Feature: The PopBucket 2012 Christmas Gift Idea Factory

So Christmas is getting nearer and you have no idea what you want, or no inspiration for what to get family and friends. Well never fear, as PopBucket as scoured the web to bring you a selection of present ideas bound to keep everyone happy.

The Big Bang Theory season 5 promo shot

The Big Bang Theory Complete Seasons 1-5 – £40.75
Quite simply The Big Bang Theory is one of the best TV comedies around. Featuring guest stars such as Brent Spriner and Leonard Nimoy, the show has guests that all sci-fi fans would appreciate. Plus Stephen Hawking even appears on the show, and seeing him tell a joke is comedy gold. There simply isn’t a show that isn’t as funny and unique as this one. Available from Amazon

Tetris lights

Tetris lights – £29.99
Flash your retro credentials, and brighten up that minimalist apartment with this official Tetris Light that lets you redesign your desk lamp whenever you like. Simply connect one of the bricks to the mains and then as each new brick is placed into position they will light up. Sadly we’ve discovered you can’t buy several sets and make some huge wall of these lights which is a great shame. Available from Firebox

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 - Featured

Call of Duty: Black Ops II – £40
Some say that all Call of Duty games since the first Modern Warfare just rehash the campaign and multiplayer modes. But Treyarch have done a cracking job with the decades spanning Black Ops II. From horseback RPG battles in the 1980s to future warfare in 2025, epic multiplayer matches plus a proper zombie campaign mode makes this game extremely great value for money and will be appreciated by pretty much any gamer in the world. Available from Amazon 

Insert Coin tomahawk hoodie

Insert Coin Clothing- From £20
If you want to show your love for games in a stylish fashion, then head on over to Insert Coin. They’ve just a whole load of fab new ranges, such as Assassin’s Creed Tomahawk hoodie and dressing gown, Resident Evil button-through shirt plus bags that look like Mega Drive and Dreamcast consoles. It really is the only place to get game-based clothing that doesn’t suck, i.e. cover art slapped onto plain shirts. So what you waiting for? Get your geek on with Insert Coin!

Harry Potter Wizards Boxset CollectionHarry Potter Wizards Collection – £195
The most successful film franchise in history is now available in a limited-edition collectible box set. The most comprehensive Harry Potter movie collection yet, the set will include all eight films, exclusive never-before-seen content and must-have memorabilia for the most devoted Harry Potter fan. The Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection is a limited edition set containing over 37 hours of special features, including all previously released special features for all eight Harry Potter films.

Also included are nearly four hours of exciting, never-before-seen bonus features that offer fans an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Harry Potter franchise. But that’s not all. Eight pieces of movie memorabilia, designed exclusively for the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection by the graphic designers from the films, give fans a unique chance to bring the artistic details of the world of Harry Potter into their own home. High-quality concept art prints and a colorful fabric map of Hogwarts and the areas surrounding it. Available from HMV

Isotoner SmarTouch Gloves

Isotoner SmarTouch Gloves – £14.99
Picture the scene. You’re standing on the station platform and it’s freezing, wet and windy. You’ve wrapped up with your big winter coat, scarf and gloves but you want to check out your Twitter feed or your Facebook wall. Well unless you’ve got the gloves with little bits of metal in, you wont be able to use your smartphone without taking off the gloves and getting frostbite in the process. So ditch those rubbish, pre-21st century gloves and get these smartphone ready gloves. Available from Firebox

Halo 4 – £39.99
If you have not already picked this up for your kids (over 12s that is), then you are a bad parent. If you don’t have kids OR Halo 4, you’re just a bad person. We were immensely skeptical about the return of the series under the banner of 343 Industries, but we were so wrong. Halo 4 is everything a modern first person shooter should be and so much more. It also has the finest multilplayer experience since Halo 3. Untouchable! Available from GAME

Giant Edible Snake – £94
Need an energy boost to get you through your epic TV boxset marathon? Then look no further than this giant gummy snake from the US. Coming in blue raspberry & green apple flavour or red cherry & blue raspberry flavour and containing over 36,000 calories, it’s bound to keep you bouncing off the walls (or collapsed on the floor post heartattack) through those dark winter nights. If you fancy tackling this snake, you can import it from the States from Vat19.

