It’s the 21st century and as Kimye know, gifts are still important. They can strengthen a friendship or a relationship and help it grow to new heights because an act of kindness trumps everything. The key is just finding the right gift. Giving someone “a cool map” because they’re a travel Nazi doesn’t quite meet the standards of Level 10 Gift Giving, so to help we’ve put together a list of ideas to make sure you’re not attacked by weird looks. Trust us, your Gran’s hoping to bust out the Shmoney Dance when her Christmas present tops yours so dig into our Holiday Gift Guide below.
A PAIR OF SENNHEISER URBANITE XL’s
To keep it simple: Sennheiser’s over-ear models sit in a class of their own. They clearly focus on comfort, durability, and a sound quality that will please audiophiles for hours on end and their take on the trifecta is what solidifies their place at the top. The Urbanite XL borrows a lot of traits from the Sennheiser Momentum, but there’s a finely-tuned bass kick that makes it a dynamic pair of cans. And yes, they’re totally willing to start a long-term relationship.
A 6-PK OF COLLECTIVE ARTS’ RHYME & REASON
Beer? For Christmas? Well, why not? The folks at Collective Arts Brewing (Toronto, ON) have flipped the script by promoting artists, musicians, photographers, and filmmakers through the craft beer medium. Their Rhyme & Reason Extra Pale Ale is currently available at select LCBO locations, but it’s also worth following their collaborations as the establishment has already teamed up with bands such as METZ, PUP, July Talk, Junior Battles, and Said The Whale.
IAN CURTIS’ SO THIS IS PERMANENCE
Published earlier this year by Chronicle Books, So This Is Permanence is a gift for the die-hard Joy Division fans. The hardcover is a beautiful anthology of Ian Curtis’ lyrics and personal writings, and alongside a foreword by his widow, Deborah, it includes everything from an appendix of his book library to interviews from his unforgettable career.
BROAD CITY SEASON ONE ON DVD/DIGITAL/LASERDISC
Rih Rih, Bey Bey, veneers, headboards, basketball shorts, and Bed Bath & Beyond – we’re not about to Black Swan you but Broad City has it all. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s Comedy Central half-hour follows “two women in their twenties living in New York City” and season one is a scripted piece of genius. Fun fact: it’s back on January 14th.
ANYTHING FROM GRENCO SCIENCE’S ONLINE STORE
Thanks to an increase in collections, the crew at Grenco Science have something for everyone. Their classic G Pen and microG’s are still the obvious go-to’s, but now there’s collabos with Snoop Dogg, Trash Talk, DGK, Zed’s Dead, Skate Mental, HUF, and Claw Money. There’s also the Hall Of Fame series and the NYC orange is out there.
AN XBOX ONE HOLIDAY CONSOLE
There can only be one this holiday season, so go with…. an XBOX One. This year’s console wars have been highly entertaining despite server bugs and other nuances, and fortunately Microsoft has shown they are the only media hub you need. Their holiday bundles, rarities, and exclusive titles take the cake (and more) and if you need proof, take a peek at Sunset Overdrive – it’s a vivid third-person riot that pairs Dead Rising with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.
ACTIVISION’s NEW PAIR OF FPS (2014 EDITION)
Kevin Spacey and aliens. Aliens and Kevin Spacey. Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Destiny certainly have their differences, but Activision’s pair of shooters are a godsend for first-person fans. One revels in customization and traumatic explosions while the other will make sure you develop phobias of things that teleport in the night.
UBISOFT’s ENTIRE LINEUP OF TITLES FOR 2014
If you got your hands on Far Cry 4, then you’re aware the honey badger still doesn’t give a (expletive). The critter itself is a great representation of Ubisoft Entertainment’s fearless efforts and one doesn’t need to look beyond their 2014 catalog for an example. Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry, Watch Dogs, The Crew, Child Of Light, and South Park reinforce the word “diversity” and one can only imagine what Tom Clancy’s The Division will do for 2015 as a whole.
THE POLAROID CUBE LIFESTYLE ACTION CAMERA
Polaroid’s latest invention is no GoPro HERO4, but it is a $99 HD video device that can fit in your jacket pocket. The Polaroid Cube has a 6MP camera, HD 1080p video, a 124 degree wide-angle lens, and it’s available in three water-resistant colours. It also snaps to magnetic surfaces making it a travel buddy that can provide the footy you need.
A HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO. TOTE BAG
Vancouver’s Herschel Supply Co. take pride in creating “a timeless product with fine regard for detail” and it’s why they’ve become a more rustic, northern version of Supreme. They rock travel goods, wallets, and dapper headwear, but their backpack and totes are a must for those searching for a trendy yet modish look. Yeah, we said modish.
A COPY OF ROOKIE MAG’S ROOKIE YEARBOOK THREE
Rookie Yearbook Three is timeless. It’s a present-day treasure as Rookie’s editor-in-chief Tavi Gevinson continues to unveil “the future of journalism” and while that may be an overused quote, her latest collection proudly defends it with contributions from the likes of Lorde, Grimes, Kelis, Sia, Shailene Woodley, and Dakota and Elle Fanning.
THE LG G3 w/ EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK
Sure, the LG G3 is bulky thanks to its 5.5-inch, 2,560×1,440-pixel-resolution screen, but it’s a trendsetter. The phablet struts around with 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, and a 13MP camera and it counters the basics with the intelligence to multi-task – from auto selfies to tweets to Gmail-ing while Drake’s “Worst Behavior” plays in 1080p on YouTube in the same window. Android L has yet to hit devices, but that just leaves more room for more possibilities in 2015.