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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Unique Gifts - Under $20.00

It's almost the big day. If you're like me, you begin your Christmas shopping anytime now. This blog entry has set a $20.00 spending limit for a Christmas gift, many of which are very unique and all of which should be available on the Internet. I have specified title, price, and website. I cannot guarantee the absolute quality and durability of the items; however, I have searched for gifts that seem both reasonably worth the price and that offer something for a wide variety of people. You are on your own to shop and figure the costs and time of shipping.

The Presents

1. Hope In a Bottle  $19.00  gift.water.org

Actor Matt Damon, co-founded of water.org, and social entrepreneur Gary White have helped provide clean drinking water and sanitation around the world. Help him in his efforts by giving this environmentally-friendly, BPA-free plastic bottle to everyone on your list this year — 100 percent of the profits will go to water.org. 

2. Rosa's Fudge $12.80  www.rosasfudge.com

 Create your own 24-piece assortment from our 16 gourmet flavors.

Our fudge is crafted with premium butter, real vanilla, California walnuts, and heavy cream. Rosa's individually wraps each piece of fudge to seal in the most freshness possible. Their fudge is shipped daily and is guaranteed fresh, guaranteed delicious.

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Individually wrapped 1.25 oz squares
16 flavors
Mix and Match or preselected assortments

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3. Personalized Zippo Candle Lighter  $14.95 zippocasemuseum.com

Candle lovers will get fired up when they see this new pocket-sized lighter. 

4. Drinxx Playing Cards  $3.50 ashevilleart.org


The most brilliant use of synthetic coating since the plastic bedsheet: waterproof drinking game playing cards. Not only can this deck withstand a spill or two, each card has a different cocktail recipe on the back, letting you expand your horizons while you're waiting for someone to fold on the river.



5. Air Fork One  $9.99 perpetualkid.com

Quit pretending your kid's fork is an airplane just to get him to eat -- with Air Fork One, your child is too fascinated by his silverware to even ask for you to add the annoying sound effects. The stainless steel fork is dishwasher- and kid-friendly, encouraging picky eaters and aspiring jet pilots alike to gobble up their Chef Boyardee.

6. Trion: Z Wrist Bracelet  $17.99 www.amazon.com

Wear the bracelet worn on the top PGA Tour Pros, Triathletes, Baseball Players, Formula 1 Race Car Drivers, and other professional athletes. Combines the power of minus ions and medical grade magnets for the most powerful therapy product on the market today. Counteracts the positive ion build-up caused by physical stress, UV Rays, and electronic equipment such as cell phones, computers, televisions, and machinery. Excess positive ions are associated with muscle aches, joint aches, lack of concentration, excess fatigue, and other detrimental symptoms.

7. Redneck 6 Pack Beer & Soda Can Holster Belt (Camoflauge)   $9.05  www.amazon.com

It also makes a great gift for that beer drinkin' guy in your life! Why bother getting him a tool belt that he'll never use? He won't complain about doing yardwork with this strapped around his waist. Also available in Pink! It'll make a great gag gift for that girl who drinks with the guys! Fits waist sizes 30" - 54."

8. The Original Palmassage, Sapphire Blue  $7.95  www.amazon.com

The Original Palmassager by the Pressure Positive Company, Sapphire Blue

The Original Palm massager by Pressure Positive is one of the most efficient massage therapy aids ever made. Hold it firmly in the palm of the hand and use one, two or three of its smooth, round knobs to massage tense, tired or sore muscles of the neck, back, shoulders, arms or legs. Ergonomically placed finger holds at the base of each leg provide for optimum comfort and control.

9. Staple Free Stapler 450  $10.99 www.amazon.com 

Picture a staple-free world!!!

Staple free staplerStaples have become a scourge to the office environment. Those shiny metal wires have jammed in thumbs, caught on sweaters, stuck into feet! This handy (and might we add, environmentally friendly) device cuts a tiny flap in the corner of your paper, and folds it in on itself, tucked in a tiny paper pocket. At this price, you can afford to give one of these amazing little gifts to each of your workmates. Staple Free Stapler can clip together up to five sheets with ease. Save one for me!!

