What do you want for Christmas, Andrew?

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 25, 2011 8:00am PST

It's the question that can slam the brakes on the holiday spirit; it stopped poor Ralphie dead in his tracks in that fateful moment when he finally got to Santa. "What do you want for Christmas?" So, to help make this the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny Kaye, the Shacknews editors present some of our answers for this holiday season to help you be ready for when you get put on the spot during the 2011 Holiday Season.

If my family asks, I'd say...

Give me a PlayStation Network or Xbox Live gift card. Sorry mom and dad, but I don't trust your taste in almost anything, let alone games. These prepaid gift cards are easy to find at pharmacies and supermarkets, and come in $20 and $50 denominations. I'm always buying downloadable games, so just give me the virtual cash, and I'll take care of the rest.

If my friend asks, I'd say...

The PlayStation 3 Wireless Stereo Headset. I want a full surround sound experience, but I don't want to bother my roommates in my tiny Manhattan apartment. I'd love to get these headphones, because the set up is incredibly easy: just insert the USB dongle into the system, and I'll get 7.1 sound beamed to my brain. It'll be perfect for all the games, Netflix, and Blu-ray movies I watch in my room.

Samsung LED 8000 Series TV

If I'm writing my letter to Santa, I'd put...

The Samsung LED 8000 Series TV looks incredible. The "virtually edgeless" design is superb, and the picture quality is something to marvel at. I've never seen a television as thin, and I want one oh so badly. If Santa doesn't want to shell out the 2K+ it would cost to get this, I'll settle for a PlayStation 3DTV, which will replace the rather pathetic 19" monitor sitting on my desk.

Kindle Fire

If I hadn't already broken down and gotten it, I'd have to say...

A Kindle Fire. For only $200, it is easily one of the best tablet values ever. Best of all, the Amazon Appstore offers a free "paid" app every day, meaning it will be one of the best gaming values ever. Already, I've "purchased" ad-free versions of Plants vs Zombies, Cut the Rope, Angry Birds, and more. It may not be as robust as an iPad, but it's more than adequate for games.

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