And now, some last minute gifts for the most important members of the family.
Designer paw wear
Shoes for dogs may seem silly, but imagine walking around all day barefoot in muck and dirt and then climbing into bed. Well imagine letting the creature that's done that climb into bed with you. Poochey shoes keep dogs' paws protected and clean, and have a flexible rubber sole with traction for extra comfort and safety. These shoes are anatomically correct- with special inserts for the back paws, which are smaller. Comes in all sorts of colors, and in a wide range of sizes (there's a sizing chart available). $68 at the Shoo Shop. (Mia)
Dolce Vita hot/cold dog bed
Not only do Dolce Vita dog beds have therapeutic foam padding to cushion dogs' joints, it also has cold and hot air therapy to keep them comfortable no matter what the season. The microsuede covered bed blows cool air to keep dogs cool in hot weather and also provides therapeutic heat on cold nights when limbs can get stiff. $249 from Dolce Vita. (Mia)
Digital camera for dogs
Now, even the baby has his own digital camera, so the only member of the family without one is the dog. And what dog lover isn't curious about how the world looks from their dog's point of view? This .35 megapixel camera is worn on the collar, and you snap photos with a remote control or set it to take photos at regular intervals. See for the first time how stupid you look when you're talking to your dog. $79 from Japan Trend Shop. (Hoyun)
As alternative to the doggy digital camera, you could just get this Gorillapod and mount your own digital camera on your dog's back. From Amazon. for $22 . Different approach, same amount of laughs. (Hoyun)
[Photo from A Thousand Words Blog - a Kodak blog]
Cashmere sweater for dogs
Dogwear is available everywhere, but how often in 100% fine cashmere? The Classic Cashmere pull is snuggly soft and warm, and lets the quality of the cashmere stand on its own, no silly bows or ties. Starts at about $206 for XS (chihuahua) up to $252 for XL (German sheperd, who would all look so sweet in a pink sweater). Available from For Pets Only, which also has a New York location in Soho. (Mia)
Ugo indoor dog potty
Do you work long hours and fear that your dog is doing a peepee dance by the door while cursing you? With the Ugodog indoor potty, your dog can take care of his business on his own, while keeping your house clean. Like a litter box for dogs, the UGO just needs a change of newspaper after it's been used. And unlike a potty pad or plain newspaper, which dogs tend to tear and throw around, the mess is contained within the grated UGO. $39.95 from UGO. (Mia)
We've got great gift ideas for babies and toddlers over at Babygadget. Here, Popgadget writers share their selections for olders kids and round out Babygadget's gift guides with a few techie toys.
Spaceframe Sculpture Kit
This modular building system, selected by Fortune Magazine as one of the 25 best products of the year, is made of recyclable polyester, and is appropriate for all ages. Keep kids busy for hours with the endless building possibilities; give them multiple kits so they can build whole cities - without turning over every chair in your house. $169 at Earthtech Products; also availalbe at Amazon.(Hoyun)
Wowwee Robopanda Interactive Robot
Even if the AIBO has been discontinued, robot toys still abound. The Robopanda uses its built-in AI to tell interactive bedtime stories. The plush version of Robopanda is included and the robot is programmed to recognize and hug its analogue friend. Amazonsells Robopanda for $150. (Ray)
Scientific Explorer's Fizzy Foamy Science Kit of Safe Chemical Reactions
Get the budding scientist in your life started on the right track. Besides having a great name, this kit offers multiple investigations to teach children why soda fizzes and bread rises. Amazonsells the kits for $20. (Ray)
Brian the Brain
Brian the Brain talks and uses voice recognition technology to converse, tell jokes, play games, play music, dial the telephone, and answer questions from its vast store of knowledge from the encyclopedia and dictionary. The $120 price includes a 3-month subscription to Brittanica On Line (student edition). Available at Hammacher Schlemmer. (Hoyun)
Multimedia movie projector
WIth this LCD projector, kids can turn a wall into a big screen theater up to 60 inches in diameter, to watch movies and videos, or play games. It plugs into any DVD player, cable box, gaming console, or video camera, and has a built-in speaker. $200 at Hammacher Schlemmer (where, sadly, it's sold out); the same or similar item is available at JCPenney for $150. (Hoyun)
Power House Kit
For older kids (12 and up), this is a great hands-on learning experience about sustainable energy. The kit comes with everything to construct a house with solar panels, wind turbine, greenhouse, and desalination system, and also incudes parts for building other systems, such as an electric train, windmill, solar cooker, solar hot water tank, electric motor, and sail car. The kit, which includes a 96-page manual, is sold by Gaiam for $175. (Hoyun)
Lomo Super Sampler Camera
Introduce your favorite digital kid to the world of real film photography with this Lomo camera that takes four photos in rapid succession to create a set of panoramic images. Takes 35mm film (how retro!), and no batteries are required. Available at the MoMA Store for $55. (Hoyun)
Gifts for the person who already has everything. Here are a few items that no one truly needs but we can all dream.
