One of my more favorite days of the year is almost here. I am talking about BLACK FRIDAY (Cyber Monday is a close second). I'll be out with all the other crazies at 5am this Friday. So in honor of this great day, I thought I would veer off my usual subject of real estate and list some of my personal favorite gadgets and technology of 2008 to help with gift ideas. If anyone wants to add to the list, please leave a comment! Would be cool to get a good list of ideas going.
iFlip camera - Part camera, part cam corder. Takes great point and shot pictures, and such an easy way to get into video. The price on these has really fallen (they even have a pink one now) to around the $129 mark. The camera has a USB built right in to allow for easy upload to a computer and to YouTube- and it now comes in pink!
External Hard Drive - I know this isn't a particular sexy gift, but take it from someone who totally crashed her computer twice this year, it is good to have when you need. Cost has really fallen on these too, so it is a pretty cheap insurance policy to protect your data and pictures.
Archos- This little less-known device is great for someone who travels a lot. It functions much like any other portable music player. But a big differentiater here is that you can hook this up to your TV and it performs like a DVR, taping shows right on to the device for offline viewing. The device is little bigger than iPods, but smaller than the portable DVD players. Great for long airplane rides, as you can upload your favorite shows and movies.
Subscription to PhoneTag- I am pretty quick on responding to email, but I am not a phone person and am admittedly terrible to responding to voice mail, so this service has been a god send to me. For a small fee it will transcribe all your voice mails into emails. This allows me to respond to voice mails via email, when possible, even when in meetings. It is about $10 a month, I get so few VMs that I do the .35 cent per message plan.
Monster Cable- Seems like we are always hooking our computer or iPod up to our speakers to play thru the house or on our patio and this simple cable let you do that without buying a separate iPod speaker device. Cheap way to let others enjoy your iPod selections.
Polar Watch- This watch is AWESOME for anyone who likes to work out, and especially for those who are into more competitive sports. There are a lot of features on this watch, but my two favorite are the heart rate monitor which helps you stay in the right heart rate zone and keep an eye on your heart rate in races. I also love the calorie counter, you can set it to display how many calories you are burning based on your heart rate and pre-entered information.
Electric Blanket- I live in Chicago, do I need to say more? I have a electric blanket on my bed and an electric throw for watching tv. I also love the space heater I have in my office. Guess I am a fan of anthing that gives off heat!
Sprinkler Timer for Garden- I got this because when I am gone for more that two days, my garden suffers. But I found that I loved having it, even when I was home. Because of the regular watering my garden got, I had one of the most lush gardens ever this summer. I buried a soaker hose and hooked it up to this timer.
iPod- This one is pretty obvious, but I do love my iPod. One cool thing I wanted to mention here was that the Apple store is doing free engraving on any iPods ordered from them. I have had this done with my company name on it and used it for a trade show give away. The engraving is very subtle, but a nice touch.
Roomba- My husband told me he bought one of these and I said- you bought what? No way that will work. THIS THING IS AWESOME and I am asking for an upgraded one this Christmas. We have hardwoods and carpet and it works great on both, but is especially good on hardwoods. I am allergic to dust, so this thing is great as it gets in areas you usually can't reach like under furniture. I believe this has helped my sneezing. It doesn't do as good as manual scrub, but I find myself vaccumimg more often because it is so easy, so it does keep my home cleaner. Two models to consider are the 415 or 530.