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From the Actrix Online Informer December 2007

by Rob Zorn

Awesome Christmas presents

So, it's that time of year again. All those Christmas presents to buy, and so little time to think and find inspiration. Well don't despair. There are heaps of websites out there to help you find the perfect gift, even for those friends and loved ones who already seem to have everything. I thought I'd round up a few of what I think are the most interesting (and if my friends and loved ones are reading, these are things I would like!). Check the websites for many, many more. All you need is a credit card and an internet connection!

Remote-controlled lederhosen
"It's been a long and almost unbearable wait. For years, possibly even decades, the world's brightest minds have been racking their brains to find a way to create a remote controlled pair of trousers. You may think that this might not have been a good use of their time, but you'd be wrong. Combining quantum mechanics and nano-technology, or more likely neither, minds immeasurably superior to ours have cracked it - or possibly just cracked, and at last the world has been enriched with remote controlled lederhosen. Not only do these ludicrous trousers hop about in a suitably laughable manner (just in case they weren't laughable enough anyway), they also, of course, yodel. They come with a frankfurter control that doesn't control them much, and even have traditional Bavarian details on the seams and pockets! You can check this by buying the book entitled Traditional Bavarian Details found on the seams and pockets of automated Lederhosen - though surprisingly it's yet to be translated into English. If ever we needed proof that mankind is capable of making miraculous technical advances, then surely these remote controlled lederhosen are just that. There's hope for us yet."

I Want One of Those: www.iwantoneofthose.com/kitsch-daft/rc-lederhosen.
£17.99

Crazy golf balls
"When you want to annoy the knickers off someone who takes golf too seriously, these ludicrous balls will do the trick nicely. The set comprises four balls, each of which does something stupid when you hit it.

The Exploder, shown in the picture, blows up into a spectacular cloud of billowing white dust. The Phantom basically vanishes on impact into a watery mist. The Jet Streamer ejects 15 feet of spiralling streaming ribbon when thwacked, and the Unputtaball simply won't go in a straight line on the green - however you hit it, it wobbles all over the place.

Four great little one-hit wonders to liven up your next round."

I Want One of Those: www.iwantoneofthose.com/kitsch-daft/crazy-golf-balls.
£7.99
USB cup warmer
"Why is it that a really good cuppa always seems to cool at 10 times the normal rate when you're working at your computer? It's really very annoying. Well at last there's a suitably techie solution in the USB cup warmer. Simply plug this little gadget into your USB port, pop your cuppa on the hot plate, and it'll extend your drinking time by up to 30 minutes - bliss.

Features include: USB-powered hot plate, temperature of hot drinks can be maintained at 40 degrees after an hour, DC to USB cable, powered via USB from your PC or Mac, low voltage, no driver installation required, size 12 x 12 x 12 cm.

This product is not a toy, keep out of reach of children. This is an electrical item so don't get all splash happy near it. The hot plate gets hot, obviously, so be careful not to burn yourself. Cannot be used with plastic cups."

I Want One of Those: www.iwantoneofthose.com/office-toys/usb-cup-warmer.
£9.99

Flashing hair braids

I had to include this one to ward off charges that this list was becoming a bit 'blokey'.

Looking for a fun thing to wear to the Christmas Party? Or perhaps you just want to be the fashion envy of all your friends. These flashing hair braids will certainly make sure you stand out from the crowd. They come with seven super bright LED lights and a hairclip to make fitting a breeze.

Pretty cool, really. I wish I still had some hair.

Neat Gadgets: www.neatgadgets.co.nz/site/1515129/product/F%20-%20AL030.
NZ$14.00

iDog
"When you place the iDog in front of speakers or plug it into any hand-held music player, its face lights up and it moves its head and ears. There are seven LED lights in different colours on its face which flash in rhythm to the music.

It is compatible with most portable music devices such as Discman, iPod, or Rio MP3 players. iDog can sense your touch - when you touch it at different part of its body, it tells you if it is happy or not. The LED lights also express it's emotion. Its face can sense light so when it is playing music and you shade its face with your hand the rhythm will change. It composes and plays wonderful music that vary with it's different moods.

iDog can remember up to 70 songs. Feed it with sounds when it is hungry! It loves any sort of sounds and all it needs to rock is 2 AA batteries (not included)."

