The Modern Age’s 2005 Gift Guide for Hipsters

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been going crazy over few week trying to thinking of presents for the holidays. Here are some cute/ cool/ amusing ideas I came across. Note: Buy soon! Most merchants are requiring purchases be made in the next few days in order to receive your merchandise by December 23rd.

For your favorite Stroke

Get a hysterical “High-Top Holiday Stockingpad” from the New York City Library gift shop. Here’s their description: “For the sneaker set, the High-Top Holiday Stocking. It’s handmade of cotton and denim, with a jingle bell sewn into the white taffeta lining, has a navy blue velvet backing, and measures about 7 1/2″ x 19″.”

For your friend who totally thinks it’s still 2002

I recommend The Hives “Tussles in Brussels” DVD. Yah, I too can hardly believe that The Hives have a DVD out as well. Seriously, when was the last time you thought about them or Sahara Hotnights? 2003? Their last album didn’t make so much of an impact as their “old is new” record, Vendi Vidi Vicious, which made them English-speaking music magazine staples. But anyway, the DVD is over 2 hours of concert footage, mini documentary, and videos. And Pele and his brother are pretty sweet on the eyes as per usual.

For your friend who pushes papers around all day long…and hates it

What could possibly say “I feel your corporate job pain” more than a lovely member of The Cubes. Yes, it’s the action figure for the common man. You can choose from an assortment of cube-dwellers who come complete with their own little plastic cubicle. If you’re feeling like spending a little extra dough, shell out for the water cooler station and/or the copy room.

For your adorable Japanese girlfriend who wants to be in a punk band.

Time to break out the Kitty, as in Hello Kitty. Uh huh, such a thing as the Hello Kitty Stratocaster and Badtz-Maru Bass exists and they are both made by Fender. What girly-girl could resist such a cute cute cute musical instrument? She will not be able to–and if you’re lucky, you could be her first groupie.

For the friend who thinks he’s Chris Martin/ Bono/ Bob Geldof

Your friend doesn’t appreciate such worldy, material gifts like the other items listed here. He’s all about feeding the hungry and helping the poor. If he were famous, he’d be making political statments just like his heros. Avoid getting lectured about starving children in Cambodia and give him the gift of Oxfam.

For your angry, tortured teenage sister or your boyfriend/girlfriend who you met at Warped Tour

Ohmigod! When I first heard about these My Chemical Romance “action figures” I thought it was totally ridiculous. But then I thought about it and realized that I secretly wanted one. I even found myself calling up Spencer Gifts on Long Island trying to locate a set, but sadly the woman didn’t even know what My Chemical Romance was. Maybe if I get up enough courage I’ll start scouting out my local Hot Topic for these hotter than hot items.

For your anglophile music friend who won’t shut up about bands with obscure-sounding names

Your favorite snobby music geek will absolutely LOVE this British Sea Power mug that lead singer Yan has personally given the “thumbs up” to. Check out his description of the drinking vessel: “I really like drinking tea, and these mugs are great. They handle Yorkshire Gold and Russian Caravan with ease, and are equally capable of driving home subtler flavours such as Linden blossom or Sage. Definitely a high performance mug.” Thanks to Vince for the idea.

For the biggest computer geek you know

What could be more perfect for your Halo-gaming geeky friend than a 500G LEGO-like hard drive? Nothing. Their made to be stacked, so beware–you may soon see your friend building computer castles made of these colorful little blocks.

For your tree-hugging, vegan, yoga- and meditation-practicing aunt/uncle

Your crunchy aunt or uncle will love this cute little loose tea kit made by Adagio that includes a microwavable, cup-shaped filter. The tea selections were picked out by Kevin Rose of Digg Nation podcasting fame. Best part is the set is only $20!

Stay tuned…maybe more to come if I finish my own shopping!

6 Replies to “The Modern Age’s 2005 Gift Guide for Hipsters”

  1. veni vedi vicious was an actual album, your new favourite band was the comp. and tyrannosaurus hives, in my opinion, is extremely underrated. i can’t listen to their older stuff because it’s so good.

  2. Oxfam is a great gift idea. It’s too bad that there really are starving kids in the world isn’t it? and worse they are dying from awful diseases too.

    But let’s laugh at Bono.

    Because it’s cool to be cynical.

  3. I think about the Hives all the time! For starters I have a photo of Pele staring at me from my fridge. And peter Above is spot on, TYrannosaurus in a fantastic album, I said it and always will maintain: the Hives are simply too good & too clever for mass consumption…But anyway, Pele always gives THE BEST music tips in interviews…He hooked me up with The Saints and the Compulsive Gamblers for f*ck’s sake…this man has got such fine taste it makes me want ot SCREAM!!! I just read something on, where he lists his favorite records of the year and I rushed out an bought Richard Hawley’s ‘Coles Corner’ and now everybody is my little household is obsessed with this record!

    Now THAT’s a Xmas gift list that you can trust…and I totally mean that sincerely & unironically…

  4. interesting, I was not aware of a hives DVD either. off to best buy!

    I’m a fan of the franz ferdinand live DVD, which is essentialy exactly what you described the hives DVD to be. at 9.99, it was a no-brainer to pick up.

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