10. MP3 Retro Speaker Amp  $19.95  www.thinkgeek.com


These days, most speakers that are sold as "MP3 speakers" are pitiful and anemic little things, shaped like bubbles and sounding like, well... sounding like crap, frankly. Buzzy, tinny and no bass response. Sad and pathetic, but what's a proper rocking geek god supposed to do to entertain his entourage with the latest nerdcore or arpeggiated moogsynth jams?

What you need is an old-school retro guitar-amp, zapped with a shrink ray, but still capable of cranking to eleven, and blasting your ears with 5W of power! If only somebody made such a thing! If only... Hey, look! ThinkGeek's got 'em! Yay!

This little amp is perfectly sized for portable rock. Maybe you won't be able to plug in your favorite Gibson or Fender or Rickenbacker, but you can plug in your iPod, iPhone, Zune or Zen. Really, anything that can send sound down a 3.5" mini-jack will do just fine. Powered by 3 AAA batteries (not included) or by your computer's USB port, it pumps out plenty of sound out of that little body. So before you try and overdrive your tiny headphones in an effort to let your friends hear your songs, maybe you should plug in your amplifier, and get with the proper rocking.

 
12. Esso Ion Watch  $19.95  www.essowatches.com

These watches are a craze in Italy and coming over to the US faster than Santa can fly around. What they are: Silicon watches that have the new trend of health benefits infused into the bands. The health component is called negative ion and is supposed to be great for your balance, energy, and flexibility.

 13. Oster Wine Opener  $19.99 amazon.com

At the touch of a button, the Oster Wine Opener easily opens up to 30 bottles on a single charge. The stylish and ergonomically designed soft-grip handle will fit into the palm of your hand for a firm grip. Also includes a foil cutter to remove wine seals and a recharging base for convenience.

14. Boxers Or Briefs Adult Board Game $16.00 amazon.com

Here is a great board game idea for an adult party. Boxers Or Briefs has more than 2,000 unique and funny phrases designed to make other players reveal things about themselves. It's basically designed to make you laugh so hard you will cry. Amazon reviewers have warned people not to drink milk before reading a card as it will "come out of your nose".

When "Boxers Or Briefs?" was briefly discontinued in 2008 people were listing it on ebay for well over $200 and retail it went for $50.This easy to learn game is for 4-10 players. Recommended for ages 16+  Rated 4.5/5 at Amazon


15. Blokus Classics Game (Family) $13.50 amazon.com  


With 500 reviews on amazon at an average of 5 Stars Blokus is highly rated. In 2003 it received Europe's Game of the Year and professional tournaments have been held around the globe. Having received a Mensa award for promoting healthy brain activity, Blokus forces players to think outside of the box. Winner of over 20 awards, it is the most-awarded game of the 21st century.

The goal of the game is to try to fit all of your pieces onto the board while blocking others from playing their pieces. While building on your own pieces you map out territory and block others from playing their pieces thus allowing you to play more of your own.




16. Personalized Birthstone Ornaments   $19.95 gifts.redenvelope.com

What’s a Christmas tree without something amazing to hang from its branches? With personalized birthstone ornaments, each and every member of the family is celebrated for who they are and for the uniqueness they bring to the family. They are destined to become cherished heirlooms.
  • made of delicate glass
  • select one of twelve birthstone colors to personalize
  • hand painted in gold with any name, up to 8 characters
  • 3” diam

17. Star Trek: The Original Series 365  $14.99 amazon.com












Star Trek: The Original Series 365 is the definitive, authorized guide to Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry's groundbreaking television program that first aired from 1966 through 1969 and went on to become a cultural phenomenon. A visual celebration of the original voyages of the Starship Enterprise, the book covers the entire series in unprecedented detail, combining in-depth commentary, behind-the-scenes histories, and interviews with writers, cast, and crew with synopses for each of the series' 79 episodes.

In addition to a wealth of never-before-seen images and newly commissioned photography, Star Trek 365 presents a treasure trove of remastered stills from the CBS archives, bringing to vivid life the famous five-year mission of Captain Kirk, Mister Spock, Doctor McCoy, and countless other characters for longtime and new fans alike.

