gift guide 2009

  • Sunday Giveaway: Monster Miles Davis Headphone Pack

    Boobledee ooh ooh woo woo ha lala! We’re coming at you with a fancy Monster Miles Davis Headphone pack. The kit includes Monster Miles Davis Tribute Jazz In-Ear Headphones, three albums, and a sassy print. Take the A train past the jump to figure out how to win. Read More

  • Review: Buckshot Controller for Wii

    Short Version: Looking for a solidly-built gun accessory for the Wii? This is it right here. Looking for a gun controller accessory that grants you easy access to the D-pad, 1, 2, +, –, and Home buttons on the Wii remote? Keep on moving. Read More

  • The Final Commenting Day: The last step to winning a SMART Board

    Finally. We’re done. All you have to do is comment on this post and, presumably, all the other posts in this series, and then you’ll be eligible to win a SMART Board for your home, office, or school. Sorry for making you guys jump through so many hoops but I thought this would be a good idea to make it a little harder to win a nice, classy prize like this. Read More

  • Review: Shutter Buddy

    So we got a Shutter Buddy a few days ago and we gave it a try. What’s a Shutter Buddy, you ask? Well, it’s kind of a satellite dish looking thing that you attach to a point and shoot. It fits over a DSLR, but not quite as well as you’d expect. You waggle the camera in front of a baby and the baby becomes happy and smiles. There’s some scientific reasons in there about… Read More

  • Disappointing Gifts, 1986 Edition: The Etch A Sketch Animator

    Gather ‘round, kids. Gather ‘round. I’m going to tell you the story of a disappointing Christmas gift from back before many of you were born. With every blog on the internet doing year-end and best-of lists, I thought I might try to shake things up a bit by telling you about an overhyped and underwhelming technology product from a long, long time ago. Read More

  • Reviews: Crazy Japanese Kit Kats

    For some reason JList sent me a box of Kit Kats. These aren’t just any Kit Kats. They’re Japanese Kit Kats. If the Japanese are good at anything, it’s making the familiar inexplicably strange. So I decided to open up all of these Kit Kats and try them for you. I came away somewhat disappointed – the flavor gamut ran from “tea-ish” to “just another… Read More

  • Stocking Stuffer: PowerGenix NiZn rechargeable batteries

    There’s a fine line between giving regular batteries as a gift and giving rechargeable batteries as a gift. Giving someone regular batteries is a dumb gift. Might as well give them a sheet cake. Either way, the gift is a consumable and doesn’t last long. Rechargeable batteries, on the other hand, last quite a bit longer. Read More

  • Stocking Stuffer: Kensington Travel Battery Pack and Charger

    The general idea behind most of Kensington’s products seems to be to perform one main task and then follow up with one or two secondary and thoughtful convergence features. In the case of the Travel Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPod touch, you get a high-capacity backup battery that doubles as a horizontal stand for watching movies. Read More

  • Review and giveaway: Thirsty Light Snowflake

    Short Version: Much like the original Thirsty Light, the Thirsty Light Snowflake is a single purpose gadget designed to tell you when your Christmas tree is thirsty. Drop the dongle into your tree’s water, and hang the ornament somewhere on the tree. It blends in nicely with your other ornaments, and blinks when there’s no more water. It runs on two AA batteries, and has an… Read More

  • Heated portable chair costs $120, makes being outside slightly less miserable

    If you’ve ever spent an extended period of time outside during the late fall or winter watching some sort of parade, sporting event, or interpretive dance, you’ll have no doubt A) had plenty of time to re-examine your life and B) wished you’d brought a chair. Now add C) to that list: wished the chair you didn’t bring was heated. Read More

  • USB to SATA 2.5-inch hard drive cable

    There’s usually a lot of unnecessary foreplay that goes along with accessing an old hard drive just to pull a few files off of it. You have to find your external drive enclosure, you might have to make sure you have a screwdriver to open it up, and… well that’s pretty much it but that can take the better part of a morning if you’re not organized. Read More

  • Thursday Giveaway: Pulse Smartpen

    Man, am I sleepy! I almost didn’t post a giveaway for you all today! Maybe I won’t post the giveaway and maybe I’ll just go take a nap… what do you guys think? Nap? Or Pulse Smartpen. You’ll recall that the Pulse Smartpen is one of the coolest toys we’ve played with this year and we’re giving a kit away to one lucky commenter. How do we keep our prices… Read More

  • Reminder: One more commenting day left to win the SMART Board!

    This is your fourth official notification of requirement to comment to enter to win a SMART Board you must comment on the first three posts and this one to win. Read More

  • Giftable: Star Wars Republic Squadron motion flight game

    If you have a kid that likes Star Wars – especially the Clone Wars cartoons – then here’s one of the only gifts you’ll need to buy. Of course, that’s totally false because if you have kids you need to buy thousands of gifts around the holidays, right? Well with this one you’ll have a sure-fire hit on your hands. Read More

  • Review: Chinon AVi iPod dock with built-in digital TV tuner

    Short Version: There’s a whole lot of convergence going on with the $200 Chinon AVi. You’ve got an iPod dock, 7-inch digital TV that doubles as an iPod video screen, music player, FM radio, and alarm clock all contained within something the size of a toaster. As with all heavily converged devices there’s the risk of being a jack-of-all trades, but master of none. Does… Read More

  • Reminder: Comment again to enter to win the SMART Board

    This is your third official notification of requirement to comment to enter to win a SMART Board you must comment on the first two posts and this one to win. Read More

  • Review: Digital Foci Photo Book

    Short version: The concept of the “digital photo frame” finally goes mobile with the Digital Foci Photo Book. Its sleek 8″ screen offers 800×600 resolution, supports a variety of memory card formats, and can even display digital photos in RAW format. The built-in speaker allows you to augment photo playback with MP3s, as well as display video, to craft the perfect… Read More

  • New 11.6-inch Acer Ferrari One notebook gets dual-core AMD

    Acer has updated its line of Ferrari-inspired notebooks with the newest Ferrari One model. This time around we’re greeted with an 11.6-inch screen, dual-core AMD Athlon CPU, 4GB of RAM, and ATI HD 3200 graphics stuffed into a body that weighs less than 3.5 pounds. Read More

  • Giveaway: Gunnar Optiks MLG Legend Glasses

    Whether you’re sitting in front of your computer at work on a daily basis, or getting dominated by those damn Call of Duty campers for hours on end, chances are your eyes are taking quite the hit. Help your poor eyes out by reducing the strain they incur with Gunnar’s MLG Legend Glasses. Read More

  • Reminder: You can't win a SMART Board if you don't comment

    This is your second official notification of requirement to comment to enter to win a SMART Board you must comment on the first post and this one to win. If you do not, the world will asplode. Seriously! What is this thing? Glad you asked. Read More