Gelli Baff Gift Set

by Edwin

Moms, if you’re having a hard time trying to convince your kids that they are not vikings and absolutely need to bathe more than once a year, then you might want to check out the Gelli Baff Gift Set. This could very well help your quest to make bath time a whole lot more enjoyable, without needing the help of a rubber duckie. Retailing for just £9.99, this can be …

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Coolest Gift Guide

by Al

Here is our selection of what we think are some of the coolest gifts to give this Christmas season, some passed winners of coolest gadget of the week and others are new cool entries.

CableDrop Cable Clips – $9.99

CableDrop Cable Clips

Place the CableDrop Cable Clips behind or on your desktop, even onto a facing wall – anywhere you wish to have cables temporarily held yet easily removable or extended. CableDrop gently grasps your power and peripheral cords so they do not fall off your desk every time you unplug your laptop. CabledropÕs unique design makes cable management fun and can also be used as a general purpose clip in a multitude of creative ways.

The CableDrop Cable Clips is available from Think Geek for $9.99.

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Motion Sensing Alarm Clock – $34.95

Motion Sensing Alarm Clock

Unlike traditional alarm clocks that can leave you blindly groping for buttons, this clock radio’s alarm turns off with a simple wave of your hand. A motion sensor on top of the unit detects your hand’s movement, and switches the 1 1/4″ H LED display from time to temperature to radio with each successive wave. The display can be set to remain dark until activated-eliminating distracting lights that can disturb your sleep-then shuts itself off 15 seconds later

The Motion Sensing Alarm Clock is available from Hammacher for $34.95.

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Slanket Blanket – $45.50

Slanket Blanket

The Slanket Blanket The super soft, cozy, oversized fleece blanket with sleeves! Welcome to the world of Slanket- your mission: find the nearest couch and get cozy with it! A sick day from work, movie night, lazy rainy sunday, or late night insomnia? Whatever! All we ask is that you get comfortable, smile and enjoy! Machine wash cold on gentle cylce Non pilling

The Slanket Blanket is available from Amazon for $45.50.

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Powermat Home & Office – $99.99

Powermat Home & Office

The Powermat Home and Office mat is a slim, sleek charging mat for home or office. What’s a charging mat, you ask? Good question. Powermat’s Wireless Charging System offers a clean, simple way to keep all those personal electronic devices charged, without a mess of cables. With the Powermat system, you choose a mat and then choose the receivers to match the devices you want to charge. Each mat includes a Universal Powercube receiver that allows you to charge hundreds of devices. You can also purchase receivers custom designed to fit on your devices, so you never need to remove them to use your device.

The Powermat Home & Office is available from Amazon for $99.99.

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Lilliput Mini USB Monitor – $99.99

Lilliput Mini USB Monitor

Looking for that extra bit of screen real estate to get you through the busy workday? Problem is, an entire secondary monitor comes with its own needs like a separate power or an additional video card. The Lilliput Mini USB Monitor changes this equation completely. A single USB connection from your computer gets you an instant high-resolution secondary display. This handy display is perfect for your IM client, widgets, PC gaming tools, your email, a spreadsheet, your PhotoShop tools, or even video.

The Lilliput Mini USB Monitor is available from Think Geek for $99.99.

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Voice Activated R2-D2 – $189.95

Voice Activated R2-D2

This motorized replica of the headstrong little “droid” from the iconic Star Wars films responds to voice commands, navigates rooms and hallways, and makes any home feel like it has been transported to a galaxy far, far away. R2 obeys more than 40 voice commands (“Turn around!” “Move forward two units!”) and he plays games like tag, using an infrared sensor to search for people in a room. His sensor helps him follow behind you, or it can be set to detect motion, turning R2 into a room sentry that sounds an alarm when a secured area is invaded. R2’s lights, swiveling dome top, and distinctive happy and sad sounds faithfully mimic the real thing, right down to his occasional “bad mood.”

The Voice Activated R2-D2 is available from Hammacher for $189.95.

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Roomba Robot Vacuum – $129+

Roomba Robot Vacuum

Cleans routinely, so you don’t have to. 500 Series robots offer the latest innovations from iRobot with unprecedented efficiency, coverage, and cleaning performance.

The Roomba Robot Vacuum is available from Amazon for $129+.

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Kindle Wireless Reading Device – $259

Kindle Wireless Reading Device

At Amazon, we’ve always been obsessed with having every book ever printed, and we know that even the best book reader is useless without the books you want to read. We are fortunate that we have tens of millions of book customers at Amazon, and as a result, we know the books customers want to read and we prioritize getting those titles. Today, the Kindle Store has more than 360,000 books available, including 101 of 112 New York Times® Best Sellers, plus top newspapers, magazines, and blogs. Our vision for Kindle is to have every book ever printed, in any language, all available in under 60 seconds.

The Kindle Wireless Reading Device is available from Amazon for $259.

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iPod Video Projector – $379.95

iPod Video Projector

This is the pocket-sized device that projects a 60″ image from an iPod, iPhone, or any video source with composite outputs. About the size of a candy bar, the unit projects bright, clear images and pivots up to 90º to display content on a wall or ceiling. The projector’s LED uses Digital Light Processing Technology–the same as digital cinema projectors–to produce sharp 480×320 resolution with a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 3:2 aspect ratio.

