Thrice as Nice
Most little black bags are too tiny to hold all the goodies the fashionista on your list needs for a night out. Not the chic and versatile Waverly Three-Way Bag by Stella & Dot. Even folded to a third of its full size it can carry your lipstick, keys, cell phone, wallet and other necessities, and it looks great with our without the strap. For everyday use it can fold out large enough to carry an iPad. $258.00. www.stelladot.com.
For the germ freak on your list, Okabashi’s flip flops can be sanitized in a dishwasher to get rid of yucky bacteria that causes odor. Committed to cleanliness and the planet, these stylish, ergonomically designed thongs and cross strap sandals are made from 30 percent recycled material and are completely recyclable. $9.99 to $17.99. www.okabashi.com.
She can look cool and stay warm in the Hi-Tec Sundance Peak Parka. Its form-fitting polyester micro taffeta shell and street-friendly styling makes a fashion statement while its 550 fill down insulation and zippered hand warmers keep cold out. Available in black, dover, pasha and Bordeaux. $109.95. Retailers nationwide or http://www.hi-tec.com/us/
The footwear brand hardcore runners rely on has gone off road with the Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity HPi trail running shoe. It features quick-dry, easy-clean breathable synthetic uppers, dual density 3D counterbalance midsole, shock-absorbing outsole, light weight construction and unique designs and colors for exciting style. $150.00. Retailers nationwide or http://www.hi-tec.com/us/
In or out of the shower, the Remington Smooth & Silky Rechargeable Wet/Dry Shaver will leave her with luxuriously soft and smooth skin. It features pivoting blades for comfortable, irritation-free shaving and a flexible trimmer system that follows the body’s contours. $24.99. Walmart, Target, www.Remingtonproducts.com
Santa’s the Man
Great Gifts for Him for the Holidays
The Remington Flex and Pivot Triple Foil Shaver features titanium coated blades and slides into three positions for a close, comfortable shave in a third of the time of razor shaving. The battery fully charges in two hours for 60 minutes of runtime, and cleanup is easy under the facet. $54.99. Target, Wal-Mart and www.remindgtonproducts.com.
One for the Team
Give a gift that gives back 24/7, a subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio. The network boasts more than 140 channels, such as Guy Talk, Talk Radio for Men, and of course a full lineup of sports programming form NFL Radio, College Sports, NHL Hour and Fantasy Football Draftx. He can listen at home, in the car, on the Internet or on iPhone, iPod touch, Blackberry and Android. Packages begin at $12.95. www.siriusxm.com.
The footwear brand hardcore runners rely on has gone off road with the Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity HPi trail running shoe. It features quick-dry, easy-clean breathable synthetic uppers, dual density 3D counterbalance midsole, shock-absorbing outsole, light weight construction and unique designs and colors for exciting style. $155.00. Retailers nationwide or http://www.hi-tec.com/us/
Tech the Halls with Gadgets for the Holidays
Gift Ideas for the Electronics Lover on Your List
Perfectly sized for that little compartment in a car console, utility drawer or purse, Pelican ultra-compact aluminum 1910 and 1920 flashlights provide bright light when it’s needed, either in “on” mode or for just a moment with a push-and-hold button $32.95 to $35.95. www.Pelican.com
Capture videos and stills in, well, a snap with the affordable Coby SNAPP CAM5002 high definition camcorder. It includes an integrated USB plug, HDMI connection and cable and SD card slot for recording hours of video to share using the bundled Muvee editing software and YouTube uploader. $49.99. www.Amazon.com
iFrogz Toxix headphones offer the quality sound of the manufacturer’s higher-end headphones at an affordable price. Light-weight ergonomically designed comfort cushion earcups are a good fit for smaller ears. $19.99. http://ifrogz.com/product/EPToxix
Ready to go, but the car keys are lost, again? The Mini Key Finder wirelessly detects keys up to 60 feet away. Simply press the button on this compact wireless transmitter, and the matching key ring will sound up to 60 feet away—through floors, walls, or even sofa cushions. $19.99. Exclusively at Brookstone stores or www.Brookstone.com
Play rough and jet set without worrying about your smartphone with the Pelican i1015 crushproof and water-resistant case, perfect for sports or travel. It features a clear lid to view playlists, and an external headphone to listen to the player while the case is closed. $37 www.Pelican.com
Home Goods for the Holidays
Gifts that Everyone Can Use at Home
There are lots of digital picture frames out there, but the sleek CEIVA Connected Photo Frame, in black or wood grain, looks sharp in any room, and its unique technology brings the magic of sharing photos to a new level. Using the CEIVA (see-va) online uploading service from a computer, or via CEIVA Snap for smartphones using iOS and Android, users can send new photos to the frame which are automatically updated via an Internet connection or phone line. Photos can also be viewed on your smartphone with CEIVA with CEIVA Photos app for bot iOs and Android. Photos can sent from everyone, anywhere — even from a camera phone, email, Facebook and more. Photo tools allow users to write greetings But you don’t have to be a digital wizard to operate the CEIVA. Once the frame is set up, updating photos is simple, and CEIVA support techs are available anytime to assist. One-year photo sharing service prices being at under $100 and include an unlimited photo storage account. As a bonus, CEIVA now offers the Foodista Channel with every service subscription. Frame comes with a black and wood grain option. $119.95.www.ceiva.com.
