The Shopping List

According to ShopperTrak, this upcoming Saturday will be the busiest shopping day of 2006. "Super Saturday," they call it. I will continue using "December 23rd." Here's the complete list:

1. Saturday, December 23
2. Friday, November 24 (Black Friday)
3. Saturday, December 16
4. Friday, December 22
5. Saturday, December 9
6. Tuesday, December 26
7. Thursday, December 21
8. Saturday, December 2
9. Saturday, November 25
10. Wednesday, December 20

Plan your last minute shopping accordingly. Or just print out little pictures of what you plan to get that special someone, stuff that in an envelope, and hit the stores at a more convenient time in '07.

One memorable gift my wife recently received was a back massager, from an agency her company works with. It's surprisingly fantastic. Anyone get any really impressive -- or, better yet, really lousy -- corporate gifts this year?

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Pop Culture
Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.


Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!

Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.


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