18. Timex Men's T41711 Expedition Analog Camper Watch  $18.99 amazon.com 


Get ready to head to the great outdoors for a weekend of hiking or mountain biking with the Timex T41711 Camper watch. It has a medium-sized round, brown resin case that will be able to take a licking. It frames a black dial background with full Arabic numeral display, luminous dotted markers and hands (with seconds hand), and inset 24-hour marks. It also features a nylon grosgrain strap in olive, 10-year battery life, and water resistance to 30 meters (99 feet).

Product Description

This Timex Watch (but not any battery, crystal, band, or strap) is warranted to the owner for a period of ONE YEAR from the date of purchase against defects in manufacture by Timex Corporation.

19. Smith and Wesson Powertech Galaxy Flashlight  $19.99  www.opticsplanet.net

19. Smith and Wesson Powertech Galaxy 6 LED Flashlight  $19.99  www.opticsplanet.net
  • Two Independent Switches For Fast, Secure Selection Between LED Modes
  • Choice Between Four Different LED Colors
  • Knurled Grip for Secure Handling with Anti-Roll Bezel
  • Constructed of Precision Machined 6063 Anodized Aluminum for Superior Corrosion Resistance, Durability, and Weather Resistance
  • Includes Deluxe Nylon Holster with Battery Storage and 2 AA Batterie 
20. Hopside Down Beer Glass  $17.90  www.coolstuffcheap.com
The Hopside Down Beer Glass is perfect for you if you have ever heard, "don't drink from the bottle, use a glass". This bottle-in-a-glass tumbler is made from double-walled borosilicate glass that insulates the heat of your hands from your beer so it stays cool longer. The Hopside Down is hand-blown, precisely crafted, and measures 3 inches in diameter x 7 inches tall.
 
 
21. Pocket Purifier  $19.95   X-tremegeek.com
 
For $19.95 you can buy the ultimate clean gift for the germaphobe guy on your list; a Pocket Purifier that kills germs in 15 seconds with a compact UV light. It requires four double “A” batteries which are also included.
  • Built in 4 watt germicidal ultraviolet light, deactivates the DNA of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens destroying their ability to multiply.
  • Powered by 4 AA batteries (not included) for easy carrying and safe usage.
  • Great for purifying masks, table wares, kitchen utensils, telephone sets, shavers, nail clippers, scissors, cabinets, as well as clothing and shoes inside a cabinet, baby toys, pacifiers, cribs, strollers and most everyday items.
  • It can be used anytime when necessary. Exposure of 10-15 seconds results in purifying effect enhancing the customers life and health at work, home and while traveling.
  • The specially designed UV-Lid helps avoid any harm of ultraviolet light to eyes and skin and also enhances the germ killing function.
 22. VuPoint Temperature Sensitive LED Faucet Light  $17.49  www.overstock.com



This VuPoint temperature sensitive LED will light up as blue to signify cold water, or red for hot.
  • LED lights blue when cold and red when hot
  • Easy to install
  • Fits most faucets
  • Product dimensions: 1.5 inches wide x 2 inches high
  • Weighs 0.9 ounces
  • Three (3) LR44 batteries required (included)
23. Whiskey Stones  $19.99 (Set of 9) www.winestuff.com

Who needs ice? Keep your drink cold with whiskey stones! Whiskey Stones are perfect for on the rocks drinks like whiskey, soapstone pieces like these chill your beverage without watering it down. Simply place the Whiskey Stones in the freezer for a few hours, add a couple to your glass of spirits, let stand for five minutes and enjoy! 

The Whiskey Stones are proudly made by soapstone workers in Perkinsville, Vermont. The Whiskey Stones Features are: Made of soapstone. Handcrafted by soapstone workers in Perkinsville, Vermont in some of the oldest soapstone workshops in the USA. All natural soapstones cool your favorite spirit without diluting the flavors. Easy to use - just chill the stones in the freezer.Won't chill as cold as ice.

