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Giant Bomb's Holiday Gift Guide (2009 REMIX!!!!)

All holiday gift guides are self-serving in one way or another; we're just being up-front about it.

Holiday video-game gift guides are, by and large, worthless. Who are they actually meant for? If you're the kind of person who visits Giant Bomb--or really, any video-game-focused publication--you're already wired in well enough to know what games you want for Christmas. You read reviews, you check out demos, you comment on forums. You know what's up. If you're the kind of person who actually needs advice on what games to buy your loved ones, the chances of you finding your way here are razor-thin. It's always nice to think your website's got a big enough reach to hook such a casual audience, but in all likelihood, it just isn't so. And regardless of whether the gift guide is intended for hardcore or casual types, they'll all inevitably end up with Modern Warfare 2, Left 4 Dead 2, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Assassin's Creed II, and The Beatles: Rock Band in one order or another anyway. Again, who benefits from such obvious-ass lists?

Which is what prompted us last year to make a Giant Bomb holiday gift guide with a very specific, clear-cut audience: ourselves. Rather than reiterate the reviews that we already provide year-round, we shared some of the other stuff we'd like to find under the tree, providing our inner circles of gift-givers with some handy tips, as well as some insight for you, dear reader, into the personalities behind Giant Bomb. And now we're back for round two. Yeah, it's 2009, and we've still got more games than we know what to do with, but that doesn't stop us from coveting other material goods!
To reiterate what we said last year, our hope here is to expose you to some of the stuff outside of games that we're into. So please, don't take this as a call to actually try and buy us any of this crap. If you see something shiny that you like, feel free to follow the link to Amazon and pick it up there. Ultimately, though, these lists are provided for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY.

Drew provides proof that money can buy happiness. Lots of it.



Official Nintendo and Star Wars Wii Darth Vader Sensor Bar Holder
If you want to make it crystal clear to people who come to your house that you are a colossal nerd, look no further.

Logitech Flight System G940 Force Feedback Joystick
In another universe, where I have time to play video games, I would totally make use of this sucker. Since this is not to be, I might just buy it and look at it.

Sonic The Hedgehog - The Complete Series (1993)
The only game-related show or movie that I've ever actually enjoyed. Plus, I just discovered that Sonic is voiced by Jaleel White. Woah.

  Now I just need some pinball machine parts. 
ATN PhantomIR Thermal Vision Binocular

Dude, SCREW night vision goggles. These babies let you see like the freaking PREDATOR. Speaking of which...

Predator [Blu-ray] (1987)
Sometimes I watch this movie just for the Handshake. You know which one I'm talking about.

Uranium Ore 
Amazon really does have everything.

Fade Gear Crunch Box Disc Golf Bag
Every time I'm out on the course and I see a dude with a bag like this, with a disc for every conceivable kind of shot, I think "man, I wish I was like that dude, except with a shirt on."

 Hello ladies. 

T-Rex Adult T-Shirt
Wasn't really interested in this one until Amazon told me that other users who had bought the Uranium also bought this. Now it's got me thinking...

JBL 42-inch Speargun
Fishing rods are for chumps. Also, you and a friend can both get one, and then you can fight while wearing this:

Medieval Full-Size METAL CHAIN MAIL (emphasis original)
Just look at that picture. Dude is STOKED to be wearing chain mail. And why shouldn't he be? I mean, he's practically impervious to arrows now. That's power you can't buy... or IS IT?

Brad drank way too much nog and would settle for a bottle of Tums.

LED Faucet Lights 

 I literally cannot process the contents of this image.
THE WATER CAN BE BLUE OR RED. BLUE. OR RED. Hang on, let's just hop in my flying car and jaunt on over to the future store to buy these.
Fight Club 10th-Anniversary Blu-ray 
Man, I feel old. I'm confident in saying this is still the best David Fincher/Brad Pitt collaboration ever, without having seen Benjamin Button.
Air: Love 2 
Dreamy-fuzzy French synth-pop warms my soul. Wait... crap. I just bought it. Curse you and your instant gratification, Amazon MP3 store. You should probably still buy it anyway.
Stephen King: Just After Sunset
King's novels are a little long-winded for my taste but the guy sure spins a spooky short story. I still go back to Night Shift and Skeleton Crew once every year or two.
Hickory Farms Family Reunion Gift Box
I don't have any long-lost family to reunite, but that's OK, I was planning to eat all this myself anyway. (One box cracked pepper & olive oil Triscuits sold separately.)
Intel 160gb Solid-State Drive
I'm tired of hearing about how snappy and awesome an SSD will make your computer. Almost as tired as I am of waiting for the price to drop below $4 a gigabyte.
Modern Warfare 2 Limited Edition Xbox 360
Actually, I just wanted the 250gb hard drive; you can keep the console.
Nintendo 2000-Point Card 
My Shop account needs bolstering for all those incredible DSiWare games I'm going to be buying in 2010. Right? Right Nintendo?

