The Gay Essential 12 Days of Christmas Gift Giveaway

12 Days of Christmas Gift Giveaway

The holiday season is upon us once again and Gay Essential is making a list and checking it twice.  Naughty or Nice, we have the best gifts for everyone this year (but we must admit, we tend to favor the Naughty).  This year, we welcome the holidays with a 12 Days of Christmas Gift Giveaway!  Keep coming back throughout the month of December for your chance to win dozens of cool prizes.


Prize: WIN 1 of 5 DVDs of the film Lilting from Artificial Eye

The first of many stocking stuffers available this year is a DVD copy of the film Lilting, courtesy of Artificial Eye.  This stirring drama tells the tale of a Cambodian Chinese immigrant in London who has spent her life relying on her husband and son for contact with the outside world.  Unable to speak English, she is tragically alone after the untimely death of her son.  Further complicating her life, she meets a stranger and struggles to communicate with him as they both come to terms with the loss of a man they both loved.

Lilting is a touching story of communication and love starring Ben Whishaw.  Readers of Gay Essential are invited to enter to win 1 of 5 available DVD prize copies of Lilting.


Prize: WIN 1 of 2 Dr.a.g Coffee Table Books

Another prize guaranteed to put the rosy red in Santa’s cheeks is the incredible coffee table book: dr.a.g.  A presentation of drag as an art form, dr.a.g. offers a stunning and unapologetic look at this incredible discipline of performance art.  Comprised of stunning, full color photographs, this book presents some of the industry’s finest performers, including Jim Bailey, Gigi Monroe, and Larry Edwards.  But Gay Essential readers will have to act fast for this one!  Santa only has 2 copies of this book on his sleigh.

Scarlette Fever

Prize: WIN 1 of 2 Signed CDs from Scarlette Fever

When the nearly constant sounds of jingle bells and Christmas caroling has worn out your eardrums, you’ll be happy you discovered this next prize.  2 lucky entrants will win a signed CD from rocker Scarlette Fever.  One of the latest buzzworthy musicians to break out onto the scene, Scarlette Fever is a British-born rock girl who is fast to make a name for herself in the US, burning up legendary stages like Viper Room on the famous Sunset Strip.

Behind the tough rock façade, the lovely Scarlette holds few causes near and dear to her heart.  Among those is her support for legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, which inspired her to cover Erasure’s A Little Respect.  That’s precisely the sort of good will this holiday season needs.

David Gandy

Prize: WIN a David Gandy Gift Set from the London Sock Company

You’re guaranteed to have the most stylish stockings hung by the fire with our next prize.  The David Gandy Gift Set is an exclusive collection of socks provided by the prestigious London Sock Company.  These stylish and exclusive sock designs were carefully selected by the British fashion icon as part of a special signature collection.

One lucky Gay Essential reader will claim this exclusive gift set, but the London Sock Company has a gift for all.  Visit London Sock Company and enter Gift Code “GAYESSENTIAL” to save 10% off your first order between now and December 31st.

Union Red

Prize: WIN A Luxury Winter Warmer Set from Union Red

The Christmas elves at Union Red have been working hard on the next gift item.  One winner will stay warm and stylish all winter long with a 100% cashmere scarf and merino wool beanie.  Retailing at over £120, this luxury set should be in every man’s winter wardrobe.

Union Red is the newest luxury men’s accessory service, specializing in high-quality accessories and underwear by subscription.  Founded to make life simple, yet stylish, Union Red offers a user-friendly service experience, where visitors can simply choose the bundle options they want and enjoy the finest quality underwear, knitwear and accessories all year long.  Union Red’s debut showcase features a wide range of cashmere and merino wool in many color options and their anticipated underwear subscription service will be launching in time for the New year, so watch this space!


Prize: WIN A Pair of Mystery Pants from MensPackage

Luxury underwear and grooming club MensPackage aims to turn up the heat in your snow pants.  Believing it’s really what’s inside that counts, MensPackage delivers great quality underwear, socks, and grooming products, including exclusive boutique brands such as 2eros, Gregg Homme, Pringle Black Label, and The BlueBeards Revenge.  Guaranteed to keep those lords a-leapin’, one happy Gay Essential reader will win a bulging surprise MensPackage including a pair of mystery pants.

