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Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Merry Merry Christmas, from all of us here at OhGizmo!

We’re taking a day off here, because well, why not? But tune in tomorrow for your regularly scheduled entertainment.

Spice Up Your Holidays: Sriracha-Twisted Candy Cane Cookies

Sriracha-Twisted Candy Cane Cookies

Some people like it hot. Not hot as in piping hot, but hot as in spicy, Sriracha hot. That might be fine for a bunch of food and drinks, including popcorn and candy canes, but what about Christmas cookies? You’ll have to be the judge of that by baking your own batch of these sweet and spicy candy cane cookies.

The white part is plain sugar cookie dough, while the red bit is the red spiced dough where the sweet peppermint in traditional recipes is replaced with Sriracha instead. The result is something that you’ve probably never tried before.

You can find the recipe here.

VIA [ Food Beast ]

Meaty Holidays: Santa Claus Meatloaf

Santa Claus Meatloaf

The holidays are in full swing! The tree is up, the presents are wrapped and piled neatly underneath, and everyone’s heading over to grandma’s to meet, catch up, and present some random relatives with some ugly Christmas sweaters. Then there’s that one relative who comes to the party with some creative-but-creepy-looking Santa Claus meatloaf.

If someone actually does show up with something that at least resembles the one pictured here, then you’ll know where they got the idea from: Chef Charles Phoenix.

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Last Minute Presents? Best Buy Has You Covered With Extended Store Hours

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The following article is a sponsored post for Socialstars by Crowdtap, featuring Best Buy’s Last Minute Gifts. #ultimateshowroom -Ed.

So it’s December 20th, and you still haven’t bought presents, have you? Shame on you! But hey, it’s not quite too late, at least not if you check out some of these deals by Best Buy, which you can now pick up more easily thanks to their extended store hours. That’s right: from today the 20th, until December 23rd, all Best Buy stores will remain open until midnight! Pictured above is our pick of what could make three pretty cool last minute presents, but feel free to follow the link at the bottom to see what else is available. There are also some specials, so it might be worth your while to check that out.

Without further ado, here are OhGizmo!’s picks for last minute presents:

Sony PlayStation Vita
Oh sure, there are new consoles out, but that doesn’t mean they have to get all the gaming attention. The PlayStation Vita has been on the market for a while now, delighting gamers young and old alike. Featuring a large “5 inch OLED display that features 960 x 544 resolution and the powerful ARM Cortex-A9 core processor”, this handheld device can keep you entertained for hours on end. Selling now for $174.99, it’s $25 cheaper than usual.
[ Sony PlayStation Vita ]

Beats by Dr. Dre – Pill Portable Stereo Speaker
The Beats by Dre brand doesn’t really need much of an introduction anymore. But the Pills is a relatively new product, and it’s one that’s piqued the interest of many. They’re a set of portable speakers that feature 4 individual drivers for a crisp, clear sound. Connecting to your smartphone or tablet through Bluetooth, you don’t need wires to stream up to 7 hours of tunes before the batteries run out. It’s $199, with free shipping.
[ Beats by Dr. Dre – Pill Portable Stereo Speaker ]

Toshiba – Symbio Smart Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray Player and Media Box
See that fancy HDTV in your living room? You know what else it needs? Yeah, you got it, it needs a decent Blu-ray player. The above is a very capable offering from Toshiba that features WiFi for easy Internet connectivity and a capable media player that supports a variety of formats. The best part is that it’s heavily discounted at $49, after a $70 rebate.
[ Toshiba – Symbio Smart Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray Player and Media Box ]

This Restaurant Lets People Trade Their Crappy Gifts for a Gift Card

White Elephant Gift Exchange

It happens every year. It’s true that the thought behind the present matters the most, but some are just so bad or so ugly that the gift itself has no true value in your life. (In short, you’ll never use it, wear it, or display it around your house.) With this in mind, Houlihan’s Restaurant put on their thinking hat and came up with a promotion that will let people trade in their ugly presents for something else that could be better.

To sweeten the deal, all participants stand a chance to win a $25 gift card that they can spend at the restaurant. The only condition is that the presents can’t cost more than $10. To join in on the fun, send in your unwanted White Elephant presents to Houlihan’s at 8700 State Line Rd., Suite 100, Leawood, KS, 66206. They’ll send you a random present for your troubles that might come with the bonus gift card if you happen to be the lucky winner.

Gifts must be received by January 3rd, 2014.

VIA [ Food Beast ]

Bah, Humbug! Candy Cane: No Flavor, No Stripes, No Christmas Spirit

Bah Humbug Candy Cane

Not feeling the Christmas spirit? Bogged down with so much work that you feel like being a Scrooge this year? You don’t have to give up your love for candy canes even though you might not be feeling the holiday cheer. If the usual red and green stripes are rubbing you off the wrong way, then you can simply go for the Bah, Humbug! Candy Cane. It’s got no flavor (no peppermint, just plain candy!), no stripes (you can’t go wrong with pure white), and no Christmas spirit (I’m not sure this is a good thing, but if you aren’t feeling it, then why force it?)

It’s the kind of thing that goes perfectly hand-in-hand with the Gift of Nothing. The Bag! Humbug Candy Cane is available online for $5.99.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Green Head ]

High-Tech Ugly Christmas Sweaters With Animated Designs are Still Ugly

High Tech Christmas Sweater

These are Christmas sweaters by Digital Dudz and they’re as tacky and ugly, like you’d expect ugly Christmas sweaters to be. They’re a lot more high tech compared to your typical sweater though, because the designs actually come to life. Some sweaters have fireplaces that burn bright, the one with the snowglobe has snow falling randomly, while two others that feature Santa and an adorable kitten have eyes that periodically move sideways.

Creepy? Yes. Nice? No. Still ugly? Definitely.

The sweater has a velcro pocket on the inside that can fit most mobile devices, include an iTouch, iPhone, or a Samsung Galaxy S3. The mobile device, in turn, runs the free companion app, which provides the animation.

Each animated Ugly Christmas Sweater is priced at $54.95.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

Timeless Box Keeps Presents a Secret Until Christmas Eve

Christmas Safe

When some people think of Christmas, they only think of the gifts. But what about spreading cheer and giving more meaning to the holidays? That’s not the point behind the Timeless Box (aka gift safe), but it is one of the things you might come to realize after putting your focus away from the presents.

The Timeless Box is essentially a safe of sorts that’s meant to keep presents and other stuff hidden and away from prying eyes and hands until Christmas eve. The gift stays a secret (as it’s supposed to be), the giver can’t change his mind and exchange it for something cheaper (remember, it’s better to give than to receive–let’s just hope everyone thinks that way so you can receive your fair share, too), and everyone’s happy.

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This Stake-Out Kit Has Everything You Need to Keep An Eye on Santa

Santa Stake Out Kit

So you’re a quarter of a century old, and you haven’t met Santa Claus yet? Year after year, you get presents from family and friends from all over the world, and sometimes something special and unexpected from the big guy. Isn’t time to thank him properly, face-to-face, man to man?

Providing everything you’ll need to stake him out and more is this stake-out kit by PlanetOptics. It comes with a bevy of disguises, protective gear, and gadgets that protect you from the elements without compromising your mission.

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