VTech’s LS6245 Expandable Cordless Phone with Connect-to-Cell and Touch Technology is not just a combined landline handset and a cell phone but also a piece of art. Its sleek stylish design is worthy of the most elegant of rooms, and its ability to pair up to four cell phones or headsets via Bluetooth technology allows the user to receive and make calls on either home or cell lines. Other bells and whistles include DECT 6.0 Digital interference-free sound, selectable ring tones, digital answering system, Caller ID, base and handset speaker phones, and it’s expandable up to 12 handsets. $119.90. www.Vtechphones.com
Touch Point of Light
Light up the night with the eternal glow of the Energizer Accent Light, featuring 12 LEDs that never need replacing. The touch-control lamp emanates light through stylish, etched panels and can be dimmed or brightened to customize the mood and ambiance of any room in the home. Small: $64.99, Medium: $79.99. Retailers nationwide.
Give the Gift of Warmth
Hot Gifts Ideas for a Warm Holiday Season
If the weather outside is frightful, her tushy will feel delightful in the Chaheati All-Season Heated Chair. Ideal for camping, tailgating, sporting events and any activity where you sit outdoors in the cold, the collapsible canvas hot seat warms up in 20 seconds using a high efficiency, lithium-ion rechargeable battery that provides up to six hours of heat per charge and lasts for over 500 uses. $89.99. www.chaheati.com
Dress up your food to go with the Crock-Pot LunchCrock Food Warmer. The 20-ounce thermal tote plugs in at the office or wherever you go to warm leftovers, soups, oatmeal, and just about anything in slow-cooker fashion. Features a spill-proof lid, cool-touch exterior and cord storage. Removable food storage container and lid are dishwasher safe. $29.9. Exclusively at Wal-Mart.
Soothe achy muscles hands-free with the 3-in-1 Cordless Muscle Warmer. Plug in the saline-filled “bean” for 15 minutes, and when ready, it stays warm for up to four hours. The bean slips into the super-soft wrap to drape over her neck or wrap it around her waist or anywhere to melt away tension or to ward off chill. $39.99. Exclusively at Brookstone stores or www.brookstone.com
An incredibly light weight adventure sports shoe. The Infinity HPi can handle a broad mix of terrains from harsh trails right through to roads, offering plenty of support whilst allowing the wearers foot to feel and adapt to the surface.
The Merry Kids Holiday Gift Guide
Gift Ideas that Will Knock Their Stockings Off
Kids will love to decorate Easy Playhouse, an easy-to-assemble, 100 percent recyclable heavy-duty cardboard house that is a like a blank canvas. Kids paint, color or decorate it to transform it into a holiday gingerbread house, a firehouse, a secret hideout or anything they can imagine. Plus, it’s reversible, so you get two playhouses in one. Makes a great, creative group activity. $40. www.easyplayhouse.com
Helmets are essential for biking safety, but kids can be hard-headed about wearing them, unless they have an awesome Raskullz 3D Helmet, featuring T-Rad Rex, Shark Attax, Cutie Cat or Sparkle Heart the Unicorn. These unique and stylin’ helmets are a no brainer for getting kids thrilled about gearing up. $24.99. Target, Walmart and Toys “R” Us.
Famous puzzle maker Ravensburger adds a layer of challenge with new no-glue-required 3D puzzles featuring uniquely curved, hinged and flat plastic pieces that create stunning 3D replicas of landmark structures, such as the Empire State Building or Eiffel Tower ($25.99). The 125-year-old company makes puzzles for every level of difficulty, from children’s super-sized floor puzzles and large-format puzzles up to a mind-blowing 32,256 piece puzzle featuring the art of Keith Haring ($299.99). Other puzzles $6.99 and up. Retailers nationwide or www.ravensburger.com.
A Kid’s Best Friend
Little ones will love to cuddle and laugh with Totally KooKoo Kennel Puppies. Each 6-inch daffy doggie, with names like Scruffy, Dollymation and Hairyterrier, keeps company with mini plush pup and lets out a happy bark when you squeeze its belly. $18.99. www.toywiz.com
What’s better than combining cuddly creatures with a nap? The Happy Napper plush animal comes with its own home that converts into a soft pillow for nap time, at school, in the car or wherever. $19.99. www.happynapper.com
Children will love to pack up their toys and belongings in the ride-on suitcase Trunki by Melissa & Doug. This rolling bag with a pull-along strap is the perfect companion for travel, sleep overs, summer camp and other outings. Available in six adorable colors and designs. $39.99. www.melissaanddog.com
Tech Toys for Kids
Gift Ideas for Young Gadget Lovers
Topping the wish list this season for kids of all ages, are Swann’s new line of Easy-Fly Gyro Technology indoor remote controlled helicopters — Micro Lightning, Micro Hornet, Emergency Strike, Military Thunder and Missile Strike. Controlled by dual joystick controls, these choppers perform death-defying stunts and flight maneuvers with military precision, powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery. The remote control operates on six AA batteries. Ages 14 and up. $59. Fry’s Electronics, BrandSmart and other major retailers.
Why should grown-ups have all the fun with tablet technology? VTech’s InnoTab (ages 4 to 9. $79.99) lets kids read, learn and create with a rich collection of aps in a multi-function, touch screen tablet format. Includes e-books, MP3 Player, learning fames, Art Studio painting and drawing aps and a Photo Viewer/Editor and Video Player for pictures and videos transferred from a computer or direct from a VTech Kidizoom camera (ages 3-9. $39.99). Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart and other major retailers, and online at www.vtechkids.com
Headphones with Character
Be a super hero with the comic fan on your list by giving them Coloud Marvel Comics Headphones, branded with Marvel comic icons. These stylish quality sound headphones feature Coloud’s signature triangular plug, cable guard and comfort design. $40. www.coloud.com