The Wet Spot: Sexy holiday shopping at The Cockpit Project

It's December 23. Of course I haven't bought anything.

For fancy gentlemen like myself, little things like "holiday shopping" sometimes get lost in the shuffle, due to the other important and sexy commitments that dominate my calendar (namely the fact that the entire season of "Steven Seagal Lawman" is available for free On Demand. The whole season. Of Seagal. For free. Dreams do come true).

Fortunately, I figured I would end up in this situation, which is why this past weekend I went to the one store in Minneapolis that has something for everyone on my holiday shopping list - The Cockpit Project on Hennepin in Uptown.

In case you aren't familiar, The Cockpit Project offers the largest selection of leather clothing and other assorted sexy gift items in the Twin Cities. Time to go shopping.

Shopping for dad: My dad is a normal, low-key guy. He wears nothing but crewneck sweatshirts and jeans, and enjoys sports, '70s rock and Bud Light (no matter how hard I try, he won't drink Coors Light. This almost tore my family apart. I don't want to talk about it).

Obviously I got him a leather outfit.

As promised, the store has something for every leather lover. You can pick up a straps and studs hook-up that screams, "1990 WWF tag team champions, Demolition," or simply snatch up some leather shorts that Steven Seagal would likely wear under his cop uniform while fighting crime.

(Author's note: Sorry. I should really stop watching this while I'm writing, but it's just so hot. HE'S THE LAWMAN FOR CHRIST'S SAKE!)

This is the perfect gift for anyone on your list who wants to feel dangerously sexy, or just likes the feel of leather against their skin.

I shouldn't know so much about my dad.

Shopping for my nephew: I got married a few months ago, and as a result I have a 7-year-old nephew to shop for. Luckily, I'm pretty hip with the kids, and obviously The Cockpit is too, so shopping for him was no thang. I got him this new, exciting toy called a "Beanie Baby." I think they'll be huge with the kids.

No, seriously. The Cockpit has Beanie Babies right up by the counter, proudly displaying the word "PRIDE" in embroidery on their chests. How tight is that?

Sure, his mom will have to explain to him why I bought her a mask with a zipper on it this year, but at least he'll have a funny, cuddly toy to keep him company in therapy, amiright?

Shopping for mom: My mom is a huge fan of DMX, so I got her a copy of the film, Exit Wounds. Wait, wasn't someone else in that movie? I'm having trouble remembering... nevermind.

I didn't get this at The Cockpit Project. I'm just in the sharing mood.

In all seriousness, I found The Cockpit Project to be a really clean, comfortable shop, where the person working was very friendly and the environment was totally non-threatening. They had plenty of awesome apparel and gifts, perfect for everyone on your list.

So to you, Cockpit Project, I say thank you. Thank you for saving Christmas, and thank you for keeping Uptown sexy.

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