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1. Wii Fit’s Five-in-One Kit, $179
Easily one of the hardest gifts to get your hands on this season, the Wii Fit blends fitness and technology. All of the sudden yoga’s become addictive. A special balance board measures BMI and helps chart your progress according to your age and weight. More than 40 different activities are included ranging from pushups to downhill skiing, hula hooping, tightrope walking and yoga positions. Nintendo continues to push the boundaries of how we think about technology. As of this writing there are eight Wii Fits in stock at Amazon: Wii Fit & 5 in 1 kit.
2. J.K. Rowling’s ‘Beedle the Bard’, $7.59-$100
J.K. Rowling’s back after finishing her Harry Potter Series. In wide release on Dec. 4, 2008, “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” is being sold in two editions: 1) The standard hardcover at $7.59; and 2) A silver-encrusted, moonstone-bedecked version at $100. The standard edition features “newly-discovered” commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore. The Special Edition (only sold on Amazon.com) features a silver-encrusted cover bedecked with moonstones, and the font inside is actually a reproduction of Rowling’s handwriting. Get them at Amazon: The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition or The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Collector’s Edition (Offered Exclusively by Amazon).
3. The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, (Hardcover), $21
The only official Warren Buffet biography in history hit shelves on Sept. 29, 2008, and it’s still near the top of the sales list at Amazon.com. It offers a startling candid look at Buffet’s life as written by Alice Schroeder, a former managing director at Morgan Stanley—and hand picked by Buffett to be his biographer. The book strips away the mystery that shrouds the world’s greatest investor, and it gets to the heart of his theories on business and life. A must for any investor or businessperson. $21 at Amazon: The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life.
4. Enya, And Winter Came (CD), $9.99
Ireland’s bestselling artist, the ethereal Enya, released her seventh studio album on Nov. 11, 2008 — 20 years after her solo debut. ‘And Winter Came’ is an evocation of the season, festivities and the symbolic power of the seasons. It’s like having a spiritual retreat waiting in your CD player. $9.99 at Amazon: Enya: And Winter Came.
5. Back to Basic Egg ‘N Muffin 4-Slice Toaster/2 Egg Cooker, $59.99
The Back to Basic toaster is perfect for men and women on the run in the morning. Just crack open an egg and let it cook alongside your toast. You’ve got a ready-to-eat breakfast sandwich in just four minutes. It redefines no-hassle cooking with an easy clean-up. $59.99 at Amazon: Back to Basic Egg ‘N Muffin 4-Slice Toaster/2 Egg Cooker.
6. iSoundSpa Radio/MP3 Player Alarm Clock, $59.99
The HoMedics iSoundSpa Radio and MP3 Player gives you plenty of options in the bedroom. Sleep settings let you listen to relaxing music while you fall asleep. You can also program it to wake you up to your favorite rock music. The iSoundSpa also includes an AM/FM radio and a tone for other waking option. Works for iPods and other MP3 players. $59.99 at Amazon: HoMedics iSOUNDSPA AM/FM Clock Radio.
7. U Command Wall-E, $81.50
The most technologically advanced of the remote controlled Wall-E figures on the market, U-Command Wall-E features more than 1,000 combinations of actions. He’ll sing, dance, move his arms, use his treads to roll, and perform several facial expressions. A special remote control has more than 10 inputs. Ages 6 and up. $81.50 at Amazon: U Command Wall-E.
8. Britney Spears, Circus [DELUXE EDITION CD], $15.99
Britney Spears’ sixth studio album, ‘Circus,’ has already gotten extensive play on radio and MTV. The single, ‘Womanizer,’ was an immediate hit, and her first song on top of the Billboard 100 since she debuted more than 10 years ago. With the full album due on shelves Dec. 2, 2008 (or available on preorder), it’s likely to be the biggest seller of the holiday season. $15.99 at Amazon: Britney Spears’ Circus.
9. Call of Duty: World at War for Xbox 360, $54.90
Among the most popular games in Activision’s arsenal (on Wii, PC, and Nintendo DS), Call of Duty 5 is out just in time for the holiday season (Nov. 11, 2008). Set in WWII, you’re an American taking on Japanese and German soldiers in theaters across Europe and the Pacific. Dodge diving kamikazees, and attack Hitler’s minions. Incredible graphics and even better online gameplay means you might actually be playing against real Germans or Japanese. $54.90 (for Xbox360); $47.90 (PC) at GoGamer
10. Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder, 60-Minutes (Black), $129
Flip has revolutionized the handheld camera market by making products so small they can fit in your pocket. They even attach a USB arm directly to the camera so you don’t have to deal with cables. The Ultra Flip has 2GB of memory — good enough for 60 minutes of VGA video. $129 on Amazon: Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder, 60-Minutes (Black).
