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What To Get? What To Get? Ho Ho Ho I NEED HELP!!

published on November 7th, 2014 . by Steve Greenberg

Looking for some HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS ?

Check out my list of some new products worth your consideration– Ho Ho Ho

 

Zombie Santa Ugly Sweater — Looking for an UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATER?– The Zombie Santa Sweater is 100% Cotton. It seems Santa’s not quite the round and jolly fellow we thought he was! He’s a rotten and crazy walking Zombie. This Sweater showcases Zombie Santa crawling out of his comfortable grave to deliver gifts to the world! The Sweater is flexible and breathable yet warm and cozy. Made with Love. www.Stupid.com $44.99

 

Dancing Santa Hat — Most Santa Hats are cute, comfy, unassuming and iconic. This Santa Hat is a little over the top– Place it on your head and when the time is right, press the activate button –the Hat explodes into song and dance. It shakes, shimmies, and pops with such force that even the reindeer will jump back. It plays a classic rock n’ roll Christmas song and moves to every beat exactly. It’s a sight to see and did I mention, it’s really LOUD. www.stupid.com $21.95

 

ChordBuddy guitar learning system — is the only guitar teaching system that allows a beginner play songs from day-1. With ChordBuddy you can pick up a guitar and start playing a song in seconds. Just attach the ChordBuddy to any right-handed guitar and start playing real songs instantly.  It’s sort of like “training wheels” for your guitar.  Once you learn rhythme and how to read the music, then you are ready to start removing parts of the ChordBuddy and play the chords using your fingers. ChordBuddy comes with the key of “G” ChordBuddy, song book with 108 songs, 2-month lesson plan and instructional DVD all for just $49.95.  Get yours and more info at www.chordbuddy.com

 

simplicam powered by Closeli — the first and only home monitoring Wi-Fi video solution with Face Detection. Now users can receive notifications when someone is actually in their home, rather than getting an alert every time the cat walks by or a tree branch moves. simplicam powered by Closeli allows consumers, including parents, pet owners, caretakers and homeowners, to keep an eye on who and what matters most while they’re away from home. Users can view live or recorded video of their home directly from their smartphone, tablet or computer.  simplicam powered by Closeli sets up easily on a smartphone in less than three minutes. Users can enjoy live, 720p HD video and motion/sound notifications through the free Closeli app on their mobile devices, or on the web via a Mac or PC. Premium Closeli Recording Services provide enhanced features, such as recording in the cloud, easy editing and sharing options and unique Face Detection technology. simplicam® powered by Closeli® is available for $149.99 on Amazon.com or simplicam.com. Users can purchase the camera with a 24-hour recording plan included for one year for $199.99, or upgrade anytime to a Closeli Recording Services plan, starting at $4.99month or $49.99 a year. For more information, go to www.simplicam.com.

 

Nextbook 10.1” Windows 8.1 tablet

The Nextbook 10.1” Windows 8.1 tablet comes with a detachable magnetic keyboard that turns your tablet into a laptop, making it perfect for both work and play. At $179, the Nextbook 2-in-1 tablet is an incredible value with a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal, which includes 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage and 60 Skype world minutes per month. Whether it’s working on an Excel spreadsheet, emailing a report, video chatting with a friend, or watching the latest movie, the new Nextbook Windows 2-in-1 tablet can handle any task and get more done while at home, at work or on the go. It features a 10.1” high-definition IPS screen with multi-touch and expanded viewing angles, quad-core Intel Atom processor, 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded via microSD card up to 64GB, Bluetooth 4.0 and built-in WiFi, a front webcam and back camera with microphone, micro USB port, mini HDMI port, 3-axis g-sensor for apps and gaming, plus preloaded software such as Nook for Windows 8. The Nextbook 10.1” tablet is available for $179 at Walmart stores nationwide and Walmart.com (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nextbook-10.1-Tablet-32GB-Windows-8.1-Case-Keyboard/39092206)

