gift guide 2010

  • Review: Nikon Coolpix P7000

    Review: Nikon Coolpix P7000


    Short Version: It’s no secret that I love photography. I’m also very attached to my DSLR. I rarely leave the house without it and consider it to be an important part of my life. That being said, I’ve found something that makes me leave my DSLR at home. I’ve finally found a camera that’s small enough to slip into a pocket but still has the features and qualities… Read More

  • 10 Tasteful Gifts For The Aspiring Chef

    10 Tasteful Gifts For The Aspiring Chef


    While there are some of us for whom even boiling water correctly is a challenge, there are also future Top Chefs just waiting to be given the chance. You probably have one among your family or friends. And while great cooks don’t necessarily need great tools (it’s-a all in the spirit, eh?), it can’t hurt to have a few high-quality items around the kitchen. A beautiful new… Read More

  • Staying Safe Online This Holiday Season

    Staying Safe Online This Holiday Season

    Given the recent rash of hacks, let’s talk a little about staying safe this holiday. You probably don’t need this guide, so pass it on to someone who does like your brother-in-law, dad, or parole officer. Online safety and security is no laughing matter and this holiday thousands of us will wake up to empty bank accounts and zeroed PayPal balances if we’re not careful. Read More

  • Gift Guide: The Ultimate Multi-tool Round Up

    Gift Guide: The Ultimate Multi-tool Round Up

    Whether you just need a knife and screwdriver or a whole suite of doodads, there’s a multi-tool out there for you. But there are a lot to choose from, so we contacted some of the top manufacturers and had them send us their best gear. Gerber, Buck, SOG, Leatherman, and CRKT all sent us their top-of-the-line tools so we could give them a fair and honest comparison. Read More

  • 12 Days Of Christmas: Kobo E-Reader And E-Books

    12 Days Of Christmas: Kobo E-Reader And E-Books

    We’re kicking off our 12 days of giveaways with an e-reader from Kobo. You might have seen our first review, or our more recent one; it’s a bare-bones, straightforward little e-reading device that is now graced with onboard w-ifi and a store for magazines and newspapers. And we’ve got one with your name on it for our first daily giveaway. All you need to do is leave a… Read More

  • 12 Days Of Christmas: Digital Storm Black OPS Assassin PC Gaming Rig

    12 Days Of Christmas: Digital Storm Black OPS Assassin PC Gaming Rig

    Santa and his little elves at Digital Storm are busy assembling a spectacular gaming monster for one lucky CrunchGear reader’s Christmas morning. We hear it’s going to include an Intel Core i7 950, a bunch of RAM, and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 graphics card — a computer that would normally cost over $2,200. It’s going to be epic and it could all yours for just the price of… Read More

  • The 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza

    The 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza


    Happy holidays, dear readers! ‘Tis the season to gather round family and friends in the spirit of giving; that’s just what we’re doing here. Over the next 12 days we’re going to give away 12 fantastic gifts just because that’s the least we can do for our loyal readers. There’s no gimmick, no silly requirement, nothing special that you need to do to win any… Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: Five Google Chrome Cr-48 Notebooks

    TechCrunch Giveaway: Five Google Chrome Cr-48 Notebooks

    For the last week there’s been a frenzy of news around Chrome OS and Google’s Cr-48 — a new, unbranded notebook computer that Google is distributing to early adopters so that it can test Chrome OS before its big public launch. Google has given some of these laptops to the press (you can see my first impressions right here), and it’s letting developers and other… Read More

  • Review: Neato XV-11 Robotic Vacuum

    Short Version: Didn’t want to review the XV-11 as it’s about a year or so old by now and I found this absolutely horrible infomercial for it on their site. That’s two strikes right off the bat. But I’m here to tell you that the Neato is a pretty cool little robotic vacuum that may out-Roomba the Roomba in some respects. Read More

  • Our Favorite Things: Super Mario All-Stars Special 25th Anniversary Edition

    Our Favorite Things: Super Mario All-Stars Special 25th Anniversary Edition


    Super Mario Brothers 25th Anniversary All-Stars
    MSRP: $29.99
    Product Page
    Good For: People who remember when men were men, women were women, and plumbers wore little hats and smashed turtles.
    Not for: WoW players It’s hard out there for a plumber and for 25 years Mario and his brother have been smashing turtles and taking names. While I’m not a huge fan of the modern games… Read More