Sugar Daddy

Prize: WIN 1 of 5 Sugar Daddy Tee’s from Gay Essential

And nothing will compliment your Five Golden Rings quite like the stunning Sugar Daddy Tee from Gay Essential.  This stylish American Apparel tee satisfies the sweet tooth and glams up any drab old afternoon.  Inspired by Hedwig and the Angry Inch, this comfort fit tee features a glitzy and glamorous portrait of Hedwig herself.  Pass me some more figgy pudding, sugar daddy.

The wildly popular Sugar Daddy tee is exclusively offered through Gay Essential.  This shirt has flying off the racks, but we’ve managed to snag a few for your next Christmas gift.  Check back often to claim this hot prize.

You And The Night

Prize: WIN 1 of 3 DVDs of the film You And The Night from Peccadillo Pictures

Another joy to find under the Christmas tree this year is the film You and the Night, presented by Peccadillo Pictures.  You and the Night is a provocative and amusing French sex comedy centered around an orgy.  As the guests arrive in preparation for their evening of passion, each shares his or her own fantastical story.  Once the orgy begins, the guests discover fantasy and reality combine in an oddly thrilling experience.  You and the Night stars ex-footballing legend, Eric Cantona and cult star, Beatrice Dalle (best known for being Betty Blue).  This electrifying film also has a killer soundtrack from M83

Peccadillo Pictures proudly distributes art house, LGBT, and world cinema films across the UK and Ireland.  Since its beginning in 2000, this award-winning distributor has amassed an impressive collection of works, each modernized to deliver cinematic experiences via DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, and iTunes.

Snails In The Rain

Prize: WIN 1 of 2 DVDs of the film Snails In The Rain from TLA Releasing  

Gay Essential has also managed to procure a gift DVD of Yariv Mozer’s latest film, Snails in the Rain. The first major feature for the Israeli director, Snails in the Rain follows the story of Boaz, a handsome young student in Tel Aviv.  When Boaz begins receiving love letters from an anonymous gay lover, his sexuality and his life are called into question.  Boaz’s internal struggle boils over, leaving him to make important choices about what path to take for his future.

This touching drama has been made available through the generosity of TLA Releasing.  With offices in London, New York, and Paris, as well as a variety of worldwide partnerships, TLA Releasing is the premier source for LGBT entertainment.

Mainport Hotel Rotterdam

Prize: WIN a 2 night stay at the Mainport Hotel Rotterdam from World Rainbow Hotels

The final gift on our Christmas list this year is perhaps a much-needed break from all of the Christmas activity.  One fortunate Gay Essential reader will win a fabulous 2-night stay at the Mainport Hotel in Rotterdam.  You and a friend enjoy 5-star luxury at one of the premier gay friendly hotels in the Netherlands.  Enjoy spectacular views over one of the world’s largest port cities, or indulge in complete relaxation in the hotel’s stunning Finnish sauna and Turkish steam room.

This incredible prize is presented by World Rainbow Hotels, the premier source for gay and lesbian welcoming hotels worldwide.  World Rainbow Hotels carefully reviews and analyzes each hotel, hotel location, and the local gay scene in order to recommend the best possible options for LGBT travelers.

As you can see, we here at Gay Essential have finished our Christmas shopping early.  Stop back often for opportunities to win all of these incredible gift giveaways.

Alexander Ryll
When I couldn’t find a gay themed romantic film online via search engines or on any websites in early 2014, I created Gay Essential. launched in June 2014 we regularly promote rare and new gay-themed titles. Gay Essential is the first independent film website to categorize gay-themed films making it easier for visitors to learn about films based on their mood preference. Together with an incredible writing talent, we promote films and we make it easy for you to purchase them based on your location. Please add your support and purchase one of our incredible gay themed film T Shirts , unique and full of attitude.
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