 

LifeTrak — has a full line of wearable 24-hour fitness trackers that make perfect Holiday gifts. The devices start at only $60 and monitor heart rate, steps, calories and distance, all in a convenient, easy-to-wear wristwatch that’s waterproof and never needs charging – they run on an inexpensive coin cell battery.  The company’s new “life tracker,”  the BRITE R450 takes a holistic approach to fitness by adding a customizable smart notification feature to help you reach your daily goals for activity, tracking sleep and light exposure, and staying connected to friends and family. It includes SleepTrak 2.0 which detects when you’ve fallen asleep (even for a nap as short as 10 minutes), monitors sleep quality and wakes you up based on your sleep data with Intelligent Wakeup.  It also includes LightTrak, which helps you manage the amount of light you are exposed to, enabling you to manage your mood and alertness.  Finally, Brite R450 offers smartphone notfications, such as IM, text, email, calls and more, so you never miss an important moment. You can purchase the BRITE R450, as well as their entire line of activity trackers on LifeTrak’s website at www.LifeTrakUSA.com and online at other retailers like DicksSportingGoods.comBestBuy.com and TheSportsAuthority.com, Target, Walgreens, Fry’s Electronics, Exchange, Sharper Image, Radio Shack and Amazon.com.

 

littleBits – “Gift smart” this holiday season with smart, interactive tech from RadioShack and RadioShack.com.  littleBits is the easiest way to learn and prototype with electronics – a great gift for anyone this holiday season. From starter kits to add-on modules, the parts—small, intuitive building blocks—make creating with sophisticated electronics as easy as snapping small magnets together. RadioShack is the exclusive brick-and-mortar retailer of the cloudBit Starter Kit which allows you to turn any object into an Internet-connected device—no soldering, wiring or programming required. With the CloudBit kit, everything you need to get started is right out of the box: 6 modules, wall power and mounting boards to build 5 intro projects, including an SMS doorbell and a remote-pet feeder. Find the littleBits cloudBit Starter Kit for $99.99 at RadioShack and RadioShack.com.

 

Ozobot — is a smart robot that teaches kids coding and robotics through social and competitive games. Ozobot is the world’s smallest intelligent robot that offers brand new options for gamers and educators by melding the worlds of robotics, learning and gaming into one. Ozobot’s genius is in its ability to read different colors and flashing colored lights on game boards, paper and digital smartphone and tablet screens. When Ozobot sees certain patterns of colors (red-black-red, green-blue-green, and so on), it recognizes them as a code that translates into a specific action such as slow down, speed up, turn left or stop. This seemingly simple function sets kids up to learn the basic programming fundamentals that will prove to be invaluable in their future. However, Ozobot isn’t just a learning device, the play value baked into this little $49.99 device is truly as expansive as the user’s imagination.  Ozobot can be programmed to follow paths of mazes, tracks and playgrounds that the user creates using an almost endless variety of color and light patterns allowing users to create and design their own games.  Mix in free game and activity Apps on iOS and Android devices to get creative juices flowing and you’ve got one truly innovative and adorable little bot! Ozobot can be found in brookstone.commomastore.org and amazon.com and The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Design Store. For more information and an expanded list of retailers visit www.ozobot.com.

 

NEET  Cable Keeper– is the perfect stocking stuffer for the person who hates tangled cables.  It is the first cable management product of its kind created to custom fit the latest electronic cords. The NEET Cable Keeper is a sleeve made with vibrant fabric that feels great to the touch and has a wire designed to allow users form the cable and prevent tangles. Installation is simple with the full zipper opening, allowing for one or more cables to be added with ease. The NEET Cable Keeper is designed to eliminate frustrating cable tangles. Guaranteed!  NEET is $12 and for more info go to: http://www.neetproducts.com

 

The Dux –(pronounced “ducks” ) –provides best-in-class protection for your iPad Air.  Tested to meet or exceed US Department of Defense Standard 810F/G durability tests. The Dux survives extreme drop test at 6.6 feet or 200 cm. Tough, reinforced corners protects from inadvertent drops. Patented magnetic closure saves battery life and folds perfectly into both viewing and typing modes.  Instant on/off cover wakes and turns the device off saving battery life.  It’s available through November in Apple Online and Retail stores.  Amazon and more information at STMBags.com Available in 3 colors – black, red and blue The Dux is $49.95.

