t be embarrassing at all!  In particular, I was introduced to a company called SVAKOM at the last few Celebrity Connected events. Visit their website when you aren’t at work and see all they have for you!

MAHI Leather Messenger Bag can be personalized for extra class

Another company I have been introduced to, which also has a social good aspect is a leather company called MAHI Leather. One dollar and fifty cents from each bag sold goes to FRANK Water Charity. You can choose a duffle, backpack, satchel, tote, toiletry bag, MacBook sleeve, iPad sleeve, and more. They are classic, classy, and can be personalized. Check out their website for styles and their reasonable prices. They have bags perfect for travel and weekend getaways… see, you can plan a weekend getaway too so it’s another gift that is good for both of you!

Speaking of style, Oko Lifestylehas some really cool clothes for guys and women! With

Oko makes you look good and feel good with their social good spin and comfy fabrics

each item you purchase, you are helping them to equip people to overcome, demonstrate acts of kindness, and you are giving opportunity to those who need it most. Each article of clothing is hand cut and sewn by once impoverished men and women in the Dominican Republic. Head over to their website to check out some quality style you can be proud to purchase!

Is your guy into wine? I have a couple for you to check out. Both are from California and both are delicious. One is made from honey, Pearson Brothers Private Reserve Handcrafted Saccharo. It’s such an interesting and refreshing flavor. The other is Volatus, who offer crips white wines and rich reds. He (and you) won’t want to share this with company but if you do, they are both sure to impress!

Are jewelry and accessories his thing? Nikolina Designs has something for your man and a few things for you too! Check them out at Nikolina.ca. They gave me this necklace at Celebrity Connected and I think it will make quite a statement at my next event or on my next red carpet!

Everybody needs some good skincare products and natural is always best. Naked offers all natural healing aids for Piercings, Tattoos, and Cosmetics. Their soap, salve, lotion, and body tea smell great and feel luxurious.

Also, one of my very favorite product lines is Body Merry and they have excellent products specifically for men but all of their products are perfect for men who want to take better care of their skin without all the fuss. You can also feel confident that the ingredients are all natural.

We all know we like our guys to have a soft touch, so to take care of those hands that we actually want on us, Wise Hands has salves that are made with exclusively organic and eco-certified ingredients. They are rich without being greasy, smell amazing, and will leave his hands (and yours) feeling touchable and soft.

Once you’ve both gotten all pampered and looking your best, you are ready for date night! Bonding Bees delivers fun dates to you in a box each month via a subscription and you can get 10% off by using BEES10. You can both be surprised each month with a box of activities to make date night interesting and enjoyable!

Everything on the list so far is perfect for straight men & women, and gay men and women but here’s one for my gay guys and couples. I love my subscription to Next Gay Thing. You can get a pair (or a few pairs) of underwear and some samples of some amazing products each month sent right to your home. This will keep you up to date with sexy underwear for trips, dates, or just hot nights at home.

 

Third Wolf Designs are all hand painted

Third Wolf Designs – Hand-painted and sustainably made T-shirts and comfy sweats. Check out their styles and designs. You’ll definitely have some unique items to add to your wardrobe.

I hope you check these out for yourself and as gifts for that special guy in your life. (but let’s face it, I can’t make a list and exclude anyone so these things are all just great for everyone!)

Please feel free to comment and let me know if you are familiar with any of them AND if you have recommendations of your own. I’m always looking for new things and new gift ideas. Also, let me know if you try any of them.

AND I also have to add that one of the best LGBT!Q TV Series is now available for digital

I am so proud to be an associate producer on this. Check it out!

download and purchase. Eastsiders Season Three would make a great gift for the holiday season. Be sure to get some snacks, comfy blankets, and settle in to binge watch the entire season!  Head over to Amazon, you’ll find a familiar name in the credits as Associate Producer too! I’m so proud of this and so glad it is here for the holidays!

One last thing I wanted to mention. The holidays are all about kindness and social good. My friend Boy Toy Jesse (Jesse Lozano, mornings on @star941fm in San Diego) and his radio station have this amazing Random Acts of Kindness advent calendar. There are activities you can do to help make someone else’s day a little brighter. If you do any of the things on the calendar, take a photo and use the hashtag #ActKindly and you may be gifted an Amazon Show!

 

Huge thanks to Celebrity Connected for their truly awesome events and all of the vendors who participate! Happy Holidays to all of them and all of you!!

 

Great, Affordable Gift Ideas from Bella!

Do you still need a few last minute gifts? Do you have coffee lovers on you list? I think I have found an affordable way to solve those problems! I recently had a chance to try out some of the new BELLA Products from the #MyBELLlife Dots Collection 2.0. They have an amazing digital, programable 12-cup coffee maker & digital 2-slice toaster that come in such stylish colors, they looks WAY more expensive than they are. Plus, they work like charms and have some features I know I find useful!

The coffee pot regularly sells for $69.99 but you can get it on their website for $49.99 and the toaster regularly sells for 39.99 but you can pick it up for 29.99 on the site. Both come in such chic colors: Copper & Black (the color I chose to try), Black and Stainless Steel, Red and Stainless Steel, and White and Gold.

