HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019

Holiday shopping season is here! Here is a selection of gift ideas that are all things I would be geeked to open on Christmas morning. Hope these suggestions help you find the perfect gifts for dads like me you may be shopping for this year. Merry Christmas!


In one word how would I describe the Bose's new noise cancelling headphones? AMAZING! Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 does a fantastic job of highlighting the sounds you want to hear and blocking those you don't. The brand-new acoustic design of this model of wireless headphones allows them to achieve the best noise cancelling performance of any Bose headphone yet.

They have provided some of the best beat, clarity and tone to music that I've ever heard through headphones. Combine that with noise cancelling technology which mutes outside sounds and you'll find yourself within an envelope of listening splendor when utilizing these headphones. Available in Luxe Silver and Triple Black.




This new portable translator device from Cheetah Mobile opens up the world by allowing people who don't share a common language to easily communicate with the push of a button. This sleek looking device isn't something from science fiction; but rather a handy tool that can be easily synced to an app on your smart phone.

Speak into the CM Translator using one language and it will be translated to another in real time via your phone. A great gift for people who travel the globe for business or pleasure. Anyone who has marveled at the universal translators in the fictional  Star Trek universe will be excited this sci-fi gadget has been made a reality. But you don't need to be a sci-fi geek to appreciate the usefulness of the CM Translator.





Ekster wallets are slim making them comfortable to carry and incorporate smart safety features to help protect your finances and personal identity. Ekster wallets blocks RFID/NFC signals so criminals can't remotely steal your financial information from credit cards being carried around plus has a tracking feature so you can find a lost wallet. While half the size of a traditional bill fold, these wallets maintain the look of a classic wallet utilizing top-grain European leathers to provide a sophisticated look.




KEY SMART has a jackknife-like case to organize all your keys in a convenient way to carry around with you. These swiss-style key organizers don't come with a knife but you can purchase add-on accessories that include a blade, bottle opener, fire starter, golf divot tool, pliers and wrench among other things. You can utilize KEY SMART so just your keys swing in and out of it or mix in with them a variety of tools.




Who hasn't dreamed of building a full-sized arcade of classic video games in their house? While that may not be practical New Wave Toys has created sixth scale Replicades that can fit on a shelf or table top yet provide fun, quality game play. Create your own arcade with miniature replicas of classic gaming cabinets that include Centipede, Tempest, and Street Fighter II.

SCI-FI MOVIES

Give the movie geek in your life a Sci-Fi movie for a gift. AD ASTRA for example from 20th Century Fox is being released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD on December 17, 2019. It is also available on MoviesAnywhere.com if you want to purchase it for a digital home entertainment library.

AD ASTRA is a sci-fi thriller set in space. When a mysterious life-threatening event strikes Earth, astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) goes on a dangerous mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones) and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.



Two other fantastic options for adding some sci-fi content to a home entertainment video library are THE MARTIAN and the National Geographic television MARS which are also available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital.

THE MARTIAN is an epic sci-fi story about an astronaut marooned on Mar after the rest of his crew blasts off from the planet presuming he (Matt Damon) is dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.



NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MARS tells a fictional story about astronauts settling the Red Planet. The sci-fi elements are interspersed with commentary from real life scientists providing a documentary vibe to the television series. There have been two seasons of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MARS with 6 episodes each in Season 1 & Season 2.



JAMES BOND MOVIES

For those who are more into action adventures than sci-fi, James Bond movies are always exciting to watch. Check out 007: The Daniel Craig Collection featuring all the James Bond movies starring this actor in 4K Ultra High Definition. From his introduction in Casino Royale through to his most recent mission in Spectre, Daniel Craig as Bond has experienced explosive action and adventures while his character crisscrossed the globe in a non-stop quest for justice. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs of THE DANIEL CRAIG COLLECTION showcase Dolby Vision® ultra-vivid imaging. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision® can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. With Dolby Vision®, you will feel as if you are inside the action alongside 007 as the picture comes to life.




Encourage someone to show their festive side during the holiday season by giving an Ugly Christmas Sweater. From funny sweaters to fun pajamas, uglychristmassweater.com has plenty of gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on someone's face. I particularly like the Holiday Cheers! sweater that has a stocking pocket on the front for holding your beverage in so you can keep your hands free for opening presents or playing a game of euchre during parties and family get-togethers.




More and more places are banning disposable straws from amusement parks to science centers to zoos. For those who prefer straw drinking, ZOKU has introduced a portable pocket straw that is easy to take along with people when they are on the go. Great for camping trips, outings to the neighborhood park or venues that have eliminated the use of disposable straws from concession stands. It has a telescoping stainless steel tube that fits any size glass, silicone mouthpiece for comfortable drinking, and a brush for keeping everything clean. Fits into a plastic carrying case that is small enough to slip into a backpack, purse or even pant pockets.




Combine cool looking shades with headphones for the first audio sunglasses featuring Bose speakers. These are great because they don't involve sticking anything in your ear. Speakers in the frames direct sound towards your ears as well as send out anti-noise waves to cancel out the sounds so that others can't hear the audio. BOSE FRAMES let wearers cordlessly enjoy tunes or engage in hands-free phone calls while protecting their eyes from the sun. These are great for wearing in the car because you can still hear ambient noises around you because your ears aren't covered or plugged up. Plus they give a lot of freedom for outdoor uses such as running, backyard chores, or spending some leisure time at the beach. BOSE FRAMES come in one size fits all RONDO or ALTO in two sizes (Small or Large).



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