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12. 08. 2005

Popgadget Gift Guide 2005: Under $100

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Who could resist playing with this interactive sculpture ? It's mesmerizing just to look at. A reproduction of a Richard Zawitz work of art, its curved sections rotate to form many different shapes. Made of die-cast metal with a mirror finish, it's like high-class worry beads. Sold at W Hotels The Store for $70. (Brian)

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Foldable travel speakers available at MoMAstore for $45 are lightweight and operate on 4 AAA batteries or 6V DC adapter. Works with iPods, mp3 players, CD players, portable DVD players, and laptops. (Jenna)

Plug in the Seirus Quickdry Boot/Glove Dryer into a 110v outlet, slip the heaters into your cold, wet boots, and they'll be warm and dry for your next slosh through the snow. Available at REI for $49. (Hoyun)

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Adopt a panda mom and cub, snow leopard kittens or an entire polar bear family in your best friend's name this holiday. It's a symbolic adoption through World Wildlife Fund, but the person you buy the adoption for receives, in the case of panda mom and cub, a limited-edition Gund plush panda, an adoption certificate, desktop images, a screensaver, and panda AIM icons. $50-100. (Sheigh)

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Lola Go Lightly make-up compact with everything you need in a tiny travel-friendly size. $38 at Sephora. (Katherine)

Free People laptop cosies come in three different designs: ribbon, snowflake, and embroidered roses. Recommended simply because this is the sort of pretty, slightly frivolous indulgence she might never buy for herself. $44 each. (Saresha)

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The Salubrion Chair, available at Gaiam (was $50, but now on sale for $40), lifts you up to support your lumbar curve and keep your back in alignment during meditation, playtime with your toddler, or other activities requiring long periods of sitting on the floor. (Hoyun)

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The fm3 Buddha Machine is a little plastic box with a built-in speaker, a headphone jack, and a nub of a three-position slider that lets you click between nine electro-meditative tracks. It's creators, Beijing-based musicians Christiaan Virant and Zhang Jian, took nine tracks produced over the the last six years, compressed them into six-bit audio files, and burned them onto a chip at the heart of the Buddha Machine. Runs on two AA batteries and can be purchased for $23 from Forced Exposure. Freakin' mellow. (Sheigh)

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A subscription to Make magazine, the "first magazine devoted to digital projects, hardware hacks, and DIY inspiration." Four quarterly volumes for $34.95. (Katherine)

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Get Stila's Gran Coffret Set for the friend who can never have too much make-up. It comes in an embroidered velvet box and contains shadows, blush, lipstick, mascara and a lip pencil. $58 at Sephora. (Sheigh)

I so miss the days of the mixed tape- it was a great way to get to know someone and check for that all-important music compatibility. CD compilations just never took off in the same way. iTunes makes it easy again, by letting you make a playlist and sending it as a downloadable gift. Much more personal than a plain gift certificate. Just create a playlist in iTunes, then click to purchase and send as a gift. You can also send whole albums or single songs. You need to have iTunes 6 installed to send gift playlists. Available from iTunes in any amount from $.99 to $2,000,000.00. (Mia)

The perfect gift for foodies in NYC. The Diner's Deck is a set of 52 cards, with each individual card featuring a restaurant review, plus a $10 gift certificate to that establishment (almost enough to cover the first cocktail). Decks are available in versions for all of Manhattan, Downtown East, or Downtown West. Each deck is worth $520, but costs just $29.95. Available from CityShuffle. (Mia)

When I was little, I was obsessed with solid perfume-filled little animal-shaped pins from Avon. This grownup version by Origins and designed by artist Lisa Jenks is filled with Origins Ginger Essence. The Ginger Essence compact is silver-plated and comes with a tiny mirror. Great for using as a bag charm or could even be worn as a pendant. The $65 locket is available this holiday season only. (Mia)

ZO1 Suncare Systems is the last word in UV-protection, according to a bunch of luxury mags. It's got no titanium dioxide, no chemical absorbers and provides an effective shield against UVA and UVB damage. Products (including creams, balms, peels, and tanning solution)start at 13.50 (about $23.65 US). (Sheigh)

Das Keyboard for the elite geek: a status symbol precision keyboard with blank keys, $79.95 (with free shipping to most states). (Brian)

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Thanks for the links! I just wanted to point out that you misspelled Salubrion. Their website has more information, at http://www.salubrion.com (I have done some work for their site)

OMG, that boot/glove dryer thing is perfect for my relatives in Colorado!


I got a pair of these:


which are cuter and $10 cheaper, but not as versatile. Haven't used them yet. Honestly, they don't look like a $40 product. Maybe when they get more popular they'll come down to something reasonable like $15.

Bo Raxo:

The link for the Salubrion chair is incorrect, you're missing a couple of characters. The correct link is:

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