rubber boots obsession

rubber boots obsession

I think this love of mine has crossed over from funny to psychotic… I am obsessed with rain boots. It’s not just for rainy weather (though it sure does make life easier when it pours, and your feet stay completely dry all day), these boots are great for gardeners, dog owners and outdoorsy types. They are available practically everywhere now, and the prices can range from $20 at Target to $250 at designer brand retailers. See more of my Rubber…

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plantarium garden labs

plantarium garden labs

Earlier, I posted the In Vitro Orchid, and I thought myself clever for finding such a nifty little gift. Then I discovered this cool Plantarium Garden Labs Kit ($24) for kids. It’s basically a space-age habitat plant growing kit. It’s a self-sustaining garden. The gel’s transparency allows you to watch plants grow both above and below the surface. When the plant reaches the top, it can be transplanted into provided pots. I am getting this for my nephew. He is…

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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.

gardenia aromatherapy gift set

gardenia aromatherapy gift set

The scent of gardenia can send me to another place, another time – a stroll in a garden or a walk on a country path lined with these flowering plants. It’s amazing how physical the scent of gardenia can seem. A blooming gardenia plant can turn the entrance of a room into a scented wall. Sometimes, the fragrance can be that powerful, but at the same time, so fragile and sweet. This Gardenia Aromatherapy Gift Set ($25) is sure to…

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glass teapot

glass teapot

I’ve always been a fan of these glass teapots, ever since I’ve seen them introduced at the MOMA more than a decade ago. I’m glad they’ve come down in price (back then they were $150 for one). They are especially perfect for flowering teas (next post). $23

twilight umbrella

twilight umbrella

I don’t know why I torture myself with products I can’t buy in the U.S. It hurts, but how can one not share such a terrific discovery? This twilight umbrella uses LED bulbs to create a star-filled sky – on your umbrella. About $40 US. If you are dying to get your hands on one, I recommend asking a favor from a British friend. They are available at GlowProducts UK or at Amazon UK.

Tesla

Tesla

This is what I consider HOT! 0-60 MPH in less than 4 seconds. 135 MPG equivalent. 100% electric! Two cents per mile. Great news. These are now available in a range of cool colors, including metallic options. So it’s $98,000, but can we really put a price on saving Mother Earth? Unfortunately, want it or not, there’s a huge wait list. Yeap, one can always dream (sigh)… More info at TeslaMotors.com

usb digital microscope

usb digital microscope

  Warning, this is not a good gift for someone with OCD tendencies. It will suck up more time than one can possibly imagine. It will be one of the coolest thing you own. It will also be one of the scariest things you own. Because like me, you will discover that we are all surrounded by microscopic aliens from out of space. Yeap. One of my favorite discoveries last year, this microscope plugs directly to the computer and displays…

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eeeeew!!!

eeeeew!!!

  Speaking of microscopic aliens… Giant microbe stuffed toys for nonmicrophobics. Ranging from common illnesses to household parasites to life-threatening diseases, these plush toys are a fun way to introduce and educate children about hygiene and health issues. Or… Buy them as gag gifts – you may get a chuckle out of a hypochondriac (after they recover from fainting, that is). $7-$9 at Amazon. Shown above: Scabies, Bed Bug, Lice, Dust Mite. Reader Comments (1) November 30, 2007 | anna…

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ipod gel skins

ipod gel skins

  If you desire style in everyday living, Gel Skins make a great solution for personalizing the look to your ipod, without the extra bulk of sleeves or covers. It is essentially a sticker that uses non-permanent adhesive, so you can change your style as often as you would like without damaging your ipod. Available for multiple ipod generations, $20-$30.   Reader Comments (1)   November 30, 2007 | anna t    what a cool idea.