The iPod Video Projector is available from Hammacher for $379.95.

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Optimus Maximus Keyboard – $1,599.99

Optimus Maximus Keyboard

Hold down SHIFT and all keys go uppercase. Run Photoshop and you can set it so each hotkey has an image representing its function. Set a key to monitor your CPU usage or display what iTunes track you are currently playing. You can make a key into a tiny clock with moving hands and play animated gif files or even quicktime movies. Of course all this futuristic technology is going to cost you a pretty penny… but we figure you’ll just expense the Optimus and tout its “incredible increased efficiency when using PowerPoint hotkeys” in your expense report summary.

The Optimus Maximus Keyboard is available from Think Geek for $1,599.99.

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Crappiest Gift Ideas

by Al

Here’s a few gift ideas for those with a sense of humor, really bad wind or just a crap friend.

Pull My Finger Fart Finger Pen – $1.99

Pull My Finger Fart Finger Pen

This pen is a real beauty. This is a real working pen and also delivers one of 5 fart sounds if someone pulls the end.

The Pull My Finger Fart Finger Pen is available from Hepkat Provisioners for $1.99.

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$5 Box of Crap – $54.99

$5 Box of Crap

Do you miss that feeling of opening gift boxes during your childhood? Always excited about what it could possibly be. Now you can relive those feelings with PrankPlace’s Box Of Crap! Inside each box is at least $50 worth of merchandise for you and your family or friends to enjoy. And, best of all, it’s only 5 BUCKS!

The $5 Box of Crap is available from Prank Place for $54.99.

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Singing Toilet Paper – $5.98

Singing Toilet Paper

Plays a medley of Christmas tunes, including Jingle Bells, Santa is Comin’ to Town, and We Wish you a Merry Christmas, as the paper pulls from the roll. Miniature device installs undetected, serenades the unsuspecting. Batteries incuded.S!

The Singing Toilet Paper is available from Taylor Gifts for $5.98.

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Crap Jokes Toilet Paper Roll – $7.98

Crap Jokes Toilet Paper Roll

The ultimate toilet paper for those who enjoy sit-down humor as much as stand-up comedy! Collection of jokes printed on a roll of toilet paper guaranteed to bring laughs to the smallest room in the house.

The Crap Jokes Toilet Paper Roll is available from CloseoutZone for $7.98.

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Bullsh*t Button – $9.97

Bullsh*t Button

This straight-talking Bullshit Button allows you to call bullshit whenever you see it! Simply press the red buzzer to make it light up, buzz loudly and announce, That was bullshit! or shout, Bullshit detected, take precautions! over a wailing siren. No friend, relative, teacher, or colleague will dare to bullshit you again after setting off the bullshit alarm.

The Bullsh*t Button is available from Amazon for $9.97.

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Remote Fart Machine – $11.16

Remote Fart Machine

As seen on Howard Stern. You can now FART wherever and whenever you’d like. This is your chance to impress or gross out your friends and family. This is the new and improved fart machine! The fart machine makes 15 new different fart sounds (SOUNDS SO REAL!!). Fart Machine has boom box technology…what is this?? Well let’s just say these fart noises can’t sound any more real! It has 2 pieces – the remote transmitter (battery included) and the speaker which requires one 9 volt battery (not included) Remote works through walls and can range up to 100 feet!!! Use it anywhere… at parties, school, movies, office, in a baby’s diaper or in the Thanksgiving Turkey! Hide the sound box, then press the remote control at the appropriate time to “let it rip”!

The Remote Fart Machine is available from Amazon for $11.16.

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Frank the Farter – $12.98

Frank the Farter

Oh how cute – a little plush dog in his underpants! He’s adorable until you press on his paw, that is. Frank Farter is a gross little pup who apparently ate too many beans last night because he can’t stop making farting noises and apologizing for his ultra gassy-ness

The Frank the Farter is available from Prank Place for $12.98.

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Toilet Mug – $12.98

Toilet Mug

Why should dogs be the only ones allowed to drink out of the toilet? This silly toilet-shaped mug holds up to 12oz of your favorite hot beverage and will make your co-workers do a double take. The hand painted Toilet Mug makes a great gag gift for any coffee or tea lover, and will gross out anyone who has a weak stomach.

The Toilet Mug is available from Prank Place for $12.98.

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Flushing Sound Toilet Clock – $24.98

Flushing Sound Toilet Clock

Flushing sound toilet clock adds a little humor to your day. Toilet seat shaped clock will make you laugh when you hear its flushing sound… on the hour

The Flushing Sound Toilet Clock is available from Taylor Gifts for $24.98.

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Automatic Deodorizing Toilet Seat – $129.95

Automatic Deodorizing Toilet Seat

This is the toilet seat that immediately suppresses bathroom odors by deodorizing the ambient air. As you sit on the seat, a whisper-quiet fan passes air through a replaceable carbon filter that absorbs odors, and is then freshened with one of two included fragrance modules, infused with pleasing, natural extracts, including Jasmine/Lavender and Citrus/Eucalyptus. The carbon filter deodorizes for six months and the fragrance module freshens for one month.

The Automatic Deodorizing Toilet Seat is available from Hammacher for $129.95.

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Games Gift Guide

by Al

The following gift ideas are aimed at people who enjoying playing games but not of the video variety.

