What do you want for Christmas? What should we get your mother? Will they like this or that? Did we get your dad anything yet?
Whatever your question is this holiday season, I have the answers here. Darth Vader is unlikely to show up at your house to cook a steak but the next best thing can be the Star Wars Darth Vader Lightsaber BBQ Fork.
It was created by ThinkGeek with a handle that looks like Vader’s light saber hilt. A hanging ring is built into the handle for storing the stainless stee+l fork. It’s is big enough to pick up any piece of meat, measuring 20-inches long with tines over 3 inches long.
Instead of prioritizing which of your family’s USB gadgets needs the charging port first, the iLuv Rockwall 5 lets you charge them all at once. It’s has five USB ports to charge that many devices simultaneously. This can be three smartphones and two tablets, portable speakers, headphones or any of today’s wearable gadgets.
The charger plugs into a standard AC outlet to power all ports and cleans up the clutter of chargers and outlets needed on the kitchen counter. A built-in safety feature prevents it from overcharging or overheating any devices. It’s compact for travel; the input voltage of 110-220V makes it ideal for international travel.
Big sound, small package
Speaking of travel, I’ve always thought of the V-Moda XS headphones as one of the clearest examples of “big things come in small packages.”
To get the small package, the headphones are made with a CliqFold hinge connecting the padded ear cups, which allow them to be folded up and stored in the included hard case. V-Moda designed and tested them to withstand up to 60 drops on concrete and the steelflex headband is virtually indestructible.
The big and powerful sound comes from 40mm dual-diaphragm drivers in each earphone. Other features include a 45-degree plug and tangle-free cords, which include a microphone that can be used with Apple iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows hand-held devices.
v-moda.com/XS, special pricing of $189 for the rest of the year, available in matte black metal or white silver
Create your own masterpiece
How about taking a priceless family digital image and turning it into a work of art.
WhiteWall online photo lab, which likes to call itself an online art market, can take your image and make an amazing print on acrylic, aluminum, canvas or just a standard paper print.
Within a user-friendly website, you upload an image and design what you want using what seems like an endless amount of choices. I recently tested the site with ease and chose to print on acrylic. Let’s just say I was amazed with the finished product.
Anything you choose will be handled with care and great customer service and guaranteed competitive pricing.
Prices vary depending on service; you’ll get the price at the start of the process when you choose your printing or framing option.
For the avid reader
The free PressReader app gives you a choice of more than 2,800 newspapers and magazines from 100-plus countries delivered to your house daily without getting out of bed to open the front door.
Subscriptions for the publications you order on the app can be read on most smartphones, tablets, eReader and laptops (iOS, Android, Windows 8 or BlackBerry 10 operating systems). You can personalize your experience within the apps’ publications by special interests, publication type, language or country.
I personally love the bookmark feature to automatically sync articles across my devices (iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro) for later reading.
You never thought a desk lamp could be cool until you see the NewerTech NuGreen LED Desk Lamp. It’s designed with a modern aluminum style and features a flexible neck for easy positioning. One end has a weighted base to keep it in place and the other has the light with 50 LEDs for up to 45,000 hours of use (over 51/2 years).
The bright white light is similar to natural daylight, which is easier on your eyes and only uses a thrifty 3.6 watts of power.
The Monster SuperStar portable wireless speaker is promoted as “size does matter,” and after hearing it you’ll see how the statement is somewhat backwards.
Considering its size of 5 by 2.55 by 0.86 inches (1/2 pound) is smaller than many smartphones, you’ll be amazed when you hear the powerful sound from the pocket-size speaker.
The Pure Monster Sound and advanced apt-X digital processing produces the crystal clean wireless stereo sound.
It also works as a hands-free speaker phone with a built-in mic on a desktop or a dashboard.
MonsterProducts.com, $99.95, available in neon blue, gray, neon green and neon pink
Evutec Corporation’s new Karbon S and SI Kevlar cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are among the thinnest and strongest cases you’ll see, along with an eye-catching design.
The case has no metal and will not affect cellular, GPS or WiFi in the handsets. It’s made with a shock-absorbing inner layer, fused with a Kevlar outer shell.
As for the thickness, when you combine the new iPhone 6 with a 0.7mm Karbon S case it equals the thickness of an iPhone 5 without a case.
Plus they also look great!
www.evutec.com, prices start at $34.95 and are also available for select Samsungs and iPads