Giant martini glass
For the person in your group who's always hosting the parties, this giant chiller would add a nice accent to their party decor. Made of high-quality acrylic that looks like crystal, it can hold up to four bottles in ice, but can also be used as a punch bowl or to hold snacks. Sells for $270 at Hammacher Schlemmer. (Hoyun)
LG Prada KE850 GSM Phone
Prada's minimalist design aesthetic. LG's feature-rich technology. A marriage of perfection, all with a gorgeous interface. Touchscreen, multimedia player, 2MP camera, micro-SD slot, to name a few features. The season's must-have fashion accessory slash tech device for the style conscious. Available at the Popgadget Pop-Up Shop at Henri Bendel. $650. (Brian)
Shure SE530PTH Metallic Bronze Sound Isolating Earphones
For the ultimate listening experience on the road, these sound isolating earphones from Shure offer “Triple TruAcoustic Mircospeakers” and One Tweeter and Dual Woofers. Retailing normally at $549.99, it is available at Amazonfor $480. (Ray)
O2Hi Personal Oxygen Unit
The O2Hi from USI provides all the benefits of an oxygen bar right in your own home. Delivering 50% more O2 than the freshest mountain-top air, this stylish, portable unit lets you surround yourself with cleansing negative ions and (optionally) enrich yourself with stress-reducing aromatherapy. A few minutes with the O2Hi will give a quick and healthful pick-me-up and help change tired and sluggish into alert and refreshed. Oxygen promotes overall health and wellbeing by vitalizing circulation and metabolic function. So, take a deep breath and give the gift of health! Available from Amazonand the USI website for $1295. (Brian)
Looking like the monolith in the movie "2001" this is actually a fancy fridg for champagne. Just 15 of these Champagne tower chillers, with room for a dozen magnums in individual, lit drawers, have been designed for Veuve Cliquot by Porsche Design. It runs $70,000, but hey, that includes a flight of 12 classic Veuve Clicquot magnums, starting with the 1955 vintage and ending with 1995. At almost seven feet, it doesn't fit in my kitchen, but I could park it in the driveway with a l-o-n-g extension cord? Via Gizmodo. (Evan)
Alienware Area-51 m9750 Gaming Laptop
For the hardcore gamer who's attached to their desktop- make their obsession portable with an Alienware Area-51 m-series laptop. The Area 51 has up to 4 GB of memory, an Nvidia Geforce Go 950 7950 graphics card with 512 mb of video memory, 7.1 high-def audio, and a widescreen 17" display, but still only weighs just 8.5 lbs. And with Alienware's "stealth black" coating, scratches and fingerprints are a thing of the past. Starts at $2799. (Mia)
Luau Portable Lantern
I love LED lamps, and they are only getting better. Once criticized for cold lighting, the new generation of lamps glow softly, in elegantly designed housings. The Luau Portable Lantern is made by Boston product design company, Vessel. The Luau is sold at the Vessel site for $199. (Ray)
Cortland Bag from Noon Solar
Still fresh from the Wired pop-up store, the Cortland bag has a flexible solar panal on one side of the bag, which can be used to charge mobile phones and a lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. When you're on the street, the panel side can be held toward your body to disguise the power which lies inside. The Cortland sells for $383 on the Noon Solar site.(Ray)
WATTSON energy measuring device
The original WATTSON, energy-measure device won acclaim for design and utility. Just in time for the holidays is their limited edition version, which is still made of bamboo and measures how much electricityis consumed by an appliance. Knowing your actually power consumption is the first step towards lowering your carbon footprint. Love Eco is selling the WATTSON: Limited Edition for $720. (Ray)
Wind Up Phone Charger
This windup phone charger is great in an emergency, as well as a greener way to power your mobile phone. A few minutes of winding with charge your phone battery to talk for half an hour. For $12 at the Gadgetshop.com, the gift is economically as well. (Ray)
Turns out that when people were talking about "drinking responsibly" they meant drinking green. We try to do our bit so I went straight to the source, Eco-Chick. Sure enough, Starre (Starre Vartan, founder and dditor) has done extensive , uh ,"testing" of responsible vodkas and recommends 360 vodka, Reyka, and Square One. What makes a vodka organic and/or sustainable? Take Iceland's Reyka - it's the only vodka distilled using geothermal energy, which is abundant in Iceland due to the prevalence of volcanic activity there. "Steam from the Earth’s interior powers 100% of the distillery’s processes, and emits absolutely no CO2." Impressive! (And you've got to admire a a country that has a woman president.) As importantly, she says : "Very clean tasting, yet still has that pleasant vodka taste. " Now I won't feel quilty as I sip a martini while composting. At 2 in the afternoon. $60 at most fine liquor stores. (Evan)
Coke bottle jewelry
Give eco-friendly presents this season with these stunning jewely pieces made from . . . wait for it . . . coke bottles. Kathleen Plate, the artist and owner of Smart Glass, started making earrings and necklaces from recyled beer, wine, liquor, and water bottles, including the "open line" made entirely from Coca-Cola bottles. Each one-of-a-kind piece is designed using traditional stained-glass techniques and is handmade with sterling silver. Beautiful aren't they? Prices range from under $100 to about $175. (Evan)
A few suggestions for what to buy your favorite Luddite. Here are some ideas that are either super-user friendly tech items, low-tech or covert tech, or completely non-tech.
