Posts Tagged ‘Ipod’

Now that there’s less than two weeks to Christmas, I hope it’s safe to assume that your home is decorated for the holiday!  With only 12 days to go, you still have time to shop, make and find the PERFECT GIFT for your husband, child, best friend, sister, boyfriend, teenager, grandparents, mom and dad. This is my blog and if you’ve been reading it, you must know there’s going to be NO MALL shopping here!!   When you want to find a special and interesting unique kind of present, look to the Museum’s gift shop.  Of course we are lucky here in New York City because we have so many museums to go to and many are within walking distance to one another. BUT you can order online and have items shipped to you AND of course your own local museum might just the treasure trove  you’re looking for.

1.I love this one! Have you ever sat on the subway or a bus and seen two teens sitting next to one another, each with one ear plug listening to one iPod.  This is the answer.  A Branch Earphone Splitter.  You can plug in 4 sets of earphones.  Available at MOMA Item #91785.  Priced at $10.00
2. Palette Tissue Box:  A SUPER gift for your office mate or anyone with a home office.  Space is always a premium and this is a great space saver.  Available at MOMA Item #96731.  Priced at $15.00

Super Space Saver

Super Space Saver

3.  Etch A Sketch:A perennial favorite.  A gift that encourages your child’s creativity as well as coordination and keeps them busy.  Good for car trips.  Recent renewed popularity due to the past presidential election. Available through MOMA or Amazon or ToysRUs. Priced around $15.00

4. Note Cards:  Tired of receiving birthday greetings and well wishes from your kids or best friend.  A thoughtful gift which might give the recipient some thought. Every museum has an assortment of note cards and stationery, many with reproduction art from the museum.  Prices vary.

5. Flash Drive: On the other hand, if you have a techie on your list, this gift will be appreciated. One can always use another flash drive and why not one with personality?  The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers some very unique flash drives priced at $29.95.  You can get an Egyptian mummy, William, the blue hippopotamus or a guitar. I wanted to keep these gift ideas under $25.oo so for a flash drive you might want to go to your local Staples.  Look what I found!  Priced at $14.99

Let's play Angry Birds

Let’s play Angry Birds

6. Picasso Poster Art:  Picasso Exhibition Poster from The Guggenheim Museum.  Sure to please any art lover on your list, this black and white poster #14550 is available for $25.00.  Suitable for framing.

7. P-51 Mustang EZBuild Model:   A hands-on gift.  The Museum of The City of New York has several model kits available.  They snap together, no glue needed.  What young person on your list would love this project?

8. Free Form Magnet Board:  This is a gift that will bring out the artist in your child.  It’s a wonderful take-along toy for a long car ride.  No mess, no fuss.  No pens, paper, crayons or pencils. Use a stylus to draw and erase with your finger. Fun along the way. Available at The Whitney Museum Item# 70487. Priced at $24.00

Free Form Magnet Board

Free Form Magnet Board

9. 1939 New York World’s Fair Umbrella: You can always use another umbrella!  This item is available at The New York Historical Society, Item # 29468.  It is a pretty sky blue with illustrations of many of the exhibitions from that fair.  Priced at $19.95

10. Beatrix Potter plush Jemima Puddle-Duck Beatrix Potter has given several generations stories and tales of Peter Rabbit and his friends. Jemima Puddle-Duck is available at The Morgan Library,  # x6061.  Priced at $16.95.  Isn’t there someone on your list who would like to cuddle with one of these soft and cuddly characters.  Also available:  Mr. Jeremy Fishter and Peter Rabbit, priced at $12.95/$13.95

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Until an hour ago,  I had never heard the term, Lifehacker.  How strange is that?  Well I’m sort of banking on the fact that many of you have not heard the word either.

A lifehacker is a secret way to make your life easier, or better and without great expense.  After I read these, I thought it was a bit like reading Hints from Heloise, (you remember her don’t you?)  Then I went on the website lifehacker.com and was astounded by the breadth and depth of the subjects and topics that are dealt with and they are chock full of great ideas.  However, to clarify the source here;  I took these from mental_floss.com and I understand that that web post copied them from Wildammo.com.  So now that I’ve documented all the sources, I hope you enjoy reading these good tips, these lifehackers.

