Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Gift Collection 2010: Coolest Gifts for Warm Holiday Giving

 "Dear LilacGal,

Now is when we need you most! My husband works long hours as an Internet Marketer, while I run an Ezine full time while also taking care of our 3 small kids. We're doing okay financially, but we're time-challenged: Christmas is fast approaching, we both have large families and a lengthy gift list, with almost no time to shop around, so we're hoping you can help!

Give us a large selection of really thoughtful gifts: "Cool" gifts for all the kids (of all ages) in our extended families; great picks for travelers; appropriate gifts for our business friends, personal gifts, sports and outdoor-enthusiast gifts; gifts for our older folks, for photography buff relatives, for our friend who always has a sore back; bring it all on, so we can get everything ordered and really enjoy this holiday season without the usual gift-giving stress, for once!

Oh, and I need some hostess help: An extra table for the crowd that's coming, and maybe an extra countertop oven so I can get everything cooked, baked and out all at once. We're counting on you!"
Happy Holidays!
Joan and Ed, MN 

Dear Joan,

Yes, this is a tough year for many - not just money-wise, but time-wise, as well.  We all care deeply for our families, friends and relatives, but it seems even more important this year to really show our caring; to pull together and support our loved ones, to keep them close. In that full spirit of the Season, "Hot Gifts For Cool Giving" presents this Unique Holiday Gift Collection 2010 -  for you and Ed, and for all the other time-challenged gift-givers who want to bestow thoughtful, hand-picked Presents that show, during this and all Seasons, how much each person on their Gift List means to them. 
Wishing you Peace and Joy,

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Do you have 18 people coming to Thanksgiving dinner, but your dining room table only seats 12?  No problem!  This hutch converts to a dining room table large enough to comfortably seat 6.  Each of 5 leaves adds 14 inches to the cabinet-top's length, creating a table-top from 33 to 88 inches in length, depending on the number of leaves you add to it.  The leaves can be stored upright behind one cabinet door, while the other side has built-in shelf with storage for linens or dinnerware. Mission style blends beautifully with most decors. [Note - Just click on the photos or links of each Gift item in this Collection, to view the details.]

When you're serving up Thanksgiving dinner, whether to a hungry group of 5 or 30, you want everything to come out of the oven perfectly heated at the same time. But that's not always easy, with the turkey and all those casseroles and other dishes!  Enter the Breville with its "smart oven" technology: This talented countertop oven will suggest the ideal cooking temperatures and times for each dish, and automatically adjust the heat for optimal results. It remembers your settings, too, so you don't have to!
LilacGal highly recommends this oven, as I have one myself, and I depend on this "smart" extra oven for all my entertaining!
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These most realistic Fraser Fir and Noble Fir Trees set up in minutes, can have clear or colored lights, with LED's that last up to30,000 hours, won't go out if one bulb is removed or broken. Give your Giftee the pleasure of decorating a beautiful tree, without the annual hassle of painstaking setup and later messy discard. People who saw our tree last year never imagined it was artificial, and those few we told could hardly believe it!
noma/inliten-import 9x10 CLR PreLit Garland, , christmas wreaths & natural garland lighted
36" Cordless LED Pre-Lit Christmas Wreath
30" PRE-LIT RED POINSETTIA TREEThese cordless illuminated decorations require no electrical outlet, are pre-strung with white LED lights rated for 20,000 hours of use, with realistic texture and color that will last for years. More great gifts to take the hassle out of the holidays, for your hardworking Holiday Decorator!

Wrought Iron Holder for Heavy Christmas Stockings -

If Santa is very generous at your house, he may appreciate hanging those heavy, filled-to-the-brim Christmas stockings on a sturdy wrought iron stand by your fireplace, rather than trying to hang them on the little hooks on your mantle. The 60 inch stand holds up to 6 stockings, no mantle required.

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Cloud b Lavender Lab with Scented Lavender Sleep Aid 

Cloud b makes this softer-than-a-cloud sleepy plush Puppy for infants and babies who have trouble finding Cloud 9!  Cuddle Buddy releases the soothing, calming scent of lavender for better sleep. (Place Lavender Lab on his Pillow when not being cuddled.)

BEARPAW Kid's Abigail Classic Faux Fur Boot,Gray,1 M US Little Kid 
Your child will keep cozy in the Abigail boot from BEARPAW. Its plush faux fur lining is super warm, while the durable sole ensures that your child's steps are steady. Get her ready for cold weather with a fresh pair of winter booties, but this time, pick up the Bearpaw Girls' Abigail Boot for something a little different. These boots have the same smooth suede upper, cozy, warm sheepskin lining, and durable rubber sole your child had with her old boots, but this boot has a split shaft with a super-cute toggle button that will set the Abigail apart from all the same-old, same-old booties running around school.

