BuzzFeed Gift Guide Blind React - Holiday Gift Guides 2021 - Show Notes

BuzzFeed Gift Guide Blind React - Holiday Gift Guides 2021

Friday Nov 12, 2021 (00:13:31)


Here are the products we thought were the most interesting from the Holiday Gift Guide 2021 from BuzzFeed.

These are some items that don't seem like a great deal.


Scott Ertz


Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

Allante Sparks

Special Correspondent

Allante - also well known as Wolff - is the newest member and co-host for PLuGHiTz Live! Radio. A gifted artist, he is usually found drawing up a character or two or sketching up whatever comes to mind. Do not think that he is not a hardcore gamer because he is about as hardcore as it gets! His favorites range from fighting games to RPGs, adventure and even a racing game here and there. Fighting games are his forte and he relays this message for all who oppose: You mess with the Wolff and you get the fangs!

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Scott Ertz (00:05)

So, there we go. That just gonna keep going there we go. Okay. So Hydroponic Blast Planter. That's cool.

Allante Sparks (00:24)

Yeah. That is cool.

Scott Ertz (00:26)

Actually, too zoomed in for this to work. Yeah, that's kind of a cool thing.

Allante Sparks (00:32)

It's wicked cool.

Scott Ertz (00:36)

Yeah, that sucks. The image has gone away again. I apologize. A Disney Land Suncatcher.

Allante Sparks (00:45)

I don't think not only was trying beautifully. Yeah, I don't know what that is.

Scott Ertz (00:50)

Okay, so I've seen this before. I don't know what to think of this

Allante Sparks (01:02)

Light up word clock for that friend whose idea of a fun time, it is doing the NYT Crossword Puzzle. I just think it gives off the same vibe word elite. And also probably makes you cry. Totally kidding.

Scott Ertz (01:19)

No, I don't think that's kidding. So I've seen this thing before. It's interesting. I have seen it in person. Yes. And it bothers me. Yeah, the only one. And the thing that bothers me the most about this picture is I love the shelf that sitting on. Yeah, I hate those clogs, mostly because I read all the words that aren't lit up, because my brain is broken. Yeah. So that's my problem. They're not distinct enough. In real life. In this photo, they've actually emphasized the distinction. But it's less that distinct in real life, which makes it real hard to read.

Allante Sparks (02:04)

I feel like looking at what might be the actual background of the letter? I don't know. Because it looks like it's supposed to be like the same color as the foreground. It's not, and it's not and the white isn't bright enough to distinguish it from the background. Now, unfortunately, it looks like it Lisa 25. Yeah. 3010 30 of 10.

Scott Ertz (02:36)

Yeah, Lisa is going to be a problem for you a lot with that thing. Ah, huh. Uh huh. Well, I don't think Haley Smith is here, so we can probably feel like foxes I guess. Oh, it's cute. It is. But

Allante Sparks (02:55)

yeah, yeah. That's the cool one.

Scott Ertz (03:00)


Allante Sparks (03:00)

Can I get this in purple, please? I would imagine so. I would think so too.

Scott Ertz (03:06)

These are super cool. I've seen these before. I've seen these in real life. I think we've all seen them. They're not a disappointment. I think everybody's seen them online. Sure. I don't know that everybody's seen in person. Yeah, they are not a disappointment in person. They're actually pretty well made. That's cool. That's a goat.

Allante Sparks (03:28)

It's the go. Okay. Built in Bluetooth headphones.

Scott Ertz (03:34)

So Adam in the chat. Is this similar to what you have? Because I know you have something like this. Excuse me, but I feel like it yours is maybe -what's the word I'm looking for? White Noise. But I guess this could do white noise since it's just Bluetooth. This is just Bluetooth. You don't see him responding. But yeah. I know he has something like this. That works real well for him. So if you're the kind of person who responds to sound around you, and you'd like to have when you're sleeping and you need to control that sound, this seems like a real good way to do it. Particularly when there are other people around you. Oh, yeah.

Allante Sparks (04:24)

That does seem pretty neat though.

Scott Ertz (04:26)

Oh, no. Nope. Fidget Ring? Nope. Yeah. So, for me, all that's gonna do is going to emphasize my existing problem. Yeah. Which is that I mess with jewelry particularly rings. Yep. And if you need any example of that, look at how screwed up this is. Compared to right here. This is where the magnet touches. And I mess with it all day long.

Allante Sparks (05:08)

I used to have a spinny ring. That's what that was. Yeah. And that's all I used to do. Was this all the time. It's nice to have fidget gadget gadgets. It's not nice to have them all the time. Yeah.

Scott Ertz (05:26)

Because one thing I can guarantee is we're going to find all those bubble poppers in here. Boy, also this is chicken nugget soap. Oh, I got it. I got to spend a ring and even I had to stop using. I'd spend all day Yeah, exactly. I'm not gonna lie that chicken nuggets. So, I kind of want-

Allante Sparks (05:55)

-to amazing if you could get like barbecue sauce soap. Oh, right.

Scott Ertz (06:04)

Oh. Oh, no. No. What is happening here essential oil diffuser?

Allante Sparks (06:11)

No, this is well, that's real bad for you.

Scott Ertz (06:14)

Was really bad for me.

Allante Sparks (06:16)

I've use these -the adult coloring books. Those are pretty cool, actually.

