Random Holiday Gift Guide 2012 Edition (list)
It’s the holidays, which means gift giving. You’ll hear people espouse the phrase “it’s the thought that counts”. And while the saying is meant to suggest it doesn’t matter what you give, we see it otherwise. It’s how much thought you put into that gift, especially if it’s for a loved one or special someone. So if you’re struggling to find a unique gift, look no further than our random gift guide.
Fiskars X7 14-Inch Hatchet
When the Zombies start slipping through your chimney this holiday, you’ll be glad you bought your boyfriend or husband this Fiskars 7850 X7 14-Inch Hatchet. This hatchet is said to have excellent balance thanks to its ultra light weight handle. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s virtually unbreakable and will stay sharper longer thanks to a low-friction coating that powers through wood. Amazon sells it for $20.
The Gun Drill has novelty written all over it, but surely any adult-kid will enjoy this handy tool. It has a 3.6v motor, 180rpm, and 6 drill bits that neatly store inside of the “chamber”. You can grab it for $40.
Escort Carbon Fiber Daggers
These Carbon Fiber knives from Escort are so light weight you’ll probably forget they’re even in your pocket; the lightest is 20.67oz. No bueno at a TSA checkpoint, but since they’re 100% carbon fiber we’re not even sure they’ll set off the metal detector, save the back scatter machine. Each dagger is manufactured in the good old USA and they start at $65.
Batarang Money Clip
Needless to say this will appeal to any Batman fan. But instead of just slapping a Batman symbol on a trustee money clip, they’ve actually engineered a folding Batarang. It’s die-cast and sheathed in matte black rubberized coating for durability as well as coolness. Thinkgeek has it for $40.
Montie Gear Gloveshot Slingshot
Needless to say this isn’t your traditional slingshot. Replacing the gun grip handle is a glove like apparatus, which should improve accuracy because you’re shooting from shoulder to arm. The Gloveshot constructed from aluminum and anodized black for increased strength, and ships with a 16lb pull weight flat band, though you can swap that out for more power. It sells for $190.
Butterfly Knife Bottle Opener
Being a badass comes in all shapes and sizes. However, nothing probably spells a-w-e-s-o-m-e – when you’re opening a cold one of course – then this Butterfly Knife Bottle Opener. The blade has been replaced with a beer key, that will get you admiration and attention without any of the blood shed. ThinkGeek has it for $6.
Sniper Peephole Decal
Take off heads is something that we’ll leave to the real-deal snipers. But you can play out your fantasy with this Sniper Gun decal. The scope fits directly over your front door’s peephole – brilliant. You can get one for just $8.
27lb Gummy Snake
Diabetics and children need not apply (or receive) this 27lb Gummy Snake. It’s packed with sugar not to mention real life detail that will probably make the gifted (the person receiving it not the smart people) squirm and wriggle as they bite down into the head. This 7-foot and 36,000 calorie snack comes in Blue Raspberry and Green Apple, or Red Cherry and Blue Raspberry for $150.
Lacie Petite Key
When you need a flash drive (otherwise known as a thumb drive) you never have one on you. And worse, when you look for one you just can’t seem to find one. The Lacie Petite key is no larger than a standard household key, is ultra rugged to stand up to anything you throw at it, and attaches to what else, your key chain, which you can always find. You can grab one in 8GB, 16GB or 32GB starting at $15.
Clearly a gift like this is largely relegated to those that played the game back in the 90s. But hey, it’s the first of its kind, and those glowing blocks are completely customizable, meaning you can order them in any manner that you’d like thanks to some specially built-in contacts. Even better, the whole setup uses LED lights, making the Tetris Lamp long-lasting and eco friendly. You can grab one from ThinkGeek for $40.
Sharing a flask of booze with your favorite buddy is complete acceptable. But if it’s a stranger, or someone with a penchant for backwashing the mix, then you’ll wanna reach for a glass. But that’s hardly practical when you’re walking the streets at 2am after the bars close. Enter the Shot Flask, a flask with a built-in foldable shot glass that adheres to its side. It sells for $25.
TWIST Wine Aerator
We’ve used this TWIST aerator and so far we’re impressed that it actually influences the flavor of the wine. Unlike some other aerators, you can actually twist a dial and affect the amount of aeration from 1-6 hours – 3 hours seems to be the sweet spot in our testing. It’s on sale now for $40.
Penguin and Polar Bear Ice Cube Trays
Ice cubes aren’t fun, they’re functional. Not these ice cube trays, which each mold a polar bear and a penguin. They’re totally novel, but anyone in receipt of them will be more than intrigued if not pleased. You can buy a set for $28.
ThermaCell Rechargeable Heated Insoles
Sometimes no matter how many socks, or the type of boot, keeping your toes and feet warm on cold days is an impossibility. And while jumping up and down is surely a good resolve, if you’re stuck sitting or standing still you’re gonna suffer the bite of the winter. Unless of course you had these rechargeable ThermaCell Insoles that heat to 110 degree F. They’re said to last up to 5-hours, and can be charged up to 500-times before the built-in battery starts to die. Included is a remote for controlling the heat level: off, medium and hight. You can grab a pair from Amazon for $125.
Camera Lens Thermos
Any photographer in the family (or friend) will light up with a smile when they lay eyes on this thermos that looks like a camera lens. It’s a perfect complement to the Canon Mugs, or anyone with a bag full of lenses. The Camera Lens Thermos completed insulated, so it’s designed to keep liquids hot and cold. Thinkgeek has it for $25.
Walking Dead Apocalypse Kit
This Zombie Kit was actually featured in the show “The Walking Dead”. Included are Gator Machete, Camp Axe II, Gator Machete Pro, Parang Machete, LMF II Infantry Fix Blade Knife, DMF Folding Tanto Blade Knife, Epic Drop Point Fixed Blade Knife, two machetes, one parang, and a hatchet all enclosed in a super durable canvas carrying case with reinforced stitching. Amazon has it for a discounted $300.