You better watch out, I know you want to cry. I know you want to pout because it’s holiday time, and Santa Clause ain’t comin’ to town. Yupp, the holidays are here and Kris Kringle is nowhere to be found. You’re on your own. You have to shop… alone.
Sure, you can cry and pout. Sure, you can make a wish on a shooting star and hope for a room full of presents to appear. OR you can take a deep breath, take a swing from the eggnog carton and take a look at this gift list. I enlisted my CW44 coworkers to find the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Our staff is very diverse and unique in their interests, so I’m sure one of them can direct you to the right gift. Links for every item are attached and everything on the list is under $100.
GREG BLACKBURN, CREATIVE SERVICE DIRECTOR: FitBit Flex $79.95. Tracks your steps, displays your progress with LED lights, syncs wirelessly, monitors your sleep and is water-resistant.
“It challenges you everyday. And the FitBit seems to be the best when compared to the competition.” -Greg
ERICA HABEDANK, WRITER/PRODUCER/EDITOR/TECH SPECIALIST: Professional Car Detail start at $60. Makes your car clean! Just Google ‘car detail’ with your zip code.
“It makes me feel as good as I do when I get a mani/pedi… with a hot rock massage.” -Erica
JON HARSANJE, ART DIRECTOR/DIGITAL CONTENT LEAD: NES Classic Edition starts at $59.99. The NES Classic Edition system is a mini version of the NES, originally released in 1985. Relive your childhood with your favorite 80’s games like Super Mario Bros., Pac-Man and The Legend of Zelda.
DEREK HAUPT, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Dive Bar Shirt Club starts at $22/month. A subscription service that sends you a t-shirt featuring a dive bar’s logo from different cities around the nation every month.
“It’s the cool gift that gives all year.” -Derek
VAL PINCHBECK, PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/PUBLIC AFFAIRS COORDINATOR: $99. Sometimes cash is appreciated most, especially during the holidays when spending is at a peak. Put it in an envelope and hand it off.
“Because… cash is king.” -Val
T.M. POWELL, PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/MOVIE CRITIC: Marvel Legends Iron Man Electronic Helmet for $99.99. T.M.’s first pick was the Nintendo NES, but Jon got dibs on that gift. However, this Iron Man helmet is still a nerd’s dream. It has 2 glowing LED eyes, a magnetized faceplate that can be completely detached from the helmet to connect to the top and a detaching faceplate that triggers light up eyes and dramatic sound effects.
“Yes, I know it’s technically a toy, but I want it.” -T.M.
KEVIN VOYER, CREATIVE SERVICE PRODUCER: Lightning Hockey tickets start at $13.75. A pair of tickets to the game of your gift receivers choice is always a win. Sure, jerseys and hats are nice, but nothing is better than being there for the action.
“For a serious sports fan, there’s nothing better than going to a game.” -Kevin
TARA WIKOFF, PROMOTIONS COORDINATOR: Zara Mirror Embroidered Bag $49.90. Cross body bags are very in trend and the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life. This bag’s beautiful beading and embellishments makes it unique and perfect for any season.
“I love a gift that goes with any outfit!” -Tara
VERONICA ALFARO, HOST OF 44 ON THE TOWN: Star Wars Darth Vader Toaster $49.99. It’s a toaster AND it’s Darth Vader’s head! It even toasts the words “Star Wars” on one side of the toast. Wow!
“I don’t even eat a lot of toast, but I NEED this!” -Veronica
I think we’ve covered every type of person on your list with the help of the very diverse CW44 staff. Happy shopping and happy holiday!
Vanessa Rao | CW44 Tampa Bay