Holiday Gift Guide 2009: For His Home

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Let’s face it, some guys are harder to shop for than others. Hopefully our 2009 Holiday Gift Guides are giving you some ideas on what to give to the guy who has everything. This group of recommendations will focus on items that could add some needed style to his abode or gadgets to improve the enjoyability of his home. Be sure to keep checking regularly as we’ll continually add new items to the guides right up until Christmas Eve. Get those credit cards warmed up and be prepared to wear them out.

V20 NOTEBOOK SPEAKERS ** MUST HAVE **

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These lightweight portable Logitech USB speakers will upgrade his notebook to stereo quality sound with just one connection to an open USB port- no other cables are necessary. With the convenient carry case, he can take them anywhere he goes. Let’s call a spade a spade, built in laptop speakers are a complete nightmare. These speakers will deliver crisp, quality sound and built in volume control will allow him to adjust the volume with ease. The V20s are compatible for both Macs and PCs. I tested them out last night on my iMac and blasted Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and couldn’t detect any distortion. In fact, I felt more bass on my desk than I had expected. Seriously, it was sorta pimpin’. For portability, style, and quality, you can’t beat Logitech’s V20- you definitely get more bang for your buck.

  • BEST FEATURE:The multimedia controls located on top of one of the speakers. In addition, the carrying case is not too shabby.
  • MSRP: $69.95
  • Website: http://www.logitech.com/

ROOMBA

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Perfect for the city dweller, who doesn’t have all that much time for cleaning. Tell him to step away from the vacuum because this sucker’s gonna do all the work from now on. It works amazingly, cleaning under and around furniture, using its light-touch bumper to gently touch and move around each obstacle. He also won’t have to adjust from carpet to hard floor – the machine will do that automatically. There are a range of models to choose from, and can get pricey, but they are all quality! So, even if you’re looking at the least expensive model, it’s going to do a great job and the value to him of never having to vacuum again is priceless. Give him a gift that sucks.

  • BEST FEATURE: It’s a give that keeps on giving, and sucking.
  • MSRP: $129.99-$549.99
  • Website: http://store.irobot.com/

BEER BANDS

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Normally, I find those charms people put on guest’s wine glasses kinda heinous. They’re usually butt ugly while trying to be elegant. Enter Beer Bands which don’t have a drop of pretension. These bands come with labels like: hammered; ripped; blitzed; hammered; and other appropriate adjectives. When you’re done identifying which beer belongs to whom, you can reuse them and place them on someone’s wrist to denote their level of intoxication.

SURFACE TATTOOS

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Help him customize his home in the most innovative way – with a Wall Tattoo from Surface Collective! They are cut from a specialized vinyl that is specifically designed for home décor. Unlike standard high gloss signage vinyl, their product has a matte finish that gives a gorgeous painted look without bleeding or permanency. You can choose from several different designs, or even customize your own! Tattoo his laptop? You can do that too with Laptop Tattoos. Not only am I recommending this product, but I’m actually purchasing a couple and installing them at Brian and my new place. Keep an eye out for my article documenting that experience.

  • BEST FEATURE: It’s stylish and fun at an affordable price. Way more affordable than wallpaper but packs a strong visual punch as well.
  • MSRP: $39.00 – $149.00, Commissioned piece prices available upon request
  • Website: http://www.surfacecollective.com/

HP DREAM SCREEN 100

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The sleek, stylish HP DreamScreen adds a fun new dimension to his digital content. He’ll be able to easily view photos from his last vacation, watch family videos, listen to Pandora Internet radio, get Facebook status updates (cuz that’s important), check the weather and more—all with this elegant wireless web-connected screen. It’s available with 10.2″ or 13.3″ widescreen display. It’s a DreamScreen come true!

  • BEST FEATURE: They literally have every type of design to suit anyone’s fashion sense; you really can’t go wrong.
  • MSRP: $199.99 (10.2″), $249.99 (13.3″)
  • Website: http://welcome.hp.com/

BODUM GLASS ICE BUCKET

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Put his Happy Hour on the rocks with a COOL Ice Bucket from Bodum. He’ll keep the crowd happy easier as everybody’s favorite drink stays icy a lot longer. It’s made from double wall borosilicate glass and is topped off with a silicone lid that comes with an integrated stainless steel pincer. The grooved silicone mat at the bottom of the bucket provides dual protection: the ice cubes don’t damage the glass when they are dropped into the bucket, and they sit on top of the mat and not in the water left behind from melted ice. Eight vibrant color choices make it an eye-catching centerpiece for any table and also ideal for chilling wine, bottled water or spirits. Available in pink, red, green, brown, grey, white, black and even Homorazzi purple.

  • BEST FEATURE: Not only are they functional but they’re extremely stylish as well.
  • MSRP:$39.95
  • Website: http://www.bodumusa.com/

FIRE DESIGN FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

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Safety can be fashionable when traditional red extinguishers are turned into pop-art masterpieces. French company Fire Design brings you a large choice of designs, so you can choose the extinguisher that best matches the decoration of his home. The company is based in France, but offers worldwide delivery…so if you’re interested in getting one (or some) of these for the holidays, I suggest you light a fire under your a** and order right away. Extinguish that fire upon arrival. I previously highlighted this awesome product in a previous post. Click here to check it out.

  • BEST FEATURE: They can help save his precious personal items and his life while looking funkilicious at the same time.
  • MSRP: 65.00 Euros – 139.00 Euros
  • Website: http://www.fire-design.fr
  • bruin

    hmm, to be honest all of these gifts are kind of superficial for the person who has everything. i think homemade gifts esp ones that include scrapbooking with personalized photos or anything homemade with your personal touch + your efforts + your time are the most invaluable and priceless gifts. do i sound like a brian? hah ; )

  • Fair enough, Bruin. But after dating 10 years, you can’t imagine how many photobooks and personal gifts I’ve made. My head hurts just from thinking about it- haha. I’m all about stimulating the economy now 🙂

  • bruin

    Haha, fair enough. But there is so much more than books! ever thought of blankets?! http://www.personalthrows.com/?Click=2&gclid=CKzb96G8vJ4CFShGagodAgtOmg or paint! do a poem book /storytelling book. Im sure you have new pictures every year..hah. Ok…speakers still work fine then haha

  • Terri here from http://www.surfacecollective.com. After you browse our product line and find the perfect design using our ‘state of the art’ filtration, we will ship it to your North American address free of charge with a guaranteed arrival by Dec 24th- assuming that you place your order by midnight, December 15th.

    We’ve added pick-up as a delivery option for the holidays, so if you’re more of a last minute shopper, or don’t feel like waiting for the postman, drop in and pick up your wall tattoo in person. Besides, seasons greetings are so much nicer in person.

    The studio is open for the holidays, from 12pm to 6pm weekdays, at 425 West 8th Avenue. (Give us a ring at 604-568-4739 before stopping by on weekends). We have a large stock of misprints selling for $5, $10, $15 & $20. Some as priceless as the original with minor cut marks, others in not so pristine condition.

    cmd-O–O-O
    The perfect stocking stuffer, cmd-O Laptop Tattoos™ s aren’t just for laptops. You can apply them on just about any surface, from bass guitars to skateboards. Special for the holidays, cmd-o Laptop are priced $19 (regular $29) for one-color designs and full color designs at $39 (regular $49).

    Happy Holidays!