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December 18, 2011

SideQuesting’s Last Minute 30 Under $30 Holiday Gift Guide 2011 & Giveaway

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Written by: Dalibor Dimovski

SideQuesting Holiday Gift Guide 2011

It’s 2011. We’ve occupied streets, asked our phones where to find risque items, and survived countless natural disasters. So much has happened, but one thing has remained stable: We love to buy stuff.

Hence the need for another truly awesome, epic last minute gift guide from Team SideQuesting (2010’s is here).

The list that follows includes gadgets, gear, fashion, and objects that we desire, all priced at under $30 to go easy on your budgets. Now break out the debit cards and let’s get to saving the economy!

[UPDATE: Congrats to Brock Moses for winning the giveaway!]


And now, we want to celebrate the season with you! We’re giving away a BUNCH of iOS games to one lucky person! All you have to do is post a comment down at the bottom of the page telling us what your favorite item from this guide is — NOT THE iOS LIST, but the gift guide below. That’s it! You can enter once per day, from today (Tuesday the 20th) until Christmas Day at 11:59PM EDT. Full rules at bottom of guide.

The list of iOS games you’ll win are:


Doctor Who Tardis Cookie Jar

Doctor Who Tardis Cookie Jar ($29.99)

Taylor Bliss: Who doesn’t need another excuse for more Dr. Who swag? Do it in style with authentic TARDIS sound effects; plus, cookies.

Cable Monkey Cable Organizer

Cable Monkey Cable Organizer ($3.81)

Taylor Bliss: Messy cables giving you the blues? Throw some love at them and get the job done. Perfect stocking stuffer for anyone without a few too many cables

Energizer Value Charger with 4 AA Rechargeable Batteries

Energizer Value Charger with 4 AA Rechargeable Batteries ($9.10)

Taylor Bliss: Keep your electronics powered the right way! Using rechargeable AA’s and AAA’s might not have quite the same overall length per charge as single use batteries, but the time money and environmental damage you save on is more than worth it. This pack gets you started with a charger and 4 AA’s.

X-Men First Class Blu Ray

X-Men First Class Blu Ray + Digital Copy ($19.99)

Eric Smith: Everyone likes movies, so give them a comic book flick that may have been overlooked.

Audible Membership

Audible.com Monthly Membership ($14.95/month)

Eric Smith: Books are great, audiobooks are better… Especially if you have to drive or walk a significant amount.

Enterprise Pizza Cutter

Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter ($19.99)

Eric Smith: It’s a pizza cutter shaped like the Enterprise…do I need to explain anything else?

Netflix Gift Guide

Netflix monthly membership ($7.99/Month)

Erron Kelly: Everybody loves Netflix. Drop a tenner on your favorite person and shower them in quality content.

The Nerdist Way

“The Nerdist Way” by Chris hardwick ($12.77)

Erron Kelly: Help your nerdiest, most disorganized friend get their stuff right.

Electronic Guitar Rock Shirt

Electronic Guitar Rock Shirt ($19.99)

Erron Kelly: It’s a t-shirt you can play guitar on! C’mon, everybody should have five of these.

Decal Girl

Decal Girl custom product skins ($9.99 & up)

Jenna Pitcher:  Get a customized skin for that special persons smartphone, console or laptop. You can spend hours trawling through the designs.

Red Vines Red Original Licorice Twists, 64-Ounce Tub

Red Vines Red Original Licorice Twists, 64-Ounce Tub ($18)

Jenna Pitcher:  Ultimate holiday sustenance for extended gaming stretches. (Being an Aussie, I would floor spin with joy if I got this as a gift.)


Comixology Comic Gifting ($2.99 per comic)

Doug Lang: Comics are cool, and easier than ever to buy and share. Comixology, the digital comics site has a sweet new gifting feature.  Grab a nice handful of the new 52 DC comics, an easy way to get back into comics, as a gift for well under 30 bucks.

Microsoft Arc Mouse

Microsoft Arc Mouse ($29.99)

Doug Lang: Pros: looks dope, and you can use this thing on carpet, hair, nickelodeon gak, damn near any surface.  Cons: made by Microsoft.

Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard (Built-in TouchPad/Laser Pointer)

Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard (Built-in TouchPad/Laser Pointer) ($29.99)

Doug Lang: Tiny keyboard with built in mouse, like seriously the size of a TV remote.  Best part, comes in Pink.  Great for Cable (TV) cutters, or anyone w/ a computer hooked up to a TV

Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeable AA Batteries

Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeable AA Batteries ($17.55)

Tyler Colp: Scavenging for batteries always sucks, make it easier with rechargeable ones, complete with the ability to be charged around 1500 times.

Quickie Green Cleaning Household Surface Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, Multi-Pack

Quickie Green Cleaning Household Surface Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, Multi-Pack ($14)

Tyler Colp: Chances are you are surrounded by a bunch of electronic rectangles, do them a favor and keep ’em clean!

