Every year, I dread Christmas shopping. My father-in-law is especially hard to shop for. Dad is 89 years old and has just about everything — from gadgetry to silk ties. Over the past 25 years, I have been guilty of throwing my hands up in the air and opting for a lame pair of flannel pajamas for him. Not this year.
I found a website, ThinkGeek.com, and this year, Dad will be getting something I know he doesn’t have. Here are some of my favorites, which I thought were interesting, if not unique (click on the product photo for a larger view):
Bluetooth Watch with Caller I.D. – Want to screen your cellphone calls? This watch will display the caller as well as incoming text messages on the face of the watch. You can even mute your phone’s ringer. (Does not work with the iPhone). Price: $69.99
Wonder Plunger Measuring Cup – Anyone who cooks knows how hard it is to measure molasses, honey or oil and get every drop out of a traditional measuring cup. This handy kitchen tool will measure in fluid ounces, milliliters, teaspoons, tablespoons and cups. (Holds one cup.) Perfect for the cook in your life. Price: $5.99
USB LED Desktop Lamp – Hate crawling under the desk looking for an outlet? This lamp is powered by plugging into a USB port on your computer and has 12 bright, LED lights to illuminate a work area. It is light-weight and portable. It rotates 270 degrees and can be positioned at various angles. Price: $9.99
Laptop Speaker Bar – This gadget hooks onto the back of a laptop screen to deliver 360 degrees of sound. Just plug it into a USB port and it’s installed. It comes with a case so your traveler can take it wherever he or she goes. Price: $49.00
USB 8GB Flash Drive Lighter – This is a real lighter that doubles as a portable “thumb drive.” The USB connector slides out from the lighter to plug into your computer. The lighter is refillable and the flame is adjustable. (Lighter fluid not included.) Price: $29.99
AlcoHawk Digital Alcohol Detector – Worried about how much you’ve had to drink at a party? Carry this in a pocket or on a keychain. It has a foldable mouthpiece, two-digit readout and an exhale pressure monitor for accuracy. The response time is five seconds, and it beeps when the test is complete. (Requires two AA batteries.) Price: $44.99
Disclaimer: The products posted here are of interest to the writer and have not been tested by BizPac Review. The featuring of these products does not constitute an endorsement by BizPac Review.