There are a lot of very bad gifts out there. Most of them can be avoided with some smart shopping and a little common sense. Unfortunately, some of those bad gifts are hard to spot. For your convenience, we’ve put together a list of the stuff you probably don’t want to get for anybody this Christmas.
Let’s take a look at those really bad gifts:
1) Maylong M-150 at Walgreens
This is the sub-$100 Android tablet. According to the reviews, it’s not a very good one, even when taking into consideration the price. So the old song goes, “You get what you pay for.” Most say it’s built very cheap and that the battery lasts less than an hour on a full charge. Others say it’s slow and the touchscreen is described by a reviewer as “frustrating.” It’s probably best to avoid this one, no matter what your best intentions are. Look, we know tablets can be expensive, but it’s best to just stay away from some devices and perhaps buy something a little easier on the wallet, like a 360 game. The $100 used for this device can buy so much more, and get way more awesome gifts at a lower price.
2) This Stupid Hat
We’ve talked about this one before. It was when we were covering bad iPhone accessories
. This one is a hat we’ve dubbed “This Stupid Hat.” It’s a baseball cap with an extended bill that provides darkness so that you can watch something on your iPod Touch hands-free. Your loved one will hate you for this, so just don’t do it.
3) Ace 16GB MP3 Player
Ace’s iPod Touch knock-off is priced at $39.99 according to Ben’s Outlet. They also say it retails for $119.99. That’s more than the tablet we just looked at! It features a color TFT touch-screen display and many useful features. The UI looks like an iPod Touch and it even has the iPhone-like earpiece. Unfortunately, no App Store with this device.
4) The J8 iPhone 4 iClone
There are a ton of iClones out there, but this one has to be one of the most ridiculous. It’s the J8
, a phone modeled after the iPhone 4 down to the operating system. It’s loaded with features, even an FM Radio. Take that, Apple! This one even has an extending antenna, so it may not have the reception problems that the iPhone 4 became known for when it first launched. Oh, and it does come in white. Looks like they got to it before Apple did.
5) Wii Knock-off
The photo above is from Siliconera. Someone sanpped a pic of one of those Wireless Sports gaming systems or whatever Wallgreens calls them. It’s so bad that even the manufacturer has to put a warning on it pretty much saying, “This thing kinda sucks.” It’s an attempt to cash in on the Wii’s popularity. They don’t cost much, but most kids will be able to tell the difference.
This is supposed to be the best way to clean your gadgets. It’s basically a tub of snot that you press against whatever you’re trying to clean and watch it gather the dust and dirt. It’s kind nasty, and it gets worn out pretty fast, because it’s basically the same stuff you used to buy when you bought Nickelodeon Gak. Of course Gak was also a messy kid’s toy, not a cleaning tool.
7) iPhone Mini
This is another iPhone knock-off
. Well, it’s a few of them actually. They are all designed to look somewhat like the iPhone, but are just more iClones. The redeeming quality, if any, is that the tiny one is kind of a cute device.
This was a long time ago, but trust us, things haven’t changed much.
8) Any Movie-Licensed Game
That means ANY movie licensed game. Yes, there are a few good ones, but those are very hard to find so it’s probably better not to even try. Simple rule for those shopping for games: if it’s based on a movie, it’s probably not a great game.
9) The Shake Weight
Anything that’s the butt of a South Park joke probably makes a bad gift. The Shake Weight is no exception. It’s just a dumbbell that vibrates. It’s ridiculous, and is sure to get funny looks when someone is using it. If you love someone, please don’t get them this ridiculous contraption.
10) Fake Windows 7 “iPad”
There are so many knock-off devices on the market it’s not even funny. This one is made to look like an iPad, but is about half the size and runs some form of Windows 7. The thing isn’t cheap either, according to a Reuters report
, this sucker will set you back $410. That’s almost as much as the real thing!
Don’t Become a Victim
Don’t let yourself fall for a bad gift giving. In fact, if you can tell your friends and family, it may even help keep you from getting a bad gift this year. Unless they do it out of spite, of course. In which case, it might be kind of a fun idea.
Now, those of you who don’t want to fall victim to the bad gift giving, can check out our list of great Christmas gifts for the geek.