Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Gifts Your Friends Would Love

5 Christmas Gifts Your Friends Would Love

By Charlotte Demontigny

While it's sometimes difficult to choose the right present for family members, when it comes to buying gifts for our good friends; it can be a wonderful experience. Her are 5 Christmas gifts your friends would love.


Candles are a wonderful gift for any occasion, but for the holidays they are a necessity. There are so many choices to choose from these days; peppermint candles for the holiday table; berry candles to place throughout the home; votive candles, and more. You can even purchase several candles on a tray. They come in assorted sizes and scents.

New Car Gifts

Has a friend just purchased a new car? If so, here are some items you may want to give as gifts. A roadside kit which is invaluable, especially if your friend drives long distances. A blanket; a first aid kit for the glove compartment; and add a roll of quarters for parking to any of these gifts you may choose.

New Home/Home Improvement Gifts

If you're friend is a do-it-your-self woman, no doubt she will need some necessary items. How about a tool kit which comes with a screwdriver, hammer, tape measure, pliers, assorted screws and hooks. You could also include a small can of putty; and a putty knife as well.


You can find bags of potpourri in assorted scents. Your friend can make little sacks to put in drawers, closets, or simply place in a vase in the living room.


It may sound silly, but we all run out of hangers. More importantly, the wire hangers that come with our dry cleaning are a nuisance. There are wonderful hangers that allow for clothing to remain without sliding off. These are showcased on TV, and certainly you can find them in any major department store or online.

Sometimes, it's the things we don't think are luxurious or trendy that make the perfect gift. "Necessity is the mother of invention," and these 5 Christmas gifts will certainly come in handy and will be more than appreciated by your friends.

Charlotte Demontigny
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Sports Fans

Last Minute Christmas Gifts For Sports Fans 2007

By Nic Roberts

Sports fans come in all shapes and sizes, some like all sports and others may prefer one or two. I remember there was a game I went to a couple of years ago and I hate to admit this now because we had great seats but I could hardly enjoy the game because all I could think about was keeping warm. It didn't help that I could barely feel my toes and fingers at this point and I sat there thinking if only I had a heater. Which by the way makes a perfect a gift for a sports fan especially this time of the year. They are able to enjoy the game and be warm all at the same time. Here are some items that the sports fan in your life might enjoy this Christmas.

1) Tickets - this would probably be the best gift you could give a sports fan, tickets to a local game or pro. I'm sure the hottest tickets at the moment are bowl games.

2) Portable Heater - I love this product when going to games in the winter

3) Autographed Memorabilia - Can you imagine the look on their face if you had a signed football helmet from Tom Brady?

4 ) Team Jersey or Team Jacket - I gave jerseys to my nephews a couple of years ago and needless to say I was a wonderful aunt in their eyes.

5) Stadium Seat - They have some really comfortable ones on the market now.

6) Blanket - What could be better than a heater and a heated blanket at a game this time of year?

7) Binoculars - Sometimes the seat is a little farther than we had in my mind and this is a great help .

I hope this list helps when shopping for the sports fan in your life this Christmas.

Nic Roberts

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Christmas Gifts for Him

Christmas Gifts for Him

By Jan Gamm

The Him in your life is always the worst possible person to buy for at Christmas or in fact at any other time of year. Men seem to have a talent for acquiring absolutely everything they could ever want out of life and a further talent for making it known they do not require anything else thank you very much. What, then, could you possibly buy for the man who has everything he wants and needs?

The electric shaver is always a wonderful standby. Men love gadgets and the electric shaver always has a yearly technical upgrade irresistible to the average beard. Even if your man has a shaver already, a new shiny one is always appreciated. Never buy socks and ties for the man in your life, he will hate them. Men consider gifts of practical clothing insulting and boring. Unless you are buying for Mr Practical do not consider such items.

Toys are great gifts for men. A remote controlled helicopter can provide hours of fun and entertainment, providing it is not too expensive or too complicated to assemble. Ensure you do not spend a fortune on items such as these, as they are prone to accidental damage. The latest tiny helicopter toy is a dream gift for the man who likes fiddling with buttons and controls.

