For Anybody

Unique gift ideas for anybody and everyone.

Photo Valentine’s Day Cards

Photo Valentine's Day CardsHere are some more Valentine’s Day cards. This particular one is pink with just a hint of chocolate brown in the border for a nice change. Obviously, you can put your own picture in there of you or your family, or really anything you want.

Here’s an idea for ya. Get a picture of some guys who are roommates in college, order some cards with their pictures on them and then send those cards to people they know! That would be a swell prank.

Put a photo in a card here.

Chronicles of Narnia Box Set

Chronicles of Narnia Box SetNow with the release of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe as a movie, and I think more to come, more people will enjoy reading the full Chronicles of Narnia. I personally had never read the books as a kid, so I bought this very box set for myself. I’m on the third book right now, and they’re a great easy read.

There are 2 orders to read the books. They are ordered in the box chronologically by the plot of the story. But CS Lewis enthusiasts insist that the proper way to read them is the order in which they were written. That order is as follows:

  1. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
  2. Prince Caspian
  3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  4. The Silver Chair
  5. The Horse and His Boy
  6. The Magician’s Nephew
  7. The Last Battle

So there ya have it! That’s the order I’m reading them in, and I wouldn’t know much of a difference the other way around, but it supposedly ruins some of the surprises if you read it in the order the box set has them. This would make a great gift for somebody who enjoys reading and maybe someone with some children.

Send somebody’s mind to Narnia here.

Have You Heard of this iPod Thing?

iPods at
Okay, so I got a little lazy for today’s post. I haven’t blogged about an iPod yet, so here it is.

I got a new iPod Classic recently because my old 2nd generation one died on me. I really like it. I’m no Apple user, but I’ve got to say, they make a pretty good little media player. Now they’ve got the Nano, Classic, and Touch models from which to choose. I’ve got the 80 gig Classic in black. It’s been great for traveling and even for showing friends videos at times where I didn’t want to take the time to get the video on the TV or computer.

I really don’t think I need to talk the iPod up any more, as most people know what they are. So with that, I’ll throw the link down there and be done with it!

Give somebody an iGift here.

LED Blow On-Off Candles

LED Blow On-Off CandlesI found out about these a while ago, but I bought some for my sisters as Christmas presents, so I didn’t want to risk them finding out. Now that I’ve given them as gifts and they were very well received, I figured I’d share the greatness with the good people online.

These things do just what they say. It’s cool, you blow into the top of the candle just how you would to extinguish a flame, and it turns on! Then when you want to turn it off, do the same thing. It’s actually pretty satisfying to be able to turn it on or off with a quick puff of wind.

The light has a great flame-like flicker to it, and the colors are just as different and vivid as the image here shows they are. The yellow/orange looks just like a real flame and the blue is just cool. The candles are made out of something that really feels like wax. They’re a top notch product.

Save someone matches here.

Help Somebody Find Their Way Around

National Geographic Road Atlas
I just finished a coast-to-coast road trip. I started in Oregon and ended up in Florida. It was great. Along the ride, we made use of a great big road atlas not unlike this one.

Not only is this a map, but it highlights America’s top 100 adventure destinations, according to the National Geographic editors. So if you know somebody who does a lot of traveling, this could be a great gift idea for them.

Show someone the way here.

Checker Cake

Checker CakeCheck (pun intended) this cake out! This thing is great and I have no idea how in the world they do it. I mean, the cakes I’ve made start as batter which is liquidy and tough to keep separated from other colored batters. Crazy.

It’s a checkered chocolate and vanilla cake. The thing looks delicious and of course, is shipped overnight so you get it fresh. That’s a seriously appetizing looking cake. The site says that if you want to change the top of the cake (which I don’t know why anyone would, other than to maybe surprise the cake-cutter with the checkers), you can get it inscribed with something of your choice free of charge. Of course, then the checkers are gone so the inscribe words are legible.

Anyway, this thing is pretty sweet (another pun!) looking, so give it to somebody ay?

Play checkers with food here.

Christmas Photo Cards at

Christmas Photo has just under 100 unique styles of personalized photo Christmas Cards available. The particular one pictured there is called December Tea.

I think it’s a great way to add some style to the pile of cheesy Christmas cards that are sure to show up in many mailboxes across the country. There are a good many different styles and color schemes. There are also a whole bunch of Happy Holidays cards to pick from.

That reminds me of another random tangent story. A good friend back home and his fellow associates came up with the most unoffensive holiday season greeting to use: “Peaceful Solstice!” I don’t believe there is any chance that a person could be offended by hearing someone say “Peaceful Solstice,” so feel free to use it!

Put some faces on a stylin’ card here.