Oko Plus Tricycle, by Italtrike The Oko Ergonomic Trike has a cradle shaped frame to provide plenty of room. Nine saddle and handle bar adjustments allow for the most comfortable position, while the padded saddle with three-point safety belt offers comfort and protection. Pedals on the mid-frame of the trike let your child feel as if he's riding a bike! The trike comes in red, and is recommended for ages 2 to 5 years. There's an included sun shade, an adult push handle, adjustable handle bars with  brakes like a bike, and a rear bag for storage. Here's extra fun: The electronic console features a left/right indicator, fire engine and police siren, brake sound, horn and a key that makes the sound of an engine starting!

Plush Pinto Rocking Horse with Sound           The Neighing Rocking Horse
 Radio Flyer Liberty Spring Horse With Sound

Pinto Rocking Horse makes real gallop and whinny noises! Hand-crafted  with a solid hardwood frame under the long-lasting plush material, this heirloom-quality Pinto (left) will stand the test of time and create many a fond childhood memory! Perfect for riders ages 3 and up. Non-slip base for safety; Includes bridle, vinyl saddle, brown blanket, stirrups, bandanna, and bedroll.

Radio Flyer Liberty Spring Horse with SoundThe Radio Flyer classic spring horse (right) neighs, clip-clops, and     has a real yarn mane and tail. The sturdy steel frame is extra wide, to      prevent tipping. Springs are covered with thick fabric wraps to keep fingers safe, with built in safety spring straps for extra security. The young rider's bouncing triggers the pony's lifelike galloping and neighing sounds. Sturdy filly supports up to 60 pounds and has non-skid rubber caps to protect floors.

Kid's 4 In 1 Dramatic Play Theater in Honey Oak FinishFor hours of creative play, this children's theater has no equal! For creative role playing, children choose between 4 scenes by sliding the chosen double-sided panel into a groove.  They serve lunch at a 50's diner, see patients at a doctor's office, take packages at a post office, or debut a play in the puppet theater. There are menu selections in the diner, P. O. boxes in the post office, and three of the panels also include chalkboards so kids can add their own details to the scenes. Made of engineered wood, the theater includes a counter under the window, and a pair of stabilizing feet for a sturdy base. The theater can be folded away for storage.

Airflow Collectibles Corsair PlaneThe Airflow Collectibles Corsair Plane lets kids buzz the pylons in Reno in the classic pedal toy you remember from your childhood! Those Japanese Zeros don't stand a chance, because this classic childhood pedal toy is back and ready for your young ace. Built just like the originals, this Corsair has real metal construction for durability and lifelike detail, from the genuine gull-wing shape to the propeller that spins when your child pedals! Take to the sky! This toy has been safety tested and approved for use in the USA. Plane has high-traction rubber tires and non-slip pedals, with a padded seat that snaps off for easy cleaning. Automotive-grade lead-free powder coat paint has been used, for years of gleaming good looks. Some easy assembly is required before touching down under the Tree for a high-flying, classic gift your child won't forget!

Fold & Go TrampolineLots of exercise, yet this trampoline folds to 4 inches thick to store under a bed or in a closet. ASTM approved for safety by the U.S. government, the trampoline's padded handlebar provides optimal stability. Frame and bungee cords are fully enclosed. Kids can use it indoors (takes no more space than a recliner) or out, since the mat is weatherproof nylon. For age 3 and up, this trampoline supports up to 150 pounds.

Hansa Ride-On Pony Stuffed Plush Animal, Brown & WhiteSeems so real, children love to climb and ride on him. Hand-constructed by artists and taking over 45 man-hours to create, this pony is comfortable to pat and squeeze, supporting riders up to 150 pounds. The 104 individual pieces that make up this pony have been sewn in an old-world "inside-out" method to reduce visible seams, while the fabric stuffing is sewn in place to replicate a realistic musculature beneath the surface.  His fabric "hide" was hand-cut and trimmed, then airbrushed for variations that make him unique. His soulful eyes, silky mane and bushy tail would make any child fall in love!
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Star Wars Interactive R2D2 Astromech Droid RobotMotorized little R2-D2, of Star Wars fame, responds to voice commands and navigates rooms and hallways,  giving the sense that your room is in a galaxy far, far away.  R2 obeys more than 40 voice commands ("Turn around", "Move forward two units") and plays games like Tag, searching for people in a room with his infrared sensor.  He can follow behind you, or use his sensor to guard your room, sounding an alarm if it's invaded.  His lights, swiveling dome top and iconic happy and sad expressions sound just as they did in the movies!  R2 can play sounds and dialog from the movies, answer yes-no questions, and dance to the famous cantina music.  For age 8 and up, and up...