 

The Parent’s Voice Book Storyteller — This is the storytime buddy that lets you prerecord any picture book so a child can hear it read in your voice. Ideal for loved ones who can’t be there at bedtime or story hour, the device clips to the cover of any illustrated hardback or paperback and records your voice as you read the book page by page; you can also insert personal messages or include your own sound effects or other special touches. The recorder recognizes each page visually, so if a child skips to the end or flips back to the beginning, the narration switches accordingly. The device stores up to 250 minutes of audio—about 50 books—and comes with a USB cable for backing up the recordings on a computer. Three AA batteries (included) power the device for up to 30 hours. $69.95 http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=86162&promo=Category-NewArrivals&catid=60

 

NASA Sleep Promoting Light Bulb — Used by NASA to help astronauts sleep in space, this is the light bulb that encourages production of melatonin—the hormone that promotes sleep. Unlike typical light bulbs that emit high levels of short wavelength “blue” light that suppresses melatonin, the NASA light bulb’s patented filter reduces blue light by 50% to facilitate a better night’s sleep. Ideal for use in a nightstand lamp for 30 minutes before you fall asleep, the light bulb helps maintain your body’s natural circadian rhythm so you fall asleep faster and wake up more refreshed. The 12-watt LED produces the same light as a 60-watt incandescent for optimal illumination while reading yet lasts up to 16X longer.  $59.95 http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=86494&promo=Category-NewArrivals&catid=60

 

MORE FOR THE HOLIDAY GIFT LIST–

 

Everyone wants smartphone for the holidays—check out this the all-new LG G3 powered by T-Mobile  It has an incredible 5.5-Inch Quad HD display – super life-like images— A 13-megapixel camera with Laser Auto Focus. AND ergonomic design.  Available in metallic black and silk white from T-Mobile at $24.95/month for 24 months or $598.80 full retail price.  http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/g3 Once you have the phone—you’ll want the new QuickCircle Case ($49.99) It’s super protective and has an access window http://www.lg.com/us/cell-phone-accessories/lg-CCF-345N-Violet-quick-circle-snap-on-folio-case

 

A laptop for under $100? Staples has you covered with the Asus X205 Laptop, in-store only.  Want to stream your favorite shows and movies? Staples has you covered there, too, offering the Google Chromecast for just $25 and the Amazon Fire TV for only $74.  PLUS– get 25 FREE Holiday Photo cards with your purchase in any Staples store on Thanksgiving or Black Friday.  At Staples it’s all about –Less stress and more savings  http://www.staples.com

 

Next how about something for the whole family? This is the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 ($1599).  It’s Full HD 1080p –and EZ set up with two built-in BIG speakers. It’s designed to work on a screen up to 25-feet diagonally across—and its super bright—You can watch it in your living room with the lights on!! http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?sku=V11H651020

 

Here’s something else the whole family can enjoy—SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive (starts $35) and SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive (starts at under $80) Both products are instant extra storage for your smartphones and tablets—Both generate their own WiFi signal—so perfect for using in the car or on a plane— http://www.sandisk.com

 

AND FINALLY—let’s say you can not decide what to get that special someone on your gift list? Well, a recent study finds that 62% of people say they’d prefer a gift card over an actual gift (Source: National Retail Federation’s Holiday Consumer Spending Survey2014)—So check out the Gift cards from Gift Card Mall conveniently located at your local grocery store or retailer—With over 400-popular brands, Gift Card Mall makes Gift Card giving easier than ever.  https://www.giftcardmall.com