A man of your accomplishments in not usually labeled “good with his hands,” but in this case you might let the cliché slide. The Ping-Pong Blades ($90.00) by Broadmann, consist of two paddle faces with a gap in between, so you can insert your hand and wear it like a glove. This intuitive approach provides a sensory advantage because you can feel exactly where and how the ball hits the paddle. All this adds up to better ball control, a faster, easier game, and a superior backhand. Plus these innovative paddles will be a sweet addition to your Puma Chalk Ping Pong Table. But take note: the Broadmann Blades are not yet approved for international competition, so keep them stowed when you visit North Korea.
The Evolution Of Fast
The same way you’re constantly evolving into a smarter, handsomer, and more talented man, Ducati is improving upon its lightest Superbike to date. The Ducati 848 Evo takes it up a notch from its predecessor with a 140 hp Testastretta engine, beefier braking power, improved chassis, and a curb weight of only 370 lbs. Available in Ducati Red, Arctic White Silk, or Dark Stealth you can choose the color that best matches the latest and greatest version of you.
Get Hip To The Groove On The Go
You’re the type of cat whose life is like a movie–with a dang good soundtrack. But up until now, there was no way to take your tunes with you around town. Now, thanks to our brothers at Sony, and their new invention, the Walkman, your funk can follow wherever you go. Here’s the skinny–just pop your favorite cassette into this personalized, portable player, strap on a pair of lightweight headphones, and let Donna Summers do her thang. Just imagine–you can bring ONE entire album with you wherever you go. Dy-no-mite!
Geek Out, You Will
Once you’re absolutely, positively sure your new lady friend from last night has been seen to a cab (thanks, Jeeves), and the coast is clear, bust out your Star Wars footie pajamas and grab your stuffed Ewok—movie day is officially on! Star Wars: The Complete Saga ($90.00) (Episodes I-VI) is now out on Blu-Ray in all its digitally remastered glory. That means improved audio and picture quality for the Trilogy as well as the Prequel Trilogy, plus deleted, extended and alternate scenes, extra interviews with cast and crew, and enough documentaries and bonus features to keep you busy ‘til the Wookiees come home.
Eyes In the Back of Your Head
Now when you’re jumping out of a plane and into an active Russian volcano, you don’t have to keep flipping the camera back and forth to get the perfect shot. The Twin Video Camera ($82.00) from Ion is the world’s first video recorder that allows you to capture both your free-fall and your reaction to it. With four hours of video on a full charge, it goes easily from the air to the bedroom for an extended endorphin rush. Geronimooooooooo!
Whiskey, Soap and Cigarettes On A Wick
The guidos might have their “GTL” but a cool cat like you upholds the three S’s. Shower, Shave and Scotch. Which is why you feel so at home at the Blind Barber Shop. The old school shop features a dimly lit lounge and complimentary cocktails served with every shave and haircut. If you can’t make it down before your next tryst just light up the Blind Barber Tompkins Candle ($32.00-$88.00) and let the scent of honey, smoke, lavender and leather take you back. Pop open the Man Can, pour yourself a single malt, and recreate that magical place.
TV At 20,000 Feet
You haven’t missed a Bear’s game since the Ditka regime, but the broadcast schedule may not always align with yours. Now if the playoffs happen to fall on the same date you’re summiting Mt. McKinley, you can have your wilderness excursion and your pigskin too. The Tailgater By Dish Network ($354) allows you to access their HDTV system outdoors, from pretty much anywhere. And at only 10 lbs., your Sherpa can’t complain. Though the flat screen you strap to his back may be a different story.
Finding Love At Sea
You like your women like you like your seaplanes. Light and nimble. The Finnish know a thing or two about both, and it’s evident in their FlyNano. The seaplane is made of carbon fiber composite, and makes water take-offs or landings effortless. It’s powered with low-speed torque and minimal vibration of the electric motor so the four-blade prop noise is a mere whisper, making it easy for you to hear your Finnish supermodel girlfriend murmur sweet nothings in your ear during a fly-over.
Around The World From Cover To Cover
After college you backpacked around Europe, subsisting on nothing but PB&J and the occasional can of SPAM. But now you’ve got the time and money to travel like a big boy. Leave the hostels and pub-crawls to the kiddies and pick up a copy of Lonely Planet’s “The Big Trip“($10.00). Inside you’ll learn about scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, camel riding to the Pyramids in Egypt and tending to orphan elephants in Sri Lanka. If you find that life overseas suits you, you’ll be happy to find a chapter on working abroad. Teaching English in Ghana or yacht crewing the waters of South America might provide that certain je ne sais quoi that you find lacking in the states.
Siri On Steroids
From The Clapper to your dog Zeus, you enjoy surrounding yourself with things that respond to your beck and call. The Siri on your new iPhone 4S is delightful, but leaves you wanting more. Sure, she can schedule appointments, answer inane trivia questions, and make funny quips, but can she respond to you from across the room? The Iris 9000 Voice Control Module ($60.00) was created to be the woman Siri can’t. Simply place your iPhone into the Iris 9000 cradle and use the included micro remote to trigger Siri up to 50 feet away. The built-in mic on the Iris 9000 picks up your voice from across the room and the embedded speaker amplifies her spoken responses. So now you don’t have to get up from your chess game to check with Siri about opening with a Sicilian Defense.
Our H&H Gift Guides are a collection of gifts suitable for everyone from the tech-geek, to the carnivore, the metro-sexual, the ping pong aficionado and everyone in between. We hope you can find something to fill your gifting needs. Enjoy!