This is my first Holiday season working at TechnoBuffalo and I’ve already received the best gift possible, this awesome job. That being said, I could always use more cool stuff, so here’s a list of great presents I’d love to get this year. It’s a mix of some of my favorite devices I’ve played with or pined for in the past year as well as a few other things I’d love to receive.
Money is No Object
Penthouse Apartment with View of NY Skyline
I went big with this one. I don’t know anyone who’s planning on giving or receiving a $3 million gift, but a guy can dream. I live across the street from The Edge, one of the tallest apartment buildings in my part of Brooklyn, and since I work from home most days it wouldn’t hurt to look out my window and gaze over the Manhattan skyline for a little inspiration. As an added bonus, I’d be neighbors with Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp.
Gifts Under $2,000
Samsung UN60ES7500 60-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Slim LED HDTV (Black) (2012 Model)
I set out to find the biggest and best TV I could for under $2000 and I think I succeeded. It may not be the newest model out there, but this 60-inch beast comes with Smart TV capability, Full 2D HD at 1080p, 3D viewing and a thin LED display. It also packs a built-in camera, a subwoofer, three USB ports, three HDMI ports, one Ethernet port, and a dual-core processor. What more could you want from a TV?
Gifts Under $500
Gold iPhone 5s 64GB (Contract)
I’m still carrying an iPhone 4s as my daily driver and when I do upgrade I want the best, a gold-colored iPhone 5s with as much storage as possible. I learned the hard way this time around that 16Gb isn’t enough; I like to carry a lot of music around at all times, and I also want to download plenty of apps so the more storage the better. Why another iPhone? I’ve been thinking about switching to Android for a while now, but with the 5s and its super slick Touch ID, Apple has convinced me to stick around. At least for a little while longer.
It’s time for a new console, and for me that’s got to be the PS4. I’ve always been a Halo fan but at this point that’s all the Xbox has to offer for me. Sony’s got more great exclusives and a clear focus on gamers while Microsoft can’t seem to decide what it want wants the Xbox One to do. And there’s also that $100 price difference. As for the Wii U, I’ve played with it and I really like Nintendo’s new console, but I can happily wait until next year when the new Super Smash Bros. game finally comes out.
Gifts Under $250
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series
This is the ultimate Breaking Bad box set. It comes with a Heisenberg t-shirt, a Los Pollos Hermanos cooking apron, a 16-page booklet, and a commemorative challenge coin designed by show creator Vince Gilligan himself. The show itself is stored in a specially designed box that looks just like a certain barrel that’s particularly important to the show’s plot. I won’t say anything to spoil the plot, but this box set makes the perfect gift for any Breaking Bad fan new or old.
Nexus 7 (2013) 16GB Wi-Fi
From the second Google unveiled the new Nexus 7 this summer I knew I wanted one. At just over $200 it’s not too pricy, but still a hard expense to justify spending on myself since I don’t really need one. Now that it’s the holiday season we all finally have an excuse to spend frivolously, and you couldn’t ask for a better device. The Nexus 7 offers a beautiful 1080p display, a super fast quad-core processor and runs the latest version of Android OS, you can check out our full review before deciding for yourself.
Gifts Under $50
Oontz Angle Ultra-portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Looking for a cheap portable wireless speaker with solid sound? Oontz has your back. Of course, this little speaker can’t compete with surround sound, but you can’t exactly throw a stereo system into your bag on the way out. This speaker offers a 10 hour battery life, comes in a variety of colors, and is compatible with most devices.
Nespresso Variety Pack Capsules, 50 Count
I got a Nespresso machine earlier this year as a gift from my parents and I love it. It makes delicious espresso in seconds and the capsules cost under a dollar each. I actually just bought a new set of 50 capsules for myself last week, but you can never have too many. Makes a great gift for any coffee lover with a Nespresso machine, especially those like me who need a little caffeinated boost to get started in the morning.