The Digital Photo Christmas Ornament can be a wonderful gift for your parents - it houses a digital photo frame and can be hung right up the Christmas tree itself. So gather your favorite photos (up to 50) from the days gone by and download them on to the ornament from the PC. Watch your parents relive forgotten memories as it plays back the photo slides on its miniature LCD screen. Available at Brookstone for $49.95. (Kanchana)
Microwaveable Teddy Bear: This Teddy Bear is a microwave safe heating pad. The tiny specially treated wheat grains with a bit of lavender which are inside the bear heat in a few minutes and stay warm for up to two hours. On sale at Gadgetshop.com for $30. (Ray)
It's come to my attention that losing the remote control in one's home is a universal problem. Clearly, it doesn't matter what brand you're using, or what kind of home you live in (apartment, mansion, mobile) someone is gonna get blamed for losing the remote. I bought Brookstone's very own Super-sized TV Remote as part gag gift, part great gift. I think you'll agree with me that this is one remote that no one in my home is going to lose. Fun and giggles aside, this is a 6-in-1 remote for your TV, VCR, DVD, satellite, cable and auxiliary A/V device. Compatible with hundreds of popular brands - just pop two AA batteries in and you're good to go! 5" w x 11" x 1" thick. $19.95 at Brookstone. (Chrissie)
For your superstitious loved one who cringes whenever there's no wood to knock on (Hoyun will just knock on her head, but I don't know if that counts . . . ), the Knock on Wood Necklace provides the proper surface no matter where they are. Designer Sharon Feldstein designed the beautiful 1.3" wide pendant so she could always fend off bad karma. There are three small diamonds set inside and it's strung on a long 18" 14 karat gold chain, for easy reach. $400 at Shop Intuition. (Mia)
SmartShopper Voice-Activated Grocery List: This device recognizes 2500 errands and shopping items, and you can also enter your own custom items. After reciting a list, you can take a paper copy with you, using its inkless, thermal printer. The list maker is sold at the Sharper Image for $149.95. (Ray)
Hello Kitty USB Aquarium: It's not for me to ask the whys and hows of technology, but I could not resist showcasing this gem of a gift. The working aquarium gets power from a standard USB port or battery. It's available for $39.70 at GeekStuff4U.com. (Ray)
Animal/Celebrity scale: Here's a perfect way to have fun while battling the bulge. Never mind how many pounds, stones, or kilos you weigh... Eschew the numbers and express your weight in terms of what animal or celebrity you most resemble. It may not be as exact as the big scale in your doctor's office, but it's sure to give you a laugh. And, really, what better way to encourage you to drop a few than to start comparing yourself to Mr. Ed, King Kong or the big oinker herself . . . the pink pig! A perfect holiday gift but, for Heaven's sake, make sure the recipient has a sense of humor about their dieting efforts! Available from Charles and Marie. $50. (Brian)
Tom Tom One GPS
For the friend or family member who is always getting lost but doesn't think they can learn how to use a GPS, the TomTom One is a solid car navigation device for beginners, with just the basic functions and easy to follow display. Best of all, you can use it right out of the box - no setup whatsoever. $300 at Amazon.
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)
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)
The first installment of Babygadget's Holiday Gift Guide is up: 2007 Holiday Gift Guide: Big gifts.
