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12 Days of Artsy Gifting

a&e_openerThe merry little elves at Vegas Seven want to treat you to some good ol’ fashioned caroling. Read on for a retooling of holiday chestnut “The Twelve Days of Christmas” in which we share our picks for great arts and entertainment gifts. You now have 12 days to run around trying to show you care through crass consumerism. On Dasher—and that means you!

ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, AN ART-LOVER GAVE TO ME …

A box full of artist Andy! While the Warhol exhibit at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is leaving us at the end of this year, you can keep Andy in your home and in your heart with the The Andy Warhol Pop Box. This coffee table-size curio is filled with an eclectic collection of replicated artifacts from the life of the enigmatic icon, including notable business documents, personal letters and newspaper clippings. A must-have for the true fanatic! $25. 

ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS, A BOOKWORM GAVE TO ME …

Two ways to enjoy “Heeeere’s Johnny!” Depending on which way your mind goes when you hear that timeless phrase, we have a book choice for your holiday reading pleasure. Henry “Bombastic” Bushkin’s Johnny Carson (Harcourt, $28) is a revealing look at the late-night TV legend from his perspective as his attorney, friend and confidant. Horror lightning has also struck twice with Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep (Scribner, $30), which follows the now-grown up protagonist from the first book as he wages psychic war against a horde of vampire-like ghouls.

ON THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME …

Some photos that were sexy! Taking the term “photophile” to a whole new place, Beverly Hills’ The Boudoir Cafe is the premier boudoir photography studio in the country. And it recently opened a Vegas location. This the perfect gift to exhibit and express the language of love. A picture is worth a thousand words (and who knows how much cash if you use these for extortion). TheBoudoirCafe.com.

ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, A PUNKER GAVE TO ME …

A SquidBox under the tree! That’s right, the entire SquidHat Records catalog in one four-sided container. Las Vegas’ homegrown punk rock label will have someone you love moshing under the mistletoe. $40, Squidhat.BigCartel.com.

Indie rock prints from the Creative Construct

Indie rock prints from the Creative Construct

ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, A LAS VEGAS ACADEMY STUDENT GAVE TO ME …

Broadway with some country! In what is sure to be the New Years’s Eve performance for those who aren’t into Strip nightclubs, musical dynamo Kristin Chenoweth brings her hits to The Smith Center. A full band with backup singers, dancers and a few surprises will turn this concert into a Wicked party. Whomever gifts these tix will be “Popular,” indeed. $49-$175, TheSmithCenter.com

ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY EDITOR GAVE TO ME …

Indie-rock poster prints that don’t suck! (Yeah, we’re ditching the rhyming at this point.) Local artist Hernan Valencia of The Construct Creative has created killer music tour posters including Weezer with Hunter Hunted, She and Him with Tilly and The Wall, and New Order with Johnny Marr. They’re the next best thing to papering your wall with gig fliers. $20-25, TheConstruct.info.

Etsy typewriter

Etsy typewriter

ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, AN ASPIRING HUNTER S. THOMPSON GAVE TO ME …

An awesome vintage typewriter! Featuring models from the 1920s through the 1970s, Etsy.com can help you feel the unmistakable rhythm of a manual typewriter as you or someone you love bangs out that Great Las Vegas Novel that every literary minded local is racing to write. $30-$400, Etsy.com

ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, A COUCH POTATO GAVE TO ME ..

Only the hottest home entertainment system since Atari! With the new Microsoft Store at Fashion Show giving Apple Stores a run for their brick and mortar, the Strip will be ground zero for the new Xbox One. Play, watch movies and TV, surf the web and Skype, with cool voice-recognition technology so you can talk back to your TV like never before! $500, XBox.com.

ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, A PIT BOSS GAVE TO ME …

Two tickets to Terry Fator’s Country Christmas! The America’s Got Talent winner is going honky-tonk for the holidays, which means puppets “singing” country versions of Christmas carols. It’s the most fun you’ll have watching a grown man stick his hand up the wrong end of a doll, holidays or not. $60-$129, The Mirage, TerryFator.com

ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, A PARTY ANIMAL GAVE TO ME …

The Hangover Part lll! In terms of showing you care, DVDs beat gift cards while requiring barely any additional effort. How can you go wrong with the culminating episode of this epic Vegas-Bangkok-Vegas trilogy? Delight (or dismay) a friend with their own copy of what Toronto Globe and Mail film critic Rick Groen describes as “Not just bad, but weirdly, fascinatingly bad.” $15. 

ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, A MUSIC-LOVING SOCIALITE GAVE TO ME …

Musical instrument cheese boards with wine accouterments! The holidays are about entertaining, and Alligator Soup in Summerlin and Henderson has bamboo cheese boards in the shape of either a guitar or a piano that open up with utensils tucked inside. $45-$60, 804-0544, AlligatorSoup.com

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, A BELIEBER GAVE TO ME …

Two tickets to Justin Bieber’s Believe! The concert film is opening Christmas Day and is directed by the guy who did GI Joe: Retaliation, so it has to kick ass, right? Whether you have tweeners at home or you’re a confounding grown-up who’s into The Beebs (yes, we’re looking at you, Miranda Kerr), there’s nothing like spending some holiday time at the movies.

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