30 Holiday Gift Ideas For Movie, TV And Gaming Junkies
December 4, 2013 - 6:33 pm
Kevin L. Clark
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel Set, $400 and up
AMC's Breaking Bad is one of the three best original TV shows to ever grace the small screen. Winning numerous awards and rounds of applause (no Gaga), it's one of the reasons it pays to have cable. Consider this Complete Series Barrel Set a fix for fiends who want to relive Walter White's evolution from start to finish. It's worth spending a few Benjamins, as long as you're not cooking meth to get it.
Selling Point: Bonus features starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, plus a two-hour documentary
Nintendo Wii U Gaming Console, $299.99
What it may lack in 1080p, 60 frames per second tech talk, the Wii U outperforms last-gen consoles in areas like RAM. Family friendly and with an emphasis on exercise, the Wii U feels like a console everyone can hop on and play.
Selling Point: A healthy batch of new and consistent titles; Reduced in price thanks to the current next-gen console war
2K Sports' NBA 2K14, $59.99
This game has been running the courts with no competition for a while. With next-gen currently on everyone's radar, NBA 2K14 is defining what that means when it comes to graphics. For every hoops fans who loves video games, the price tag pales in comparison to playing your favorite NBA superstar and competing for a championship.
Selling Point: Upgrades for the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One versions only cost $9.99.
Hasbro's Star Wars Black — 6" Action Figures, $19.99 - $29.99
The growing hype for Star Wars: Episode VII hasn't yet reached pandemonium levels, but you can be one of the few on your block to get it started. Hasbro expands their core Star Wars action figure line with collector-focused 6" toys. Fan favorites such as Darth Maul, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Boba Fett can now be placed under your tree for the holidays.
Selling Point: There's no 6" Jar Jar Binks action figurine. Thank the Force!
Gold by Jay Z Gift Set, $70
Who's more pop culture than Hov, riddle us that? This box consists of two three-ounce bottles of cologne and after shave. If you want yourself or significant other to smell like a blend of grapefruit and ginger, then spray this on and you'll be watching the throne just like Jay.
Selling Point: The "wow" you'll get from would-be Beyonce's will keep you happy during cuffing season.
The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series — Book One: Air, $34.99
Fans of the popular Nickelodeon show will believe this coffee table book is a must-have for any true supporter. Beautifully hard-covered, this 144-page art book contains a plethora of pieces never-before-seen during the development of Season One of the show.
Selling Point: Commentary from show creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
The Last Airbender: The Promise, $39.99
Created for collectors, this wonderfully designed volume of the hit Nickelodeon series is set one year after the end of the original series, and seres as a prequel to The Legend of Korra. The Promise chronicles the adventures of Avatar Aang and his friends and will make a core fans excited to find out the link between the two shows.
Selling Point: Collect all 3 volumes which feature new sketches and annotations.
Nabi Jr. Tablet — 16 GB, $139.99
The first learning tablet built to edutain the youth, Nabi Jr. comes as a result of Nick Jr. This special edition tablet allows parents to engage with their kids and read, play and watch their favorite Nick Jr. characters including Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi and more. This product is available at your local Target, Best Buy and Sam's Club.
Selling Point: Powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 Super 4-Plus-1 Quad-Core and has a rotating front and back camera.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers S.H. Figuarts, $40
For your inner '90s baby, Bandai's S.H. Figuarts line will surely appeal to fans of the still popular Mighty Morphin Power Rangers show. The 6" hyper-articulated figure was a smash hit at this year's ComicCon, and spending $40 is paltry when you get to take home the Armored Red Ranger. While not every Ranger is available yet, they will all be available in time for the season of giving.
Selling Point: The 6" version of the Yellow Ranger is that of Trini Kwan. Dopeness.
Transformers Masterpiece Soundwave, Price Varies
This cool piece of Decepticon awesomeness is for the true pop culture aficionado in us all. Although you won't find this at its original price of $120, there's no true price for happiness, is there? Included in this Masterpiece Soundwave are his compatible team of transforming cassette tape robots: Laserbeak, Ravage, Rumble, Buzzsaw and Frenzy.
Selling Point: A less accessorized Takara version of Soundwave is affordable from Japan.
