GON Editors Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again and with the holidays now upon us we here at Geeked Out Nation have assembled our must haves list. We sat down all our editors, locked them in a room, and said they couldn’t come out until they had given us their picks for must have items. Each editor gave their picks for those on a budget to the crazy expensive. So get your pencils ready and be sure to take notes before heading out shopping in the coming weeks.

 

Steven Merced

Editor-in-Chief

 

GiftsOn A Budget: 

When it comes to the holidays it really is the thought that counts. So for those who are working on a small budget but want to show that you put a lot of thought and effort into a gift I may have some hidden gems that you may not be aware of.

Batman Figures Vinyl Pop! - $7.99 – $11.99 @Amazon.com

These adorable little action figures are taking the world by storm. Taking over all of pop culture with there cuteness. It is a gift that really shows you care about the geek in your life without breaking the bank.

Zelda Panties - $18.99 @etsy.com

Now guys understand that not every girl will appreciate this next gift. She must be a geek herself and be a Legend of Zelda fan. If not this gift will completely go over her head and she will more than likely be upset that you actually consider this a gift for her. Now if she fits the criteria laid out above this gift is one that will please both you and her. Also they make all kind of nerdy undergarments so be sure to look through their entire inventory for other surprises.

Batman Vol 01: The Court of Owls Hardcover Graphic Novel or Batman: The Court of Owls Mask and Book Set- $8.85- $24.95@ Amazon.com

As a Batman fan myself I can always respect a great story about the Cape Crusader. What we have here is by far the best story arc of DC Comics “The New 52”.The story is about a series of brutal murders throughout Gotham City but what makes it so compelling is that the Caped Crusader finds himself in a bit of a situation when the prime suspect is one of Batman’s closest allies – Dick Grayson!. With That synopsis it should make you want to but a copy for yourself as well.

USB LED Beverage Cooler – $26.08 @ Amazon.com

If you’re like me you spend hours on end in front of your computer screen. Be it for work or just for fun time in front of your computer can lead to some situations where you take your beverage drink it as is and don’t bother to get up and cool it because it is a waste of time. Well with this next gift that can all be avoided. So now all you have to do is Plug in this small single-can beverage cooler/warmer into a USB port and keep a can on your desk for when you really need it.

Mid Range: 

Bluetooth Handset Gloves- $55- $70 @Amazon.com

Ok so winter is upon us and you find yourself avoiding phone calls outside due to the weather.  No young cool kid wants to walk around with a Bluetooth in his ear. So how about a Bluetooth in his hand? This pair of gloves has a Bluetooth headset built into the left glove and can work for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices. Now tell me that this would not please the gadget guru in your life.

Hermione’s Time Turner- $49.99 @Amazon.com

So if you find yourself in a situation where your significant other wants jewlry guy also considers herself a Harry Potter fan you can get her the best of both worlds with Hermione’s Time Turner Necklace. It is Plated in 24 karat gold, 1 3/8″ in diameter, with a 18″ chain. As well as comes with a very beautiful display case.

High End Stuff:

Nintendo 2DS – $129 @ Amazon.com

Now sure at first glance it seems like a device that is more geared towards children, but im here to tell you that a 2DS does everything a 3DS does at half the cost. Coming in at just over $100 it’s the perfect gift for someone looking to play some of Nintendo’s many handheld gems.

X-Men: The Adamantium Collection- $129 @ Amazon.com

With X-Men: Days of Future Past on its way what a better gift to give a X-Men fan than the Ultimate Collection. It releases on December 3rd 2013 and the box set includes all the X-Men films and both Wolverine movies on Blu-ray (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine). The set is packaged in exclusive Wolverine claw packaging. They also left an open slot for X-Men: Days of Future Past to complete your X-Men collection.

Breaking Bad: The Complete Series – $199@Amazon.com

Now I couldn’t leave the TV fans behind so I have found the perfect gift for the Breaking Bad fan in all of us. It’s the complete series collection complete with a smock and a barrel to keep all of the disc in.

Assassins Creed Fan Bundle

When it comes to one of the most populare gaming franchises around right now there arnt many hotter than Assassins Creed.  So more than likely you will have someone in your family that knows the name or is overly obsessed with the characters portrayed throughout the series. Now ultimately this could fall under any of the three price ranges that we have here. That all depends on how much you are willing to spend. So sure you could pick and choose Items from the list but what I am essentially creating is the Assassins Creed Fan Bundle.