Connect 4 x 4 – $17.45

Connect 4 x 4

Connect 4 x 4 is the only checkers four-in-a-row, four-player game–making it perfect for family game nights. With the new double-sided grid, you can score on both the front and back side of the game.

Game play is simple–pick a line, drop a checker in on each turn, and hope that your opponents don’t foil your strategy before you get four checkers in a row! The game has also added “blockers,” which can be used to block your opponents on both sides of the grid in one turn. However, make sure to save your blockers for when you really need them–you only get two and they are valuable!

The Connect 4 x 4 is available from Amazon for $17.45.

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20 Questions Electronic Family Game – $24.95

20 Questions Electronic Family Game

Millions have played but few truly understand the power of 20Q to guess what you’re thinking. So, do you dare to challenge the all-knowing 20Q?

It’s going to take your family and friends to play along. One player selects an object and everyone else–plus 20Q- tries to guess the object. Be the one that guesses before 20Q and everyone else wins. Includes electronic game board and 50 game cards.

The 20 Questions Electronic Family Game is available from Discovery for $24.95.

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Cranium Wow Game – $25.74

Cranium Wow Game

The classic game of Cranium just got an upgrade. Cranium Wow is the latest addition to the fast-paced, addictive, and downright fun family of games that manages to uncover a player’s talents–or lack thereof. Similar to its older sibling, Wow’s objective is to move around the board until you’ve reached Cranium Central, where your team completes its final activities to claim victory.

A box chock full of at least 2,172 laughs. Of course, advancing to the center of the board is where all the fun is had. Teams must work together to answer, sketch, sculpt, solve, act, hum, and more. Four card decks with 600 cards and 15 activities dictate what must be done in order to move forward–and make everyone laugh out loud. One of the great things about Cranium games is how much fun they make it to discover new talents among friends and family. With something for the artist, brainiac, actor, and wordsmith, it’s guaranteed to be a good time.

The Cranium Wow Game is available from Amazon for $25.74.

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Toppling Tetracubes Game – $34.95

Toppling Tetracubes Game

This game challenges players to carefully balance tetracubes on a wobbly platform before time runs out and the platform begins to quake, sending the tower tumbling down. The game announces the color of the shape that must be played, and a player attempts to add that tetracube to the stack and quickly press the button to avert the tremors. If the stack is inadvertently knocked over, you can ward off defeat by rebuilding the tower before time ticks away. The allotted time decreases after each round, and three levels of difficulty allow the game to be customized for different skill levels.

The Toppling Tetracubes Game is available from Hammacher for $34.95.

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Super Mario Chess Set – $39.99

Super Mario Chess Set

Ok, we could make up stories about Mario and chess and how much fun it is to combine one of the most beloved franchises in the video gaming world with one of the most classically wonderful thinking game in the universe. But we won’t. And we won’t for one reason, and one reason only: Luigi. Something shocking has been revealed with the Super Mario Chess Set that is going to rock the gaming world forever.

The Super Mario Chess Set is available from Think Geek for $39.99.

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Khet Laser Game – $39.99

Khet Laser Game

On a recent archaeological expedition near the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the ThinkGeek R&D department made a shocking discovery. The details will be published in a few months, but we couldn’t wait to share what we found: the favorite game of the Ancient Egyptians was made of plastic and mirrors, and used lasers. Yes…lasers! It was called Khet, and once again it is available for all to enjoy.

The Khet Laser Game is available from Think Geek for $39.99.

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Destruct 3 Demolition Game – $54.99

Destruct 3 Demolition Game

There’s some satisfaction to be had in destruction. Yeah it’s a guilty pleasure, and luckily video games do help to satiate the need to wreck and blow up stuff. Now the Destruct 3 Demolition game makes destruction the objective in a board game format. Simply roll the dice to determine your wooden weapon and attack the center block tower. You can use a ramp, wrecking ball or catapult to accomplish the demolition. Knock blocks to the outskirts of the playing field to gain more points. Ahhh… satisfying destruction at it’s best.

The Destruct 3 Demolition Game is available from Think Geek for $54.99.

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Racing Marble Obstacle Course – $79.95

Racing Marble Obstacle Course

This is the marble raceway that allows two children to compete in an exhilarating, timed run as they each start a marble down its own twisting, obstacle-laden track. Competitors release both marbles with the press of a button which simultaneously activates the clock at the finish line. Assembled from 420 plastic pieces, each marble encounters two sets of spinning wheels, three sets of dips, a chicane, and a corkscrew, a “tire” course (similar to how a ball randomly falls through a pachinko machine), a lane switching trigger, and a pair of weighted levers. When a marble reaches the finish line, the clock stops and flashes “Winner” on its screen, accompanied by cheers.

The Racing Marble Obstacle Course is available from Hammacher for $79.95.

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Mindflex Game – $173.00

Mindflex Game

Mindflex–featuring a headset that reads your brain waves and a levitating foam ball–is the kind of game that must be seen to be believed. Recommended for players aged eight and older, the game begins when you strap on the headset so you can use your powers of concentration to move the ball around the game console and through a mind-bending obstacle course. A dial-in console lets you to keep the ball lifted on a cushion of air, but raising and lowering the ball must be accomplished by alternating concentrating and relaxing your mind.

The Mindflex Game is available from Amazon for $173.00.

