Gamer Gift Idea: Kontrol Freek Accessories and Giveaway

Video gaming can be an expensive pastime, and buying consoles and games as gifts is pricey! With consoles over $300 each and new games over $60, you might be looking for a more affordable gift idea.

Kontrol Freek controller
My controller with KF thumbgrips and hand grips.

I’ve been given some very handy Kontrol Freek gaming accessories, and I love them! The thumbstick grips are textured and provide a great grip for running/sprinting and aiming. They come in a variety of colors and themes. So far, I am not a huge fan of the tall FPS (first-person shooter) sticks, because my hands are quite small, and my thumbs don’t stretch far enough to take advantage of the extra leverage. I need more practice to make the most of that style of grips.

However, I really love the look and feel of the low-profile and medium-rise tops. They don’t stretch over the stick grips like some cheaper toppers do. Instead, they clip onto the top of the existing sticks, and once they’re in place, they don’t slide around – even if your hands get a little bit sweaty.

Kontrol Freek thumbgrips
Kontrol Freek thumbgrips

The textured surface is great for keeping your thumbs in place, and helps prevent accidental slippage when you’re in a tight situation in-game. Of course, they can only help so much, and if you’re prone to gripping too tightly when you get excited, you will probably hit L3/R3 when you mean to turn or aim. That can result in you bringing your melee knife to a gunfight, and you’ll probably lose that battle. Or maybe I’m the only one who does that… haha.

Kontrol Freeks are available at plenty of stores, and thumbsticks start around $11 per pair. They’re available in a variety of styles and colors. There are thumbstick grips, controller wraps, and other accessories.

If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or affordable gift for a gamer, these are a great idea! And if you’d like a chance to try some Kontrol Freeks for free, leave a comment here and/or share this post. I’ll draw a winner who will receive a freebie from Kontrol Freek just in time for the holidays! (US addresses only.)

Thanks for reading, Happy Thanksgiving, and good gaming!

Minecraft Toys at Target

I live in a small Colorado town that does not have a Target store. During the two years since moving here, I’ve made a couple of trips to the nearest Target, which is in New Mexico. It’s not convenient, but I can get there if I need to.

My Creeper daughter at Halloween
My Creeper daughter and ninja son, at Halloween

Recently, I took my three kids on a Target trip so they could shop for Christmas gifts. They each had $15 to spend on each of the other two siblings. I wanted them to spend some time thinking about what to give, rather than what they hoped to receive.

At first, they didn’t know what to do. They were excited to have money to spend, but weren’t sure what to buy. I encouraged them to have conversations, spend time chatting, to get some ideas.

When we got to Target, we headed for the toy department. Imagine our great surprise when we found a small selection of Minecraft toys!! We knew Minecraft toys were available online, but we didn’t know you could get them at Target! We were so excited!

I forgot to snap a photo of the display, but here are the Minecraft toys we saw:

  • Creeper and Enderman small plush toys
  • Minecraft foam Pickaxe
  • Steve minifigure
  • Creeper minifigure
  • Enderman minifigure
  • Large Creeper plush toys with sound effects

There were lots of other kids crowding around the Minecraft merchandise, so we chose our toys and got out of the way. I have no doubt that the Minecraft section sold out quickly! We were there before Thanksgiving, and I can’t imagine they lasted past Black Friday.

So if you’re lucky enough to live near a Target, you might check for Minecraft toys. We also saw some t-shirts, but were disappointed that there weren’t any Minecraft LEGO sets.

Minecraft 6 Inch Figure – Vinyl Creeper

Find figures and mini dolls at Target.com! Your “minecraft” fan will love this 6 vinyl … [More]

Price: 24.99

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Educational Robot Toy – Science Gift Idea!

My daughter saw this solar robot kit in our Hearthsong catalog, and she is hoping Santa will bring it for Christmas. Ever since she saw the movie Wall-E, she’s wanted her own robot!

This one is a solar powered robot that can be configured into 14 different shapes. It includes parts that allow it to move on land and/or water. And it does bear somewhat of a resemblance to Wall-E! It’s $31.98 at HearthSong.

From the description:

Our solar-powered pal can assume 14 different modes, ranging from comical to educational, including a wagging-tail dog, running beetle, walking crab, surfer, and speedster. Yet it asks only for direct sunlight.

Here’s a video that shows how the robot works.

I’m kind of hoping Santa brings this robot for my daughter for Christmas. And maybe an extra one for me!

Enhanced by Zemanta

DIY Terrarium Instructable

Terrarium
Here is a beautiful terrarium with nicely written instructions. I’d love to have this little glass garden hanging in my home! It’s assembled with low-maintenance plants that need very little water. I love having something living and green in my house when it’s cold and snowy outside!

Check out the Instructables page and learn how to make your own terrarium. This is definitely on my list of things to try!

Today is a Woot-Off!

Woot is a super-deal site, which features just one deal per day, in categories including kids, home, shirts, tech, wine, etc. Every now and then, Woot offers more than one deal per day — it’s called a Woot-Off! It’s a great opportunity to cash in on more than one great deal.

The most popular items sell out quickly, so don’t delay! Check out all of the Woot sites to find one that appeals to you.

Woot: One Day, One Deal.

One of my favorite Woot shirts: I LOVE Science!
I Love Science

New Twilight stuff: Beautiful Beaded “Blood-red” Bookmarks

Hello, everybody! I’ve been working on some new Twilight stuff, to keep me from becoming too impatient while waiting for the movie. The latest: Silver plated, beaded bookmarks, with a gorgeous blood-red foil-lined heart charm!

The bookmarks feature a pair of blood-red droplet beads, finished with that especially pretty heart charm. The foil inside the glass gives it extra depth and interest!

I have given several of these bookmarks to friends, and they love them! They will make wonderful little stocking stuffers or inexpensive gifts for Twilight lovers ($7.50 US + shipping).

Click on a photo to view larger.





Customize this shirt with your own geek slogan

write on shirt

Here is a fun shirt from ThinkGeek. You can customize it by writing whatever you want in the white fields, wash it, and start over again! The marker is included.

How many different combinations of noun, verb, noun can you come up with? Make it snarky or sincere, frightening or funny. Express your feelings in geeky mad libs style! Having trouble getting started? Here are some ideas I came up with:

  • im in ur computer corrupting ur files
  • im in ur refrigerator eating ur treats
  • im in ur microwave popping ur corn
  • im in ur belly gestating ur alien
  • im in ur head poking ur brain
  • im in ur hatch pushing ur button
  • im in ur battlestar galacticating ur cylons
  • im in ur office toasting ur pita
  • im in ur castle saving ur princess

Okay, you get the idea. Thought of a good one yet?