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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Melody Bot

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    I can’t believe it’s already December, but here we are. Like last year, I wanted to steal an idea of I’ve seen on other websites and put together a few gift ideas that I think are worthy of your time. I have also updated my recommendations posts for movies, tv shows, books, software, podcasts, headphones, and miscellaneous stuff around the house, so the things on this list will be more focused on stuff not included in those posts and more geared toward things I’ve come across in the past year or so and think would make good gifts. As always, I only recommend things I’ve personally used and loved.

    I used my Amazon affiliate link when the product showed up there, which gives our website a slight percentage back if you make a purchase, and therefore helps fund our continued existence. I hope you’ll find something cool, and feel free to drop your own recommendations in the comments.

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    Under $10

    Funko Pop Toys
    These vinyl toys are ridiculously collectable and there’s almost certainly one of a loved character for almost anyone on your list. With most of them coming in under $10, they’re a great gift. I’ve got multiple sitting around the house and on my desk now, and every time someone gets me a new one it brings a huge smile to my face.

    Secret Aardvark Habanero Hot Sauce
    Have someone in your life that likes hot sauce? Get them a bottle of Secret Aardvark. It’s great. It’s great on wings, it’s great on burritos, it’s good in guacamole. It’s just good. Get some.

    Under $25

    Artemis: A Novel by Andy Weir
    This is the latest novel by the author of The Martian. It’s not great writing by any means, but it’s fun. I needed something to get lost in and just tune out the real world. This succeeded.

    Spyderco HoneyBee SS PlainEdge Knife
    I love Spyderco’s knives and this is a great little pocket knife that fits on a keychain. It’s one of the few things I carry with me when I leave the house.

    The Big Sick
    This was one of my favorite movies of the year and one I think just about everyone could fall in love with.

    Edgefield’s Aval Pota Apple Flavored Whiskey
    If you can find a bottle of this, it’s mostly available in Oregon from what I can tell, I highly recommend it. It makes for some fantastic late night holiday drinks.

    The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
    We have quite a few cookbooks in our kitchen but I can’t think of any that I enjoy as consistently as this. The asparagus, goat cheese, and lemon pasta remains one of my favorite dishes.

    City Map Barware
    Pint glasses, wine glasses, and other barware all engraved with city maps. I got one for Portland as a gift last year and it’s one of my favorite pint glasses.

    Under $50

    Pandemic Board Game
    This is one of my favorite board games from the past few years. You can play it with 2-4 players and it takes about 45 minutes. It’s fun and the idea of working with the other players makes it less competitive but still extremely compelling.

    Earasers: Musician Ear Plugs
    I’m getting older and my ears and hearing feel like something I’d like to last, so this year I started wearing earplugs at concerts. I’m a big fan of the Earasers because they’re relatively invisible while remaining comfortable. I store them in a little carrying case.

    North Face Etip Gloves
    I’ve tried a lot of different “smart phone” gloves over the past few years and this is the only pair I’ve ever loved. They’re comfortable, I think they look good, and they’re not overly bulky or sweaty. The weather here in Oregon doesn’t usually call for anything warmer, so I’ve been extremely happy with these.

    Under $100

    Star Wars: Rebellion Board Game
    This two player game is intense. It takes a while to learn, takes a few hours to play, and is absolutely incredible. It’s one of the most fun board game experiences I’ve had. It feels like Star Wars in a box.

    The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Box Set
    Still one of my favorite comics, hell, literature achievements, of all time. I love this box set and it remains a fantastic gift for someone of any age.

    Any Amount

    Ask your friends and family to donate to the ACLU, RAINN, The Trevor Project, or other non-profits of your choice.


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  2. Kingjohn_654

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  3. personalmaps

    citrus & cinnamon Prestigious

    I bought that C&H box set for my dad for his birthday in August. Worth every penny.

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  4. MightyBrian

    This is where I am suppose to write something cool Prestigious

    I finished Artemis a week ago. It is not as great as The Martian, but it was still a fun read I just thought Jazz was a little too much out there. I hear Fox has the rights to the movie I wonder who would play her.
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  5. Shrek

    Prestigious Prestigious

    Jason, i had no idea you were a bit of a board game geek

    this changes everything
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  6. SEANoftheDEAD


    Some cool stuff in here. I think I'm gonna buy that hot sauce as a present to myself.
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  7. Fucking Dustin

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    The Big Sick is very very good
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  8. emersontheauthor


    Pandemic is so fun! We played it for the first time the other night and it was intense and great. We ended up cheating a little bit because we were so close to saving the world when we ran out of cards. Next time I think we'll be more successful.

    Also - look, this is going to be a little awkward, but I don't really have parents and I've been visiting AP/Chorus since I was like 13 or 14 years old, and Jason, you're kind of like a wise older brother to me, and I really appreciate your recommendations for basic life products.

    But anyway...! Fun board games!
  9. It's a good idea.
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  10. This is adorable.
  11. personalmaps

    citrus & cinnamon Prestigious

    he almost cried which is p big for him hahaha.
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  12. Tim

    grateful all the fucking time Supporter

    I love that you included comics in your book list, and that one of them was the modern classic that is Matt Fraction's Hawkeye. I do kinda wish you'd credited the artists with the writers, even though I also understand formatting-wise why you didn't.

    Anyways, to anyone reading this, comics are a great gift, especially if you know someone who loves comic book movies but is unsure where to start reading. I always do that for my sister with good success. If you're not sure what to get, the comic book thread can help you figure it out!
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  13. Emokid79


    i'm not big on board games but my roommate has the star wars rebellion game and it's become one of my favorite late night activities. usually after we get home from a show.
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  14. Dog Fish


    @Jason Tate Are we getting a 2018 Holiday Gift Guide?