Cool Christmas gifts
- You already know #1, it's iRobot's fabulous Roomba. Been waiting for this since the Jetsons first came out. I recommend the Discovery model. I was not exactly sure why the Electrolux Trilobite (a related product) is so expensive ($1,590.00 v. $249.99). Fortunately, Brian Summers has a answer: bump and IR sensors v. radar/sonar mapping.
- The History Channel's presentation (DVD) of the Crusades - The Crusades: Crescent & The Cross ($20.99). Slightly overdramatic, definitely educational and not boring. The story is told from the perspective of historians from both sides. Well done.
- Portable storage. Yes, you could use your iPod, but what if you don't have one and don't care for one? I recommend the Sandisk 2 gb Cruzer ($127.29).
- How about a massage cushion? HoMedics has one for $98.75. It is excellent - a light-year improvement over the massage chairs 5-10 years ago. I know because a co-worker of mine just got one - and kindly left it on the company couch.
- Glow-in-the-dark stars ($8.99 and up). Always a nice touch.
- We recently purchased a set of 4-quart chafing dishes ($25) from Costco for a party. It works really well. I'm not really sure why we didn't think of it earlier. Food stays piping hot. The only thing I would be careful of is the fuel - a methyl alcohol gel. Don't breathe it and keep it off your skin - definitely far away from kids. A stellar gift for folk that entertain.
- For the writer, gel pens in extra-fancy metallic colors ($7.99). The sort of thing that most could probably never justify buying, but would be glad to receive.
- A real koto ($2100). Ok, ok, maybe a CD is more reasonable. How about Nanae Yoshimura's 2-volume Art of the Koto ($15.95 x2)?
- Legos of any quantity. Good for kids and grown-ups too.
- Last but not least, a lint remover. Something electronic is probably not necessary - I would go with the classic magic lint remover ($6.75).
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Posted by torque at December 8, 2005 12:46 AM