JetPunk Asks: What do You Want for Christmas?
First published: Friday December 3rd, 2021
First published: Friday December 3rd, 2021
Sometimes the Quizmaster needs to buy presents for people. But buying presents is hard. So I'm asking for your help. What do you want for Christmas? Go into the comments to give me some ideas for gifts that make people smile and, while you're at it, gifts that make people frown.
As suggestions are added, I'll update my list below.
Suggested by the Quizmaster
- These long handle shoe horns. I've converted my whole family to the shoehorn lifestyle!
- One ounce silver coins. In 25 years, your money will be nearly worthless. But silver coins will always hold their value.
- Framed art, especially if you make it yourself or know the artist.
- A small jar of fancy honey. It lasts a long time and it tastes delicious.
- An Instapot.
- Maybe a good Christmas present would be a JetPunk premium membership.
- A hoverboard or a Rip-Stick. Disclaimer: Hoverboards don't actually hover.
- Hedge trimmers (for some reason grownups are always wanting those)
- Tickets to some upcoming concert, sports event, or art exhibition, depending on who you're buying this for
- Hairpins, hairclips, hairties, hairbrushes, etc. (for little girls)
- A new piece of kitchen equipment (e.g. a knife block, a frypan, a stick blender)
- Knitting needles, a wool skein, a pattern book (for the knitting grandma)
- Seedlings, new gloves, garden trowel, mini sprinkler ( for the gardners)
- Notebooks, pens, protractor rulers, (for those sort of people)
- Hot Wheels/Matchbox anything (for little boys)
- A new Xbox controller, Oculus goggles (for older boys)
- Anything sparkly and pink (for little girls)
- Airbuds (for teenagers)
- A set of socket wrenches, a set of drill bits, a new hammer, a level, a c-clamp, new Allen keys, a full set of screwdrivers (for the tool collector)
- String of fairy lights, fake plant ornaments, candles, small picture frames (for the home decorator)
- Lots more, see comments
- Why not give them books? Books are the best presents that I received.
- Concert tickets will always be my favorite gift, especially when I get more than one for a band a friend and I both like. Seeing live music is one of the most fun experiences you can have.
- I use a website called lendwithcare where you can give microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries and help them start or grow their business - then it gets repaid so you can keep doing it. Would 100% recommend.
- Polaroid camera
- Vintage globe
- Pull-up bar
- LED light strips
- Hair straighteners.
- Bucket list movie poster where you scratch off each movie when you see it
- One particular suggestion I have is Atlas Obscura for anyone who's interested in travel/geography/history
- The same people published a foodie book called Gastro Obscura
- Lava lamps
- Plasma balls
- Scooters, bikes, things that have wheels.
- I highly suggest drawnames.com. You just select and age range, a price range, and they offer you gift ideas from all different websites and gift ideas you probably wouldn't think of. Our family did it for the first time this year and everyone liked it. Give it a try its kinda fun.
- In all seriousness though, a Nintendo Switch is a wonderful Christmas gift for youngsters.
- There's a rare breed of people who like circus peanuts. And when they like them, they really like them. Same gift every year, they'll love it.
- If somebody does a lot of work, powertools are always a good option. Ask them what ones they want (there's always at least one).
- Get yourself a 3d printer and learn how to use CAD programs. You can produce gifts for your friends and family for mere cents for the rest of your life. There are pretty good resin printers that are only $200 (at least in the US).
- As a high schooler, I would say a nice mouse or headphones
- Maybe even some LED lights to go behind someone's monitors or walls
- Some high-quality brands of markers (Copic is a good brand) or colored pencils (Prisma is a good brand but pretty expensive)
- Myself, I would actually really like a large map to put on one of the walls in my room
- I would say Stuart Laycocks' All the Countries We've Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To. A bit text heavy but a good read nonetheless.
- Swiss Army Knife
- Ordnance Survey Map of the area
Gifts to Avoid
Suggested by the Quizmaster
- Candy bar gift baskets. Foreign users may find this hard to believe, but candy bar gift baskets are a real thing in America. They are like floral arrangements, but instead of flowers you get junk food. Just don't do it!
- Trail mix. It has a ton of calories. It tastes okay I guess. If you give it to me, I will eat it all and then feel a slight sense of resentment that you made me do it.
- Unhealthy food in general. You wouldn't give cigarettes to a smoker. You wouldn't give rum to an alcoholic. So why give junk food to the people you love? That said, if you do give candy, go for things that are extremely small and expensive. Leave them wanting more.
- Unframed art. Getting artwork framed is inconvenient and expensive.
- Another crazy Christmas sweater from Aunt Edith..
- And why do my children (now grown up at 23 and 27) always buy me jelly beans. Dont get me wrong, I love jelly beans, but with a big jar I eat and eat and eat them, and then feel sick, but then eat some more the next day. I can't resist jelly beans.
