Christmas Holiday Articles

Cats, Dogs, & Laser Toys

I've written a lot of blogs about pet toys, including one I update every year called the 19+ Best Interactive Pet Gifts, but I don't write a lot about laser toys.  There's a reason for that, and with the holidays soon upon us, I want to share my thoughts about buying laser toys as pet gifts.

Just In Time To Wrap Your Holiday Gifts, SUCK UK Develops Handy Tape Dispenser

What's wrong with re-purposing a tape measure dispenser as a sticky tape dispenser?  Nothing at all, the way SUCK UK sees it.  And it does seem like consumers will agree.

Unique Eco-friendly Winter Ornaments To Warm Up Your Home

There is just something so special about a finding a unique and eco-friendly ornament. They seem to be filled with love and it is easy to tell a lot of time and thought went into making them. Take a look at the festive and unique list of eco-friendly winter ornaments below.

10 "Character" Wine Bottle Holders, For Better Or Worse

Wine bottle holder figurines are in now; alas, figurines have a purpose in life!  Problem is, you still need to figure out whether your recipient will reward the bottle holder with a position in the kitchen, dining room, or nearby landfill. (Take this as a warning of what's ahead!)

Brightkite's Augmented Reality Adds New Dimension To Your Holiday Shopping!

A new wrinkle in Holiday Shopping. One the hottest location-based social networks on the market today just added Augmented Reality to one's holiday shopping experience. Just point your smartphone's camera toward any shopping area and view more than you bargained for.

Are Your Dogs Laughing Their Tails Off?

One thing that hasn't come along in a long time is a novel leash, but this fuzzy little collar-hooker is not just a new leash, but a leash that's Laughing My Tail Off!

10 Gadget Gifts For All The Fruits And Nuts On Your List

Fruits and nuts are difficult to buy for. Some of them need "special" treatment to make them more pleasing.

Soundtracks For Your Pets, But No Earbuds... Yet

If you haven't purchased My Pet Speaker from Pet Acoustics yet, you'll be happy to know that appropriate pet-oriented relaxation songs are now available on CDs, so that pets can listen to their music without you putting out another $250 for a speaker.

The Droid "Cash For Clunkers" Deal For iPhones

With the heightened buying frenzy surrounding the launch of Google's new smartphone, the Droid, it was no surprise that someone would piggyback off of the hype! While Google conducts its first-time TV advertising, Flipswap, a trade-in service aggressively jumped into the foray with a unique offer to swap cash for your old 'clunky' iPhones. ( Where was the Administration on this one?)

10 Coolest Heated Products To Warm Your Pets This Winter

You would think that K & H Pet Products, like cave men and women back in the day, just discovered fire... well, heat anyway.  The company has gone loopy making heated blankets, beds, mats, bowls, and even perches and pond defrosters for your visiting birds!  These new items all make great gifts for your favorite animal and winged friends this holiday season.


Ten 2011 Wall Calendars To Count You Into The Next Decade

Some of us are very sentimental about our wall calendars and end up keeping them for years. Perhaps that's why we spend a bit of time searching for a special one that "clicks." Whether you are buying a calendar for yourself or someone else (hint: great Christmas gift), I've hand-picked 10 that express the various ways some may like to start the next decade.


Remote Control Crabs Make Swell Shelled Holiday Gifts

This Christmas, surprise her with crabs! The Kaniraji Infrared RC Crab from Japan's JTT Online Shop comes in “fresh” and “boiled” models giving you two cool ways to play Sandy Claws this year.

Strange, Sick and Savvy Santas: Ads from Around the World

Santa's gettin' around this year.  Seems he's hangin' with some unsavory women, dressing in condoms, and getting decapitated.  That's quite a lot of activity for a guy who should be delivering toys...

This Christmas, Give the Gift of... Snow?

Since 1986, the northern Japanese town of Hayakita has sent over 65,000 snow-filled styrofoam snowmen to those whose winters are without the white stuff.

Google Glass To Make Visionaries Out Of Small Business Owners

While Google hopes to launch Google Glass by Christmas, there's a lot of speculation as to its acceptance in the business world. Surely with an anticipated price tag of slightly under $1500, at first glance (pun intended), one would think only larger brands would be able to afford this innovative new device.

Win An Amazon Kindle Fire In Instructable’s Holiday Baking Contest!

Do you have a holiday baking recipe that is unique as it is delicious, along with the ability to teach anyone how to make it themselves? Then you’ve got a shot at winning a whole bunch of sweet treats from Instructable’s Baking Contest.

Save Your Holiday Cookies With The Oven Mitt Apron

One of the biggest kitchen annoyances at this time of the year is keeping up with the timing of each item in the oven.  It is easy to lose track and to leave something in a little too long.  Why is this always the time when you can’t remember where you put down the oven mitts?  If you were wearing an Oven Mitt Apron though, there would be no problem.

10 Super Creative Cat Calendars For 2011

Pet calendars have become so clever and creative that this year I've decided to separate the cat calendars from the dog ones. No one seems to be very creative with the remaining species of pets, but that's my complaint every year.  So, off we go into kitty land and the artists that express them so well in the 2011 Cat Wall Calendars.

The Latest in Christmas Trees: 7 Modern Replacements for the Traditional Christmas Tree

Tired of the same old same old when it comes to Christmas trees? Is the traditional tree just not cutting it these days? Perhaps you'll have a hard time seeing the forest for the trees with the alternatives I've found (since some of these hardly qualify as "trees" in the first place), but on the eternal quest for variety and newness, here are some of the latest Christmas tree designs coming down the pike. read more »

Grenade Christmas Decorations: Pretty, Glittery, And Political

Partnering with Suck UK, Britain's inimitable producer of both the humorous and seriously absurd in design, Ctrl.Alt.Shift will use the proceeds from its Grenade Christmas Tree Decorations to further efforts to call for world attention to the "silent majority."