For the Garage Band dads out there, here's a handy device for your Bruce Springsteen cover band, or just for converting your LP catalog into MP3s or CDs. iMic allows you to connect virtually any microphone or sound input device to your iBook, PowerBook, PowerMac or other Mac or PC systems with a USB port. iMic supports both mic and line level inputs via a selectable switch, as well as a "variable level output" for connecting speakers or headphones. Where it really shines is when converting old LPs and tapes into MP3s and CDs. Griffin's audio recording software, Final Vinyl for Mac OS X, makes recording old records and tapes easy, with several advanced features such as waveform-based cue editing and built-in 10-band EQ. Try it for Podcasting, use with iMovie, or even Final Cut Pro. $39.99 at Griffin Technology. (Evan)
These Compact Speakers, for just $28 from the MoMA store, don't require batteries, as they operate on power of the MP3 player it's attached to. A nice idea for a traveling dad who sometimes likes to listen to his music without sticking something in his ears. (Hoyun)
For the dad who brags about being a Boy Scout, give him this LED Lantern, which is perfect for power outages, emergencies, camping, backyard parties, or just when Pops wants to show off how prepared he is in case of an emergency. Up to 10 times more energy efficent than standard lanterns, it's also much safer and easier to use than a propane lantern, and because it's waterproof, you can use it in a rain storm. Specs for those who want them: 4.63-watt power, 70 lumens, dimmer switch to control light output and to conserve batteries, 80 hours battery life at maximum brightness (at lesser brightness for up to 200 hours). Instead of a yellow light, it thows off a white light, hence it's brighter than an ordinary lantern. The company sent me one to try out and we've already used it for a sleepover on the trampoline, but I suspect Dad will put it in the emergency earthquake kit. $120 at Lights and Knives. (Evan)
Who needs to carry a laptop around in a dull, boring bag anymore when there are beautiful Mango Tango ones to chose from? Available in 16 inch and 18 inch versions, you can find almost every color and faux, from faux suede to faux croc, like the one above, which is owned by our publisher Hoyun, who is a fashionista on a blogger's budget. Prices range from $40 to $60.
If money and good taste are no object, you can always buy your mamma a 24 carat gold Limited Edition iPod. While dissenters would say that gold is too soft a metal to protect an iPod, the manufacturer, Amosu, claims they use a unique hardened mirror gold. Available in iPod nano and iPod video, figure it'll cost you a pretty penny (80GB iPod video with black front (410GBP -- about $817USD).
Fractalspin, a Popgadget favorite geek jewelry and accessories store, has 3 pages of Mother's Day gift suggestions for you, including this very nerdy aluminum Credit Card Organizer, which gives you instant access to six credit cards or other cards at the push of a button and protects them from friction. $39.50 or $58.00 for the 12-card version.
If your mom is a commuter -- or blogger -- think about the USB Travel Mug which plugs into an auto adapter or USB port. The double insulated Stainless Steel Mug includes a spill proof top, essential for me, uh, I mean my mom. Available in soft rubberized finish in red or blue, it's on sale at Gifts and Gadgets for $19.95.
Even the gadget-minded mom loves getting jewelry, take it from me. These fresh water pearls are wrapped in sterling silver wire to form a pretty pair of bird's nest earrings.The size of the nest is a little over 1/2 inch, and the length is 1 inch. At $32, they're a steal, from Starry Designs.
Bangles are back in a big way, if celebs are any indication. Jennifer Lopez flaunts them, as do many other divas. How to wear them you ask? SheFinds answers:
Pile them on and be sure to mix and match solid metals and gem-encrusted ones of different sizes to add texture and elegance. Whether you prefer them in silver or gold, there are a number of options for everyone no matter what your budget.
Urban Outfitters has some interesting ones, made of neon metal or bamboo.
To show your mother how much you appreciate the raw materials that form the magnificent being that you are, why not a DNA portrait of yourself? You just have to give up a little bit of yourself on a cottom swab collected from the inside of your cheek . . . and about 415GBP (about $827USD). From DNA Art.
If your mom knows how to cook or like me, can whip up a mean margarita, then she'd love this heavy-duty mixer, but the best part is that a portion of the sale goes to Cook for the Cure®, a program by KitchenAid that donates money to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation. To date, the program has raised almost $5 million through donation-with-purchase programs, fundraising events, auctions and grassroots initiatives. KitchenAid will donate $50* from the purchase of this mixer to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
For the busy, disorganized mom who can't keep track of all the little things she needs during the day, UncommonGoods has a fashionable alternative to dangling reading glasses or sunglasses on the front of a shirt or on one of those eyeglass chains. No one would guess that the Glasses Holder Necklace was actually made for the purpose of hanging glasses. In silver or gold vermeil and priced at $88-$98.
If a card is more up your alley, say it like it is with this "Damn, you're a good mother!" sentiment. Inside message: “Just look how I turned out! Happy Mother’s Day.” Just be prepared for the lecture on swearing. $3.50 at Knock Knock.