The features I love on the coffee maker are of course the programable function (there’s nothing like waking up to fresh brewing coffee), the BOLD function (I tend to like my coffee strong, especially in the morning), and the Keep Warm function (especially useful when I want to surprise guests with breakfast but let them sleep as long as they like).

The Toaster has settings for Toast, Bagels, Defrost (great for frozen items and those delicious bagels that were fresh on Sunday), and it also has the Keep Warm function (again, great for when you want to surprise guests or a special someone with breakfast but not rush them along or for when you are just doing ten things at once).

If you are a Target Cartwheel user (and you should be! I just got wise to this today!) they have a 3o% off deal on the toaster so you can get it for a cool $21! See, I love you so I did the research for you!

I think both items make a great gift for neighbors, college students, newlyweds, or just about anyone on your list. With the holidays fast approaching, this could be just the thing for those hard to shop for people on your list. They make a great looking addition to any kitchen, dorm room, or office! And for coffee lovers, the coffee maker is also a money saver (those coffee drinks are quite expensive!).

Be sure to let the folks at BELLA know how you like your products by using the hashtag #MyBELLAlife on line, be sure to follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook.

Happy Holidays from me, Teeco71 (Tommy).

Christmas 2012

This Christmas Eve I am counting my blessings for sure. This year, especially in the second half, I was given the gift of meeting some truly inspirational people, was granted the time to spend with old friends who are like family, and had the honor of participating in so many awesome events. Each year, I have been lucky enough to have the time to strengthen lasting bonds, add new people to my growing family, and be more involved in projects that I know will be game changing.

If there were no gifts under my tree tomorrow morning it wouldn’t even matter. I have been given my gifts throughout the year in the form of people, people who care about others, people I care about. To each of you, I want to say, “Thank you” and send amazing blessings your way.

To the friends who I have know a while, I have enjoyed every moment with you and look forward to many, many more. To those of you who have entered my life more recently, I look forward to getting to know you better and working on making our world a better place.

To those of you I haven’t met in person, you are still a valuable part of my everyday life. I hope to meet each and every one at some point but until then, we continue to enrich each other and combine our voices to make real change :)

Much love to all of you, may you always have peace in your lives and plenty of reasons to laugh!

xoxo

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanuka, and a wonderful 2013!!!

Daily Musings: Honoring Your Gifts

Disclaimer: This is my opinion from what I have observed.

I find that the topic of “gifts” comes up constantly, especially among creative people.  We always seem to be talking about honoring our gifts, perfecting our gifts, and not wasting our gifts.  Somehow along the way, I think people get so caught up with the idea of having a special gift that they forget the most important part: Loving what you do and Sharing it.

First, we need to backtrack a bit.  I need to say this, not to be mean but to be constructive.  EVERYONE has a special gift, just sometimes, its not the one you think you have or want to have.  Step one is to figure out what your true gift is.  Some people are all over the place, they WANT to be singers, songwriters, writers, models, actors, entrepreneurs,  etc, etc. Find out what you are really good at, and concentrate on those.  It could be one thing, or a few things.  Share your natural talents and knowledge, the rest will follow.  Build up on them by educating yourself as well as practicing.

We currently live in a time where social media can give people a false confidence. For some, this is a good thing, they can take that confidence and use it to soar.  For others, I fear, it creates a dilution that keeps them trapped and stifles them from growing.  Step one is to figure out your gift(s), step two is to perfect them while sharing them, and then the rest comes along.  To say you are going to do this, that, and the other all while convincing yourself that you are already a mega-god with “fans” is detrimental to your own growth.  Also, if the reason you are trying to perfect a “gift” is for the sole purpose of being famous and having fans, I would reconsider your plan.  Living the high life may not be the perfect motivator in the long run.

Once you figure out what your true gift(s) is/are, you should find that everything else falls into place as you go about sharing with the world.  It shouldn’t feel forced or even like work.  It should all feel just right and your instincts should kick in as you trust that you are on the right path.  Worrying about what other people think or how many of them are fawning over your work should just be a perk that comes with the territory.

You see, in order to truly “honor your gifts” your actions must come from a place of purity, they cannot be manufactured to produce a desired result.  Integrity, honesty, and genuine motivation isn’t something to be faked.  But, you can trust that if you are “faking it,” you are probably the only one who believes it.  That sort of thing comes across loud and clear when it is not from a true place in your heart and soul.

Its kind of like using the term “reality tv” to describe something that is manufactured and has an obvious script.  Contradictions can be obvious as well as turn people off.

Daily Musings: The Greatest Gifts

Today I was thinking about how we, as a society, tend to put too much emphasis on what others can “give” us or what we can “give” others.  When we have a big event like a birthday, people tend to ask us what we “got” from this one and that.   When we are gearing up for a loved ones birthday we put so much thinking into what we can “get” them.  Some people even put price tags on “appropriate” gifts.

What about just giving the gift of our friendship throughout the entire year for years to come?  True friends are so hard to find and friends that you have that special chemistry with are even more rare.  The best gifts my friends give me are the nights out where we act like fools and the deep, meaningful conversations we have just for no reason at all.  With certain people, we don’t even have to have a need or reason to have a really deep talk.  It just happens each time we are together.

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