Gift Ideas for the Impossible to Buy For


We all know somebody that’s really difficult to buy for, either they’ve got everything or have no interests. So here are a few gift suggestions for those sort of people.

Screaming Monkey Slingshot – $5.99

Screaming Monkey Slingshot

This monkey has a secret – there are pockets in the monkey’s hands. Slip your fingers in, pull back his hind legs, and his arms will stretch to a crazy length with the magic of rubber! You can just feel the potential energy coursing through the monkey’s imaginary veins. Let fly and you will be treated to a wondrous sight. The monkey will scream with delight when jolted. So, if the launch is hard enough, you’ll get a scream of power in mid air; or if the landing is hard, you’ll get a scream of protest as gravity does its work. Or, you fling like a master, you’ll get a double-dose of monkey justice (i.e. noise).

The Screaming Monkey Slingshot is available from Think Geeky for $5.99.


Desktop Carnivorous Plant Set – $22.99

Desktop Carnivorous Plant Set

Grab a set and grow your own collection of feared and famous carnivorous plants. This deluxe set has seeds from over ten varieties of carnivorous plants! Watch these fascinating plants grow into bug-eating monsters and delight in creating your own authentic bog with the included peat planting mix, blue Swamp Rocks, three Bog Buddies and full color decals. This rare and unusual collection of carnivorous plants will flourish for years in this specially designed terrarium with proper care…

The Desktop Carnivorous Plant Set is available from Think Geek for $22.99.


Digital Weather Station – $25+

Digital Weather Station

Gardeners, hikers, beach combers, farmers, sailors, skiers, daily commuters and anyone who needs to keep an eye on the weather and temperatures indoors and out will love this wireless weather station from La Crosse Technology. With 15 forecast icons, the station makes it easy to plan for that outdoor barbecue, beach outing, or ski day, helping you decide what to wear and when to schedule.

The Digital Weather Station is available from Amazon for $25+.


Peanut Butter Machine – $49.98

Peanut Butter Machine

Make your own warm, delicious peanut butter at home–for much less than store bought butter!

Fill the top bin with your favorite shell nuts (you can also use macadamia, sunflower, cashews and more) and select chunky or smooth texture. In minutes you have creamy, all-natural nut butter perfect for baking, sandwiches, and crackers.

The Peanut Butter Machine is available from LighterSide for $49.98.


Digital Picture Frames – from ~$50

Digital picture frames

Digital picture frames have really taken off this year. Here we compare some of the cheapest and best digital picture frames that are currently available with regards to both features and value for money. We’ll also provide an explanation of all the features that the various digital photo frames have to offer.

The Digital Picture Frames is available from CG for from ~$50.


Pleo Robotic Life Form – $349.99

Pleo Robotic Life Form

Every red blooded geek loves robots. Which is why we were pretty bummed out when Sony discontinued their Aibo line of robotic dogs (instead we got PS3… but that’s a story for another day). And we’re only marginally interested in those radio control style robots… yep we want robots that can think and move for themselves not be some kind of fancy r/c car. So you can imagine our pleasure when we checked out Pleo. Not only does Pleo move and react autonomously, he looks just like a mini dinosaur. Pleo’s lifelike motions and realistic interactions will have you treating him like part of the family in no time.

The Pleo Robotic Life Form is available from Think Geek for $349.99.


Authentic Water Blast™ Arcade Game – $11,000

Authentic Water Blast™ Arcade Game

This is the same Water Blast game found at theme parks, state fairs, and arcades, complete with rapid water-shooting guns, flashing lights, lighted marquee, and arcade sounds. The game challenges up to two players to shoot streams of water at their respective bull’s-eyes. Direct hits illuminate lights on the scoreboard to show players’ progress; a victor is determined when all of a player’s lights illuminate. A barker’s voice initiates the contest, tells off-target shooters to “Aim your gun at the target,” and declares a winner with “Awesome, you won. Let’s play again.”

The Authentic Water Blast™ Arcade Game is available from Hammacher for $11,000.


Personalized Whac-A-Mole® Game – $35,000

Personalized Whac-A-Mole® Game

This is the Whac-A-Mole game that can be personalized to replace the standard mole heads with molded caricatures using pictures of members of your family, past managers, boyfriends/girlfriends, or any desired combination of personalities. The game operates exactly like the ones found in amusement parks and carnivals–five mole heads pop up randomly while you attempt to bash each with a mallet for points–but this one comes in a walnut veneer cabinet (with hardwood inlays) that automatically opens and closes at the touch of a button from the included remote. When closed, the game assumes the form of a bookshelf, but when commanded to open, both halves swing open to reveal the game, complete with full-color artwork.

The Personalized Whac-A-Mole® Game is available from Hammacher for $35,000.


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