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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.

Cyber Monday And The Slow Death Of Black Friday

When Cyber Monday was invented in 2005 to encourage people to shop online, I don't think anyone really expected what would happen next. Over the past seven years, online shopping's popularity has skyrocketed. Bad news for Black Friday, right? 

Annie Oakley's: Colorado Marijuana Dispensary Granted First Recreational License

The marijuana business is one that has been on the rise in states that have decriminalized the drug for some time. But up until now they've only been able to cater to an elite clientele - those with licenses to purchase medical marijuana. In Colorado where the drug has been legalized, that's all about to change.

Mom & Pops 'Shop Small' For Social Media, Devoid Of Black Friday Madness & Cyber Monday Fatigue

Mom & Pop shops, sometimes derogatorily referred to as the dinosaurs of the retail industry have of recent date been able to exert some clout during the holiday buying season, at least for one day out of the year. Founded by American Express, since 2010, the "Shop Small" movement (aka Small Business Saturday®) ...

Fresh Moves Bus: A Farmer's Market On Wheels

As a major advocate for purchasing and consuming local foods, and a produce-loving vegetarian, farmer's markets are among my favorite things in the world.  The only problem is that farmer's markets aren't everywhere when you need them. While there's still a way to go before everyone has unlimited, easy access to locally grown produce, businesses like The Fresh Moves bus in Chicago aim to change that.

Can Kmart's "Blue" Light Special Ads Turn Us On For The Holidays? [Videos]

With Kmart's revenue reports heading into the toilet, it appears its TV ads might have followed suit this holiday season. Down 4.6 percent in earnings this quarter, one of the nation's largest discount retailers is taking a radical departure from it's wholesome Mom's Apple Pie image to one that replicates the blue material you might catch on late night, a la Chelsea Lately!

Cat's Play For Foreign Cats: 13 Fun International Cat Toys

If you're curious about how cats play in other countries, here are some fun cat toys popular in Italy, Russia, India and other foreign countries. And, if you're homesick, you can purchase them from the links provided....

Lazy Dogs Who Like To Chew Can Use The Bone Mat: As Seen On TV

I had always thought that the use of front paws to hold things in place was a natural behavior of both dogs and cats. But apparently, there are some dogs who don't, or don't want to, hold their bones.  I say that because of this new product for dogs - the Bone Mat - which holds bones in place while your dog chews them. 

14 Awesome Hanukkah Menorahs For Pet & Animal Lovers

A menorah is a special candelabra lit for eight nights during the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, a holiday that commemorates the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. The holiday is a joyous one, so it is not surprising that there are many that celebrate our relationship with our pets and our admiration and appreciation of wild animals as well.  Here are 14 wonderfully artistic animal menorahs for children and adults.

10 Funny Hanukkah Toys For Chewish Cats And Dogs

Chewish has, more or less, become the special attribution of pets who live with Jewish persons.  Or maybe it's just a great hook to sell more pet toys for Hanukkah. In any case, there are some real fun toys for cats and dogs who qualify - chewers, chasers, and swatters, who should not be left out of the Hanukkah festivities that begin early this year on Thanksgiving eve.

Your Pets Deserve Their Own Thanksgiving Dinners - Healthy Ones!

Every year around the holidays, we are warned not to share our yummy meals with our pets.  They can get very sick from eating our rich food, and really we should not feed them from the table anyway.  But there is at least one pet food company known for making high quality pet foods, that has whipped up a couple of special Thanksgiving meals for our dogs and cats - even those that are on grain free diets.

5 Unique Indoor Planter Gifts For The Winter Gardener

There's something very personal about receiving a plant.  And if you receive a plant in winter, when all outside is stagnant or frozen, it's really special.  I was browsing Uncommon Goods the other day and found a range of really creative indoor planting schemes for unique gifts.  They have dozens, but here are five of my faves....

Top Ten Baby Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes for babies are their first initiation into the one holiday of the year that requires them to be someone else.  Yes, even though your baby don't even 'what' they are, let alone 'who' they are, this doesn't stop parents from wanting to confuse them even more, by dressing them up in a clever disguise.

What's An Ergonomic, Eco-Friendly & Stylish Ball Shucker For Your Dog? The Wood Chuck

There are a few ball shuckers on the market and they're all ergonomic, enabling you to throw a ball pretty darn far - sometimes too far! - for your dog without stressing your throwing arm and shoulder too much.  But the Planet Dog Wood Chuck is not only ergonomic, it's real eco-friendly and extremely stylish.  What a cool design!

Adopt A Guy: Retail Store Offers A Modern Approach to Matchmaking

Choosing a mate isn't as simple as shopping for a new pair of jeans (which is a task that many women dread, so we can't underestimate the complexity of jean shopping). But one bold, international company wants women to select a man by browsing the available options in a store using a process that's not unlike shopping for denim. Except that you've got to try your selections on for size after you take them home.

Effective Hair Removal Home Electrolysis Machine: Pinchless And Affordable

One of least rewarding chores of female beautification is face and body hair removal.  It's a boring activity, it can be painful, and it's fruitless because the hair always grows back in what seems like no time.   Here's a great gadget from Hammacher Schlemmer called the Pinchless Electrolysis Hair Remover that claims it will remove all your unwanted hair once and for all.  And, unlike expensive salon treatments, you can use it yourself at home.

 


Native American Style Cozy & Elegant Ponchos For Dogs

Fall weather is here and our pooches may need a little help keeping warm in the great outdoors. These Native American styled dog ponchos look so smart and are just perfect for the cooler, windy weather of the season.

 

Very Cool Cat Shell Bed And Hideout By Oppo

I saw an unidentified image of the Cat Shell about a year ago and have finally found a source for it at Japan Trend Shop. It's even neater than I thought it was because its design is so versatile!

Bitcoin Accepted Here: Beijing-based IwannaBuy Adds Bitcoin As A Payment Option

Bitcoins burning holes in your pockets? Online stores like Beijing-based IwannaBuy have embraced the hot new digital currency, supporting payments in Bitcoin as an innovative complement to online banking and online payment systems like PayPal and AliPay.

Inventors No Longer Dime-A-Dozen: Million Dollar Man Takes Bite Out Of The Sharks

Charles Michael Yim took a very deep breath after scoring big time on the ABC TV show Shark Tank this past week to pitch his latest invention. And while he might have exhaled a whiff of champagne with that sigh of exhaltation, we're sure he drove off under the legal alcohol limit. Why? Because Yim is the creator and developer of the first breathalyzer that interfaces with a smartphone.