You know what kind of phone your BFF carries of course, so surprise her with a stylish new holder, like the Glam model by Case-Mate. ($40.)
We love the way this iPhone 4 / 4S case sparkles with a glitter coated inlay. The clear-finish lacquer guarantees that it will stay shimmer-y, and makes it smooth enough to slip out of a jean pocket.
Your girlfriend will be thrilled.
PERK UP WITH PERFEKT: SMART COLOR TECHNOLOGY
Usually you can't gift a girlfriend with cosmetics - after all, how would you know her shade? - but with the Perfekt's Smart Color Technology, creating the exact color match is easy. We use the "Radiant" skin gel, which instantly improves our skintone, while looking like we're not wearing anything at all.
The multi-tasking, gel-mousse not only makes our skin per-fekt but reduces enlarged pores, fine lines and shine. It's like a foundation, primer, color corrector and powder, all in one.
For Christmas, they're offering a holiday set which includes their best selling skin perfection gel along with cheek perfection gel in bronzed and blushed.( $78.)
Tell your girlfriend she's "Per-fekt."
SANTA STOCKING STUFFER
How cute is this Santa iphone case? Made of silicone, for the 4/4s, it just makes you want to smile (while still protecting your iPhone.) The textured scarf and hat make for a handy grip and the frosty key charm adds to the charm.
$25 at Case-Mate.
ZEBRA-STRIPED STOCKING STUFFER
Oprah put it in her Gift Guide. Rachel Ray bring hers' to work . Believe it or not, they're all gaga over a toothbrush, specifically the new Violight "Slim," the first truly portable, electric toothbrush with a vented mascara-style cap.
It's also the first stylish toothbrush - one that you wouldn't be embarrassed to pull out of your purse at work. At only 2.5 oz. and vibrating at 22,000 brush strokes per minute, it makes an ideal travel buddy.
Comes with a replaceable toothbrush head and one AAA battery. Enter "popslim11" at checkout and all Slim Sonic toothbrushes in your cart will be reduced to $12.95!
$14.95 at Violight.
2,000 Songs Can't Be Wrong: SANSA MP3 PLAYER
There's a lot to like on the tiny Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip, such as the 2,000 songs you can upload on the 8GB player; the sound quality; the FM radio; the voice recorder and a memory card slot plus the new 1.1" full color screen. But most of all, you can't beat the price. $59.99 for the 8GB; $44.99 for the 4GB.
It supports WMA, secure WMA, DRM-free iTunes and comes with a free trial offer to Rhapsody Music.
As with all Sandisk players, there are "slotMusic" cards available which are preloaded with tunes ready to pop into the player's memory card slot.
Clip it on your shirt and you're ready to hit the gym with the built in stopwatch. Plug in the 500 Motown song SlotRadio card ( $39.99) and you'll have enough tune-age to fuel all your New Year's Eve resolutions.
Make anything your speaker with the Vibe-It bullet-shaped gizmo. For example, use your beach cooler for your amp or the empty soda can on your desk. Or, plug in any standard 3.5mm headphone jack to hear your tunes.
Anything hollow can be a potential speaker and the bigger and more empty the object, the bigger the sound gets. Just put two AAA batteries in your Vibe-It or use your computer as the power source (using aUSB chord.) It also works with iPod, DS, PSP or portable DVD players but really, isn't a big cardboad box more fun?
The Vibe-It works as an acoustic generator, you see. Clever? You bet. And chances are good no one else has seen these yet so they make a perfect holdiay gift for your gadget-minded friends.
$24.95 at Vibe-It.
For the next installment of our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide, we've complied a list of favorites from the far reaches... of our laptops... Well, OK, there was some hands-on experience. It's not all about the internet you know. Did I just say that??? I think I'm fatigued. I'll grab a lie-down while you read on. Mostly tech with a splash of fun, these selections aim to please all kinds of geeks and even the not-so-geek kinds. Click 'continue' to... um... er... ah... continue.
CREATIVE ZEN : MP3 Player
Don't let the size fool you; this tiny ZEN style MP300 media player packs almost everything you want/need into its pocket-sized bundle.
1) Features a microSD card slot that lets you store up to 32GB of additional music on top of its internal content
2) The player comes with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, so you can easily connect to compatible stereo Bluetooth headphones and speakers (such as the Creative WP-300 and Creative D80, and enjoy high-quality wireless music playback.)
3) Bulit-in integrated FM radio.
4) Touch-responsive navigation. Intuitive touch keys located around the 1.45" TFT display screen.
