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The ‘Gift Of Nothing’ Is The New Coal In Your Stockings

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It used to be that if you’d been “naughty”, you’d get lumps of coal in your stockings. Or at least that’s what you were supposed to get but hey, you never really did. But with the above “Gift Of Nothing”, you really can give the person who has everything the one thing they don’t have: nothing. It’s a simple plastic sphere filled with not a single thing but air, but it’s also a few other things at the same time: a philosophical rumination on the semantics of “having everything”, a tongue-in-cheek way of getting out of buying an actual present, and a good way to be a shitty friend/family member if you actually go through with not buying a real present.

Think of it as a gag, we suppose. Something you give to look at the person’s face, before you pull out the real present. It’s $5.67, which isn’t all that much for a joke.

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Christmas Dinner In A Can For Those Too Busy Gaming To Bother Cooking

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Hot on the heels of last August’s 12 course meal in a can comes news from the UK of a Christmas dinner in a can, allegedly being sold by gaming retailer GAME. It’s called the Christmas Tinner, and is supposed to contain the following:

Layer one – Scrambled egg and bacon

Layer two – Two mince pies

Layer three – Turkey and potatoes

Layer four – Gravy

Layer five – Bread sauce

Layer six – Cranberry sauce

Layer seven – Brussel sprouts with stuffing – or broccoli with stuffing

Layer eight – Roast carrots and parsnips

Layer nine – Christmas pudding

We have to admit, that sounds tasty. And looks awful. And the only reason it’s being marketed to gamers is because, well, GAME is supposed to be selling it. But here’s the thing: it’s “sold out”. And it’ll only be available Christmas 2014, if that. Frankly, we’re smelling a hoax but we could be wrong. Any of you managed to buy this? They’d allegedly sold for £1.99 (roughly $3.30).

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Twitter-Powered Knitbot Knits Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Designated Drivers

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Don’t drink or drive, because lives will be on the line. If you’re going on a night out with friends where alcohol is involved, then it’s always best to assign designated drivers beforehand. That way, they’ll drink less than their limits and everyone will get home safe and sound.

As a means to promote designated drivers and reward them, Budweiser UK embarked on a campaign involving Twitter and a knitting robot called Knitbot. The Knitbot is powered by Twitter in the sense that it only knits ugly Christmas jumpers (that’s ugly Christmas sweaters in the US) when someone tweets updates containing the #Jumper4des hashtag.

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Happy Ugly Holidays: Design Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater

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Christmas is the season for holiday cheer and ugly Christmas sweaters. The latter is more like a running joke these days, with folks gifting friends, family, and loved ones with atrocious-looking sweaters that get a huge round of laughs the moment the presents are opened. Personally, ugly sweaters are starting to grow on me. Maybe I’ve just seen too much of them, but a lot of them look so bad and outrageous that they almost look good.

This time around, you can take on a more active role in creating an ugly Christmas sweater using Coke Zero’s ugly sweater generator. Once you’re done with your masterpiece (or loserpiece, because the uglier it is, the better), get your friends to vote on your design. If you land in the top 100, Coke will have someone knit your design and send it to you with their compliments.

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Gift Alarm Catches Kids Who Peek at Presents Red-Handed

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Kids sneaking around their parents’ closet is almost a tradition as we inch closer to Christmas. It’s painfully obvious if they’ve done a bit of peeking as well, since their faces already show disappointment (if they don’t like the gift) or forced excitement (if they like it) as they take their wrapped present from under the tree.

You can’t always be around to guard your closet or wherever your hiding place for presents is, but you can let the Gift Alarm do the guarding for you. It has a built-in motion sensor that detects movement near the place where the gift is. Once it does, it sounds an alarm, which will most likely send whoever is sneaking around into hiding.

Turn your Christmas tree into Fort Knox with the Gift Alarm.The whole point of wrapping gifts is so they’ll be a surprise, not so people can peel back the paper and peep. If some lookie-loo tries to approach their stack of gifts, the alarm goes into DEFCON 1 with a loud siren and flashing red light. It’s not Christmas specific, so you could also use this to protect the last piece of cake or your diary.

The Gift Alarm is available for $13.

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Grumpy Cat Snow Globe: Tardar Sauce is Not Impressed

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You’ve seen her pictures. You’ve laughed at her memes. Now own something inspired by none other than Tardar Sauce herself. She has achieved global fame on the Internet, where she’s known as Grumpy Cat. You know how some people’s resting faces look like they’ve swallowed something bitter? Well, that’s kind of what Tardar Sauce looks like at any given time, only the expression she sports is of the grumpy, unimpressed kind.

Even though the season of Christmas still won’t bring a smile to that face, something inspired by it will bring joy and a few laughs to most people who encounter it: the Grumpy Cat snowglobe. Shake it, flip it over, tilt it to one side, and you’ll be treated to a rain of glitter and confetti swirling about a bored-looking bust of Grumpy Cat.

Christmas doesn’t get any better than this, even though the snowglobe says otherwise. The Grumpy Cat snowglobe is available online for $16.

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Give Your Christmas Tree the Old Heave-Ho to Outer Space

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Christmas has passed and we’re well into the first week of the new year. It’s time to take down the holiday decorations, finish the leftovers from various family dinners, and get back to work. The biggest holiday clean-up hassle of all, though, is the tree. It’s huge, it’s bulky, and it’s probably the most tedious to take care of.

Several folks probably felt the same way, so they did something you probably wanted to do but never did with your tree: send it to outer space.

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I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas: ecoChici Reusable Fabric Gift Wrap

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Every year, hundreds of millions of presents are packaged in giftwrap or presented in exquisite gift bags to the recipients. And each year, the world’s landfills just keep getting fuller and fuller.

While the ecoChici Reusable Fabric Gift Wrap is, by far, not the solution of all solutions to get rid of all this seasonal waste, it presents a fun and quirky alternative. ecoChici was thought up by graphic designer Amy Lewis, and she was able to come up with the reusable fabric gift wrap kits with the help of her husband.

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It’s A Ballsy Christmas: Let These Bauballs Hang Low on Your Tree

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Got balls? I do, even though I’m not a dude. And I don’t mean the figurative kind of balls. I’m talking about real but hairless man-balls that are big, heavy, and bright red. You know, the kind of man-balls that I can hang on my tree, like the one you see in the image above. Got you there, didn’t I?

No offense intended for anyone all around, though. The bauble you see above is actually the Bauball, which is a totally ridiculous ornament but one that I’d willingly buy all the same. That’s because these are being made for a good cause: to spread the word about testicular cancer. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Orchid Cancer Society.

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