Top 10 Awesomely Outrageous Holiday Gifts

Ever wonder what someone like George Lucas gets for Christmas? It sure can’t be easy shopping for the person who has it all. So it got us thinking. (A dangerous pasttime, we know.) If we had it all or we knew the world was going to end next year, we’d want to make THIS Christmas the best one ever. So we’d put some of the craziest, most-expensively cool items on our wish list. And that’s just what we did!

Although not necessarily budget-friendly, our list of holiday gifts below features items that are as awesome as they are outrageous (and for some of them, wildly expensive).

Isis Impossible Metal Puzzle

$179.99

Much more difficult than a Rubik’s Cube and loads more rewarding is this titanium puzzle from ThinkGeek.com. Solve this insanely impossible puzzle and you could be rewarded thousands of dollars in prizes.

Mega Deals at ThinkGeek.com

Helly Kitty Crystal Dipped Handheld Mirror

$350.00

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s holding the most expensive mirror of all? This limited edition Hello Kitty mirror is encrusted with Swarovski elements and comes packaged in a special jewel box.

Sephora.com Coupons

Victoria’s Secret Embellished Push-up Bra

$250.00

Featuring Victoria’s Secret most popular push-up bra, the Infinity Edge, this bra offers padding for lift and cleavage and is embellished with Swarovski crystals. Sold separately are the matching embellished V-string panties, for a mere $50. Not sold separately are the enormous angel wings.

Free Shipping on $100+ at VictoriasSecret.com

LEGO Super Star Destroyer

$399.99

This is the first time the Super Star Destroyer has been made into a LEGO model. But even more impressive is the size. It weighs in at 8 pounds, measures nearly 50″ and contains over 3,000 LEGO pieces.

LEGO.com Coupons

Power Wheels Barbie Cadillac Escalade

Sale: $349.99 (Reg. $399.99)

The elves at Santa’s workshop are just showing off now. This Barbie Cadillac Escalade features a premium sound system, chrome wheels, and the official Cadillac emblem on the seats and grille.

Free Store Pick-up at ToysRUs.com

CREED 250th Anniversary Limited-Edition Flacon

$1,750.00

What does a $1,750 perfume smell like? A special blend of iris, orange zest, bergamot, and vanilla. This limited-edition fragrance is certainly fit for a queen (no, really. Queen Victoria, Princess Grace and Empress Eugenie have all worn a variation of this Creed fragrance.)

Free Shipping on any order at NeimanMarcus.com

Jura Impressa J9 One Touch TFT Coffee Machine

Sale: $2,799.00 (Reg. $3,500.00)

This coffee maker puts even the Keurig to shame. A simple touch of a button brews up your choice of coffee. It’s capable of making coffee, cappucino, latte macchiato, ristretto and lots more, all served with a unique milk foam on top, if you so choose. It’s even integrated with a rinsing, cleaning and descaling program!

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Omega Men’s Seamaster 300M Quartz “James Bond” Watch

Sale: $1,657.50 (Was $1,950.00)

The choice watch for James Bond and a bevy of celebrities and sport stars, this Omega watch features Swiss-Quartz movement and an anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face. It’s also water-resistant to 1000 feet, in case you’re planning a little light scuba diving.

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Digital Jukebox

$4,995.95

It may look old-fashioned on the outside but on the inside it’s anything but. This digital jukebox can store up to 1,500 hours of video or music content, which can be transferred directly from your hard drive via the USB port.

BJs.com Coupons

Edible Gingerbread Playhouse by Dylan’s Candy Bar

$15,000.00

A whopping 381 lbs. of gourmet gingerbread and 517 lbs. of royal icing make up this enormous gingerbread playhouse, made by NYC’s largest candy store, Dylan’s Candy Bar. If the loads upon loads of cookies and candy that make up the house isn’t enough, it also features a lollipop tree on the inside. With a gingerbread house this big, the only question will be which one will rot first: the house or your children’s teeth.

The Black Friday Survival Guide

Despite our best efforts, we know not everybody can spend Black Friday on JoeShopping in the comfort of their home, dressed in a cozy robe and sipping a hot cup of coffee. Too many stores are having too many deals that are only in-store, and despite the hassle, they can be tough to ignore. So if you have to go out this Friday, here are a few tips that will help minimize the trauma.

Make a list and check it twice.

No, you don’t have to decide who’s naughty and nice — you have to figure out exactly what you want to buy on Black Friday. Exactly. Go through all the Black Friday ads, make a list of every deal you want to take advantage of, and note where they’re located. And keep your budget in mind — no need to shop for things you can’t afford.

Plan your attack.

If you get in your car on November 26th at 6 am without a plan, you might as well not go out at all. You’ve got to have a plan, and that’s more than just figuring out which stores open at what times (although you need to do that too). Questions to consider:

What store’s deals offer you the most savings?

Which deals are so big they probably won’t be repeated in the next few weeks?

Which stores might be so busy they might not be worth dealing with, especially if they’ll prevent you from visiting other stores? What’s the best route to take to visit all the stores you want to visit? How long should it take to actually do the shopping at each store?

Obviously, there’s no clear answer here — everybody will have their own unique schedule that will maximize their savings. Even if that means skipping the big ticket item that everyone else in the city will also be trying to get.

Be prepared.

Whether you’re the type who can get up at 4am or you’re better off just staying up all night, when it’s time to go, you need to be ready to go. Here’s an easy checklist:

List of items you’re shopping for and schedule printed out. All necessary coupons printed out, and all relevant flyers marked in case you have to argue with a cashier. The car has a full tank of gas. You have a full tank of gas — whether than means a pack of 5 Hour Energy drinks, a thermos of hot coffee, a PB&J, candy bars, whatever. You could very well be shopping from 4am to noon, depending on how much you need to get. Comfortable Shoes.

