Christmas Holiday Articles

11 Not-Too-Tacky Novelty Lamps Make Fun Holiday Gifts

As more sophisticated technology has made lighting design a central focus of interior design, a lamp is not just something to improve sight in the dark; lighting is its own statement, expressing style, mood... even humor! Mood and play lamps are totally welcome in modern interior design, as long as they're not too tacky. Some of them even make useful gifts...

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.

Royal Society Of Chemistry Weighs In On Best Hangover Cure

Is it coffee, Coke, aspirin, or the 'hair of the dog?'  Is it cold pizza, chocolate milk, sauerkraut, or maybe a Bloody Mary?  What cures a hangover best?  The Royal Society of Chemistry has made a pronouncement....

Christmas Tree Needles Have Natural Antibacterial Properties

Scientists often struggle to come up with artificial means to accomplish medical goals, when all the while nature has the answer.  Such an answer has been found in the Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menzietii, which not only happens to form an ideal shape for a Christmas tree, but also holds a very important biological agent in its needles - a natural antimicrobial.  

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?

YouBar: Customizable Goodie Company Introduces Create Your Own Cookies!

I wrote about YouBar a while back to introduce this innovative healthy food company that allows people to create their own delicious and nutritious treats, including customizable protein bars and shakes. You really can't beat a company that lets you create your own products. Now, they've introduced something else to their line...and it's mouth-watering!

Want This New Innovation? Titanic Gravy Boat

For some reason, despite all of our hopes, dreams, and best intentions, family dinners tend to turn into emotional disasters. With a Titanic Gravy Boat you can symbolize the impending disaster, flood your mashed potatoes, and get the kids to stop asking why it is called a gravy boat when it doesn't look like a boat. It's a win-win-win. And it's darn cute too.

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.

Sled Zeppelins: Eight Elf'n Cool Futuristic Santa Sleigh Concepts

Sure, reindeer may rock but in today's overpopulated world, Santa Claus needs more horsepower. Any one of these souped-up, Santa-stic concept gift-delivering machines will get the Bearded One from pole to pole and back again in the St Nick of time.

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.

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.



ETree Floor Lamp is Way Cooler Than Traditional Christmas Trees

‘Tis the season for decorating the home with a tree of one kind or another, so why not ditch the traditional Balsam Fir and go with something a bit more modern? Forget the pine tree and instead surprise your family and friends by bringing home this extraordinary new ETree floor lamp...
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10 Perfect Presents For 10 Types of Geeks

Dorks. Nerds. Geeks. If you read this site, there's a good chance you are one, or at least are friends with one. That may have been a bad thing in middle school, but in adulthood, we really start to see that thinking different is actually a great thing. Here's your chance to find some great gifts worthy of the dweebs on your list.

Wry Terrorist Tea Pot Takes A Stab At The 'Warm & Fuzzy' Tea Cozy

There's nothing out of bounds for the heralded British designer of wry - SUCK UK.  (Yes, wry did just become a noun.)   So it should not be a surprise that the company pokes fun not only at the British favorite pass time (Will you have a cup of tea, dear?), but at the traditional sweet, flowery, prim tea cozy.


Spending Big Bucks On The Zhu Zhu Pet Hamster -- And It's Just A TOY!

Supposedly the hottest toy for Christmas will be the Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters. Get them now if you want them, or you'll end up in the dog house like my family did the year we couldn't find a Cabbage Patch Doll for the kids' Christmas.   Zhu Zhu Pet Hamsters are cuter than the Cabbage Patch Doll, but you're going to end up in the poor house if you buy them.

Umbra’s Grip Coasters Help Enforce Coaster Use

Having people over is fun, finding sticky rings and water damage marks on your furniture the next day is not. Fortunately, Umbra has come up with a clever way for you to enforce coaster use without seeming like an anal host.

10 "Character" Wine Bottle Holders, For Better Or Worse

Wine bottle holder figurines are in now; alas, figurines have a purpose in life!  Problem is, you still need to figure out whether your recipient will reward the bottle holder with a position in the kitchen, dining room, or nearby landfill. (Take this as a warning of what's ahead!)

Going Meshugenah For Thanksgivukkah With Turkey Leg & Brisket

A New Zealand break-out singer from New Zealand is out front again this holiday season. Back in August when she released her successfully popular top forty pop hit, "Royals," she confused the public with a somewhat contradictory world debut. While on the one hand, she hid behind the pseudonym 'Lorde' to protect her anonymity, on the other. . .

Need This New Invention? The Mistletoe Drone

Christmas has long been known for one of the great gateways to holiday romance -- the sprig of mistletoe. An aerial drone bearing the festive fungus recently made an appearance over the crowds at Union Square in San Francisco. Couples young and old delighted in the impromptu appearance and began locking lips when it hovered their way. It was a totally 21st century take an old holiday tradition.

Brightkite's Augmented Reality Adds New Dimension To Your Holiday Shopping!

A new wrinkle in Holiday Shopping. One the hottest location-based social networks on the market today just added Augmented Reality to one's holiday shopping experience. Just point your smartphone's camera toward any shopping area and view more than you bargained for.