‘Tis the season for good food, family gatherings, and gift giving. From a stylish tote to the latest game, this year’s guide offers affordable items for everyone on your list. It’s full of gifts that are fun yet practical. What’s more, they’re easy to use and even easier to give.
Carry in style
The clunky heap of black padding she once used to transport her laptop can be a thing of the past. Give her a more stylish option. Soleil’s water-resistant April laptop bag was designed to hold a 12″ notebook computer, with plenty of pockets for a cell phone and other accessories. Best of all, it comes equipped with AirSHIELD gel impact protection system.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order; $89.99
Heard any good books lately?
Instead of curling up, bookworms can take their lit to go. The Playaway self-playing digital audio book makes listening as simple as pressing a button and lets listeners enjoy novels, biographies, and business best sellers anywhere — even through car or home speakers. Don’t worry if the recipient isn’t technically inclined; Playaway comes with the content already loaded. www.playawaydigital.com; $34.95 and up
Let the games begin
This Sudoku Glass Tabletop Set is a sophisticated alternative to the traditional pen and paper game. Numbered glass pieces, 90 in all, complement the glass tabletop and can be stored in a felt pouch when not in use. Sudoku lovers will appreciate the 100 puzzles with three levels of difficulty. The set also includes a leather carrying case for storage. www.sharperimage.com; $49.95
Can I get your number?
Know someone who lost their cell phone and, with it, their entire address book? Well, those days are over thanks to this tiny device that allows users to back up their cell phone contacts with the click of a button. They just plug the CellStik into the USB drive of a computer and edit, add, or delete contacts at their convenience. There are no drivers or cables to install, and numbers can be transferred to a new cell phone when it’s time for an upgrade. www.sparktech.com; $39.99
History in the making
Listen to the New Testament as voiced by Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Kirk Franklin, and other notable African Americans. The cast of Inspired By … The Bible Experience totals more than 200, as each celebrity portrays a specific Bible character. This inspirational product is available in either mp3 or audio CD format, making it a perfect way for busy professionals to feed their souls.
www.inspiredby.com/Bible Experience.htm; $34.99–$49.99
Loved ones can brew their favorite coffees, teas, cappuccinos, and lattes in just seconds with the Flavia Fusion Drinks Station. The machine comes with a sampler of 18 single-serve Filterpacks, from Flavia’s selection of more than 30 drinks, and accommodates cups of different sizes, even travel mugs. www.sharperimage.com; $99.95
A new kind of blend
Make refreshing smoothies, tangy salsas, or delicious dips in minutes with Tribest’s Personal Blender. Convenient for home, work, and travel, this blender whips, chops, and crushes with ease as a result of its 200-watt motor. Plus it’s great for those on the