December 8, 2005

Cool Christmas gifts

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Glow-in-the-dark stars ($8.99 and up). Always a nice touch.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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)?
  9. Legos of any quantity. Good for kids and grown-ups too.
  10. Last but not least, a lint remover. Something electronic is probably not necessary - I would go with the classic magic lint remover ($6.75).
Update: Visit my list of cool christmas gifts for 2006!

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