I make some assumptions about folks reading this. You like sports. You like gadgets. You celebrate some form of the holidays, and you like gifts – big ticket and otherwise. That’s all good news for you.
The better news for me is that makes it easy to drum up a holiday gift guide full of items that fit the above specs. And we’re sticking to big ticket items. Let the other gift guides wallow in the affordable. Desire and envy are the starting points for all true greatness, so celebrate the peace and joy of the holidays with a little wanton avarice with my favorite gift ideas for you or your loved ones.
(And, if anyone uses the word Festivus anywhere near my list, I’ll come through the computer and smack him/her/it.)
2012 Scion FR-S
I did say we were starting big ticket. We kick off with a car. The Scion FR-S won’t fit under your tree, but it fit on many auto journalists’ gift lists for favorite cars of this year. It caused a buzz when it was announced at last year’s LA Auto Show, and it lived up to they hype at its rollout test track event near Las Vegas this spring.
This fifth car in the Scion family (with the new iQ, the xD, the xB and the sporty little tC) the FR-S arrived in showrooms with rear-wheel-drive, a four-cylinder, 2.0 liter boxer engine from Subaru and a D4-S direct fuel injection system from parent company, Toyota. It’s the kind of car that lets you feel the road – allowing you to drive by instinct and touch without excessive technological interference. It’s a driver’s car.
2012 Star Motorcycles V-Max
I had a chance to ride the entire line of Star Motorcycles at a special riding event outside Atlanta. The Star Motorcycles V-Max wasn’t the most comfortable bike there. It wasn’t the most fuel efficient or the most practical. It didn’t have the most bangs and whistles. But it was far and away the most fun ride of the week.
The power cruiser offers a 65-degree, four-valves-per-cylinder, 1679cc four cylinder engine to combine street ride and sport bike perfectly.
Mizuno JPX 825 Irons
It’s great to find any guy who likes golf because he will never be hard to buy for during any holiday season. Selling for $699 (steel shafts) and $899 (graphite), the JPX 825 irons (above) are some of my favorite irons of 2012.
Mizuno claims they’re the most forgiving irons in its history, and they throw out a lot of science that most golfers won’t understand or really care about, if they’re honest. According to Mizuno, the JPX 825 offer the Highest Coefficient of Restitution (COR) allowed by USGA for forgiving distance.
All we know is they feel great on the range or golf course.
Sony 46" HX50 Internet TV
This internet capable HD television (top) offers a complete suite of apps and access to online services like Netflix and Amazon’s streaming TV and movies. The HX750 is one of Sony’s sleekest and best looking TVs. It also has a special image processing engine for upscaling web video and DVDs that fixes missing image quality, gets rid of compression artifacts and generally makes streaming TV look like cable or satellite.
If you want to kit out the TV with other easily installable Sony products, I recommend the HT-CT150
Soundbar and Subwoofer with the Sony 3D Blu-ray player.
HRC RPHA 10 Motorcycle Helmet
A great example of how advanced motorcycle helmets are becoming in the 21st Century. The RPHA 10 uses carbon fiber construction to forge a helmet that’s light yet ultra-protective. It also looks cool as hell.
The 10 offers HJC’s RapidFire Shield Replacement System. It’s a quicker easier way to replace a face shield with a new one or a tinted model. As HJC puts it: “Simple and secure shield ratchet system provides ultra-quick, tool-less removal and installation for efficient operation.”
Nike Performance Hybrid Carry Bag
Nike’s new hybrid bag is designed for both walking and riding with quick click removable straps, an insulated cooler pocket, the Nike EquaFlex max air curved revolving double strap system, ergonomic design for ease of use and even weight distribution for improved comfort.
You get Stretch Fit pockets for your balls and tees and a ventilated die-cut air mesh back pad to provide increased air flow and reduce perspiration.
It also helps that the bag is as stylish as it is effective.