Sentimental gifts for men are usually a no-no unless yours is the ultra romantic type. A good quality silver key ring is a safe gift if you want to give something lasting, especially for men who drive expensive cars. Avoid buying such things as briefcases or document cases. These things are a personal buy and need to be carefully inspected for individual preference as to colour, shape and function.

The latest Sat Nav is a great choice for men who travel in their work. Make sure you get a version which is both functional and up to date by doing your research online first. The same goes for digital cameras and other such gadgetry. These items go out of style within weeks and you really need to get the very latest models. If you are going to buy music, be sensible and give vouchers instead of trying to guess a man's preferences. Books are also best given as vouchers.

Instead of investing in gift sets of after shave and shower gel, buy a good quality leather bag and fill it with items you know would be welcome. So many men end up with piles of hand lotion and shower cream left over from three Christmases past because they are items they would never use. Choose a good quality shaving balm, always welcome and always used.

Avoid choosing power tools unless you are sure of what you are buying. There are a hundred combinations of drills, saws and planes, any old thing just will not do. Find out what he wants first, rather than guess wrongly.

Alcohol is a great gift. If you are unsure of his preference, then a bottle of good champagne is always welcome. A single crystal wine glass and a bottle of vintage wine is a safe gift.

Pens are a great choice if they are for a man you know well enough to understand which he prefers - ball point or roller ball or ink etc. You can always agree with the store to exchange for the right combination at a later date. If you are certain you have the right thing an engraved pen is always a welcome sentimental and personal item.

Theatre tickets or match tickets are always well received and they make good gifts for older men who are even more difficult to buy for. The good thing is you can buy well ahead for sporting events, so ensuring good seats. Do try to buy two tickets; otherwise the poor guy will end up sitting watching his favourite team alone.

Jan Gamm writes reflections on life with an emphasis on world travel. She has lived in many countries and traveled extensively in the Far East, the Middle East, America, South America and throughout the South Pacific. She writes for fun and for money whenever she can manage it.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Lingerie for Your Love for Christmas

Yes, it is a bit of a stereotype - an embarrassed husband asking a shop person about bra sizes. But these days it is easier, and more accepted, to shop for lingerie for a woman. Just make sure you don't just think of yourself when buying it!

Show Your Lady Some Love With Lingerie For Christmas
By Tianyi Lim

The perfect gift for your wife this month are lingerie for Christmas. Besides Valentine's Day, no other holiday season has so many couples frantically looking for romantic gifts to give to their loved one. After a year of hard work and the busy schedule we people live nowadays, it is hard to spend quality time with your spouse, intimately.

This Christmas, 2008, you can bring some creativity and romance in the bedroom with some of the most gorgeous intimates. Whether it is a bling bling green and white elf costume, a white and red fur-trimmed Santa outfit, or some Christmas themed lingerie, they are bound to be relevant and exciting.

For Santa costumes, white fuzzy panties and red satin teddies are a good match for the occasion. These inner wear and its novelty appeal enables couples to enjoy this holiday season more romantically. The creativity behind the lingerie builds up the anticipation.

Lingerie are great gifts to your lover. The excitement of receiving these gifts adds to the intimate experience when the lingerie is being worn. It gives the idea that all you want in this Christmas is to love your partner more, and that thought alone generates great satisfaction in the relationship for both of you.

Regardless of whether they are to be meant as a gift for your loved one, or for you to wear to express the attractive women in you for him, these lingerie for Christmas will definitely make this season a more memorable one. Drag your man into the bedroom, lock the doors and put on your new lingerie for him. After that, you can ask whatever you want for Christmas.

Lim Tianyi is the author of a online linger review blog,

The primary objective of the blog is to help couples develop greater relationship through lingerie aided intimacy.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Unique Last Minute Gift

Signature Days LLCThe pressure is on. You don't have that special present for your loved one. You need a last minute unique gift.

How about giving them a day to remember? Signature Days have thousands of unique gift experiences that will give the ones you love a day to remember.

