Buy, beg, borrow, or steal these great new gadgets, or we’ll fight you.
The lamest thing about “home movies” isn’t persuading your girlfriend to participate—it’s getting her to watch them with you. Forget sitting side by side at the computer: Nikon’s Coolpix S1100pj 14.1-megapixel digital point-and-shoot cam also projects your HD videos in 720p to a screen size of 47 inches on your bedroom wall. Just make sure the blinds are closed. $350, nikonusa.com
DVRs are supposed to save time, not suck it. Which is why this Slide remote is the best thing to happen to TiVo since Real Housewives, er…Instead of taking 10 minutes to pound out
title searches with one thumb, the slide-out QWERTY keyboard puts both digits to work. And since it’s backlit, you won’t even spoil the candlelight. $90, tivo.com
There’s a reason this self-adjusting multiband atomic timepiece looks hotter than a stolen Bugatti: The Ediface EQWM1100DC is modeled after the carbon-fiber cockpit of a racecar. But unlike a road rocket, this murdered-out model (check that black stainless-steel band) runs on a solar-powered battery. Other pluses: It won’t quit at 100 meters below sea level, and it self-adjusts to atomic time. $500, casio.com
Like many a newborn baby, the MCR-140 bookshelf stereo weighs just 7.9 pounds. But unlike an infant, this Yamaha will not soil itself and can reproduce the smooth sounds of Sade with precision, thanks to a digital amplifier that outputs 30 watts total. It’s also available in 10 colors, and the wireless transmitter (included) can crank an uncompressed linear PCM audio stream wirelessly from your iPod across the room. $400, yamaha.com
That’s a Knife
Screw survival of the fittest. We’ll take all the help we can get. Beyond a stainless-steel 4.8-inch serrated blade, Gerber’s Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife packs a ferrocerium fire starter, a sharpener, a whistle, and even a Man vs. Wild–approved survival guide stuffed into the sheath…in case you forget how to build a fire, or drink your own pee. $59, gerbergear.com