For the tech-geek in your life - a few things to keep them plugged in for the holidays.
Sony Rolly SEP-10BT Sound Entertainment Player
Imported from Japan, this hand-sized sound system holds 1GB of flash memory. The side flaps open to reveal the speakers, and it comes with a docking station. GeekStuff4U.com is offering this “first one on the block” gift for $456.56. (Ray)
Samsung i85 Camera
Slim, stylish, well-equipped, and available in different colors to suit your personality. It's everything you've ever wanted in a mate, um, camera! The i85 from Samsung features 8.1 megapixel resolution, a 3" hi-resolution LCD screen, hi-res SVGA MPEG-4 video capability, face detection mode, and a 5X optical zoom. It also boasts a built-in media player so you can enjoy music, videos, or even movies without having to carry another device around. It also replaces the tourist guide book with its World Tour Guide function, which covers over 4500 regions. All in all, it's got quite a lot more than your average camera. Now, if it could only make the travel arrangements... Available at the Popgadget Pop-Up Store at Henri Bendel. $350. (Brian)
JVC Bath MP3 Player
Not only is this MP3 player waterproof, but it floats as well. 4 AAA batteries provide enough power for 15 hours of music. The memory is a bit low, with only 256MB, but definitely enough storage to play music to last a hot bath. Buy it at GeekStuff4U.com for $225.45. (Ray)
Smooth moves, smoother sound
You're a person on the move and your moves are inspired by sophistication and comfort. Bang & Olufsen gets this perfectly, and for you they've created A8 Earphones. These earphones are designed to perfectly fit the contours and curves of your individual ear and promise to deliver unsurpassed sound quality. The Earset 2, companion Bluetooth mobile phone headset, promises to "make your whispers sound convincing." Price: $450 at Amazon. (Chrissie)
Xbox 360 Elite
The hard-core gamer in your life will love the special edition Xbox, with sexy black case and matching wireless controller, Xbox Live headset and two games. The 120GB hard drive can save games as well as other media such as movies and television. Available at Target for $449. (Ray)
Jawbone Bluetooth headset
The Jawbone has quickly become the darling of the wireless set. Achieving CNET's highest rating ever for a Bluetooth headset hasn't hurt either. If you haven't heard, the Jawbone is not only a super-stylish accessory, but a super-engineered one, as well. It features adaptive "Noise Shield Technology" that not only works to virtually eliminate any background noise, but adapts the speaker volume to the environment. The result? Callers hear your voice without any background noise and you hear theirs loud and clear. Features a very respectable 6 hours of talk time and 120 hours of standby time. Available at the Popgadget Pop-Up Store at Henri Bendel. $120. (Brian)
Each year Threadless releases a bunch of wonderful tees for the Threadless Carol $10 Sale (which means you're saving between $10-$18). This one is definitely my favorite Threadless design for 2007.
Evan Ferstenfeld's design on a bright holiday-green tee reads, "The internet was closed so I thought I'd come outside today." No comment on his design yet from Evan himself, but if any of you out there have ever felt this way before or have been teased mercilessly by your friends for being super pasty and pale for lack of true UV exposure, I bet you're smiling at this little stroke of Threadless brilliance.
Price: $10 (through December 16, 2007) at Threadless.
Amid the elixirs and the skincare potions on the market, LED light therapy is beginning to catch on with critics and professionals alike. You'll be very happy to welcome the well-priced Marvel-Mini to your "get me gorgeous" gadget collection. The Marvel-Mini emits a safe light wavelength for 15 minutes a day to help you care for your acne or hyper-pigmentation. Take it up a notch to 24 minutes of treatment and you'll be teaching those wrinkles and fine lines a thing or two.
LED light therapy emits a frequency that significantly increases new tissue growth and stimulates the skin's fibroblasts to produce collagen and elastin proteins -- that means your skin gets firmer and more elastic (yes!). This really helps if you've suffered from scarring or acne-related problems.
There are three color-coded models:
Red: Targets fine lines and wrinkles
Green: Targets hyperpigmentation
Blue: Targets acne
The only difference between these chocolate coasters from Animi Causa and the ones at Willy Wonka's house is that only the former is good for folks who munch on rubber compound. People (or Oompa Loompas) who like rich and creamy real chocolate need to befriend Mr. Wonka.
Yes, as much as the sight of these hot-or-cold coasters make my sweet tooth throb, they're completely inedible for both the lactose and rubber compound intolerate among us. They're plenty cute, though, right? Each set of four is only $13, so both the milk and white chocolate varieties will likely find a permanent spot on my coffee table. Better yet, if I use the holiday coupon code currently listed on the order page, I can buy three and get one free.
Via Behind the Curtains.
Use your origami skills to make an on-the-spot stand for your iPhone or iPod touch with a $100 dollar bill (though, of course, a bill of any denomination will do). Designed by Enrique Pardo.
Watch the video after the jump.
Here's something to momentarily baffle and then probably enrage Nick Burns (your company's computer guy).
They're 200MB mini CD-Rs disguised as standard 3.5-inch floppy disks, and they're sure to cause an entertaining freakout and/or meltdown when the Nick Burns at your workplace jumps across your desk to stop the tray from going into the computer. Ah, good times.
