Buy me stuff

Sometimes people ask me what sort of things I like to receive as gifts. I’m setting up this page so I have one place to direct them to find an answer.

Books

I keep a list on Goodreads of books I’ve been meaning to read. If something’s on this list, I haven’t read it yet.

Computer games

As the game business has moved away from retail sales towards digital distribution, it’s gotten harder to give games as gifts; the days when you could go to Best Buy and get just about any title in a nice box suitable for wrapping are more or less behind us. But there are some digital distribution services that allow gifting of a sort.

Two of these are GOG.com and Steam. I have a GOG wishlist here and a Steam wishlist here. GOG mostly sells classic games and indies, while Steam is mostly big titles from big publishers, so they don’t overlap much.

(Note that with both of these services, if you buy something as a gift, the gift is delivered as a redemption code in an email message. With GOG, you can choose to have that email sent to yourself so that you can give it to the intended recipient later, like in a card or something. With Steam, the recipient automatically gets an email the moment your transaction completes, so if you want to buy something in advance for a particular day it maybe isn’t the best place.)

Movies

Blu-Ray DiscI collect movies the way other people collect Beanie Babies or sexually transmitted diseases.

As a result, I have two shelves full of DVDs I’ve picked up over the years. With the move to HD, though, the format for collectors isn’t DVD anymore, it’s Blu-Ray. And since I hate buying stuff I’ve already bought once again, I only have a few Blu-Rays.

This means that movies on Blu-Ray are an excellent gift idea! No matter what you get, it’s unlikely that I’ll already have it. And if I do, it’ll almost certainly be on an old SD DVD, so you’ll be doing me a favor by helping me upgrade my collection. It’s an easy win.

To make things even easier for you, though, I’m going to use this page to keep a running log of the Blu-Rays I do own. Since I only have a few, it’s easier for me to list the ones I do have than to try and make a list of all the ones I don’t. And this way, if you’re uncertain about giving me a particular movie, you can check here and see if I’ve already got it. If it’s NOT on this list, it’s safe to buy as a gift for me. I’ll do my best to keep this page up to date over time, I promise.

(Again, just to be 100% clear: these are movies I ALREADY HAVE on Blu-Ray. This is a list of titles you should not buy, not a wishlist.)

So, without further ado, here’s the list.

Last updated: 15 July 2017

  • 42: The Jackie Robinson Story
  • 300
  • The Aviator
  • Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy (Back to the Future I, II, III)
  • Batman Begins
  • Battle: Los Angeles
  • The Best Years of Our Lives
  • Brazil
  • The Dark Knight
  • Drive
  • Fight Club: 10th Anniversary Edition
  • For All Mankind (Criterion)
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Gangs of New York
  • Generation Kill (HBO)
  • The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration (Godfather I, II, III)
  • The Last of the Mohicans: Director’s Definitive Cut
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Modern Times (Criterion)
  • Paths of Glory (Criterion)
  • Planet Earth
  • Platoon
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • There Will Be Blood
  • War of the Worlds (2005)
  • The Wind Rises

So: if it’s NOT on this list, you are safe. Go nuts.

Miscellaneous stuff

I have an Amazon wishlist here, with a general mix of stuff in it.