This one’s for all you tech-heads out there juggling a bucketful of chargers, adapters and power supplies to feed your obsession with gadgets and gizmos. Ecosol makes this fast-charging, portable power supply that let’s you stay unplugged but fully powered when you’re on the go.
The device plugs into any USB port to charge. The cool looking LCD fuel gauge turns on when charging begins and lets you know how much power you’re packing. You can even plug your cell or PDA into it while it charges in the USB port of your laptop. Charges in about 90 minutes and can double the talk-time on your cellphone.
Charges Blackberries, iPods, cameras and most cellphones.
The Powerstick and 9 adapters go for $69.99 @ powerstick.com
This unique candleholder is made from mdf, discarded small branches. Holds 6 tealight candles.
measures 15.75″x 15.17″
$45 @ hipandzen.com
A great way to indoctrinate kids to the lifestyle of giving – give a child a Markmakers gift card. This way, card recipients can shop at an online gift store for goods, services, and items needed around the world in order to help the rainforest, wildlife, or underprivileged people. Learn more @ markmakers.org.
Similarly, kiva.org allows you to lend money to an individual entrepreneur in a developing nation so that he or she might rise out of poverty with just a little help. This gift certificate works similarly to markmakers’.
You’ll want to consider your child’s maturity level when choosing such a gift, making sure that it is age-appropriate and something your child can understand and appreciate. This is an excellent teaching opportunity for those ready to learn.
Non-monetary gifts can be even more meaningful to a child, such as spending time together outdoors. Some of my best memories are of casting wildlife footprints with my mom on the riverbank using Plaster of Paris.