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Awesome Gifts: 2011

CoD MW3

CoD MW3
$60  Buy Link Comment

Here’s the launch trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, for those on the other side of the Battlefield. Or the presumably rare breed who has the time and desire to play both games.

Gerber Apocalypse Survival

Gerber Apocalypse Survival
$21-$69  Buy Comment

The Apocalypse Survival Series are short-range bladed weapons that have appeared on the TV series Walking Dead. Meanwhile you can practice using them on the growing weeds on your lawn.

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GoPro HD Hero2

GoPro HD Hero2
$300  Buy Link Comment

Offers 2x faster image processing, captures wide angles up to 170-degrees in 720p or full 1080p HD. Shoots 120fps slow-mo 800×480 footage, 11mp stills and time-lapse. Wi-Fi option, too.

The Football

The Football
$500  Buy Comment

Named after the mobile nuclear attack briefcase, The Football has all you need to get bombed (a bottle of vodka and tequila) and recover (Advil, Altoids, eye drops), and also a pair of handcuffs.

Uncharted 3

Uncharted 3
$60  Buy Link Comment

Here’s Naughty Dog’s official launch trailer for the gorgeous and thrilling Drake’s Deception, revealing key plot points and mysteries that set Nathan’s latest epic adventure in motion.

Vertical Chess Set

Vertical Chess Set
$300  Buy Comment

This dude looks like a model from a 1980s Sears catalog, but we still think the wall-mounted vertical chess set is pretty cool. Making your opponent stand on his head to play would be even better.

Water Bomb Squad (T-Shirt)

Water Bomb Squad (T-Shirt)
$20  Buy Comment

We can always count on Glennz to make us laugh with his clever, graphic tees. This one reminds us of The Hurt Locker, but is a lot less dangerous. Look out for enemy snipers bearing NERF guns.

TomTom Top Gear Edition

TomTom Top Gear Edition
$270  Buy Link Comment

The Top Gear edition of the TomTom Go Live features the voice of one of the most famous auto enthusiasts… in the world: Jeremy Clarkson. Also has real-time traffic and weather updates.

Tankbots

Tankbots
$25  Buy Link Comment

Tankbots are tiny rechargeable tanks you control using your iOS or Android smartphone and an infrared dongle. They also have a “free-roam” mode for times when you don’t feel like steering.

Light-Light Floating Lamp

Light-Light Floating Lamp
$1,300  Buy Link Comment

Designed by Angela Jansen, Light-Light floating lamps make use of electromagnetic components to make its top levitate. Its LEDs can be dimmed or turned off while keeping the floating effect on.

AC Revelations: End of an Era

AC Revelations: End of an Era
$50-$60  Buy Link Comment

Listen to old man Ezio’s soliloquy over a montage of past trials and future killing sprees in this trailer for Assassin’s Creed Revelations. As for the taking orders line – isn’t that their thing?

iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S
$199-$399  Buy Link Comment

Has the same case and screen as the iPhone 4, but now with a dual-core A5 CPU, 8mp camera that can take 1080p/30fps video, improved battery life, and Siri, a voice-activated “intelligent assistant.”

Flud BPM Watch

Flud BPM Watch
$80  Buy Comment

After the boombox watch and the turntable watch, Flud continues its music theme with the BPM, a wristwatch that looks like a drum machine. The geeky truth? It’s actually a calculator watch.

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Noa Bembibre Calendar

Noa Bembibre Calendar
$45  Buy Comment

We love the bold typography and nonsensical sayings that Noa Bembibre’s calendar has to offer. Sold in an edition of 700, it’s printed in four colors on and finished with black ribbon binding,

Cat Scratch

Cat Scratch
~$23  Buy Comment

This has to be DJ Kitty’s favorite toy. The Cat Scratch from SUCK UK is a cardboard turntable scratching pad. It even comes with stickers, a spinning deck and a posable tone arm.

Cartella MacBook Air Case

Cartella MacBook Air Case
$80-$90  Buy Comment

Like the BookBook series of cases, The Cartella offers a deceptive disguise while also providing protection for the pricey ultraportable. Made of Italian leather and Baltic Birch.

