soap stones

soap stones

 Gone are the days of unattractive soap rocks. These soap rocks are great gemstone replicas, a surprisingly beautiful upgrade to the old soap-by-the-slice versions.  At $14.95, they make great gifts for Secret Santa exchanges under $15, hostess gift or small thank you gift.  Add an unused jewelry box as packaging to create a fun presentation. (green=jade, purple=amethyst, yellow=citrine, blue=opal)

teva’s Ryley

teva’s Ryley

Teva’s Ryley are not just attractive, or highly functional, or super comfortable – they’re sustainable. These casual ballet sneakers are made from 20%-30% post-consumer recycled material. Available at Sahalie for $69.95. These Teva’s is a part of ‘Walk the Talk’ series, a literal translation of ‘walk lightly to soften our footprint on our environment.’  Each post will feature attractive, eco-friendly or socially-responsible manufactured shoes. More to come…

anti-gravity globe

anti-gravity globe

Okay, it’s not *really* anti-gravity, but ssshhhh… Why ruin the trick? This levitating globe should keep your kid amused for, hmmm, well, 15 minutes? (I originally wrote ‘hours’ but that would have been optimistic, right?) This 4" globe makes a great display item and a fun trigger for earthly conversations. $90

i’ll settle for second best

i’ll settle for second best

Not quite the ‘twilight umbrella’ but it does use LED technology, and it ‘does’ light up. This LED umbrella ($25) reminds me of Blade Runner, a favorite movie of mine. Very sci-fi for the very geekish. Me, me, me!

dog umbrella

dog umbrella

It’s raining here in the Bay Area, so my mind is on how to stay dry. Besides, this item is too good to ignore.The pet umbrella is for the dog owner who spoils their dog just a tiny bit. $20 Reader Comments (2) December 6, 2007 | Mackenzie Genius! Hey, dogs can get colds too! Plus, is there anyone who really enjoys the “wet dog” smell? December 6, 2007 | Peter That’s a great idea. We bought a rain jacket…

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the traveling hypochondriac’s dream

the traveling hypochondriac’s dream

Dustproof and washable, this Flexible Mobile Keyboard can be folded for easy travel. I may not be a hypochondriac (well, maybe a little), but I am messy. I like eating while working, which means crumbs in the keyboard. It is not pleasant. I’ve lost keys vacuuming my keyboard. Not sure if this keyboard feels well (how the key snaps to the touch is important to me), but for $20, it may be worth a try.

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.

antique letters stamp kit

antique letters stamp kit

      There are so many great uses for these antique typewriter alphabet stamps, like creating personalized greeting cards, labeling storage boxes, or decorating your wall with poetic words. For $5.99 this makes an exceptional stocking stuffer. 

lp to digital recording turntable

lp to digital recording turntable

  Even the last of the LP keepers must have converted to digital by now, but still, they [we] can’t seem to depart from our favorites, the good and the bad, unfortunately. By principle, it is not right to have to pay the .99 cents to repurchase our favorite songs again – just because technology has changed. Now thanks to Audio-Technica, for $77, we can convert all our LPs to digital via their turntable converter.

bose ipod docking station

bose ipod docking station

I have tested numerous Ipod docking stations, and hands down, the Bose SoundDock is by far the best one in the market (for its price and compact size). You will be blown away by how loud and great the sound this single speaker unit can generate. Many of my music-aficionado friends, including numerous DJs, were they so impressed with this little unit, they bought one for themselves (and the sad ones who can’t afford it added it to their holiday…

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