HOODIES $50-$90 @ubiworkshop.com

Assassin’s Creed Hidden Blade $35- $100 @Amazon.com

ASSASSIN’S CREED – BLACK LEATHER BELT & BELT BUCKLE – $60 @ubiworkshop.com

ASSASSIN’S CREED – LEATHER NECKLACE - $35 @ubiworkshop.com

Assassin’s Creed – $7.00 @Amazon.com

Assassin’s Creed Ezio Trilogy – $30 @Amazon.com

Assassin’s Creed III – $15 @Amazon.com

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – $60 @Amazon.com

 

Fernando Acosta

Managing Editor

 

NandoOn A Budget: 

Hulu Plus - $7.99 @Hulu.com

Hulu is a website and over-the-top (OTT) subscription service offering ad-supported on-demand streaming video of TV shows, movies, webisodes and other new media, trailers, clips, and behind-the-scenes footage from NBC, Fox, ABC, TBS, and many other networks and studios.

May Flash N64 Controller Adapter for PC USB - $10.99 @Amazon.com

Connect your Nintendo 64 joypads to your PC USB port. All buttons are supported, perfect for any emulation program but also works with any modern PC game. It allows you to play all PC games designed to be played with joysticks. Really plug and play, it makes your PC a real gaming platform. Please Note: Please use original controllers along with this adapter. Third party controllers may not work properly with this adapter.

The Death of Captain America, Vol. 1: The Death of the Dream – $14.99 @Amazon.com

Leaping from the final pages of Civil War, this is the biggest Cap story that Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting have yet to tell – guaranteed to stun readers and send shockwaves through the entire Marvel Universe! As repercussions ripple outward, the Winter Soldier finally chooses a side – his own. But what are the Red Skull and his minions up to behind the scenes? Collects Captain America #25-30.

Mid Range:

Call of Duty: Ghosts – $59.99 @Gamestop.com

Call of Duty: Ghosts is an extraordinary step forward for one of the largest entertainment franchises of all-time. This new chapter in the Call of Duty franchise features a new dynamic where players are on the side of a crippled nation fighting not for freedom, or liberty, but simply to survive. Fueling this all new Call of Duty experience, the franchise’s new next-gen engine delivers stunning levels of immersion and performance, all while maintaining the speed and fluidity of 60 frames-per-second across all platforms.

High End Stuff:

MSI Computer Corp. GP60-16GD33 15.6-Inch Laptop - $949.99 @Amazon.com

GP60 2OD-072US/Windows 7 Home Premium/Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor/15.6″ HD Display (16:9; 1920 x 1080)/ NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M 2G GDDR3/Matrix Display/Cooler Boost/Gaming Keyboard by SteelSeries/750GB HDD (7200RPM)/8GB DDR3L 1600MHz System Memory/USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 2/VGA, HDMI/DVD Super Multi/Built-in 720p HD webcam/Audio Boost Technology

 

Jessica Camacho

Executive Editor, Comics

 

JessOn A Budget:

Funko Pop Vinyl figurines – $7.99 – $11.99 (Various) @Amazon.com

On a budget but still want to make a difference to the geek on your list this holiday season? There is not a better budget gift out there than the Funko Pop Vinyl figurines. These are cheap, adorable and really fun to collect. I myself have about 10 of them. They come in almost every major character you can think of. Horror movie baddies, comic characters, Disney characters, Lord of the Rings and even the 1966 Batman series. These look great on a shelf next to your trades and hardcovers.

Mid Range:

Keep Calm and Call Batman T-shirt – $10.79 – $20.99 @Amazon.com

Comic fans can’t get enough of reading and collecting comics but they also enjoy merchandise. Even for a movie fan, having an Iron Man t-shirt is something they enjoy. This Christmas, get that comic fan on your list something they can use on a daily basis (like a cell phone case) or something wearable so they can show their geek pride.

High End Stuff:

Sandman Omnibus Vol. 1&2. – $150.00 (USD) each @Amazon.com

Death & Dream bookends – $195.00 @Amazon.com

What a better gift for the Sandman fan in your life? These two massive books collect the entire 75 issue series along with the specials. This is the story of Dream of the Endless and his journey after he is imprisoned. The series is considered one of the best comics of all time. Vertigo became a major imprint because of it. The set is oversized and glossy, which makes it the best way to read the series. look great on a shelf if you pair them with the Dream and Death bookends and you have a beautiful centerpiece for you living room, bedroom or office. The comic fan in your life won’t be disappointed by this gift and you won’t have to worry about being returned.

 

Philip Suson

Associate Editor, Comics 

 

PhilOn A  Budget:

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th -  $19.22 @Amazon.com

For those that are interested in the behind the scenes of EVERY Friday the 13th movie, this documentary is for you. Hear from the writers, directors, and stars of the Friday the 13th saga and here the stories they have to tell. It is currently available on a Blu-ray/DVD double pack. You can pick up Crystal Lake Memories right now on Amazon.