Here are some examples:

Unique Gifts for Him

NASCAR -Give him a day out in a real stock car! These are the real deal. They'll never forget driving in a real NASCAR. it ranges from being a passenger to actually driving around a NASCAR track.

Fighter Pilot for a Day - Climb into the cockpit of a real military aircraft with your instructor. Experience the thrill of air combat! Look for enemy aircraft, enagage in air-air combat and return to based a winner (or a loser, but we don't talk about that).

Fly Fishing Lessons - Less adventure, but very relaxing! This one on one private lesson ensures he progresses to better casting, better presentation and ultimately better fishing.

Unique Gifts for Her

Personal Chef Service - Have a romantic dinner at home without wither of you having to cook. Or impress a group of friends.
A professionally trained chef will prepare a restaurant- quality dinner in your own kitchen, explaining each dish in detail to your guests. He will provide all the necessary ingredients and clean up once he's done.

In Home Massage - Let her relax and get a refreshing, soothing massage in the comfort of her own home.

Personal Shopper - These professional shoppers know where to go, when to go and what to buy and you can expect the most up-to-date fashion advice available.

What is available does depend on your location but you're bound to fin something they will enjoy and remember for years to come. There are gift certificates available for specific activities or you can get one that can be credited to any activity.

So go to Signature Days and find them something unique!

Monday, December 10, 2007

How Good are Online Retailers at Gift Wrapping?

If you are buying something over the internet for someone, and it's being delivered to them, you want to make sure it's wrapped properly and that they don't find out the cost.

This segment, from the Early Show on CBS, tests a number of online retailers to see how well they wrapped and kept secrets.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Top 10 Gadget Gifts for Christmas

Yep, it's another top 10 list!! These are some great gift ideas for the person who loves gadgets. I have the iPod Touch, and I highly recommend it.

Top 10 Gadget Gift Ideas For the 2007 Holiday Season
By Neece Campione

A gadget gift is something novel yet useful. Usually when you buy someone a gadget gift, you think it would be cool if someone had gotten you the exact same thing. We've put together a list, in no particular order, to show you what's out there for this season:

1. The iPod Touch: This perfect gadget gift has a 3.5" widescreen display on the multi-touch surface. It's just beautiful. You can download straight from iTunes, as well as surf the web with Wi-Fi, so it will fit seamlessly into your life. It comes in 8GB and 16GB.

2. The iPhone: Another great gadget gift from Apple, made even more attractive with its recent price drop. You've got a phone, an iPod and an internet browser in one groovy little package. It also comes with the awesome multi-touch surface.

3. Isis Puzzle from Sharper Image: If you think you're smart now, try this little gadget gift on for size. It's considered the most difficult puzzle ever. Each one is unique with just one solution. If you crack the code you win one of several prizes.

4. Sleeptracker Watch: We love this watch! If you need to wake up refreshed and alert, then you need a sleeptracker. They wake you up when you're ready within a window of time that you specify. This gadget gift is considered one of the most amazing inventions for 2005.

5. Solio: If you have a wanderer on your list who frequently finds himself slightly off the beaten path, with no place to charge his electronics, then this is the perfect gadget gift. It charges a wide array of devices using the power of the sun. So unless they're going spelunking, they can use it anywhere.

6. The Samsung Flash SSD: This is the gadget gift for someone who absolutely positively has to have the latest cutting edge computer memory technology. Data acquisition is super fast because it's solid state. There are no moving parts, which in turn means there's no chance of mechanical failure. This looks like "the next Big Thing" in computers.

7. The Micro Stainless Steel Digital Camcorder: Small, compact and shiny, this gadget gift is packed with awesome features. How about DVD quality video and 5.4 megapixel photos? It has a built in flash as well as a slick interface on a 2.5 inch LCD screen and a rechargeable battery.

8. The Ion USB Turntable: The perfect gadget gift for every audiophile on your list who still has lots of LPs, especially if they were never released on CD. Now they can rip their rare LPs directly to MP3 or WAV format and enjoy them any time they want. The turntable is professional quality, and it comes complete with the necessary software.

