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Lots of thoughtful people gave their father a drone this Christmas, because they had already gotten him a Kindle last year and an iPad the year before that and you sort of stall out on gift ideas from there. But! Drones can be difficult, and dads can be clumsy*, and the result has been nationwide terror.

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Is there anything more awkward than showing up to a birthday party or a wedding and plunking down the smallest present on the gift table? It turns out that science can help compensate for your limited spending through some simple optical illusions. By wrapping your gift in this clever paper that makes it look like an apartment building, the human eye will see it as being much larger than it really is.

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If you've been looking for some truly original wrapping paper this year, swap snowflakes, stars, and stripes for pneumonia, influenza, and the common cold. It turns out that under a microscope those viruses are hard to distinguish from festive decor, and when blown up they make for some lovely gift wrap.

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Nothing helps put you in the holiday spirit like...spirits. We all know that person who believes truly, madly, deeply that alcohol makes everything better. (In moderation, of course.) Whether that person's a liquor lover, a beer snob, or a wine connoisseur, I've distilled a fine selection of the choicest gifts, straight from the internet's top shelf. And I wanna hear what you've got in mind for lovers of alCOOLhol, too!

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Money doesn't grow on trees. You can't get something for nothing. There's no such thing as a free lunch. Except all of these cliches are apparently false, because Antoine Deblay, a student who lives in southwest France is actually making money selling cans of air from his town.

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Once you officially make the switch from child to parent, the holidays suddenly become a remarkably stressful time of year. There's decorating, shopping, baking, socialising, and of course keeping a watchful eye on presents so your kids don't figure out what's under that wrapping paper — a task made considerably easier now that someone's re-branded a simple siren-equipped motion sensor as a gift alarm.

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The Facebook Gifts feature was supposed to kill Amazon or blow up the world or something. The place reminding you of your best friend's birthday could also help you get a gift and then publicly show off what a great friend you were for remembering and buying a gift. Genius.

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There is something so fabulous about this idea. Even though it's overpriced and probably aesthetically overwrought or something, the idea of wrapping gifts to look like raw meat is just beautiful. It brings the whole joke gift genre to a new level. Or makes people extra excited when their gift turns out to be awesome or even passable. If you're someone who never wraps gifts this could be the turning point.

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Cuff links, multitools and money clips are second only to vasectomies on the list of crap wants — some bacon to go along with the, um, cuff links, multitools and money clips. The Oscar Mayer Original collection packages 18-20 slices of delicious porky goodness in a tasteful display box and includes one of three accoutrements.

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The New York International Gift Fair — a trade show for gifts, home goods and other stuff — has heaps of scarves, an entire floor devoted to candles, and loads and loads of items your mother would consider sticking in your Christmas stocking. It also has a lot of cool products that you'll see popping up all over the place in the coming year.

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Sweaters. Meat. Gift certificates. Books. Whatever. We know what really gets kids excited on Christmas morning. It's gadgets. Well, video game consoles, mostly, but kids know enough to slip an iPod request in there on off years. Most of these videos are adorable, a few are cringe-inducing, and a couple are downright touching.