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Changing The Present Helps Those Less Fortunate

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet,

Baby ChicksBefore you head to your nearest 7-11 or Walgreen’s for last minute holiday gifts, think about an inexpensive gift that will benefit more than your Uncle Bob. The site is appropriately named Changing the Present. For $14.00, you can support a land field mine survivor in the Middle East for a day. Send $20.00 and you can provide a family overseas with a small flock of baby chicks. It only takes $30.00 to feed a family in Bangladesh for an entire month. We love the idea that at this time of the year, we can give to others as well as ourselves.

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Holiday Gift Guide Flashback: True Christmas Spirit

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Editorial, Features, Family, Kids,


Charlie Brown Christmas TreeGrowing up the way I did - barely getting by, fully understanding what hard times meant, and dealing with some messed up family stuff - we never really made Christmas a big deal.  At least, it never really was to me.  For example, one year we couldn’t afford a Christmas tree (but when we did, we kept that thing for like a decade), my mom made us get some fallen twigs outside our apartment and she delicately wrapped them up in tin foil.  We put it in a green vase and I think my sister actually tried decorating it by coloring the tin foil red and green.  Ah, youth.  Well, I couldn’t totally blame her for her attempts to make something bad into something good, afterall, she had a perm and actually thought it looked cool.  But, heck, it was the mid-80s, so the poor choice made by my nine-year-old sibling could be forgiven in retrospect.

In all honesty, the last Christmas I remembered before this particular one I’m about to tell you about when I was eleven, was when I was five.  I got a whole bunch of Micronauts and this huge plastic Spider-Man doll that had a grappling hook, which was supposedly a web that he could “climb.”  Mind you, I don’t blame my parents for any of this lack of remembering several years in between as they always did their best, God bless their hearts, and I’m glad my sister was always in the Christmas spirit, but I knew what was up.  Okay sure, I was a Holden Caufield without knowing I was at the time, but whatever.  I dealt with it.  You couldn’t fool me, I tell ya.

But, this particular Christmas, I got fooled.

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Mariah Carey Not Above Accepting Gifts

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Music, Weddings, Rumors,

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

Even though didn’t send out invites to her recent hush hush wedding, the diva is definitely not one who forgets her friends.

According to the New York Post, the singer wants to make sure everyone has had a chance to congratulate her and Nick Cannon on their questionable nuptials.

Those wondering if the newlyweds have the proper furnishings to fill Mariah’s massive home can find all their needs in one convenient place. According to a source, Carey’s assistant has already sent out over a 100 emails letting people know where they can purchase belated wedding gifts (Bergdorf Goodman). Requested items reportedly include expensive china and stemware.

Oh, I get it now. Her friends couldn’t celebrate with them earlier because they simply didn’t have the proper plates until now. Totally understandable.

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SomethingStore Offers Gifts Sight Unseen

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Hot Deals, Internet, Misc. Tech,

SomethingStore logoAre you the type that can never resist a grab bag? That’s the idea behind the SomethingStore, created after an inspiration by sites such as Woot.  For $10.00 (free shipping,) they will send you a random gift. What they choose could be a video game, retail gift card, software, designer jeans, a kitchen appliance, or gourmet chocolates. While it may be refurbished, the site promises that it will also be legal. If you are tempted, you are not alone. The SometingStore claims over 10,000 somethings have already been ordered.

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Duckie Floats and Soothes

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Household, Misc. Tech,

I Rub My DuckieWe thought we would hook you up with some last minute Valentines gifts for the geeks you love. While we have shown you plenty of rubber quackers in the past, I Rub My Duckie goes one step beyond its call of duty. Sure it is pink, has a feather boa and Swarovski crystal on its beak, but it can also take care of those sore muscles after that nice hot bath. The massager has a motor encased in its waterproof bod that you can turn on and off with a back squeeze, and runs on 2 AA batteries (not included.) At a size of 12.5cm x 11.5cm x 8cm, the birdie buddy can be yours for $14.95.

(Thanks, Jen)

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Okay - what did you get?!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features,

Christmas Presents

You know how much we love living vicariously through others, so we just HAVE to know - what did you guys get this year? What was waiting under the tree, ready to delight you with it’s awesome gadgety wonders? Let us know in the comments - we’re listening!


Bummer Holiday Cards

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Editorial,

Merry X'mas Card

There are lots of last minute ways to send e-greetings on line, making the necessity for actual cards and gifts unnecessary in this electronic age. We wonder if this will replace tips and bonuses for your mail carrier, FedEx deliverer, and the guy who sells you roach coach sandwiches. We found these cards created by someone who apparently gets as moody as we do around this time of year. For those of you who want to send anti-cards, the comments may not be explicit in the translation, but we figure you will catch the drift. By the way, ho-ho-ho from us to you. Have a great Holiday and thanks for reading.

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Bleeding Edge TV 193: A Look at 2007 Holiday iPod Lineup

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 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 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.


2007 Holiday Gift Guide: SanDisk Sansa Shaker

Sandisk Sansa Shaker

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 Sansa Shaker comes in - it’s a fully-functional flash 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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2007 Holiday Gift Guide: Hamilton Beach Ensemble 12-Cup

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Household, Family, Women, Men,

Hamilton Beach Ensemble 12 cup

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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