With Christmas now behind us, many people are spending this week returning unwanted gifts ranging from socks to ugly sweaters. But before you cash in those store credits, we thought we would share a list of cool Christmas gifts that we all wish were under our tree this year.
Only BMW has the pistons to release a hybrid that could make a debut in a Mission Impossible movie. Announced as an actual production car the Vision, or i8 as it will be called, will be produced at the beginning of 2013 with the BMW i3 as part of a completely separate line of BMW”s to push the Hybrid sector of the company. You can see it now in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in theaters everywhere.
Psycho Plates are the brainchild of artist Isabelle Foirest and make use of the popular Rorschach test used in modern psychology. The plates come in a set of four designs that beg the question of “what do you see”, and also compliment the craziest of dinner palates. Cost is $180 for the set. www.fitzsu.com
Now we are one step closer to flying like Iron Man. Zapata Racing has introduced the first aqua jet suit called the Flyboard. It connects to the jet exit on a JetSki, and propels water through a tube to a foot harness and hand held “poles” that all project a strong jet of water. As impressive as it is simple, the Flyboard is on the market for $6,700.
While a block of knives can be helpful in any kitchen, space is also a factor in displaying them. The Nesting Knives have solved this by combining the knives within each other much in the way of Russian Nesting Dolls. Designer Mia Schmallenbach used the Fibonacci sequence to draw a diagram and plot points and join them in a way that the knives took shape themselves. The set is $858. www.amazon.com
World”s Largest Gummy Bear
Gummy bears have been around since 1967, but have remained much the same in size and character. Introducing the World”s largest Gummy Bear. Each is over 5 lbs., boasts 90 servings, larger than a football and are only $29.95. www.giantgummybears.com
Straight out of Dali”s painting The Persistence of Time, the Melting Clock is fully functional and will hang on any ledge with ease. The best thing is it is affordable at only $14.99 each. www.thinkgeek.com
Knuckle Meat Pounder
Now you can don Brass Knuckles legally and beat your meat at the same time. The Knuckle Meat Pounder is the perfect combo of style and angst and is available for a mere $13. Happy Pounding. www.whatonearthcatalog.com
Behringer iNuke Boom
Now that the iPod and iPhone have made their mark on the audio society, there are plenty of choices to dock your music on and blast your favorite Cher track. But what if you want the volume to go to 11 and scare your neighbors? Behringer has released the iNuke Boom and brought the whole industry to their knees with 10,000 watts of loud, crisp power. Weighing in at 700lbs, you will need a couple of roadies to load it off your tour bus. www.behringer.com
Confederate Motorcycles X132 Hellcat
At a light 475 pounds, the X132 Hellcat is as striking to look at as it is to ride. With a 2,200 CC V-twin engine in an engine case made from just two blocks of billet 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum. Not only does this make it exceptionally light but more solid than most any engine ever made for a motorcycle. At a cost of $45,000 it may only be for the most loyal of motorcycle enthusiasts. www.workandcycle.com
Maybe buying gifts isn”t your thing. If originality is the only gift you would like to give or get this year, let us introduce you to the Makerbot Thing-O-Matic 3D printer. Capable of creating any object you can fathom and enter into its software by computer, the Makerbot Thing-O-Matic is practically like creating anything out of thin air, or plastic as it is. Most 3D printers are expensive considering they are made for manufacturing companies but the Makerbot is accessible to the rest of us at a scant $1,100. www.makerbot.com