The holidays are right around the corner, and while we’ve been sharing our picks for what you should buy in our 2007 Holiday Gift Guide, we also feel we should drop some knowledge in video form as well. I mean, it’s what we do, right? Anyhow, in this one, we give you a look at the complete Apple iPod lineup that is available this holiday season. If you wanted a refresher on exactly what each iPod model has to offer feature-wise, this is the video to check out. We are talking about everything from the iPod shuffle, all the way up to the iPhone itself. Strap yourself in and check out the video, and if you plan on buying an iPod for someone special this year (or yourself), let us know which you choose.
If your children are anything like my three-year old son, then chances are that they are just as familiar with your gadgets as you are. They want to hold them, use them, mimicking you every step of the way. The thing is, gadgets aren’t the most affordable things in the world, and children don’t seem to understand that. This is where the SanDisk Sansa Shaker comes in - it’s a fully-functional flash MP3 player that is meant for little kids. SanDisk did a good job with this one too - just holding it you can tell it’s durable. It has two built-in headphone jacks for tandem enjoyment, as well as a speaker if you prefer your children not put on headphones. It’s called the Shaker because, when you sake it, you advance it to another track, shuffle-style. It is shaped perfectly for little hands, and has a couple of job wheels for volume and track selection. The device runs on one AAA battery, which will last for about 8 hours of playback. You can pick one up for $30, which holds 512 MB of content (about 120 songs) or opt for the $40 1 GB player, which will hold about 240 tracks. They are available in pink and blue.
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If you are looking for a great gift for the coffee fan in your life that isn’t terribly expensive, you should consider the Hamilton Beach Ensemble 12-Cup. This is a product that might make even those who have switched to lattes give drip coffee another look. Don’t let the shiny exterior and low price fool you - the Ensemble 12-Cup hits you with rich, smooth brew. It it also compatible with an optional water filter, which costs $10, for those who want to make sure their water is clean. It’s available in both black and red. These retail for $49.99, but you can find them cheaper by shopping around.
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If you or someone you know loves jigsaw puzzles, Firebox has a unique one for you. It’s the Zip Code Puzzle…a jigsaw of the neighborhood map of your choice! Just send in the house number, street name and zip code you desire, and voila! Firebox will create a one-of-a-kind, highly personalized jigsaw—a VERY detailed map featuring the chosen address. The coolest part? The centerpiece is your home address, shaped like a house (see above). The puzzle contains 400 pieces of “high quality millboard,” and measures 12.25 x 18.5”. Since each map is based on the U.S. Geological Survey, it will even contain water landmarks, buildings, main roads and more. Plus, each jigsaw comes with a gift label that can be personalized for the recipient. A great, one-of-a-kind gift. Available for $35 USD.
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The powers that be running the Postal Service suggest that you never mail batteries inside whatever they are supposed to run, but show up at your next party with these color-changing boxes and you can spend less on a gift because your hosts will find you either super-impressive or super-tacky.They come in threes with satin ribbon and continuously alter their hues. The large is 170 mm square with 8 LEDs, the medium is 115 mm square with 4 LEDs, and the small is 75 mm square with 4 LEDs. Each requires 3 AAA batteries (not included.) Look for a price of $39.95 for the trio.
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About 6 months ago, we introduced you to the solar-powered Sunshine Buddies (Hidamari no Tami.) It seems that Tomy has decided to issue one for the holidays, complete with reindeer. We’re not sure what kind of cheer that involves, aside from head-bobbing. You can utilize him as a cardholder or keep him on your desktop and your boss might be less less of a Scrooge. If your are looking for cutesy, this should fill the bill. The Holiday Sunshine Buddy is available for $18.00.
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This is a inexpensive alternative for those who want to give something to someone who has nothing in the way of music and video. The MP3/MP4/DV/Radio Player features a 2.4-inch screen, a 1.3 megapixel camera, and will hold up to 1GB. At a price of $55.19, and a size of 3.54 x 2.36 x 0.63-inch and a weight of 16.23 oz., it comes with everything you see here. Buy three and get them for only $53.49 apiece. They may come in handy for those long trips to Grandma’s when your kids keep asking, “Are we there yet?”
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No Chia Pet this year for your fave geek when you can get an i grobot instead. The ceramic planter is 4 x 2 1/2-inches and would be a green addition to any computer desk to keep away the winter. It comes equipped with peat moss and grass seeds which will grow about 2 to 3-inches before needing a trim. Available for $12.50, just remember not to water it near your keyboard. We dig the company’s logo, “i grobot mission = green life for humans.”
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Ever feel like using the remote on your spouse/partner like Adam Sandler did in his movie “Click?” These devices will comically say what you are thinking without your better half knowing that deep down inside, you truly mean them. Control Your Man says 18 witticisms such as “What about my needs?” and “What were you thinking?” The male version commands, “Feed me” and “Clean up on aisle four!” Each remote also features sound effects and runs on 2 AA included batteries. Get one for $17.95 or the pair for $29.95 and you may not have to speak for yourself until halftime.
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Why take the chance of losing your calculator when you can wear it? This is the perfect Christmas present for your CPA, bank teller, or anyone else that manages to make your finances come out on the positive side. Made of chrome, the device fits most belt sizes and can be used upside down on occasions when want to let everyone know that you still remember how to write words with the digital gadget. The buckle is available for $9.99 at Be Wild, a company that supplies them for bikers, goth folks, and those that have enough guts to wear LEDs across their midriffs.
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