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GamesRadar’s 2011 game-free holiday gift guide

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Things for around the house

If you have friends that love the stellar writing, open worlds, and general awesomeness of Rockstar games, the publisher's site is overflowing with great stuff that could actually be useful in the home. The Red Dead Redemption Collector's Pack comes with playing cards and dice, though try not to settle any arguments these cause by shooting each other. If your friends are into games that achieve some its grand potential, the LA Noire Notebook and Pencil Set are a delightfully old school way to leave yourself notes, and the Torch Flashlight is good to keep around in case of power outages or when you need to chase someone in the sewers. And while it may not have anything to do with Rockstar, this Umbrella Corp Umbrella is too clever a Resident Evil reference to ignore.

People on your gift list surely need other practical items for the home that still fly their gamer flag. In case you need decoration that also gives encouragement there’s the Cave Johnson Talking Portrait. Minecraft lovers would appreciate both the Sticky Notecube for all their note taking needs, and the Minecraft Magnets will give some indie cred to any fridge. And during those cold January nights, your friends would probably appreciate a Pac-Man Fleece Blanket.

Living humans need liquid to survive, but why carry that around in boring glassware when you can wrap your hands around game-styled mugs? The E Tank Mug is a cute way to refill your personal health bar, and the 8-bit Scott Pilgrim Kissing Mug allows you to show your love for slackers, old games, and true love in one liquid container. But if you’d rather drink out of something that could double as a weapon, the GTAIII Anniversary Knuckleduster Mug is more than acceptable.

Things that cost lots of money

But if you’re the type of person with lots of money and you REALLY love your friends and family, there are some pretty nice items out there with big price tags attached. First 4 Figures has a history of impressive limited edition statues and this year they’ve put out several winners. Their Dark Link is a thing of wonder, as is the Link and Midna statue. For the Sega fans in your life statues of Metal Sonic and Knuckles are a must, so long as money isn’t an issue.

Similarly impressive statues include NECA's Gears 3 Thrashball Cole Statue, this tribute to Mortal Kombat in the form of a Scorpion 1:2 Scale Bust, and if you don’t mind waiting extra time for importing this Catherine 1:7 Scale Pre-Painted Figure, your Japanophile friends will love this gift.

Though not everything that’s expensive has to be a statue, sometimes it involves fake versions of in-game weaponry. If you’d like pretend you’re in the future cutting limbs off monsters, the Dead Space 2 Replica Plasma Cutter is a lovely recreation. If your friend wants to be the big star of his LARP group, you can grab the WoW Frostmourne Latex Replica. Or if you’d rather LARP in a theoretical world of Mass Effect the M-8 Avenger Assault Rifle Replica will be worth every penny.

CONTEST

Since our friends at Viz Media were kind enough to send us free copies of two of the items on our list, we’re in the giving mood. So we’re giving away the Professor Layton DVD and the Legend of Zelda manga box set. If you’d like to win the rules are simple: Just comment with the phrase “Happy Holidays.” One of the responders will be picked at random (only US entries, sorry). You can read our official contest rules here. Good luck and happy holidays.

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