Chris Croft's Personal Blog

November 2, 2012

Christmas Present Suggestions

Filed under: Gadgets, Lists — Tags: — chriscroft @ 10:29 am

Good time management means getting all your presents in before December – you can do it!  And here is some help, at least in the form of Things That I Like!

I like the huge draught excluder slug at the bottom – £20  http://lovefromhettyanddave.bigcartel.com/

Dalek dress £55  http://www.kaotichandbag.com/ourshop/prod_2303287-Dr-Who-Dalek-Dress.html

Make your hands huge for scooping up dead leaves http://www.abbeygardensales.co.uk/hand-tools/garden-rakes-and-lawn-edgers/showitem-TS-765214.aspx    only £2!

This looks like a really good air guitar – I’ve not tried it but it does minor chords and 7ths so it could be a great toy  £20  http://www.boysstuff.co.uk/gadgets/v-beat-air-guitar/

This roll-out piano looks amazing, though for £60 I’d want to try it first http://www.culturevulturedirect.co.uk/roll-up-piano-prod52501/   could be great for those of us who travel a lot

For people with cold feet or cold houses these microwaveable slipper / boots look great £15 http://www.gettingpersonal.co.uk/gifts-for-her/microwavable-cream-cozy-boots.htm

Self stirring mug  http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/gift-home-office/self-stir-mug/10452285.html £10

Scratch map http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/gift-home-office/my-scratch-map/30000539.html   £15

if we have another cold winter then these could be good to have in the car or by the front door  http://www.icegrips.co.uk/icegrips2.html

Eye clock http://www.suck.uk.com/products/eyeclock/?search=clock  £20

Make your door way into a pull up bar – this has a really nice design that makes it safe, unlike the bars that just screw outwards £20  http://www.boysstuff.co.uk/gadgets/body-system-door-gym/

Bat pegs £2 each  http://www.suck.uk.com/products/spooky-bat-pegs/?category=outdoor

Heatable polar bear http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/gift-kids/cozy-heatable-plush-polar-bear/10624417.html   £10

Not squirrel proof but a beautiful bird feeder £20 http://www.culturevulturedirect.co.uk/alpine-bird-feeder-prod55389/

Nice Spitfire cufflinks £12 http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0027ACU1S/?tag=hydra0b-21&hvadid=9550951149&ref=asc_df_B0027ACU1S

Macro and wide angle lens for mobile phone  http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/gift-gadgets/youvue-duo-camera-lens-for-mobile-phones/10617711.html  £20

The best LED keyring torch http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenser-8402TP-Ring-Torch-Test/dp/B0024LLV4C/ref=sr_1_11?s=diy&ie=UTF8&qid=1351435264&sr=1-11  £14

Sit your phone on this and the music it is playing will be much louder – with no batteries needed.  £10   http://www.boysstuff.co.uk/iphone-ipod-ipad-accessories/horn-stand-iphone-4/

These Vermont house LED candle holders (nicer than they sound) do it for me http://www.culturevulturedirect.co.uk/3-vermont-house-decorations-prod55565/ £25 for the three

Haikubes £18 for the poets out there  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Haikubes-Forrest-Pruzan-Creative/dp/0811869385 (if you’re not sure what a Haiku is, check these out https://chriscroft.wordpress.com/?s=haiku)

Set of six really nice bird mugs for £10 each http://www.culturevulturedirect.co.uk/set-of-six-bird-mugs-prod52887/

This pen records sound and video while in your top pocket – just like a real spy!  £30  http://www.boysstuff.co.uk/spy-and-survival/high-resolution-sas-spy-pen/

Not cheap at £40 but there’s something about this prayer wheel pendant… http://www.culturevulturedirect.co.uk/prayer-wheel-pendant-prod54160/

Totally silly but maybe students will like this cone that tells people to give the toilet a few minutes to de-fume  http://www.boysstuff.co.uk/bachelor-pad/caution-cone-toxic-gas/

I think geeks will love this USB hub skull / bowl  http://www.boysstuff.co.uk/gadgets/usb-skull-hub/

