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Stamp Yo Face – Custom Portrait Stamp

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A Custom Portrait Stamp ($65) is a great way to add that special something to a piece of paper. All you need to do is send in a portrait of your face (or anyone’s for that matter) and StampYoFace.com will create your very own portrait stamp. Stamps typically take as little as a few weeks to turn around, and they ship with the original artwork, an ink pad, and a special gift.

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THE FIRE WIRE 2013 Holiday Must-Have List: Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar Cheese

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This is my all-time favorite cheddar cheese in the world and if you have a cheese lover on your Holiday shopping list, surprise them with this delicacy! Who doesn’t love cheese in their stockings?

The first wheel of Flagship, Beecher’s signature cheese, was handcrafted just as Beecher’s Handmade Cheese opened its doors in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market in November of 2003.

Flagship is a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese with a uniquely robust, nutty flavor. It is carefully aged for 15 months under the watchful eye of the cheesemaker to fully develop its complex flavor and ever-so-slight crumble. Outstanding on a Beecher’s Cracker!

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Delivered in two pieces weighing approximately 8 ounces each for $20 + shipping. Order HERE.

Available at fine cheese shops and supermarkets Nationwide or visit their two locations:

Seattle:
Pike Place Market
1600 Pike Place
Seattle, WA 98101
206-956-1964

New York:
Flatiron District
900 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
212-466-3340

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THE FIRE WIRE 2013 Holiday Must-Have List: The Voice Activated R2-D2

This motorized replica of the headstrong little “droid” from the iconic Star Wars films ($200) responds to voice commands, navigates rooms and hallways, and makes any home feel like it has been transported to a galaxy far, far away. R2 obeys more than 40 voice commands (“Turn around!,” “Move forward two units!”) and he plays games like tag, using an infrared sensor to search for people in a room. His sensor helps him follow behind you, or it can be set to detect motion, turning R2 into a room sentry that sounds an alarm when a secured area is invaded. R2’s lights, swiveling dome top, and distinctive happy and sad sounds faithfully mimic the real thing, right down to his occasional “bad mood.” (A simple command of, “R2, behave yourself!” snaps him out of it.) R2 can also replay sounds and dialog from Star Wars movies, answer yes-or-no questions, and dance while playing the famed cantina music. Requires four AA batteries and four D batteries. Minor assembly required. Ages 8 and up. 15″ H x 7 1/2″ W x 10 1/2″ L. (6 lbs.)

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WestJet Airlines Shocks Passengers With Christmas Gifts

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Canadian airline WestJet surprised passengers with gifts from their Christmas wish list at the end of their flight. You can watch the viral video below and you might get a little choked up like me.

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The 2013 FIRE WIRE Holiday Must-Have List: Comic Book Icons – 100 Characters, 100 Artists, 1 Unique Book

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Comic Book Icons  is a companion piece book from The Comic Book Icons exhibition that was held at the International Comic Book Festival in Brazil in November.

Charlie Adlard, Bill Sienkiewicz, Ryan Sook, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Rod Reis, Darwyn Cooke, Sean Murphy, Rafel Albuquerque, Dave Johnson, Scott McDaniel, Mike Deodato, Eduardo Risso, Renato Guedes, Phil Hester, Rafael Grampá, Alex Maleev and several other famed comic book artists have created original art pieces for the exhibition that appear in a deluxe hardcover book.

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This passion project was created by the art rep and FIQ member Ivan Freitas da Costa and the book (with texts in English and Portuguese) is still available in 2 versions. The regular hardcover version without the slipcase costs $45 + shipping and the slipcased edition signed by 30 artists costs $140 + shipping. Both books can be ordered by e-mailing ivancosta@hotmail.com.

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I have a copy of the book and absolutely love it… it’s well produced, lavishly illustrated and features a virtual who’s who of the top comic book artists working in the field today! This gorgeous edition would thrill the comic book fan, art aficionado or pop culture lover on your Holiday shopping list. I urge you to purchase this book and give it my highest recommendation!

