Christmas Holiday Articles

The 11 Best Toys Of 2011: Toy Industry Awards

If you want to check out 2011's hottest toys, look no further.  The 11th annual Toy Of The Year Awards (TOTYs) were presented last night at a shindig marking the 108th American International Toy Fair, which opens today in NYC.  The TOTY, for those of you who are superstitious, not only celebrates its 11th year anniversary in 2011, but it awarded 11 prizes in 11 different categories, plus the overall best toy that received the Toy Of The Year award.

 


Japanese Fashion Designer United Bamboo Creates Cat Ready-To-Wear!

It was just a matter of time before a Japanese fashion house began seriously designing for cats;  cat-dressing is getting too big for the petwear trade.  United Bamboo has come out with a line of ready-to-wear for cats that match their women's fashions for the Fall and Winter season 2009 - 2010.  Here is a preview of the collection....

 


10 Fun Gifts For Dog And Cat Lovers

Nearly every adoring cat or dog parent likes getting gifts that acknowledge their love for their furry "child." Just think about how many dog t-shirts you've seen on people, and how many cat lovers hang the thoughts of "philosophical cats" on the walls of their homes. Here are 10 gifts that show you remember a dog or cat lover!

Hearing Aid Jewelry: Bling That Flaunt’s The Hearing Impaired’s Best Accessories

Many children and adults alike who wear hearing aids, particularly prior to their senior years, feel self-conscious about their hearing aids. To try to change this, one confident girl has created a new accessory that makes hearing aids something to flaunt, not hide.


Design That Thinks Ahead: The 24 Port USB Monster Hub!

How many times have you had to disconnect one USB gadget so you could replace it with another in the most convenient port or hub on your desk?  And when you want to use the first again, you can't find it!  Like the Quirky Pivot Power Strip, the 24 Port USB Monster Hub provides a valuable industrial design solution to office disorganization.

My Favorite Gadget Gift This Christmas: The Thermos Sipp

Knowing how much I love gadgets, my family members always try to find a gadget I've never seen or used before.  No offense to the others, whose Christmas gifts were thoughtful and novel, but there was one gift from my sister that I have searched for, for years, I'd like to tell you about... a travel thermos that keeps my coffee hot for a few hours and that doesn't spill all over my car if I make a quick turn.


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.

If You're Going Green This Christmas, Think About Metal

The guilt goes on year after year. Do you buy a real tree or bring the plastic one down from the attic.  Hmm.  That plastic one is so tacky and it's not like it fools anyone.  Why pretend?  Michelle Weingeist has solved the problem elegantly with the sustainable aluminum spiral Christmas tree she named Tannenboing that doesn't pretend to be a real tree.

 

 

Neiman Marcus Unveils The Gingerbread House Of Your Kids' Dreams

There are so many fun things about the holidays and when you are a kid the excitement is multiplied by about a million.  It is hard to imagine anything kicking that enthusiasm up another notch, but I am pretty sure that the life-sized, edible gingerbread house at Neiman Marcus would do it.

Five Fantastic Video Game Christmas Gift Ideas

If you're doing Christmas shopping for a friend or loved one who happens to be a gamer, why not try looking at some of these awesome gift ideas? Chances are pretty high that anyone who plays video games will appreciate at least one of the items on this list.

The Breakup Shop: Heartbreaker Of A Business Will End Your Relationships

We've reached that time of year when people come together to celebrate family, love, tradition, and all of the things that inspire warm and fuzzy holiday feelings. Sadly, these celebrations also encourage an activity as ice cold as a white Christmas - the holiday breakup. The good news is that you don't have to be a heartbreaker, as there's an innovative new business prepared to do the dirty work for you so that you might be spared that lump of coal in your stocking (but probably not).

10 Doggone Delightful Dog Calendars For 2011

Here's one difference between dog and cat lovers.  Cat lovers love cats; dog lovers love specific breeds of dogs.  Generalization?  Well, that's what calendar publishers are telling us, because they print far more breed specific calendars about dogs than cats.  I sent my dog Coca out digging for the doggone delightful ones and he came back with some - very proud of himself.

 

Be Naughty: Give The Gift Of Coal This Christmas!

Once upon a time it was a common practice in some cultures to put a lump of coal in a naughty child's Christmas stocking and leave out the toys. The disappointment was supposed to give these children the incentive to be a good child in the year to come. While we don't do that anymore, you can have some fun giving someone a bag of You've Been Naughty Popcorn Coal this year.

Dreaming Of A Red Christmas: 10 More Strange Santas From China

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in China, thanks to the country's many odd, offbeat and occasionally off-putting interpretations of Santa Claus. Though their origins can be found in traditional western depictions of Father Christmas, these sinicized Saint Nick knockoffs have strayed a lot further... into the nightmarish realm of the bizarre!

Wholesome Tummies: Healthy Bagged Lunch Service That Gives Moms a Break

Moms are among the hardest working people on the planet, and I'm only talking about the ones who parent full-time, not to mention those that juggle other responsibilities, like careers at the same time! This holiday season, give a mom in your life a break from one of her daily parenting duties - lunch making, by supplying her with a service that delivers healthy meals to her kids at school!

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....

Show Your Cats Some Respect With Okocat Natural Cat Litters: Review

If you want to buy your cats something they'll appreciate for longer than 10 minutes this Christmas, why not get them some decent natural cat litter.  I'm not kidding.  If your cats are still doing their stuff in those dusty, clingy, chemical-smelling crystal crumbs, they need some TLC.  And Healthy Pet has just the litter your cats would choose if they could.  It's called ökocat, and it comes from real green materials called trees.  My cat and I tried 3 different ökocat litters and here's what we found...

USB Christmas Tree Brings Holiday Cheer to Your Desktop

Celebrate digital Xmas 2011.0 with the USB Christmas Tree from Japan's Thanko! The tiny tinsel-trimmed tannenbaum merrily glows with fiber optic lighting powered by your PC or laptop computer.

The Chem 3000 - A Holiday Toy For Adults. Merry Chemsmas!

In many respects, growing up sucks. Bills, work and responsibilities tend to drain the fun out of holidays, replacing awesome Christmas toys with socks and shirts. But for those that want a little more bang for their buck this Christmas, the Thames & Kosmos Chem 3000 chemistry set delivers!

Ten Awesome Gaming Gifts You Can Get Your Kids This Christmas

Not sure what to get your kids this Christmas? Maybe I can help. See, gaming isn't a hobby just for teens and young adults. There are some pretty fantastic games out there for children, if you know where to look.  Here are a few suggestions to that effect to get you started.