The Hermit

  • Apple TV - $99 at the Apple Store
  • Small RENS Sheepskin Rug - $25 at Ikea
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Fallingwater LEGO Kit - $99.99 on
  • Sudoku: The Ultimate Blue Book by Will Soto - $7.94 on

The Theater Goer

  • -A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth - $12.99 at Barnes and Noble
  • -Dance on Broadway for Nintendo Wii - $19.99 at GameStop
  • -Playbill Sleeved Binder - $40 on (a portion of proceeds is donated to BroadwayCares/Equity Fights AIDS!)
  • -Tickets to Superior Donuts (runs March 15-31 at Tennessee Performing Arts Center) - from $47.50 at TPAC Box Office

The Political Activist

  • I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert - $15.99 at Barnes and Noble
  • Chia Obama Decorative Planter - $25.70 on
  • The White House Snow Globe - $49.99 on
  • The West Wing: The Complete Series - $110 at Walmart

The Naturalist

  • Turkish Pattern Reversible Recycled Floor Mat - from $39 on
  • RTS Home Accents Kitchen Compost Kit - $49.99 on
  • Maggie Bags Recycled Seatbelt Medium Tote - $76 on
  • Thinksport Stainless Steel Insulated Sports Bottle - $19.99 on

The Adventurer

  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer - $10.98 at Barnes and Noble
  • Waterproof Rechargeable Dynamo LED Flashlight and Cell Phone Charger - $54.95 at
  • Leatherman Skeletool CX - $89.99 at Bass Pro Shops
  • Backpacker Plus Extended First Aid Kid - $47.50 at REI

The Techie

  • Klipsch Image S4i earbuds - $74.56 on
  • Powermat 2x Mat portable device charger - $49.99 on
  • Moshi Lifestyle Voice Activated Alarm Clock - $49.99 on
  • Ctrl - Alt - Del Three Pillow Set - $49.50 at


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