Available from designboom for $10 plus $4 shipping each. Hmm. I guess Nick gets the last laugh after all.
What else could you possibly wish for for Christmas if you had this awesome Pac-Man Christmas tree in your own hometown?! Obviously, not much else! I, on the other hand, wish for a trip to Madrid to be able to admire the tree live.
Unfortunately, the tree is not interactive, I think it would be awesome if somehow you could play a Pac-Man session on it. Therefore …
My dearest Santa,
For next Christmas could you please make the tree playable and bring it to my new hometown, Stockholm?
Watch the video.
Until manufacturers give in to the three people who've been clamoring for flashlight-equipped MP3 players, the Intelligent Lantern from Norm Thompson will likely reign supreme among the toe-tappin' campfire crowd.
Featuring a digital clock, AM/FM radio with local weather courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, integrated speakers, and the ability to hook up to an MP3 player or other audio source, the 9-inch tall lantern runs off of six C batteries or the included AC adapter and car charger.
Oh, and it can help you see things in the dark too (its light is visible from a mile away). Available now for $40.
Who doesn't love stocking stuffers, whether you're buying or receiving? Here, our writers share their favorites:
Let your imagination run wild with this UNO Magnetik Distractions Interactive Magnetic Jewelry set. Made out of tiny magnetic nickel beads, the UNO goes from necklace to bracelet and anything in between with a quick twist. Available in 15 bold colors, the mix-and-match potential is both obvious and endless at the same time. The brainchild of Miami Designer Luis Pons, known for his work in magnetics, the UNO is perfect for the fickle gift recipient on your list. Missing a traditional closure, the UNO is held together by a small magnet that only adds to your design capabilities. Available from Charles and Marie. $16 per strand. (Brian)
Stop those electrons from causing static shocks. Attach the Static Electricity Eliminator (SEE) to your keyring, and if you're "charged" (a result of shuffling feet, sliding seat, sweater sweeps), hold it and touch a grounded object. If you're safe you'll see a little happy face flash of the SEE screen that will let you know you're static free (safe to touch and be touched!). Otherwise, you can consider yourself charged up and ready to shock! Price: $9.99 at ThinkGeek. (Chrissie)
Sony USM-H Micro Vault USB Drives- Two gigabytes and about the size of a thumbnail. And, oh, yeah, fun colors and super-cute cases. 'Nuff said! Available at the Popgagdet Pop-Up Shop at Henri Bendel. $120. (Brian)
These bejeweled butterfly-inspired buds and choker are pure fashionista-fun. Don't let the crystallized Swarovski accents fool you, they conceal comfortable silicone ear tips, a powerful punch with 9mm neodymium drivers, 3.5mm stereo mini plug connection, gold-plated plug for improved sound transfer, and more! Listen to music in style with these fashionable earphones. The ear buds feature jeweled flowers and the choker sports a beautiful butterfly for a stylish look. Price: $59.99 at BestBuy.com. (Chrissie)
Need someone at the office who agrees to everything you say, or have a boss with a similar need? Then welcome this Nohohon creature into your life. Part of a Japanese toy family, this sweet guy will sit at your desk and keep nodding throughout the day. Apart from boosting your confidence and morale, you can claim to have done your part in saving the planet, as this toy works purely on solar power. Available for $29.99. (Kanchana)
Awww, the baby of the Moppel family has arrived - and just in time for Christmas stockings. This cute little guy stands just 4-3/4 inches tall and uses a battery pack with 3 AA batteries (included), or it can use the USB port on your computer for power. The best part is that his bulbous head glows in 7 colors! That just spells "Christmas" to me. $24.95 at Lights and Knives. Other Moppel products are also available at Amazon.(Evan)
Listen to those sweet tunes with fashionable, festive, and feminine Shuga Buds. They come in iridescent, gold, blue, green, and pink, decorated with Swarovski crystals. Comfortably designed to be worn around the back of the neck. For use with iPods, MP3 players, portable CD players, and Sony Walkman. Storage case included. Price: $48 at Neiman Marcus. (Chrissie)
The Gorillapod by Joby is one of the most versatile tripods out there. You can set it on almost any surface or wrap it around tree limbs and fence posts (or even your poor defenseless dog). It now comes in a variety of colors and models for different cameras. The red one above sells for $21 at Amazon.(Hoyun)
I've experienced Moxa (otherwise known as Moxibustion) treatments in conjunction with acupuncture by a professional, but until now, I didn't know it was something you could do yourself. Moxa is made of mugwort herb that's formed into a little stick; it's placed along acupuncture points and then lit on fire like a cigar to warm those points and improve circulation.
Actually, while I find the burning smell of Moxa to be fairly pleasant (very woody smell, but not too obnoxious), it is a little disconcerting to see smoke rising from my wrists. And it gets hotter as it burns down closer to my skin, and if the acupuncturist has stepped out of the room when it's amost done, I start to panic.
So, it's funny to hear about a new kind of Moxa for a younger generation - it's made for relaxation. It comes in different fragrances for those who don't like the traditional burning mugwort smell. Of course, if you're doing it yourself, you can't place them on both wrists at the same time. Supposedly, these "beginner" Moxa sticks won't burn too close to your skin.