5 Best Christmas Gifts of 2009 for HIMYM fans

Not much time left for Christmas shopping this year, but if you know a How I Met Your Mother fan then you may want to consider these suggestions of great HIMYM related Christmas gifts they will love.

1. Barney’s Motivational Posters.

      There are some very cool choices from Barney’s office wall. For a complete rundown of Barney’s collection go here. Various sizes and all, every true How I Met Your Mother fan should have the awesomeness poster, the conformity poster and yes even the perfection poster. These are truly the most authentic and highest quality posters you can find. They are truly Legendary!

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the Barney Stinson Office Poster collection. True Story.

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Barney Stinson's Office Posters

Ok How I Met Your Mother fans, it would seem there has always been a lot of speculation about the “butt load of motivational posters” in Barney Stinson’s Office. I actually get a question or comment related to this once a week or so… given the popularity of this topic I did some research, and feel it’s time now (before season 4 changes the wall again) the drop some knowledge. This post is only accurate through the end of Season 3, so feel free to comment and I’m sure there will be a revised post in the future.

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How I Met Your Mother Season 3 DVD out on October 7th

robin_and_barney Just a quick news update for  HIMYM fans. According to moviesonline.ca, FOX has announced that ‘How I Met Your Mother Season 3’ will be released on DVD on October 7th. I wonder what kind of goodies will come with this season? As you all may know Season 2 came with a small and much coveted Awesomeness Poster and there are always cool “extras” with each season.

Also, mark your calendars (Outlook, iCal, google, actual…) because How I Met Your Mother returns to the air for Season 4 on September 22.

the Awesomeness poster – all you’ll ever want to know.

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…and then some. So it appears a lot of people are very taken by not only Barney’s Awesomeness motivational poster (probably my most popular post to date was just about what the poster said …which in case you missed it is: “When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story.” ) from How I Met Your Mother (great season so far, btw.), but also by his whole collection of motivational posters. But for now, as promised here is all you will ever want to know about the awesomeness poster.

The awesomeness poster from Barney’s office did come with the Season 2 DVD if you buy it at Target. I haven’t been able to find one there in quite some time, but that’s the only official release I know of. I should also offer thanks to howimetyourblog.com for the proof, story and photo.

I’m glad we can get a hold of the real thing right? Well for me it’s not that simple. This poster looks decent size but I love big poster…maybe it’s just me though. To the point, I have read and searched quite extensively on the subject, and from what I can tell this is pretty much an exclusive deal with Target. It would be nice if they had several different of Barney’s motivational posters, but I figure they either have it planned for the future (for info on all the posters’ check out Barney Stinson Office Poster Collection) or they have no plans whatsoever do do anything more with them. Also, I am not totally sure about the actual size of the poster that comes with the DVD.

If you want about the closest thing you can find on the net try out the poster in the beawesomeinstead store and grab one there. I originally started with an  original fan version of the awesomeness poster. It’s quite large and awesome as a poster but to be nice, I also made up some desktop wallpapers. They are decent so feel free to partake: 1027.768, 1152.864, 1280.960, 1600.1200.

Barney pointing at the Awesomeness PosterAlso… I feel the need to start a conspiracy theory. So what we know for sure is that the Awesomeness poster is first mentioned in Season 1 Episode 17 (Life Among the Gorillas) of HIMYM. And when it is mentioned Barney motions to either the back left corner of his office behind his desk. We also know that the poster makes it first “on screen” appearance in Season 3 Episode 1 (Wait For It…) (..stop waiting that was the name of the episode, sheesh) and at this time it is behind Barney’s desk to the right of the center of the room. So he just moved his posters around right? Wrong.

If you take a look at not only episode 1.17 but also Season 1 Episode 21 (Milk) you will see so full shots which I will post below. Check them out and let me know what you notice .

The Backwall of Barney's OfficeLeft Office ViewCloser View of Posters and WallsNo posters on the Window. (duh)

Let me point out a few things. First, in the area Barney pointed, the awesomeness poster is not there. Behind his desk there is no poster with the F-16 jet we saw in season 3 or the correct number of letters for the word “Awesomeness.” It can’t be on the wall to the left of Barney because as you ca see there is just a huge set of windows. Was there even an awesomeness poster is Season 1…or just the mention of it. It seems to me that, as they do sometimes, fans made such a deal out of it that they threw it in in Season 3 as a great gag. Does this mean that all of Season 1 was a lie? Well… actually yes, it is a TV show remember? Sheesh, you all take this way to serious

Thanks for reading. Thoughts and comments are welcome!  …If you’re still here then that means you haven’t been to the store yet! So yet check out the Be Awesome Instead Store for the Awesomeness Posters and others!

*slight update – Since I get a lot of questions on it I have researched and released the definitive work with as much detail as I could find on the complete Barney Stinson Office Poster Collection. True Story.