 
24. Energy Love Potion  $3.99-$19.99 www.thinkgeek.com

Love potions have been around for ages. Ever since the first person was told, "Let's just be friends," people have been searching for a magical elixir to sway the mood of the uninterested. Well, this ain't it. What this is, however, is the only love potion you will ever need to get yourself in the mood. Love Energy Potion is a little bottle of magical magic. Read on, alchemist-to-be.

Love Energy Potion is chock full of goodies to get your body in high gear and ready for action. 90mg of caffeine per tiny, 1.69oz bottle (that's more caffeine than a standard 8oz energy drink) plus a load of vitamins awaits you. Plus, since this is a love potion, you'll get some aphrodisiacs: damiana to relax you, ashwaganda to relax and titillate you, and horny goat weed to . . . well, you can guess by its name. Drink it by the ounce, drink it by the dram - but imbibing Love Energy Potion will make certain you are ready for love.

25. Electronic Butterfly In a Jar  $19.99  www.thinkgeek.com



When we were kids, we like putting butterflies in jars so we could keep them forever and ever. But sometimes they always died. It was sad - extra sad because butterflies (in our opinion) are like rainbows and unicorns: unadulterated creations of magic and beauty. Now comes Electronic Butterfly in a Jar. Read on, and find out why you need one very badly.

Each Electronic Butterfly in a Jar is a jar with a wire in it. The wire has a fake butterfly on the end. Somehow, when you tap the top or make a loud sound, the electronics in the cap make the wire wiggle. This creates the very realistic illusion of the butterfly fluttering around your jar. It even just stays on the glass and flexes its wings sometimes. There is absolutely no way you can look at a Electronic Butterfly in a Jar and not smile. It is like having a piece of magic nature on your desk that defies death. Pick your favorite butterfly flavor (or collect the whole team) and get ready to feel good when you marvel at your Electronic Butterfly in a Jar.

Butterflies

26. Outdoor LCD Window Thermometer  $12.99  www.thinkgeek.com

Since the temperature is the one thing that most effects your comfort level you typically want to know what to expect before heading out the door. Sure, you could open a door or window to check your local temperature but that is definitely way low tech. This simple but clean looking LCD Window Thermometer will give you a much easier way to know what it feels like outside.



It easily mounts outside and features a large LCD digit display to show temperature reading. Shows minimum and maximum values with auto reset.
  • Detachable for easy window cleaning
  • Weather-resistant
  • Temperature Range: -13°F to 158°F (display in fahrenheit only)
  • Takes 1 AAA battery
  • Dimensions: 4" x 3.75" x 1.25" 
27. Tool Logic Survival Card With Firestarter  $19.95 www.thinkgeek.com

A brand new shiny credit card: good. A brand new shiny credit card with an extremely high credit limit: better. A credit card survival tool that can start a fire: priceless (especially in emergency situations). If you're venturing into the wilderness or just your own backyard, it's nice to be well prepared. Being able to quickly and reliably start a fire is an important survival requirement.



This new Tool Logic Survival Card is packed with lifesaving features. A fixed blade serrated knife of tough AUS 8A type stainless steel, a magnesium alloy fire starter, a loud signal whistle, plus a brilliant red LED flashlight. There’s also a tweezer and toothpick and a hole for lanyard attachment. Credit card size and less than two ounces, this essential tool kit deserves a place in your car, backpack and even your home. Keep the Survival Card with you and you’ll always be prepared for life’s unforeseen emergencies.
  • 2" Serrated Blade
  • Magnesium Alloy Firestarter (replaceable)
  • Loud Signal Whistle
  • Tweezer and Toothpick
  • Red LED Flashlight
  • Weight: 1.9 oz (53gm)
  • Dimensions: About 1/8" (4mm) thick
28. Solar LED Address Numbers  $19.99 (per number)  www.thinkgeek.com

Kind of like the moon appearing after the sun goes down, these Solar LED Address Numbers illuminate at night making the numbers easy to read. The unit turns on automatically and lights up using two bright white LEDs. Mounting is simple (no wiring or timers) with the included hardware. The number plate itself is spaced 1" from the wall causing the LEDs to provide a backlighting effect. The numbers are made from anondized aluminum and the entire unit is weather resistant. The lights run on for about 8 to 10 hours (direct sunlight, of course, producing the best results). This price is per number.