Freerider Skatecycle
This innovative SkateCycle combines the foot control of snowboarding, balanced turns of skateboarding, and the undulating movements of casterboarding.  Both feet are placed in two slip-resistant footboards, riders can move either of the wheels individually by twisting feet inward and outward.  Using foot motion and upper body twist, riders drive the cycle over level, flat ground.  Supports big kids and adults up to 220 pounds. Riders should wear helmet and protective gear at all times.


Star Wars Force FX Lightsaber AnakinThis glowing, bright blue blade ignites with realistic power-up-and-down lights effects, including authentic light saber sound effects digitally recorded from the movie. Motion sensor controlled sound effects: Power-up, power-down, idle, movement, and clash. Durable yet light chrome plated aluminum body looks and feels like a real light saber. The new design is closer in look and feel to the size of a real light saber, at 43 inches in length. The sturdy polycarbonate blade is permanently attached to the hilt. A display stand is included. The Star Wars Force FX Lightsaber Anakin  is an officially licensed Star Wars collector's item. 
Star Wars Force FX Lightsaber Darth Vader 
In mortal opposition, the Star Wars Force FX Lightsaber Darth Vader strikes blows for the Dark Side with this official replica of Darth Vader’s lightsaber from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Ignite the glowing, bright red blade with realistic power-up and power-down light effects and four authentic lightsaber sound effects that have been digitally recorded from the movie – including power-up, idle hum, clash and power-down. A durable metal hilt and sturdy, permanently attached blade give the look and feel of the power of a real lightsaber. When not in your grasp, proudly show off your galactic weapon in the specially designed base.

McNally Strumstick D-33 Grand Strumstick 3-string Grand StrumstickImagine - An instrument that requires no previous musical training!  Even beginners can immediately play this three stringed wonder..  The McNally D-33 Grand Strumstick is longer than the standard model (33 inches),  tunes to D or C,  has a deeper, richer sound and rosette soundhole. It uses a diatonic scale. The Strumstick is fun and extremely easy to play, with a DVD that guides new players through two- and three-string melodies. For the experienced musician, it's a terrific portable creative tool with a beautiful banjo/dulcimer-like sound. Handmade of padouk, spruce, and maple, the McNally D-33 comes with pick, instruction CD, and book. Amaze your friends!

Fretlight FG-441 Vintage Electric Guitar, SunburstTalk about amazing your friends! Learn as you go, sound great from the beginning: The Fretlight Guitar is a full-size, six-string instrument that has a built-in lighted learning system hidden under the fretboard. It connects to a PC or Mac computer and the free Fretlight StudioTM software allows you to light up songs, riffs, chords, scales, or even take an interactive video lesson! The Fretlight Vintage FG-431 guitar, which  plugs into a regular guitar amp, has classic edges and unique shape complement the textured swamp ash body.

Two vintage single coil pickups produce a tone reminiscent of the 60's while still allowing the player to shape his or her sound as desired with the volume and tone controls and the 3-way pickup selector switch. A two-way truss rod and vintage fixed bridge gives complete adjustability for a playing experience "that can only be described as pure heaven". The Fretlight includes the 10 ft. Fretlight cable (USB to Fretlight Guitar), FREE Video Lesson videos for playback through the Fretlight Video Player Software, truss rod wrench and Fretlight Instruction Manual.

Myvu PMV-CRBK-10030-EN Crystal Personal Media Viewer Ipod Edition Black Bundle With Myvu Premium Travel Case For iphone, iphone 3g, iPod nano, iPod Classic, iPod Touch etc. The Myvu PMV-CRBK-10030-EN Crystal Personal Media Viewer delivers the best resolution, sharpest picture and widest field of view. Unlike many personal media viewers, this iPod edition easily connects to your iPhone/iPod and does not drain the iPhone/iPod battery.  It has superb sound, with noise reduction from the included stereo earphones, is elegantly styled and comfortable to wear. The USB-rechargeable battery lasts up to 4 hours of viewing. The USB charge cable is included, to charge from your laptop. The Myvu  has a handheld pendant control for volume, contrast and brightness. 
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Miranda Boot by Frye

This is the boot of the Season! With the Miranda boot, Frye has given the Chelsea-boot  style a highly feminine makeover. This burnished leather look  is easy to put on and wear,  thanks to its full rear zipper, while the stacked heel lifts height and the outsole's rubber inlay gives added traction and durability. Upper and sole are leather, with rubber inlay on the sole.  The shaft is 17.5 inches, boot opening is a generous 14 inches around, heel is 3.5", and the platform is 3/4 of an inch.  


Bearpaw Women's Anja Boot,Sand,8 M US Step out in style in this suede Anja boot from Bearpaw. The coyote fur lining peeks through the lace-up closure as well as out of the top boot shaft for a comfortable design. The wedge heel and rubber outsole give you sturdy height on slick streets.The manufacturer proudly states, "Bearpaw Footwear is made for comfort with contemporary style. Our footwear is made from quality materials that provide an organic beauty that's wearable year round." There is no question this boot is a beauty.