11. 3-D Drawing Pad with 3-D Glasses, $5.59
One of those things that we wish we’d thought of first, the 3-D drawing pad with 3-D glasses comes with red and blue glasses, and a pad of red-and-blue grid paper. It’s a way to see your drawings in an entirely new light . $5.59 at Amazon: 3-D Drawing Pad with 3-D Glasses.
12. Green USB 2GB Flash Drive Bracelet, $19.99
This 3-ounce USB bracelet lets you carry around important files without forgetting where you put them. Currently offered in green, when you unclasp your bracelet, it’s ready to plug into a computer port to store 2GB of games, word docs, images, video and music. $19.99 at Amazon: Green USB 2GB Flash Drive Bracelet.
13. Agent Provocateur for Women, Eau de Parfum Spray (3.3 OZ), $66.20
From the British lingerie company, Agent Provocateur, we now get a modern fragrance with Victorian sensibilities. It ranks high on the list of the company’s best-sellers, and it’s slowly making it’s way across the Atlantic and into chic bedrooms across the country. $66.20 at Amazon: AGENT PROVOCATEUR by Agent Provocateur For women EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY 3.3 OZ (Fragrance – women Fragrances).
14. ‘The Prospector’, by 2008 Nobel Prize Winner, Jean Marie Gustave Le Clézio, $11.53
The 68-year-old, Le Clezio, from Nice, France, doesn’t exactly have a household name in the United States. That didn’t stop the Nobel Committee from awarding him with the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature. ‘The Prospector’ is one of few works you’ll find translated into English. It’s a haunting tale of fortunes lost and found set in Mauritius in the early 1900s. After the death of the narrator’s father (and with it the death of the family fortune), the narrator sets off in search of the fabled fortune of Corsair, but it’s a young island woman who might be the only one who can show him what he truly seeks. $11.53 at Amazon: The Prospector.
15. Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment (Hardcover), $16.47
The latest book from spiritualist, Deepak Chopra, ‘Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment,’ hit bookshelves on Nov. 4, 2008. Much like Chopra’s bestselling novel, ‘Buddha,’ this tale brings the prophet to life following Jesus on his journey from obscurity to revolutionary by filling in the gaps that weren’t touched in the New Testament. Underneath it all, is the power of Jesus’ thought, and the ties it shares with other religions. A profound look at the mystery behind all religions in a page-turning novel. $16.47 at Amazon: Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment.
16. The Tudors – The Complete First Season (DVD), $28.99
A Showtime original series, ‘The Tudors’ looks at the early life of one of England’s most decadent and controversial kings, Henry VIII. Follow him as he struggles to build a legacy while more earthly delights threaten to seduce him from his calling. It’s a series that brings to life many of England’s most well-known stories: the dawn of the Lutheran Church, allegiances with France and Portugal, challenging the Pope’s stand on divorce, the deplorable conditions at the Tower of London, and a consuming obsession with a common servant named Ann Boleyn. Sexual content in most episodes. $28.99 at Amazon: The Tudors – The Complete First Season.
17. Sun in a Jar: The Blue LED Night Light, $39.95
Who knew a solar cell in a mason jar could be so cool? Set the Solar Jar on a window sill by day; by night you’ll have blue moonlight shimmering in your room. How’s it work? Every day, the solar cell recharges a battery that will be used to power the LED when the sun goes down. Also available in an Old World Orange. $39.95 at Amazon: Sun Jar Blue LED Night Light
18. Nintendo DS Lite (Onyx Black), $129.99
A forward leap past the original Nintendo DS, the DS Lite features a brighter screen, a port for Gameboy games, better batteries and sharper designs. Wi-Fi capabilities allow you to play against opponents across the for 19 hours straight without recharging the battery. Better than a babysitter $129.99 at Amazon: Nintendo DS Lite Onyx Black.
19. Anthony Robbins: The Edge – The Power to Change Your Life Now (15 Min. DVD and Two Audio CDS), $17.99
The latest DVD and Audio CDs from one of the living giants in psychology, ‘The Edge’ (released on Feb. 12, 2008) pushes listeners to first decide what they want in life; and then gives them practical tips on how they can achieve. The goal is to help you achieve the life you’ve always envisioned yourself living in your mind, and it comes from one of the most recognizable faces in the self help section. $17.99 at Amazon: Anthony Robbins: The Edge – The Power to Change Your Life Now.
