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Office party gift guide for the holidays

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Offices are strange places where you know when people marry, divorce, have children, and bury family members, but you need to keep them at a professional distance. It can be hard to know when to greet someone in a long hallway, much less what to get them for the holiday office party. You want to get something good, within a set budget (or less), and not make things weird by getting super personal.

Good news, dear reader. I’m here to help a holiday office gift guide.

Sportsball stuff

The sports fan in your office is obvious, and buying them something that relates to their favorite team is sure to please. The problem is that they already have a ton of team stuff. However, there’s tons more team stuff to get. Sure, they have a jersey, hoodie, and signed ball. But they still don’t have a doormat, snuggie, mouse pad, or switch plate cover.

Is it weird to give someone a switch plate cover and a coffee mug for the holidays? Only if they’re not properly branded.

 

Succulents or cacti

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Succulents come in striking shapes and colors, but don’t require much love and attention. Some do well even without dirt. This means that whomever you give to doesn’t have to have the guilt of both killing a plant and destroying a gift.

There are plenty of places where you can purchase a nice cacti and succulent arrangement, but if you have the confidence and skill, it isn’t too difficult to do yourself. If you don’t have the skill, please acknowledge that and just buy a planter.

 

Wild meat

This is an excellent gift for the office carnivore. To keep fresh, it should be stored in an insulated container with cold packs, but the hassle is well worth it because people who like meat love game. Game made into bratwurst or sausage is a great choice as a gift because the meat is already seasoned and the cooking is straightforward.

What do you do if you don’t hunt or know someone willing to share their kills? It turns out you can buy anything on the Internet, including venison, wild boar, and more.

 

Adult coloring book and colored pencils

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I know you’re all a bunch of busy adults with lots of important things to do, and coloring isn’t a priority. But like naps and snack time, coloring isn’t just for kids. It’s an easy way to unwind and do something mildly artistic without any pressure. The officemate who’s a little artsy will appreciate a gift like this, especially if you splurge on Prismacolor pencils. Those things are the shit.

As for the coloring book, you have options to fit any personality and interest, from wild life to historical tapestries to unicorns being jerks.

 

Geeky desk stuff

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No office gift guide would be complete without desk accessories. Like the sports fan, the geek will show their allegiances, even in the office. Sometimes it’s as obvious as Star Wars poster or as subtle as an N7 phone case. Picking up on which fandom they belong to is key to giving the best gift possible.

Cubical friendly stuff like lights, clocks, mouse pads, mugs, and magnets are a good way to go. They’re functional and don’t take up too much space. (All the links go to Think Geek, an excellent shopping resource for the geek in your life.)

If you and your office mate share a fandom, give something unusual that you two can nerdout over. Sometimes a wonderfully useless gift is best.

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The ultimate gamer gift guide

Many a would-be gift giver has a gamer on their list of beloved friends and family. However, it’s not always simple to find the perfect gamer gift.

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With the holiday season upon us, many a would-be gift giver is sure to have a gamer on their list of beloved friends and family. And theoretically it should be easy to buy a gift for a gamer, just buy them a game. Duh. However, it’s not always that simple. Well never fear, this holiday season you can be sure to get the gift of their gaming dreams with our gamer gift guide.

So how might you end up in a situation where you can’t just buy your favorite gamer a game they’re interested in? Well, what if they already own all the games they want right now? What if you had the perfect game in mind but your stupid sister Darcy bought it before you, and now you have to think of something else? What if you simply want your gift to be a little more original?

Whatever your reasons, now you’re on the hunt for the perfect gamer gift, but you’re not sure where to start. Don’t worry, we have a variety of ideas for you to choose from at a range of prices so you pick the best gift to match your gamer and your budget.

$20 or Less

It’s the thought that counts right? Maybe your not getting your beloved gamer a game this holiday because $60 bucks is out of your price range. Hell, you could get them three gifts for that much! The key to success at $20 or less (rhyming) is to find gaming paraphernalia they’ll love. Identify some fo their favorite series, and give them a shirt or a mug or some other trinket that will let them represent themselves as a gamer at all times.

