by Leigh Perry
As the holiday season approaches... Heck, let's not fool ourselves. It's here! Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Pull Hair Out Trying to Think of a Gift for Kooky Aunt Mabel Wednesday... But to aid you in your shopping, Sid the Skeleton, who thinks he's the protagonist of the Family Skeleton series, has put together this gift-giving guide for the skeletons on your list, and those who love them.
The Book of Life
This is the finest skeleton movie since The Nightmare Before Christmas, and if you haven't seen it, GO NOW. It's a story with surprises, it's got rocking music, and the design is a delight to the eyes. Well, if I had eyes, anyway. In terms of gift giving, the best idea is to treat a loved one or two or twenty to the movie. Throw in popcorn and a soda, maybe some sugar skulls, and Santa will applaud your skills!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
This is the pivotal movie for Osteo-Americans, the spine, as it were, of the Bone Pride movement. Jack Pumpkinhead proves without a doubt that a skeleton can be heroic, imaginative, and a snappy dresser. First off for shopping pleasure is the DVD of the movie itself. Then there's an almost endless array of merchandise, ranging from figures, pillows, books, clothing, jewelry, collector pins, toys, pocketbooks, coffins... Okay, only tiny coffins, but I wouldn't be surprise to find a more substantial line for serious collectors.
Just Google it. Even if your loved one is already a Nightmare fan, you're sure to find something he or she doesn't already have.
Betsey Johnson Skulls and Skeletons
This is probably more for your skeleton loving loved ones, since we skeletons are so naturally gorgeous that we rarely gild the lily with jewelry or clothing, but if I were going to wear such things--Betsey Johnson is the designer I'd turn to. She introduces a new collection each season, so here's the link for the most recent. This is probably my favorite of the current offerings. If only I had pierced ears... Or ear lobes to pierce.
Since your average Osteo-Amercan doesn't have to waste time sleeping, we have plenty of time to read. Which means we have an insatiable appetite for new books. And what better way to sate that appetite than with books about skeletons, or at least with really nice skeletons on the cover. Of course, I'm far too modest to recommend my own adventures (those would be A Skeleton in the Family and The Skeleton Takes a Bow, by the way), but here is a small selection of books to tempt the bone fan on your list.
Don't be embarrassed. I didn't know what a kigurumi was either. In Japan, the word means costumed performers representing cartoon characters and also the soctume itself. But in my neck of the woods, it means fun, oversized pajama onsie...things. Okay, that's too many nouns, but you get the ideas. They're plus, they warm, and they can help skeleton fans pretend that they, too, are Osteo-Americans.
This should make your shopping so much easier. After all, picking out presnts should be fun, not working your fingers to the bone!