Bearpaw Women's 436-W Eskimo Boot,Chestnut,7 M USThe Eskimo boot from Bearpaw offers everything you need in casual, cold-weather footwear. The soft suede upper is fully lined with genuine shearling for the ultimate in warmth and comfort, while the exposed shearling trim adds stylish appeal. The treaded rubber outsole brings flexibility and traction so you can be cozy on the go. Product Description The Womens Eskimo Boot from Bearpaw takes the classic suede boot and ups the fashion wattage with lots of shearling trim. The Eskimo is lined on the inside as well with cozy, genuine sheepskin, so you feel just as good as you look. A chunky rubber outsole further insulates you from the elements by providing lots of grip whether youre window-shopping in Montreal or bar-hopping at Tremblant.

The Max 12 Drawer Jewelry Chest (Black FX Leather) (17"H x 15"W x 9"D)A Woman Can Never Collect Enough Good Jewelry! This 12 Drawer chest accommodates over 800 pieces of jewelry in an organized way, so you can actually find a piece when you need it!  Two drawers without compartments hold large bracelets and cuffs up to 3 inches high. Drawers #1 (silvertone) and #2 (goldtone) hold rings, with inserts so the top of each ring is visible. Drawers #3 through #6 accommodate earrings, from small to extra large. Drawer #7 can hold up to 32 delicate chains and small pendants. Drawer #8 can organize up to 32 link and chain style bracelets. Drawer #9 is for ladies’ pocket watches, enhancers and pins; #10 holds oversized pieces; #11 has 12 compartments that can accommodate ladies/ watches. Drawer #12 is for open cuff bracelets.

You may not have jewelry for every space YET, but if you are a serious collector, you WILL in time. By then, you will not have to spend hours untangling all your chains, nor will you need closets and boxes and expensive armoires to hold and organize various parts of your collection: All you will ever need can be accommodated in this neat, clean-lined chest.

Diamond ''Snow Flake'' Jewelry Set in 14K White GoldThis elegant snowflake jewelry set in gleaming 14k white gold with sparkling diamonds is an absolute style statement, a gorgeous look for any occasion. Earrings have 0.12 ct.of diamonds, while the pendant has 1/10 ct., hanging from a white gold chain. Diameter of the pendant is 0.63 inches. Diameter of each earring is 0.49 inches. Imagine the fun a lucky lady will have, searching through the new 12 drawer chest to find these radiant treasures!

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Bearpaw Men's Stowe Boot,Gray,10 M US
Boldly brave harsh weather in this rugged boot from Bearpaw. The duck-boot-inspired design features a suede and leather upper with adjustable lacing, stylish ridges and warm sheepskin trim. The insole is also lined with sheepskin, while rubber overlays protect the toe and heel. The Stowe is a rugged winter boot which will keep you warm in all types of conditions. It is constructed with water resistant materials, has sheepskin lining for added warmth and comfort, and a rubber outsole for traction, so you can step out on a winter day with confidence.

Sorel Men's NM1466 Manawan Slipper,NM1466, Marsh,7 MThe Sorel Men's Manawan Slipper gives your feet the warmth and comfort you need for lazy Sunday mornings or frigid trips out to the wood pile. This suede leather slipper features a cozy fleece lining and a soft EVA midsole to help you make the most of your downtime. The natural rubber outsole lets you head out to grab the paper or walk the dog with a smile on your face.

The Ultimate Gift For Soothing Away Stress -

GSI BestRest Super Quality Gorgeous Luxury Leather Professional Massage Chair Recliner - BackRest/CalfRest/LegRest/ArmRest - All Massage Patterns kneading/rolling/tapping/shiatsu/knocking - Plus MP3 Player Function - Top ValueThe buttery soft leather of this luxurious recliner conceals a professional massage system that replicates the kneading, rolling, percussion and Shiatzu techniques used by professional massage therapists to relieve tension and sore muscles while improving circulation in your back, neck, shoulders and legs. At the same time, the high quality MP3 Player Function offers the soothing music and mood of your choice. A magnificent gift for health and enjoyment.

Pure Cashmere Robe for MenChoose from several colors of 100% "A" Grade 3 ply Cashmere for this elegant robe with cashmere's renowned gentle warmth.  These knee-length robes come with a waist sash. A fine gift of ultimate quality and comfort, with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

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Geocron Global Time IndicatorThis full-color moving map shows what time it is throughout the world. The 15 inch by 26 inch map revolves within its frame at a speed representing the earth's rotation, displaying the exact areas that lie in daylight or darkness, sunrise and sunset. The analog dial system automatically charts the time in the world's 40 time zones on a 24 hour scale. A set of flexible mylar panels display an illuminated gray pattern that slowly adjusts with the seasons, and with daylight savings time. A moving calendar displays the date on both sides of the international date line, as well as day of the week and month. Black laminate exterior cleans with a soft cloth. Geochron's time zone map can be updated. Much more than a timepiece, this is a totally handcrafted yet functional work of art.

