Interesting christmas gifts? Show & Tell

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Pilgrim, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    My interesting gift - and one I've wanted for years - was a Smith & Wesson model 39 (actually a 39-2). This is the first post-WWII 9MM to be used by law enforcement, and predecessor to the S&W M&P series. These were made 1954-about 1985. I had one in the late 70's and early 80's while serving as a reserve deputy. Sold it to a friend, who sold it to my youngest brother, and I've been trying to talk him out of it for 20+ years. Now I have my own! My original 39 was one of the nicest-shooting firearms I've ever laid hands on, and I hope this one equals it.

    Tomorrow comes a trip to the local range with a chance to see whether this one is sighted even close for me - adjustments to follow.


    If you're not a firearms type, I completely understand and have no wish to offend. However, as a long-time target shooter, I hope you will accept that this is a nice gift of a beautifully made firearm.
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  2. I got a BioLite KettleCharge. It's a thermoelectric generator that doubles as a kettle so you can boil water and charge your electronic devices while camping or in the event of a power outage. It's a pretty cool gadget, I have the BioLite Stove as well, which is a wood powered camp stove that generates power the same way, via the thermoelectric effect, to power it's internal fan and charge devices like phones, headlamps, etc.
    What's more, it actually seems to work!
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  3. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I had no idea those existed! Cool!
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  4. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Way cool. I've had my eye on the stove for a while now.

  5. They're really cool gadgets. Amazing how much power you can get out of them. They do really work, not just gimmicks.

    I highly recommend it. It has a little learning curve but it's a great piece of gear. Make sure to use dry wood, I made that mistake once, but it still charged my phone from 30% to 50% battery before I got tired of waiting.
    The KettleCharge puts out more watts than the stove. So far I haven't had a chance to field test it, just in the house on the kitchen stove.
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2014
  6. capnjim


    Mar 13, 2008
    Another exciting X-mas for me! Wanna trade your gun for my gift??

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  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    <Groucho mode> Well, those certainly have sox appeal!

    </Groucho mode>
  8. I've got a first kid landing in early Feb so the only gift I got was a bottle of Woodford Reserve from my boss. EVERYTHING we've got is for the kid.
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  9. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    The kid makes a pretty fantastic Christmas and New Year!
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  10. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    New wallet, and a bunch of thermal shirts. I'm a simple man. :smug:
  11. Sure does! the Mrs's and I have been together 19 years... stopped trying to not be pregnant about 5 years into our relationship. We both assumed it just wasn't going to be... then oops!
  12. Texan

    Texan 667 Neighbor of the Beast. Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    Houston, TX
    My wife and I got t shirts from the Cancer center where my wife gets her treatments from her step mother. While I appreciate the profit going to Cancer center, it's a shirt that I have no desire to wear and harbors nothing but fear and tears. What a crappy gift...
  13. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    A WWI History book on Gallipoli

    but in the weeks before xmas I bought myself an MXR M87 Compressor, an MXR Phase 90, a Sansamp PBDDI and a Boss Bass Chorus that Aussie Post hasn't delivered yet.

    PS all the best wishes for your wife's recovery, Texan, keep your chin up :)
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  14. Bought myself a vintage crocodile leather wallet. It makes me feel fancy.
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I have a bad habit of finding stuff and buying it before my wonderful wife or daughters can. I am informed that buying for me is a challenge, because I'm also very specific about my likes.
  16. 48thStreetCustom


    Nov 30, 2005






    I got the Star Wars Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels. It has blueprints, descriptions and awesome magic marker renderings of 100 different spaceships, etc.
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  17. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy TV show on DVD...
  18. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Congrats, James.
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  19. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Gifts I bought myself:
    Lumber for a work bench.
    30" smoker for my balcony.
    aguilar db210
    New jig saw and sander.

    Gifts I got from others:
    Variety of homemade sauces from girlfriend.
    one off Kuat Systems Engineering t-shirt made by the same woman.
    Lego maersk container ship from my aunt
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  20. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    I have been threatening my wife with buying a theremin. When the Theremini (yup, kinda mini-theremin) came out recently, I told her I was buying one or she should get me one for Christmas.

    No idea why I actually want one as I have never even touched one. Just to be funny/annoying, I guess. Be fun to screw around with in any case.

    So I open my first gift and it is this....


    Looking good right? What box holds the theremin that will make the dogs bark, my kids scream and my band members fire me after I bring it to one rehersal?

    Nope. No theremin. My wife is a wicked woman and was just screwing with with me. When I asked where the actual theremin was she said "Not a [email protected]%#ing chance you are playing one of those in the house".

    I will laugh about this later likely.