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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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Tactical Christmas Stocking Brings In A Little Military Flair During The Holidays

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Featuring MOLLE straps, this Tactical Holiday Stocking is sure to make any law enforcement family smile a tiny bit more every time they looks towards the fireplace.

Each stocking is made from heavy duty nylon, has 2 quick-release clips on the toe, an easy grip top handle, and swivel carabiners on the top and at the ankle making them a cinch to hang from the fireplace mantel.

It’s $20.

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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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Spot the Nots: Miniature Christmas Candle Holders Bring Something New to the Nativity Scene

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The countdown to Christmas continues. We’ve looked at Christmas trees and ornaments and even houses that exuded the holiday vibe in their own little way. But one thing we haven’t covered yet is the nativity scene, which captures the true meaning and essence of Christmas. As a kid, my mom and I would do some crafts and use recycled materials to recreate the scene so we could display it at the foot of our tree. That tradition slowly died out as I grew up, but it’s a tradition that’s waiting to be restarted with the birth of my beautiful niece.

Until then, we’ve had to make do with alternatives that didn’t require as much effort (since all we had to do was buy them), like this exquisitely-made miniature Christmas candle holder set. It’s a different take to the usual scene, and for two very obvious reasons. Can you spot the nots?

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Treeasy is a Minimalist Christmas Tree That’s Easy Peasy to Set Up

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‘Tis the season to be jolly–and to be lazy! Good food, endless parties, and good friends and family all around? That’s the Holidays in a nutshell (at least, for me.) If you can’t muster up the energy to put up your usual tree and trim it this year, then here’s a bit of advice: go get the Treeasy instead.

As its name suggests, the Treeasy is a minimalist tree that’s easy to put up. It arrives as a flat sheet of aluminum, but pull and fold it up in all the right places and you’ve got yourself a tree.

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We Wish You a Pixelated Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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It’s officially thirty-two more days before Christmas! Already, I hear malls playing Christmas carols in the background while salespeople walk around in Santa hats showing off presents that you might want to buy for yourself or for someone else.

Christmas starts at home and I think there’s no such thing as breaking out the Christmas decorations too early. But how about geeking up your decor this year by tacking up this 8-Bit Christmas Stocking beside all your other regular Christmas stockings? They’re pixelated all over and even have buttons from a retro gaming controller printed on top–perfect for the gamer in the family (or perfect for you.)

They’re available online for $9.99.

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8-Bit Holiday Wreath Announces Your Gaming Affiliations Proudly

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Now that trampling season is over (aka, Black Friday and alternatively, pepperspray season), it’s time to fully turn our attention to the Holidays. Some would argue that this has been the case since Halloween ended, but who’s really counting? The important thing is that it’s now time to spend lots of cash while remembering Santa’s birthday or something. And in true spirit fashion, it’s time to put the wreaths out. Gamers at heart should check this out:

Crafted of durable EVA foam, the 8-Bit Wreath features shiny gold coins with blinking yellow LEDs, cherries, a controller, a pair of cherries, and a certain green mushroom in a Santa hat, among other goodies.

It’s only $15 but it’s currently out of stock. Should be back on the virtual shelves soon enough though, around December 1st.

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