Falcon Christmas Gift Guide

December 15, 2010 — by Shivani Chadha, Izzy Albert, Karen Yang, Kyumin Shim, Synthia Ling and Rebecca Nguyen

DVDS/CDS

Toy Story 3

Woody and Buzz are back again to save the day in this timeless classic from Disney. “Toy Story 3” provides humor, adventure and emotion all packed together in this final adventure of the Toy Story series. The heartwarming storyline of “Toy Story 3” is perfect for the holidays, by bringing back childhood memories that will make you both laugh and cry. This DVD is an essential addition to any movie collection and a perfect gift for anyone who grew up in love with the series.

“I would like it because I have all the other ones, so it would complete my collection,” junior Angie Chang said.

Glee: The Christmas album

The Christmas album of the Glee Cast from Fox’s hit series features 12 songs, each with an original twist. The renditions are both modern and festive and include several group numbers along with a few solos and duets. The CD contains a mix of traditional Christmas songs such as “O Holy Night,” popular songs like “Jingle Bells” and lesser known carols like “Merry Christmas Darling.” “Glee: The Christmas Album” is a must-have for all Gleeks and music-lovers.
“That would be good because I watch the Glee series, so it would be concurrent with my interests,” senior Dorothy Tan said.

Books

“Millennium” Triology by Steig Larsson: 4 out of 4

This series contains the international bestsellers “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” Published posthumously, these addictive novels are crime thrillers that take place in Sweden. Larsson developed fascinating characters and an exciting plot that’s guaranteed to be a page-turner.

“Hunger Games” Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: 4 out of 4

Although it’s geared toward teenagers rather than adults, this trilogy of “Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay” is just as exciting as the “Millenium” trilogy. The story is set in the far future where each district sends a young boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games and fight to the death. It has a powerful theme of authority in society and human nature.

“Earth: The Book” by Jon Stewart: 3 ½ stars out of 4

The world is going to end and someone needs to record human life and culture for aliens who come to our planet after we become extinct––who better than Jon Stewart and the writers of “the Daily Show”? For those who hate text-heavy books, this book is ideal with its multitude of funny pictures and short blurbs. This witty, satirical book will have readers smiling and laughing.
Electronics

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Fly in a helicopter, shoot enemies and journey across snow covered terrain. The seventh installment of a first-person shooter series set in the Cold War era, “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” combines everything people loved about the traditional Call of Duty series while offering new weapons and first-person character scenarios. “Call of Duty: Black Ops” includes online co-op and multi-player modes that only enhance the gaming experience. With its cinematic quality and interactive story, “Call of Duty: Black Ops” will enliven any Christmas.

“If I got it, I’d like it. I’m a guy and all guys like Call of Duty,” said junior Shaun Chung.

Xbox Kinect

Xbox Kinect is the perfect gift to get anyone moving. Easy and fun to use, Xbox Kinect uses advance technology to sensor a player’s movements, making the player the controller. Xbox Kinect has a 802.11n Wi-Fi built-in which makes connection to Xbox LIVE faster and easier. Play sports and go on an adventure in the comforts of home with the help of Xbox Kinect!

“I would like it. Then, I would replace my Wii,” said Senior Gavin Chu.

Miscellaneous

Holiday Silly Bandz

As their popularity continues to grow exponentially, the Silly Bandz manufacturers have been making sure to create every type of Silly Bandz possible. These fun silicone shapes have become a trend among kids and teens nationwide, becoming an exciting accessory to trade and show off. For this holiday season, stock your friends’ stockings with holiday shaped Silly Bandz!

“I think that Silly Bandz make a wonderful gift, especially for the easily amused,” said junior Penny Burgess. “They are so fun to show off to your friends and be like, ‘That’s no blob, it’s a unicorn!’”

Sour Patch Kids Candy Canes

First they’re sour, then they’re sweet. Sour Patch Kids Candy Canes are the ultimate stocking stuffer this holiday season! Tasting just like the delectable Sour Patch Kids candy, these candy canes will have your taste buds screaming for more.

“It’s two great things put into one,” said junior Chris Vu. “You’ve got a colorful candy cane that tastes like Sour Patch Kids. What more could you want?”

Homemade Gifts

A homemade gift such as cupcakes, brownies or even a knitted scarf can be a more thoughtful way to celebrate this Christmas due to the amount of time and effort the giver invests. This holiday season might be the perfect time to hone baking or knitting skills as a thoughtful gift for friends and family.

“I think it’d be really thoughtful because it’s not made by some random person,” said sophomore Elijah Yi. “It shows that they put a lot of effort into it.”

“I wanted to get them something personalized so I get them the mugs, and I knew my friends liked hot chocolate. So I thought it would be the perfect gift,” said senior Grace Kim.

“I would want a gift that had a lot of love and care put into it,” said senior Allison Shen. “And that’s pretty important to me.”

Clothes

Scarves

Scarves are fashionable, affordable accessories for boys or girls that brighten any outfit. Keeping you warm through the winter, scarves can be worn as accessories year round to add a special touch to a plain outfit.

“Scarves are amazing, I love them more than all other winter clothes especially because they come in beautiful colors,” junior Ruchie Bhardwaj said. “My dad got me one for Christmas last year and it’s my favorite piece of clothing because it’s so soft and warm. It would be a perfect present and I would give it a 4 out of 4,”

Slippers

Slippers are comfy footwear that you can wear around the house or even outside when it’s not wet. Soft, fuzzy slippers are affordable presents that can be worn by both boys and girls for those lazy days when it gets really cold.

“I would love to receive slippers as a gift because I wear them every day, and get good use from them,” sophomore Jenni Miller said. “They are very comfortable, warm, and soft. I rate them 4/4 stars.”

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