What it doesn't do is work with itunes or music subscription services but if that isn't an issue for you, it's a great deal at $60 for the 8GB music player at Creative.
You know how important it is to take a girlfriend along when you're shopping? You need someone to answer those critical questions"Does this look good on me?" or, "Do I really need this?"
Shopntella knows that so has taken their e-commerce site one step further by allowing it to integrate with your social networks . It goes far beyond price comparison, and product reviews, giving you real-time product-purchasing advice from your own social networks plus purchasing advice from their social networks and a community of users.
The site will launch publicly in September, but is currently pre-registering users for a preview prior to public availability.
We love the idea of an online shopping site which folds in the social media community, such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to gather feedback and opinions. Shopntella brings the online buying experience closer to physical shopping with a girlfriend.
For example, the Shopntella "Ask a Question" module allows users to pose product queries to their trusted friends and social circles, industry experts and the larger Shopntella community.
Shopntella's proprietary ranking system, the "ntella score", quickly identifies new, trending and popular items by listening to what millions of shoppers are talking about and ranking the products accordingly there by answering the question, "Is this trendy?"
To pre-register and get a sneak preview of Shopntella before it is launched publicly, visit shopntella.
Take it for a test drive and let us know what you think.
Chances are, you or someone you know suffers from severe Hourglass Syndrome. Can you imagine how much more you could get done if you didn't have to wait so long for your computer to catch up with you? Not so long ago, when I worked as an IT consultant during grad school, I used to walk into offices where people would get to work, turn on their computers, then go get breakfast while their computers booted up because they so hated watching that hourglass spin. The average person spends three full days a year waiting for their computers to catch up. Based on what I've seen, it's probably not uncommon for that to be three weeks a year.
Do you want to have three extra days in 2011? Popgadget is teaming up with Intel this holiday season to give someone a complete state-of-the-art tech makeover!
According to the Daily Green, the average lifespan of a cell phone is about eighteen months, with about 130 million retired annually in the US alone. That's a lot of cell phones.
That's also a lot of phone chargers. Unless you're replacing your phone with an identical model, odds are good that you must also replace your old charger with one specific to your new phone.
It's terrible for the environment, of course, to have so many different types of chargers out there - so many resources wasted designing and manufacturing all those different chargers - but it's also highly inconvenient. Accidentally leaving your charger at home during a trip generally means you'll have to live with not having a usable phone for a few days, or picking up yet another charger at a mobile phone store.
Wouldn't it be fantastic if, instead, all phone chargers used the same shaped connectors and the same amount of power? If you could just ask to borrow your colleagues' and family members' chargers?
Thanks to the GSMA (Groupe Especiale Mobile Association), this may happen in 2012. The GSMA, an influential global group whose members include cell phone manufacturers, wireless companies, software companies and internet providers, has brokered a deal with cell phone makers. Virtually every one of the major phone makers have pledged to create a universal cell phone charger by 2012, possibly using a micro-USB plug.
This is great news for everyone except iPhone users; CNET is reporting that Apple is not among the companies who have agreed to use the new proposed standard. Perhaps a little bit of pressure from consumers will help?
Everyone's experienced the unpleasant sensation of eating something very sweet, say syrup-soaked pancakes, and then taken a bite or sip of something just slightly less sweet, like orange juice, and found that the juice suddenly tastes sour and bitter. How much nicer would it be if you could eat something sweet and make everything else you eat even sweeter? Miracle fruit tablets, or "miracle berries" accomplish just that by causing a protein reaction in your mouth which makes even the sourest, bitterest things, like a sharp lemon, taste sweet.
The geeks at ThinkGeek have tried the miracle fruit, and claim that it makes straight limes taste like the sweetest, most ambrosial limeade. Even better? Something already sweet, like ripe oranges, tasted like "they were plucked straight from the Garden of Eden."
While it's a bit strange, it's also quite appealing because unless you live near a farmer's market, you're unlikely to ever encounter truly ripe, fresh, naturally sweet fruit. Supermarket fruits are often gorgeous, with shiny luscious skins, but their beauty is superficial - take a bite and there's barely a hint of fruit taste at all. I am always longing for the sweet plums and cherries from my childhood, but except for peaches and strawberries, which my Mom grows in her yard, most fruits I eat are sub-par and need a sprinkling of sugar or Splenda. Perhaps the solution is to eat a Miracle fruit tablet before eating any other kind of fruit. One tablet's effects last up to an hour, and just a half-tablet is enough to sweeten most tart, acidic foods. There's nothing artificial in the tablets, just the fruit powder and corn starch.
A box of 10 tablets (which is really 20 servings) is $20 from ThinkGeek.