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Of course you know what you want this holiday season -- a new flat screen television, an iPad2, a Ferrari 458 Italia. But do you know what to get everyone else in your life, like your mom, dad, sister, brother and lady (the hardest of all)? If your answer is no, you’re not alone; frankly, we don’t know either! And time is running out. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, which means the clock is ticking and we’re already late.
But what is that perfect gift? Is it something expensive? Something they’ve told you they want? Or something unique? We turned to Lindsay Roberts, founder of TheGiftInsider.com, a free gift recommendation service that helps Web-savvy shoppers find hand-selected and creative gifts for their loved ones.
Roberts admits that finding something for those on your holiday gift list can be quite a hassle. But with a little creative thinking, you can get through the holidays without banging your head against a wall or completely depleting your bank account. Here are her suggestions.
Your mother carries her bland smartphone everywhere, so why not turn it into a one-of-a-kind accessory she can love? Elegantly Untamed handcrafts iPhone and BlackBerry cases, from $300, that are covered in vintage Swarovski crystals, and are all original works of art.
#INSERT(Image,holiday_shopping_list_1,HTML,Left) Maybe your old man was too busy wrangling you and your siblings or taking care of the homestead to spend much time expanding his mind by reading the literary classic. But now, he is looking to broaden his horizons. However, he still isn’t a huge fan of actually reading. Get him the Library of Classics, $99, an MP3 player preloaded with the 100 greatest books of all time, just waiting for him to push play. “Soothing voices combined with classic literature will give him lots of chill time, or at least an excuse for shutting his eyes,” Roberts says. And at less than $1 a book, you’ll save a fortune.
#INSERT(Image,holiday_shopping_list_2,HTML,Left) So your bro is a video game junky, and specifically favors first-person shooters like “Halo” and “Call of Duty”. Feed his habit with the appBlaster, $25. The device looks like your typical “gun” controller. However, it’s designed to be used with an iPhone or iPod Touch, so the user can run and gun in any environment, not just their living room.
#INSERT(Image,holiday_shopping_list_3,HTML,Left) No, you’re not insinuating that your promiscuous sibling is a skank by giving her this high-tech piece of jewelry; although you will be enabling her to continue her wanton ways. The Skanz Wristband, $10, is a new way to exchange information and meet people. To get started, users need simply create a profile on the Skankz website.
The Wristband then allows users to share contact information, as well as connect on social media platforms, by simply scanning the QR code imprinted on the device using any smartphone camera. In addition, use the Wristband to access blogs, favorite links, videos, and photos.
For the Boss
#INSERT(Image,holiday_shopping_list_4,HTML,Left) Earn major brownie points with the man in the corner office by giving him something to hang there: a barcode-on-canvas from Barcode Gallery, $49. “Barcode art sounds outrageous, but it’s actually really cool,” Roberts says. Barcode Gallery can custom-make a code embedded with 300 characters -- your company motto, for instance -- which can be scanned to reveal a message.
#INSERT(Image,holiday_shopping_list_5,HTML,Left) Give your cubical mate a refreshing break from the daily grind with the FlashHarp, $45, a USB drive with a built-in harmonica. Ys, harmonica. Some models include a video music lesson on the drive, so he can play a mid-afternoon tune that’s guaranteed to put a smile on his face.
For a Friend
#INSERT(Image,holiday_shopping_list_6,HTML,Left) Help your pal take weight off of his travel gear with the iPhone Telephoto Lens kit, $35. It includes an 8x-zoom lens, hard case, collapsible mini-tripod, and takes photos the user would have never thought possible with his phone’s built-in camera.
Or, if your friend is inundated with ridiculous dribbles from coworkers or other friends, get them a B.S. Button. “I couldn’t resist this,” Roberts says. When the B.S. starts flying, he can hit the button, which then lights up and wails six comical B.S. warnings. “This is definitely R-rated,” Roberts says. “Get a bunch of them; there will always be B.S. flying around.”
For Your Girlfriend
#INSERT(Image,holiday_shopping_list_7,HTML,Left) Show your lady your romantic side this holiday season with a Note Me Pillow. The pillow comes in five bright colors, and can be written on with a special marker. Leave her sweet messages every morning and then you can erase them at night by running it under cold water.
#INSERT(Image,holiday_shopping_list_8,HTML,Left) Or, get her a custom canvas photo. Studio Jones takes your existing photograph and transposes it on to canvas; they can also add words. Roberts suggests inserting your favorite song lyrics or the nicknames you call each other to seriously blow your lady away with how “ridiculously romantic” you are.
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