Now that Halloween is over, it’s officially Christmas planning season! (I’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s good thing or a bad thing.) Between planning travel, gifts, decorations, and food for the holiday season, let us help you figure out gifts for Dad! We’ll go over new releases for video games, movies, and DVDs, discuss popular board games as well as alternative gifts such as recurring goodie drops and fun activities around town.
Best of all, many of these gifts are family friendly for kids (certain age ranges apply) so that means the kids and YOU can join in the fun as well!
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Rated: Mature, On Sale 11/4/16
The latest iteration of the iconic first person shooter series.
Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Collection (Xbox One, PS4
Rated: Mature, On Sale 11/11/16
A re-mastered, re-release of “Assassin’s Creed II”, “Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood”, and “Assassin’s Creed Revelations”.
Final Fantasy XV (Xbox One, PS4)
Rated: Teen, On Sale 11/28/16
The latest installment of Squaresoft’s popular role-playing game series.
Super Mario Maker (3DS)
Rated: Everyone, On Sale 12/2/16
The portable version of the iconic platformer lets you design and share levels on the go!
Dead Rising 4 (Xbox One, PC)
Rated: Mature, 12/6/16
An open-world survival horror game; attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse!
NES Classic Edition
On Sale 11/11/16
A miniaturized version of the popular NES game system released in 1985, comes with 30 games built-in!
Pokemon Go Plus
This accessory allows you to play Pokemon GO more easily by connecting to your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Star Trek Beyond
PG-13, On Sale 11/1/2016
The latest in the rebooted modern Star Trek series.
PG-13, On Sale 12/13/2016
A government agency recruits DC comics super-villains to perform covert missions; Will Smith stars as Deadshot.
The Walking Dead: Season 6 Limited Edition
On Sale 11/1/2016
Includes Blu-ray and DVD versions of the popular show; include limited edition Truck Walker figurine.
Daredevil: The Complete First Season
On Sale 11/8/16
Lawyer by day, superhero by night, Daredevil attempts to protect Hell’s Kitchen from the Kingpin.
Better Call Saul: Season 2
On Sale 11/15/16
The continuing (mis)-adventures of Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman.
Community: The Complete Series
On Sale 11/15/16
A complete collection of this cult sitcom comedy.
The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series
On Sale 12/13/2016
The complete series (156 episodes) of this ground-breaking sci-fi show on Blu-Ray.
Doctor Who: The Villains Gift Set
On Sale 11/29/16
A collection of stories featuring the Doctor’s greatest monster villains, the Daleks and the Cybermen!
You can also consider getting a subscription service! For a nominal fee (~$20) you can have a curated assortment of themed goods sent every month!
Gamer and pop culture gear, clothing, and collectibles.
A great selection of comics, collectibles and exclusive t-shirt every month!
A huge variety of manly gifts, from jerky to beer and cigars to DIY projects.
Another option: Board Games with the family! A family Game Night is a perfect opportunity for fun for the whole family as well as teaching your kids critical thinking, teamwork, and winning (and losing!) with grace. Here are some personal favorites:
Pandemic/Pandemic Legacy – the classic cooperative board game; team up to find cures for disease that threaten to wipe out the planet. The newly released Pandemic Legacy takes it a bit further by adding an ongoing campaign mode and is currently rated the greatest board game ever made.
Settlers of Catan – one of the first German-style games to become popular here, each player takes the role of a settler in a randomly generated land. Simple to pick up while still containing a large amount strategy; perfect of beginning gamers!
Puerto Rico – similar in premise to Catan, but little more in-depth; players assume the role of governors in Colonial Puerto Rico and attempt to achieve victory by either exporting goods or constructing buildings.
Ticket to Ride – this railway themed game see players attempt to secretly build out their routes before their rivals. Complete your routes to win or, if you’re really wicked, stop your opponents from building theirs!
Power Grid – each player assumes the role of power companies supplying energy to their cities. Bid on power plants and acquire resources to grow your energy network as efficiently as possible!
Instead of goods why not try the experience of an escape room? Work together as a team and search for clues, solve mysteries, and ultimately escape each of the puzzle rooms:
Huntsville Escape Rooms
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Sam Chow was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. A 5th grade field trip to Space Camp started his lifelong love of technology and engineering. He juggled working in Huntsville while studying for his engineering degree at Mississippi State and moved here full-time in 2001. He and his lovely wife Connie were married in 2006 and currently have a five year old and a nine year old, a dog, and a cat. In his spare time he enjoys training and watching mixed martial arts, watching old foreign films, reading, and video gaming.