The Legend Of Zelda Triumphant Triforce Shirt – $12.98

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Men’s OW Overwatch Logo Long Sleeve T Shirt – $12.98

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The Sun – Solaire Tarot Card T-Shirt – $11.48

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Funko POP Figurine – Dovahkiin – $10.00

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Bethesda Fallout 4 Vault Boy Bi-Fold Wallet – $15.29

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$100 or Less

You’ve saved up a little bit of money to spend on your gamer’s gift so you want it to be nice, but at the same time you aren’t willing to break the bank. In fact ,even though you’re willing to go as high as a $100 if you could come out less than that you’d be happy. That’s fine. This is the price range most gifts are going to fall into, including games themselves. It’s the same rule here as at every other tier (rhyming, again), make sure that whatever you decide to get them is personalized to them. That doesn’t mean their name needs to be custom engraved across the top of it, but if you are going to get them a themed game controller just be sure it is for a game they actually like.

Razer Firefly Chroma Custom Lighting Hard Gaming Mouse Pad – $49.99

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Zelda Triforce Lamp – $65.95

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E-Blue Marvel Ironman 2.4G Wireless Gaming Mouse – $99.99

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DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 – Gold – $78.18

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$100 or More

Really? Are you sure? Do you really like them all that much? Well, they are lucky to have you as a friend, and you and I should hang out sometime. If you’re planning on going all out, then you probably already have something in mind, but just in case you need a little inspiration on where to find the ultimate gamer gift . . .

Turtle Beach – Stealth 420X+ Fully Wireless Gaming Headset – Xbox One – $149.50

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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro – 1TB – $443.85

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HTC VIVE – Virtual Reality System – $799.99

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5 Perfect fitness gift ideas for the health nut in your life

With the holiday season upon us once again, here are 5 perfect fitness gift ideas to help them kick butt in the new year and beyond.

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It’s always great when a loved one is into their fitness. Not just because you can be assured they’re taking care of their health, but because it presents an almost endless list of opportunities for gifts they’ll really appreciate. With the holiday season upon us once again, here are 5 perfect fitness gift ideas to help them kick ass in the new year and beyond:

1. Foam Roller

For anyone who likes to exercise and DOESN’T own a foam roller yet, that needs to change. Right now. Rollers have multiple benefits and are a go-to recovery tool for all kinds of fitness professionals, from physiotherapists to athletes. They can help you recover from workouts and injuries, relieve muscle and joint pain, and even improve your balance and flexibility. This one from TriggerPoint (the original, and still the best) is just $45, but the value your loved one will get from it is priceless.

2. Wordlock

A Wordlock is simply a combination lock that uses letters instead of numbers. Why? Because words are much easier to remember. OK, so it’s not exactly difficult to recall a 3-4 digit combination, but only when you’re using that combination regularly. For someone who doesn’t visit public facilities that often (e.g. they prefer to work out at home and only use the gym when they travel), a wordlock could save them a headache.

3. Earmuff Headphones

These unisex bluetooth ear warmers from 180s are genius, especially this time of year. They work for both music and calls, are fully adjustable to fit any size head, and there’s no wires to get in the way while you work out. Of course, you could always just wear regular earmuffs over headphones. But this can be awkward, and you can end up shoving buds further into your ears (ouch). The 180s are a simple solution that just works.

4. Organic Muscle Rub

Anything that can help ease recovery after exercise will be a hit with your loved ones. This muscle rub from Moon Valley Organics does just that — just throw it in the gym bag and apply after workouts. It’s a compound of all-natural ingredients, including ginger to warm up muscles, stimulate circulation and calm sore nerves. There’s also a healing herb called Wolf’s Bane, which is a known analgesic and anti-inflammatory. If you have to choose just one of the fitness gift ideas on this list, make it this one.

5. Sports Bottle Blender

Another incredibly useful and time-saving idea, this blender by Oster is a portable smoothie-maker and sports bottle all in one. The idea is to save you a couple of steps by blending your morning smoothie or health shake right into the bottle so you can just pop on the lid and get going. It’s a pretty funky looking gadget, and the surprisingly powerful motor is well able to handle ice and frozen fruits. Perfect for those who need to get out the door as quickly as possible in the morning.

