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The clock is ticking and you only have about a week left to find those perfect gifts for Christmas. While it may seem impossible to get everything you want, you don’t have to resort to giving gift cards or cash this year. There are plenty of ideas out there that can help you find just the right thing for that special someone that shows you care. Here are a few last minute gift ideas that will hopefully help.
Cuisinart DGB-600BC Grind and Brew Coffeemaker - I actually own one of these, and it is a fantastic coffee maker. If you know someone on your list that enjoys coffee, especially the ability to grind whole beans, this is a fantastic choice. As an added bonus, since it uses a thermal carafe, it uses less energy since it doesn’t need to run a heating element to keep the pot warm. Starting at $69.00
Black and Decker LI3000 3.6-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Screwdriver - Do you know someone who recently moved into a new house or just got married? This is another fantastic item that I received as a gift last year, and I have to say, it is one of the best gifts we received. It is small, relatively inexpensive, yet extremely handy to have around the house. Starting at $39.00
Logitech Cordless Desktop LX 300 – Free your friends or family from the wires that keep them attached to their computer. A wireless keyboard and mouse combo is a fantastic idea for a niece or nephew at college, or for anyone who enjoys computing. Again, I am recommending this product because I have one and throughly enjoy the freedom it provides. Starting at $39.99
Titleist NXT Series Golf Balls – Every golfer needs golf balls, yet they are one of thinks they hate to buy. So, find out what type of golf ball your friend or relative uses and buy them a dozen. I can guarantee they will love it. I personally use Titleist NXT Tour balls, as they provide a great compromise of feel, distance, and price. Starting at $35.99
Norpro Wood Cutting Board (19-by-15-Inch) – Every aspiring chef deserves a good cutting surface. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to prepare a meal on small and flimsy cutting boards. A large sold wood cutting board like this is an amazing tool in the kitchen. If you know someone who loves to cook and doesn’t have a large board or chopping block, this is a must-buy gift. Starting at $39.90
Khet: The Laser Strategy Game – Classic strategy with a modern twist. If you or someone you know enjoys strategy games, Khet may be a winner. You place and move different pieces on the board with mirrors that redirect a laser beam. This game was also a Mensa select winner a while back. Starting at $44.95
Sennheiser Rs120 Wireless Headphones With Charging Cradle Introduce that special someone to a wireless world of personal audio. These amazing headphones will allow the listener to hear their favorite television show, movie, or music from over 120 feet away, even through walls. These would make a great gift for the audio lover on your list. Starting at $64.81
Cross Fountain Pen – Perfect for the professional in your life, a fountain pen is a classy upgrade for any office. Cross makes some of the finest pens, and they have a fantastic selection of fountain varieties. All of their pens come in a very attractive gift package to make your job even easier. Starting at around $50
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David, I like it a lot as well. I noticed over at Wisebread there was a post about the coffeemaker and how it wasn't very good because it has more parts to clean, but I haven't had a problem.
Sure, because it has a built in grinder it is going to have a few extra parts when compared to a basic maker, but I find a quick rinse under hot water after each brew takes about 30 seconds.
I guess if you're looking for pure simplicity, then that model may not be for you, but I just love it. Now I can use my little hand-held coffee grinder to grind up herbs and spices :)
I doubt it will be under the tree, but Khet definitely looks like enough fun to be a post-Christmas present to myself!
These are all really nice items and I would not mind a new cordless screwdriver if I did not already have my Ryobi drill (gift 5 years ago from Dad). However, all these items are far more than I spend on one person. Consider getting last minute gifts at a thrift shop. Easier on the wallet and there are always treasures if looked at in the right way.
Some great suggestions in there, although I have already resorted to the ever-popular gift card for many family members, mostly due to shipping woes. The new card site Leverage has some of the latest guaranteed-by-xmas shipping I've seen, along with swap functionality, interest-earning (thanks to coolmompicks for that suggestion). Still, those Sennheisers would make my nephew happy...!
About the noise-cancellation -- I've used several pairs and they mostly cancel out lower, bassy sounds (such as airplane engines, etc). They won't help if a baby's crying or anything, although Ozzy might drown it out...
Millionaire: I don't have one but they work great. I routinely see people use them in airplanes and you don't hear any of the surrounding sound when you put them on.
I was looking at picking up a pair of noise reduction headphones in the airport. I wonder if this will do the trick?