Every year my friends and family come asking for a wish list of things I might want for the holidays. In my heart I know that since jet packs haven’t really been invented yet, and that a BMW is a bit out of reach, and that Virgin Air isn’t booking space flight by this Christmas, really a gift for me is anyone’s game. My default answer is: Toys. Get me a toy. How about a yo-yo or some silly putty or maybe a balsa wood glider? It always reminds me to be a kid in a world with a great deal of grownup in it. Somehow I always end up giving toys as gifts, maybe in hopes of activating some karmic holiday spell that would attract a bucketful of plastic and wooden goodies.
Toys aside, it turns out that the best gifts I’ve ever given are the ones that I would have considered keeping for myself. In light of that, I’ve compiled my first ever gift guide. Let’s call it “Kristian’s Big List of 2010 Holiday Awesomeness.”
One big disclaimer before you read on: I have no idea who you’re shopping for, or what this season’s trendy Christmas must-have is, so if you’re looking for a shortcut, I may not be it. But if you were to ask me what gift to give, what would make your best friend’s smile the size of Texas, here are my recommendations. These are the best things I’ve found this year.
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