2011 Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

’Tis the season for peace on earth and good will to men, women and children. What better way to spread holiday cheer than to get your friends, family and business associates some of the most innovative and cool gifts on the market this season.

 

Our picks of some of the best holiday gift-giving finds follow!

Warm Winter Nights

PoshPelts
$99 and up
We love our pets (and their distant cousins) so much we wanted to replicate their beauty and style for our own homes,” PoshPelts explains. Its faux fur throw blankets come in a wide variety of colors and textures, including white faux fur, black faux fur and elegantly patterned faux fur. Feeling exotic, opt for an Arctic fox, black bear, ocelot or lynx faux fur blanket. Visit  www.poshpelts.com for details on these divinely beautiful and comfy blankets.

Electronic Gadgets Galore

Beacon Universal Remote Control (for ios or Android)
$69.99
Turn your iPhone, iPod or iPad into a universal home entertainment center remote with the Beacon for iOS or Beacon for Android, by Griffin. An iOS device speaks the language of Bluetooth, and the Beacon Universal Remote Control translates its message into a language home-entertainment gadgets, like the television and stereo, can understand. With just a few taps of your multi-touch device using Dijit’s intuitive program guide you can change channels, volumes, input, set your DVR, and more! Visit store.griffintechnology.com for details on how to purchase the universal remote for iOS or Android platforms.

no!no! Hair—Pink 8800
$270
You won’t be saying “ouch” to hair removal anymore! The no!no! 8800 is a slim, sleek hair-removal gadget that provides extra control and flexibility, so hard to reach, round and sensitive areas are easier to treat. A status screen keeps you apprised of important reminders, like when to replace the Thermicon™ Tips, and how much charge is left in the battery. Because some places are just more sensitive than others, the no!no! 8800 series has adjustable treatment levels, so you’ll be sitting pretty while treating your face, knees, elbows and bikini line! Visit www.my-no-no.com for details.

 

Finis SwimSense Performance Monitor
$199.99
The Swimsense® (Powered by SportSense® Technologies) is a groundbreaking training tool that captures critical performance data while you’re swimming. The monitor straps onto your wrist like a watch and uses accelerometers, magnetometers and patent-pending proprietary algorithms to identify the swim. You can analyze your performance with pace times, distance (meters/yards/laps), stroke count, stroke rate, distance-per-stroke and calories burned across all four major strokes. Then, you can upload your performance data to the FINIS Swimsense Training Log for additional analysis and historical review. This is a must-have gift for the avid swimmer, providing a revolutionary degree of information—the key to tracking and improving swim performance! Visit   www.finisinc.com for details on the SwimSense Performance Monitor.

Samson Technologies Meteor USB Microphone
$149.99 (available at Best Buy and other retailers)
Create an out-of-this-world recording with this universal solution for recording music on your computer. Perfect for your home studio, Meteor Mic is also ideal for Skype, iChat or voice-recognition software. Samson Technologies’ Meteor Mic, which produces rich audio recordings, features one of the largest condenser diaphragms (25mm) of any USB mic available. Its cardioid pickup pattern, smooth frequency response and 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution result in professional audio results no matter what you’re recording. The chrome-plated body includes a fold-back leg design that looks super sleek on any desk. And, the legs adjust to the optimal position for any recording application from acoustic guitars to vocals or speech. A stereo 1/8-inch headphone output for zero-latency monitoring and a headphone volume knob give you complete control. The microphone mute switch gives you audio privacy while video conferencing. Plus, there’s no need for drivers, so you can start recording right out of the box on any computer. Meteor Mic is compatible with most computer-based digital audio workstations, and it comes with a USB cable and carry pouch. Visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.samsontech.com” www.samsontech.com for details.

 

Sceptre E320GV-FHD LED HDTV

$499
In the market for a new LED HDTV television? Look no further than the Sceptre E20GV-FHD. The TV’s sleek and modern look is complimented by its technological advancements, including a USB port that lets you play songs and videos, 6.5 ms response time (so your TV won’t flicker while you’re watching moving or playing games) and three HDMI ports that each support any high-definition digital video. Plus, it’s an energy-saving, RoHS-compliant television, so you’ll be going green while shelling out the green for this sleek and modern “tube.”
Child’s Play

Crayola ColorStudio
$29.99
With Crayola ColorStudio, kids of all ages can draw, color and discover on their iPads. Griffin has teamed up with iPad to deliver the iMarker™ digital stylus. A marker, crayon, pen and paintbrush in one, iMarker creates favorite Crayola colors within the ColorStudio HD app. iMarker is like one big Crayola marker, and it’s safe to use with the multi-touch display on your iPad. The ColorStudio HD app automatically differentiates between iMarker and the user’s finger taps and swipes, allowing intuitive, creative play without having to toggle between modes. Give your child—or your inner child—the gift of artistic enjoyment this holiday season. Proud parents can share their children’s artistic creations by printing (requires iOS 4.2 or later), emailing or posting them to Facebook. Visit store.griffintechnology.com for additional details.

