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Innovative Gifts

Have one of those impossible-to-shop-for relatives on your list? With these ideas, you’ll be sure to find that perfect gift, even for the person who has everything.

Quik Pod

The Quik Pod is revolutionizing the way we take pictures. As the first extendable hand-held tripod in the world, it is fast becoming the number one camera and camcorder accessory on the market. Created from the mind of modern-day inventor Wayne Fromm, the ingenious Quick Pod can be best described as an "extendable hand-held tripod" that photoeiffel.jpglets you properly frame and photograph yourself with your friends and family.

Quick Pod is ideal for the holidays, as a gift or as an easy way to capture the perfect family photo. This cool little gadget attaches to the bottom of your camera like a tripod and acts like an adjustable extension of your arm, letting you take a self-portrait from a comfortable distance away. Lightweight and small enough to fit in your pocket, it enables you to take better "look-where-I-was" photos than just pointing a camera at your face from arm’s length". With the Quik Pod, you’ll never have to ask a stranger to help capture your memories again!

The Quik Pod can be purchased in store at J&R Music World/Computer World and Ritz Camera or ordered online at 

Hu Energy Pendant  

Hu Energy Pendant

Give a Hu Energy Pendant this holiday season and you’ll be giving a gift with something extra—positive energy. Designer and philosopher, Shadow Sky debuts his energy jewelry line just in time for Christmas. The Hu Energy Pendant features a trio of yin yang symbols. For fashionistas the pendant is plated in white and yellow 14 karat gold. For energy, the core is made of the of super conductor copper. The line comes in a total of 12 colors that Shadow selected to enhance our well-being. They are two-sided, featuring the exact same design, but in different colors. Simply flip to the side that matches your mood or outfit. Celebrities ranging from Heidi Klum to Lakers coach Phil Jackson have embraced energy jewelry. What makes the Hu Energy Pendant unique is that Shadow has infused every one of his designs with a harmonizing field created to ward off evil intentions and electromagnetic radiation. He’s even conducted scientific tests on the energy by using aura krilian photography, also known simply as aura photography.
www.huenergyfashion.comSpinapse Games For Brains

Give them a game that’s not only fun, but expands their minds, too. Spinapse has three computer games that anyone, young or old, would love to find in their stocking.

Christmas Quest
Travel the planet on a Christmas scavenger hunt! This part scavenger hunt, part trivia game is the ultimate holiday adventure. Armed with a camera, a list of assignments, and a set of live-action scenes waiting to be explored, each match earns a spin of the Big Wheel and a shot at score-boosting trivia questions about the history, traditions, and funny quirks of Christmas.

Piano Head
PianoHead 2.0 is a challenging game and a very effective learning tool for every music student. It’s easy to use and fun to play. Watch your scores increase as you begin to master the fundamentals of music theory. PianoHead builds automaticity for note recognition, scales, intervals and key signatures.
Photo Hunter
Travel to Hawaii and play a game of trivia and strategy. This seek-and-find trivia game takes you on location to the islands with live-action scenes and photorealistic settings. Play against others worldwide with a monthly competition for top players. It’s a fun way to learn about Hawaiian culture, history and wildlife. It’s also available in Photo Hunt in Yellowstone.

Kena Kai

Kena Kai has revolutionized a product that seen virtually no innovation since its birth: bandanas. Used by millions for everything from absorbing perspiration during active-sports to simply acting as a fashion accessory, they make the perfect gift for sports-enthusiast and fashionistas alike, and Kane Kai’s bandanas are unlike any others.


The stylish Microfiber Bandanas come in five fun designs and are available in either the Ultra Absorbent microfiber material or the Ultra Fine microfiber material. We wanted to rework the classic bandana using high-tech fabrics and cool designs. The beauty of using microfiber is that its five-times more absorbent than cotton – which is extremely beneficial as bandanas are often used to absorb perspiration – and the material is naturally much more odor-resistant due to the nature of the material.

Kena Kai is a design-boutique that was born out of two distinct, yet connected desires. The first was to offer fun, innovative and sometimes edgy items. The second goal was to introduce a new way for people to ‘give back’ while shopping, with the hope that other e-commerce sites would follow our lead. The slogan Designed to Give™ sums up Kena Kai’s aspirations. They donate 10% of every purchase to worthwhile charitable causes.


SanDisk has the answer to the holiday gift-giving blues. Who on your list wouldn’t love to receive an MP3 player this season? The Sansa e200R Series MP3 players are based on the Sansae200_jpg.jpgflagship products of SanDisk’s audio line. Created by the leaders in flash memory and “optimized” for the Best Buy Digital Music Store experience (powered by Rhapsody), this flash-based player provides everything you need for music, photo, and video clip playback.