 

Mid Range:

Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions - $36.00 @Amazon.com

Look into the mind of famed director Guillermo del Toro, who has done films such as The Devil’s Backbone, Cronos, Hellboy, Pans Labyrinth, and Pacific Rim. See his process and look into his personal notebook where he writes snippets of ideas that has become his films. You also get to look exclusively at artwork done for his doomed un-filmed masterpiece At The Mountains of Madness.

High End Stuff:

Playstation 4 – $399.99 @Gamestop.com

What else is there to say about the Playstation 4 that already hasn’t been said? It is one of the hottest items out now and due to it being Sony, I know the blu-ray will be exquisite.

George Luis

Executive Editor, Video Games

 

GeorgeOn A Budget:

Star Wars Han Solo in Carbonite Ice Cube Tray – $9.99 @ThinkGeek.com

The Han Solo Ice Cube Tray comes with room for six (6) small, 1.75″ Han Solos and one (1) large, 3.5″ Solo. We’re pretty sure that Boba Fett would be happy with just one smuggler on ice but seven would be a serious payday! The silicone on the mold is good down to -40F so don’t try using these on Hoth. They should be fine in your average household freezer though.

Mid Range:

Batman: The Court of Owls Mask and Book Set – $17.48 – $24.99 @Amazon.com

Following his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed run on Detective Comics, writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire) alongside artist Greg Capullo (Spawn) begins a new era of The Dark Knight as with the relaunch of Batman with this critically acclaimed, New York Times #1 best-selling graphic novel! Included is a really cool Court Of Owls Mask. How can you say no to that!

Hyperkin Retron 3 Video Game System for NES/SNES/GENESIS - $49.45 – $58.99 @Amazon.com

Tap into the joy of your childhood with the Retro N 3 gaming system. Capable of playing Nintendo, SEGA Genesis and Super Nintendo cartridges, the Retro 3 is the only system you need to play thousands of classic games. There is no better way to play all your old games while saving your classic systems from wear and tear. I have one on my desk and so should you!

High End Stuff:

Kuratas Rideable Robot - $1,353,500 @suidobashijuko.jp

Kuratas is a rideable and user-operated robot built by the Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry. Billed as “the world’s first giant boarding robot”, the Kuratas was unveiled when the website was opened in 2012. It was demoed at Wonder Festival. How can anyone resist a fully operational mech-suit!

Alex Macus

Associate Editor, Video Games

 

AlexOn A Budget:

Minecraft - $19.99 @Gamestop.com

Imagine it, build it! Minecraft for Xbox 360 lets you create worlds from the comfort of you sofa. Play alone or play with your friends. Explore, build and conquer! At night monsters come out, so make sure to build a shelter before that happens. After that, your world is your imagination. Turn your hours into minutes with Minecraft for Xbox 360!

 Mid-Range:

Need for Speed Rivals - $59.99 @Gamestop.com

Welcome to Redview County, where a street-racing rivalry between cops and racers never stops as both sides compete in an all-out war featuring the fastest cars, mods and technology in a gritty open road environment. Play as either a cop or racer, where each side of the law has its own set of high stakes challenges, rewards and consequences. Risk everything in the ultimate high stakes rivalry.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - $39.99 - $59.99 @Gamestop.com

When the villainous Doctor Doom and Loki attacked the space-faring Silver Surfer, his board’s shattered remains rained down upon an unsuspecting Earth. Now the race is on to recover the powerful Cosmic Bricks that once comprised the board as Nick Fury gathers the Earth’s mightiest heroes to recover them – all before Loki, Doctor Doom and their cabal of villains can assemble their Super Weapon and take over the world. Meanwhile, Silver Surfer’s master, the planet-eating Galactus, comes in search of his Herald and his next meal… Earth.

High End Stuff:

Wii U - $299.99 @Gamestop.com

The Wii U is the next great gaming console from Nintendo and it redefines how you will play next. With its innovative new Wii U GamePad controller, it will not only introduce entirely new ways to play games, it will also transform how you connect with friends and enjoy entertainment.

 

Dylan Ray Thornton

Associate Editor, Video Games

 

DylanOn A Budget:

Ready Player One – $10.99 @Amazon.com

It is fairly simple, if you are into games, like pop culture and in for a good read…Ready Player One is one book worth a buy.

Mid Range:

Nintendo 2DS – $129.99 @Gamestop.com

Cheaper but will all of the amazing library of the 3DS including backwards comtpability with the DS. The 2DS is a must if you have waited long to play these current and upcoming great games.

High End Stuff:

Playstation 4 – $399 @Amazon.com

Fairly new and with a library still that needs to catch up with upcoming exclusives as Uncharted and Infamous…the PS4 is worth a buy to jump into next gen and with PS Plus you can be gaming all year long with new games each month.