Idol Threat 2011 Holiday Gift Guide Pt. 2 - Idol Threat: Warning Shots at the Mainstream


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Idol Threat 2011 Holiday Gift Guide Pt. 2

The Idol Threat Holiday Gift Guide was so popular that we decided to do a sequel in case people needed more help with their gift ideas. Some of these are alternatives to gifts from the previous guide while others are new ideas, and with Christmas & Hanukkah just around the corner the clock is ticking for those trying to get gifts shipped on time. Some may already know that yesterday was “Free Shipping Day” for tons of online retailers and many are extending the free shipping throughout the weekend. As of today Amazon’s free shipping says it can still get your gifts in on time for XMas but there’s always the 2 day or overnight shipping option if you're worried. Either way you’ll have to act quick, so here to help is Part 2 of Idol Threat's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide (and once again click on the "jump" for the rest of the 15 gift ideas):

For the Classy Music Lover:
Artpentry Gentleman’s Boombox ($ Varies)
Lets start the list off right with the ultimate luxury gift for music lovers - remember when boomboxes were cool? Well since those that are old enough to remember have matured its only right that the boombox mature with them. Enter Artpentry’s Gentleman’s Boombox, vintage suitcases altered with powered speakers that can play songs from your iPod or nearly any other device you have. Every boombox is handcrafted so each one is classy, one of a kind and really, really fucking cool. Go to Artpentry to pick one up right now or bring in your own suitcase to get converted.

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For the Serious Gamer:
Onlive Gaming System ($10-$160)
Online cloud storage is finally starting to take off with more companies (like Amazon with their Kindle Fire) even offering them for their devices. OnLive takes that a step further and gives you the ability to play video games so big they were previously only available on Video game systems or desktop computers. This lets serious gamers play brand new games such as Batman: Arkham City and L.A. Noire on your smartphone or tablet by streaming from their cloud. You can rent or buy these games and keep them stored on their site and they even sell their own controller so you can have the full gaming experience all on your tiny mobile device.

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For the Comfort Camper:
Selk'bag 4G Lite ($100)
Do you like camping but hate the restrictive confines of a sleeping bag? It’s understandable, not everyone likes feeling like a mummy or a caterpillar while they sleep. Now you can have your freedom without sacrificing warmth with this ingenious, body conforming sleeping bag. Walk, jump, roll around and sleep practically anywhere outdoors and you’ll still manage to stay warm as long as it isn’t colder than 45 degrees (or 35 degrees if you get the $160 “classic” version.) Or you can just walk around and pretend you’re an astronaut or the gingerbread man.

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For the Dog Lover:
GoDogGo Ball Launcher ($110/$135)
Since I featured a pet gift for lazy cat owners I figured it’d only be fair to do the same for lazy dog owners. This does actually seem more useful than the automatic laser light although it costs quite a bit more. GoDogGo is the World's Original Fetch Machine/ball launcher that you can use via remote control or even train your dog to do it himself! Now you can save your throwing arm for more important things like playing Wii games and you dont’ have to keep picking up a slobbery tennis ball all the time either! They have a sale closeout on their 2010 model and are even offering a $10 holiday coupon code so act quick.

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For the Peanut Butter Lover:
PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter ($8)
Love peanut butter but want a healthier option? Powdered Peanut Butter is great and allows people to enjoy a peanut butter taste without the high fat and calorie content. You can add it to smoothies, yogurt, protein shakes or even mix it with jelly for a lowfat PB&J sandwich. To make it the manufacturers squeeze all the oil out of roasted peanuts and what remains is the powder that is all natural with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. When you’re ready to eat it you mix a bit of the powder with a little bit of water and you get the same consistency as full-fat peanut butter, but with 85% less fat calories.

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For the Battery Hog:
iGeek Large Capacity Portable Charger ($62)
Surprise surprise, the one bad thing about the new iPhone is its horrible battery life. It’s a problem that plagues any device that contains cutting edge technology, until thinner batteries that hold bigger charges are made then this is a problem that will persist. For now you can at least keep all your gadgets charged with iGeek’s Large Capacity Portable Charger. This external battery pack weighs less than 9 ounces and can charge your smartphone, tablet, PSP, Nintendo DS or practically anything else that can be charged with a USB connection. It has a 9900 mAh capacity that the makers claim can keep your devices charged for a full week with normal usage. To give some perspective the new iPhone battery is rated at 1420 mAh. Boom goes the dynamite.