Pay Jr. Visa

PAYjr Prepaid Visa Card - Financial Education
This one is a little different. As you will know when I finally get an About page up here, I make a few cents when you, the wonderful reader, buys a gift that I’ve blogged about on this site. So in that vein, here is more of an obvious advertisement for something that I think could be a cool gift idea for a kid.

It’s a prepaid Visa, not really a credit card, more like a debit card without having a bank account. Or maybe it could be considered a gift card for anywhere that accepts Visa. I think it’s a pretty good idea. I’m not sure of the details, but I imagine it would be safer for kids to have than carrying cash. When used wisely, it could also be used to teach kids how to manage their money at an early age.

Speaking of money management, this brings back a memory of when my Grandpa would take us to the Plaid Pantry (a mini-mart down the street) when we would visit him. He’s give us one dollar and let us spend nothing more. He was teaching us how to live within our means I suppose. I remember I was still bummed about not being able to spend the little extra I had in my pocket. I’m still not rich from that, but I must have learned a lesson from it…right?

Give plastic cash away here.

Table Topics

Table TopicsDo you ever find yourself with other people who have brilliant minds, but nothing to say? I think we’ve all been there. Here’s the solution to end the silence…if silence isn’t your thing.

Table Topics are little boxes full of conversation starters. I used my super human power of vision to read what that card in the picture says, which is “Who do you think is the most important person alive today?” Some other examples given on the product’s page are “If you got a tattoo, what kind would you get and where would you put it?” and “Is intelligence or common sense more important?”

Each box has 160 unique topics for great conversation. If 160 aren’t enough for you, how about 1,120? There are 7 different themed Table Topics available. They are Original (adults), Family, Teen, Girls Night Out, Couples, Book Club, and Spirit. Speechless? Well then, go get some conversation starters!

Spark up some tasty conversation here.

Maritime Prism from National Geographic Store

Maritime Prism from National Geographic StoreHere’s another one of those things that just looks cool. It’s a big glass prism. The description on the site is not only informative, but educational as well. I’ve learned now that before electricity, ships relied on kerosene lamps and candles for light. Of course, fire housed beneath the deck isn’t always a good idea. Enter the prism. These puppies threw light all around the underside of the deck, taking advantage of the sun’s rays.

So benefit #1 is right there, it’s a great conversation piece. Benefit #2 is the fact that it’s totally awesome! Just look at it. It’s 4″ wide and 5″ tall. It makes me think of Emerald City in Oz. Yeah? I think so.

Bring in the green light here.

Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker

Play and Freeze Ice Cream MakerI love the taste of homemade ice cream. It’s weird to me how differently it tastes than the store-bought stuff. I haven’t had it for years though because it always seems like such a chore to make. You have to find somebody who has one of those big old ice cream makers. Then you have to put all the time into getting the stuff set up just right.

Now there is a solution for people like me! Here’s all you do with the Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker. Add ice and rock salt in one end, and add the ice cream ingredients in the other end. Roll it around for 15 minutes (good use of kids’ energy when they hear mention of ice cream) and presto, ice cream is served! If you’re like me, you don’t know what ice cream ingredients are. Apparently it’s as easy as cream, sugar, and vanilla. But no worries, a recipe list is included with each ice cream maker.

They come in a whole bunch of colors and 2 different sizes – pint and quart. There are also links on Amazon’s product site to order rock salt and other ingredients if you wish.

Roll some ice cream around here.

Atomic Food Containers from ThinkGeek

Atomic Food Containers from ThinkGeekFinally there’s something official looking to use for safely keeping leftovers in the work refrigerator. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had fun marking food containers with different “labels” to dissuade people from stealing them. I was actually pretty bad about it, mostly just for fun though.

Some examples are putting Anthrax on a cup of sugar, writing Sample on the side of a cup with apple juice in it, and even as far as adding food coloring to milk! That last one really works well, trust me.

ThinkGeek has made these awesome food containers that have great labels on the side making any co-worker or roommate think twice about stealing your food. Better yet, the lids have a dial that allows you to set them to remind you how old the food is. When it comes time to heat them up, the dial can be turned to the vent setting, which obviously vents the food as it gets nuked.

Poison your own food here.

Incredibly Strong Magnetic Push Pins

Incredibly Strong Magnetic Push PinsThese look pretty awesome. They’re push pin style magnets. Of course, you could use them on any surface that attracts to magnets, but really, the fridge is pretty much the only place most of us use magnets.

At first glance, I thought these things look cool, but probably aren’t very strong. Then I found their FAQ page that blew my doubts out of the water. They’re made of this stuff called Neodymium, which I guess can have crazy strong magnetism.

At that site I just linked to, you can order a “free” sample one, which actually costs a buck for shipping. You can also get more colors there than at ThinkGeek, which is where the other links in this post lead. The ones at ThinkGeek are cheaper though, since you don’t pick the colors. So, there are a couple options.

Stick it to the fridge here.