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14 Gifts Of Chocolate, Wine, & Design For Your Favorite Valentine

Preparing this collection of Valentine's Day goodies, I realized how tough it would be to choose among them.  But then I thought... Christmas has 12 days of giving, Hanukkah has 8 days... Why not have 14 days of Valentines giving and you can choose all of these gifts?  Starting February 1....

Social Media Game That Rewards You For Playing Social Media Games

It was bound to happen. Zynga, the number one game developer on Facebook is not happy just to release another "Ville" game, they had to find yet another way to make online gaming even more addictive than they already are - and in the process add yet more "green" to their coffers. This week, rumors logged by a number  of the techie blog sites indicated the firm will be launching RewardVille.

Recycled Fortune Cookie Coin Purse By Diana Eng

If you're looking for a little something sweet to include in your fashion accessory collection, then Diana Eng has created a cute little piece that's funky and fashionable.

Cool Boomer... A Fresh Seat At The Bathtub By Etac

If you or someone you love needs help getting in and out of the bath, look no further than this sturdy bath tub seat that also serves as a transfer board: the Etac Fresh.

Royal Engagement Ring Replicas Are China's Latest Booming Export

The April 2011 wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton is proving to be a bonanza for Chinese jewelers, manufacturers and exporters. Want a royal wedding engagement ring for as little as 45 cents? Just say “I do!”

Hotel Guests Check In To Social Media Services For Recommendations & Meet-Ups

Over time, hotels have learned to embrace social media by assigning staff or hiring agencies to manage both the tactical and strategical aspects of an effective campaign. In the "Top Ten Hotel Brands A Tweet Above The Rest," I noted some of the best 'social media' hotel chains' campaigns. But in addition, hoteliers are also utilizing some of the new social media services popping up online and on mobile apps that connect guests and hotels in some unique ways prior to arrival and during their stays.

Grannies Inc: Design Your Own Knit And Choose Your Granny To Make It!

The latest craze in online shopping seems to involve hiring a granny to create you a homemade craft, but now there's a new business that's hit the market and it actually offers you a little more hands-on control over what your granny is producing.

Google's Fare Search For Travel Challenged by FairSearch For Travel

Google's acquisitions of AdMob Inc. and DoubleClick boosted the search giant's online services while the government held back from challenging its encroachment on competition. But with Google's recent acquisition of ITA Software, online travel agencies (OTAs) are pressuring the US Justice Department to support an anti-trust suit against Google to block the purchase.

Social Media's Magnetic Marketing Replacing Mass Marketing

The future of Web site content is on tract to become hyper-personalized, as Internet searches and commercial transactions become linked to people's preferences,versus Google's keywords and hyperlinks. As a result, 'Magnetic Marketing' will replace mass marketing where consumers and brands will form stronger and stronger bonds. Flip.to and the UK Independent are two examples of this emerging trend.

Simple Fun - The Shape, Model And Mold Makes It Right

From high-quality toy-makers Melissa and Doug comes the Shape, Model and Mold - a hands-on way for kids to learn about shapes and create just about anything they want.

Placebo Chocolate Medication: Business Believes Chocolate Is The Solution To All

Placebos can be just about as effective as real medications, according to studies so there's one wise individual has now put together a unique product line based on this idea. It just happens to be made of an ingredient that's believed to save the world anyway.

Subaye Launches China's First 3D Online Mall

What's eBay in Chinese? It just might be Subaye, the company behind the country's first 3D online mall. No glasses are required but you might want to have your wallet handy.

Cool Boomer... The Omhu Cane, A Walking Stick With Attitude!

I'm not rushing anything, but when I need a cane, I want an Omhu cane.  Not a plain ash, meld-into-the-background cane, but a bright, spirited, boomer cane that's right in your face.

Just The Right Book: Personalized Book Subscription

These days you can get just about anything by subscription, but now there's a business that's put a twist upon something that's always been available in this format, and what they offer makes for a great gift!

Eco-friendly Image Printing Process Previously Thought to be Impossible

Something great and eco-friendly is happening to the furniture and design world. A company, Lumi Co, has invented a new printing technology that is not only eco-friendly, but also previously thought to be impossible to achieve in the design world. It's called the Lumi Process.

3 Phenomenal Chandeliers Lead Lighting Design Product Wars

Power wars are not just about Wall Street. Designer Pages, an online source for manufacturers of design pieces for interior designers and the design-loving public, is sponsoring Product Wars of its own in several interior and industrial design categories. As lighting is one of my favorite design areas, I'll share with you the spectacular top 3 leaders in this category...

 

Soundtracks For Your Pets, But No Earbuds... Yet

If you haven't purchased My Pet Speaker from Pet Acoustics yet, you'll be happy to know that appropriate pet-oriented relaxation songs are now available on CDs, so that pets can listen to their music without you putting out another $250 for a speaker.

Social Media Adds Facebook's Open Graph To The Shopping Cart

As noted in my previous post, "Social Media News Feed Becomes Facebook's New eCommerce Marketplace," brands have learned while having a Facebook fan page is a necessary evil in today's world of eCommerce, very few customers ever revisit a fan page after originally LIKING it. What's needed to motivate consumers is a much more robust experience that allows Facebook to gather information about its users, both on the social network itself and from other Web sites tied to its Open Graph.

Knickermail: UK Business Offers Sexy Gift Option For The Girl Who's Over Flowers

We've seen businesses that like to stick panties in the mail in the past, but there's a UK company that's just popped up that's taking a bit of a different approach to the business of knickers!

St-Walkers Stumble-Free Stiletto Suspenders

There's nothing worse than the Cinderella Syndrome where your heel comes straight out of your stiletto and you walk out of it, or worse yet, twist an ankle. When you've carefully selected shoes to go right along with an outfit, there's no worse disaster that can happen. Okay, well that may be a bit melodramatic, but regardless, there's now a fashionable solution.