Soprano Ukelele
Yeah, like I need another excuse not to wear shoes around the office.


Vinny is sleeping straight through Black Friday.

  Always a pimp.

Touchcharge Kit
Screw you Nintendo and your damn peripherals! Now I have to buy a new charger because the Wii Motion Plus adapter renders my current one absolutely useless. Why do you hate me?

1974 Cap'n Crunch Cereal Marx Big Wheel Offer Print Ad
The 70's were a strange time for everyone.

Xbox 360 Arcade
I'm still rocking my original, component only, Xbox 360. Though I'm proud of it for lasting this long, I wouldn't mind placing a new HDMI version atop its ANTIQUATED-ASS CARCASS. WHAT AM I LIVING IN 1989? knife says "Human"

Bose® SoundDock® Portable digital music system - Gloss Black
I like to listen to music while I cook, and my crappy little thing that currently spits hot tunes at me doesn't say BOSE on it. That means it's not ridiculously overpriced, but also it doesn't say BOSE on it.

Wacom Techno Cintiq 21UX 21-Inch Interactive Pen Display PC Tablet
I'm still using the same beige Wacom tablet I've had since the dawn of time. Seeing as the DS did not satisfy my artist need to constantly draw mustaches on photos of Mario Van Peebles, I guess I need this.

Top Chef Quickfire Challenge Game
Kevin is going to win.

Wall Mount Fish Bowl Aquarium Tank Beta Goldfish
Two things about this item. One, it's a ghetto-ass fish tank that mounts to your wall. Two, I would totally mount it to the ceiling! Ideally, when some super-cop comes to take me out, this will shatter in slow motion as I hit the floor. [CUT TO] Goldfish is gasping for air [FADE OUT]

 That fish is freaking out! 

3M Performance Plus 8979N Nuclear Grade 48-Millimeter-b​y-54.8-Meter Duct Tape, Slate Blue
"It is with the profoundest regret that I report that the Nuclear Grade duct tape does not . . . and I mean definitely not . . . eliminate the seepage of the unique form of energy created by cold fusion." - Amazon 1 Star Review

Skeleton Clock by Loricron Clocks - Antique Brass Finish Skeleton Clock
I don't know if it's because I've played too much Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time or what, but I've really wanted a nice mechanical clock recently. This just looks classy, like an acryclic wall mounted fish tank.

Klipsch Synergy SUB-12 Subwoofer Speaker
Ever wonder if your downstairs neighbors know exactly how many shots it takes to get through a certain level? Now you can eliminate all the mystery with a giant subwoofer! Nothing says "I LOVE YOU, AND THIS AWESOME SHOTGUN" like giant speakers in a tiny apartment.

Ryan is disappointed that Amazon doesn't sell handguns.  


  At least I'm not an anteater. 

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 4 (Girl in Gold Boots / Hamlet [1961] / Overdrawn at the Memory Bank / Space Mutiny) 
I'd rather that Shout! Factory just release a single, ridiculously expensive package with the full run of MST3K, but of the stuff that's been released so far, this volume's a highlight for me. Space Mutiny 's pretty good, but Raul Julia's performance in the breathtaking made-for-PBS sci-fi epic Overdrawn at the Memory Bank needs to be seen to be believed. It makes Street Fighter seem like a dignified way to go out.
Star Trek: The Original Series - Seasons 1-3 [Blu-ray] 
It's true, JJ Abrams reminded me what I already knew: Star Trek is awesome. A nice, crisp transfer of the original 35MM filmstock, plus the option to toggle between the original special effects and the (tastefully restrained) new CG effects shots, make this a must-have for me.
Star Trek: The Original Series: Classic Captain's Chair Replica 
Is there a simultaneously more awesome and tragic way to spend three thousand dollars? Probably, but I can't think of anything off the top of my head.
Apples to Apples Party Box - The Game of Hilarious Comparisons
My girlfriend turned me onto Apples to Apples a few years ago, and it's an ideal way to make interacting with your family during the holidays more bearable. Also available in Junior, Jewish, and Bible editions. Weird.
Apple MacBook Pro MB991LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop 
SPEAKING OF APPLES!!! Going into its third year of service, my current MacBook is starting to feel its age.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Its A Very Sunny Christmas 
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is basically a live-action South Park but with a central cast that is more openly vulgar, stupid, selfish, and hateful. This is their Christmas special. Happy holidays!
In proper Beatles fan fashion, I'd just like to declare “Hey Bulldog” as the best, most underappreciated song in the band's catalog. Discuss!

 It's bacon!

