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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How Much Do You Love Your Man?

Enough with the sentimental holiday traditions and the search for the real meaning of Christmas. Let commercialism reign! Girls, your husband (boyfriend, significant other, acquaintance), deserves the best, so you must do everything in your power to empower him with the ultimate Christmas present. Don't let your frugal habits ruin this holiday season -- put the dollars down and prove your eternal love. What really matters anyway? We all know it's the status of the gift that counts. And, he will feel better being the receiver of your superior gifting expertise.

On the sizzling site of Gear/Uncrate anybody can find hundreds of great gift ideas. I couldn't resist using suggestions from the site to compile a Man's Dream Christmas List, complete with gift titles, prices, websites, and brief description. The rest is up to you.... Have a Merry Green Christmas. Credit cards -- Charge!

1. Grill 'N Chill Tailgater  $3,000-$3,500

Forget bringing a simple grill — you can bring the equivalent of an entire bar to your next tailgate outing with the Grill 'N Chill Tailgater. It includes the obvious 24,000 BTU infrared grill, but steps things up a notch with a 50 qt. ice chest, a chrome tower draft system to keep the booze flowing, an included Go! Chassi for easy portability, and a built-in 210-Watt stereo with dual marine-grade speakers. Add in a TV, some chairs, and some companions, and you've got the makings of an all-star sports day, even if never leave the driveway.

2. Mitsubishi Diamond 82-Inch 3D HDTV  $3,800

It used to be that 80-inch TVs were the stuff of CES displays and rich folks' home cinemas. Not so with the Mitsubishi Diamond 82-Inch 3D HDTV. Beyond the obvious 3D chops, this mammoth monitor also features an integrated 16-speaker, 5.1 channel Dolby Digital surround sound system, StreamTV for on-screen access to web services like Pandora, Flickr, and Facebook, Wi-Fi with an optional adapter, and the Plush 1080p 5G 12-bit Video processor for smooth action and upscaling. 

3. Klipsch Heritage Speakers  $800-$4,000

Get legendary Klipsch sound in a package that would have looked just fine in your Dad's bachelor pad with Klipsch Heritage Speakers. Featuring the Klipschorn Floorstanding Speaker with 15-inch woofer, the Klipschorn-packing La Scala II Floorstanding model, and the complementary Cornwall III and Heresy III speakers, originally designed to serve as center channels for the larger, more robust Klipschorn and La Scala II, its got everything you need to give your home theater concert-worthy sound.

4. Gibson Dusk Tiger Guitar  $4,150

The Gibson Dusk Tiger Guitar features a Les Paul-like body, but with a flat top, tone-chambered back, magnetic and piezo pickups for traditional and more "acoustic" guitar tones, separate outputs for each string for crazy effects, a multichannel FireWire interface with Ableton Live 8 and Guitar Rig 4 Pro for even more sound processing possibilities, 18 user-programmable alternate tunings with third-generation Robot Tuning Technology, and an exotic hardwood body that looks every bit as good as it sounds. If you want to get your mitts on one, you'd better hurry: only 1,000 Dusk Tigers will be produced.

5. John Deere Gator XUV 825i  Starting at $9,899

Haul ass all across your (or your neighbor's) property aboard the John Deere Gator XUV 825i. Proclaimed the fastest, most powerful Gator ever built, the 825i sports a 50 hp, 815cc inline 3-cylinder engine good for speeds up to 44 mph, all-new front and rear independent suspension systems, 1,500 lbs. of towing capacity and 1,400 lbs. of payload capacity, with a 16.4 cubic foot cargo box featuring 20 integrated tie downs — perfect for getting rid of that irritating lawn gnome once and for all.

6. Cricket Trailer  $10,000-$17,000

With an odd floorplan and even odder looks, it's quite obvious that the Cricket Trayler has character to spare. Available in trims ranging from a bare-bones shell to a tricked out model, the 15-foot trailer can offer a stainless steel sink with two-burner cooktop, a cabinet, a handshower with curtain, a portable cassette toilet, a furnace or a/c unit, a shade awning, and a folding bed with foam mattress. Luxurious it's not, but it is capable, and will leave a more lasting impression than even the nicest Airstream.