Stick to the plan.

We don’t mean just stick to the schedule, although it is important — if you’re stuck in a store where the check-out line reaches to the back of the store, it might be worth considering leaving so you can hit the other stores on your list. But the bigger worry is sticking to your list.

The whole point of a store’s Black Friday sale is to get you to buy as much as possible, and once you’re in a store, surrounded by hundreds of frenzied consumers and faced with endlessly unbelievable deals, it can be hard to resist not picking up a few more items. Don’t do it! If you didn’t need it when you made your list, you don’t need it now. Every single thing you pick up costs you time and, more importantly, costs you money.

If you guys have any tips you’d like to share or if you think we’ve forgotten anything, please let us know in the comments. And good luck on Friday!

And for you folks looking for Black Friday deals ONLINE (no need to leave the comfort of your warm, toasty house!), here are a slew of great online deals you can try to take advantage of.

Keep Calm And Coupon On

I don’t know about you, but hunting for coupons is actually very fun to do! Prior to writing for JoeShopping.com I admit I wasn’t very coupon savvy.

My mom always would tear out coupons from an ad or she would give me coupons to hand to a sales clerk, but other than that I didn’t really take the time to use coupons. However later I started to grow up and in college I started being a little bit more coupon smart. Especially when it came to stores like Victoria Secret and Juicy Couture, I always used coupons when I wanted to buy an expensive item.

Through the years I’ve been a lot better about using my coupons, but I think I could still be better. Here are a few tips that I have learned and I thought I would share them with you:

Look on the Inside of BoxesĀ

Before you’re quick to throw away an empty box after you are done making muffins or done with all of the cereal from within the box, look on the inside first! Usually cereal and other boxes have hidden coupons inside of them. Side note: this is funny, but even tampon boxes have coupons inside of the boxes as well! Sometimes the actual coupons are a part of the box, so just retrieve a pair of scissors and cut the coupon out of the box. Finding coupons in boxes are an easy way to save and plus, the coupons are usually for the actual products that you just got done using and that you also buy on a consistent basis!

Shop at a Sale, Leave with a Coupon!

If you go to the mall to shop the sale’s rack, that’s a great thing! In fact, I do that all of the time and just a few days ago I left the store with a six dollar top that was originally thirty dollars! What I also love about stores that are having sales, however, is that after you’ve made your purchase, many times they will also include a coupon inside of your shopping bag. So don’t be so quick to throw your shopping bag away because there might be a valuable coupon inside! Of course if you don’t shop at the store that often that’s one thing, but if you happen to go there a lot and need fall clothing or would like to buy an item of clothing but were waiting for a final twenty percent off the price, a coupon will certainly help you out with your purchase!

Paid Store Memberships and Punch Cards

If you happen to shop at a store enough, it isĀ definitelyĀ valuable to spend the extra twenty dollars for a ten percent shopping membership card (I do this for Wet Seal) that you can use every time you go shopping at that particular brand store. No, it is not a credit card, but a card that you purchase one time and use it to get the percentage off your apparel every time you shop. If you can’t afford to spend the money but would still like to get some occasional perks for shopping at the store, ask for a punch card instead. Many stores have them (especially beauty stores) and they are more than happy to punch your card for every purchase that you make. You’ll be surprised how quickly the punches will add up and soon you will have up to ten dollars off of your next purchase!

Of course there are other places to find coupons, such as from ads that you receive in the mail, magazines that you subscribe to (look at the ads in the magazine!), coupon apps on your phone, and the list goes on and on! My advice is to start being coupon savvy because once you get the hang of it, you will save a lot of money. Once you save more money, you’ll be so proud of your coupon saving capabilities! So it’s time to…Keep Calm and Coupon On!

Football Season A Shopping List

To quote the mighty Bocephus, “Are you ready for some footbaaaaaall?” Because football is ready for you!

No, I’m not talking about soccer. Sorry, rest of the world. I’m talking about the National Football League and the amateur gridiron of the NCAA. The pigskin. The tailgating. The cheerleaders. The hype. The hoopla. The Xs and Os. The strikes and sanctions. You know, good ol’ American football.

Football is kicking off around the country and that means that you, the fan, needs to be on top of your game. Basically, this may be your best chance to purchase a new 55″ 1080p HDTV from LG with TruMotion 120Hz for high-speed action and no motion blur (which is absolutely necessary when guys like Mike Wallace take the field):

Please adjust your set. There should be football on it.

Some other important items are team-specific, like jerseys, caps, assorted cheese hats and some pretty terrible towels.

Terrible towels are great for waving, but also wiping should someone spill a drink on the sofa.

Then there is the grub, which is why most of your friends are showing up for the game. Sure, they like to watch you yell and kick inanimate objects, who doesn’t? But what they really like is pizza, wings, chips and an endless flow of cold beer. The latter is where this comes in:

Be this guy. People will love you.

Anyone can put a bunch of cans on ice, but real football fans know that the best way to recruit friends over is with a barrel of your favorite local brew. Keep it fresh in a keg refrigerator, or “kegerator“. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY BEER COMMERICALS. Yes, those ads help support the NFL and will someday lead to future work stoppages and contract disputes, but good local beer makes good friends. Mass produced bad beer makes fairly amusing television spots. Don’t confuse the two.

Please note, if you are watching college football, make sure that your recruitment of tailgaters and football fans adheres to the code of conduct in place by the NCAA. Also, your spouse.

And there you have it, football fans. Now all you need is the season to start and Sundays off from work. Go team!