It was around this time last year that my brother had a chance to secure a PS5 from a preorder. Well fast forward to Dec 15th and he, uh, not only didn’t do that, but claimed it was the only thing he wanted as it became increasingly and obviously impossible to procure. For about six weeks, I was melted by alerts I’d set up for discords and annoying Twitter follows in addition to adding browser tweaks and looking for cart vulnerabilities. After a bunch of annoying near-misses, I miraculously copped halfway through December and received the unit in time. I’ll never do that shit again.
That anecdote describes one method of elite gifting: scoring the impossible item that everyone on earth covets. It’s the Turbo Man approach to gifting. The point of the story is that it’s not the preferred method due to the inevitable pain and suffering of the search process. And whatever the normal amount of that was in the past, you can basically raise it to some power now in the pandemic world where everyone is WFH as a part-time flipper.
There’s a better method though. Throughout the year, I make notes about elite gift ideas and store them away in my super secret gifting journal. It was March and you stumbled onto Cooks Illustrated where you’re reading about the best food thermometers money can buy, and suddenly you realize the Thermapen is a great gift for your in-laws (I’ll describe why in another post). Well, you better write that shit down immediately because I can tell you these magical nuggets are fleeting and ephemeral.
It’s October 20 and supply chains are wrecked, so I’m knocking out the easiest things on the list right now. Let’s see what you’ve got in terms of gifting ideas, theories, strategies, etc. Can you predict the Turbo Man of 2021? Maybe you are in search of elite gift ideas. We will take all comers in this thread who are interested in upping their gift game to the elite level.