7 Las Vegas gifts to celebrate Sin City

We’ll spare you the dice clock — now as much of a Vegas cliche as cheap shrimp cocktail and yard-long margaritas. Fortunately, there are quirkier gifts out there to celebrate the utterly unique appeal of the most vibrantly entertaining city on Earth: Our own Las Vegas.

Life-size showgirl standup

Though their ubiquity isn’t so ubiquitous anymore, showgirls are a cherished Vegas icon. Now you can have one at home (if you promise to behave yourself). Standing 84 inches by 35 inches, this feathery embodiment of the city’s production-show heyday could be a hit at any gambling or Vegas-themed parties. And after you’ve set it up (fold, lift, lock tabs, etc.) you can insert your face below that fabulous headdress. (Advice to men: You might want to shave first.) $39.99; amazon.com

Mobster Bobbleheads

No Vegas bona fides are really bona fide without the imprimatur of our infamous mob past, which is what our Mob Museum is for. Get the nod-nod-nod-nod-nod-nod-nod of approval from the city’s wrong-side-of-the-law icons. And c’mon, feel the pride — after all, Bugsy Siegel was a leading force in the development of the Strip, Meyer Lansky was an accounting genius, and Al Capone and Lucky Luciano were, well, particularly colorful fellows. $19.99; shop.themobmuseum.org

Britney Spears faces leggings

Don’t take this the wrong way, but … haven’t you always wanted to wear Britney Spears on your butt? Not to mention your torso, thigh, ankle and kneecap? Though the “Oops I Did It Again” diva’s residency at Planet Hollywood, “Britney: Piece of Me,” will serve up its final performance on New Year’s Eve, you can keep the “Toxic” titan of pop incredibly close with these polyester leggings that double as a collage of Spears over the years. Be advised, though, that we take no responsibility for any weird body-part jokes aimed at you while you’re out in public in your Brit britches. $30; store.britneyspears.com

Singing Dean Martin doll

You remember the King of Vegas Cool? No, not Sinatra or Elvis —though they were kings too. But this was the one who sauntered into a Strip showroom clutching a beverage (some say it was Scotch, others claim it was apple juice) and, with a fake-befuddled look, exclaimed “How’d all these people get in my room?” Yes, Dino’s in the house — your house, thanks to this 20-inch-high doll that, at the press of a button, performs signature hits “That’s Amore” and “Everybody Loves Somebody,” microphone in hand, complete with head and arm movements (but no mouth movement). “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie” … $100; amazon.com

Chicken Ranch Brothel auto sunshade

No, you don’t have to actually have gone there and sampled its services (or so you can insist to your Sig Other, which, we’re sure, will be the truth). But you can be the envy of the supermarket parking lot with this nifty memento celebrating Nevada’s marquee home of intimate indulgences. Yes, it will shield your car from the heat. Think of it as, um, “protection.” You’ll be practicing safe parking. $18; chickenranchstore.net.

Liberace ‘Tiffany Heist’ watch (men’s and women’s styles)

He was — how shall we put this? — The Blingiest Man Alive, whose glitzy, glammy (and yes, hammy) style helped define the classic Vegas vibe. And you can echo his singular style with this watch inspired by the infamous case of the diamond “L” of the back of Liberace’s Tiffany watch, which was stolen by a cat burglar before being returned to its extravagant owner by the FBI. In these replicas, the “L” is reprinted as the watch’s rhinestone-accented face. $59.95; zazzle.com

* Vegas Chihuahua figurine

Why? Sometimes the answer to that is, “Why not?” So it is with this thoroughly goofy (and charming) resin knickknack, which will stand out on the mantelpiece, coffee table or display cabinet. At 3 and a half inches tall, this high-rolling pooch with the tres-chic dice earrings, ice cream cone-style ‘do, heart-shaped mouth and hot-to-trot (on four legs) gown perched atop a fashionable high heel shoe, is an aces-high conversation piece. $19.88; amazon.com.

