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…

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walk the talk – el naturalista iggdrasil clogs

walk the talk – el naturalista iggdrasil clogs

From Spain, these El Naturalista Clogs are my latest big find. As a clog fan, I’m always on the look out for "the one."  (If you wear clogs, you know exactly what I mean.)  These shoes can live on their good looks alone, but noooo, they have so many additional great traits, it’s almost mind-boggling. The leather is churned with ground tree bark and river stones for weeks to make the hide resilient to dirt, water, and daily wear and…

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the beautiful ugly dolls

the beautiful ugly dolls

  This season, the Uglydolls will give Barbie some tough competition for placement under the tree.  I personally know two grown-up men in their thirties (one a Schwab executive and the other a hipster DJ) who received these dolls as gifts, and they keep them on their beds like treasured prizes. Who woulda thunk? A great gift for $20-$25, available at Amazon.  

oh my, Mrs. Santa! How you’ve changed!

oh my, Mrs. Santa! How you’ve changed!

Which category do you think these ladies fall under? Naughty or Nice? Fredericks of Hollywood is doing a great job rebranding their image to be more upscale. (If you were born after 1980, you probably have no idea how raunchy Fredericks used to be. There’s not very much raunch in their current Pin Up Parade creative direction. It’s excellent. The very fun Holiday Inspired Lingerie collection (shown above) is an example of their new look. Charming. (Wait a minute… Is…

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sporty baby

sporty baby

  Baby Bunting Blanket taken to the next level – for the baby with an active lifestyle. Okay, for the parents with sporty good looks and definitely not for parents into cutesie things. This Baby Evolution Bunting is nicely designed and well made. The blanket has 100% flannel lining and is thermal filled to keep baby cozy outdoors. Machine washable (important). Extendable so it can be adjusted as baby grows. Available at Auto for $200.

Teva Ryley

Teva 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.

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. 

guilt-free gifting

guilt-free gifting

Help hungry families feed themselves. Got too much stuff in the closet? How about adding  Heifer International to your wish list this year? Heifer is a nonprofit organization with a simple, but hefty, goal to end world hunger. “Teach a man to fish” has been their philosophy since 1944.  Heifer’s successful approach is to provide people with sustainable sources of food and income (livestock for eggs, wool, milk, etc.) so families can (and do) lift themselves out of hunger and…

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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…

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Hahahahahaha… Great Audio Card.

Hahahahahaha… Great Audio Card.

Even if you miss getting this to them in time for Thanksgiving, it’s worth sending it as a thank you card (simply cross out the Happy Feasting and write "Thanks for the feasting!" instead).  How truly hilarious is the fact the card plays "Another one bites the dust" by Queen as the theme song. Brilliant. (Though I doubt them turkeys think this is at all funny.)   $5.99 for a personalized, stamped card they will send for you.$4.99 to receive…

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