Jon: The Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB microphone is a great buy for anyone looking to get into streaming or podcasting. Like a lot of entry-level microphones, it has a USB setup to any computer for digital output. What makes it better than most USB microphones? The ATR2100-USB also offers the functionality of an XLR connection for an analog output. This allows for growth into a more complex audio setup with replacing microphones in the future. For the price, the sound quality is excellent using both types of connections. Be sure to pick up a boom scissor arm and pop filter with this microphone, and your future streamer is all set.
Jon: With the rise of casual streaming and video content creation, it's somewhat shocking that the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 has remained such a solid steady purchase, but here we are. This webcam offers 60fps at 720p and 30 fps at 1080p allowing the choice of quality vs smoothness. Logitech released the C922 last year with a few additional features, but at double the current price. Having both, of these, I can say that the smart buy is still the C920 for now.
James: Streaming on consoles has never been easier thanks to Twitch and over the last 6 months, this has been my microphone of choice. The single USB setup is easy. It works with Xbox One, PS4, and PC. It has multiple settings for picking up one person's voice or many that can be changed with the push of a button. Also, it looks great!
Veronica: Moviepass is an excellent gift idea for anyone. Aside from high prices, who doesn't like going to the movies? Currently, they're running a deal that charges $89.95 for a full year of unlimited movies. It's better to sign up sooner rather than later because the cards can take a few weeks to ship. It really is as easy and useful as it sounds – if you see even one movie a month, it pays for itself. It's allowed me to see things in theaters that I otherwise wouldn't have!
Sara: Are you a proud book nerd and want the world to know? Then get yourself a book bag – that is, a bag designed to look like a book. The one I chose is a version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but this shop has lots of great nerdy reads, like The Never-ending Story, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, as well as some more literary fare. It's a fabulous gift for the reader in your life for whom tote bags and book-pendant necklaces just aren't cutting it.
Joshua: While all seven volumes of A Silent Voice are available now, Kodansha is packaging them together in a box set at a reduced price just in time for the holidays! The box set is slated for a December 19th release meaning that you'll have to pre-order it now, but at least it will arrive just in time to stick under the Christmas tree! Currently, the retail price is $76.93, but many outlets such as RightStuf and Amazon have it for under $60. Kyoto Animation did an anime film adaptation back in 2016, but unlike the manga, the movie is not yet out on home media here in the United States. Besides, we all know the manga is almost always better!