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The Tu Vez Holiday 2012 Gift Guide

Today is Thanksgiving and there is one thought on everyone’s mind: “What am I getting for Christmas?” The perennial question. The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, has become as much of a holiday tradition as eating too much turkey and fighting with your relatives. Black Friday and its lazy cousin Cyber Monday are the biggest shopping days of the year and pretty much keep retailers afloat. Luckily, you still have another day to drop hints as to what you want your relatives to get you. Do it subtly. At dinner just slip it in nonchalantly. Or you can go the subliminal route and say “Can you pass the (cough, cough) Galaxy s3 (cough, cough) the yucca, please?” So, here is the Tu Vez guide to what we want for Christmas.

The Samsung Galaxy S3

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the must have phone this Christmas. It has a cutting edge screen that makes all other phones look like an Etch-a-Sketch. The phone will be rolling out soon with the sleek Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” OS which makes the phone both incredibly powerful and easy to use. When you hold a Galaxy S3 it feels like you have something of substance in your hand. I don’t know how to describe it other than it has a nice “hand feel”. Its design is both lightweight and sturdy and doesn’t feel like if you are going to break it by looking at it the wrong way. Get it here.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

If you are in the market for a tablet, may I suggest the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. This baby works off of the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS that can run apps, the web, music, or movies equally well. It comes in both a WiFi and a 4G LTE version so you can stream old episodes of “Chespirito” on the go. It’s got a nice set of speakers so yo can bother people on the subway to maximum effect. And at $349 it is a heck of a lot more affordable than any other those…ahem…other tablets out there. Get it here.

Wii U

I’ve been a loyal Nintendo man going back to the days of the original NES. I just love how innovative they are, plus I enjoy playing video games about stereotypical Italian plumbers. The Wii U’s main innovation is its gamepad, a sort of mini console in itself. It includes both an old school analog pad and the Wii-like motion sensor. But, when your girl comes in and wants to watch the Real Housewives of whatever, you can continue playing the game on the gamepad’s screen. Do you realize how many times I had to leave Link dangling in some dungeon because my mom wanted to watch the novelas? Buy it here.


The Barmaid Margarita Salter

How many times have you poured the margarita in the glass and remembered that the person you were pouring it for wanted salt? Then you have to dump it out, wet the rim, blah, blah, disaster. With this little doo dad you salt the rim AFTER you pour the drink. Simply wet the rim and then run the barmaid across it for a nice even salting. You can put sugar in it too if you are making strawberry margaritas…you know…for your girl…I love this thing because I’m a huge “with salt” enthusiast. Maybe that’s why my blood pressure is kind of high? Get it here.

Das Horn

Who were the most awesome, manly, and scary dudes in history? Vikings. These guys loved to drink mead and wipe out villages on a Tuesday. We may not be able to pillage, but we can drink like a viking with Das Horn. This horn-shaped drinking vessel is made of a polycarbonate plastic instead of the horn of some hoofed beast. It also has an attractive rim that you can get customized, plus it’s dishwasher safe! It’s currently on Kickstarter but it will probably make its goal in the next couple of weeks. At only $35 it’s totally worth it. Yalp! Get it here.

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