For those of us in denial, the holidays are here! And if you’re like some of us here at StrategicAmpersand, you haven’t even started your shopping list! So, to make holiday shopping a bit easier, we’ve come up with a few ideas for those ‘tricky’ folks on your list.
For the builder and creator on your list:
The LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Milano Spaceship Rescue is THE signature set from LEGO’s Guardians of The Galaxy line, the latest in its Marvel Super Heroes collection. Recreate one of the most exciting moments from 2014’s summer blockbuster in stunning detail, with five mini-figures – including three of the Guardians (Star-Lord, Drax and Gamora) – and 665 pieces. This is sure to be a hit with the ‘young’uns’, and young at heart, on your list this holiday season.
As LEGO says about The Milano Spaceship Rescue: Prepare for an epic clash between the Guardians of the Galaxy™ and the ultimate villain, Ronan™!
Harvest your own materials and build entire worlds with Minecraft, while secretly learning about geology, plants and animals, and engineering! This online video game is even part of the school curriculum in many countries. Shhhh, don’t tell the kids! Anything Minecraft is hot this year and there’s no shortage of products to choose from.
For the kid who needs to get there faster, Yvolution Scooters are a must! Three wheels offer more stability for younger kids, and if carve, drift, and 360-degree spin are part of your vocabulary, check out the Y Fliker LIFT. Don’t forget your protective gear!
For the techie on your list:
How about a BlackBerry Passport? The 4.5-inch square screen of the BlackBerry Passport broadens your view of documents, spreadsheets, maps and apps. The screen, combined with the touch-enabled physical keyboard, allows consumers and professionals to get more done with less effort. It also features BlackBerry Blend, a new app that seamlessly brings messaging and content that’s on your Passport to your computer and tablet. Securely access work email, calendar, BBM, texts and important files on any device without a VPN. For example, you could be playing a game on your computer and still be able to read and respond to any messages you receive on your Passport without switching devices.
Or BlackBerry Blend, a new app that seamlessly brings messaging and content that’s on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. Securely access your work email, calendar, BBM, texts and important files on any device without a VPN. BlackBerry Blend can be connected with Wi-Fi, cellular data or a USB port, and the connection can be broken remotely from your BlackBerry smartphone, or another device, at any time, wherever you are, if a security or privacy issue arises.
For the explorer on your list, how about a Nikon COOLPIX AW120?
Waterproof to a depth of 18 metres, shock resistant from 2 metres, and freezeproof down to -10°C, the COOLPIX AW120 is a rugged compact digital camera that is designed to withstand extreme and harsh environments. Complete with Full HD (1080p) recording, built-in GPS technology, Electronic Compass, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
Something different for the hard-to-buy for:
Beat the winter blues, and wake up gently to a sunrise and soothing sounds with a Phillips Wake-Up Light…
….or remember Lincoln Logs, Spirograph and Lite Bright? Check out Indigo’s Classic and Retro Toys.
And finally, everyone has a book lover on their list. Here are some of the season’s top picks:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Now a blockbuster hit starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, the story begins with the disappearance of Amy Dunne on her 5th wedding anniversary. As husband Nick becomes the prime suspect, the town questions how well they really know their loved ones. Full of twists and turns.
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
A memoir by the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, recounting her incredible story.
You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes by Chris Hadfield
A spectacular collection of 150 of Chris Hadfield’s 45,000 photographs in space.
Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows by Harvey Kubernik
Celebrate the life, music and poetry of Canada’s Renaissance man.