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Gumball Foosball – $1500

Gumball Foosball

This is the only foosball game that is played with chewable gumballs. Gumball machines atop each goal send the bubblegum onto the pitch, allowing players to engage in rapid table soccer with tasty confection. After each goal, the gumball is dispensed from the side of the table as a reward for the goal scorer’s superior foosball skills. Eight solid-metal, chromed control rods glide easily in their slots, allowing fluid movement and fast wrist-action for traditional foosball shots including pull, push, and rollovers.

The Gumball Foosball is available from Hammacher for $1500.

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Electronic Gift Ideas

by Al

You can’t beat an electronic gift for the gadget enthusiast in your life, the following electronic gadgets are some of our favourites.

Universal Memory Card Reader – $29.95

Universal Memory Card Reader

This device recognizes more than 70 memory card formats, eliminating the need for different readers. Its six slots support 23 CompactFlash cards, 23 Memory Stick cards, 24 MMC and SD cards, microSD cards, xD cards, and SIM cards. It can plug into a Mac or PC running Windows 7, Vista, or XP using its built-in USB cable

The Universal Memory Card Reader is available from Hammacher for $29.95.

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Projection Alarm Clock and Weather Monitor – $79.95

Projection Alarm Clock and Weather Monitor

Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this alarm clock and weather monitor projects the current time and outdoor temperature onto your ceiling or wall in large, easy-to-read digits. A built-in sensor detects ambient light and activates the large LCD’s backlighting for a clear view. Shows time, alarm, temperature at the three included sensors’ locations, and weather forecast icons. Time is automatically updated via radio signal from the Atomic Clock in Boulder, Colorado. With dual alarm and snooze.

The Projection Alarm Clock and Weather Monitor is available from Hammacher for $79.95.

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Kodak Zi6 HD Pocket Video Camera – $99

Kodak Zi6 HD Pocket Video Camera

Become an instant celebrity or paparazzo! This sleek pocketable design is built for easy video – there is no lens cap, no dials to turn, or settings to set. Just turn it on and hit record to capture the action, adventure, and all the juicy details in stunning HD! Make your cinematic debut on any HDTV. Or just pop the USB in the nearest PC and you’re ready to share the fun on YouTube. Edit, add music, and personalize your flick and easily share with your adoring fans. There’s no such thing as ”you should’ve been there” with the Zi6.

The Kodak Zi6 HD Pocket Video Camera is available from Amazon for $99.

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Garmin nüvi 260W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator – $229.99 $114.99

Garmin nüvi 260W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator

Garmin’s nüvi 260W combines the thinprofile and attractive price point of other nüvi 200-series GPS with directions in real street names and a wide screen that lets you see more of what’s around you as you drive. Garmin’s line on the device is that, “the nüvi 260W gives consumers the most sought-after navigation features, while eliminating many of the premium add-ons. The result is a PND that simply gets you from point A to point B – reliably, efficiently, and with style.” As with all nüvis, you get Garmin reliability, the fast satellite lock of a high-sensitivity integrated receiver, a slim, pocket-sized navigator with a gorgeous display, detailed NAVTEQ maps that lets you search by name for more than 6 million points of interest like stores, restaurants or hospitals, and an easy, intuitive interface.

The Garmin nüvi 260W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator is available from Amazon for $229.99 $114.99.

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Mimo Mini USB Monitor – $129.99

Mimo Mini USB Monitor

Looking for that extra bit of screen real estate to get you through the busy workday? Referring to notes while writing an e-mail, checking info in a spreadsheet while entering data into a web page, keeping an eye on your to-do list while browsing YouTube… it’s handy to have additional monitor space at the ready. Problem is an entire secondary monitor comes with its own needs like requiring a separate power cord or perhaps an additional video card.

The Mimo Mini USB Monitor is available from Think Geek for $129.99.

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Star Theater Pro Home Planetarium – $169.99

Star Theater Pro Home Planetarium

On a clear night, one has only to look up to realize how much wonder is still waiting for us in the universe. Out there, amongst the stars, are secrets and surprises beyond our wildest dreams. Well why not, while you’re working on your own way of getting up there to the stars, bring the stars down to you? With the Star Theater Pro Home Planetarium it’s as easy as a button press.

The Star Theater Pro Home Planetarium is available from Think Geek for $169.99.

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iMo Photo Frame Printer – $199.99

iMo Photo Frame Printer

The iMo Photo Frame Printer hopes to recapture some of this lost magic. Not only does it display your digital photos in typical fashion on its LCD screen, it also features a built-in printer that turns your photos into high-quality prints. Simply pull the memory card from your digital camera and insert it into the iMo. Instantly a slideshow of your photos begins to play. See a photo you like on the screen, press a button on the remote, and a few moments later out comes a glossy color print. The print cartridge is easy to replace and includes paper, ink and everything needed to churn out your photos in one unit

The iMo Photo Frame Printer is available from Think Geek for $199.99.

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Kindle Wireless Reading Device – $259.00

Kindle Wireless Reading Device

Thanks to electronic paper, a revolutionary new display technology, reading Kindle’s screen is as sharp and natural as reading ink on paper—and nothing like the strain and glare of a computer screen. Kindle is also easy on the fingertips. It never becomes hot and is designed for ambidextrous use so both “lefties” and “righties” can read comfortably at any angle for long periods of time.

