Lots of great comments for our first list (Holiday Shopping Ideas!), so lets give this one another go round. As part of our annual Shopmas tradition, I cull some of my more interesting fascinations, acquisitions, and other items I stumble each year, as well as items off of my own overstuffed wish list.
Your feedback about the breadth of gift ideas keeps encouraging more of these, so here is our second round of last minute ideas for those of you have been very, very good. Or at least, those of you who were not leveraged long with no stop losses in place.
Go forth and stimulate!
• Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas ($9) Ella at the top of her game made what is simply the best holiday disc ever recorded.
Those of you that mocked my suggestion of a JT holiday disc, I dare you to try with this one.
If this disc doesn’t make you smile, you are a hopeless grinch. Spike a cup of coffee with some Kahlua or Baileys and enjoy.
• Billy Jealousy Hydroplane ($19.50) I use this “Super-Slick Shave Cream” as a preshave to lubricate my skin. Less irritation, fewer nicks and cuts, a closer shave.
And, an 8 oz bottle lasts me almost a year. (but I use my razors 2X then they go in the garbage)
This is great stuff.
• Motorola MH230R 23-Mile Range 22-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio ($34.50 Pair)
These walkie talkies can cover 35 miles — thats a hell of a long distance for this price. Great for the mall, Disneyworld, Boating, the beach, anywhere you might get separated with poor cell coverage. (Uses rechargable or alkaline batteries)
They are rugged, but not waterproof. For even greater range, spend the extra bucks for the Motorola MR350R 35-Mile Range ($51)
The greatest science fiction film of all time, in every variant of its many tortured releases, including the 25th anniversary Blade Runner: The Final Cut, spectacularly restored and remastered from original elements and scanned at 4K resolution. The definitive documentary to accompany the definitive film version is included.
For any hard core SciFi nerd on your holiday list.
Francis I of Austria was the last monarch to rule over the Holy Roman Empire, and the imperial gardens remains one of Vienna’s most beloved treasures. In 1791, he commissioned Matthias Schmutzer to paint portraits of every flower in his garden – a project that took more than three decades to complete.
Until now, only six of the extant 1,300 paintings have ever been published. This collection features 120 of the most outstanding of Schmutzer’s watercolours, painted life-size and with extraordinary precision.
This book will delight botanical historians and lovers of flower art alike.
• Casio G-Shock Military Mens Watch ($94-$149)
Stealth black, shock resistant, water proof to 200 meters, x-large case, this thing is practically bullet proof — G-Shock is designed to survive in the harshest of conditions.
Filled with all sorts of stop watches, calendars, time zones and additional features, this is an attractive oversized watch that can take punishment.
My version has blue highlights, not red. (Good luck finding one of these).
• Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor ($299)
Missus Big Picture has wanted a juicer for some time, and most of the models I played with were under powered and fragile feeling.
I finally broke down and ordered this beastie. Stainless die cast steel housing and motor body feels solid (notice the theme here) with 1000 watts of power (This is the two speed model).
I picked this model because of the high power, the design style, and because so many of the reviews said it was easy to clean.
• Riedel Sommeliers Black Tie Wine Decanter ($419) Have a tough to shop for oenophile on your list?
The Riedel family of Austria has specialized in fine wine glassware for more 300 years. This decanter is made with mouth-blown glass of a single flawless loop of clear 24-percent lead crystal curving from the high open tail to the narrow arching pour-spout. A slender black tuxedo stripe traces the decanter’s outside edge (hence the name).
The decanter holds 69 ounces and stands an 16-1/2 inches high.
• Grow Light Lamp and Planter Grow ($1,250)
Designed by Carmen Salazar
I love great design, and this growlight fits the bill. Originally conceived for people limited by light, space, or temperatures outside, suited for tropicals, fresh herbs, and succulents.
A swath of whipped glass clouds the bulb and diffuses the light. Each one is unique. The lights are available as hanging pendants, wall mounted sconces or floor lamps, hand blown in lead free crystal.
• Octopus Table ($25,000) It took artist Isaac Krauss 2 and half years to sculpt this one of a kind spectacular table in Bronze. Yours for merely 25 large.
(Yes, I have a thing for Octopi)
When I said for all budgets, I was not fooling around!