Less Expensive Gifts
You don’t have to break the bank to give a great Christmas present. Here are three things I want on a budget.
Pop! Vinyl Figure of Game of Thrones Tyrion Lannister ($10)
For the collector – Winter is coming… next spring. Yes, we won’t be returning to Winterfell and King’s Landing until March, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy a little Game of Thrones fun at my desk. This is a part of the Pop! series of vinyl figures that also expands into other popular franchises, but even with the Game of Thrones universe, I’ve seen versions of Ned Stark, Khal Drogo and Daenerys “Khaleesi” Targaryen too.
Stephen Colbert’s America Again Hardcover ($20)
For the humorist – I’ve already read I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert, so it only makes sense to read his follow-up book on “re-becoming the greatness we never weren’t.” I’m sure it’ll be filled with all sorts of scathing wit and humor. His children’s book, I Am A Pole (And So Can You!) is probably a lot of fun too.
Clutch GDLK T-Shirt ($25)
For the fighter – It’s no secret that I am a fighting game fan, particularly when it comes to the Street Fighter franchise. I don’t play competitively, but I do follow some of the tournaments streamed online. This t-shirt commemorates one of the most famous EVO moments from several years back and it’s a great inside joke for those in the know. The Beast is unleashed!
Wish List Gifts Over $100
If you’re feeling particularly generous, these more expensive gifts will certainly brighten my holiday season.
Qanba Q4RAF 3-in-1 Real Arcade Fightstick ($160)
For the gamer – Speaking of fighting games, I’ve had the hankering for a new arcade stick for some time now. As much as I like the Hori wireless stick that came with Tekken 6, I really want to have something better. This is a great option, because the Qanba is compatible with not only the Xbox 360, but also the PS3 and PC. I’d love to get one of the TE sticks from Mad Catz too.
Panasonic 20mm F/1.7 Pancake Lens ($350)
For the shutterbug – My Olympus E-PL1 micro four-thirds camera has certainly served me well, but the kit lens can only go so far. It has a maximum aperture of f/3.5, which doesn’t cut the mustard for a lot of the low-light shooting (like in a restaurant) that I want to do. This pancake lens has been on my wish list for a while, both for its larger aperture and for its more compact size. The bokeh is pretty great on this lens too.
Samsung 55-Inch Series 7 Slim LED Smart HDTV ($2,000)
For the couch potato – I want a new TV. It’s not that I need one, but my main TV isn’t even 1080p and it certainly isn’t “smart” like this one from Samsung. I’d really like something in the 55-inch range with LED. Sharp and Sony are very worthy candidates too. Then, I’d have to start looking into a Blu-ray player and either a home theater speaker system or a soundbar.
What Do You Want from Santa This Year?
I don’t mean to be greedy, but who doesn’t love getting new toys? I maintain a larger wish list board on Pinterest for fun, which is a good way to keep track of these kinds of things. What about you? What do you want for Christmas this year? A new smartphone or tablet? A comfy robe and slippers? A Wii U?