2011 Holiday Gift Guide – Amazon.com
As the holiday season is quickly approaching, it is now time to get those last minute online gifts. The online store for us is Amazon.com because of the free shipping on orders over $25 and the great prices.
For the Guys:
Guys love to get DVD and BLU RAY MOVIES and TV SHOWS as gifts. The only things that guys love more than DVD and BLU RAY movies are zombies. Why not combine the two with the 3-Disc Special Edition of THE WALKING DEAD. This show is for adult audiences, so don’t grab this for your 12 or 13 year old son. The Walking Dead – Season One is possibly one of the best zombie televisions shows ever made. I haven’t met a guy who doesn’t love this show.
THE WALKING DEAD - SEASON ONE
VERDICT – UNDER $30 – $24.99 at the time of publishing
Also available for $15.99 for 2-disc DVD Regular Edition and $21.99 in Blu Ray 2-Disc Regular Edition
GREAT BUY FOR MEN AGE 18-50 Years Old
Here is what the show is about:
Arguably the biggest hit of the 2010 television season, the apocalypse drama The Walking Dead pulls the zombie subgenre out of its overexposed doldrums and finds, ironically enough, the humanity and emotion beneath its rotting shell. Produced by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) and Gale Anne Hurd (Aliens) and based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead follows a band of Atlanta-based survivors of a viral outbreak that has caused the dead to rise up and consume the living. The group’s nominal leader is a sheriff’s deputy (Andrew Lincoln) who wakes from a gunshot-induced coma to find the world in disarray and his wife (Sarah Wayne Callies, Prison Break) and son missing. His search for his family and the survivors’ attempts to make sense of their lives in the wake of the outbreak is handled with intelligence and sensitivity, which helps to elevate the show beyond the grindhouse take on zombies, which favors spilled guts over character development. That’s not to say that the blood doesn’t flow plentifully here: the special effects are on par with zombie-movie mayhem, but again, they aren’t the show’s raison d’être. Solid performances, including Jon Bernthal as Lincoln’s partner, Jeffrey DeMunn as the group’s leading rationalist, and Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus as a pair of trouble-making rednecks, and gripping suspense make each of the first season’s six episodes compelling from start to finish for both horror fans and those who dislike the genre as a whole. –Paul Gaita
STEVE JOBS by Walter Isaacson [Hardcover]
VERDICT – UNDER $20 – $17.87 at the time of publishing
Also available for the Kindle E-reader
GREAT BUY FOR MEN AGE 18-95 Years Old
I don’t know any guy out there who can say that he does not admire Steve Jobs. Steve was one of the most creative visionaries born is the U.S. this century. This book
explores his personal and professional life in a way that only an authorized book can. Sometimes authorized books come off as “too safe”, but this is one authorized biography that will not disappoint.
Here is a brief explanation of what is in this book:
Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.
Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.
Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.
VERDICT – UNDER $20 – $18.75 at the time of publishing
GREAT BUY FOR MEN AGE 15-95 Years Old
This is the perfect gift for a guy because it is something that he wouldn’t normally buy for himself. Avoid the uncomfortable talk of telling your guy that his nose hairs are too long and get him one of these.
MODERN WARFARE 3 [VIDEO GAME]
VERDICT – UNDER $75 – $51.99 at the time of publishing
GREAT BUY FOR MEN AGE 14-45 Years Old
Modern Warfare 3 is the highest selling video game of all-time. If your guy owns a PS3 or Xbox 360, he going to want this game. Chances are that he may have already purchased it because die hard fans usually buy it on the day that it is released. This game was released in November, but maybe your guy was strapped for cash when it came out. This game is pure violence, but that is a good thing in your guy’s eyes. This is a MUST HAVE item for any hardcore first-person shooter.