Omaha Steaks Precooked Bacon Slices 
As novel as the whole bacon-flavored food craze is, you can't beat straight-up bacon. This is 100 strips of pre-cooked bacon, the perfect gift for your loved ones who love life, but hate living it.
Trademark 10-HT1F 84 x 42 Texas Holdem Poker Padded Folding Table 
As a first-time homeowner, I can't help but feel like my house won't be a home until it features a large, permanent poker table.
TOTO Seats SW554 01 Washlet S300 Toilet Seat - Elongated, Cotton  
I threw something similar to this on last year's list. It's a year later, and I don't have a crazy-expensive toilet seat that performs all manner of magical feats on one's undercarriage. What is this, communist Russia?

Jeff doesn't know it's Christmas.


 See, it says 'executive' right on it. So you know it's for me! 

Kindle DX 
This is something I'd probably dig, but would never buy myself... because I typically buy one to three books a year. Right around the time I get into the second book I think "man, I should get a Kindle." But that would just be stupid.
Executive Draw Poker
I live a life of elegance and I demand the finest video poker that money can buy. Thankfully, this one has been helpfully marked "executive," so you know it's good.
Moose Mountain 100 balls in a mesh bag 
I'm still thinking about sectioning off my living room and turning it into a giant ball pit. Come on, that'd be rad.
Apple Cinema 30-inch HD Flat-Panel Display 
The four screens I currently have don't heat up the room enough. This second, gigantic monitor should do the trick. Naked computing, here I come! 

  Combine with Commando Pro for extended range!

LG 27in Washing Machine Front Load - Cherry Red 
My current washing machine is a complete pile of junk. Also, this one is cherry red.
Cold Steel Knife Voyager XL 
I don't know about you, but nothing makes sitting on the couch and watching mindless television more enjoyable than having a gigantic knife to play carefully flip open and shut over and over again. This one can stab through the hood of a car.
Victor Electronic Rat Trap 
The only good rat is a dead rat.
iTouchless Bio-Matic Fingerprint Door Lock For Right Hand Door, Silver 
Keys are so played. If I could use fingerprints to open my front door, we'd be living in the future. Next up, voice verification. At that point, I'd just feel like I was living inside Sneakers 24/7.

  Rats check in, but THEY DON'T CHECK OUT.

Valley-Dynamo Hot Flash 2 
My air hockey dream continues to be unfufilled. This one has room for a black light to make stuff glow.
State by State With the State: An Uninformed, Poorly Researched Guide to the United States 
OK, you got me. I already own a copy of this that I bought when it was new, and it's terrific. But since then, it's gone on to become some kind of collector's item. So I figure I should probably start hoarding them. When the apocalypse comes, pages from this book will be the only hard currency left!

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Posted by atomic_dumpling

A SSD drive is tempting technology indeed.

Posted by GrimCrossFade

Top Chef is so awesome!

Posted by nrain

No Dave :O
Posted by Aarny91

I never knew Brad was a fan(ish) of SK :D

Posted by WulfBane

Wait a sec Amazon.  So the Nintendo 2000-Point Card they have has a list price of $24.99?  Thank goodness they have it on sale for $19.96 to save you $5.03 from their price (as opposed to the $0.04 it would be if you bought the points directly from the Wii or DSi)

Posted by Wright is soooooo much better then

Posted by supermike6

I agree with Ryan, Hey Bulldog is one of my favourite Beatles songs. Also, 100 strips of bacon would last me about a month.

Posted by sloppyjoe

Brad's got the best list

Edited by MeatSim

My favorites from this guide. 
Uranium Ore, for obvious reasons 
Spear gun
Hickory Farms Reunion Gift Box, I just want the stick of beef
Wall Mount Fish Ball
 MST3k collection vol. 4, I like me some MST3k! 
Omaha Steaks precooked bacon slices, BACON
100 balls in a mesh bag, x100 and turn your entire house into a ball pit
Cold Steel Knife Voyager XL, cool knife but Commando Pro is my choice perk in MW2 so I appreciated the reference

Posted by gakon

"Literature doesn't happen by mistake, unless you're Stephen King." - my AP Literature teacher.

Posted by JackiJinx

No Dave contribution? Daw. 
Brad knows where it at. Also, totally awesome idea for an in house ball pit, just put it in the office to distract everyone all day.

Posted by opivypunk

In Soviet Russia toilet seat cleans you!

Edited by ashton

Man how does Hickory Farms make it on at least one persons list each year?!?
And YES Ryan, Apples to Apples is amazing sober or drunk (preferably the later)

Posted by Meltbrain

Haha, fantastic lists. I wish mine was this interesting and silly.

Posted by Tarakun

YEAH MST3K! Ryan is officially the coolest guy ever. 