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Kick-Ass 2 Blu-ray DVD, $34.98
If you're looking to add a hefty punch to your holiday season, then this Jeff Wadlow-directed action-adventure sequel is the stocking stuffer you need. The second installment in the irreverent Mark Millar franchise, the Blu-ray combo pack includes the Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD with UltraViolet and On Demand for your viewing pleasure. Movie fans will also get an hour of behind-the-scenes featurettes, filmmaker commentary and extended scenes.
Selling Point: An exclusive alternate opening, never-before-seen Big Daddy cameo, and commentary from stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Moretz.
Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray DVD, $24.99
An impressive movie starring Steve Carell, Despicable Me 2 is a top box-office flick which is also comes with 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Packs. The film includes 45-minutes of bonus content and three all-new movies starring Gru's (Carell) lovable henchman, the Minions.
Selling Point: A tribute to Lucille Ball's conveyor belt humor in "Panic in the Mailroom" and "Training Wheels" are enjoyable extras.
The Cornetto Trilogy Blu-ray DVD Pack, $49.98
Fans of Edgar Wright (Ant-Man, Simon Pegg (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Nick Frost (Attack The Block) will surely double over in laughter with this combo Blu-ray DVD pack. Movie fans will enjoy three films for the price of one (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End).
Selling Point: Three UltraViolet Digital Download Codes are available, making streaming these funny films easy and enjoyable.
SpongeBob SquarePants Skin for iPhone 5, $29.99
Keeping in the theme of soft, sponge-like gifts for the holidays, this durable, silicone-made iPhone skin can shrug off all kinds of everyday troubles. Whether this is for you, your close friend or tween who's getting their first phone, the SpongeBob SquarePants skin has plenty of portholes for your iPhone 5.
Selling Point: Portholes for camera lens, controls and connectors.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Flying Attack, $19.99
Play with friends or channel your inner Shellshocker with this big, teetering tower. You can even play as the Turtles in a Halfshell's arch-nemesis, Shredder, in a race to get your Foot Clan ninjas to the top to win. The Flying Attack tower includes 15 platforms, 1 catapult and a whole bunch of fun.
Selling Point: Promotes strategic thinking and deductive reasoning
Nintendo Wii U Fit Meter, $19.99
Much like Nike's FuelBand wrist wear, Nintendo has merged gaming with healthy fitness with the Wii U Fit Meter. Wear this while on the go, run, jog, exercise around the neighborhood, and then log into your Wii U and count your stats utilizing your Mii character.
Selling Point: The wearable tech comes in an array of colors.
Xbox One Gaming Console, $499
Microsoft's newest system hit shelves on November 22, precisely one week after the PlayStation 4. Many hardcore (and casual) gamers alike will be clamoring for this to appear under their trees come Christmas. In addition to a host of first party titles, it's able to instantly switch between gameplay and your cable television provider.
Selling Point: A plethora of third party apps will allow you to stream your gaming ability around the world.
Sony's PlayStation 4 Gaming Console, $399
In only two weeks, Sony's first attempt at next-gen has banked them two million-plus sales. Pushing the gaming community forward with instant social media streaming (to Facebook and Twitter), a host of indie titles and a redesigned dashboard, the PlayStation 4 is truly where greatness awaits.
Selling Point: Live streaming to Twitch to increase your gamer profile around the world.
Super Mario 3D World, $59.99
The ever-lovable Mario returns in another acclaimed title. If you have access to a Wii U or still need to buy one, this is the perfect game to play with the system. The story hasn't changed much (Bowser is still causing trouble), but the power-ups have. Running at a beautiful 60 frames per second, Super Mario 3D World is a must-have for those who enjoy infectious gameplay.
Selling Point: The headlining new power-up known as the Cat Suit, which allows Mario and friends to transform into cats that can scratch enemies and climb walls.
Zumba Fit: World Party, $39.99
Health-conscious gamers will gladly shake their money makers to play Zumba Fitness: World Party for the Wii U. The dance/exercise hybrid has become popular all over the world, and now you can get your health-on in your own living room.
Selling Point: The Wii U GamePad will factor into your rump-shaking-exercise experience.