Order Here: iGeek Large Capacity Portable Charger

For the Hungry Bear:
Uncle Milton Rainbow In My Room ($18.50)
Do you wish you could ride Unicorns all day or wish all your outfits could match the Lucky Charms cereal box? Are you Drake or the Trix Rabbit? Then you definitely cannot live without your own personal rainbow maker! With one magical wave of your hand this device projects a rainbow across your walls and ceiling that may or may not be powered by Skittles (its actually powered by 4 "AAA" batteries which are not included.) Buy two machines so you can have a DOUBLE RAINBOW FTW!

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For the Budget Photographer:
Easy Macro Cell Lens Band ($15)
For those of you who thought the $70 Olloclip iPhone lens I featured was too expensive or cumbersome then I have a minimalist option that’s less than a fourth of the price. Its only a macro lens as opposed to the 3 in 1 Olloclip but is way more portable and simple. It fits on any cell phone and you can keep it on your wrist or the included card for storage in your wallet. For those that thought the Olloclip wasn’t BIG enough you can shell out $180 more for the iPhone SLR Mount.

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For Androids:
Blade Runner Style LED Umbrella ($20)
Do nerds dream of electric umbrellas? If they’re Blade Runner fans then the answer is fuck yes! Instead of looking to the past for ideas on new umbrella designs like the Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella we covered previously these designers look to the not too distant future of 2019 for inspiration. This awesome umbrella actually has an LED shaft for glowing style and visibility at night, and yes unlike the Star Wars light saber umbrella it does actually light up! Plus Blade Runner fans are better than Star Wars fans, if you don’t like it you can suck my Philip K.

Order Here: Blade Runner Style LED Umbrella

For the QWERTY Lover:
Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard ($180)
You can’t get more portable than lasers. You just can’t. It’s the lightest option. Literally. So why carry around a huge bluetooth keyboard for your smart phone or tablet when you can have this futuristic ass Laser Virtual Keyboard? We may not have holograms coming out of microchips implanted in our wrists yet, but you can now have a full-size QWERTY keyboard that projects on any flat surface and can approach typing speeds of a standard keyboard, all in a size a little larger than a matchbook. The future is now.

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For the Closet Closet Freak:
Quirky Contour hanger ($10)
Apparently if you’re a woman keeping your clothes wrinkle-free while saving space in your closet is a big problem. The piles of t-shirts and jeans on my floor says I have the answer but I’ve been told otherwise, so instead they may want to buy a bunch of these Contour Hangers. The shape of these hangers allows dresses, halter tops, and asymmetrical shirts to hold their shape and stay wrinkle-free. Pants and accessories (such as ties and scarves) can even rest on the horizontal bar of the hangers. For the guys out there it has little hooks for holding lingerie so you cheapos can buy these for your girlfriends and they may take the hint and buy the lingerie on their own. Its a win win.

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For the Texter:
Quirky Digits ($12)
If you’ve ever tried texting outside in the winter then you know how hard it is for smartphones to register your cold ass fingers. Quirky’s Digits are pins that are made out of conductive silicone that you can attach to the fingers of any gloves you choose so you can text in the cold without having to take your gloves off. Whats even better is that they come in packs of 4 so you can keep a spare or give one to a friend as a gift. Or y’know, give them all to your friend as a gift since this is a gift guide.

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For the Romantic:
Romance By You - Personalized Novel ($40)
This is a nifty idea, its like a choose your own adventure book and Romance novel all rolled into one. Actually it isn’t but wouldn’t that be cool? Its probably been done already anyways but we’re getting off topic, THIS is actually a 160-200 page romance novel that is personalized per order to include your lover’s name and up to 26 different customizable characteristics! If this sounds a little middle-aged to you, I’d like to point out that they have a book called “Vampire Kisses.” That Twilight/True Blood crap is what all the kids like nowadays, right?

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For the Artist:
Expandable Sketchbook ($13 or $52)
I have no idea why no one thought of this earlier. With The Spaces for Ideas Expandable Sketchbook artists no longer have to be restricted to one paper size for drawings and ideas. It comes in a portable A6 size (5.8 x 4.1 inches) with each of its 5 pages expandable to a generous A3 size (16.5 x 11.7 inches.) You can buy 1 for $13 or a set of 5 for $52 and each one is hand made and assembled in Singapore.

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For the Wine Lover:
Vino Arielle Wine Aerator ($35)
Are you a wine connoisseur but don’t want to wait to drink your bottle or stand around a decanter looking like a pretentious douchebag for half an hour? Back in the day when filtration processes weren’t as advanced sediment from wine barrels and organic material often remained in the wine so decanting it allowed the unwanted matter to seperate and fall to the bottom. Nowadays decanting is still beneficial for newer wine since it softens its youthful bite and encourages the development of the more complex aromas that normally develop with years in bottle. Yeah that doesn’t sound douchey at all. If that isn’t enough you can get your favorite wine lover these dishwasher tethers that makes most wine glasses dishwasher safe.

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