powersquid

powersquid

  This great under $15 gift will be welcomed by anyone who owns more than one electronic item (that would be almost everybody, I would think). Some brilliant person probably invented this PowerSquid after struggling with trying to squeeze in those darn power converters onto their power strip. (Sound familiar?) For $13.55, this makes a great gift exchange item.

spage-age ant habitat

spage-age ant habitat

Derived from a 2003 NASA experiment, this fascinating gel serves both as habitat and nutrition for your pet ants (ships directly to your home). The aquarium is 100% self-sustaining, so no worries about feeding or cleaning. The Ant Habitat Kit includes magnifying glass and extreme zoom lens for close-up viewing. $29.99

extendable magnetic rescue wand with led

extendable magnetic rescue wand with led

  How many times have you vacuumed under the cabinet and heard "swoosh-kachunk-ki-ki-ki-ki" somewhere inside the vacuum? Every day is my answer. Because I’m forever dropping coins or screws or tacks behind my furniture and then forgetting about them, until my vacuum eats a few. The ugly task of giving the vacuum surgery should be reduced in frequency with this handy little tool – it’s a collapsible stick with a magnetic tip and LED light that automatically turns on when…

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pantone mugs

pantone mugs

Unfortunately, these fabulous Pantone mugs are only available in the U.K. right now. I don’t think you have to be a designer to appreciate the clever concept. Approximately $15 each.

retro wind-up ping pong toy

retro wind-up ping pong toy

  More collectible than toy, really, these wind-up tin toys continue to grow in popularity. With the overwhelming style options available, I recommend buying the ones that tell a personal story shared by you and your gift recipient.  I bought this Wind-Up Tin Ping Pong Toy ($24.99) for my Dad last holiday, because he was the one who taught me how to play when I was young. I was also privately reminding him about the awesome little fact that he…

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walk the talk – hemp converse slip-ons

walk the talk – 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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antique letter stamps kit

antique letter stamps 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.  

a wish list hit

a wish list hit

        Deceptively Delicious is a cookbook written by Jessica Seinfeild (Jerry’s wife), and here she shares simple secrets on how to get your kids to eat good food. This book is one of Elfster’s wish list favorites. $14.99 at Amazon. 

charlie brown’s pathetic christmas tree

charlie brown’s pathetic christmas tree

   Does this hit you at the heart or what? One of my all-time favorite childhood memories – watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. You, too, can have your own pathetic tree, with one single red ornament included, for $24 at Urban Outfitters. (I highly recommend buying early. Last year they sold out by the end of November.)     Other notable Charlie Brown gifts…                         A Charlie Brown Christmas        A Charlie Brown Christmas           …

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sorry for leaving out the boys…

sorry for leaving out the boys…

I received a complaint that I’ve neglected the men’s needs in my last Rubber Boots post. Sorry, guys! A gentleman asked me, "Is it okay for guys to wear rubber boots? Or will I look like a dork?" Well, it depends… I don’t recommend wearing the boots with little fishies on them, or rainbows with dogs and cats… That would not be good. Men are actually very lucky when it comes to rubber boots. Available are tons of worker boots…

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