This joke mug is stupid, hilarious, obvious really but I’ve never seen it before  – bargain for £7 http://www.gettingpersonal.co.uk/novelty-gifts/im-a-twat-surprise-mug.htm

Terrorist tea pot http://www.suck.uk.com/products/terroristteapot/?category=kitchen   £25

Digital luggage scales £13 – in these days of Ryanair fining you huge amounts for being slightly over, these seem like a good investment.  Take them with you on holiday so you can check you’re OK for the return flight with all your souvenirs…  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0052WBYQ0/ref=asc_df_B0052WBYQ010397401?smid=AFF2HTH276LWH&tag=hydra0b-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22218&creativeASIN=B0052WBYQ0&hvpos=1o2&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=19175591732082561197&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=

Be traditional and get a board game – my favourite at the moment is Carcassonne £20  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rio-Grande-Games-RGG170-Carcassonne/dp/B00005UNAX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351850326&sr=8-1 which is easy to learn and very beautiful.

Chocolate fix looks interesting £13 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ravensburger-1530-Chocolate-Fix/dp/B000Y8EQ8K/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1W1ARY3RCTL92&coliid=I2E3RFN6VYJPSJ

and a great game for all ages is Labyrinth £15 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ravensburger-26448-Labyrinth-Game/dp/B00000J0JF/ref=sr_1_2?s=kids&ie=UTF8&qid=1351850421&sr=1-2

and the card version is a completely different game, only £7, portable and also great  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ravensburger-Labyrinth-The-Card-Game/dp/B00005JS7W/ref=sr_1_2?s=kids&ie=UTF8&qid=1351850488&sr=1-2

I also love Quoridor £23 beautiful wooden maze game http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigamic-5203-Quoridor-Game/dp/B00001NTXN/ref=pd_sim_k_h_b_cs_4

and if you haven’t seen Rush hour (£13) then you must get that! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rush-Hour-Traffic-Puzzle-Game/dp/B00000DMER/ref=pd_sim_k_h_b_cs_2

One silver love heart  http://www.suck.uk.com/products/lovehearts/?category=gifts  £20

I liked this gold bullion door stop last year and I still like it now £10  http://www.boysstuff.co.uk/bachelor-pad/gold-bullion-door-stop/

Not very exciting but extremely useful would be a decent size USB stick.  Although 32GB ones are around, it’s the 16s that a real bargain – look at this 16GB stick for £7  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Integral-NEON-16GB-Yellow-Drive/dp/B004C0T1FE/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1W1ARY3RCTL92&coliid=I1QZXY638PI0ZA   or you could get this very beautiful rugged keyring one for £27 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pretec-Waterproof-Enhanced-ReadyBoost-Function/dp/B001FTKFM8/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1W1ARY3RCTL92&coliid=I1658BQVGMLHSQ

This is really heavy (metal) and well made, and useful too – a handbag shaped post-it note dispenser for your desk, £9:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003VNE25M/ref=asc_df_B003VNE25M10514734?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=hydra0b-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B003VNE25M&hvpos=1o2&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=160067066616515063&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=

Memo Mountain – wacky memo cork board with trees as pins £10 http://www.culturevulturedirect.co.uk/memo-mountain-prod56092/

Silver spinning meditation ring – great to fiddle with, can very cool – £40  http://www.culturevulturedirect.co.uk/silver-spinning-meditation-ring-prod52747/

And a really cool time management spinning ring only £11  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kala-isbijoux-Stainless-Steel-Spinning-width/dp/B002WE3RHA/ref=sr_1_9?s=jewelry&ie=UTF8&qid=1352662303&sr=1-9

If you wanted to push the boat out you could get a Nite watch  http://www.nitewatches.co.uk/shop/mx10/   I’m loving mine – it’s so bright in the dark that I can almost use it as a torch, and I can see the time even when really groggy in the morning.

You can find last year’s list here https://chriscroft.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/christmas-present-suggestions/

nearly all are still relevant and available I think.

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