Scott Ertz (06:23)

Yeah. I get the appeal. Yeah, they do not appeal to me. Sure. I get the appeal, though.

Allante Sparks (06:33)

It's one of those things if you don't want to color a SpongeBob, you know? But like, you know, you just Yeah, they've got their use. You know, that object was really pretty. I don't even really not this one. But the light, the light, the moonlight thing. It was pretty, but I wouldn't actually use it for any kind of light, just as a decoration.

Scott Ertz (06:59)

But yeah, so-

Allante Sparks (07:03)

That's interesting.

Scott Ertz (07:04)

Yeah. So we had one of these at sumo that was sent to us as a product review item that synced with our timer and stuff like our employees' client timers. There was no benefit to it. They weren't better.

Allante Sparks (07:31)

-understood. That is, especially since we can just talk to our devices now.

Scott Ertz (07:37)

Okay, I'm gonna let everybody watch this animation for a moment

Allante Sparks (07:49)

Oh, oh, man.

Scott Ertz (07:52)

All right.

Allante Sparks (07:53)

That's beautiful. A Truck?

Scott Ertz (07:55)

I had sure it looks like it.

Allante Sparks (08:01)

What are you eating, Shrek?

Scott Ertz (08:03)

Apparently we're not done with this one yet. I'll let you get your laughs out, Shrek. I'm going to take a drink.

Allante Sparks (08:08)

What's happening here dude, I mean? How much Metamucil do you have to ingest? Have that come out of the back end?

Scott Ertz (08:21)

Well, thank you. I was once again not displaying it because the screen went black.

Allante Sparks (08:27)

Ah. Okay, at least you guys can see it now. Oh, man. Oh, it is bad.

Scott Ertz (08:36)

Do you have the animation now?

Allante Sparks (08:39)

I mean, the still that sitting next to it kind of gives you a lot of and that's most definitely Shrek.

Scott Ertz (08:47)

It's got to be the ears. Yeah, it's the ears. Okay, well, hmm. So for for those of you who are watching live, how many of the things that we've shown haven't you seen? So there's the rotating timer that I mentioned is no good. There's no benefit to it. If you're going to use it like as a thing in your kitchen, maybe you could get away with it. But it's generally not great.

Allante Sparks (09:22)

When you can talk to your technology and tell it to set a timer. There's no point for something like that.

Scott Ertz (09:27)

Yeah, I don't know. If you guys were able to see the chicken nuggets soap. It's amazing. So there's the chicken nugget soap.

Allante Sparks (09:36)

They said a lotion that looks like barbecue sauce. No. Give me another soap that looks like barbecue sauce.

Scott Ertz (09:42)

Yeah. There was the spinny ring. We skipped that. This is the thing Adam I was asking if it was similar to what you had. I realized now that the reason you didn't answer is you didn't know I was asking. Nuggy self that might improve the scent of cons you know short of blowtorch I don't know that there's anything.

Allante Sparks (10:16)

That's a funny one, Adam.

Scott Ertz (10:18)

Yes. So anyway Adam, Is this similar to what you have when you're sleeping? Cos I'm very curious about that now that it's up on the screen, we may not get a response from him for a little bit, because I think they're a little behind us what was above this there was a goat. This was on the screen. This is when we went black. Okay, so I might go black again for a second. Somehow scrolling real hard seems to-

Allante Sparks (10:55)

That is similar. I use normal sleep masks, but minus all our IR lights inside.

Scott Ertz (11:03)


Allante Sparks (11:06)

So not one that actually produces noise.

Scott Ertz (11:09)

All right. Okay, a scrapbook. Aha. Yeah, moving on. Coffee cup holder. A pen? No. Three to one. No, there we go. There we go. I'm not gonna lie. It absolutely says all I do is win and infused with the tears of my opponents. So yeah.

Allante Sparks (11:48)

Even smells like their tears. What is it that?

Scott Ertz (11:51)

A candle? Okay, so scented candle. Got it? I just looking at the epic canister. I assumed that's what it was.

Allante Sparks (11:59)

It kind of looked like hair gel to me.

Scott Ertz (12:07)

I think that was a chalkboard ceramic mug.

Allante Sparks (12:14)

Oh, oh, that's cool.

Scott Ertz (12:19)

I've bought candles from that company before. I bet you have.

Allante Sparks (12:22)

This is cool. I like this.

Scott Ertz (12:26)

It's an interesting idea, isn't it? Yeah, it is. If given 100 ideas 100 chances to invent to come up with a product that wouldn't have been it. Even though what's what I'm holding in my hand is almost identical without the ability to write on it.

Allante Sparks (12:42)

I never would have thought of fusing those two things together. Yeah. A coffee mug and a chalkboard.

Scott Ertz (12:49)

Yeah. To wild ideas.

Allante Sparks (12:51)

I love it. Love it. 100%.

Scott Ertz (12:56)

Coffee Mug warmer. We've seen those before. Yeah. Nothing new. Nothing usable silicone straws. I don't know that I want to drink through silicon. Magnetic bookmark. Scratch off sticky notes. The opposite of normal,

Allante Sparks (13:14)


Scott Ertz (13:16)

they're cool. But I don't know.

Allante Sparks (13:19)

That doesn't seem like.

Scott Ertz (13:24)

Yeah, cool.

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