Okay, Halloween is over, that means there’s only 53 days left until Giftmas! It may seem like it’s too early to start talking about it, but yesterday when I went to Target to pick up Halloween candy, the Christmas aisle was already looming large with plastic inflatable snowmen behind the gutted and ravaged Halloween aisles. Like it or not, it’s coming.
This morning, I’ve been thinking about what makes something a good present versus a bad present. Of course, the holidays are not all about presents and it’s better to give than to receive but, let’s get real. I think we’ve all been disappointed at one time or another by a bad gift, or worse, ourselves given a bad gift or two. For better or for worse, gift giving is ingrained into the very social construct of the holiday, and it is unavoidable.
What is avoidable, however, is giving bad gifts and/or being shitty about it. So here’s what I came up with for gifts that you should probably never get anybody:
With the advent of fast fashion, trends come and go so quickly that even fashion people might be getting tired of fashion. Obviously, that makes it 10 times as hard for a normal person to figure out what to wear; trying to look trendy and stylish without buying a bunch of soon-to-be-ugly pieces that will fill up your drawers, empty your wallet, and leave you disappointed.
Well, the title is misleading, as the wall art is not new, and I am not the one technically hanging it, but opining from the sidelines and writing a blog post. You know, the hard work.
I purchased this poster at Fanime and bought a frame for it shortly thereafter (I’m against posters without frames, just looks cheap, imo) Obviously, it’s from one of my favorite games, Fire Emblem: Awakening. The work is called “Peace” by hasuyawn on DeviantArt (click the image to go to the work).
One thing I really love about Fanime versus PAX or other gaming conventions is the Artist’s Alley, where you can can buy fanart or even have some commissioned. It makes the whole experience seem like a community thing (rather than an advertising AAA games thing) and you can go home with a one-of-a-kind artwork.
I had been on the fence about the New Nintendo 3DS since it was announced. I was excited about the concept, but I really wanted the regular size New 3DS with the changeable face plates; the one Nintendo immediately decided not to release in North America. To add insult to injury, in North America the New 3DS XL only came out in black and red, which are excellent color choices if your company produces children’s battery-operated electric vehicles. So I had resigned myself that I was going to be stuck with my old original teal 3ds until the end of its natural life (which probably would have been the less wasteful option.)
Somewhere, quietly, a Nintendo exec made a decision to release the New 3DS, the normal size one with face plates, in North America. And it was going to come bundled with a little game called Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. It was never announced (to my knowledge), and it may have been a GameStop exclusive, but I heard about it and began my online visitations to the GameStop preorder page.