HELO TC Touch-Controlled Helicopter
$49.99
Conquer airspace at the office or in your home with the HELO TC, a touch-controlled RC helicopter that you can operate from your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Once you download the free HELO TC app onto your iOS device and load the device into HELO TC’s Flight Deck, you’re ready for takeoff. Using a virtual joystick on your multi-touch display or by tilting your iOS device you can maneuver the chopper forward, backward and side-to-side. Use the HELO TC app to record and store up to three flight plans so you and your co-pilot and repeat desired flights, navigating around furniture and other obstacles. Visit store.griffintechnology.com for details on the HELO TC.

ROLLORS®
$34.99 (available at Target and other retailers)

Move over horseshoe and bocce—there’s a new game rolling into town! Enjoy hours of outdoor fun with durable and weather resistant ROLLORS®, which can be played wherever a flat ground surface can be found. It’s a game of skill requiring a modest level of physical activity. The components of the lawn game, the rolling disks, (hence the name ROLLORS®) are basic in design and construction, keeping the cost down. The difficulty of play of the lawn game using ROLLORS® can be quickly varied depending on the age and skill level of the players, the degree of challenge desired or other factors as decided by the players. When broken down, ROLLORS® is compact in dimension so that it can be toted and stored with ease. Here’s how it works: Each player uses one color set of rollers in the first round of play, blue goes first. Standing behind the red goal the blue player rolls one rollor at a time to the other goal. The rollor should be rolled on the edge, with a wind-up and release as in bowling. The rollor must touch the ground within four feet of the release. Once the blue player has played the red player takes a turn. Og, and throwing the rollor like a Frisbee is off limits! Why not take this inventive lawn game out for a spin—or make that a roll! Visit  www.rollors.net for details.

Just in Case

AViiQ™ Smart Case for iPad™ 2

$34.99-39.99
Protect your iPad™ 2 with this rugged plastic case encased in a solid aluminum plate anodized to match the colors of the Apple® Smart Cover™. The AViiQ Smart Case for iPad 2 now comes with an all new white trim and black trim version featuring many of the same original Smart Case anodized aluminum plates colors. If you want a sharp executive look try one of AViiQ’s new black trim cases, or experiment with a fun pastel with white trim. Unlike other painted iPad 2 cases, the AViiQ Smart Case is designed to last by minimizing stretches and fading—the hard plastic trim of this iPad 2 case has a smooth finish and protects your iPad 2 from shock and impact. Visit  www.aviiq.com for details.

Qmadix Portfolio with Removable Bluetooth Keyboard
$149.99
This portfolio with removable Bluetooth keyboard will be your multi-touch tablet’s best friend. The integrated stand and removable Bluetooth keyboard gives the user the freedom to be comfortable while watching videos, typing messages or surfing the Web, and the form-fitted portfolio offers stylish protection and an increased functionality we haven’t always seen in other carry solutions. Visit  www.qmadix.com for details.

Verbatim Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard

$104
If you travel a lot and you need a quick and easy way to draft emails or other documents on your Bluetooth-enabled tablet, the Verbatim Mobile Bluetooth Keyboard is for you! Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPad 2 and other Bluetooth-enabled tablets, this keyboard features an ultra-compact design that folds for maximum portability and easy storage in the included carrying case. Enhanced Bluetooth capability allows you to pair up to six devices at a time. The Mobile Bluetooth Keyboard also has a built-in media console that allows you to play, pause and control your iTunes with the touch of a button, along with volume controls of up, down and mute. Easy-to-use function keys include cut, copy and paste, as well as brightness, power off and device-locking keys. And, with a retractable iPhone stand built into the keyboard, you’ll have even greater freedom and mobility. Visit www.verbatimstore.com to learn more about this product.

Time Will Tell

 

Cadence 4-bit binary watch
$90

A watch makes a perfect holiday gift. Rather than purchasing a traditional one adorned with Arabic or Latin numbers , why not opt for Cadence’s 4-bit binary watch this year! It’s classy enough to wear on any occasion with just enough “geekiness” for your beloved techie. Visit cadencewatch.com for details the watch with a display that beats to a different drum!

 

 

The Eyes Have It 

 

How about indulging on any one of these fabulous sets of sunglasses this holiday season!

 

 

Who will be more stylish than you on the slopes in these ski googles by Gucci (GG1653; retails around $150)?!

 

Try these 90th anniversary unisex, square-framed beauties by Gucci on for size (GG3513s; retails around $895).

 

 

These acetate teardrop sunglasses play up the refined plaid effect evident in many of Tommy Hilfiger’s looks (TH1086s; retails around $90).

 

What more can we say, these beauties by Marc Jacobs are simply divine (MJ385s; retails around $249).

 

These acetate sunglasses feature a vertical eye-catching grained metal detail on the front reminiscent of details taken from Alexander McQueen’s many accessories (AMQ4191s; retails around $395).

Get in on Emporio Armani’s 30th anniversary celebration by sporting these oversized round shades imprinted with the “30 ° EMPORIO ARMANI” logo. You’ll look breathtakingly gorgeous sporting these beauties under the winter sun (EA9837s; retails for $170).

 

 

Balenciaga’s newest addition to its eyewear collection pays homage to the fashion house’s roots while pushing the envelope with unique architectural design that includes sculpted rims and dramatic contours (BAL0125s; retails around $350).