3 Cool Things You’re Not Going to Spend the Money to Buy

3 things from that I want, but will surely not buy.

Ping Pong Paddles – Brodmann Blades ($100)

These are the craziest table tennis paddles I’ve ever seen.  They remind me more of Klingon weapons then paddles.  I have no idea if they are actually intuitive to pick up and play with or if it’s just awkward.  Either way, I’m curious…

Dog Collar -  Bark4Beer ($15)

Ok, so this one you might spend the money on.  If you’ve got a dog that is always following you around you might as well put it to work!

Soccer Ball – Adidas Jabulani World Cup Match Ball ($150)

Yep, it’s a $150 soccer ball. I still want it.  If you like soccer you should too.

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Holiday Gift Guide Round-up

Hanukkah might have just ended, but Christmas is just around the corner.   If you’re like me, you haven’t done nearly as much shopping as you were supposed to and now you’re starting to panic.  Have no fear! There is still time (click here for a list of retailers and the drop dead dates for pre-xmas delivery) to get your presents under the tree in time for that bleary eyed wonder we call Christmas morning.

To help you sort through all the options we here at TechtoLiveBy have compiled a list of our favorite holiday gift guides.  In no particular order…

Engadget’s Holiday Gift Guide 2009

Engadgets gift guide is always a personal favorite for gadget shopping.  It’s rarely the most creative gift list, but it’s suggestions are solid, main stream (so generally well received), and expansive.  You can’t go wrong starting with this list.

Favorite Suggestion: iPod Touch – See, it’s not creative, but it’s a damn good present.

Make: Holiday Gift Guide 2009

Like any good gift guide Make offers categories for boys, girls, cheap and expensive…But they’ve also got guides for DIY everything, ‘Mischief Makers’, Retrotech, Robots, Dangerous Giving, and much more.  These gifts are not for everyone, but the people that like them will LOVE them and they might even learn something.

Favorite Suggestion: Absinthe and Flamethrower – A fantastic title and it’s described as “…a sure-fire hit for people who want to get in touch with their inner MacGyver and for fans of television shows like MythBusters. (The book’s projects …) often involve building things that shoot or explode.”  Yup, not for kids…

Craft: Holiday Gift Guide 2009

Make’s sister site Craft offers just as much DIY goodness but with less of the hardcore geekiness.  Lists include ‘For the foodie’, green gifts, wearable tech, for gardners, and much more (including for the beekeeper).

Favorite Suggestion: Ventilated Bee Suit with Astronaut Hood – Because, really, who doesn’t need a bee proof suit!


Cheating a little bit with this one.  They don’t seem to have posted a gift guide, but just scroll down the first page of articles.  Every tool there would seriously entertain the handyman in your life.

Favorite Suggestion: Home Automation - They cover Insteon and X10 products for getting started with home automation.  Have no fear, this will be covered extensively here on TechtoLiveBy.

GLOSS Holiday Gift Guide 2009

This one is for the ladies… Mygloss is a mommyblogger site and offers a more feminine take then some of the sites above.  The lists are short, but the suggestions are good ones.

Favorite Suggestion: Mindflex – The wow factor of these new ‘brain controlled’ toys is pretty high.

Gawker Luxury Gift Guide 2009

Saved the most expensive for last.  Gawker has put together this list of high end gifts that most people would want, but probably wont be receiving this year.  Highlights include, golf clubs, a corset, wirless speakers and the Aston Martin Vantage.

Favorite Suggestion: Icon Light Sports Craft – Is it a Jet? Is it a Jet Ski? I have no idea, but it definitely IS $250,000.  But hey, it only requires an LSA Pilots Liscense and a small truck to tow it to your garage.

Happy Holidays from!