  1. Take scratches off your CDs and DVDs with a ripe banana. Rub the banana on the CD/DVD surface, then use the underside of the peel to rub the banana in deeper, wipe clean with soft cloth and spritz off any smudges.
  2. Store bed linen sets  in one of pillowcases and you won’t have to search for any missing pieces.
  3. Rubbing a walnut over the scratches in your furniture will disguise the dings and scrapes.
  4. Use magnetic strips attached to the back of a medicine chest to hold bobby pins, tweezers, nail clippers etc.
  5. Use an upside down muffin tin and bake cookie dough over the top and you will have baked cookie bowls for ice cream.
  6. Take those ubiquitous little plastic bread loaf tags and attach them to the myriad cords under your desk.  Mark the tag with the name of the device.
  7. You can hull strawberries using a plastic straw, sounds simple enough.
  8. Pump up the volume of your iPod or iPhone by placing in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the sound.
  9. Put a tension rod in your cleaning cabinet and you can gain valuable space by hanging spray bottles from it.
  10. Find tiny lost items by putting a stocking over the vacuum cleaner’s hose and you will trap your lost item.

    Banana to the rescue.

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And who isn’t a bit of a “techie” nowadays?  I know I am with what being a woman of a certain age and owning and using a Droid, an iPad, an iPod, a computer, a lap top, a digital camera, and a Kindle….well enough said.  My husband is NOT.   So no gift on this list for him- he who doesn’t even answer or for that matter look at his email, lol.

This first gift just cracked me up! It has twenty-something, thirty-something (or otherwise known as the kids born in the digital generation) written all over it.

Digits, gloves, texting, typing

DigitsNothing–not even the bitter cold–will keep you from commenting on your friends’ Facebook posts. Simply attach these small electronic pads to the fingertips of your gloves and you’ll be able to send those urgent (or not so much) messages fast.To buy: $20 for eight, quirky.com.Digits

Are cameras going the way of snail mail?  Personally I hope not because this blog would sorely miss Murray’s photos.  However, for the less than professional photographer who uses his or her cell phone camera for shooting just about everything, take a look at this! Now you can carry these around with you as well as the extra batteries you will need to keep your Smartphone charged!!!

Smartphone camera lens, photojojo.com

Smartphone Camera Lens

Smartphone Camera Lenses

Take high-quality photos by simply attaching these mini-lenses to your camera’s phone. Made of high-clarity glass, they bring amazing pictures to life. The set includes macro/wide angle, fisheye, and telephoto lenses (all lenses also sold individually).

To buy: $49, photojojo.com.


iPad Stand

Blue Lounge Nest iPad Stand and Desk-Tidy

Colorful rubber lining cushions and cradles your iPad while also providing a stashing spot for your phone, keys, spare change, you name it.

To buy: $15, bluelounge.com.

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                                                            THURSDAY’S TOP TEN

With a birthday approaching, an onslaught of nostalgia is taking over;  now more than ever, memories of childhood toys, songs from my own angst-ridden high school years and thoughts  and memories of things I grew up with.  Household items I saw my mother use and my own childhood experiences that I know my kids never saw or had and now that they are grown up and having kids of their own, these things are lost to yet another  generation and some gone forever, some will be found in antique shops.