7. Pinel & Pinel Arcade Trunk  $13,700 and up

Like a rollable Dave & Busters, the Pinel & Pinel Arcade Trunk is a retro arcade powerhouse on wheels. Featuring a 1080p LCD screen, a high-def sound system with integrated iPod/iPhone dock, and sixty built-in titles include Pac-man, Space Invaders, and 1942, this high-end gaming cabinet comes clothed in your choice of one of 51 colors of calfskin, which works with the chromium-plated dashboard and aluminum wheels to add a touch of class to your man cave or game room.

8. Tron Legacy Lightcycle  $35,000

From the makers of the Custom Batpad comes the latest movie-inspired motorbike: the Tron Legacy Lightcycle. While the movie doesn't hit theaters until December, anyone who saw the original knows the lightcycle races will be the highlight of the film, making the five Lightcycles instant classics. Unlike the Batpod, these are built to be street-legal, with custom 22-inch hubless wheels, custom Hoosier tires, electric or gasoline motors, two-inch hardened steel frames, carbon fiber/fiberglass bodies, and neon hidden behind frosted plexiglass for the accent colors, making this possibly the first vehicle with exterior neon even to be featured on Uncrate.

9. Predator Pool Table  $43,000

Your average pool table isn't going to intimidate an opponent, but the Predator Pool Table is anything but average. With striking, aggressive looks, the Predator features an 8-foot table, an aluminum and maple veneer frame with stainless steel cable sets, multi-bladed saber pockets, polished glass rails, black speed felt surface, and integrated ball return.

10. Seabreacher  $65,000 and up

What a personal submarine! Available in a 155hp, dolphin-inspired J model, or the more badass, shark-bodied 266hp X model, these submersible watercraft can reach up to 50 mph on the surface and up to 25 mph submerged, and are capable of high-speed dives that send the craft launching out of the water. Other features include a snorkel-mounted video camera, an iPod-compatible stereo system, and the ability to scare the bejeezus out of innocent boaters.

11. Terrafugia Transition   $194,000
Amazed by Scaramanga's flying AMC Matador in The Man With The Golden Gun? Now you can own your very own flying car. Or is that driving plane? Actually, it's the Terrafugia Transition. This "light sport" aircraft features electrically-powered folding wings that, when paired with the rear-facing propeller, allow it to fly at 115 mph for up to 460 miles. But should inclement weather strike, or you just decide to drive, the wings fold up and the Transition becomes a street-legal car that gets 30 miles to the gallon. It's the ultimate getaway vehicle, provided you, your sidekick/henchman, and your loot don't weigh more than 450 lbs. 
12. Terra Wind Amphibious RV  starting at $850,000
If you happen to find yourself in the predicament where you have a wad of cash and faced with the decision of purchasing an RV or a Yacht, Terra Wind is about to make your life just a little bit easier. The Terra Wind Amphibious RV is every bit as amazing as it sounds. One part decked-out motor home, one part crazy-looking-lake-going-vessel, the RV is the sort of excessive splurge that only an Uncrate reader could get behind. A few of the features include GPS, tons of leather, DVD/VHS/CD players, all major appliances (fridge, washer/dryer, etc.), an 8-jet whirlpool tub, marble floors and shower, a 42-inch Plasma TV, and a 6-foot swim deck that's perfect for fishing.
The Ultimate?

13. Strand Craft 122 Yacht  To Be Announced

There's streamlined, and there's the Strand Craft 122 Yacht. This amazingly futuristic super yacht sports a gorgeous exterior, a posh art deco-inspired interior with niceties like 52-inch LED TVs, Bang Olufsen sound systems, four staterooms, and salon areas, over 14,000 horsepower capable of driving the craft to speed over 50 knots, and an included handcrafted supercar with a 880hp twin turbo V12 engine. If only it included a beach house and a stately countryside mansion, it'd be the ultimate "lotto winner goes apeshit" package.

14. Eurocopter Mercedes-Benz EC145 Helicopter  To Be Announced

Mercedes style meets multi-millionaire transportation in the Eurocopter Mercedes-Benz EC145 Helicopter. This medium-sized, twin-engine 'copter sports a yacht-like interior with high-end upholstery, wood for the floor and ceiling panels, three multi-function boxes offering a cool box, cup holders, tables, monitors, and DVD player, extra storage drawers, a windowed partition wall between the cabin and the passenger area, and ambient lighting. Great for the high-power CEO needing a faster way to work or just dudes with more money than they know what to do with.

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