Outside the Box Holiday Gift Ideas

High style teapots like this WMF SmarTea Set --a beautifully, hand-blown, hand-crafted tea set with a stainless steel warmer. Perfect for tea party throwers or those who serve a spot after lunch or dinner parties. ($119.90) I love mine, they will too. Your tippling friends will really love the WMF BarStyle Set --
a sleek, chic stainless steel and glass collection with a stylish two-part Boston shaker with a well-structured scale, ice tongs, ice scoop, bar strainer, muddler, stirrer and bar measure. Great piece for entertaining or just mixing that cocktail hour Martini. ($149.00) For kids, there's
WMF Kids Pirate and Princess Cooking Sets will help mini cooks look the part of regal chefs. Sets include a child’s apron and fun-to-use flexi ball whisk. ($29.90 ea.)


adorable piggy banks




Wine's always a good choice

Computer Accessories– new and a must for every computer user on your list. Got mine a couple of days ago and loving it. It’s FreeAgent Go portable drive from Seagate--a moveable feast of all of your data –easily and conveniently transported where ever you go. I’ve been using several flash drives to store docs, photos and important stuff. But now 500 GB provides a one-stop storage for everything, and I can take it with me and plug it into any other PC or laptop. FreeAgent comes in four cool colors (I love the ruby red) and sells for about $179 but I’ve seen a few deals when searching on the web or at http://www.seagate.com/. They also make FreeAgents for MACs. It’s just one of the best presents you can give.
And more digital doos…One of the best perks of my annual Christmas gift guide is testing new products. And only putting those that pass muster on the site. Well, have I got a gift idea for just about anyone on your shopping list.
It’s the sparkling new Vivitar ViviCam T328 12.1 mega pixel HD Vivicam–a camcorder and digital camera in one. I wish it had one last month when I went to a family reunion armed with both a camcorder and camera, would have saved a lot of space in my carry on.
Anyhow I’ve been shooting with the Vivitar T328 and the videos and photos are clear and professional-looking. I like the large 2.4 ” viewing screen, the 8X digital zoom and the ease of use. A child can operate it. Best of all the suggested retail is just $120, a real bargain for what’s packed into one compact case. You do have to go out and buy an SD card though, I was disappointed to discover this, but used one from my other camera and it worked fine. http://www.vivatar.com/







Light up their life with the Guiding Light -- a novel new gadget by Sharpe Products, Inc., that fits over traditional-style mail boxes for night time visibility. Like all the products you see on Pattisprattles.wordpress.com, I personally tested this one and I love it. However because our mailbox is square shaped it doesn't fit on top. But we cleverly placed the light outside our front gate and it works perfect to brightly display our street address and provide added protection from intruders. The solar-powered light really glows in the dark. For a limited time the company is providing shipping and handling with each order. At $79.95, it's perfect for anyone on your list who owns a home or a street side mailbox. Go to http://www.guidingmailbox.com/





















Jewelry always works especially when it’s handcrafted with love from SimaG Jewelry (http://www.simag.etsy.com/). Extraordinary designer, Sima Gilday, will create any piece of jewelry for you or those on your list at remarkably reasonable rates. She made me a very special necklace and I asked her how she decided in the design, and a few other questions:
Q: How did you decide on this style for me?
A: I just wanted to personalized the disc for you. I love the look of hammered look.
Q: What materials (gold? faux gold?, stone: ziconia, diamond?)
A: I used gold filled hammered disc with gold filled chain and cz {cubic ziconia ,}
Q. How much is this?
A: I can not tell you it is a gift.lol. But if you really want to know …it is 39 dollars.
Q: Can you make a piece from someone’s design? If someone wanted a particular design for a friend will you do that and how much would that cost? A: I will be HAPPY to create a necklace for anyone of their loved ones.
Art & Jewelry has been my passion in my life, personalized jewelry FOR YOU always captured my heart.
That’s why i names m y little biz :
SPREADING YOUR LOVE ONE LETTER AT A TIME in Hebrew & English http://www.simag.etsy.com/









Give gifts of beauty with Zia Natural Skincare’s Holiday Sets–personal skin-type kits that help rejuvenate, freshen and make skin nourished and new, naturally!
Normal to Combo Kit: Dry Kit:
1.6 oz Fresh Cleansing Gel 1.6 oz Moisturizing Cleanser1.6 oz Bamboo Exfoliant 1.6 oz Bamboo Exfoliant 1.6 oz Sea Tonic Rosewater & Aloe Toner 1.6 oz Sea Tonic Rosewater & Aloe Toner.12 oz Ultimate Moisture .25 oz Nourishing Crème.25 oz Fresh Papaya Enzyme Mask .25 oz Citrus Night Time Reversal
Oily Kit: 1.6 oz Aloe & Citrus Wash
1.6 oz Bamboo Exfoliant
1.6 oz Sea Tonic Aloe Toner
.25 oz Herbal Moisture Gel
.25 oz Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask
Zia To-Go Facial Gift Set ………………..……………………………….….…….$19.95
Check out http://www.zianatural.com/
Just test drove Jockey’s 2009 collection–each piece makes a great gift or buy a whole set for any male or female on your list. Choose from camis to sexy bikini bottoms for her and bottoms for him. Perfect fit every time, top quality materials and affordable prices for any gift giving budget.
Classic Tanks are available in several color. The form-flattering fit is perfect for layering or lounging.“Natural Warmth”–with the No Panty Line Promise Modal Long John and Scoop Neck Top is designed to for warmth. “A Sporty Steal”–Low Impact Seamless Bra offers support, shape and style makes for the perfect sports bra with seamless ribbing and support from fully-lined cups.Big Look, Mini Price” — Minis Y-Front® Low Rise Bikini pair retro styling with a retro price point, this fun fall piece provides a sporty look with Jockey’s signature Y-front® design. The cotton blend is soft and light against the skin and very comfy, cozy. Priced from $9.50 to $30. http://www.jockey.com/
Coming Soon cool Ascots, Ties, Socks and more…
Stocking Stuffers–Every year I arm you with ideas for stuffing those stockings hung by the chimney. So my first recommendation is something nearly everybody can use: Batteries–but not any battery, FujiMax Environ Digital Alkalais–I just loaded two into my digital camera, they’re supposed to work better and last longer and really make great gifts.
FAQs: no poisonous cadmium, lithium, or mercury. Packaged with recycled paper and fully recyclable PET plastic. Harmlessly disposed of through normal waste systems. No ingredients harmful to the environment as they degrade -are landfill safe -equal or exceed performance/longevity of major equivalent brands-offer outstanding performance at affordable cost. Fuji EnviroMAX batteries are made in some of the world’s more eco-respectful battery plants, operating under ISO 14001 environmental certification—some of the strictest standards of environmental responsibility. http://www.grennfuji.com/
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