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And suddenly, it’s Christmas! Where did the time go? Wasn’t I just posting about Thanksgiving? What a wonderful time of year, with celebrations all around, parties and good food. Our wonderful neighbor gifts us with a bucket of her homemade cookies each year, and it’s definitely one of the high points of the season for me. If you’re still in need of inspiration for cookies or decor or great homemade ideas, be sure to check out my Pinterest board, Christmas is All Around Me.
If you really are in need, you’re in luck. This month, the Blog With Friends Jolly Jinglers group is back, teaming up to share some wonderful ideas for unique gift and decor ideas to start some new traditions. Of course, there’s still ways to keep technology in the mix, as I’ll be sharing in my entry, High Tech Stocking Stuffers that Won’t Break the Budget. There’s something for all your gadget needs.
For Jolly Jingler December, eight bloggers are presenting you with some of their best ideas to give your Christmas the extra special touch. There’s a Christmas tree dessert, DIY cloth Christmas tree, twisted paper angel, DIY elf hat and shoes, Christmas wreath, kids handprint wreath craft, and book suggestions! See the links at the bottom of the post for these fabulous ideas from these beautiful Jolly Jinglers!
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And now…High tech stocking stuffers that won’t break the budget
Although holiday gift giving traditions remain, with clothes, food, jewelry and gift certificates, the list of tech gear and gadgets just grows and grows, and when you include a large segment of the toy industry with it, the options can be overwhelming.
Here, I’ve outlined just a few options that are tiny enough to be stocking stuffers, but big on the Wow! factor to be enjoyed far beyond Christmas morning.
- For cell phone fanatics: Christmas phone cases. Sure, you could get them a picture of you on a case, but wouldn’t it be more fun to share the spirit of Christmas all year round? From Santa to snowmen to twinkling lights, you can even get the Griswold Family Christmas immortalized for your iPhone or Samsung devices. There’s fun and funny, there’s cute and quirky, there’s magical and silly. Cell phone cases on Cafe Press start at $20.
- For the hip videographer: Check out the Polaroid Cube. That’s right, the folks from Polaroid have re-entered the camera market in a big way with this tiny, tiny 1080P HD video camera. It’s a lifestyle action video camera that’s weatherproof and splash-proof, and is mountable, including on bicycle handlebars. It can record up to 90 minutes, and is perfect for kids who want to record their skateboarding tricks or older folks who want to show off their snowboarding skills. It lists at $99.99.
- For the grandparents ready to move to eReaders: For the baby boomers and older crowd who love to read books, but are ready to move to a handheld device, consider the Amazon Kindle. The base model doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but it has stood the test of time. The latest updates make it a touchscreen model, with 4GB of memory space. You can easily link it to a Wi-fi account to download thousands of books. Because it is a base model, it can be purchased for $79, and it’s so lightweight and compact, it can be slipped into a purse or even a jacket pocket. It’s very user friendly and a great entry level gadget.
- For anyone wanting to cut the cable cord: Cable and satellite bills have reached the triple digits for many across the country, and a number of customers are already using streaming services of some kind, including Netflix or Hulu Plus. If you want to introduce someone to the entire world of streaming TV, gift them with a Roku Streaming Stick. You simply plug it into the back of the TV, and no more cables and wires to deal with. It will open the door to Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster, Redbox Instant, M-Go, HBO Go, Showtime Anytime, Target Ticket, WWE Network, MLB.TV Premium, NBA Game Time, UFCTV, MLS Live, NHL Gamecenter. Whew! It comes with a user friendly remote and takes away the hassle of figuring out the mystery of streaming TV. At $50, it packs a big ticket wallop.
- For the multi-device fiend: Grab the Anker 40W 5-Port family-sized desktop charger. Most families these days have multiple devices in their home, including cell phones and tablets. Beyond that, there is frequently a mix of Apple and Android devices among them. The Anker charger can handle both iOS and Android and can identify your specific device to deliver the fastest possible charge, saving you hours of time. Plus, if your family has a rule where all devices are left in one location at bedtime, this is a great way to charge all of them at the same time. It retails for $26 and it will be worth every penny.
- For the less than tidy: If you know someone who has an out of control wire problem, then you should see the Applecore cord organizer. They kinda look like an apple core, allowing you to wrap your wires in a neat way. The organizers come in small, medium and large, so they can accommodate cell phones and iPods, desktop computers, small household gadgets, and larger cables and wires and household appliances. Essentially, they can help you separate the cords and keep them under control. They come in a range of colors and start at $1.99. You can get the combo 3-pack for just $11.99.
- For those who feel the need for speed: A Christmas staple around our house, remote control items never go out of style. This year, you can try out the Silverlit Nano Falcon helicopter. It holds the record as the world’s smallest RC helicopter, so at 2.5 inches, you can play inside or out, which comes in handy on snowy days. It can run for about 8 minutes on a full charge, which usually takes around 20 minutes. It can make all the moves that you think a helicopter can make, and it’s equally fun for kids and adults. It sells for $40.
Hope you liked what you’ve seen. Ready for more holiday fun? Keep on reading!
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Need some Pinterest-worthy projects for a more festive Christmas?
Check out the other bloggers in this month’s A Blog With Friends Project!
- Incredible Edible Holiday Christmas Trees by Karen at Baking in a Tornado
- Elf Hat and Shoes Sewing Tutorial by Stacy at Stacy Sews and Schools
- Simply Festive Wreath Tutorial from Robin at Someone Else’s Genius
- Cloth Christmas Tree Tutorial by Shellybean at Follow Me Home
- Twisted Paper Angel Craft by Lydia at Cluttered Genius
- DIY Handprint Christmas Wreath by Christy at Uplifting Families
- Christmas Bookie Goodness by Sarah of The Momisodes
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