Rdio $30 Gift Certificate for $25

Rdio $30 Gift Certificate ($25)

Tyler Colp: Give the gift of a giant library of streaming music via your PC, Windows Phone, Mac, iPhone or Android.

Saga of the Swamp Thing

Saga of the Swamp Thing ($16.49)

Steven Strom:  The first volume of one of the greatest comic book tales of all time

Sherlock: Season One (Blu-ray)

Sherlock: Season One (Blu-ray) ($23.99)

Steven Strom: An absolutely fantastic interpretation of the character from the mind of the man behind Doctor Who.

The First Discworld Novels: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic

The First Discworld Novels: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic ($29.16)

Steven Strom: The first two novels of one of most long-lived and funniest book series of all time.

SanDisk Cruzer 16 GB

SanDisk Cruzer 16 GB Cruzer USB 2.0 Flash Drive ($16.33)

Lewis Garcia: Everyone needs to carry certain files and documents from one place to another.

Kids in the Hall

Kids in the Hall Season 1 ($1.99/episode download, $8 DVD)

Jon Kehoe:  I’m required to provide at least 30% Canadian content so here’s one of the best sketch comedy shows evar.

Bone The Complete Epic

Bone: The Complete Epic Collection ($26.37)

Jon Kehoe: Adventure! Magic! Epic Quests! Stupid Rat Creatures! It’s all here, in one hefty volume.

Whiskey Stones

Whiskey Stones ($21.95)

Aaron Kirchhoff: Put hair on your chest without watering down your drink.

Han Solo Ice Cube Tray

Han Solo Ice Cube Tray ($8.94)

Matt Wetzel: It makes ice cubes that look like Han Solo frozen in Carbonite. Do I really need to explain any more?


Reamde: A Novel ($20)

Matt Wetzel: Neal Stephenson is one of the best Sci Fi authors of our generation, and his latest work continues his legacy of amazing, engrossing thrill rides, that once they get going, don’t stop till the last page.

Duncan Light Up Freehand Zero Yo-Yo

Duncan Light Up Freehand Zero Yo-Yo ($26.99)

Ryan Gan:  New Year’s Eve is coming up.  Four words: Life of the party.

Kitty String

Kitty String ($15.99)

Ryan Gan:  So, you decided to splurge with your last paycheck.  You threw down $135 for a CLYW Chief, paid an extra $30 for the (super special) limited edition Meteorite colorway, and even got yourself the $15 Dif-e-yo Stainless Steel Konkave bearing to put inside of it.  You got your throw right; your bearing’s right; but how’s the string situation?  Don’t put yourself in a bad position.  Lace your throw with one of the best — polyester Kitty String.  Made in the Philippines to boot!

Pandemic Board Game

Pandemic: The Board Game ($26.79)

Dali Dimovski: It’s a great cooperative board game complete with players classes, a lightweight design, and a hectic pace. Also: The end of mankind.

Nerf Barrel Break IX-2 N-Strike Blaster

Nerf Barrel Break IX-2 N-Strike Blaster ($25.46)

Dali Dimovski: This latest version of the dual-barreled Blaster is perfect for office battles. Being able to store a few darts on top gives that extra advantage when you’re outnumbered behind your cube wall.


  • Contest starts today (Tuesday, December 20th) and running through Sunday, Dec 25th at 11:59PM EDT Eastern (8:59PM PDT Pacific).
  • Leave a comment on this post up to once per day, Tuesday through to Sunday, for a total of 6 chances to win.
  • Winner selected by SideQuesting on Monday morning, December 26th, around 12:00AM EDT.
  • Available to US residents only
  • Please see our official Contest Rules for more information.

About the Author

Dalibor Dimovski
Dali is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of SideQuesting, as well as the co-Founder of CarDesignFetish and the founder of MakLink. Dali is also a car designer, deejay, and introductory beer-brewer.

  • Brock Moses

    Han Solo Ice Cube Tray! Love it!

  • http://twitter.com/Gram_Cracker Grant L

    The Tardis cookie jar looks cool.

  • http://twitter.com/_skjl sjkl

    Thanks for offering so many games!

    This guide has so many wonderful gifts but I gotta say my favorite is the Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter just cause it’s so amazingly awesome! “You know that you and cheddar don’t get along.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordon.hiller Jordon Hiller

    Has got to be Infinity Blade 2, it’s gorgeous and addictive!

  • Throwthegnome

    So much good stuff on the list, how can I choose? If I have to I’ll show some love for Pandemic. It’s a great game. I got to try it at a convention

  • http://twitter.com/Gram_Cracker Grant L

    I also like the pizza cutter.

