Every year publications all over the world give you their opinion for what they think you should buy for the holidays and the staff of SFGN has an opinion too. Whether you love shopping or not we have compiled a great list of things for just about anyone on your shopping list this year. Gifts ranging from electronics to pet supplies and beauty we present the 2014 Staff Picks. This year we have provided you with online companies that sell top products to help ease the holiday stress this year.
Cindy Curtis – Classified Manager
Gift: Go Fish Cat Toy by Petmate Jackson Galaxy
Manufacturer’s Description: Petmate's innovative new product line has been created in partnership with Animal Planet's Jackson Galaxy. His inspired product designs and insights use colors cats can easily see, materials cats prefer for play and stimulating sounds. This unique product line incorporates his philosophy, built on over 20 years' experience as a trusted expert cat behaviorist, for the ideal cat lifestyle: Innovation, Effective Cat Play interaction, Ease of use and Fun for both people and pets.
Recommendation: I saw this at a friend’s house and she and the cat were having a great time with it. This is a fun gift for your special feline that’s fun for the cat owner as well as the cat. It serves as a slow-feeder as well as a puzzle-toy with silicone tails that rotate to change the puzzle, and are even removable for cleaning and dishwasher safe. You sprinkle cat kibble or treats among the tails and watch as they fish them into the trough, creating intrigue and excitement that cats really relish. It’s made of durable, colorful melamine with rubber feet to keep it in place for lasting play. As I wanted to find out more about this toy I found out it was designed by superstar cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy (often seen on Animal Planet). He has over 20 plus years experience working with cats and has created a line of products that make a difference in the lives of our feline friends.
Edwin Neimann – Sales Associate
Gift: NutriBullet Hi-Speed Blender/Mixer System by Magic Bullet
Manufacturer’s Description: The NutriBullet Hi-Speed Blender/Mixer System by Magic Bullet is portable, safe for kids, easy to use and effortlessly pulverizes fruits, vegetables, superfoods and protein shakes into a delicious, smooth texture. The Nutri-Bullet's power, patented blade design and cyclonic action combine to extract all of the nutrients from your food helping you to achieve the healthiest lifestyle possible today. To get the most out of your life, you need to get the most out of your food.
Recommendation: Already thinking about your New Year’s resolution to shed those pounds? The order the NutriBullet now so you are ready to start working towards your resolution Jan. 1! The NutriBullet is the best way to extract all of the nutrients out of the healthy fruits and vegetables that you love. Make delicious smoothies in just minutes by combining your favorite fruits and vegetables with seeds, nuts and other superfoods. The NutriBullet is very easy to clean too!
Jason Parsley – Associate Publisher
Gift: Hero Camera by GoPro
Manufacturer’s Description: The perfect entry-level GoPro. HERO makes it simple to capture and share your life. Built directly into a rugged, waterproof housing, and featuring high-quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, HERO delivers the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world—all in a simplified experience that’s easy for everyone.
Recommendation: GoPro is the perfect video camera for the adventurer; and the Hero is the perfect introduction to the GoPro family. But beware: the basic camera isn’t jam packed with features so if you’re a techie you might as well upgrade to at least the Hero3 for $70 more. There are plenty of mounts available on their website as well including helmets and a wrist mount.
John McDonald – News Editor
Gift: M.U.L.E Hydration Pack by Camelbak
Manufacturer’s Description: 100 oz Mil Spec Antidote Long with easy-to-fill and clean wide-mouth opening, rugged and durable material, leak-proof ¼-turn cap, insulated PureFlow tube, patented Big Bite Valve, Quick Link Exit Port and Drink Port, QL HydroLock one-handed flow control. Air Director Back Panel for increased ventilation, Side-release shoulder straps for rapid removal, Glasses, goggles and NVG pocket with external access, Lower drink tube exit ports for routing drink tube under arm, Lightweight, durable 500D Cordura Fabric. CamelBak Got Your Bak Guarantee: If we built it, we'll Bak it with our lifetime guarantee.
Recommendation: This backpack is ideal for hikers on a short day hike and includes a 100 oz. reservoir for hydration with durable one-hand flow tubes and big bite valve. The Coyote is Cordura fabric with hidden compartments for all your outdoors tools and padded side release shoulder straps for rapid removal.
