Lifehacker Gift Guide: Seasonal IKEA Hacking

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Lifehacker Gift Guide: Seasonal IKEA Hacking


IKEA hacking is a constant topic of discussion here at Lifehacker. Not all these gift ideas from the Swedish furniture giant require hacking, but they’re all interesting possibilities if you’re prepared to face the crowds and brave your local store. (Don’t go on weekends, we beg you.)

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BEST CHOICES

IKEA Xbox Steering Wheel Mount

Cost: $59.98
Where to get it: IKEA (Dave, Brada)
Why it’s a good choice: Driving games are much more realistic if your steering wheel is mounted. Combine these two IKEA staples and the job is done.
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PS Cabinet

Cost: $199
Where to get it: IKEA
Why it’s a good choice: Seasonally-appropriate colour. Lockable storage. Long enough for a large TV.
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Tertial Lamp (as R2D2)

Cost: $19.99 (plus parts, labour and love)
Where to get it: IKEA
Why it’s a good choice: OK, this one does require a fair bit of hacking. But for the regular Wookieepedia reader in your life, a handmade R2D2 could be just the ticket.
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BUDGET CHOICES

Brada Laptop Support (as iPad stands)

Cost: $9.99
Where to get it: IKEA
Why it’s a good choice: It’s the perfect gift for the household with two iPads: a laptop stand which neatly divides in half to make two iPad stands. (If your ungrateful recipients reject it, use it next year for the Xbox hack suggested above.)
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Glogg Snallerods Spiced Red Wine


Cost: $9.99
Where to get it: IKEA
Why it’s a good choice: Makes a change from the traditional bottle of wine emergency gift. Traditionally served heated, so a good choice for residents of Canberra or Tasmania.
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Baren Hanger (as console guitar holder)

Cost: $4.99
Where to get it: IKEA
Why it’s a good choice: Ideal for that Rock Band-loving cousin: use the hangers to mount faux guitars on the wall, out of harm’s way when extended solos are not an option.
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Lifehacker Gift Guide 2010

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