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Old Dec 11, 2012, 11:02 PM   #1
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$500 - What to buy?

Lets say someone was going to spend $500 on you for Christmas, but you didn't know what you wanted. I was leaning towards things for my iMac or iPhone, such as speakers possibly.

Even though I was leaning towards things for my Mac, they really could be anything, so suggestions are highly welcomed!
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 01:05 AM   #2
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Lets say someone was going to spend $500 on you for Christmas, but you didn't know what you wanted. I was leaning towards things for my iMac or iPhone, such as speakers possibly.

Even though I was leaning towards things for my Mac, they really could be anything, so suggestions are highly welcomed!
I agree, speakers. Bose companion 5.

Ipad mini.

Custom built windows gaming machine.

Flat screen tv

Secondary monitor for imac

Who knows?
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 01:55 AM   #3
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I agree, speakers. Bose companion 5.

Ipad mini.

Custom built windows gaming machine.

Flat screen tv

Secondary monitor for imac

Who knows?
Thanks for the reply. I have some decent 2.1 Logitech soeakers, but I was looking for some that matched the iMac well too. I have looked at a lot and Bose definitely has a classy look.

I have an Xbox and if I was going to custom build a PC I would spend at least a grand. Lol.

I have a pretty nice 47" LG flat screen already, so I won't need that.

I do have a lot of nice things already, but hey, it's Christmas.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 02:18 AM   #4
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If someone wants to spend some money on you, might as well get something you can wear almost daily. Get a nice pair of Alden Cordovan Boots. Link.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 02:21 AM   #5
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You could pay my rent for a month

External storage? Macally has some nice Mac-looking external enclosures that you could use with an internal drive.

Maybe look into a NAS setup?

An iPad could work.

PS3? Wii U?
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If someone wants to spend some money on you, might as well get something you can wear almost daily. Get a nice pair of Alden Cordovan Boots. Link.
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That is a mighty fine looking pair of shoes, but oh my god, look at that price!

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You could pay my rent for a month

External storage? Macally has some nice Mac-looking external enclosures that you could use with an internal drive.

Maybe look into a NAS setup?

An iPad could work.

PS3? Wii U?
Yeah, maybe a NAS setup. I really want the Cal Digit T2 but it isn't out yet..

Like I said, I have an Xbox 360, so other systems aren't really needed. Also I've owned an iPad before and sold it because it got little to no use.

Thank you for the replies though! It's money that needs to be spent!
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Lets say someone was going to spend $500 on you for Christmas, but you didn't know what you wanted. I was leaning towards things for my iMac or iPhone, such as speakers possibly.

Even though I was leaning towards things for my Mac, they really could be anything, so suggestions are highly welcomed!
Save it in a rainy day fund?
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Guys, guys, I get that it's good to help charities and non-profits, but I'm just stating what I have to work with.

The person (a parent) who is doing Christmas shopping this year informed that they will spend $500 on me.

They want me to open things on Christmas because it makes them happy, thus, I need to pick out some items very soon.

Yes, I have really nice things, but I am thankful for each of those things, all of which I have paid for myself.

Now someone wants to buy me gifts and I just need some ideas to give them.

Hopefully this all makes sense now.
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Guys, guys, I get that it's good to help charities and non-profits, but I'm just stating what I have to work with.

The person (a parent) who is doing Christmas shopping this year informed that they will spend $500 on me.

They want me to open things on Christmas because it makes them happy, thus, I need to pick out some items very soon.

Yes, I have really nice things, but I am thankful for each of those things, all of which I have paid for myself.

Now someone wants to buy me gifts and I just need some ideas to give them.

Hopefully this all makes sense now.
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Hopefully this all makes sense now.
Important computer accessories:
(you could get all these with 500 bucks)
(I'll just give you a link to the ones that I have)

Shure SE 215K Headphones- http://www.amazon.com/Shure-SE215-K-...s=shure+se215k

2tb External HD- http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Porta...ds=my+passport

Nice bag- http://www.jackspade.com/messenger-b...-computer-bags

Apple TV- for mirroring, airplay, etc

Other things:
-Do you have a flat screen 1080P TV already? If not, put it towards on of those.

You could also get a decent surround sound system for 500 bucks if you already have a TV. http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-HT-S8409...pd_sim_sbs_e_4

Other good things that you could get for $500 are
- new stereo system/speakers for your car
- a bike
- ipad/ipad mini/nexus 10/nexus 7
- a suit (probably not a great suit for $500)
- a piece of furniture, such as a coffee table
- a set of kitchen knives (check out Shun)
- a few bottles of great liquor
- an external monitor
- sports equipment for your favorite sport (new snowboard or skis?)
- tickets to an NFL game
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Thank you sir! Those were all great ideas. I could use a new tennis racket!
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