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Amber’s 2008 Gift Guide – Techy, Geeky and Designy

Tepee, $2200
Both environmentally friendlier and much prettier than a standard tent. It’s designed to have a minimal impact where it’s pitched; it doesn’t kill the grass it sits on.  The 100% cotton fabric is mildew and water resistant.  Other features include reinforced stress points, critter-proof floor design and gorgeous pine poles for support.  Just add one campfire, a motley crew of guitars and harmonicas and a few ghost stories. Perfect!

at dwr.com

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15″ MacBook Pro with 2.53GHz, $2500
I asked all of my friends what they wanted for the holidays, and this was Brian‘s pick.

at apple.com

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Muppet Whatnot Gift Kit, $130
What’s a Whatnot? A Muppet extra on the Muppet Show!  This kit allows gift recipients to design their own Whatnot and have it made on the spot at the FAO Schwartz store in NYC.  Starting in February 2009 you will also be able to send away for it.  Then they get to keep it!

at fao.com

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Handel’s Messiah Sing-a-long, $12
You’ll have to give this gift a bit early, but that’s alright!  Get into the Christmas spirit with the West Village Chorale’s annual sing-a-long of Handel’s Messiah.  It takes place this coming Monday, December 15 at 7:30pm.  You don’t actually have to sing, either, you can just go and listen… but where’s the fun in that?

Photo by my friend Tracy, who I love more than pancakes.

at westvillagechorale.org

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Wall-E (Three-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy), $23
Pure Pixar genius.  This three-disc special addition DVD has tons of cool extras including featurettes on the creation of the movie, animated shorts, and tons of deleted scenes.  Waaaaaalllleeeeee!

at amazon.com

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Mallomars 3-box Value Pack, $16
Along with his old hair line and a new apartment, my buddy Jeff says he would like a lifetime supply of Mallomars for Christmas.   My mother-in-law also loves these.  Because they melt easily, devoted fans stock up in the winter for the hotter months when stores don’t sell them.  Both Jeff and Mrs. Blatt are New Yorkers, which makes sense: 70% of all Mallomars sold are sold in metropolitan New York.

at theonlinecandyshop.com

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Freaks & Geeks: Yearbook Edition, $130
Why this show only got one season I don’t know.   It’s easily one of the best television shows of our time.  This special edition DVD set includes actor auditions, and most episodes have two audio commentaries each.

at amazon.com

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Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life, $126
Charley Harper died in June of last year.  He was a modernist that inspired, and continues to inspire, many other artists, including noted designer Todd Oldham who edited this tome. I would love to have gorgeous book to refer to over and over, so it could inspire me, too.

at amazon.com

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Set of nine hand-printed cards, assorted, $24
Eliza Jane Curtis is the artist behind Morris & Essex. Her work is a combination of Gocco (a type of printer that prints a very fine ink) and traditional silkscreening. This listing is for a “grab bag” of 9 cards. I love the combination of earthy paper with bold colors.  So me!

at etsy.com

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Flight of the Conchords – The Complete First Season, $24
They call me the Hiphopopotamus
Flows that glow like phosphorous
Poppin’ off the top of this esophagus
Rockin’ this metropolis
I’m not a large water-dwelling mammal
Where did you get that preposterous hypothesis?
Did Steve tell you that, perchance?
Steve.

at amazon.com

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Vers hand crafted wood ipod speaker, $180
Sustainable materials, good design and great quality. I’ve been drooling over these for a while. The reviews are great, too. If you’re buying this and have an old iPod dock you would like to trade in, go through Vers Audio, the company that makes them, for $30 off. If you don’t, it’s slightly cheaper at Amazon.

at amazon.com

4 Comments

  1. tapps

    December 10, 2008 at 10:48 am

    what a lovely collection of awesome. and i love you more than both pancakes AND waffles… which reminds me.. i have waffles for breakfast! (and not awesome home cooked ones like i had at #ACSB … but of the ‘take out of the freezer and put in the toaster’ variety… 🙂 )

  2. Brian

    December 10, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Hey Amber! This is a crazy awesome list. Great job! So, since you used my suggestion does that mean I get a Macbook? LOL

    BTW: Moved my blog over to http://brianpolensky.wordpress.com

  3. amber

    December 10, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Brian, you’re going to have to talk to Santa about that one.

  4. Ariel Hyatt

    December 10, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Great list!

    I second Jeff’s desire about Mallomars – when I lived in Colorado for 7 years I missed them terribly – “Pinwheels” are lame and don’t do the trick at all….

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