The Kindle Wireless Reading Device is available from Amazon for $259.00.

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Apple iPod touch 32 GB (3rd Generation – $269.99

Apple iPod touch 32 GB (3rd Generation

iPod touch is a great iPod, a great pocket computer, and a great portable game player. Listen to a mix of songs automatically put together by the new Genius Mixes feature. Watch a movie. Surf the web. View rich HTML email. Find your location and get directions with Google Maps. Discover games and apps you’re sure to love with new Genius recommendations for apps. And since iPod touch now comes with the latest 3.1 software already installed, you can start using fun, convenient features right out of the box.

The Apple iPod touch 32 GB (3rd Generation is available from Amazon for $269.99 .

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Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote Control – $289.95

Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote Control

Logitech’s Harmony 890 remote control uses both radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) wireless signals to deliver powerful complete control of your home-entertainment system that may be hidden behind cabinets. With a wireless range of up to 100 feet, the Harmony 890 remote sends RF commands to a wireless receiver, which then blasts infrared signals to the components. The Harmony 890 remote makes universal control for home entertainment and advanced lighting systems simple. How does it work? Just connect your Harmony remote to your computer and the Web wizard walks you step-by-step through a simple set up. Enter in your model numbers for your components, then answer a few easy questions about how you Watch TV or Watch a DVD. You ll be controlling even the most complex system without any of the hassles of elaborate programming. Easily view and select. Color display icons and 8 on-screen activity buttons make it easy Effortlessly switch between watching HDTV and listening to music, by selecting a single activity button – Just press one of the Activity buttons, such as Watch TV or Listen to Music, and it automatically sets.

The Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote Control is available from Amazon for $289.95.

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Book Gift Ideas (mainly for geeky people)

by Al

Books are a great and pretty low cost gift idea. Here’s a fine selection that any geek or gadget lover will enjoy.

The Official Ninja Book – $8.99

The Official Ninja Book

Written by Ninja expert and enthusiast Robert Hamburger, this book represents a lifetime of collected knowledge. Pouring over all available resources, Mr. Hamburger has pieced together a comprehensive guide to the artist of death we know as “Ninja.” From basic facts to details regarding Ninja history and culture, this book leaves no facet of Ninja lore undisturbed. You will learn all you need to know to embrace the way of the Ninja and eventually become one yourself. Ninjas are cool; and by cool, we mean “totally sweet.”

The The Official Ninja Book is available from Think Geek for $8.99.

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I Can Has Cheezburger? – $9.99

I Can Has Cheezburger?

The Internet has provided us with many wonders, from skateboarding dogs to Chuck Norris facts. Over the past year, though, one sensation has dominated the Web: LOLcats. Since its founding in January 2007, icanhascheezburger .com (named after the most famous LOLcat of all) has been the center of the LOLcat world. I Can Has Cheezburger? collects 200 LOLcats from the enormously popular site, some classic and some new, in glorious and glossy full color.

The I Can Has Cheezburger? is available from Think Geek for $9.99.

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Geek Logik: 50 Foolproof Equations for Everyday Life – $10.36

Geek Logik: 50 Foolproof Equations for Everyday Life

Here for the geek in all of us are fifty foolproof equations that take the guesswork out of life—and the funniest twist on an idea since Richard Smith’s The Dieter’s Guide to Weight Loss During Sex. Call it the algebra oracle: By plugging in the right variables, GEEK LOGIK answers life’s most persistent questions. It covers Dating and Romance, Career and Finance, and everyday decisions like Should I get a tattoo? Can I still wear tight jeans? Is it time to see a therapist? How many beers should I have at the company picnic?

How does it work? Take a simple issue that comes up once or twice a week: Should I call in sick? Fill in the variables honestly, such as D for doctor’s note (enter 1 for “no,” 10 for “yes,” and 5 for “yes, but it’s a forgery”), R for importance of job (1-10, with 10 being “personally responsible for Earth’s orbit around Sun”), Fj for how much fun you have at work (1-10, with 10 being “personal trainer for underwear models”), N for how much you need the money (1-10, with 10 being “I owe the mob”), then do the math, and voilà—if the product, Hooky, is greater than 1, enjoy your very own Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

The Geek Logik: 50 Foolproof Equations for Everyday Life is available from Amazon for $10.36.

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Gizmos & Gadgets: Creating Science Contraptions That Work – $10.36

Gizmos & Gadgets: Creating Science Contraptions That Work

Using simple household items to create toys that spin, fling, collide, and whiz, kids will grasp the basics of concepts of gravity, inertia, balance, and energy. Projects are very hands-on. Most activities can be completed with minimal assistance. Every page is jam-packed (in age-appropriate vocabulary) with factoids, fun facts about famous inventors, and inspiration for science lovers of all ages.

The Gizmos & Gadgets: Creating Science Contraptions That Work is available from Amazon for $10.36.

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The Geeks’ Guide to World Domination – $11.99

The Geeks' Guide to World Domination

Sorry, beautiful people. These days, from government to business to technology to Hollywood, geeks rule the world. Finally, here’s the book no self-respecting geek can live without: The Geeks’ Guide to World Domination. A guide jam-packed with 314.1516 short entries both useful and fun.

The The Geeks’ Guide to World Domination is available from Think Geek for $11.99.