Pac-man Cufflinks – £9.99
Show the world that you can be classy, whilst demonstrating your commitment to geek culture. These cufflinks are the perfect accessory to wear during those mandatory corporate get togethers that tend to happen over the Christmas period. Available from IWantOneOfThose.com

Total Recall – My Unbelievably True Life Story  by Arnold Schwarzenegger – £10
The living legend that is Arnie has released an autobiography that deserves a read. Everything that he’s got involved in, from bodybuilding, business, acting and politics, he’s done extremely well and has reached the top in pretty much everything he’s ever done. Plus he’s such a character you know he’s going to have some pretty amazing tales and anecdotes. Available from Amazon

Darth Maul lightsabre nightlight

Darth Maul lightsaber light – £29.99
Ignore the kid’s bedroom in the promo image above. This epicly cool light will look great in any grown man’s home. Available from IWantOneOfThose.com

 The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray 2D packshot

The Dark Knight Rises – £15
Get the must own Blu-ray of the year when The Dark Knight Rises is released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download from 3 December. In the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, Gotham City is threatened by the masked terrorist Bane, forcing Batman to return from an eight-year absence and fight for his city one more time.

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane. Available from HMV

Google Nexus 7

Google Nexus 7 – £199

Want to start streaming all your movies and read all your books on one handy device that doesn’t cost a bomb, while still getting full functionality? Then look no further than the Google Nexus 7. Offering either 32Gb (or 16Gb for £159), wi-fi connectivity and using the fab Android 4.2 Jellybean operating system, this is a device that give you everything you need for much, much less than iPads, a device which is looking increasingly overpriced in our opinion. While the Google Play store doesn’t have as many apps as iTunes store, pretty much all the things you’ll want or need are there, plus with many of the most popular games available for free (with advert funding), you’re saving even more pennies over the Apple equivalent. Available from Google Play

Lovefilm/Netflix/Now TV subscription – from £4.99
If you simply can’t decide what film to buy, you can also go down the movie streaming route and watch as many movies as you can possibly want or manage. But don’t forget you can watch TV episodes too, and Lovefilm also offers (for a higher price) Blu-rays and computer games to rent. Personal preference dictates which provider you go for as they all have exclusive deals with various movie studios, but no matter who you end up with you’re getting value for money.

Wii U console

Wii U – from £249.99
The Wii U has just been released so you may have to shop around to find one, but if you grab one you won’t be dissapointed. With a mix of staple Nintendo games like New Super Mario Bros. U and large supply of hardcore games coming to a Nintendo console for the first time in years, such as Batman: Arkham City and Tekken Tag Tournament 2, you’re not going to be short of games to choose from. Plus the unique features of the GamePad mixing up gameplay, sometimes new frontiers like asymmetrical multiplayer, makes this console an interesting proposition. And with the excellent looking Rayman Legends and Pikmin 3 due in a few months, and some time in the future a new HD Zelda and Smash Bros, you’ve got a lot to be excited about long into the future. And the chance to play full games on just the GamePad means you can console games in bed or in the bath, well that’s just amazeballs! Available from Zavvi

Author: Martyn Newton

Overlord of PopBucket and a gamer from a very young age with earliest memories including Theme Park, Detroit (look it up), Sim City, Championship Manager 2, The Lion King and Command & Conquer.

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  • Connor

    Those gloves from Firebox are an inspired suggestion. I might give a pair to my mother for her upcoming birthday – it’s not quite Christmas, but it’s still a damn nice gift idea. Debenhams seem to sell a very similar pair (still Isotoner Smartouch) for cheaper, though.

  • Yeah I think those gloves make a great gift idea, but I really want that giant edible snake!!

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