Posted by Undeadpool

I have that MST set that Ryan's talking about and people forget that Girl With Gold Boots is actually one of the funniest episodes from that series. The sketches in between are all great, the movie is atrociously edited and comes with the brilliant "twist" of the romantic lead being a *gasp* DRAFT DODGER!

Posted by Teoball

Heh, I got the LED faucet lights last year and picked up a LED shower head at the same time. It's cool!

I also picked up a 360 arcade about 3 months ago since the one I had didn't have HDMI. Well, I'm still using the component one. Having a spare 360 is good I guess?

The Star Trek blu-rays are on my wishlist too.


Great lists guys.

Posted by ThePhantomnaut
@opivypunk said:
" In Soviet Russia toilet seat cleans you! "
Ha ha ha.
Posted by destruktive

why do I own more than one of the things on that list? o,o

Posted by HistoryInRust


I think I could get you a box of the bacon slices. Pretty sure.

Posted by JoelTGM

haha, nuclear grade duct tape?
"When we found cracks in the containment structure, we used to have to shut the whole plant down; then there was a lot of hassle with the nuclear regulatory agency about structural integrity and environmental contamination. With this quality duct tape, that's all in the past. Now, when we see a cracked or crumbling wall, we just bring out the tape."

Posted by Cory_and_Trevor

I want all of these items.  Escpescially the electroninc rat trap!

Posted by Brake

I fully endorse Ryan's MST3K love!

Posted by Landon

I already have that Sonic DVD lol.

Posted by Afroman269

I love how they shit on other site's gift guides because what they say is true. Gamespot's gift guide is quite pointless.

Posted by Dethfish

OK, Ryan's awesome for putting the Sunny in Philadelphia Christmas Special on his list. Brad, Fight Club is so much better than Benjamin Button. Maybe if Benjamin Button had Ed Norton in it then it might be better.
No Turbo Man Doll on this list though? Hm, you guys must already have one.

Posted by SleepyDoughnut

Uranium Ore has some of the most entertaining and clever customer reviews I've seen.

Posted by Kibblez

Ryan wins because of the Sunny christmas special.

Posted by nick_verissimo

The main thing I got out of this list is that the Canadian Amazon site sucks compared to the American one.  I WANT RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS TO BE DELIVERED TO MY DOORSTEP!!!

Posted by buzz_killington

I guess Amazon does have everything.

Posted by Ransome

whoa guys thats alot of stuff idk if i can get you all this but i will try

Posted by BiG_Weasel

Re: State by State with The State... I gotta say one thing: 
"I wanna dip my balls in it".

Posted by Sarumarine

Ryan is awesome for rocking the MST3K set. I have that one and it is probably one of the best. Space Mutiny is one of the best episodes ever if not for the many nicknames of the lead role they come up with throughout the movie.

 Big McLargeHuge!

Posted by pandemic

Can I just say that the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Christmas special is absolutely fantastic, and for anyone who may think that the show is making a downhill turn, just give the movie a look and laugh heartily with me as you realize that they've still got what it takes to make a hilarious-ass show.

Posted by Xeiphyer

I have that subwoofer! I bought it the day after christmas (boxing day) for $100! =p but I haven't picked up the rest of my speaker system.. so I only have a bigass subwoofer in a box right now. Sweet. =P

Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff

So many cool things that I never need but that I really want. I need that faucet light!

Posted by Asembo
@Kibblez said:
" Ryan wins because of the Sunny christmas special. "
Posted by transience

props to Brad for name-dropping Air. Love 2 is not a very good album though.. need to get some of the older stuff, 10k hz and Moon Safari and Talkie Walkie are all fantastic.

Posted by Aaron_G

A great list guys, be checking your mail!

Posted by Claude

That rat trap is cool and all, but I want this one.

Posted by Balizar

hey Jeff, how about this for your door    

Posted by AgentofChaos

I LOVE the reviews for the Uranium on

Posted by TabooTongue

I noticed there is no Night vision on Jeff's list, but that Fishbowl on Vinny's is pretty cool.

Posted by Geno

"Going into its third year of service, my current MacBook is starting to feel its age."
Lol, Macbooks feel their age the second they are made.


keep checking your post box
Posted by Kolonel_Kool

Jaleel Wight was the voice of Sonic... weird. Urkel the Hedgehog!

Posted by Death_Burnout
Where's Sinbad In all of this!?
Posted by cozmachine

PREDATOR just might be the best movie ever. ever.

Posted by Psyreality
@Driadon: Dude, thank you for informing me about the marvel that is "the Donk". Those user reviews are very astute. I was going to get one until a reviewer explained that it didn't really work well in a drunken rampage. If that's the case, I'm not sure if I could ever find a use for it :-)
Posted by Leo

So, apparently Jeff reads xkcd. Awesome!

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