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A Girl’s Guide to Dating a Geek – $13.45

A Girl's Guide to Dating a Geek

Are you dating a geek? Find out just how geeky he is in The Geek Test. Learn how to cope with his geekiness in sections such as: “Getting What You Want” and “How to Exercise Your Geek.” Also, discover how to plot revenge, diagnose common geek ailments, and find the perfect gift for your geek. Take a deeper look into the world of geeks with My Life Among the überGeeks and My Life Among the Gamers. Read case studies, examine graphs, peruse the Geek Dictionary, and more in: A Girl’s Guide to Dating a Geek.

The A Girl’s Guide to Dating a Geek is available from Amazon for $13.45.

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Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius : 28 Build-It-Yourself – $16.47

Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius : 28 Build-It-Yourself

Electronics fans have waited a long time for this book. Not since 1983 has author Bob Iannini published a collection of his amazing projects — all of them fun, easy, and inexpensive to make at home and, best of all, seriously exciting and impressive!

Iannini takes the stuff of science fiction and science future and brings it down to size for the home hobbyist. Full of easy-to-follow plans and clear diagrams and schematics, and respectful of your wallet, Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius gives you:

* Illustrated instructions and plans for amazing pretested projects advanced enough for sophisticated electronics enthusiasts but described in sufficient detail to be built easily by newcomers
* Explanations of the science and math behind each project (i.e., you can explore different methods of achieving acceleration)
* Frustration-free plans — needed parts are listed, along with sources — and most of these projects can be built for $100 or less

The Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius : 28 Build-It-Yourself is available from Amazon for $16.47.

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Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert – $26.67

Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert

In the tradition of The Complete Far Side and The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert 2.0 celebrates the 20th anniversary of Scott Adams’s Dilbert, the touchstone of office humor.

This special slipcased collection–weighing in at more than ten pounds with 600 pages and featuring almost 4,000 strips–takes readers behind the scenes and into the early days of Scott Adams’s life pre-Dilbert and on to the success that followed when Dilbert became an internationally syndicated sensation.

Divided into five different epochs, Dilbert 2.0 gives readers a glance at some of Adams’s earliest strips, like those created for Playboy, and a peek at an abundance of special content ranging from numerous rejection letters to Adams’s first cartooning check, and more.

Adams personally selected the material for this collection and offers original comments and humorous asides throughout. Also included is a disc that contains every Dilbert comic strip to April 2008.

The Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert is available from Amazon for $26.67.

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Illuminating Book Cover – $39.95

Illuminating Book Cover

This is the patented book cover that illuminates your reading materials anywhere without requiring a separate book light. A light built into the cover’s spine turns on automatically when it is pulled out and turns off when it is retracted. Its dual LEDs cast bright light across both pages and its head can be precisely adjusted so as not to disturb airplane seatmates or a dozing spouse. The cover is durable yet pliable .8 mm black leatherette that won’t split or crack and protects against dirt and spills.

The Illuminating Book Cover is available from Hammacher for $39.95.

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Kindle Wireless Reading Device – $259.00

Kindle Wireless Reading Device

Thanks to electronic paper, a revolutionary new display technology, reading Kindle’s screen is as sharp and natural as reading ink on paper—and nothing like the strain and glare of a computer screen. Kindle is also easy on the fingertips. It never becomes hot and is designed for ambidextrous use so both “lefties” and “righties” can read comfortably at any angle for long periods of time.

The Kindle Wireless Reading Device is available from Amazon for $259.00.

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Gift Ideas for the Chef and Kitchen

by Al

Whether you’re looking to buy for a budding chef or simply because they have a kitchen in the house, here’s a selection of gadget gift ideas for focal point of the house, the kitchen.

Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook – $9.93

Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook

“Consider, young Jedi: Why bake a plain old cookie when you can bake a super-Chewie Wookiee Cookie?” So begins the delightful Star Wars Cookbook. Aimed at young cooks, but fun for all ages, the cookbook provides recipes for treats such as Princess Leia Danish Dos, Twin Sun Toast, Tusken Raider Taters, Sandtrooper Sandies, and the Amazon.com house favorite, Boba Fett-uccine. (What better way to get young Jedi knights to eat their broccoli?) Author Robin Davis’s directions are extremely thorough and safety oriented (as she notes, “the calm and perceptive mind of a Jedi warrior will enable you to prevent most mishaps in the kitchen”), and perfect for kids who are new to cooking.

The Wookiee Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook is available from Amazon for $9.93.

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Digital Hourglass Kitchen Timer – $14.65

Digital Hourglass Kitchen Timer

This Polder Digital Hourglass Kitchen Timer has a wonderful shape and design so that any cook can put it on the kitchen counter when not in use. The timer can be flipped over to change between clock and timer functions. It has a 100 minute timer and stopwatch. A great gift idea!

The Digital Hourglass Kitchen Timer is available from Amazon for $14.65.

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Rubik’s Cube Salt & Pepper Mills – $14.99

Rubik's Cube Salt & Pepper Mills

Back when the Rubik’s Cube was in its hey day, the kitchen was probably mostly foreign territory for you. Sure, you could toast a mean Pop Tart or pour yourself a giant bowl of Cap’n Crunch, but anything beyond that was likely outside the realm of your culinary ability. Boy, how things have changed – now you’re a microwave ninja and can follow perfectly the 4 steps on the back of any box. Your mac-and-cheese is legendary. A hot dog from your kitchen is even better than the ones you can get from the gas station stop shop. What better way to pay some homage to the days of your culinary roots then with these puzzling retro style grinders.