Neat Gadgets: www.neatgadgets.co.nz/site/1515129/product/F-iDog.
NZ$69.99

Digger the dog
"
Exclusive to the Present Finder and one of our best sellers - this is the ultimate aristocratic gnome and a wonderfully silly present! Life size back half of a Jack Russell terrier busy digging up the lawn or use it as a door stop. Made of high quality resin, it is fully frost and weather proof. We love it so much we use it as our logo! Height to tail: 25cm.
These diggers were first made by the famous Jonathan Eaton who invented the concept of the digging dog (and many other wacky presents)."

Present Finder: www.shop.edirectory.co.uk/presentfinder/1306/index/.
29.95

Remote control furry tarantula with light-up eyes
"Give your friends a real fright with this super scary life-like Mexican red-knee tarantula. This creepy crawly spider, with light-up eyes and a furry texture, can scurry across any flat, smooth surface with spider-like leg movement. For a truly scary effect, flash the light-up eyes, rotate a full 360 degrees, and send the spider scurrying under the couch!
Requires 2 "AAA" and 2 "AA" batteries (sold separately). Measures 18cm (7") long.

Present Finder: www.shop.edirectory.co.uk/presentfinder/1306/index/.
19.95

Twirling spaghetti fork
"
This is just one of those gizmos that once you've tried, you'll wonder how you ever coped without it! Spaghetti twirling has, until now, been a traumatic and messy affair for many (recent medical research has revealed twirling spaghetti by manual means to be Italy's no1 cause of arthritis of the wrist!). Well not any more folks! This twirling spaghetti fork, fun and easy to use, reels your pasta in at a manageable rate for a more satisfying mouthful - less mess more fun! Requires 2 x AAA Batteries (not included). Colours may vary."

Present Finder: www.shop.edirectory.co.uk/presentfinder/1306/index/.
7.95

Inflatable sumo costume
"This air blown inflatable sumo costume is a fun and very easy way to dress up! It's so easy to inflate your sumo costume - just step inside the costume, clip your battery belt clip and turn on the fan, then zip up the costume and it inflates in seconds and that's it other than putting on your wig! This costume has been designed to take all the pain and dilemma over what to dress up as for a fancy dress party. Your precious time is also not wasted ...so may the fattest sumo win!"

GoBaz: http://www.gobaz.com/prodpage.asp?ProdID=7049.
24.95

Crazy desktop golf set
"It might bring back memories of beach holidays with deck chairs and overcast weather, but now you can play Crazy Golf all year round from the comfort of your own desk. The Desktop Mini Golf Set recreates the fun of the seaside and brings it back to home or the workplace. You get five obstacles to test your skill and putting power. Each can be set up differently to provide a more challenging course for every attempt. You even get to putters and two balls, so you can challenge your colleagues to a crazy golf championship. Playing 18 holes of golf at your desk might prove difficult so this Mini Desktop Golf might prove just thing to test your putting prowess against the annoying colleague that walks in the office every Monday morning boasting of how he shot 4 birdies on the back 9."

GoBaz: http://www.gobaz.com/prodpage.asp?ProdID=7204.
14.95

Finger drum kit
"Are you constantly tapping your fingers on the desk, clicking a pen, drumming a tin lid or slapping your legs. This miniature but genuinely life-like finger-sized drum kit lets you express your musical passion in a way that will either get people to join in or ask you to leave the building. The super finger-sensitive tiny drums include large and small tom-tom, bass drum with foot pedal, snare and cymbal, so there's nothing missing. And even better, you can record what you create and play it back time after time. It's a highly addictive little item. So if you're a drummer or percussionist who gets his or her best inspiration when you're nowhere near a drum kit, this is the perfect solution."

GoBaz: http://www.gobaz.com/prodpage.asp?ProdID=5918
12.95

 

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