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U.S. Navy Lest We Forget "The Pacific Campaign" WWII Stained Glass and Jefferson Pewter 10" Plate by Jack Woodson"The Pacific Campaign" is a tribute to the U.S. Navy, a Stained Glass and Pewter Plate Original work of art from noted artist Jack Woodson. It was created in recognition of our brave fighting men in the Pacific battles of World War II, and is the official 1992 limited edition stained glass and pewter plate officially authorized by the United States Historical Society. It is completely hand crafter, and can be displayed by sunlight, lamplight, and candlelight. This beautiful 10" pewter rimmed plate surrounds a magnificent stained glass round. Limited edition was 5,000. The plate is lead-free polished pewter. The original issue price was $135. This product is new and has been re-boxed.

Discovery Exclusive City Lights GlobeThis rotating globe illuminates to show how the world's cities look at night from space. Like the view from orbit, major metropolitan areas throughout Eastern Europe and North America glisten with a soft white glow, while areas scattered throughout  Russia and Africa are sparsely lit. The city lights automatically turn off when the globe is exposed to light, showing a multicolor political map with topographical shading and the names of major cities, countries and oceans. The 10 inch globe rotates automatically on a mirrored base that reflects Antarctica and surrounding bodies of water.
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Arcade Legends Full-Size Arcade Cabinet - 9500 Bring the fun of the Arcade experience home! More than 30 classic games return to life in this full-size upright console. Using original arcade programming, the console has 2 joysticks, a 3 inch trackball and multiple buttons. Enjoy a host of vintage Atari and Capcom games, including Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command and Tempest (35 in all). Customize the sound volume and delete high scores through the interactive menu controlled via joysticks and buttons. When the rest of the house is quiet, there's always lively action awaiting family and friends in the Game Room!

Personalized Baseball Ballpark Map

Framed Ballparks of MLB Visitor Map Set  This wall map shows the Major League Baseball stadiums you've visited or plan to visit. It lists the 59 ballparks that have hosted Major League Baseball teams since 1912, including the Houston Astrodome, (first domed sports stadium), and modern parks like Yankee Stadium. Insert color coded pins and flags into your map: White for stadiums you've visited, a Blue flag for your most recent,Yellow for your next planned destination, Green for your favorite. The map key lists teams' home ballparks, and the map shows points of distinction such as the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Field of Dreams. Map is mahogany-framed with hanger and metal plaque that can be personalized. A great addition to the Game Room!                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Lionel Polar Express Train Set - O Gauge
Lionel Trains Polar Express Train Set - O Gauge Recreating the excitement of the animated film "The Polar Express", this train is hauled by a die-cast metal, O-Gauge version of a Pere Marquette Berkshire 1225 steam locomotive, complete with working smokestack (smoke fluid included) and headlight.  Behind it is the coal tender (which houses the train's air whistle) and 2 passenger coaches; then comes a third passenger coach with rounded observation platform. All the coaches have interior lighting with silhouettes in the windows of the riders on their way to meet Santa.

The paint scheme in vintage red and blue, with "Polar Express" in gold,  recreates the theme of the movie. Painted articulated figures from the movie include the Conductor, a Boy, and the 2 train engineers Smoky and Steamer. The 12-piece track forms a 60 inch long by 40 inch wide oval, and includes a transformer that provides forward and backward movement.  This transformer that powers the train is heavy and solid, with a big throttle that's easy  to operate. The Announcement Car, Hot Chocolate Car and Disappearing Hobo Car can be purchased separately. This train is so realistic, it will give hours of exciting fun to families with children ages 8 and up, or even to younger children under close parental supervision (since there are small parts).
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Deluxe Molokini Package - Transparent 2-Person Recreational Kayak + 1 Outrigger System + 2 Seats + 2 Paddles + 2 LeashesGoing kayaking with this Deluxe Molokini Package is a fantastic experience, since it includes everything to start discovering the underwater world. The Molokini is an all-transparent two-passenger kayak made out of the same durable polycarbonate material used in the production of bulletproof glass and fighter jet canopies. It comes equipped with a removable lightweight anodized aluminum internal frame system. The Molokini's adjustable seats allow paddlers to personalize their leg room. The Outrigger system attached to the Molokini adds additional stability in choppy conditions. This canoe/kayak hybrid comes with one back seat, one front seat, two fixed estuary paddles, a 3 quart water bailer, two lanai stretchable paddle leashes, and two flotation devices. The craft is made in the U.S.This is a family gift unlike any other!