The very attractive, sleek design includes a 1.8” TFT color screen with advanced navigational features and an easy to use interface. You can also avoid scratches and cracks with the strong scratch resistant alloy metal backing. The Sansa e200R Rhapsody provides superior sound playback and supports Microsoft PlaysForSure subscription music, and the SanDisk Media Converter supports most image formats to enjoy photos and small personal videos. And since it comes pre-loaded with hundreds of songs via Rhapsody Channels and Playlists, it’s ready to go right out of the box.
Solar Style

Know someone who’s never without a cell phone, PDA, and MP3 player? Give them a gift that will keep their devices running longer with solar powered chargers from Solar Style. “Solar” used to be the big bulky panels attached to your friend’s roof in Berkley in the 70s, or the gimmicky thing that powered your freebie calculator. Not anymore. Companies like Solar Style, Inc. are working overtime to bring solar-powered personal devices to the masses.

SolarStyle.jpgTheir patented portable solar chargers can be used for a wide array of personal electronic devices. These products are great for saving energy, in an emergency and can increase personal security in the event of a weather catastrophe. Imagine if you never had to worry about your cell phone quitting in the middle of an important deal, or getting stuck by the side of the road without the power to call for help! Solar Style products can eliminate these problems in emergency situations. Shaped like the trendiest thin phones on the market, the chargers are affordable and encourage non-fossil fuel energy use, and come in a fabulous array of colors.


iTrain_Grace.jpgGive the gift that keeps giving with iTRAIN, the company that is making a difference in the way people approach fitness from LA to New York, to Australia and Jerusalem. Men, women, and kids are pressing play to change their lives with the team of motivational voices gathered by celebrity trainer Grace Lazenby.

The iTRAIN voices are changing people’s lives, and that is the core behind Lazenby’s philosophy about fitness. Fitness is a way of life, and without positive reinforcement on a daily basis, we get stuck, and give up. iTRAIN is the voice that won’t let you give up, whether it is Nick Narvaez drilling you in the weight room, Lazenby pushing you through that next sprint or Heath and Joseph expressing that its okay if you can’t get there today, you will tomorrow with their iSTRETCH workouts. Punch into the voices that will change your life and see what everyone is talking about.

Catch the spirit of the Holidays on the iTRAIN express. Download goodies for friends, family, and co-workers. Gift certificates are available for $25, $50, and $100.

Soda Club

SodaClub.jpgPerfect for sparkling water fans and gourmet soda aficionados alike, Soda-Club’s gourmet beverages make a healthier alternative to store bought soda (containing two-thirds less sugar, calories, and carbs). Their line of on-demand soda machines will brew a liter of soda or sparkling water in about 30 seconds and includes a choice of 25 flavors, from classic Cola to Fizzy Blue; diet sodas are sweetened with Splenda. It will also brew teas, juices and energy drinks. Since it doesn’t need electricity, the soda machines are perfect for boats and RV’s where cooler and refrigerator space is limited. For more on Soda Club, click here.
Cynthia Rowland

Cynthia_Rowland.jpgThe Facial Magic and Luscious Lips systems from Cynthia Rowland are revolutionizing the anti-aging market. Help someone put beauty at their fingertips with these two great beauty tools. For many of us, the pursuit of a youthful appearance has meant ponying up for creams, solutions, injections, and in some cases, surgery. With Facial Magic and Luscious Lips, invasive, painful and sometimes dangerous surgeries and injections are no longer needed. Give beauty the natural way. For more on Cynthia Rowland, click here.

95 and Sunny

95andSunny.jpgGive the gift of a better manicure. 95 and Sunny’s crystal glass manicure files are the answer to beautiful nails. These double-sided, high-quality products can be sterilized for safe, repeated use–no threat of infection here! And because the filing surface and the file body are one and the same, you won’t find the file worn down past the point of usefulness. The files themselves are 74% stronger than regular glass. These versatile items can also be used on real or artificial nails and they’ll give your nails a flawless, smooth edge. With regular use, the files can help prevent chipping and peeling–the enemies of any good mani/pedi!

Business and organizations can personalize these files in a variety of ways, with logos, colors, crystals, initials, and hand-painted designs. The files are included in 95 and Sunny’s gift sets, as well. For more on 95 and Sunny, click here.


Tweezlight_Deluxe_Gold_Tube.jpgThanks to the influence of fashion magazines and glamorous celebrities, eyebrows are enjoying their time in the spotlight. But you don’t need to book an appointment at an expensive salon every time you want to clean up your brows. With the TweezLight, you can pinpoint tiny or ingrown hairs before you pluck them away. The TweezLight is constructed with high-quality stainless steel, and they come in your choice of a matte silver or gold-plated finish. But unlike run-of-the-mill tweezers, TweezLight introduces a built-in LED light, which helps you locate even the smallest, most elusive hairs. A switch on the TweezLight lets you turn the LED on and off as needed. With regular use of TweezLight, you’ll enjoy a smooth, hairless brow that’s ready to take on eye shadow and other cosmetics.

For more on TweezLight, click here.


Coby.jpgWho wouldn’t want to receive new electronics this holiday? Fulfill your family’s hopes with the Coby TF-DVD 7307 Portable DVD/CD/MP3 Player. The take-anywhere device is perfect for the home, the office, family vacations or anywhere your imagination takes you. For more on the DVD player and Coby, click here.

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