Original Moonshine Liquor

Original Moonshine Liquor

Stillhouse’s Original Moonshine 80 proof corn whiskey is charcoal-filtered and distilled 4 times in a Prohibition-era copper pot still, the same process they used in the good old days. Tastes great, too.

Shark Attack! Mug

Shark Attack! Mug
$10  Buy Comment

You’re sipping on your morning cup of Maxwell House… as you ease into the day, you near the bottom of your cup… about ready for a refill… when TINY SHARK! SWIM! PADDLE FASTER! RUN!

Buckycubes

Buckycubes
$25  Buy Link Comment

From the maker of Buckyballs comes Buckycubes, a cubic version of the popular magnetic toy. Each pack has 125 rare earth magnets that are easier to manipulate, thanks to their stable shape.

Vans California Era Wingtip

Vans California Era Wingtip
$75  Buy Comment

An update to an update, these fresh shoes are part of the Vans California collection. The Wingtip Era sneakers have been given a homier look thanks to the brown leather upper and wool flannel trim.

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Animal Staple Removers

Animal Staple Removers
$78-$98  Buy Comment

Jac Zagoory’s pewter desk accessories help you live out those cubicle fantasies where your staple remover is some sort of dangerous animal with big pointy teeth. It’s the only thing we use ours for.

Chalkboard Skull

Chalkboard Skull
$42  Buy Comment

Perfect for tracking the next person on your hit list, this plastic skull model has been covered with enamel chalkboard paint for these and other random evil thoughts. Totally beats sticky notes.

Wacom Inkling Pen System

Wacom Inkling Pen System
$199  Buy Comment

With this special pen and receiver clipped onto your sketch pad, you can capture every detail (with 1024 levels of sensitivity), then upload them as either raster or vector images to your PC or Mac.

Karlsson Twin Bell Alarm Clock

Karlsson Twin Bell Alarm Clock
$25  Buy Comment

A simple yet stylish timepiece from renowned Dutch clock brand Karlsson Clocks.  The Twin Bell Nude Station combines a modern look with the classic sound of the traditional alarm clock bell.

The Original Pasta Fork

The Original Pasta Fork
$6/ea  Buy Link Comment

Is eating spaghetti too challenging for you? There’s an app for that! Actually, no. But there is an invention for that, and it’s so ridiculous that you’ll probably run out and order one now.

Cas Hanwei Mark 1 Letter Opener

Cas Hanwei Mark 1 Letter Opener
$15  Buy Comment

No, you can’t use this thing to stop spammers from filling your Gmail box, but you can slice your snail mail open in seconds with this opener based on a vintage 1918 “knuckle-duster” trench knife.

Camper Van LEGO

Camper Van LEGO
$165  Buy Comment

The iconic Volkswagen T1 Camper Van gets immortalized in LEGO form. This official 1,332 piece kit has working doors, windows, and a detailed interior and engine. Out this October for ~$100.

TrackMania² Canyon

TrackMania² Canyon

The long-awaited sequel to one of the craziest racing games ever made, TrackMania² Canyon adds smooth, crisp graphics to the deep track-building and sharing that made it so popular.

Roland TR-808 Flash Drive

Roland TR-808 Flash Drive
$40  Buy Comment

You can’t make music with it, but if you’re a vintage drum machine and synthesizer fan you’ll still love this detailed replica 8GB flash drive of the legendary Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer.

Doomed Shot Glass

Doomed Shot Glass
$10  Buy Comment

And we’re not talking about a lame single shot here. This manly hand-blown crystal skull shot glass holds 2.5oz. of your your deadliest hooch. This bringer of doom comes from Fred & Friends.

Washing Machine Hamper

Washing Machine Hamper
$30  Buy Comment

The procrastinator’s hamper: “Did you put your clothes in the washing machine yet?” “Yes, I did. Sort of.” Made of polyester with, four plastic rods for support. Folds for easy transport or storage.

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