Venture Heat Heated Extreme Gloves - Women's Large
                         Are you extremely tired of having your outdoor adventures and sports ruined by the pain of freezing cold hands? Now you'll be able to truly enjoy your outings! Venture forth with these waterproof Heated Extreme Gloves featuring a heating element in each finger, with 3M® Thinsulate® insulation doubly ensuring cozy warmth. The heating time for these gloves is 2-6 Hours. They have a dual Lithium-ion Battery Pack with 300+ charges, a 1 Year Limited Warranty, and come with Dual Home Charger included for quick powering up. Keep your hands toasty in the +Venture® womens' heated gloves. How do I like my own pair of these gloves? Extremely!

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Men's Fleece Heated Jackets
With this heated jacket, one layer is enough to keep you warm. Selecting the right jacket can be difficult, but with Brookstone's heated jacket, your choice is simplified. Made of lightweight, windproof fleece with three battery-powered heat zones, this jacket adjusts to warm with the touch of a button for up to 5 hours per charge. It's perfect for hiking, biking, golfing and outdoor events, or even just for when you're keeping the thermostat low. Heated jackets use space-age technology to beat the cold. Using materials developed for the aerospace industry, Brookstone's heated clothing uses lightweight carbon fiber bundles to provide heat in key body areas. The three-level controller enables you to instantly adjust the heat, and unlike other heated clothing that can be bulky or stiff, Brookstone's is lightweight and stylish. Now instead of peeling layers on and off, you can adjust to warmer or cooler temperatures with the simple press of a button.   

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 [Note: It is recommended to check with your physician before using any back-pain-relieving device.]

Teeter Hang Ups EP-950 Inversion Therapy TableWant to improve your posture, reduce back pain, or simply minimize your daily stress load? The Teeter Hang Ups EP-950 inversion therapy table does it all . Inversion therapy works by placing your body in line with the downward force of gravity. Inversion elongates the spine and increases the space between the vertebrae, thereby relieving the pressure on discs, ligaments, and nerve roots. Less pressure means less back pain, as well as fewer headaches and neck problems. Inversion is ideal for people with persistent spine and muscle aches, as well as athletes who frequently push their backs out of alignment through repetitive muscle motions, such as runners, weightlifters, skiers, cyclists, and golfers. Studies suggest that inverting yourself a mere 25 degrees for even a few minutes per day can have tremendous positive effects.

Never before has an inversion table worked with your body the way an EP series inversion table does. The EP-950--Teeter's top-of-the-line EP inversion table uses Teeter's patented Flex Technology design to move as you move. By working with your body instead of against it, the table accommodates a greater range of motion than other tables, promoting realignment of the spine and relaxing your muscles. The EP-950, one of the most precisely balanced tables on the market, then adds an optimal surface for decompression, with a smooth, light-friction texture that allows the body to slide and achieve a premium stretch.

 For more important EP-950 upgrade features and specifications, click here. The table  comes with an Advanced Secrets to a Better Back instructional DVD that includes five 10-to-15-minute exercise and stretching classes hosted by Dr. Shawn. The only inversion table on the market that can be modified with accessories, the EP-950 folds in just a few seconds to 28 by 66 by 16 inches for easy storage, and is protected by a 5 year warranty.

Back2Life Continuous Motion MassagerLay back, relax, and let Back2Life Continuous Motion Massager gently stretch away your back pain! Back2Life uses a revolutionary technique, Continuous Passive Motion, to naturally ease lower back pain. The slow, rhythmic back pain exercises loosen tight muscles and release the pressure between the vertebrae to relieve the pain. For optimum relief of back pain, the manufacturer recommends two sessions a day: A 12-minute session in the morning, and a 12-minute session in the evening. For severe lower back pain, Back2Life may be used more frequently throughout the day.
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48" Kitty Cat Jungle Gym Cat Tree

48" Kitty Cat Jungle Gym Cat TreeAre you a one- or two-cat family? Either way, you may have bought "cat scratcher furniture" before, only to be disappointed in the quality. Under a frontal attack by one or two cats racing at high speed up the pole, the tower rocked so much that your cat(s) never trusted it again for active play, while over time, as the glue holding the rope to the poles of the cheap models dried out, kitty's forceful clawing frayed and pulled down the coils! Kitty has long since returned to stealth attacks on your furniture, and you are trying to figure how to transport the unsightly cat tower catastrophe to the dump.

Not so with this beautifully crafted, heavy-duty cat tree! With a broad, stable base and quality construction, this cat jungle gym will withstand the flying leaps and frequent clawing of even multiple cats: It won't rock or tip, and will last for years. Covered in durable, "unclawable" designer carpet, this sturdy "tree" features five lounging platforms built to withstand your cats' or kittens' wildest leaps, yet the perches offer softly enticing solitude for long afternoon naps. Firmly attached, non-fraying sisal rope provides impervious scratching areas for your cat or kitten's clawing pleasure, and peace of mind for you. Overall dimensions are 48'' H x 25'' x 25'' D.