Q: Got any fitness gift ideas of your own? Share them with us in the comments below.

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8 Gifts your for your tech-obsessed loved one

The holidays are almost here, and if you’re like most people, you now face the daunting task of selecting gifts for the tech-obsessed nerd in your life.

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The holidays are almost here, and if you’re like most people, you now face the daunting task of selecting gifts for the tech-obsessed nerd in your life. It can be tough to pick the right gifts. But luckily for you, as tech-obsessed nerds ourselves, we’ve selected some of the best gifts for techies out this season.

1)Samsung Gear VR Headset

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Virtual Reality is officially at the point where it isn’t a headache inducing novelty. In fact, there are a number of pretty awesome application out there right now for virtual reality, and it seems like nearly every major tech company is trying to get in on the platform. And Samsung’s Gear VR headset is one of the best options. It’s only compatible with Samsung appliances like the Note or Galaxy, but if the person you are buying the gift for already has one, then you can snag this for a song at $80.

2) Vantage Robotics Snap Drone

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Drones are big this year and if you’re not interested in all the disturbing political and social ramifications of a fleet of private eyes in the sky, you can get in on the phone with this fun little model. The Snap is designed so that each of it’s separate parts detach from each other so that you can carry it around in a backpack and assemble as needed. And it’s 4k camera lets you capture gorgeous footage from a bird’s eye view. The price varies according to options, but you can pick yours up here.

3) Amazon Dot

Amazon Dot

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The Amazon Dot is a scaled down version of the Amazon home system at a far more affordable price.  The Amazon home system is basically a personal robotic assistant. It can look up facts and recipes or play music by responding to voice commands. But where the full-size model costs $150, you can pick up the Dot for a third of that at $50. But that doesn’t mean it can’t do all the tings the Amazon home can do. So if you feel like renaming it Jeeves and pretending to be Tony Stark, that’s totally doable. Of course, it can’t actually mix you a cocktail…yet.

4)Podo

Podo

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If you’re tired of your friend’s annoying selfie stick (and who isn’t?), you can pick up this cool little invention that just got launched through a Kickstarter campaign. It’s a camera that syncs to your phone and can be attached to nearly any surface. That way, you can take selfies from any angle or distance. It isn’t retailing yet, but for a $40 donation you can pick one up in time for Christmas.

5)Bose Bluetooth Headphones

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Wireless headphones are officially the way of the future, and no one does it better than Bose. Their Quiet Comfort line uses sound canceling technology to block sound from outside the headphones, giving an unparalleled sound quality and deep rich tones. Carry them on a plane and never hear the sound of the engines. Or take them on a long walk and bask in some quiet reflection. Though at a hefty $300 price tag this might be one of those gifts you want to save for yourself.

6) Anki Cosmo

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The Anki Cosmo is the updated version of the miniature robots every tech enthusiast used to love getting as a kid. It uses advanced AI programming and can recognize its owner and even be surprisingly emotive with its little LCD eyes. Plus, if you’re into programming, Cosmo comes with its own kit that can let you add your own features. It’s a neat little gadget that’s great for kids of all ages. $180 on Amazon.

7)Wacom Bamboo Notepad

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If you know anyone who has ever talked about starting their own webcomic or maybe even just likes to doodle, the Wacom Bamboo Notepad is a great gift. It instantly transmits anything drawn on the pad directly to a mobile device so you can keep track of notes or upload drawings to the internet. And it’s only $150 on Amazon.

8) Tile Tracking Device

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There are few things more annoying than constantly forgetting where you left your keys or wallet. Wouldn’t it be great if they came with their own GPS tracking device? Well, guess what: now they do. The tile is a device that slips into your wallet or around your key ring and keeps track of where everything is through a phone app. So if you have a relative who is constantly losing things, the Tile is a great gift. $30 on Amazon.

So there you go, eight of the best gifts to give this holiday season to the techie in your life. And remember, there is absolutely nothing wrong with gifting one of these to yourself. Happy Holidays!

This article originally appeared on The Fanboy Report as “The Best Gifts For Techies.”

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