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)