Gifts for Zombie Fans

12 Apr

A run down of the coolest and most unique gift ideas for the zombie-lover. Dedicated to all those with their own zombie apocalypse survival plan…

Top Gift: Zombie Experience Days

Over in the UK, this Zombie Shopping Mall experience day is getting a lot of press.

Zombie Experience Gift

"If, like me, you hate things that shuffle (old people, zombies, card sharks) then don’t miss out on this incredible full immersion zombie battering experience..." - wish.co.uk

Armed with a variety of Airsoft guns, folks pay good money to have an alternate-reality day of zombie (actor) killing terror/fun. Tickets are selling like crazy.

The same company offers a few similar zombie experiences based in different locations, (and rumor has it they are coming up with new ideas for zombie lovers in the future).

Not in the UK?

Well, if travel to the UK isn’t a possibility, you are probably out of luck for a Zombie Experience of such quality. There are a few Zombie Camps in the US — but they are few and not of the same caliber compared to the UK zombie experiences.

More Cool Zombie Gift Ideas

For those in the US and other parts of the world, here are some other cool gift for zombie fans:

Zombie Fashion:
Like this “Zombie Attack Hoodie” or a nifty t-shirt:

Zombie Posters:
Also make for a cool gift idea…

Zombie Games:
How about some Zombie Poetry for the fridge? Or The Walking Dead Boardgame…maybe a “I Fight Zombies” dog tag for your pet?

Still need Zombie Gift Ideas?

You can also check out Amazon.com huge selection of Zombie movies available on DVD.

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DIY Gift Ideas – Homemade Presents

4 Nov

Thoughtful gift ideas you can make yourself, at little or no cost.

I’ve included my original ideas, ideas borrowed from friends, along with a “list of lists” of other websites with homemade/DIY gift ideas.

Awesome Gifts You Can Make

DIY GiftNinja - Illustrated by Toni Allen

DIY GiftNinja

If you have your own great DIY gift idea — please leave a comment below. Thanks!

1. The Mix-Tape (Remixed)
Remember mix-tapes, or mix-CDs? Let’s take that concept into 2011 by making a mix-USB.

Add your favorite songs that you know your gift-recipient will dig, plus maybe some poems, photos, or any other digital file that will fit on a USB.

Stick a ribbon or bow on it, and it is a nifty personalized gift that your friend/loved one can enjoy and re-use.

PS: You can find extremely cheap ($3 including shipping) USB sticks on Ebay.com

2. Your Favorite Book, Personalized
I love books, non-fiction especially. I love books so much, that I often give them away…and encourage the receiver to pass the book along to someone else when they are done with it.

PostSecret

Pass it on...

The DIY part is looking through your bookshelves, finding a book that you think a friend might dig, and scribbling a message to the new owner. “Thought you would love this book, feel free to sign it and pass it along to a friend when you are done.”

Sign it, wrap a ribbon around it, give it with a hug…you might have started “chain book letter”.

I suppose this is more of a “recycled gift idea” than “DIY”, but it is an idea of my own (I’m sure others have thought of it, though) that I would like to pass on.

To you :)

This also gives a book lover a good reason to buy themselves a new book.

The first book I started this tradition with was “Post Secret” – the book version (on the right) for the website: PostSecret.com. PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.

Click the book to read some of the reviews on Amazon — Nifty, eh? Buy this book for yourself, and I think you’ll see why I wanted to share this with everyone.

Continue reading 

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Top Video Games for Christmas 2011

25 Oct

Video games have been on top of teen wish-lists since Atari, but now almost everyone plays video games. In fact, women over 30 are one of the largest growing gamer demographic.

Here is a breakdown of which games are going to be hot for Christmas 2011 — get them before they are sold out! All links point to Amazon.com for easy shopping.

Top PlayStation 3 Games


1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Comes out in November. This is the follow-up to Call of Duty Black Ops, the best-selling video game of all time. I expect this new release to surpass Black Ops sales.

2. Battlefield 3 – he game contains both single player missions and competitive and co-op multiplayer actions supporting up to 24 players online, and set in diverse locations from around the globe including Paris, Tehran and New York. Should be the biggest competition for CoD MW3.

3. Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One – The perfect game for a family. Play alone or with up to three other friends cooperatively as Ratchet, Clank, Qwark or Dr. Nefarious.

4. Need for Speed: The Run – It’s called The Run. An illicit, high-stakes race across the country. The only way to get your life back is to be the first from San Francisco to New York. No speed limits. No rules.

5. Batman: Arkham City – Become the Dark Knight in a genuinely authentic Batman experience with advanced, compelling gameplay on every level, epic super-villain encounters and unexpected glimpses into Batman’s tortured psychology.