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I may be writing whining here (and I’m 99% sure is what I’m doing), and this blog is clearly satirical, but this is also a message to the community. Have everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Disclaimer: Hoverboards don't actually hover.
a DJI Mavic Pro drone
Tickets to Spider-Man : No Way Home (If you can find any available before next February)
Hedge Trimmers (for some reason grownups are always wanting those)
One Month of JetPunk Premium
Tickets to some upcoming concert, sports event, or art exhibition, depending on who you're buying this for
A Tesla CyberQuad (they're expensive but awesome)
Hairpins, hairclips, hairties, hairbrushes, etc. (for little girls)
Knitting needles, a wool skein, a pattern book (for the knitting grandma)
Seedlings, new gloves, garden trowel, mini sprinkler ( for the gardners)
Notebooks, pens, protractor rulers, (for those sort of people)
Hot Wheels/Matchbox anything (for little boys)
A new Xbox controller, Oculus goggles (for older boys)
Anything sparkly and pink (for little girls)
Those strange notebooks with locks on them (for older girls)
Airbus ( for any teenager)
what about medium boys
And when I said Airbus I mean Airbuds
Deep breath, here I go again..
A weed eater, a waterblaster, an edge trimmer, a pair of secateurs, a chainsaw, (for that person who likes cutting and trimming)
A set of socket wrenches, a set of drill bits, a new hammer, a level, a c-clamp, new Allen keys, a full set of screwdrivers (for the tool collector)
A snowboard, skis, a helmet, a go pro, ski goggles, a SnowCat, a snowmobile (for the snow enthusiast)
Chromecast device, Amazon Alexa, JBL Flip 4 (for house-tech-ey people)
Pet brush, new collar, new leash (for dog people)
Stickers, stencils, card making kits, pencil case, invisible ink pen, post it note dispenser, (for stationary lovers)
BBQ tongs, flexible grill lighter, bbq cleaning kit, bbq recipe book (for the barbeque dad)
Scuffs, deckchair, beach umbrella, floaty mattress, straw sunhat, bucket and shovel set (for the beach people)
Puzzles, chapter books, lava lamp, sudoku book, 3D metal model, bookmark, (for hobby people)
Guitar tuner, ukulele strings, piano book, musical note magnets, tickets to the national orchestra (for music lovers)
String of fairy lights, fake plant ornaments, candles, small picture frames (for the home decorator)
Or perhaps a comprehensive guide to Christmas presents? written by me of course😁
somewhathelps solve your Christmas dilemma QM!
socks are nice everyone hates receiving socks in Brazil lol, unless if they are from Avengers lol Free Premium
As for stuff people should avoid gifting, I'd say money is one. Although it's versatile, gifting plainly money would only show that one did not spend much time planning for a gift.
And puzzles are fun for kids and adults alike
75192 Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon
10255 Creator Expert Assembly Square
10294 RMS Titanic
10262 Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin
Please don't give me silver coins as a present. In addition to being worthless, practically (the last time I tried to insert one into the slot in front of my computer to pay for a purchase from Amazon it just broke my DVD-ROM drive), the myth that they are an air-tight surefire investment, just like real estate, or Bitcoin, is, in fact, a myth. If you had bought silver at its peak value back in 1980, for example, then tried to sell it in the early 2000s, you'd have lost 95% of what you paid. (less if you don't adjust for inflation, but still a lot) And if you adjust for inflation prices still haven't returned to where they were in 1980.
SCRATCH POSTER THING: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gift-Republic-100-Movies-Scratch/dp/B075SDQ2K8?th=1
Try to stay positive!
And why do my children (now grown up at 23 and 27) always buy me jelly beans. Dont get me wrong, I love jelly beans, but with a big jar I eat and eat and eat them, and then feel sick, but then eat some more the next day. I can't resist jelly beans.
I cant think of any suggestions, I have the same problem every year getting gifts for my wife. I usually end up on Christmas Eve running around shops an hour before closing in a state of panic.
What would make your friends frown: You being arrested after stealing Elon Musk
Beyond that, lava lamps and plasma balls are awesome. I had a lava lamp as a kid and I absolutely loved it!
"All I want for Christmas is..."
More seriously, I agree with some of the comments above, talking about books. And more specifically, I love to receive or offer for Christmas these beautiful thematic books with tons a informations about a specific subject and many beautiful unique pictures. I remember receiving one about Ghibli studios, an other about Roal Dahl and finally one about Kirby last Christmas, and I was very pleased. I hope Santa will bruing me one about Scrogge McDuck, Tolkien or James Bond this year.
New video game.
New book or comic.
Action figures (plural).
Computer game (for those 90's and 2000's kids out there).
And finally to meet their favorite celebrity (Like Tom Hanks or Scarlett Johansson).
That's my kid's list besides the second to last one LOL.
In all seriousness though, a Nintendo Switch is a wonderful Christmas gift for youngsters.
If somebody does a lot of work, powertools are always a good option. Ask them what ones they want (there's always at least one).
Get yourself a 3d printer and learn how to use CAD programs. You can produce gifts for your friends and family for mere cents for the rest of your life. There are pretty good resin printers that are only $200 (at least in the US).
JetPunk creates geography nerds More like geography nerds go to JetPunk ordinary nerds go to JetPunk and they then become geography nerds cultcommunity :)
If someone is actually going to do this, please, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT GET A RUBIK'S BRAND. Get a speedcube from SpeedCubeShop or TheCubicle :)
Personally I would also like to get geography-related stuff like maps and flags.
It'll be a box. On the outside it'll say "They say that the best gifts come from the heart......" On the inside, there will be a fake, homemade artery probably made from uncooked ziti noodles. In addition, there will be a note that says "Here's an artery to enliven your Christmas Day."
Permission granted to anyone else wo wants to do it.
LED hang lights
3D lamp projectors
Hoodie from something they like
Portable ping pong set
yes I'm just going around reading old posts and asking for sequels