It's the eleventh hour and you've been trying your best to find that perfect gift for your "I've seen every episode of Doctor Who," "I've been to every BlizzCon and the last 15 years of Comic-Con," friend. Last year the Jinx hoodie didn't go all that well, considering he called it "derivative" and some other words you've never heard of. This year though, you found this article, and I've got the perfect solution for you: recycled computer innerds.
Yes, you heard me. Motherboard Gifts have announced a series of snazzy accessories made from repurposed circuit boards. They sent us a sample to review, and although it wasn't the heart-shaped pendant I was itching for (yes, bribery still works with some ladies, so take notes) the coasters are some of the best I've seen. Well, the best since the wedding favors I made out of tile and images from World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King screenshots. But that's neither here nor there. What is here is a general rundown on what sort of items you can expect from this set of products -- after the jump, naturally.
The coasters they sent are of pretty decent quality. I like that they are reversable, which means that you have one color circuit board on one side, and a different one on the other. In looking them over I did see that one of the coasters is missing it's reverse circuitboard side, but I'm guessing that's a manufacturing error. They each have a thick rubber edge which makes them unlikely weapons for a shuriken contest, but also means they aren't likely to cut your finger as you play hostess at the next cocktail party. Every item is unique because every item is made from an actual circuit board. That, honestly, is the best part. Knowing these items used to be in computers just makes my day.
I while the general items listed on their site are decently priced, some of them (like the aforementioned necklace) are fairly expensive. So while I do think these items will make great gifts, some of them you will have to save up for. I know what I have my eye on, and I'm going to start hoarding my pennies right now.