Online Exclusive: Collide’s Top Christmas Picks

By: Kirstina Bolton

  1. For the techhy and technologically challenged: Even if you don’t have an iPhone or iPod touch, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of the applications. These handy magnets will hold whatever you need in a visible place so you won’t forget. Besides, let’s face it, with certain old-school tasks, applications were coming up short until now. Here’s a gift that takes the app out of the technological world. App Magnets: $12.99 from www.jailbreaktoys.com.
  1. For the moviegoer: We all have a favorite movie and maybe even a favorite show, but don’t you wish you could watch those whenever you want? With a subscription to Netflix, now you can enjoy those classic musicals and 1980s flicks. With the TV connections to game consoles (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, etc.) now you can watch whatever you want, whenever you want. A three-month subscription: $26.97 via www.netflix.com
  1. For the music lover: Other than homemade gifts, this last-minute gift might be the perfect escape from school. The Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall releases student-rush tickets based upon availability, beginning two hours prior to select concerts. Visit the best of both worlds as they collide into an unforgettable musical experience. Ticket prices range from $10-20. For more information visit: www.laphil.com.
  1. For the gamer: Of all the games we could display, these are sure to bring together friends and show off your inner obsessions. Scene it? Games are releasing new versions for Harry Potter and Twilight. Not to mention, they have a plethora of classic shows (Friends, Seinfeld, Simpsons) and other movies (Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney, etc) Or if you’re more into the quiet, sit down and relax games, a puzzle of a hometown or a photo taken by a friend is sure to be a great way to gather around friends and take your mind off school. Scene-It?: $20 from www.amazon.com. Unique puzzle: $39 from www.catalogfavorites.com
  1. For the significant other: Which is better, exchanging homemade gifts or creating something together? Going out to dinner to a fancy dinner or just spending quality time over a homemade dish?  Why not do both? The Village Kitchen Shop in Glendora offers cooking classes, and Bitter Root Pottery in Beverly Hills offers full-length pottery classes. Not only do you get to spend quality time together, you also get to show your creative side. Cost: starting at $50 Visit www.villagekitchenshoppe.com and www.bitterrootpottery.com
  1. For the distant relative: The trick for getting relatives gifts is to personalize it. If you haven’t seen one side of the family for the holidays in a couple years and want to get them something that will help them remember the memories you’ve shared, perhaps a calendar full of family photos and memorable dates would be nice. You could even add humorous and unique dates like “Uncle Jack’s first (and last) time snowboarding.” Personalized calendar: $21.99 (www.shutterfly.com) Another fun family gift is a digital photo frame. These frames can hold hundreds of photos, can be placed in any order, and is sure to bring about great conversations between family and friends. Digital photo frame: $39.99 (www.amazon.com)

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