Christmas Holiday Articles

2007's Most Creative Christmas Lights?

Instead of the usual tinsel, over-sized Santa Claus and multi-colored strands of Christmas Lights, Regent Street in London this year took a different approach.

iPad Graphic Novels Feature Buddha & Social Media

Graphic novels on iPads make for great gifts as they are the perfect format for reading a genre presented in illustrative color. Kindles which continue to be one of the most popular eBook Readers fall short for graphic novel fans by only offering black and white text. This holiday season, two exciting iPad books hit digital shelves and can be purchased for as low as $4.99 a download.

Amazon, Still The Amazon Of Shopping Sites This Holiday Season!

Amazon.com, the nation's largest online retailer has stepped up its marketing efforts in response to the demand from post-Thanksgiving shoppers. Their Black Friday page is the top destination for customers to experience Amazon.com's Black Friday Deals Week offered now through Cyber Monday, November 30. And guess what?...no lines!

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)

8 Great Dog Lover Gifts For The Holidays

The Holidays are here again and so are this year's gift choices for the dog loving humans in your life.  Here are eight of my picks that are sure to be useful as well as fun for those very special people....

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!

 

The Perfect Gift For A Hobbyist: A Handheld Digital Microscope

If you have family members or friends who are collectors, lovers of small objects, crafters, or electronics dabblers, they might just consider the 500X Digital Microscope a necessity. Certainly, it will be one of the best gifts they will ever receive....

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.

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.

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.

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?

Ten Signs You’ve Overdone The Holiday Decorating

Most homeowners will string some lights outside or maybe feature a blow-up Santa, but other folks plan all year for their extravagant displays. These folks who go above and beyond for extreme holiday decorating stand out from the rest. So are you doing too much? How can you tell? Here are 10 Signs You've Overdone The Holiday Decorating:

Hundred Buck A Box Tissue Paper Is Nothing To Sneeze At

At 100,000 yen (about $100) per box, 12-layered ceremonial kimono tissue from Japan's Daishowashikosangyo Co., Ltd. is not only nothing to sneeze at, it's nothing to sneeze ON. In fact, don't even look at it – just set the box in the center of the executive board room table and hope nobody dares grab a single one of the 288 luxuriously colorful sheets.

A Cheap Social Media Shopping Network (Just In Time) For The Holidays!

With the holidays fast approaching, the team at blinkx.com has developed a new social shopping network, with a few extra bells and whistles than some of the others noted in my previous post  titled, "Top Ten Social Shopping Networks (Just In Time) For The Holidays." A great tool for not only comparison shopping but also an opportunity to share your shopping experiences with like-minded shoppers in the Cheep community.