the dyson handheld

the dyson handheld

It used to be considered poor gifting etiquette to give an appliance to a woman, especially if she’s your wife. That was when wives stayed at home. With today’s majority dual income households, getting a good-looking and good-working appliance, like this very handsome Dyson Handheld, is more like a treat. Anything to make life easier at home is a treat. Right? $134

usb desk vacuum

usb desk vacuum

My favorite of all the silly USB gadgets and gizmos out there right now. It’s no Dyson, but this micro USB Vacuum ($20) actually works. All you have to do is plug it into your computer’s USB port. No batteries required. To top it off, they’ve even designed it to lock upright for storage. Truly ridiculous, and I love it! What will they think of next? (I’m still chuckling.) Unfortunately, it’s pretty much sold out everywhere. Obviously, others love it…

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micro grooming kit

micro grooming kit

And you thought it was ridiculous we always carry grooming supplies in our purses? With this ingenious little invention, we don’t even need our purses. The Swiss Army Utility Kit is made the size of a credit card, so we can discreetly tuck this in our already packed wallet, an evening clutch or even the back pocket of our jeans. For the lower-maintenance gals, it can be easily tucked away in a travel bag to guarantee we always have the…

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Slingbox pro

Slingbox pro

I’m no gadget guru, but I think this has got to be the hottest gizmo out there right now. The Sling Media Slingbox Pro is a device that allows you to watch and control your home TV, DVR, basic cable, digital cable box, or satellite receiver anywhere around your home or around the globe. Yeah. It redirects your TV signal to your computer with high quality video, no matter the distance. Seriously. All you have to do is connect it…

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beanies, baby! [not beanie babies]

beanies, baby! [not beanie babies]

 When they announced a gift exchange for no more than $15, you thought to yourself, "Whoat?!? That’s equivalent to three cups of Starbucks coffee. What can one buy for $15?" Surprisingly, I’ve found some killer beanies ranging from $11 to $40. They’re super fun, and they’re quite useful during the winter months.  Even better, most likely you will not see a duplication of this gift in the near future. Edward Elric Cosplay Beanie, $13.99 Amazon          Alphose…

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hemp converse slip ons

hemp converse slip ons

  I am surprised each and every time I am asked, "Did you lose your shoe laces?" Hmmm. I guess it’s not that obvious they’re sewn down to wear as slip-ons. These Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Slips are on my favorites list because they are the perfect casual street shoes – they don’t discriminate age, sex or hipster/non-hipster. Very few street fashion items can do this.  Amazingly, the environmentally conscious hemp actually looks good on this design. Again, very…

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hemp converse slip ons

hemp converse slip ons

  I am surprised each and every time I am asked, "Did you lose your shoe laces?" Hmmm. I guess it’s not that obvious they’re sewn down to wear as slip-ons. These Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Slips are on my favorites list because they are the perfect casual street shoes – they don’t discriminate age, sex or hipster/non-hipster. Very few street fashion items can do this.  Amazingly, the environmentally conscious hemp actually looks good on this design. Again, very…

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converse design your own

converse design your own

I love the fact they make shoeless slip-on Converses (my skateboarder lifestyle resurfaced recently). I love it more they allow you to design your own. Below is the design of my shoes, which I received promptly after two weeks (in very impressive packaging with fancy shoe bag and all).  Yes, they make off-the-shelf red Converses. But not with that cool little orange stripe on the back. Ah-hah! DesignYour Own at Converse.com, $60 Note: Sizing is unisex so it can be…

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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.

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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