laser stars light show

laser stars light show

This holographic laser technology can transform your home into your own personal universe of wondrous 3-D starfields, morphing nebula and shooting stars. You can create thousands of stars with or without atmospheric cloud formations. The Stars Laser Projector is easy to use – simply plug it in and to space you go. $180

inflatable solar system

inflatable solar system

Turn an empty space into a solar maze with suspended large, colorful planets. A playful way to expose a child to the wonders of the solar system, this Inflatable Solar System kit is only $16 and comes with foot pump and repair kit.

digital photo key chain

digital photo key chain

This 1.5″ photo key chain is the digital version of the photo locket, but with more perks. It can store up to 31 photos on an 8MB flash memory drive. Uses a rechargeable battery and work with PC or MAC. Great for mom, dad or someone who travels often. Photo album benefits in a small, compact size. $49.99

Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock

Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock

Oh yeah, this is my favorite of all, a real beauty… The clock that will send a powerful 12-volt shock to your bed. I am not kidding folks. You can set it up to shock you right out of your sweet dreams. It doesn’t stop there. It also comes with extra loud alarms and pulsating flashing alert lights. There’s a reason why they call it the "Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock." I’m not sure if this is an alarm clock or…

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clocky, the run-away clock

clocky, the run-away clock

This is the gift they will love and despise, each and every morning. Clocky is a little alarm bot clock that runs away from you when you try to hit the snooze button. I know a few people who qualify for this gift, don’t you? $45-$50 at Amazon.    

Reusable grocery totes

Reusable grocery totes

Time to move on from those eco-unfriendly plastic grocery bags and upgrade to ones that can be used and reused. These Environax Bags were designed with sturdy straps that fit nicely on the shoulder and strong fabrication to hold lots and lots of groceries. Besides, they’re so much more attractive to tote around! A great under $10 gift exchange candidate, each is $7.95 at Amazon. Reader Comments (1) November 27, 2007 | Chief Elfen BIG T – this one is…

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red letter plates

red letter plates

These gorgeous John Derian plates are handmade in New York by Derian, with assistance from a small group of artisans.  Derian uses decoupage, the art of cutting and gluing paper to surfaces, to create designs of antique images and letters. Single plates can be given as a great collectible or sets of plates can be given as highly functional dinnerware. The $44-$48 cost is quite reasonable for their artisan quality and unique designs. The Red Letter Plates are 5-3/4" and…

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peace mugs

peace mugs

More down-to-earth than hippie, these red Peace Mugs make a great gift for the less confrontational friends. The set of four is $38 at Sundance.

good for $20

good for $20

Good Magazine launched last year with the motto "Give a Damn."  The magazine is filled with rich content about matters you may just "give a damn" about. I suppose one can describe it as ‘social consciousness with a little gloss.’  Good does more good by donating 100% of your $20 subscription to a cause of your choice. For $20, I’ve replaced a few greeting cards with Good as birthday and holiday gifts.  I’m proud to say I’ve contributed about $160…

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floor washing robot

floor washing robot

I, too, thought these robotic vacuum thingies were a gimmick. Until I got one. People! It will change your life! I was so crazy about the thing, I went and bought three more as gifts. Talk about viral growth! Now I’m ready for an upgrade. The Scooba is what I’m after next. This little bot mops your floor! Actually, even better – it vacuums and washes your floor. The Scooba will pick up dirt and debris before it cycles to…

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