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Merry Katniss: Holiday gifts fierce enough for Hunger Games

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To the Victor Go the Spoils

Do you know some Hunger Games fans who think they're hardcore enough to survive a round in the Arena? Give them a fighting chance with these fierce, futuristic gifts.

To the Victor Go the Spoils


If you're ever stranded in an Arena-esque environment like Katniss and the other tributes, LifeStraw (Amazon, $20) — which removes 99.99999 percent of waterborne bacteria — could mean the difference between drinking clean water and ingesting a brain-eating amoeba.

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SpeakSake Audio Scrapbook: Voices of Friends & Family

Anyone who has gone through a long period of time separated from their loved ones knows what it's like to miss a simple, audible utterance — like "Hello" — coming from friendly lips. Skip the suffering with a SpeakSake, which is a high-tech audio scrapbook that allows you to replay voice messages from friends and family, at your leisure (Speaksake, $40).

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Tiered Geometric Necklace

Impress a fierce lady in your life with this tiered geometric necklace (Urbanoutfitters, $29), which brings to mind Katniss' weapon of choice — the arrow. A weathered, brass finish gives the piece a tough-yet-chic appeal that is well suited for the stylish urban warrior.

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Supercollar Dog Collar

Are pampered pups allowed in the Arena? Eh, probably not. But either way, this Supercollar Dog Collar (Amazon, $38) is totally bada**. Should pets ever be allowed to participate, the tributes should outfit them with the high-tech collar-and-leash combo. In the meantime, your Fido can just rock it around your block, making all the neighbors drool.

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Stainless Steel Soap

Having a bar of soap that never wears out is a big plus, whether you are sudsing up in your own soaking tub or attempting to maintain a modicum of cleanliness in the wild. Stainless steel soap (Amazon, $19) lasts virtually forever and removes pesky odors to boot.

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The Gentleman's Faceless Watch

To the untrained eye, you're just wearing a steel-linked wristband. In reality, though, you've got a futuristic, faceless watch (Amazon, $11) with disguised LED lights that only display the time when you want them to.

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Fitbit Wireless Personal Trainer

If you are fleeing from ferocious beasts manufactured by the Capitol or just prepping for a 5K, it helps to know where you stand, health-wise. Just clip this sleek, wireless personal trainer (Amazon, $214) to your clothing or drop it in your pocket, and the handy device will track important health stats like calories burned, distance traveled and even sleep quality.

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Germ Guardian UV-C Sanitizing Light Wand

It may look like a pregnancy test, but this nifty, little stick does much more than tell you if your eggo is preggo. A sanitizing light wand (Amazon, $63), the device utilizes UV-C technology to eliminate germs safely. And, let's face it, in a Hunger Games situation, it's hard to even think about — much less stomach — what bacteria may dwell on what you have to scarf down.

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Zippo Hand Warmer

If your trusty, classic Zippo lighter took steroids, it might look a little something like this. Perfect for those times when you're freezing your tuckus off outdoors, the Zippo Hand Warmer (Amazon, $15) delivers up to 12 hours of toasty warmth in the palm of your hand.

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Paracord Survival Bracelet

There are some things that just make sense, like peanut butter and jelly, or Abbott and Costello. You can go ahead and add never being caught in the great outdoors without a paracord survival bracelet (Amazon, $6) to that list. It may appear to be mere arm candy, but the compact wristlet stretches into eight feet of sturdy rope that could help save you in an emergency situation.

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