2015 Holiday Wish List


Here are a few items I've had my eyes on this year. Hopefully this list will help you in searching for that special weirdo in your life that you never know what to get this holiday season. I'm going to add more to this list as I have time, but for now check out my 2015 Holiday Wish List. 



PF Flyers ($55-$60)

PF's have been on my radar for years now, but I've never veered away from my Chuck's. Have to admit though, PF's come in some nice styles. Check out the PF website for more colors and styles PFFlyers.com. (Personally I dig these four above others but they don't have my size in those).

 

GoWorx FreeRide Mount ($30)

The FreeRide Mount for smartphones is a pretty genius idea, it allows you to mount your phone onto any item made for a GoPro (which are a whole lot of items). It really opens up a whole world of possibilities for us amateur iPhone filmographers. It's available for preorder on their website GoWorx and should hopefully be available sometime in December. 

 

Moment Lens Cap (2/$10)

Speaking of iPhone videography, I highly recommend the Moment Wide Angle Lens for the iPhone(and some Androids). It allows the photographer to take beautiful wide angle shots without the wonky curved edges some of the other wide angle lenses are burdened with. For those of us who already have one, a crucial component has been missing for some time now... A FREAKIN' LENS CAP. (Personally I think Moment should A. include the cap with all their lenses and B. offer one free cap to any previous customers of their awesome lenses)

Check out the lens cap and their lenses on their website, momentlens.co

#BonusItem - while you're on their website check out Moments' nifty Lens Pen($9) to clean your Lens and iPhone camera. 

 

Yeti Rambler 10oz Lowball ($25)

I have to admit, I have a bit of a design-crush on Yeti's styling right now (okay, okay it's been going on for a while). They're latest slick drink ware is a slick little 10oz Lowball cup that's perfect to drink your tasty hot or cold beverages out of. It's keeps your warm things warm and your cold things cold. Nice little extra is that their Yeti Rambler lids fit nice and snug on these little fellas too. Check out the Yeti Rambler Lowball on their website, YetiCoolers.com.

 

Burroughs Beard Oil ($28)

Quite pricey for some beard oil, but this stuff smells pretty darn fantastic. It has a woodsy smell that goes naturally with a grown out beard. It smells like you just walked out of wooded area carrying a freshly cut log on your shoulder ala Schwarzenegger when in fact you probably just walked out of a Chipotle and are no where near a cluster of trees. Check out Prospector Co.'s Burroughs Beard Oil on their website, prospectorco.com.

 

Apple Gift Cards

Well of course, you can never go wrong with an Apple Gift Card. I have an addiction to all things electronic and especially when it comes to Apple. The Apple store is my adult Toys R Us. From phones to drones, to expensive headphones, it's the only toy store there is...

 

Opal Nugget Ice Maker


Nugget Ice... seriously who the heck calls it "nugget ice?" Maybe I just live in a weird bubble here in Texas or something, but I've always known it as crushed ice. The ice you pop open your Route 44 Cherry Limeade lid to munch on, the ice that takes food spots up two notches when you shockingly and excitedly whisper-ask yourself "THEY HAVE CRUSHED ICE??" Well, now you can make all the nugget ice (just sounds so weird) right on your kitchen counter.

The Opal Nugget Ice Maker is rocking it out on IndieGoGo right now and for $400 you can crunch all the nugget ice your brain can take before freezing over. 

Head on over to their IndieGoGo page to learn more.


Square Contactless & Chip Reader


Are you using Apple Pay yet? No? Why not? Probably because there aren't too many local spots with contactless payment readers, well not anymore. Square the creators of the game changing Square Credit Card reader and the absolutely awesome Square Cash are helping out local spots again by dropping their Contactless Payment and Credit Card EMV Chip Reader. 

Starting October 2015, companies may now be liable for fraudulent charges when taking payment from an EMV chip credit card via the older swipe method. In other words if you don't have an EMV chip credit card reader and you swipe the magnetic strip on a stolen/fraudulent card with a chip onboard, you may be held responsible for those charges. 

Have no fear, Square has you covered. Their wireless contactless & chip reader runs $49 and lets you accept both technologies in one small reader. For more info on Square's reader and the EMV Chip switchover, check out the Square website. 


Seinfeld Action Dolls


Frank: Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there HAD TO BE ANOTHER WAY.

Kramer: What happened to the doll?

Frank: It was destroyed, but out of that a new holiday was born A FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF US!

Kramer: That must have been some kind of doll.

Frank: She was.

 

After watching the recently released complete series of Seinfeld on Hulu followed by watching the complete series of Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO Now, this has been the Summer of Seinfeld en mi casita.  The Festivus episode is one of the most memorable moments of the series and is actually based on an actual holiday created by the father of one of the show's writers. I simply can't get enough of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David's humor and observations.

Check out the Seinfeld action figures (missed opportunity for a Festivus call back by calling them dolls) via Vinyl Sugar. Serenity Now!

