As the holidays approach, I’m sure you are starting to click around the web, looking for super cool gifts for the kids, the husband, and the other
friends and relatives you’re are stuck buying something for this holiday season people you care about.
The blog gift guides are exploding with
stuff no one really wants wickless candles, plush pals, and other useless items that bought their way onto holiday lists such.
But, you’re not going to get any of that over here.
If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a bazillion times, parenting BY dummies is about one thing and one thing only: awesomeness.
Meaning, if I don’t want an overpoweringly scented candle or a cooky looking stuffed toy wrapped up and shoved under my tree for a present, I’m not going to suggest any such nonsense to you.
I mean seriously, gift giving is an art, people. An art I’d like the people in charge of giving me gifts to perfect.
I’m not saying that it has to be expensive (although sometimes that helps) or super creative (actually, creativity is overrated, I’m a fan of just-get-me-what-I-told-you-to gifts myself), but it does have to be desirable.
So, consider pBd a resource.
A resource for gifts-that-are-awesome-to-people-who-rock.
Some of the items will have been tested by me and/or The Dudes (because some company some where sent them here free of charge)*, and some of them will
be the exact item that Dumb Dad better get me or so help me not have been, and their awesomeness, like pretty much everything else around this chunk o’blog, will be based entirely on my one-sided-largely-unsubstantiated opinion.
Please remember, I like pretty things that are, um, pretty, and sometimes (when they cost too much money for me to buy) I base their awesomeness completely on that fact alone.
Case in point…
This is a photo of Josh Kloss (he is the guy in Katy Perry’s video Teenage Dream). I like him because he is pretty and, even though I’ve not had the pleasure of testing him out myself, he is on my holiday gift list. I just can’t afford him and as of yet, no one has sent him to me for free. I don’t mind waiting.
Point is, some of the stuff on my holiday gift list will be based on my experiences interacting with and owning said items, but sadly, as is the case with Mr. Kloss, some of the items will not be.
Please don’t let my not having actually
man handled an item distract you from its awesomeness. I’ve done my research and Josh Kloss everything on my holiday gift list is pretty and awesome.
Lucky for you, I have had the opportunity to interact directly with Sesame Street’s new Wii games, Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure, and Sesame Street Cookie’s Counting Carnival.
We received our review copy of the Elmo one this week and lemme tell you, Dude #2 is all over this!
It came with this super cool Elmo cover for his controller (that only he gets to use)
and he has taken to playing EVERY game we own with it on (although it doesn’t work well for every game because it covers some of the buttons).
Point is, we give this game two thumbs up for three reasons:
1. It’s educational. Honestly, I’m not a huge stickler when it comes to playing educational games. We are a gaming family. At least one of us *cough*Dumb Dad*cough* turns on some gaming system every day anyway. We game (and yes, using game as a verb makes you cool, not dorky) for fun and entertainment. We game as a family because we like to. Having an educational alternative makes me feel slightly less guilty about allowing them to game, but since my guilt over this is super low anyway, it makes little difference and I simply see learning via gaming as an added bonus. But, if you’re into that sort of thing, then this is perfect because it’s all about letter identification and sounds.
2. It’s fun. The games are actually quite engaging
including the ones voiced by Elmo’s annoyingly high pitched baby voice and fun. For someone well versed in how to work a game system, Dude #2 did exhibit a slight amount of frustration over some of the designed-for-novice elements, but it wasn’t enough to make him turn it off or anything (and, in fairness, he is at the top of the age bracket on this thing, so he’s ready for a little bit more of a challenge).
3. You can get it on a number of platforms (Wii, DS, or PC).
Somebody should definitely talk to Santa about this!
Or to a super cool mom who plays Santa during the holidays!
You can pick one up for around $39.99 if you want the Wii title like we got ($29.99 for DS & PC).
YOU CAN WIN A COPY (PLATFORM OF YOUR CHOICE) FROM ME!!!
Courtesy of the Sesame Street game making people of course.**
1. Follow this here blog.
2. Leave a comment telling me
that gaming will actually make my kids WAY smarter and probably thinner too who your favorite Sesame Street character is (obviously I have some beef with Elmo).
3. Make sure you follow and comment by 11/12/10 at midnight Eastern time. Oh, and live in America.
Go ahead and see if you can get anything better from any other blog gift list! Only if you do, don’t bother telling me about it because it’ll wreck my deluded, overreaching opinion of myself, and simultaneously disqualify you from winning this contest.***
Unless someone is giving away Josh Kloss, and then point me to it. And, get outta my way.
Good luck and happy holiday giveaway wining!
*Actually, sending items here free doesn’t guarantee inclusion on my list, or even on my blog. Just had to tell someone today that they couldn’t have their product on my blog because it was bunk. It hurt them more than it hurt me.
**The “Sesame Street Game Making People” are Warner Bros. Interactive entertainment and the very sweet PR group they have hired.