It's pretty much too late for this post, since here we are at December 21st already. But I'm posting it anyway, because some of you might have Amazon.com's Prime (2-day) shipping, and if you have never had Prime, you can get a free one-month trial, and gosh this would be a good time for that. It gives you free 2-day shipping on anything you order, whether you're shipping it to your own address or to a gift address.
And also, I suppose you could still get to a store. Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha haha!
So, guys are really hard to buy for. I'll show you what I got for Paul, and maybe the guys on your list would like some of the same things.
The next volume in the Hikaru No Go graphic novel series. This is a series for teenagers, so if you have any teenagers to buy for I recommend it for them, too. I buy the books in groups of four, because they qualify for the "4-for-3" deal---so instead of costing $8 each, they're $6 each.
Perspective for Comic Book Artists is a book Paul got out of the library and kept talking and Talking and TALKING about how awesome it was. He and the kids were trying it out, and they immediately started producing some really awesome looking 3D drawings. In fact, this would be another great gift idea for a teenager, and why does my husband like so many teenagery things?
How Round is Your Circle?: Where Engineering and Mathematics Meet is not a book I would have just GUESSED he wanted. He had to do some pretty serious hinting involving a URL.
Paul's been whining about wanting a small notebook that has GRAPH paper in it. Voila: the Moleskine squared notebook.
Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchist's Cookbook is another one I wouldn't have guessed he wanted, but he said he thought it looked like a fun read. I felt weird ordering it, like my file was being flagged by some government program just for purchasing such a book.
A Man, A Can, A Plan is an easy cookbook marketed to men. We got the second book in the series as part of a package I won from The New Girl, and Paul REALLY liked it and wanted to make a bunch of stuff from it, so I ordered him the first book on the sly.
Paul is always bitching about how his measuring tape doesn't have METRIC on it, and considering we live in a country that uses VERY LITTLE METRIC, I think he just sounds like an ASS going around saying things in centimeters. But whatever, I bought him a metric measuring tape.
He looked at my Victoriana calendar and said wistfully that he wished there was a MATH calendar. Well, there is: I got him the The Mathematics Calendar 2009, and may they be very happy together.
Paul has a subscription to Make Magazine, but his subscription started around issue #10 so I've been buying him individual copies of the backissues he missed. Amazon.com has them for about $10 each, which is about what you pay per issue if you subscribe, too.
Paul LOVES Altoid Sours, and they used to be available at Target in 2-packs, but now our Targets only sell the mango flavor, and what Paul likes is the tangerine and the lemon. So I found them in a bulk pack on Amazon: 16 tins for around $25, which compares acceptably to the 2 tins for $3 price I used to buy them for. It comes in two boxes of 8 tins each, so I give him one 8-pack for Christmas and the other for his birthday.
Finally, here's something I bought SUPPOSEDLY for Rob, but I bought it because Paul was slavering all over it and saying how AWESOME it would be..."for Rob." So "for Rob," then, we bought the Rubik's 5x5 ($9 down from $30!) and also a copy of the book Speedsolving the Cube, which is the kind of book that allows your serious geek to "impress" people by solving Rubik's cubes rapidly with a formula.
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