Brendon Lies – Art Director
Gift: 10” x 6.25” Graphic Drawing Tablet by Monoprice
Manufacturers Description: From the time we first grasped a crayon in our little hands, we have grown used to the use of the pen/pencil form for writing and drawing tasks. So, while a mouse can be used for simple drawing tasks, a graphics tablet with a pen stylus is a more natural and controllable input device. This graphics tablet has a 10" x 6.25" drawing area in a widescreen 16:10 aspect ratio. It features 8 programmable hot keys on the left side of the tablet and 16 preprogrammed function keys around the edges of the drawing area. It boasts a 4000 LPI resolution, a 200 RPS report rate, and 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity on the pen, allowing you to produce light, wispy strokes, as well as heavy, bold strokes, depending on the pressure used. The tablet includes device drivers for both Windows and Mac OSX. Bonus software, which provides pen functionality to Windows XP and Vista systems, is also included. Note that the bonus software is not compatible with Windows 7+ or Mac OSX.
Recommendation: For many blossoming artists, exploration on a digital scape feels like the final frontier. However, because of high price tags on technology, it has been impossible for many of these visual entrepreneurs to get a chance to wet their feet in a field that is growing more vibrant by the day. If you have a young artist in mind who would benefit from unleashing their illustration skills in the bright world of CMYK, but are turned off by the cost of regular-market drawing tablets, consider the Monoprice Graphic Drawing Tablet. For only $50, and with features that combine the simplicity of a Wacom Bamboo with the top-of-the-line Wacom Cintiq, there's not much you can lose from giving your artistic recipient a chance to master their skills with this cheap but dazzling tool.
Where to Buy & Price: www.MonoPrice.com only $50.00 plus S&H
Jason Gonzales – Sales Assistant
Gift: OM/ONE Levitating Bluetooth Speaker by OM/ONE
Manufacturer’s Description: In a world filled with speakers that look and sound the same, OM/ONE is a paradigm shift. Designed by a team of world-class industrial designers and audio engineers, OM/ONE is as functional as it is beautiful.
Recommendation: Because I have an affinity for speakers and audio products I think this is the perfect marriage of beautiful design and Bluetooth technology… also, it’s a levitating speaker!
Where to Buy & Price: www.omone.com pre-order for $199 includes S&H
Dennis Jozefowicz – Web Developer
Gift: EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera by Cannon
Manufacturer’s Description: 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high image quality and speed. ISO 100 - 6400 (expandable to 12800) for shooting from bright to dim light. Improved EOS Full HD Movie mode with manual exposure control, expanded recording [1920 x 1080 Full HD video at frame rates of 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25.0 frames per second] with new Movie Digital zoom and Video Snapshot features for enhanced movie shooting options. Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor (3:2) for shooting at high or low angles and 1,040,000-dot VGA with reflection reduction using multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing.
Recommendation: This is the camera to enter into professional level photography. It comes packed with 18-megapixels and shoots 1080p videography, without spending $1000! It's fast, and can be automatic, or completely manual for artistic shots.
Where to Buy & Price: Best Place is www.Amazon.com starting around $500.00 w/ Amazon Prime
Justin Wyse – Sales Manager
Gift: Spectrum Razor Set by Classic Shaving
Manufacturer’s Description: We're thrilled to be able to bring you the Classic Shaving "Spectrum" Complete Shave Set in Antique Gold. The kit contains what is quickly becoming a house favorite double-edge safety razor, a beefy super badger shaving brush and a handsome heavy-weight stand to match. All are constructed of brass and steel with chrome-plating and a tough-as-nails powder-coated color finish to assure the kit's longevity. Kit also includes a 5 pack of Feather DE blades to get you started, all smartly packed in our new Classic Shaving gift box with magnetic closure.
Recommendation: Every man wants the perfect shave so why not treat your special someone with a gift that will last a lifetime? This product is offered in a variety of colors depending on what he likes. For me there is nothing better than a “perfect shave.”
Where to Buy & Price: www.ClassicShaving.com $149.99 with choice of colors and free S&H
I hope we have given you some guidance this year on gift ideas. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa gift buying can be stressful and shopping online has made that easy for all of us! Don’t forget to check out all the deals this holiday season on over 1 million websites worldwide, as I expect there to be massive sales online and in stores this year. Happy Holidays from your staff at SFGN and Happy Shopping.