The Rubik’s Cube Salt & Pepper Mills is available from Think Geek for $14.99.

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Automatic Pepper Mills/Salt Grinders – $19.99

Automatic Pepper Mills/Salt Grinders

You are getting 2 sets of the iTouchless Automatic Stainless Steel Electric Pepper Mill/Salt Grinder. Each of the Pepper Mill/Salt Grinder is ideal for dinner parties featuring salads and steaks that taste better with fresh-ground pepper and sea salt. Just press the button on top and let the mill go to work. The stainless steel grinding mechanism can be adjusted from fine to coarse, and a light will turn on automatically at the bottom when you activate the mill to help with accurate portion control at night. The nut underneath the mill controls the texture: turn clockwise for a finer grind, counterclockwise for coarser.

The Automatic Pepper Mills/Salt Grinders is available from Amazon for $19.99.

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Spoon Scale – $24.99

Spoon Scale

With baking, precision is absolutely vital. Measuring your wet ingredients and your dry ingredients with our new ultra-precise spoon scale. With two spoons included, you can scoop out just the right amount of sugar, or even 10-1 grams of salt! To get this level of precision, you’d normally need a separate scale, but we’ve combined two immensely useful kitchen gadgets into one, and we love dual-use devices in the kitchen!

The Spoon Scale is available from Think Geek for $24.99.

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Digital Scale Measuring Cup – $39.95

 Digital Scale Measuring Cup

This is the only measuring cup with an integrated digital scale. Unlike typical measuring cups that only determine volume, this model also measures wet or dry ingredients by weight, a more precise technique favored by pastry chefs and artisanal bakers. A 1 1/4″ LCD on the handle displays digital measurements in ounces, pounds, or grams. The scale automatically converts weight (ounces, fluid ounces, grams, or milliliters) into volume (cups) for water, milk, oil, sugar, and flour, providing superior accuracy when making recipes.

The Digital Scale Measuring Cup is available from Hammacher for $39.95.

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Homo Sapiens Caveman Kitchen Tool – $39.99

Homo Sapiens Caveman Kitchen Tool

It wasn’t until many thousands of years later that we took that ancient knowledge and created the ultimate kitchen tool. It can grind herbs into a lovely paste for flavoring meats, it can grate ginger and garlic for your stir fry, and you can even use a flattened stone edge to hone your blades to razor sharpness.

The Homo Sapiens Caveman Kitchen Tool is available from Think Geek for $39.99.

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Chef’s Remote Thermometer Monitor – $49.95

Chef's Remote Thermometer Monitor

This is the meat thermometer and timer that allows cooks to monitor food’s progress from up to 100′ away using a wireless transmitter probe which sends temperature updates to a handheld receiver. Audible voice alerts tell you when your food has reached the pre-set level (from rare to well-done), and the transmitter is suitable for both kitchen and outdoor grill use, leaving cooks free to attend to other tasks and not having to constantly wait at the ready for cooking to finish. The unit’s database has pre-set temperature settings for six types of poultry and meat, and additional custom settings can be programmed and stored. The backlit display is easy to read, and the transmitter’s weather-resistant case protects it during outdoor use.

The Chef’s Remote Thermometer Monitor is available from Hammacher for $49.95.

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Nutritional Facts Scale – $59.95

Nutritional Facts Scale

This is the scale that displays the nutritional facts about food items in the same, simple format found on all food product packaging as mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ten key elements of weighed foods are displayed, including calories, calories from fat, carbohydrates, protein, cholesterol, sodium, and more. An internal database stores the nutritional value of 999 foods and has the capacity to memorize an additional 99 foods you can program with the key pad on the scale. Foods can be stored to determine nutritional value of an entire meal or an entire day’s consumption.

The Nutritional Facts Scale is available from Hammacher for $59.95.

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Space Invaders Cutting Boards – $129.99

Space Invaders Cutting Boards

WHUMP-WHUMP-whump-whump, they marched, downwards – ever downwards, towards your mobile artillery cannon. You fired and fired, and blasted them from the sky, but the more you shot down, the faster they came! This was the golden age of videogames. Back then, a meal was a cola slushy and a hotpocket. Now, you’re all grown up. You’ve traded in your pocketfull of quarters for a console, but you never forgot your roots. Pay homage to those days of yore when Italian plumbers battled giant apes and pie-chart-graphs ate ghosts. It’s time to decorate in video-game style.

The Space Invaders Cutting Boards is available from Think Geek for $129.99.

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Gift Ideas for the iPhone Addict

by Al

With the ever rising popularity of the Apple iPhone and multitude of accessories they make for an ideal gift for the iPhone owner.

iPhone 3G Stylus – $2.49

iPhone 3G Stylus

Excellent accessory for your iPhone 3G or Ipod Touch. Lightweight stylus allows for smooth damage-free navigation across touchscreen! Same technology as other sytlus that retail for $20! Rubber angled tip provides enough contact with screen to allow proper electrocurrent flow to replicate the use of your finger on the touchscreen. Best for typing and selecting rather than “dragging”. To use properly, place entire flat edge of angled side, not just the tip of the angle, on the trouchscreen. Item wll not function proplerly if entire angled edge is not making full contact with the screen. Item comes with “pen clip” so that you do not lose it. Great accessory for your Iphone 3G or Ipod touch.

