We love finding quirky, cool things that are worthy of being featured in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, and the Aquafarm certainly fits the bill. You get a pet and some healthy food, all at the same time. You don't even have to clean up after it! Thanks to
magic aquaponics, the plants use the fish waste as food, keeping the water clean. Impressive, right?
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Tiny fish tanks can be boring, but the Aquafarm serves as both a home for your fish and an herb garden that provides you with delicious, fresh plants. Even better, all you need to do is remember to feed the fish to make everything happen. You see, through aquaponics, the plants use the nutrients from the fish poop to nourish themselves and keep on growing strong. In turn, the plants keep the water clean, so you don't have to. You get five planters, and seeds to grow wheat grass, lettuce mix, and basil from Seeds of Change. All this for $59.99 from ThinkGeek.
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The SpyOrb Edition is about as state of the art as you can get for an aquarium. Available in silver, white or black, it holds 8 gallons and comes with internal filter with multistage filtration, food, water treatment, air pump, halogen light and transformer. At a size of 40 x 42 cm, it has a MSRP of £137.01 (~$197.00.) A optional timer is available to remind you to feed your fishy friends with a flashing light ($37.00,) but it is the special LED unit that caught our attention. For $82.00, the lighting goes through a natural day cycle, keeping them in a perfect state of Zen.
If you love your dog, you probably spend some of your Thanksgiving watching the National Dog Show (a pointer won it this year.) The sponsors of the event, Purina, have made an e-card site to send greeting to all your friends this holiday season. Head over to Critter Carols, upload your pet’s face (this is Amazing Grace,) add text and music and let everyone know just how weird you get during the last couple of weeks. By the way, this app will take you longer than most to get it right, so expect a learning curve.
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If you love your pup, and we mean really love her/him, then you will want to join Doggyspace, a cross between Facebook and MySpace for canines. You can create a profile, share photos and videos, and meet others who are similarly obsessed. Launched last month, 3,000 dog fanciers have already joined the site and there are claims that there will be about 2 million by the end of the year. While Doggyspace is free to join, Founder Levi Thorton plans to make premium accounts with a percentage of the fee going to animal charities. We really don’t know what paying the extra means, but we assume that gives you a top dog.
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Would you really what to know what your dog or cat has been up to? Now you can with Uncle Milton’s Pet Eye View Digital Camera. The mini-cam clips to your pet’s collar as the built-in timer automatically takes pictures every 1, 5, or 15 minutes. It has a water-resistant ABS housing and comes with a lithium-ion battery, and USB cable and charger. While the gadget is creative, we are not sure we would spend the $44.99 to see images of dust bunnies and ancient crumbs that our cat would find behind the refrigerator.
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IDEC has released its hi-tech Wan Love Yu (”Dog Love Bath”,) which does without shampoo. Instead it utilizes a shower head that discharges water with about half a million air bubbles per cubic centimeter. With technology used by industrial water treatment systems, the bubbles are small enough to remove dirt and odors from a pup’s skin and hair follicles. The 27.5 x 27.5 x 43cm jacuzzi and hose combination goes on sale this week at a price somewhere between 600,000 and ¥700,000 (~$6,000.00 to $7,000.00.)
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Paradise Image has developed the SunSpa for your pets. The company says it is the equivalent of sunlight shining through a window. The wooden arch has a temperature range of 80 to 85º at 150 watts for about 5,000 hours. The pad folds up for easy storage and its cover is odor, stain, and water resistant. The unique item will be on display May 16 to 18 at the Baltimore Pet Spring Trade Show, if you happen to be in the area. We are hoping the SunSpa will be so popular that the company will make one for humans.
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Want a sophisticated doggy door that won’t let in any other neighborhood pets or pests? The Pet Door Way offers automatic operation activated by your fuzzy friends. Made of an ABS plastic polimer body and aluminum alloy frame, the door is motor-operated with auto-dead bolt and security alarm. It comes with 2 sensors, remote, installation hardware, and a year’s warranty in three different sizes for $395.00, $495.00, and $695.00. At that price, hope that someone doesn’t wise up to the gizmo, steal it off your dog or cat, and sneak him/herself through the door.
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For years people have saved their pets through taxidermy, including Roy Rogers, who had Trigger and Bullet stuffed and placed in his museum. Now, thanks to a So. Korean company, you can have your pup forever immortalized by cloning. RNL Bio will gratefully accept your $150,000 and claims that there is a 25% possibility of success. Seoul National University will be performing the actual procedure and although RNL prefers creating guard dogs, they won’t turn down a beloved pet. While this is a nice idea if you adored your dog, you might want to double think the idea if he/she was hesitant to become housebroken when a puppy.
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