6. Tekken Hybrid – Will be interesting to see the new version of this classic Playstation fighting title.

Top xBox 360 Games

1. Gears of War 3 – Published by Microsoft Game Studios, the Gears of War franchise has won over 30 “Game of the Year” awards, sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and redefined the third-person shooter genre for this console generation.

2. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Skyrim re-imagines the open-world fantasy epic, pushing the game play and technology of a virtual world to new heights.

3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Halo will probably continue to be more popular, but CoD MW3 on xBox will still be big.

4. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary – Speaking of Halo…Combat Evolved Anniversary is a spectacularly remastered version of the original “Halo” campaign, created in celebration of the 10th anniversary of one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history. With a bounty of new features including cooperative play over Xbox LIVE.

Top Wii Games

1. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – Sure to be a huge Christmas 2011. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword introduces full motion control enabled by the Wii MotionPlus accessory, which synchronizes your movements with Link’s actions while offering intuitive play control. With the Wii MotionPlus accessory, every movement of Link’s sword matches your motion with exact precision.

2. Kirby’s Return to Dream Land – Classic gameplay with a motion controlled twist makes for an adventure that anyone can enjoy.

3. Just Dance 3 – Top of the Chart Hits – Over 40 all-new tracks, featuring a variety of musical genres that will appeal to everyone.

Portable Consoles

(Nintendo DS, PSP,Playstation Vita)

Thinking about buying a portable system for someone this Christmas:
Also see: Portable Game System Comparison on Amazon.com

Top Portable Games:

1. Super Mario 3D Land – For Nintendo 3DS.

2. Pokemon Rumble Blast 3DS – Catch them all?

Check back, as I will update this page as more info comes out on big video game releases for the end of 2011.

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Gift Certificates – The Perfect Instant Gift Idea

25 Oct

Gift Ninja Cartoon

Illustration by Toni Allen

Need a gift in a hurry?

Many (smart) online retailers offer gift certificates delivered instantly to the recipient’s email…and available to use immediately.

Here is list of online shops offering Gift Certificates with instant delivery options:

Amazon.com – Give the gift of almost anything with an Amazon.com gift certificate.

Amazon offers a variety of instant delivery options including email and even gift cards posted directly to a friend’s Facebook wall. Fancy.

Amazon also allows you to schedule gift cards in advance (so handy) and order bulk gift cards; both options are great for busy people and corporate gifts. Again, these “gift cards” have the instant options of Email or Facebook delivery.

Amazon keeps a list of their most popular gift cards here: Best Selling Amazon Gift Cards

If you would rather send a “physical” gift card, you can opt from hundreds (maybe thousands?) of available gift cards from darn near every store/restaurant/service you can imagine from Amazon, as well.

XperienceDays.com – From Scuba lessons to hot air balloon rides and every adventure in-between.

XperienceDays offers gift certificates delivered by email for an instant awesome gift. You can read this post for more info about experience days as a gift idea.

Please note: XperienceDays.com caters to US residents, if you are in the UK have a look at Wish.co.uk.

Lomography.com – Offers email-able gift certificates for nifty film cameras. Know someone that loves anything “retro” or “vintage”? They will appreciate a Lomo Camera or Gift Card, for sure.

Check out this post on Lomo Photography for more info.

Stay tuned for more shops that offer instant gift certificates as I find them.

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Lomography – Cool Gift Idea

25 Oct

If you know a photographer or other creative-type, and are looking for a fantastic unique gift… a Lomography camera (or kit) could be a cool choice.

“Lomography” refers to a special kind of photography known for its unique look.

Think Analogue.

Think Retro.

From Lomography.com‘s about page:

“The Lomographic movement started upon the discovery of the Lomo Kompakt Automat (aka the LC-A) in 1991. The compact-sized Russian camera became renowned for its unique effects such as light leaks, vignette shadowing, and rich, saturated colours. As its fan base grew overtime, the community expanded into a worldwide phenomenon…”

It is hard to explain, so instead here are is a Lomography-style example (more images below):

These cameras make a rad gift for an artist, retro-lover, photographer, hipster or emo teenager. Do you have friend who hates the commercialism of Christmas? They would probably dig getting this camera as a gift anyways.

Lomography.com makes it easy to find a good gift by browsing the “Camera Deals & Bundles” section. A bundle like this one pictured below all set-up with a camera, film, filters and other cool accessories:

Lomo Kit

A cool kit like that will run about $200, and give the gift recipient a new hobby.

You can even purchase gift certificates from Lomography.com in any denomination if you would rather let the giftee choose their own stylish camera or accessory.

Photo Credits: Flower Fisheye by Maco *Sky Walker

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