November 26, 2006
2006 Cool Christmas Gifts
- Journey to the West (4-Volume Boxed Set) by Cheng'en Wu and W.J.F. Jenner - Exceedingly entertaining must-read ancient Chinese classic. I'm halfway through volume IV and still chuckling. Thanks Sweetie! Tolkien and Lewis, kowtow to your grandpa.
- A subscription to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for local organic produce, e.g., Eat with the Seasons and Two Small Farms. Your giftee will be healthier for it, and, if all goes well, you may even benefit! Visit the USDA or Local Harvest for more information.
- For that special someone (ahem), consider the 15" Macbook Pro 2.33 GHz. A fan of Mr. Gates? No worries, (possibly biased) tests show that with Boot Camp, the Intel-based Macbook Pro runs Windows XP as fast or faster than the typical sources. Make sure to get the $200 educational discount if you qualify. (AMD, where are you?)
- Prep, wash, scrub and dry hard wood floors in one pass. The iRobot 5800 Scooba achieves that which is otherwise not reasonable using conventional methods. Will it deal with macaroni and cheese?
- Burt's Bees stuff. Even the most humble concoction is guaranteed to be appreciated. Assemble your order to total $75 or more through Vitamin Shoppe to get free shipping.
- Dance Dance Revolution (DDR). There are a number of ways to put this together, here is one:
- The humble toothpaste squeezer will be a blessing to the recipient at least twice a day (hopefully).
- If you have any kids (or parents with kids) on your list, check out the StartWrite Handwriting software. It churns out traceable worksheets for kids to learn how to write from manuscript to cursive. We have been really pleased with our copy. The cursive is particularly popular (for some reason) with girls.
- Find a (closing) Tower Records near you, and purchase CDs and DVD at 40-60% off. There's no better local source for World music - and, at least while supplies last, the pricing will most certainly beat online.
- Donate money, food, time and energy to those in need. Here are some ideas to get you started...
What's your top 10?
Posted by torque at November 26, 2006 12:41 AM