2011 Top Holiday Gift Ideas from Matrix Group

My son’s Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar reminds me that we’re about three weeks away from Christmas, which means scant time to find the perfect gift for family and friends. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you’re probably shopping for some people in your life. As always, I polled the Matrix Group staff for their top holiday gift ideas.

  • For the gamers in your life, a Playstation Move or an Xbox Kinect will let them interact with games in a whole new way. With these accessories, your body becomes the controller and you can run, jump, punch and dance to a new generation of games. My favorite Move game is Everybody Dance, which teaches you cool dance moves and provides quite the workout. I’m dancing every morning to try to lose the last of the baby weight. Hey, if Kirstie Alley can dance her way to a new figure, so can I!
  • If you’re looking for cool game titles, check out Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Batman: Arkham City.
  • In my office, we’re all about the techie toys and all things Star Wars are cool. James thinks the Lego Super Star Destroyer is super cool.
  • For a different type of game experience, Tanya recommends Dominion Card Game. This game is so geeky, it won a MENSA award!
  • If you want to shop for unique gifts that give back, Jessica likes The Greater Good Network Store. For example, shopping in their Hunger site raises money to fight world hunger and promote peace on earth.
  • Jenny loves to hop on Etsy.com, which features mostly handmade items from individuals.  I especially like the reusable paper towels and storage box and wallets made from duct tape of different colors!
  • Since zombies are all the rage, it’s important to be equipped with the proper zombie gear. Kelly has some great suggestions: a tactical vest, a zombie survival guide, and survival tools.
  • For the kids in your life, a Nintendo 3DS will endear you forever (well, a few months at least), and a Mindflex Duel Game will let them test their powers of concentration and use their brainwaves to levitate a foam ball (no kidding!).
  • For the movie lover in your life, we love the Roku LT streaming media box.
  • And finally, since we all mostly have everything we need and want in our lives, how about making a donation to a local charity? There are so many good ones in every community, we hope you’ll think of them during this holiday season. Maria likes Oxfam USA and Heifer International.

How about you? What’s at the top of your list this year? What are you gifting and what are you hoping to receive?

2 thoughts on “2011 Top Holiday Gift Ideas from Matrix Group

  1. I endorse making a donation to chairity, Joanna. I have another to add to your list. Generation Hope is a charitable organization that matches sponsors with teen parents who are attending college & are in need of financial & emotional support. GH has 7 scholars in our first year of operation and has just received our first grant. This is a new organization which is incredibly far along in providing services that meet their mission. Making it easy to make a donation:
    http://www.supportgenerationhope.org/get-involved/

    Thank you for considering Generation Hope for your holiday Charity giving.

  2. Great post. I never knew Lego Star Wars Advent Calendars existed. I’ve been doing some research of my own this holiday season. I’ve come up with the Best Affordable Geek Gifts. They range in price from $15 – $150. I’m not selling them myself, but there are links on my site to tell you where to buy them if you’d like. Check it out on my website, The Inconvenient Truth.

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