Christmas Gifts for Guys (appeared on air December 1st)

It’s the age old problem faced by men, we wake up on Christmas morning and find our loved ones have expressed their gratitude with the “traditional” gifts of socks, underpants and handkerchiefs.

But guys need better gifts! In order to avoid a gift disaster this festive season I’ve outlined a couple of my favourite gifts for guys.

(to view the video clip where Lucas grapples with the Black & Decker vacuum click here…)

For the guy who wants to get buff for summer:

EA Sports Active 2 shown with the Xbox360 with Kinect controller

EA SPORTS Active 2 is a suite of digital fitness programs which help you work out with the help of your games machine (whether it’s an Xbox, a Playstation 3 or a Nintendo Wii).

Follow the interactive programmes to improve muscular strength, endurance and flexibility, while participating in an intense cardio workout.

The version we have today uses the Xbox360 Kinect system which tracks your whole body during the workout.

It also features a heart rate monitor that provides constant on-screen monitoring, allowing users to capture intensity and optimize performance over time.

Price: $179.99

Product Website: http://www.ea.com/nz/game/ea-sports-active-2-nz

Available from: EB Games, Dick Smith Electronics and Mightyape.co.nz

Rating: 4 out of 5

Xbox Kinect System:

Current Xbox 360 console owners can purchase the Kinect sensor for $229.00 packaged with the Kinect Adventures game.

An Xbox all-in-one pack costs $499.00, featuring, the new Xbox 360 4GB console, a Kinect sensor and a Kinect Adventures game

For the guy who likes to make a lot of noise while working in the garden:

Black & Decker’s new Blower Vac GW2200-XE

Obliterate leaves and grass clippings with Black & Decker’s new Blower Vac (GW2200-XE).

Black & Decker’s new garden innovation consists of a sophisticated three-in-one system to enable quick conversion between blowing, vacuuming and shredding.

A multi-tasking guru, the system features an integrated leaf scraper for pesky wet leaves and a high impact shredder to breakdown debris to just one tenth of normal size. This accelerates the composting process and allows for speedy, compact disposal.

Price: $131.00

Available from: Hardware stores nationwide

Product Website: http://www.blackanddecker.co.nz/

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


For the guy who needs a rest after a hard workout or day in the garden:

Iwantthat.co.nz Remote Control Drinks Chilly Bin

Want some beer? Here’s an ingenious battery operated ice bucket/chilly bin that is capable of moving up to twelve bottles of beer to your co-drinkers so you don’t need to fetch another cold one. The RC Drinks Cooler features four sure-grip wheels exclusively intended to speed up the delivery of cold lager. Now you can put your feet up as you transmit its beer contents to your fellow boozers by means of a bottle top motivated handheld transmitter.

Pricing: $219.95

Available from: http://www.iwantthat.co.nz

Product Website: http://www.iwantthat.co.nz/remote-control-drinks-cooler-p-493.html

Rating: 3 out of 5.

All prices correct at time of publishing. Products subject to availability.