10 Last Minute Gift Ideas Under & Way-Under $100

If you're like most people, myself included, you are not ready for the holidays.  You still don't know what you're cooking for Christmas, you have nothing to wear to your in-laws, you haven't put up your tree, and you're just revisiting the Christmas gift list you made in late October.

As I was going through my own list just this morning, I thought I'd share some of the neat gift ideas I found for last minute shoppers.  They're for infants to elders, combine style, utility, and fun... and they range in price from $7.99 to $69.95 and are in stock to ship for Christmas '09 as of this writing!

From highest to lowest in price....


 1.   Digital WiFi Detector  - $49.95

 Wifi is becoming more and more available; in San Francisco, it's being built into bus stop shelters!  But having to turn on your computer to locate nearby hot spots is more than a bit of a pain.  So WiFi Zone™ created the Digital WiFi Detector, a hand-held baby that scans signals up to 300 feet and shows you almost instantly the signal strength, network ID, encryption status and channel about each network within its range. Runs on two AAA batteries.(Buy here)




2.  Basket Bowl - $59.95

 Will you look at these?  Realistically designed ceramic basketball and soccer ball bowls for your sport-loving friends.  Designed by Suck UK, the "fruit bowls" are available in the US from Firebox.com.





3.  His And/Or Hers Key Holders - $40

These clever key holders not only specifically point out the areas in which we are different, but His and Hers Key Holders also have functional benefits... as in, if you use them, you won't lose your keys!   They are $19.95 each, but I'm placing them in the $40 range, in case you want to buy for couples -- any combination of couples... or even threesomes, if that applies.(Buy his and hers here)



4.   Kitchen Pencil - $35

A superb design gift from Moss Online, the Kitchen Pencil by Sebastian Bergne is guaranteed to be a conversation piece as well as a functioning pencil and kitchen spoon.  Made by Edition Nouveaux Objet, France of beech wood, the Kitchen Pencil is 11.75 inches long.




5.   Vinturi Essential White or Red Wine Aerator- $34.57

A great gift for wine conasseurs or any novice trying to get the best out of a bottle of wine. Vinturi has created two Wine Aerators, one for red, the other for white, so that each bottle gets the appropriate exposure to air as it pours into your glass.  No need for a decanter with this gadget! (Buy here)




6. Oil Lamps Gift Set - $29.95

This extraordinary set of slim stainless steel candles designed by Blindkilde Innovative Design Company of Copenhagen makes a lovely gift, sure to light up one's Christmas. The paraffin comes with glass holder, lamp oil, and extra wicks.  There's an additional bonus: the Oil Lamp Gift Set comes with a free cachet of Hermes d' Orange Verte Foam Bath! (Buy here)





7.   Snooze City Designs Printed Pillowcases -$24.99

So many clever designs available here, you're bound to find a pair of pillowcases your hard-to-please giftee will love.  Perfect gift for one who has everything... except for these Snooze City sassy pleasers.  Here's one I liked! (Buy here)




 8.  Tyvek Wallets - $19.95

You may think these neat looking wallets are just for fun, but not so... they also hold your money and cards, very comfortably.  Tyrek fabric is a lightweight material made from paper, film, and fabric.  The Tyrek wallet is very strong; chemical, tear and abrasion resistant.  And it doesn't get hot and sticky when you sit on it.  (Buy here)





9.  Cloud b Twilight Constellation Night Light - $18.12

Infants, kids, and big kids will love the Cloud b Night Lights because they light up the ceiling with stars!  Truly...  The Turtle, Sea Turtle, and Lady Bug reflect of amber, turquoise and red lights on their shells, but take a look at what they reflect on the ceiling.  This product has more than 700 reviews on Amazon and an almost perfect 5-star rating! (Buy here)




10.   Screwpull Patented 4 Wheel Foil Cutter - $7.99

Any wine lover would appreciate the thoughtfulness of this gift, because a foil cutter is by far the preferred method of removing the foil seal on a wine bottle.  How many times have you cut yourself trying to remove it with a kitchen knife.  The Screwpull 4 Wheel Foil Cutter is top notch too! (Buy here)



Okay, now hurry up and get your shopping done, so you have a few days to breathe before Christmas!



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