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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!

Holiday Social Media Competition Lights Up "Home Decoration Smackdown" In Jersey City, Newark & Roselle

What's a little friendly competition amongst neighboring towns in New Jersey? Well this Christmas season, two councilmen and one mayor have decided to lighten up this year's holiday festivities with a house decoration competition in Jersey City, Newark and Roselle.

8 Great Gifts For Dads For Father's Day 2013 And Beyond

Father's Day.  When you get to my father's age, it becomes quite difficult to find something original as a gift.  Ties, while quite nice, are well-overplayed and no longer an option.  Take him out to lunch?  Sure... but again, not the most original of ideas.  Movies are a good idea... but unless it's a drafthouse, it's really not that special.

So what to get for Dad on this Father's Day?  Well, here are 8 ideas...

Thirteen Oddest, Funniest And Strangest Holiday Ornaments

Deck the halls with …. What in the world is that? Sometimes we wonder what has gotten into some people. First, the Ugly Christmas Sweater trend, the Turducken, and Christmas music piped into stores before Halloween. Now it seems all rules are forgotten and the Christmas decorating train has run off the rails.

Here's 13 of the oddest, funniest and strangest Christmas Tree Ornaments to add fun to your tree: 

This Designer Dog Jewelry Makes Me Jealous: IsPet™ Designer Petwear

Ruff!  Designer jewelry for dogs that I wouldn't mind wearing at all.  Wait until you see it....

10 + Tart Warmer Gifts For The Best Home Fragrances

Some years ago a friend sent me a 'tart warmer'' for Christmas.  Tarts in this context are like mini candles, but they don't have candle wicks.  They are not meant to be burned directly, but warmed by another heating element, like a tea light or light bulb. And boy, does a tart warmer emit fragrance!  Candle burning doesn't compare!

 


Plush Puffs Add Something Special To Your Hot Cocoa - Maple Bacon Anyone?

Hot chocolate is a winter staple and having it without marshmallows is practically sacrilegious.  During the holidays it can be nice to kick things up a bit though and one thing you may want to try is gourmet flavored marshmallows.  Plush Puffs is a line of gourmet marshmallows that come in some unusual flavours.

Something To Be Thankful For: Scientists Working Hard to Develop Unique Ways To Recycle Feathers

Have you ever wondered what happens to plucked turkey feathers? For the most part turkey feathers as well as feathers from various other poultry are simply incinerated, made in to low -grade animal feedstock or thrown away only to end up in a landfill. Fortunately, several scientists are working hard to develop new eco-friendly ways to recycle these feathers for future use.

Put Cardboard Tubes To Good Use With Toobalink!

Why waste a perfectly good cardboard tube in the recycle bin when you can make a sword, abstract models and other cool stuff with Toobalink construction sets?

5 Unique Recycled Ornaments

This year hang some unique eco-friendly ornaments on your eco-friendly tree. Make some of your own ornaments or buy some eco-friendly ones. Take a look at the innovative and unique recycled ornaments below for inspiration

Still Time With Standard Shipping: Fun Eco-Friendly Toy Gift Guide

For the eco-friendly procrastinator in need of earth-friendly toys for the children in the family rest assured they can still be found and shipped out on time from Amazon.com with standard shipping. So don't panic. Instead take a look at some of the unique toys below.

Anti-Snooping Apps For When Everybody's Watching You

When the rock group, The Eagles first penned their iconic top-forty hit, "New Kid in Town," with lyrics that spoke to: "talk on the street. . . everybody's watching you," the year was 1976, predating the Internet by almost two decades. While spot-on prescient as to what was to come, surely Don Henley, Glenn Frey or Joe Walsh couldn't have known the level of surveillance that's blanketed the world we NOW live in...

Send A Postcarden And Give The Gift Of A Mini Garden Too

Nowadays, most people send cards because they feel obligated to do so because of some occasion.  They want you to know that they are thinking of you, but are often too busy to do more than sign the card and mail it out.   Now, instead of mailing a plain old card you can send the gift of a tiny garden too.

Social Media Entrepreneurs & Garfield Fans Star In Graphic Novel & Comic Strip

This month a graphic novel and a cartoon strip offered walk-on parts to social networkers and cartoon fans. In an era that blends the real and online worlds, it's a natural fit to have someone's caricature or actual photo introduced into a comic or illustrated narrative. In the case of "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks," and "Garfield," it allows these intellectual properties to interface with the public in a very personal way.

Folding Wooden Princess Castle Gives Girls A Chance To Rule For Christmas

Most toy castle sets are for boys and come with grey stone walls, archers, and a general sense offoreboding. The Melissa and Doug wooden folding princess castle offers a high-quality medieval alternative for girls.

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)

Kindle Outsells Sarah Palin & Dan Brown On Christmas Day!

The latest generation of Kindle was released in October. In November, Amazon’s Kindle broke sales records as the hottest item on holiday gift lists. My holiday blog titled "Kindle vs Nook & Sony e-Reader For The Holidays!" exceeded over 70,000 page-views. On Christmas day,  Amazon's Kindle hit an unprecedented milestone in the publishing history - it sold more Kindle books than physical books.

Shocking Story: The Electric Eel Powered Christmas Tree



Japan's Aqua Toto Gifu aquarium has sparked interest worldwide with its E-tree... the "E" standing for Electric Eel! Renewable energy never looked so, er, weird.
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Solar Power Helps Lessen Tree Lot Carbon Footprint During the Holidays

In San Diego, Stellar Solar is coming up with innovative ways to use their solar powered products during the holidays. This year they are powering the world's first solar powered Christmas tree lots. Contradicting idea? Maybe.