20. Wearable HeartSmart Watch from Oregon Scientific, $36.99
It’s easy to forget the importance of exercise and eating right, but the new HeartSmart watch from Oregon Scientific pushes solid numbers at you. Just strap the wearable transmitter to your chest and it will send regular readings to the screen on your watch (and it does it wirelessly!). HeartSmart gives you accurate reading on the number of calories you’ve burned and monitors heart rates. You can even program it to set off an alarm when your heart rate gets too high. Get it at thenerds.net: Oregon Scientific SmartHeart SE102 Heart Rate Monitor
21. Toys: Fisher-Price’s Elmo Live, $59.88
Perhaps the most technologically advanced stuffed animals in history, Elmo Live is filled with robotics and playback devices. He rolls about on the ground, sings, laughs and dances. And, when he’s unfortunate enough to topple over, he asks you to please pick him up. His mouth movements are so realistic, he looks like he’s walked off the set of Seasame Street. Proof that you can teach an old toy new tricks. Get your Elmo Live at Amazon for $59.88: Fisher-Price Elmo Live
22. Banksy: Wall and Piece (Paperback), $15.61
The quintessential book on England-based street artist, Banksy, it’s help propel him from underground hero to international art icon. His work doesn’t just challenge the bounds of art it challenges property law, culture, war and authoritarian leadership. Banksy’s not even beyond hanging his own work in museums (places like the Louvre) and waiting it to see how long it takes the curators to notice — at which point they often keep the work for their collections. $15.61 at Amazon: Wall and Piece.
23. LGKE 850 Prada Unlocked Smartphone, $359
The tri-band PRADA phone is a lot like the iPhone, but it’s sleeker, lighter and sexier. Bluetooth lets you listen to music streamed from your cellphone. There’s also an FM radio, Web browser, and a 2-megapixel cameraphone. The best part is, you’ll be the only one on the block to have one. As of this writing, there are only three in stock at Amazon: LG KE 850 Prada Unlocked Cell Phone with 2 MP Camera, MP3/Video Player, MicroSD Slot–International Version with Warranty (Black).
24. Entourage – The Complete Fourth Season, $25.99
Released to DVD on Aug. 26, 2008, the show’s been getting quite a bit of ink in the press thanks to Emmy-winner Jeremy Piven’s portrayal of Agent to the Stars, Ari Gold — a character whose personality happens to be based on one of Barack Obama’s cabinet members. Beyond that, though, Entourage quickly filled in the void for HBO when The Sopranos wrapped for good. The shows are so fast paced and witty, they’re too easy to watch over and over again. $25.99 at Amazon: Entourage – The Complete Fourth Season.
25. iPod Touch, 8GB, 2nd Generation, $218.94
Apple’s portable media players have seen several incarnations, but none as powerful as the iPod Touch. Based on the the same multi-touch screen design as the iPhone, the iPod Touch includes advanced apps: the Safari Web browser for wireless Internet browsing, calendar functions, YouTube video storage, stock tickers, and countless third-party applications that can enhance the player’s functionality. In short, the iPod Touch has displaced the Nano, Shuffle and Classic, as Apple’s latest must-have music player. $218 at MacMall.
26. ‘Adios’ Vinyl Figure by Tokidoki, $27.98
For 500 years, Adios spent his life in fire and brimstone. When the devil realized Adios’ friendly nature, though, he kicked him out of hell. Now, Adios inhabits a grave loft with his girlfriend, Ciao Ciao, and their cat, Skeletrino. The vinyl Adios stands 5″ tall, and is recommended for children (and adults) ages 3 and up. $27.98 at Amazon: Tokidoki – Adios & ciao ciao: Black ADIOS.
27. Eton FR400 Hand Crank Radio and Power Generator, $59.99
One of the most interesting radios we’ve ever seen, the Eton FR400 actually gives you a plug so that runs off a hand-crank generator. That means when the next hurricane or snow storm swoops through, you’ll still be able to charge your cell phone. The Eton also comes with built-in batteries that you can charge by hand, and an A/C adapter for when the power’s on. The perfect gift for the ecologically-minded! $59.99 at Amazon (available in pink or red): Etón FR400 Special Edition Pink Crank-Powered Emergency Radio with AM/FM, NOAA and TV-VHF.
28. Bentley Notebook PC by Ego, $10,900
This luxury Bentley will set you back a mere $10,900. But it’s worth it for the style points, right? A collaboration between a Miami art gallery, a Netherlands-based design firm, and a luxury car maker, there’s retro appeal in the leatherback version. For glamorgirls, they come in goldspeck shells, as well. Only available at Miami’s Avant Gallery.
29. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Pack, $39.99
Released on Nov. 13, 2008, the latest World of Warcraft expansion pack for PC and Mac includes a new “hero” class for experienced players. It also offers new environments, creatures and character customization offers. Available new and used at Amazon: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Pack.
30. Dream Gift: Red Beard’s Revenge Pirate Ship Playhouse, $52,000
Built by hand, the Pirate Ship Playhouse has everything you’d expect of a ship: upper and lower decks, captain’s quarters, and a crow’s nest. It’s got an actual rigging and mast, and there’s even a carved wood wolf’s head on deck. Custom-built upon order at PoshTots.com – Extraordinary Child Furniture.