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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

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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

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.

The entire kit contains the following:

Camoflage Gear OPMOD Ghillie Suit Snow Camo Final Approach One Shot Blinds Final Approach Pull-Over Cover

Apparel
Propper Crew Neck Mens T-Shirt
BlackHawk Omega Elite Tactical Vest #1
Under Armour Coldgear Hitch Lite Cushion Boot Socks
BlackHawk ECW Pro Winter Operations Gloves
Tru-Spec H2O Waterproof ECWS Gen 2 Parka

Backpacks
OPMOD P.A.C. 3.0 Personal Articles Carrier Bag

Hydration & Food Storage
Neverlost Food Thermos
Primus C&H Commuter Mug Stainless Steel

Camping Gear
Eberlestock Ultralight Sleeping Bag w/ G-Loft Insulation
Boker USA Bon Appetite Knife

Hunting Gear
Cass Creek Harmon Synthetic Mule Deer Female in Heat Scent
Leupold RX-1000i Compact Range Finder with DNA
Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam Night Vision Field Scan Trail Camera
AimSHOT Heatseeker Infrared Spotter with Laser

Accessories
Gen Pro Tactical Stocking with MOLLE
Bolle Mojo Snow Ski Goggles
Zippo Hand Warmer, Black
Surefire P2X Fury Flashlight – Dual Output Tactical Light
Pro Ears Pro Hear IV BTE Digital Hearing Device
5.11 Tactical Field Ops Watch
Brite Strike Technologies Tactical Balls White LED Rolling Devices
OPMOD TBO 1.0 Limited Edition Tactical Bottle Opener
Uniden Two-Way FRS/GMRS Walkie Talkies
OPMOD WB 1.0 Limited Edition 8x42mm Waterproof Binoculars

Night Vision, Thermals & Cameras
Carson OPMOD DNV 1.0 Limited Edition Mini Aura Digital Night Vision Pocket Monocular
Elmo Indoor Day/Night Network Dome Security Camera
Brinno TimeLapse Motion Sensor Digital Camera Bundle
Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Camera Kit
FLIR Scout PS-24 Thermal Camera / Digital Thermal Imager
Celestron C90 Mak Spotting Scope w/ Tripod

You can get it all–if you’ve got $6,500 to burn, that is.

Otherwise, you can just drop the whole thing and stake out your dad instead when you head home for the holidays. We all know who the real Santa is at home, and that’s more than enough.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

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.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]

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).

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

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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