9. Sun and Moon Jar Lamps: Take a frosted glass jar, low energy LEDs, a high efficiency solar cell and a rechargeable battery, and what do you get? You get the beautiful sun and moon jar lamps! Completely portable and waterproof, they can be used to decorate anywhere inside or outside the home. All they need is direct sunlight to charge.

10. USB Rechargeable AA Batteries: A gadget gift to help you enjoy other gadget gifts you already have! Everything seems to run on AA batteries so this will help you save the environment as well, because you're not throwing away batteries all the time. Simply flip the top and plug right into your USB to charge them up.

Here's our list of our favorite things for the Holiday season this year. We hope it helps, because if we can save just one shopper from holiday overload, then it will have been worth it. And who among us doesn't have someone who would appreciate a gadget gift?

Neece, like everyone else, enjoys the finer things in life. She researches and discovers the best things available so you can find the luxuries you deserve as well as gifts for those you love all in one convenient place.

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Gifts for Big Kids at The Sharper Image

Children may love these gifts, but we all know that there is a significant proportion of adults who would love them too. These make a great Christmas gift for the kid at heart.

Here are The Sharper Image's Top 5 Gifts for Big Kids.

R2-D2 Interactive Droid
R2-D2™, the Interactive Astromech Droid™, is ready to serve you!

Pocket Mod Vapor Electric Scooter by Razor
Sporty electric scooter goes as fast as 15mph with riders as big as 175lbs!

Air Hogs R/C Havoc Heli Laser Battle (BH006)
Pilot your Havoc Heli to victory by shooting down your opponent with infrared beams!

Carrera Digital 132 Champion's Race Set
Incredibly realistic slot-racing action for as many as six cars!

Can you unlock "the most difficult puzzle ever"?

These would make a great Christmas gift for your husband, boyfriend, brother and, oh yeah, any kids you might know!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Green Gift Wrap

In these days where environmental awareness is a hot topic, we need to look at all the different ways we can make a difference. There is no point taking the time and trouble to get someone a green gift if you then wrap it in expensive wrapping paper with a huge bow! It seems that every Christmas there are at least two trash bags full of wrapping paper that will never be used again.

There are things we can do, and there are things all around us we can use, to wrap a gift in an eco-friendly way. It will also be appreciated by the recipient because they'll realize you took a little more time and thought to wrap it. Here are some tips on green gift wrapping.

Straight recycling - Don't just throw gift wrap into the trash - it can be used again! It's probably best to use it on a gift for someone else though. If it it torn then you could shred it to be used in a gift bag or as packing in a box; or if you're really clever, cut it into strips and make bows with it.

Newspapers and Magazines - Newspapers from Japan or Korea make interesting gift wrap. You can also use photo spreads from magazine - for instance you could wrap that Hannah Montana CD with a photo of Miley Cyrus from one of the celebrity or teen magazines. The comic strip sections makes great wrapping for kids gifts; and car ads can be used for Dad's gifts, flower spreads for Mom's.

Holiday Catalogs - These have great pictures in them and are expensive, glossy paper. It would be a crime not to re-use them! They may get someone's hopes up too much when they see expensive jewelry on the outside and discover a desk calendar on the inside, so you do have to be careful!

Maps - If they aren't too beaten up maps can be used, especially for bigger gifts. They tend to be for more masculine gifts and would certainly be a talking point.

Stuffing - Your home shredding machine is a great source for filling a box so the gift doesn't move around. Or you could shred that recycled gift wrap we were talking about and make an interesting color display. If you buy something mail order, you should always keep the little peanuts or bubble wrap to used for gifts or even your own packages.

With a little thought and forward planning, you can make interesting and intriguing gift wrap that's eco-friendly and actually saves you money!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Inexpensive Gift Idea for Co-workers

Work in an office? Looking for something different to give your co-workers for Christmas this year? How about some USB gadgets for their PC?

There is a wide range of gadgets - from little snowmen that light up to plasma balls to coffee warmers. They aren't that expensive - from $10 up to perhaps $30.

Here are some examples:

You can choose something that fits a particular co-worker's personality, or get everyone the same thing so they don't get jealous!

There are many more cube goodies at