Fly Pry


The Fly Pry is a tiny (a little larger than a quarter) titanium multitool that was created to replace the traditional zipper pull on a jacket or backpack. Multitools seem to be everywhere and in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colors. Like with all things, I feel that simplicity goes a really long way in design. Small, simple, and convenient, the Fly Pry is a pretty dope concept (currently on Kickstarter). I'd love to see the creator of the Fly Pry make his pieces modular/connectable so you can combine this and future pieces together to form even more tools (LIKE A DEVASTATOR TRANSFORMER, sorry... I'll calm down). 

Check out the Fly Pry ($25) Kickstarter page


EnChroma Color For The Color Blind


You're colorblind? Really? What color is that over there? These are the questions you typically hear every single time a person who is colorblind decides to share their condition with someone. The thing is, it's not something I've ever missed or known what I'm missing. I feel and have felt the downfalls of not being able to discern between some colors but I've never really fully enjoyed the normal experience of color. 

So it'd be safe to assume that I'm extremely curious about EnChroma's Color for the Color Blind eye glasses. Check out the video.

Here's the thing though, if you were missing something your entire life and given the opportunity to finally experience it do you feel like it would make your situation better or worse? Once you put on the glasses, you'll see(if you have the right type of colorblindness) an amazing world that you've never seen, but once you take them off you'll know what it is you've been missing this whole time and go back to a dulled/muted color reality. So, do you try them?

Personally I say yes, put on the glasses. I think of it like having to wear prescription eye glasses, without them you may be blind as a bat but with them you're given the ability to experience the world in the clarity that was meant for your eyes. 

I sincerely hope these glasses catch on and we see them drop in price dramatically so everyone can have the ability to enjoy color the way it's meant to be enjoyed. 

For more info on EnChroma's Color for the Color Blind glasses check out their website.


Double Cooler


I'm quite fond of genius in the simplest of forms, especially when applied to improving something super common. How many times have you seen or drank from a Gatorade cooler? They're everywhere from football fields to the back of work trucks, but how do you keep the drank(yes, drank) in the cooler without diluting it with the rapidly melting ice that's trying ever so hard to keep the insides cold? 

Behold, the Double Cooler (it's the idea that's clever, not so much the name). It's a cooler inside of a cooler, coolerception (okay, maybe not...). Crazy simple idea, put a chamber inside of the main cooler chamber to house ice water so it can keep your drank of choice in the main cooler chamber icy cold without being diluted in a couple hours. 

$120 is a bit steep considering the normal Gatorade cooler runs around $40, but still pretty dope. Check out the Double Cooler website for more info. 


WORX Landroid Robotic Lawn Mower


It's like a Roomba for your freakin' lawn. Looks like we're getting closer and closer to a Wall-E type lifestyle (which I'm actually a little too comfortable with happening). The WORK Landroid (clever) Robotic Lawn Mower is a fully intuitive, automated lawn mower. It even automatically returns to it's charging station when it's battery is low. The Landroid ($999) has a built in anti-theft system that goes off when it leaves a programed boundary. Pretty nifty.

Check out the WORK website for more info. 


Risk: Game of Thrones Edition


I admittedly have never played Risk, but I've always wanted to try my hand at the board game. Now that Risk has unleashed a Game of Thrones edition upon us, I REALLY want to try to play it.  The game includes 2 game boards (Westeros and Essos), 315 Army Pieces (representing House Stark, Baratheon, Lannister, Martell, Tyrell, Targaryen & Ghiscari), and has just about everything** you need to conquer the iron throne and find out if Lannisters always pay their debts. Extra points if you play it in a walk-in freezer or outside during a snow storm. 

Check out the HBO store to purchase and for more info.


**Friends sold separately. 

NERF Rival Zeus MVX-1200


Crazy fast (70mph), crazy easy to load (12 high-impact rounds), the NERF Rival Zeus is as close to a big boy NERF gun as you can probably get. Seeing products like this make my inner child smile from ear to ear. I'm glad NERF is finally realizing that it has a market in grown up kids. Now I'm crossing my fingers that next they'll introduce a NERF version of the tennis ball cannon from American Gladiators for purchase. 

 

The NERF Rival Zeus MVX-1200 runs $50, check out NERF.com for more info.

 

#FYI: According to Wikipedia, NERF named after the foam padding that off-the-road enthusiasts wrapped around their roll-bars.

Gato Gaming Towels


While it appears that their Kickstarter Campaign was canceled, this is a pretty genius idea. I can't vouch for the games that are actually on the towels, but I can see companies like Hasbro jumping all over this concept. The games Gato currently has on their towels cleverly make the use of utilizing any item as your game piece (beer bottle caps, sea shells, rocks, etc). Just imagine the possibilities of putting games and/or activity boards on towels though. These undoubtedly would have to be geared towards adults though, kids don't go outside nor can you separate them from their electronics. I feel that once they nail a solid drinking game on a towel, this concept is going to really take off. 

Check out Gato's Facebook page for updates on their Gaming Towels.