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Swamp Thing By Phil Hester

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Lone Wolf and Cub by Rafael Grampa

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Tarzan by Eduardo Risso

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Akira by Renato Guedes

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The Shadow by Sean Murphy

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Shazam by Eduardo Medeiros

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Sandman by José Aguiar

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Hagar by Mahmud Asrar

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$450 Metal Starbucks Gift Cards Sell Out In 6 Minutes

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Starbucks collaborated with Gilt.com this holiday season to offer its customers the exclusive new Limited Edition Metal Starbucks Card on Friday, December 6, 2013 at noon ET at www.gilt.com/starbucksrose.

The hand-assembled card featured an artisan rose base metal with rose colored coating, laser-etched with traditional Starbucks lettering.

The card retailed for $450 and came preloaded with $400 to use at Starbucks, plus automatic My Starbucks Rewards Gold-level status (a free birthday treat and 15% off coupon at StarbucksStore.com, free refills on iced or brewed coffee and tea, special offers and coupons, and a free drink or food item with every 12 stars).

After the sale for the cards went live at noon Friday on Gilt.com, the site’s hits per minute beat those of Cyber Monday by almost 2.5 times. Only 1,000 cards were available. The cards sold out six minutes.

Within 30 minutes, more than 11,000 people had tried to get on a wait-list for the card. Some who nabbed the even more exclusive golden cards are already re-selling them on eBay for as much as $1,675.00.

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A Breaking Bad Snow Globe That Shakes Blue Crystals Onto A Winnebago In The Albuquerque Desert

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What better way to show someone you love them than with a snow globe that shakes blue crystals onto a Winnebago in the Albuquerque desert? 

This glass diorama recalls the all too familiar Breaking Bad scene depicting Walt and Jesse’s very humble beginnings.

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The Blue Sky Snow Globe measures Measures approximately 8.5cm(W) x 8.5cm(H) x 10cm(D) and is exclusively available for purchase at Firebox for $40.79.

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THE FIRE WIRE 2013 Holiday Must-Have List: UE Boom Wireless Speaker

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The UE BOOM wireless speaker ($200) offers 360-degree immersive room filling sound in a compact stylish battery-powered device. 

At a weight of just above one pound, and just over a half-foot long, these cylindrical speakers are also made to go anywhere, easily slipping into most bags. The handsome device is coated in an acoustic skin (available in a range of colors) that makes it resistant to water and stains.

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Other features include wireless connectivity with a 50 foot range, 15 hours of battery life and the ability to chain multiple speakers together through the free UE BOOM app (available for iOS and Android) to play them in either stereo-to-stereo mode or traditional left/right stereo mode.

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Byer’s Choice Ltd. St. Nick’s Toy Shoppe Musical Advent Calendar

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Byer’s Choice Ltd. based in Chalfont, Pennsylvania offers gorgeous keepsake wooden advent calendars that have a vintage flair!

One of their most popular items is the St. Nick’s Toy Shoppe Musical Advent Calendar measuring 18½”H x 15″W x 3”D and retailing for $198.

This is not a throwaway paper advent calendar but instead a sturdy beautiful Holiday heirloom that your family will cherish and hand down from generation to generation!

Every secret door has space for a tiny treat for that December day. When the door is opened, a traditional Christmas tune starts to play.

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The calendar plays 12 different classic songs: Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Oh Christmas Tree, Good King Wenceslas, Joy to the World, Jingle Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Twelve Days of Christmas, O Come All Ye Faithful, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Deck the Halls, A Christmas Song and Silent Night.

Affixed to the back of the calendar is a certificate that you can fill out to the recipient with a Christmas wish of your choice.

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Recommended for ages 4+. Requires three AA batteries (not included). Byer’s Choice also sells a variety of other Holiday inspired items such as Carolers, Gingerbread Houses and Kindles.

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Eau My Cologne Spray, A Stunning New Fragrance by George Takei

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Actor George Takei best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek has released his new Eau My Cologne Spray, a “clean, refreshing fragrance for men and women.” 

The name of George’s cologne is a play on his catch phrase, “Oh My!” It is available to pre-order online ($39.99 + $9.49 shipping) from Amazon and will begin shipping on December 15th, 2013.

Subtle and charming, with top notes of mandarin zest, Italian bergamot and fresh ozone transitioning to night-blooming jasmine, white freesia petals and grated ginger. Sensual woods, crystalized amber, soft skin musk, and vetiver will delight you when dry.

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