The iPhone 3G Stylus is available from Amazon for $2.49.

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HiJack Headphone Splitter Keychain – $9.99

HiJack Headphone Splitter Keychain

The HiJack is a very simple little device. It plugs into your headphone jack and splits it into two jacks. What makes the HiJack so sweet is it’s tiny size and keychain clip, so you can keep it with you wherever you go. On the bus, on the train – who knows where you’ll meet that special someone you’d like to share your tunes with? But when you do, you both can rock out to “The Imperial March” from Star Wars. Oh, yeah . . . .

The HiJack Headphone Splitter Keychain is available from Think Geek for $9.99.

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iTrip Auto FM Transmitter and Charger – $13.41

iTrip Auto FM Transmitter and Charger

The Griffin 9501-TRIPCB iTrip Auto FM Transmitter and Auto Charger for iPod combines Griffin’s renowned FM transmitter technology with an integrated charger. Designed specifically for use in the car, the iTrip Auto powerfully transmits clear music from your iPod through your car stereo, while the large, easy-to-read backlit LCD screen affords quick, precise station selection and status at a glance.

The iTrip Auto FM Transmitter and Charger is available from Amazon for $13.41.

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Grassy Lawn Charging Station – $24.99

Grassy Lawn Charging Station

The Grassy Lawn Charging Station provides you with realistic artificial grass to cushion your gadgets while they charge. A compartment underneath hides all of the power adapters and cables. Simply run a standard extension cable into the bottom of the base, plug in all your power adapters, then snake the charging cables up through the grass. Voila! Your gadgets will think they’re on a charging vacation.

The Grassy Lawn Charging Station is available from Think Geek for $24.99.

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Beginning iPhone Development – $26.39

Beginning iPhone Development

The Grassy Lawn Charging Station provides you with realistic artificial grass to cushion your gadgets while they charge. A compartment underneath hides all of the power adapters and cables. Simply run a standard extension cable into the bottom of the base, plug in all your power adapters, then snake the charging cables up through the grass. Voila! Your gadgets will think they’re on a charging vacation.

The Beginning iPhone Development is available from Amazon for $26.39.

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FreeLoader Portable Solar Charger – $49.99

FreeLoader Portable Solar Charger

Freeloader Portable Solar Charger is an advanced portable charging system that can power any hand held device anywhere, anytime. The Freeloader gets power from its solar panels or via a supplied charging cable that plugs into your computers USB port. Once charged, the internal Li-Ion battery can power an iPod for 18hours, a mobile phone for 44 hours, PSP for 2.5 hours a PDA for 22 hours and much more. Supplied in a tough but stylish aluminium body, Freeloader can take the knocks of every day life whether on a business trip in New York, back packing in the Andes or chilling on a Caribbean beach.

The FreeLoader Portable Solar Charger is available from Think Geek for $49.99.

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iPhone Charging Leather Case – $69.95

 iPhone Charging Leather Case

This leather case protects and recharges an iPhone or iPod Touch, providing up to 3 1/2 hours of additional talk time. Simply connect an iPhone 3G or 3GS or a second generation iPod Touch to the dock inside the case and its integrated Li-ion battery immediately begins to recharge the phone. The durable leather case is slim enough to stow comfortably in a pocket, and you can turn off the charger at the touch of a button for use as a traditional protective cover. The case can recharge an iPhone and iPod Touch up to 1 1/2 times before the case itself needs to be recharged.

The iPhone Charging Leather Case is available from Hammacher for $69.95.

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iBreath Breathalyzer & FM Transmitter – $89

iBreath Breathalyzer & FM Transmitter

Introducing the iBreath Alcohol Breathalyzer. It’s the ultimate iPod and iPhone (orig. and 3G) accessory that lets you take your own alcohol breath test so you can get home safely.

Hollywood’s A-listers have been among the first to purchase the newly available gadget to insure that their mug shot is not the next one to grace the tabloids and news reports.

The iBreath Breathalyzer & FM Transmitter is available from David Steele for $89.

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iPod Video Projector – 379.95

iPod Video Projector

This is the pocket-sized device that projects a 60″ image from an iPod, iPhone, or any video source with composite outputs. About the size of a candy bar, the unit projects bright, clear images and pivots up to 90º to display content on a wall or ceiling. The projector’s LED uses Digital Light Processing Technology–the same as digital cinema projectors–to produce sharp 480×320 resolution with a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 3:2 aspect ratio. It has a manual focus dial, adjustable volume control for its 1/2-watt internal speaker, and a headphone jack for private listening.

The iPod Video Projector is available from Hammacher for 379.95.

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Crosley iJuke Jukebox With iPod Dock – $399.99

Crosley iJuke Jukebox With iPod Dock

Crosley has married the legendary classic jukebox with modern-day technology of today to create the iJuke. The iJuke is a real treat for the eyes and ears and is sure to become an instant household favorite. The iJuke allows you to connect your iPod and add hours of listening pleasure to your jukebox experience in any environment.

The Crosley iJuke Jukebox With iPod Dock is available from Amazon for $399.99.

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