Dry BonesThe eternal rainy day dog-walking dilemma: Do you hold the umbrella over the dog, and get soaked, or over yourself, then get out the bath towels to dry the dog? This clear umbrella with built-in leash hook allows you to both guide and protect your dog with one hand, so your other is free to hold your own umbrella or adjust your rain hood. Such a great gift for dog-lover AND for the dog!

PetSTEP Folding Pet Ramp Gray
When our Saint Bernard became a Senior, it looked as if our good-time outings were over: He was too heavy to easily lift into and out of the van! Then we bought him a PetSTEP, which is perfect for dogs that are seniors, injured or otherwise unable to jump up or down. It allowed him to climb into and step down from our van (or from any SUV, Truck or Trailer) with ease. (See it in use in the PetSTEP video, in the column to your left.) He felt confident walking on the non-slip ridged rubber surface, which gave traction but was soft on his paws, in both wet or dry conditions. The PetSTEP opens and closes in seconds, with no hardware required. Made of advanced composite plastic construction holds up to 500lbs - even a Saint! Our big Saint was SO happy to be able to go with us on family outings again!
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Polaroid CZA-05300B PoGo Instant Digital CameraRemember when you could hold the actual photo right after you clicked the picture with your Polaroid? Now it's back, but digital, so you can now adjust your picture first, then snap and let the camera print it out instantly, to hold your PERFECT actual photo in your hand once again.  The Polaroid CZA-05300 PoGo Instant Digital Camera is the first digital camera and printer combination that is small enough to take on-the-go. The digital version of Polaroid's iconic instant camera, the Polaroid PoGo Instant Digital Camera is a full-feature digital camera with an integrated printer. (View the video in column to your left.)

It's a 5.0 megapixel digital camera, with 3.0-inch bright color LCD for viewing images, 4x digital zoom, it's SD compatible for expanded memory, and has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.  It's Instant Magic: It prints without ink using ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology from ZINK Imaging, so it's smudge-proof, water-resistant, tear-resistant, with  no ink cartridges or ribbons to throw away! 2 x 3-inch borderless color images in under a minute, no computer connections needed: Just Print and Share!

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The Crown Edition by Heys Crown XX 17" Business Case (Carbon Fiber Pattern) "Impervious" is a word you want to see in the description of travel cases! Made of the same material used in bulletproof glass, the shell of this ""business to overnight" convertible case is built of virtually indestructible, 100 German polycarbonate with a reflective high gloss finish, making it both durable and flexible. It has a modern aluminum telescopic handle system, with push-button locking system for easy, single-hand use, and cushioned tpr grip for comfort. The air glide signature, its touch sensitive wheel system, makes it seem as if your luggage is gliding effortlessly. This Crown business case includes a removable accordion interior that quickly converts your business case into an over-nighter, with a checkpoint friendly, removable laptop sleeve and accessories bag included. Your discerning traveler will greatly appreciate these premium features of this quality gift, which allow him or her to travel with confidence.

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 "First Snowfall" Christmas Gift Basket

Christmas Gifts For MenThis is the perfect holiday gift basket for business associates! It captures the thrill and excitement of the season's first snowfall. A beautifully decorated snowflake box is packed full of delicious pleasures for everyone's delight! Perfect for family, or friends as well as business associates - the best of everything wintry to send your best holiday wishes. Contains winter treats such as scrumptious snowman cookies, yummy frosted Frosty's bites, delectable holiday candies, rich hot chocolate and more. Lucky recipients will be delighted by this wonderful and generous holiday gift basket, by World Famous Gift Baskets! Approx. number of basket contents: 22-25. Gift basket is about 14 inches L x 10 inches W x 25 inches H.

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Deni 10800 Vertical Rotisserie OvenThis rotisserie with radiant heat cooks food 20% faster than a conventional oven, ensuring moistness. With 4 heating elements, it can cook a 3 pound whole turkey in only 30 minutes. The radiant heat adjusts from 250 to 425 degrees F to cook roasts, whole chickens or turkey breasts  crisp and golden-brown on the outside, moist and tender inside. With  six skewers for cooking kabobs and a meat hook for removing food from the unit, this rotisserie accommodates up to 8 pound roasts. With all these features plus a digital control panel, glass panel for viewing cooking progress, non-stick interior and drip pan for easy cleaning, this Deni makes one great gift for the busy cook.

Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 14-1/4-Inch Wok with Glass Lid, FlameUsing the original Chinese design of a curved cooking interior, this 4-3/4-quart-capacity wok is ideal for achieving the health benefits of stir-frying, but is also practical for deep-frying foods due to its wide top and narrow bottom, which allows for frying with less oil than with a straight-sided pan. The pan can also be used for steaming and braising, due to its see-through glass lid. Efficient on all heat sources, including gas, electric, induction, and ceramic top, the wok's cast-iron construction distributes heat evenly and retains heat longer. Its porcelain-enamel interior resists sticking and requires no seasoning, and the enamel exterior is easy to clean. The wok's heat-resistant phenolic knob and handles that flare out from the sides are oven safe to 400 degrees F, and the pan is dishwasher safe for quick cleanup. The cast iron wok measures 14-1/4 by 6 inches and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. 

