Gift Ideas for This Holiday Season

Gift Ideas for This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are just around the corner. So, here are a few gift ideas for those interested in reading, writing, and photography…and not only.

Rise-Up to HIV and ACT UP Bracelets. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Some of my favorite things:

After Silence, an award-nominated book by ACT UP activist and artist Avram Finkelstein

The AIDS Activist Project, a photography book by ACT UP activist and photographer Bill Bytsura

Books by authors like T.J. Banks and Hans M. Hirschi

Movies such as After Louie, with Alan Cumming, or the Bohemian Rhapsody movie, a Freddie Mercury biopic.

Photography work by award-winning photographer Kurt Weston also, if you happen to be in the area, attend the opening of his new show, REMEMBER, on December 1.

Artwork from La Vie Galerie, Visual AIDS, Leslie-Lohman Museum, and such.

Also, especially if you like the work, buy art and books not by artists/authors who’re dead or dying, but by artists/authors who’re still alive. Support living artists, especially if you like their work.

B&w nature photography by Alina Oswald featured at La Vie Galerie LLC, in Livingston, NJ.

If you happen to be in or around New York City, go see Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish. Extended three times, #YiddishFiddler is still running in Manhattan until December 30. A must-see! Or have a fun night out in the city with the delightful actor and comedian Steve Hayes.

Take a yoga class at Symposia, in Hoboken, NJ, right across the river from Manhattan.

Try something new and go to a Cody Bondra concert.

Speaking of something new, experiment with drone photography.

Photographing Drones. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Consider the holiday season a reason to upgrade your photo and lighting gear.

Adopt a pet. Work with a charity. Take a trip. Learn a new language and/or a new musical instrument. Lose yourself in nature, if only for a day.

Give yourself the gift of a photo session or, if you are a photographer, gift a photo session to a friend or someone who would appreciate it….

Spend time with loved ones and friends.

Light My Darkness. Formerly known as Candle in the Darkness. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Gifts don’t always have to be material gifts. Or if they are material gifts, maybe they could also enlighten one’s life–such would a book, a movie, or a work of art. Gifts can also be…something that you do by and/or for yourself or with friends and family, in order to escape the sometimes maddening reality, something that allows you to relax, enjoy, and have fun.

Whatever you decide to buy yourself and your loved ones this holiday season,

Happy Shopping!

Also, here, in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving, too!

And, as always, thanks for stopping by,

Alina Oswald

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