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Christmas Gift Guide: Debrief

Looks like I missed a few spectacular ideas


A remote controlled tank:

Here’s a remote-controlled, quarter-sized scale model of a German King Tiger panzer that could crush most other RC models under its treads. That’s not just because of its size — the World War II era panzer weighs a monstrous 550 pounds. Also, it’s six feet long, and powered by two 500 watt electric motors — enabling the tank to tow a full-sized car on an even surface.

The turret works, too — though it doesn’t fire (or at least we think it doesn’t). But the two-foot-long barrel is motorized to simulate recoil, and it even has speakers that blare the satisfying, heavy noises treads make while crunching along.

So, yeah, the price. With all of those big numbers up there, you should already be expecting this one right here: $10,000. The King Tiger is one of many model tanks of all makes and sizes built by the folks at Mark-1 Tanks, based in Great Britain.

A Bubbly Calendar:
Bubble Calendar

Stephen Turbek is selling a poster-size calendar covered with the plastic bubbles. Customers can pop a bubble each day to mark the passage of time.

The Brooklyn man says he has sold thousands of Bubble Calendars. A handmade calendar with paper backing is available online for $30 and a plastic version costs $50.

Turbek says it makes a perfect gift for obsessive people — as long as they don’t pop the whole year on the first day they get it.

And my favorite, Scottish Tartan Patch Pants/Vest:


We’ve sewn contrasting patches of the finest Scottish tartans—in authentic registered patterns—into a rich field of color. The resulting men’s wool vest (perhaps we should call it a waistcoat, in the British tradition) is perfect for holiday gatherings and any occasion that calls for a touch of distinction. Button front. Fully lined. Two exterior pockets; one interior pocket. Men’s wool vests in multipatch. Pure wool shell with 100% cotton lining and back.

Our men’s pure wool twill pants are constructed from robust 14-oz. registered tartan patches woven in Scotland to create a pair of casual patch plaid pants you can wear whenever cold weather threatens. Fully lined for comfort and an easy fit. Quarter-top pockets; two rear button-through pockets. Men’s casual pants in multipatch. Pure Scottish wool.



3 Responses

  1. I expect the next time I see Surly Dave he’ll be wearing this eyesore. It’ll look good on him though.

  2. Thanks for putting that mental image of Surly Dave in plaid patch in my head…It’s better than coffee

  3. Go one better—Surly in a kilt with that vest on. I think we found the perfect ensemble for the groomsmen at Ben and Faith’s wedding.

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