  • My Week With The iPod Nano Watch

    My Week With The iPod Nano Watch

    When the first iPod Nano watch straps appeared on the scene in September, I was non-plussed. I’ve seen plenty of wrist-mounted MP3 players, phones, and other junk to understand that anything you wear on your wrist and still have to connect a pair of headphones to is bad news. In general, you look goofy and feel goofier. But there was something about the Nano watch. Maybe it was because… Read More

  • Now Go Home And Get Your Cole Haan Shinebox

    Now Go Home And Get Your Cole Haan Shinebox

    Looking for a good way to put down the high roller in your life? Get him a shinebox, so whenever he gets out of line, you can pull a Billy Batts, though hopefully without all the stabbing. Seriously though, this is a nice-looking accessory for anyone who cares about their leather. Read More

  • Now Go Home And Get Your Cole Haan Shinebox

    Now Go Home And Get Your Cole Haan Shinebox

    Looking for a good way to put down the high roller in your life? Get him a shinebox, so whenever he gets out of line, you can pull a Billy Batts, though hopefully without all the stabbing. Seriously though, this is a nice-looking accessory for anyone who cares about their leather. Read More

  • Contest: J-List Wants You To Have A Happy J-Christmas

    Contest: J-List Wants You To Have A Happy J-Christmas


    Our buddy Peter at J-List doesn’t have a lot of Yule Logs or mistletoe in Tokyo but he does have some Japanese goodies for you and yours. He’s offering one of the following prizes to one lucky commenter which, in theory, could reduce your overall shopping list by a few percent. Below you’ll five five items. Check them out and report back to me. First up:
    Itazura Cat Coin Bank
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  • Live Long And Prosper With This R2-D2 Mug

    Live Long And Prosper With This R2-D2 Mug


    This little robot will take you to his leader if you can use the magic of Yoda! Sure he costs 25 Galactic Credits but it will be worth it as you tell your girlfriend “Nanoo nanoo” as you whizz around her pretending to be a Tie-Fighter ready to drop a few photon torpedoes into her unprotected exhaust port. Read More

  • The Great Holiday iPad Case Round-Up

    The Great Holiday iPad Case Round-Up

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    iPads are shaping up to be a popular gift this year (despite the certainty of a sequel just around the corner), but what do you get the spouse or kid that already has one of these machines? I’m glad you asked! Because I just happen to have 10 very eligible iPad cases just waiting for your… Read More

  • Outfitting Your Family’s Traveler For Stellar Photography

    Outfitting Your Family’s Traveler For Stellar Photography


    If you’ve got a friend or family member who’s planning a trip, you’re going to want to make sure they’re prepared. Yeah, sure, with extra socks and stuff, but what I’m talking about is making sure they don’t come back from a three-month tour of rural China with a grand total of 15 pictures on their iPhone, because “it’s good enough.” No… Read More

  • The Kisai Satellite: More Crazy Tokyoflash Watches

    Another day, another crazy Tokyoflash watch. This model, called the Satellite, comes in black and white and separates the hours, minutes, and seconds into zones. It costs $94 and comes with a fancy rubber band. It recharges via USB. The lights spin every 15 minutes and are activated by a button on the side. The LEDs come in Blue or Green. Read More

  • Our Favorite Things: The Ultrapod II Travel Tripod

    Our Favorite Things: The Ultrapod II Travel Tripod

    There are a lot of toys out there for the traveling photographer (for whom a gift guide is forthcoming), but a simple, durable tripod is just plain essential. There are quite a few options in this area, and if you wanted to pay $90, you could get a nice Gorillapod with a ball head. But I prefer to keep it simple, and will be buying myself a new Ultrapod II for Christmas. Read More

  • Festivus Contest Day 4: Feats of Strength

    Festivus Contest Day 4: Feats of Strength


    You’ve stuck by us all this time and that $500 prize from Wishpond is one step closer! Judging from the lackluster response so far, clearly people don’t want free money which means there’s a very good chance of winning this thing if you enter. Today’s request is to comment below describing three of your favorite CrunchGear posts from the past year. Simply paste the… Read More