Toastess TTO652 Toaster/Convection Oven, Stainless SteelThe carousel in this countertop convection oven is a wonderful feature, since it rotates food continuously for fast, even cooking. This oven accommodates a 12 inch pizza or 3 pound roast , using two internal fans to circulate heat evenly, reducing cooking time by up to 30% over conventional countertop ovens. This oven bakes with or without convection, or broils or heats from 250 to 450 degrees F to gently toast bread or sear steaks with restaurant-worthy crust. Two removable racks hold a 12 x 12 inch baking pan and adjust to 3 different heights. The carousel can be turned off and removed from the oven. This Toastess oven comes with baking pan and removable drip tray, and the oven has a non-stick interior, stainless steel exterior. 

My choice? If I had to choose between this Toastess and the Breville convection ovens, I'd choose the "smart" Breville that I've included above under Hostess Gifts,  since I'm happy to attest to the Breville's ability to cook evenly, as well as its ability to remember my settings and "babysit" my food while I'm doing other food preparation. But if cost of the gift is an issue, then this Toastess carousel convection oven is a great choice, since with its rotisserie it far exceeds the ability of other, lower priced convection ovens to cook evenly throughout.
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Parrot MKi9200 Advanced Color Display Bluetooth Hands-Free Music KitThe Parrot MKi9200 Advanced Color Display Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit system is a unique Bluetooth hands-free car kit which install in every car.  Combining the latest communication technologies with a full set of services dedicated to music, this is a complete system dedicated to conversation and music in car.
Parrot MKi9100 kit comes with everything you need to be connected and entertained.
The Parrot MKi9200 Bluetooth hands-free system has a 2.4-inch high-resolution TFT color screen. A wireless remote control can be positioned on the steering wheel or dashboard, allowing the driver to control all the functions.
In addition to conventional telephony functions - pick up, hang up, dual calls - the Parrot MKi9200 boasts cutting-edge telephony functions: Automatic phonebook synchronization, training-free multi-speaker voice recognition, speech synthesis of the names in the phonebook, contact management (up to 2 000 per phone), and call records. Its color screen displays the phonebook, caller ID and photo, phone information and user settings. The menus and phonebook are also audible for easier, more intuitive use.
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The Parrot MKi9200 is also musically gifted. Supplied with a specific cable, it is compatible with all music sources, such as iPods, iPhones, USB flash drives, Bluetooth stereo (A2DP) phones, MP3 players and any other analogue players. The Parrot MKi9200 also features an SDHC-compatible SD card reader on the side of the screen. 
Driver controlled, this hi-tech gift gives family or friends everything they need in the car to be connected and entertained.

DELUO LLC Bluetooth Keychain GPS W/ Live Search Local Search Maps And Directions 

New DELUO LLC Bluetooth Keychain GPS W/ Live Search Local Search Maps And Directions W/Live Search By simply attaching this small device to your key ring for convenience, you too can have GPS functionality on your phone; bringing out the power of your Smartphone or even your laptop with the Deluo keychain Bluetooth GPS.  Just grab your keys, your phone and go wherever, whenever you want. This sleek, compact wireless wonder adds GPS functionality, transforming your phone into a complete navigation solution with no monthly service or activation fees. 

With the latest in GPS and Bluetooth technology, you can travel effortlessly with the most up-to-date maps and driving directions using the free Live Search for Windows Mobile, a rich application that allows you to find and discover places and easily get to your destination, all from the convenience of your mobile phone. For use with Laptops, PDAs and Smartphones, this device provides turn-by-turn directions, plus millions of POIs and real time local search. 

[Tech-Speak for those who wish it: The built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery gives at least 10 hours of operation. Compatible with Bluetooth SPP. Supports NMEA0183 v2.2 data protocol or SiRF binary code, so you can use it with your favorite navigation software. This GPS provides superior navigation performance in urban, canyon and heavy foliage environments, and has built-in SiRFstarIII chipset with 20 channel WAAS / EGNOS-receiver for fast acquisition and reacquisition.]
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 This last is a very special gift to give to any person who has fought and struggled all their life to achieve or maintain a healthy weight.  More intelligent than anything I have ever read or seen advertised anywhere, this simple diet solution requires no calorie counting, no pills; it simply offers a slight change in thinking. Followed calmly, this supportive system will continue to reverse weight-related poor health, free the body to become attractively slim, meanwhile freeing the mind to live peacefully with the body at last.

 Wishing You 
      Joy and Peace,
           Now and             
             the New Year ~