Birthdays seem to get ever harder to buy for as people get older. Ironically it’s the people I know the best that I have the biggest mental blocks for. My brother is particularly difficult as he basically has most things he wants already.
Growing up he was a big Disney fan and filled his room with all sorts of paraphernalia. Although I was never that into Disney myself, it did mean he was easy to buy presents for. That is, until he grew up — I can’t quite bring myself to buy him a Mickey Mouse key-chain anymore, although he actually says he wouldn’t mind one.
This year I hit gold though. Having been more than a little impressed with Epic Mickey‘s open world game-play and gorgeously original animated cut scenes I was on the look out for a bargain second hand copy.
A quick search online and I discovered that Amazon was having a clearance sale. This may well be due to the low review scores Epic Mickey got (72 on Metacritic), something I never quite understood. Or perhaps, and more excitingly, the fact that Disney has a PS3 Move version coming soon.
Either way, I’d soon found a copy for $19.99. I was just about to check out but then I noticed that for just a few dollars more I could get him the super deluxe collector’s version (down from $69.99 to $24.99). All to the good.
My downfall, however, was spotting the Epic Mickey Remote Charger (down from $49 to $24) and the Paintbrush Nun-chuck ($19) just as I was checking out. They not only look great but also solve his second Nun-chuck problem for visitors.
It wasn’t until they arrived that I realized I’d overdone the presents somewhat. Not to worry, though, as snapping up the bargains means I now have my brotherly present conundrum sorted for Christmas as well. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t read GeekDad, but I guess I’ll found out now if he does.