  1. Rotary Phones:  telephones with dials, with phone numbers that began with letters like DI for Diamond or WA for Waldorf and sometimes with a party line. Can you imagine picking up the phone to make a call and hearing other people already talking and it isn’t your sister on an extension (there were none) in another room.  It’s a whole other household and each “party” had their own special ring.  It was rude to keep picking up the phone to see if they were still talking and it was definitely rude to listen in on a conversation.  Life is so much easier now, all you have to do is be near some idiot on their cell phone and you can catch the entire conversation.
  2. Transistor RadiosI remember the birthday that my father gave me my own transistor radio; it was green and in a leather carrying case.  Loved it! Of course I couldn’t download 400 of my favorite songs and it didn’t cost anywhere near as much money.
  3. Darning Egg: I watched my grandmothers darn and I’m not sure if I ever saw my mother darn a sock but one thing I’m sure about is my kids never saw me darn a sock and although I had a darning egg (don’t remember how I acquired one or why), I doubt they ever saw it.  Why darn socks?  The world was not so disposable then and my grandmothers had lived through the depression and they knew the value of saving a pair of socks for a couple of more months.       
  4. Hot Water Bottle: I think most of them were made of dark red rubber with a stopper and like a few other “vintage” cures it was used for a lot of ailments.  A stomach ache, a headache, cramps…you name it, Mom would give you a hot water bottle and tuck you into bed.  Sometimes, your grandmother might even knit, crochet or sew a cover for the bottle and then it didn’t have to get wrapped in a towel.
  5. Wringer Washers:  These were on their way out when I was growing up in the 50’s but there was one in our basement for a long time.  Wow, imagine doing a load of clothes and diapers in this tank like washer and then instead of the machine spinning out the water, you fed the clothing between two roller and cranked it and squeezed the water out. Wash day probably was a half day’s work then.
  6. Milkman: Life had its conveniences even then and having the milk delivered to your doorstep was one of them.  Every back doorstep had a milk box on it.  You would write down your order for the next delivery if you wanted something extra like heavy cream or buttermilk.  Real glass bottles with round paper caps;  AND in the winter when the temperature really dropped the cream literally rose to the top and pushed up and out of the bottle like a frozen milk pop.  Sometimes I got to lick that frozen creamy popsicle.
  7. Tooth PowderStrange but true and not exactly popular by the time I was old enough to understand what it was.  Now I collect some of the old tins when I find them; but then, well who wanted to use yukky powder on their teeth when the latest thing was “STRIPE” toothpaste. So cool!
  8. Pressure Cooker: These were scary things.  Never knew what Mom was cooking in it but it whistled, steam escaped and above all, we all heard stories about the pressure cooker lid blowing off.  From what I understand, a pressure cooker was not for the inexperienced cook, but it cooked food quickly.
  9. Electric Frying Pan: I received one as a wedding present in 1968 and used it for many years.  I don’t know if they still sell them but I might look into getting one because they were great!   Large with high sides and a temperature dial and a lid with a movable vent and best of all you could cook on a counter or tabletop which is a grand idea when all four burners are in use.  I wonder why I stopped using it, I wonder where it went – maybe with the “ex”?
  10. Telephone Dialer:  Going back to the Rotary Phone – ladies didn’t want to break a nail or chip their polish so they used a “dialer”.  Often given away as an advertising premium, these dandy little helpers enabled you to quickly dial a number and leave manicure intact.  Dialers were around a long time;  there are antique dialers, Tiffany dialers as well as the plastic give-aways and lots of secretaries had a combination pen or mechanical pencil with a silver ball at the end to be used as a dialer. Interesting!
vintage pressure cooker,

Vintage Pressure Cooker

red rubber hot water bottle

Classic Hot Water Bottle

Kolynos tooth powder

Kolynos Tooth Powder

old fashioned wringer washer, vintage washing machine

Wash Day

1960's transistor radio with leather case

Transistor Radio


A Black Wooden Darning Egg

electric frying pan

Electric Frying Pan

rotary telephone, red phone, desk set phone

Red Rotary Telephone

milk delivery, home milk delivery, milk box

Milkman Delivery to Your Door

plastic dialer, advertising premium

Hertz Advertising Premium

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FLIP CamcorderAnd I thought having one of the first car phones was cool – look where we are now…. I ‘m packing up the usual stuff to go to Ocean Grove for the weekend.   My friend, Barbara gave me a beautiful multi-colored case, like a cosmetic bag only a bit larger.  The pinks, purples and turquoise just insist that this bag be used in Ocean Grove where La Vie en Rose. I have found the perfect use for this gift.  Charger for the Ipod – yes.  Headphones for the Ipod – yes.  Battery charger for the camera – yes. Charger cord for the Kindle – yes.  Charger for the Blackberry – yes.  Extra batteries for the Flip Camcorder– yes.  If it were any larger I’m sure I could fit the power supply cord for the Laptop in it.

Thanks Barbara, I love it and it will be traveling back forth between my two lives.

My IPod

Kindle Charger - Don't Forget the Kindle

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