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What Are The Best Toys For Preschoolers? Here's The Toy Industry Winners

Each year, the Toy Industry Association presents the top toys in a variety of categories the coveted “Toy of The Year” award. This week, I’m happy to showcase the premier preschool toys from the past five years, and I know I’d have had a blast with this cool stuff when I was in preschool…

Pet Safety, Freedom & Affordability In Handsome Pet Seat Belt

My pooch generally sleeps while I drive, which delights me because if he wasn't sleeping, he'd be back-seat driving like every other passenger in my car.  Problem is, he does get up and walk around the back of my SUV occasionally, especially when wild smells whiz by his whiffers.  Until now, I never found a safety belt that would accommodate my dog's movements and still offer plenty of security in case the car in front of me comes to a short stop... (ahem)

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.

'Celery' Provides Fast Communication For The Computer Shy

Celery brings your friends and family into the world of speedy connection.  With this machine they can communicate just as fast as the rest of us, and be more involved and in touch with the people they love.

 

Plop Plop Fizz Fizz... OMG, It's Bacon Acid Reliever!

There's one thing we can count on this weekend, whether or not we manage to get felt up by a stranger in an airport... We're all going to eat too much.

Old Crayons? More Like Awesome New Crayola Crayons!

From Crayola, maker all things coloring comes the Crayola Crayon Maker, a way to create crazy new color combinations from discarded crayon bits.

 

Unique Christmas Advent Calendar Provides Secret Santa Service

Advent calendars are a part of many people's fondest holiday memories. Now, Charles & Marie offers an advent calendar gone secret Santa service that delivers 24 unique, designer gifts right to your door.

Social Media Twins Seek Greater Fortunes From Facebook Coffers Graphically

The Ivy League twins who accused Mark Zuckerberg of stealing the idea for Facebook at Harvard back in 2004 have reengaged their legal battle with him on the heels of an award-winning movie, an unauthorized biopic and a graphic novel that have brought greater focus to a social network that has already attracted a half billion-plus followers.

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.

The IKEA Bike

Unfortunately not a model that you'll be seeing in IKEA's catalog, the IKEA bike was a mass gift that the Swedish home decor company recently bestowed upon staff members as a holiday present.

NC-17 Rating For Xbox 360 Users Restricts Tweets

Not only are teenagers 17 and younger allowed to watch certain movies, Xbox 360 just banished them from accessing social networks. Strange that the teen demographic that is the target market for Xbox systems are restricted from from the Xbox Live's new integration of Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm. And with Christmas right around the corner!

A Social Media Retelling Of The First Christmas

What if Mary and Joseph gave birth to their baby Jesus in the Digital Age? How would they have used the social media tools available to a world where one out of every 13 people have a Facebook account, and one tweet or YouTube video can catch the attention of thousands or millions if it goes viral. The Portuguese digital marketing company, Excentric not only explores that possibility but has produced a video titled, "The Digital Story of the Nativity" to explain to the world how they see that story playing out in the year 2010.

Social Media Putting The "Black" Back In Black Friday?

Black Friday is the term used to mark the start of the traditional Christmas shopping season in which retailers transition from being in the red (posting losses) to black (turning profits). The difference this year might get an extra boost as merchandise in stores online and off utilize social networks, Web sites and mobile applications. Will having access to the new social media tools available be enough to turn that red ink black? Check out ten enterprises that are banking on it!

Buy Nike (RED) Laces For The Holidays And Save Lives

December 1 starts the launch of Nike (RED) in 13 countries around the world. Nike has created Nike (RED) laces specifically designed to fight AIDS in Africa. For holiday gift givers, this is an ideal gift to buy for the people on your Christmas, Hanukkah and/or Kwanzaa shopping list, as 100% of the profits go to the Global Fund.

Ear Warmers That Swing And Ring: Bluetooth Ear Muffs

Need a holiday gift for winter walkers, runners, hikers, or other outdoors-people? What about a pair of ear muffs with audio speakers or a Bluetooth wireless speaker?  How about one gadget that performs all three functions?

5 Fun, Funky & Ugly Holiday Inspired Purses

Since I've already given you an idea about some of the ugliest holiday sweaters out there to wear to get your Christmas groove on, the focus upon holiday attire really wouldn't be complete without featuring accessories. To round out your holiday wardrobe, here is a selection of fun, funky and ugly Christmas and holiday purses that you will certainly only tote once per year!

Need This New Innovation? Military Escort For Santa Claus

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been on the job tracking Santa's movements since the 1950s. Military radar tracks Santa around the world from the time he leaves the North Pole on his world-wide journey. This year, due to all of the heightened security alerts, the U.S. Air Force has ordered jets to escort the jolly old elf as he tours the United States. This has led to some controversy. Does Santa really need an escort.

The Hottest Christmas Gift For Kids In 2010: KINECTIMALS Virtual Pets Video Game

Last Christmas, the Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster was the blockbuster gift for kids. This year, I predict the box office hit for kids will be the video game Kinectimals, one of fifteen new Microsoft fully-interactive "sensoring" video games for its new Kinect Xbox 360.  Kinectimals are 20 wild virtual video pets, like tigers, lions and cheetahs, that kids can play with and even train. Parents will get a kick out of this game too!

 

9 Baby Toys To Light Up Their Little Eyes This Holiday Season

So, it’s that time of year again – time to start thinking about what gifts you are going to give the special people in your life.  If you have a baby on your list of people to buy for then you may be wondering what toys will put a smile on that drooly little mouth.  Here is a countdown of new finds and ever-popular classics to get you started.

2010's Best Solar Powered Gifts For The Gadget Crazy

Every year innovative people come up with new solar powered gadgets that solar powered gadget fan dying to try. If you have a solar powered gadget geek/fan on your gift-giving list take a look at the list of solar powered gadgets below. You will find you may want a gadget or two of these yourself.