Infinity Ward's Call Of Duty: Ghosts, $59.99
A billion-dollar game in itself, Call of Duty: Ghosts filled a drought in the first-person shooter department. Fans of the popular series are ecstatic for Ghosts due to its storyline, the improvements of the multiplayer and the addition of "Squad" mode. A fun and adrenaline-fueled game for hardcore gaming enthusiasts, Call of Duty: Ghosts is available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Selling Point: Upgrades to next-gen Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are available for $9.99.
Saban's Power Rangers MEGAFORCE, $39.99
Based on the popular '90s show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, this finds gamers stepping into the boots of their favorite planetary defender. Through the power of the Nintendo 3DS system, you can engage in all of the side-scrolling action.
Selling Point: An exclusive official trading card will be packed inside the game case in limited supply.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Lego Marvel Superheroes, $59.99
Developed by TT Games, the wildly popular LEGO franchises takes Marvel's favorite characters like Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man and lets them loose on your favorite gaming console. As you don the mantle of your favorite superhero, you engage in a battle of wits, braun, and tenacity against Marvel's most menacing villains like Doctor Doom, the Green Goblin, and the Red Skull. This steal will tide people over until Avengers: Age of Ultron drops its first full trailer.
Selling Point: The upgrade to Xbox One or PlayStation 4 versions is only $9.99, and unlocks even more surprises.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, $14.99
A dark take on the popular Nickelodeon series finds our favorite four Turtles — Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael — attempting to save the city from corruption and destruction. Available solely through digital download on Steam, Xbox Live Arcade or PlayStation Network, this classic beat-em-up game allows gamers to switch between all four character for true Turtle Power.
Selling Point: Four impressive dynamic modes to choose from: Arcade, Challenge, Campaign and Dojo Training.
Warner Bros. Games Montreal's Batman: Arkham Origins, $59.99
The first Batman title to not be published or developed by Rocksteady Games, hardcore gaming enthusiasts weren't impressed by the title. But for those looking to get their Dark Knight fix before Batman vs. Superman hits theaters, this is a game that should be in your queue before the holidays end. You can fight crime as the Caped Crusader in an origin tale that should build hype for Rocksteady's next effort.
Selling Point: Each platform version has its own special freebie DLC.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge, $29.99
It's up to you and your friends to stop the evil Plankton and his menacing robots from destroying Bikini Bottom and the Krusty Krab. Gaming enthusiasts will enjoy switching roles as Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, and, of course, SpongeBob SquarePants. The game can be played at any age as you embark on side quests to level-up your abilities. Available now for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Wii U, 3D and 3DS.
Selling Point: Your abilities coincide with the "doodad" artillery you have.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Video Game, $39.99 (Xbox 360) and $29.99 (Nintendo Wii, 3DS)
Play as Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo or Leonard in an attempt to save New York City from Shredder and the Foot Clan. The game, which boasts 15 action-packed levels, finds you playing in the style of the popular Nickelodeon television show. This is one for all ages to enjoy during the Yuletide season.
Selling Point: Four-player co-multiplayer and eating pizza to sustain your Turtle's health sounds like a win-win.
LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtle Lair Attack, $49.99
Training can intense for anybody, but when you're a mutated turtle taking martial arts lessons from a talking rat, you know you're on another level. The Lego-inspired ninja lair finds you playing with your favorite Turtles in a Half-Shell and re-enacting your favorite episodes.
Selling Point: Three stories of Turtle-esque excitement allow you to shoot 10 different weapons that include a pizza oven.
5TH Cell's Scribblenauts Unmasked, $39.99
Gaming enthusiasts will enjoy playing as Maxwell in Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure. 5TH Cell and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment gives you the power to summon almost any hero or villain from DC Comics' nearly 80-year history to help solve puzzles and fight crime. The kid-friendly title gives you total freedom to create almost anything your imagination can come up with. The game is available now for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
Selling Point: Create your own superhero out of thin air and give him or her their own killer catchphrase.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — Nabi Jr. Character Pack, $69.99
You can transform your Nabi Jr. tablet into your favorite master of the martial arts. Choose from Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Character Pack.
Selling Point: This also works for your Nabi, as well.