Christmas Holiday Articles

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.


Hands-Free Wash, Exfoliate, & Massage Your Feet With The FootMate® Shower System

If you know someone with a bad back, sore feet, a very small shower stall, or who just likes to be pampered (I think that includes just about everybody, doesn't it?), the FootMate® Shower System is a perfect gift, and one which will probably be a delightful surprise to your giftee.

Join GE’s #3DPrintMyGift Challenge & Make Santa’s Sleigh!

This fun contest presented by GE and GrabCAD will test 3D printing wizards and creative dreamers to design a printable model of the greatest version of Santa’s sleigh to date! Are your ready for this Christmas challenge?

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.

Designer Piggy Bank Holds $10,000: Buy Two And Save $20,000

A stunningly realistic pig, gilded or polymer coated in hot pink, by a world famous designer, would look smashing on her dark cherry server.  She would love it, even be encouraged to shove dollar bills through the cork opening and look forward to saving $10,000....

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.

 

 

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!

Is It Christmas Yeti?

People have been searching for the yeti for hundreds of years and there appears to be a real motivation behind those searches -- the meat. It is apparently the secret behind the Sherpas' ability to climb so easily at such high altitudes. Canned Yeti Meat is one kind of meat that Oscar Meyer doesn't pack and ship, and one that isn't readily available at your deli counter.

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.

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.

 

Sweet Social Networking Personalizes Chocolate For Twitter & Facebook Users

How does a chocolatier break into the crowded "sweets" business - butting up against the likes of Ghiradelli, Hershey and Godiva? Similar to how Mrs. Fields used mail-order as her means of promotion in the 70s, Marcy's Morsels is using the number one tool of the 21st Century - namely social networking.

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?)

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...

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....

 


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.

650-Degree, Electric Grill Makes A Great Gift For Any Meat-Lovin' Man (Or Lady)

Don't just cook your steak--char it, sear in the flavor and devour it like the wild carnivore you are. This Hammacher grill combines convenience and power into a sleek, enviable package.

10 Fun, Funky, Fanciful & Functional Gifts Under $50

It's the Holidays, 2010.  We're stretching it to buy gifts for only the most special in our lives, and the gifts will be more personal, more meaningful, than years past, because we are stretching and our giftees know that.  This year I found a range of new design gifts for those special people - the fun, the funky, the fanciful, and the functional. You'll find something for your special ones, without busting your budget.

 


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!

New Social Media Seasonal Holiday Created By Groupon

As one of the first and most popular social buying sites, Groupon differentiates itself once again from its competitors by establishing its own holiday. The fact that it begins on the Monday prior to Thanksgiving and continues through Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa might smack a bit like overt commercialism, but with deals up to 90 percent off, I think a lot of seasonal shoppers are going to be celebrating "Grouponicus" this holiday season.

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.