Simply select from the dropdown the numbers needed to create your address.
  • Mounting hardware included
  • Solar powered - can run 8 to 10 hours on a full charge
  • Numerals are 3.5" high and cut into 3/32" anodized aluminum
  • Dimensions: 6 1/8" H x 3 1/2" W x 1 3/8" D
  • Choose the numerals to form your address
  • One year manufacturer warranty
  • Note: Listed price is per number 

    29. Craftsman Programmable Digital Tire Gauge  $14.99 www.sears.com

    Programmable Digital Tire Gauge - Proper pressure helps improve gas mileage.
    • Digital Tire Gauge
    • Program the Target Tire Pressure of a Vehicle
    • Extra large backlight display
    • Durable, Metal, Straight-push Nozzle
    • Air Bleed Function for Exact pressure
    • Beeps When Gauge locks in Pressure Reading
    • White LED flashlight
    30. Pogo iPhone Stylus  $14.99  www.thinkgeek.com  

    You love your iPhone, but the sensitive touchscreen designed for folks with small fingers couldn’t be more frustrating. Pick up a Pogo iPhone Stylus. The felt-tipped Stylus will help you quickly and accurately send texts without ruining your screen.


    31. Zipit Motorized Package Opener  $19.99 thinkgeek.com


      There’s nothing more annoying than trying to penetrate that damn indestructible plastic packaging. It’s impossible, and when knives get involved, it’s downright dangerous. For $20, the wireless, battery-operated Zipit Motorized Package Opener is a handy investment.

      32. Sharper Image Digital Photo Keychain  $18.99 Amazon.com  

      In the age of smartphones and digital cameras, people just don’t carry pictures in their wallets anymore. Phone pics usually do the trick but there’s a more organized way to carry your favorite photos with you. Sharper Image has a digital photo keychain that can hold up to 60 images. The pictures are displayed on a 1.5″ LCD screen and can play in slideshow mode.

      33. Push 'n Hang Push-Hammer/Nail Driver  $20.00   gadgetnation.net

      Push 'n Hang Push-Hammer/Nail Driver. Hang Pictures Fast: Click to ZOOM


      * The Push 'n Hang Push-hammer hangs pictures quickly!
      * One-handed, quick-push action easily drives a nail into drywall surfaces.
      * User-adjustable plastic sleeves ensure nail is driven the correct distance every time.
      * Comfortable, ergonomic, nonslip grip.
      * Works with 1" and 1 ¼" nails. Package includes 6 each of 1" and 1 ¼" nails and an extra nail sleeve. Features a twist-off cap for nail storage.

      The Nail Driver is the perfect tool for fast and easy hanging of picture frames on drywall surfaces. Lightweight and easy to use, it drives a nail into the wall with just one hand! Just load the nail into the sleeve at the bottom of the unit, then easily push the nail into the wall. Now you can hang your picture frame! It is faster and safer than the regular hammer-and-nail method, which means no more damaged walls or smashed fingers!
      Measures approximately 6.3 inches long x 2.8 inches diameter. Weighs 6 oz.

      34. E.A.B. Gerber Knife  $17.28    www.gerbergear.com


      The Gerber Exchange-A-Blade pocket knives use contractor grade or standard size utility blades that can be easily replaced. New for 2010, the E.A.B. Lite also features deep finger groves that provide a secure grip in a lighter knife. Both the E.A.B. Lite and the original E.A.B. sport stainless steel handles that also double as a pocket or money clip.
      • Contractor-grade replaceable utility blade
      • Deep finger grooves for secure fit
      • Handle also doubles as pocket or money clip
      Limited Lifetime Warranty:Gerber warrants to the consumer that this product will be free of defects, in material and workmanship for as long as you own the product.



      35. Glif  $20.00 www.theglif.com

      Sometimes in life, less is more. The Glif performs just two simple functions in order for us to enjoy our iPhone 4's even more. It can mount it to any standard tripod, so you get the most out of the 5-megapixel camera, and the Glif also props up your phone in various angles to maximize your viewing pleasure. Being made from recyclable rubberized plastic is just an added bonus.