Barber sets up shop in grandfather’s old shop
Andres Dominguez’s new barber shop is filled with memories of his grandfather, who ran the El Cortez landmark for more than 30 years. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Life and times of a 90-year-old horse player
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Learning the history of singing bowls
Presentation at Summerlin Library teaches residents about the history of singing bowls (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Learning live-saving techniques in Stop the Bleed class
Leslie Shaffer, an AMR paramedic, shows how to control bleeding during a Stop the Bleed course at the Summerlin Library. The class is designed to teach anyone how to control and stop life-threatening bleeding. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Vicki Richardson speaks about on the power of art
Artist and arts advocate Vicki Richardson talks about the power of art to inspire and challenge. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
DressCoders pairs tech with haute couture
DressCoders is a startup focused on haute couture garments. The company uses illuminated thread that is washable and can be sewn right into the fabric. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES 2019: Brava infrared oven
In cooking with the Brava infrared oven,there’s no preheating. the bulbs can reach 500 degrees in less than a second. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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Holocaust survivors talk about tragedy and friendship
Janos Strauss and Alexander Kuechel share their perspectives on life. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
'Siegel Cares' Santa delivers toys to kids at Siegel Suites in Las Vegas
Siegel Cares, the charitable wing of The Siegel Group, delivered toys to families at their apartment complexes in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Revisiting “Christ the King” sculpture
A longtime admirer of the sculpture at Christ the King Catholic Community in Las Vegas shares her perspective. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye)
Henderson couple adds another school to their generosity
Bob and Sandy Ellis of Henderson, who donate to several Clark County School District schools, have added Matt Kelly Elementary in Las Vegas to their list of schools where every student gets new shoes, socks and a toy. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Terry Fator Christmas House
Arguably better than a hotel holiday display, is Terry and Angie Fator's home located in southwest Las Vegas.
UNLV Winter Graduation Packs Thomas & Mack
UNLV's 55th winter commencement ceremony included approximately 2,146 undergraduate and graduate students who recently completed their studies. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Build-A-Bear comes to Reed Elementary School
Students participated in a Build-A-Bear-Workshop at Doris Reed Elementary School in Las Vegas, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.
Rev. Father Seraphim Ramos talks about Greek Orthodox icons during an interview with the LVRJ
Rev. Father Seraphim Ramos talks about Greek Orthodox icons during an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center art depicts names of God
Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center founder Sharaf Haseebullah talks about new diamond-shaped art panels featuring some of the 99 names of Allah at the main entrance the Las Vegas mosque. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Holiday poultry with Tim and Chemaine Jensen of Village Meat & Wine
Tim and Chemaine Jensen of Village Meat & Wine explain the different types of poultry available for the holidays. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Catholic Charities hosts early Christmas meal
Students from the Bishop Gorman High School football and cheerleader team helped to serve food at the Christmas meal sponsored by the Frank and Victoria Fertitta Foundation at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada on Sunday. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Incarcerated Christmas
This is the fourth year HOPE for Prisoners has worked with the Nevada Department of Corrections to create a Christmas for prisoners to visit their families. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
2018 Homeless Vigil
Straight From The Streets holds its 23rd annual vigil to remember the 179 homeless individuals who died in Clark County this year.
Getting through the Holiday blues
Psychologist Whitney Owens offers advice on keeping your mental health in check during the Holiday season in Henderson, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military
Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military program gave meal kits to 200 families at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10047 in Las Vegas Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. It all started with a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, N.Y., near Fort Drum. A soldier, his wife and infant had a handful of grocery items they couldn't afford. A Beam Suntory employee picked up the $12 cost for the groceries. The program has grown from providing 500 meal kits to military families in 2009 to providing more than 7,000 nationally this holiday season.K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhoto
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women at WestCare Women Children Campus in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Former 51s manager Wally Backman chats about new job
Former Las Vegas 51s manager Wally Backman talks about his new job with the independent league Long Island Ducks during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 10, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen at Springs Preserve
The staff of Divine Events do party preparation in the kitchen at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve. With nine parties the following day, this is a particularly busy time for the crew. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pearl Harbor survivor Edward Hall talks about his memories of Dec. 7, 1941
U.S. Army Corps Edward Hall, a 95-year-old survivor of Pearl Harbor talks about his memories of that horrific day. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Roy Choi on cooking for Park MGM employees
As he prepares to open his new restaurant Best Friend later this month at Park MGM, celebrity chef Roy Choi took the time to cook for the resort’s employees Tuesday. (Al Mancini/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Best Friend Menu Reveal Wednesday
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