Knight Rider K.I.T.T. USB Car Charger


Just about anything Knight Rider is awesome in my book. This USB Charger would most definitely be on my lists of must haves if my vehicle had the USB charger in the exact same spot this image is using. The light bars sync up to the 11 audio phrases it can spit out and incles two 1 amp USB charging spots. If you have a vehicle with the perfect car charging (formerly cigarette lighter) spot, I envy you and hope you buy this little bad boy. The Knight Rider K.I.T.T. USB Car Charger runs $30 via ThinkGeek.

Parker Custom Crazy Cookies


Ever wanted your own custom animal crackers cookies or well, something close to it? Parkers Crazy Cookies will take your photo and make it into a custom cookie. Anything from people to pets and logos, these guys will put it on a cookie so everyone at your party can take a bite out of your mug. Custom prices start at $6 a bag (6 cookies/bag) with a minimum order of 25 bags and a design fee of $25. It starts to add up pretty quickly, but hey it's your freakin' face on a cookie. 

 

Check out the website: 



GlobeCruiser


I've had this thought lately that I really need an RV. How fun would it be to drive around the U.S. for a summer (or year) or so, taking in the sights and sounds from state to state. Now of course I wouldn't want just some regular senior citizen looking RV (not that there's anything wrong with those, especially one wrapped in matte black), I would want the Optimus Prime of RV's. 

Looks like Action Mobil has me covered, the GlobeCruiser is a serious beast of an RV/Mobile Home with 720 hp on top of six wheels. Wheeling this sucker around the States with my close friends would be crazy fun. Wouldn't be a bad idea for oil companies out in West Texas constantly looking for shelter for their workers. I have absolutely no idea how much this guy is (their website is in another language), but it's too cool not to post and dream.

For more info, check out their website:


Soloshot


Robots are slowly taking over the world, in a good way (for now...). Grab a tag and do whatever it is you do, the Soloshot base will track your every move and film it. Seriously nifty (and kind of creepy) jump into the action and not have to worry about who is going to film you and your friends acting a fool without having to ask the super annoying, "DID YOU GET THAT??!!" 

This guy tracks up to 2,000 feet and has a 4 hour battery onboard with the ability to zoom on it's target. Not to mention the option to track a single tag via multiple bases (and cameras), seriously nifty. All you need is a camera. Check out the vid:

 

 

A SoloShot base and tag will run you $400. Check out their website for more info.

 

Everblock


I'm really starting to think I'm just a cheap skate or something, because just about everything I see online that catches my eye is a bit overpriced in my opinion. These blocks are a pretty sweet idea in creating actual usable Lego style furniture and items. Modular furniture with endless possibilities of expansion and minimalism, how can you put a price on that?

 

Well at about $7 a block (for the rectangular sized block), I sure as hell can. Considering you would still need to add table tops, shelf planks, and other items to finish off your furniture design, you're looking at a pretty pricey build. I think for an interlocking modular style design, Everblock will have to bring their prices a little down or concentrate on retail for now.

 

Is it a cool idea, definitely. I would especially like to see the company offer locking finishing pieces to make certain tops more comfortable for sitting, laying, etc. Keep working at it, you're definitely on to something. 

 

Check out Everblock at their website:



QuickDraw Wallet Case


Who carries around a 100 dollar bill? I guess you will if you buy this case? While still a bit odd looking and somewhat bulky, this wallet-case is on the right track. My personal idea on this would be a mix between the lower backside magnetic wallet of this case, the Senna wallet-case's more wallet like style and the sleekness of the Hex leather wallet. The Quickdraw wallet case is definitely a step in the right direction for me, but it's just not quite there yet. 

I'm super picky, I know. Basically, what I'm looking for is sleek case with a wallet function on the back that allows me to store a couple credit/debit cards, my ID, and some cash while allowing complete access to my camera without having to move anything out of the way. 

I'm not a big fan of the front side wallet cases(like the Senna wallet), it just doesn't seem practical to have to have a wallet flapping when you try to talk on it or actually use your touch screen. If they could make it to where it's permanent home was located on the back side via magnets and had a lower top part so as to not get in the way of the camera and flash I'd be completely sold. 

Anyway, the Quickdraw is available for $26 via their website if anybody is interested. It's a nice looking concept at a good price, just not my cup of tea.

Quickdraw Wallet Case - $26

 

Beer Bottle Stein Lid


I'm on a serious Stein trip right now (see: Das-Can-In-Stein), not even sure why either. Ran across this smart little beer bottle add on in my search of the interwebs. Nine bucks via Amazon and it makes for a nifty barrier/lid from flies, bees, and other creepy crawlers. Just make sure you don't toss it out along with your empty bottle. 

 

Beer Bottle Stein Lid - $9

 


Marvel V DC Chess Pieces


This might be one of the sweetest chess boards (full disclosure, I'm a geek) I have laid my blind little eyes on. Also, this might actually lead to an incredibly confusing game of chess. I feel like the little chess symbols on the bottom of the pieces aren't really enough. Would I still buy it if I could? Duh. 

Each one of these dope pieces ranges around $16. Thirty-two pieces on a board, you're looking at $512+ depending on your combinations. That's a whole lot of moolah. 

Is it me or does it look like Hulk is flexing for a Mr. Universe competition?

 

Marvel and DC Chess Pieces - $16+