      36. Dickies Toolmaker's Apron  $14.00  www.dickies.com

      Keep your tools handy and your clothes protected with the Dickies Toolmaker's Apron. Made from preshrunk denim or unbleached drill fabric, this simple piece of workwear sports two deep bottom pockets, a ruler or pencil pocket, a swing micrometer pocket, and brass grommets. Plus, it's under $15, so you don't have to worry too much about destroying it trying to build your next project.


       
      37. Key Tool  $10.00  www.thinkgeek.com

      We've written about keychain-sized multitools before, but never one that masquerades as an actual key. The Key Tool is so small is fits over a standard key, offering three sizes of screwdriver, a bottle opener, wire cutter, tweezers, finger nail cleaner, and nail file, all contained within a strong stainless steel sheath. Great for impromptu handyman work, or for carrying a host of tools onto a flight without getting harassed by the TSA.




      38. CC4073 Steak Station Monitor   $21.01 (just a little over $200)  www.amazon.com                      

      Steak Station can monitor four steaks at the same time, allowing those commanding the grill to confidently cook multiple steaks each to the desired degree of doneness (we'll take medium rare please). A monitor allows for quick and easy evaluation of how much a steak has been cooked. The colorful Steak Station probes measure from 115°F to 170°F, indicating a complete spectrum of doneness and helping you remember whose steak is whose. Steak Station can also be used in the oven as a regular meat thermometer to monitor meats throughout the cooking process.

       
      39. Clever Hook  $10.00 www.dwr.com/product
      The Clever Hook (2004) lives up to its brainy name. Neatly packed into a translucent acrylic housing, the wall-mounted Clever Hook has a self-grabbing mechanism that holds up to 40 lbs. When you hang a towel or jacket on the lower “arm” of the mechanism, the weight of the item automatically causes the top “arm” to come down and pinch the item in place; the heavier the item, the tighter the grab. To remove, slightly lift up the item, and the top arm will retract. The Clever Hook makes it easy to hang things like towels that tend to fall off hooks, as well as items like jackets that have those pesky loops sewn into the collar. Designed by sculptor Stefan Bennedahl who calls upon his engineering background to design functional items like the Clever Hook. Made in Sweden.
      • Photo shows side view of this self-grabbing hook, inside a translucent acrylic housing.
      • Each Clever Hook is delivered with two wood screws ready for mounting.
      • Holds up to 40 lbs. 


      40. PermaFlow Never-Clog Drain  $17.89  www.amazon.com   

      There's nothing quite as annoying — or gross — as a clogged drain, so enter the PermaFlow Never-Clog Drain.Made from clear ABS plastic and synthetic rubber, the Perma-Flow attaches easily to standard kitchen and bath drains, and features a unique, integrated drain-clearing wiper that helps you move clogs on down the line, and stops lost items from venturing past the point of no return. Plus, by removing the need for excess amounts of Liquid-Plumr, you're also doing the environment a favor at the same time.

      41. GhostCam  $1.00 itunes.apple.com

      Add some fright to your iPhone pics with the GhostCam. Able to take pics directly from the iPhone's camera or load up pics from the iPhone or iPod touch's Library, this simple app adds Unsolved Mysteries-style ghostly flourishes to your photos. For maximum effect, take a pic of a drunk friend and freak them out with the result.


      42. DivPro  $14.99 www.nojoke.com
      Trim your arsenal of golf tools down by picking up a DivPro. This multi-functional golf tool combines a typical divot tool with a ball marker, cigar holder, club face cleaner, grip saver, and a shotgun opener for the clandestine chugging of beers mid-round.



      43.Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter  $17.99  www.amazon.com

      Weber's chimney starter makes starting your charcoal a snap. It also cuts down the amount of time it takes for the coals to get ready. Just load up our extra large cannister full of coals, light up a fire starter or crinkled up newspaper, and set the cannister over the flame. In a matter of minutes the coals will be red hot. Who ever thought it could be so easy? The chimney starter offers an extra-large capacity that can hold enough briquettes for a 22-1/2-inch kettle grill, and its double thermoplastic handle extends outward from a mounted panel to keep hands away from heat. For use on a grill or grate only.



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