  • Jkrabbie

    The Blu Ray of X-Men First Class is my choice… I’m ashamed to say I missed it at the theatres, and watching it on Blu Ray seems like the only way to see it. Besides, I won’t have to listen to the guy next to me chomping popcorn.

  • http://twitter.com/ONoesUDidnt Jenn

    Gift-wise, I suppose the Netflix membership would offer the most bang for your buck. I have to say that I’m quite partial to the Enterprise Pizza Cutter, though.

  • http://twitter.com/bittripfan Nintendo fan

    Red Vines Red Original Licorice Twists, 64-Ounce Tub ($18)

  • http://twitter.com/BrianIMdiesel Brian Lepak

    The Star Trek Enterprise Pizza cutter makes me hungrrrryy!

  • at00

    The Energizer Value Charger with 4 AA Rechargeable Batteries – always needs refresh batteries – but X-Men First Class is a great movie.

  • http://twitter.com/mackslappy Jason Mackowiak

    Cable Monkey

  • http://twitter.com/CyanKrab Larry N.

    Scribblenauts Remix!

  • nygf

    The mini wireless keyboard is cool

  • A Parker

    Han solo ice cube tray is great, got one for my bro in law in fact @DontJudgeMyAdd

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordon.hiller Jordon Hiller

    Scribblenauts Remix was also an amazing purchase.

  • Jkrabbie

    I feel drawn to THE NERDIST WAY by Chris hardwisk this morning…It must be some sort of mind-hold from the pose he is taking.

  • Anonymous

    The Guitar Shirt!!!

  • http://twitter.com/BrianIMdiesel Brian Lepak

    Entry #2: 12/22 – Starship Enterprise pizza cutter :p mmmmm

  • Throwthegnome

    Pandemic is so great

  • http://twitter.com/Gram_Cracker Grant L

    You can’t go wrong with Red Vines.

  • Anonymous

    The Energizer Value Charger with 4 AA Rechargeable Batteries

  • Brock Moses

    Definitely the Han Solo Ice Cube Tray.

  • Brock Moses

    Definitely the Han Solo Ice Cube Tray.

  • http://twitter.com/_skjl sjkl

    I’d also love a tub of Red Vines. They’re so addicting!

  • nygf

    The cool mini wireless keyboard

  • http://twitter.com/CyanKrab Larry N.

    Day #2: The Microsoft Arc mouse is pretty neat!

  • http://twitter.com/Gram_Cracker Grant L

    The battery charger could come in handy.

  • James Campbell

    So many good things. I’d go with the battery chargers, but the Enterprise pizza cutter is pretty cool.

  • Anonymous

    Xmen First Class!

  • Jeff

    Sipping Stones. Wanna get my drink on while i’m scopin the treeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiiimmmmm

  • JD

    Some good stuff by top 3 are: TARDIS cookie jar, The Neardest Way, and Sherlock

  • http://twitter.com/mackslappy Jason Mackowiak

    Still going with the Cable Monkey Cable Organizer.

  • Throwthegnome

    I’m still infected with Pandemic

  • http://twitter.com/iTz_Dustin Dustin

    The Mini keyboard or the Han Solo Ice Cube Tray

  • http://twitter.com/damienp Damien

    The Bone Epic Collection is, well, epic. Great comic!

  • http://twitter.com/DontJudgeMyADD A Parker

    I’m a fan of the han solo ice cube tray (picked one up for my bro’ in law this year!) Thanks! @DontJudgeMyADD

  • http://twitter.com/_skjl sjkl

    I loved X-men! The Blu Ray would be great!

  • Anonymous

    The Energizer Value Charger with 4 AA Rechargeable Batteries

  • http://twitter.com/starkeee starkeee

    Dr. Who Cookie Jar!

  • http://twitter.com/BrianIMdiesel Brian Lepak

    Entry #3: 12/23 – Starship Enterprise Pizza Cutter WHY HAVE I NOT GOTTEN PIZZA YET!

  • Brock Moses

    Still that Han Solo Ice Cube Tray.

  • nygf

    The mini wireless keyboard is cool

  • Jkrabbie

    That Netflix membership is calling my name! Because if there is one thing I do not do, it’s spend enough time in front of a TV or computer monitor.

  • http://twitter.com/CyanKrab Larry N.

    Day 3: The Enterprise Pizza Cutter!

  • http://twitter.com/Gram_Cracker Grant L

    Flash drives are always handy.

  • Throwthegnome


  • http://twitter.com/BrianIMdiesel Brian Lepak

    Entry #4 – 12/24 – Starship Enterprise Pizza Slicer

    Captain I just don’t have the power to cut through all this pepperoni!

  • Jkrabbie

    I’ve been told I don’t read enough. Why read if I can listen courtesy of that cool audible.com monthly membership!?!

  • Brock Moses

    Still awesome, Han Solo Ice Cube Tray!