Marisa Sung’s Favorite Things For The Holiday Season
I put together a list of unusual, one-of-a-kind and nouveau items for your friends, family and loved ones this Christmas Season! Enjoy! 🙂
Please note that you can find some of these items on www.skymall.com
1. CUSTOM MADE COILED PINE NEEDLE BASKETS BY JOHN SEEVERS = PRICING VARIES
A favorite item of Courtney Love who sends them as gifts to her friends such as Gwyneth Paltrow! Each basket is a one of a kind and hand crafted by John Seevers of Florida. Pricing according to item at Johnsbasketcase.etsy.com. You may also request to have a personalized basket made by John Seevers through the link listed above.
2. KORIN FINE JAPANESE TABLEWARE AND CHEF KNIVES = PRICING VARIES
Japan is the land of long traditions, where hundreds of years of accumulated knowledge and experience are passed down from master to apprentice, from teacher to pupil. From ikebana flower arrangements to martial arts and kabuki theatre, each tradition has its own set of rules, procedures and schools of styles. Japanese chef knives are fashioned by techniques that were originally developed for making katana (samurai swords) over 1000 years ago. The shift from sword crafting to knife crafting began in the 1850’s when Commodore Matthew Perry’s “black ships” (steam boat) anchored in Edo (Tokyo) Bay, and demanded the emperor to open Japan’s long isolated ports to Western trade. When the United States occupied Japan after World War II, General MacArthur banned the production and possession of katana. The ban forced large numbers of highly skilled craftsmen to turn their skills and attention to crafting kitchen knives. Although, the ban was repealed after seven years, the Japanese government continues to limit production to very few pieces a year. However, the legacy and unforgettable sharpness of the katana still lives on in the heart of the kitchen 1200 years later. See more at: www.korin.com
3. TAI CHI, CHI KUNG AND MASTER WARRIOR GOLF CERTIFICATIONS BY MASTER DENNIS KELLY = PRICING VARIES
Over 34 years of experience in several different styles of martial arts
• World Champion in Martial Arts 5 times
• National Champion 13 times.
• Inducted into the Action Magazine’s “Martial Arts Hall of Fame” 2001
• International Certifying Body for Instructors of Tai Chi as selected by I.F.P.A (International Fitness Professional Association, N.A.P.M.A. (National Association of Professional Martial Artists), Tai Chi USA, and SomaLife International.
• Successfully Certified Hundreds of Chi Kung & Tai Chi Instructors, using a unique distant learning and hands on Certification program.
• Sold Out “The Six Steps to the Fountain of Youth”, Chi Kung & Tai Chi Videos and relaxation tapes on the Home Shopping Network.
• Grand Master Kelly’s Tai Chi segment ran on the Discovery Channel for over two years
• Produced top selling “SomaMotion” exercise video in 2004 with SomaLife International.
• In 2006 Grand Master Kelly – first grant from the National Parkinson’s Foundation to do a pilot study using Chi Kung and Tai Chi as a special exercise program.
• Changed the Yang style of Tai Chi, breaking it down into several different levels, making it easier to learn, thus making more marketable. Grand Master Kelly’s Certification See more at: http://dennis-kelly.com/
4. CUISINART BLEND AND COOK SOUP MAKER = $149.00 USD
You can cook homemade soups from start to finish or blend up your favorite smoothie with this innovation exclusively by Cuisinart. The built in nonstick heater plate provides the perfect surface to sauté ingredients, simmer or boil soups, and with a touch of a button blend it all to a perfect consistency. Crush ice and blend everything from smoothies to frozen cocktails. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/blenders/sbc-1000.html
5. NATASHA’S MACARON GIFT BOX = $39.95 USD
Signature French desserts from Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott patisserie as featured by Williams Sonoma at www.williamssonoma.com
6. PEARS AND COMTE CHEESE SET = $69.95
Complex, flavorful Comte’ paired with d’Anjou pears from Oregon. The set includes 6 pears and 1 pound of cheese as featured by Williams Sonoma at www.williamssonoma.com
7. SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 4 = $299.99 USD
The best Android phablet rules with a pen! The 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a brilliant high-resolution screen and takes excellent outdoor shots on its 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. Using the stylus is more convenient, and the battery charges very quickly. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will thrill anyone who loves a fast phone with a large screen, but it’s best for compulsive scribblers willing to pay for its winning stylus.
8. THE WORLD’S LARGEST TOE TAP PIANO = $79.95 USD
Measuring 8’ long, this dance-on piano mat allows budding virtuosos to compose their own music as they dance, jump or run on the keys. The unit replicates sound d from eight different instruments (piano, saxophone, violin and more) and it connects to an iPod or another MP3 player to enable musicians to play along. Requires four AA batteries. Ages 3 and up. 96”Lx42”D
9. FACIAL AND SKIN CARE PRODUCTS BY MARIO BADESCU = PRICING VARIES
For over 40 years, Mario Badescu Skin Care has been known for personalized skin care and acne treatment. We continue to offer spa and skin care services not just to celebrities, but to individuals across the world who appreciate the importance of quality skin care. Our proven line of products helps thousands each day fight acne, treat rosacea, control teen acne, and help with their aging skin. From cleansers, astringents and moisturizers to exfoliants and eye creams, Mario Badescu Skin Care offers a comprehensive array of products for all of your needs. Your skin will love you for it. See more at: http://www.mariobadescu.com/Skin-Care
10. CAMPING AND SPORTING EQUIPMENT FROM CAMPMOR.COM = PRICING VARIES
Campmor is a recreational equipment retailer that was established in Bogota, New Jersey in 1978. The retail store is in Paramus, New Jersey, and offers much of what is offered online and more. The store offers most of what you see online and more. They have a well stocked climbing department as well as a full service bike shop and an extensive water sports section with various canoes, kayaks and accessories. The book and map section has a diverse selection of outdoors and travel publications and videos to help you plan your adventures. They have a knowledgeable sales staff that is not only trained in the products they sell, most also use them in their spare time.
See more at: www.campmor.com
11. AVON BEAUTY PRODUCTS; ANEW SKIN CARE LINE = PRICING VARIES
Avon revolutionized the world of skincare with the launch of its ANEW brand. Consistently first to market with skincare breakthroughs, ANEW pioneers transformative, anti-aging technology to help women look years younger. It was the first mass skincare product to contain Alpha Hydroxy Acid anti-aging technology. The ANEW family includes several different lines, each of which targets a particular age group, plus the ANEW Clinical line that offers at-home treatments targeted to specific skin concerns. Avon also introduced ANEW Genics, with a breakthrough formula that helps women look five years younger. Rounding out the company’s skincare portfolio is the Clearskin Professional line, a complete set of products to help win the battle against acne, and Avon Solutions, a range of skincare products that enhance the power of nature with science to help reveal every woman’s natural beauty. See more at: https://www.avon.com/category/skin-care/anew?s=AV_GGL_BR&c=iProspect&otc=AV_Shop_Product_Skincare_ANEW_BMM9ANEW_General9+avon_+anew
12. RED ANTIQUE NAUTICAL GLOBE CHESS SET = $211.99 USD
This wooden tabletop globe makes a fine gift for your home or office. It features a removable chess board, a chess set and stunning antique replica frescoes on the inner lid of the globe. The outer surface is also imprinted with an antique nautical world map. Light assembly required. 13” diameter.
13. THE CARLETTO ESTATE WINE COLLECTION OF VENETO ITALY = PRICING VARIES
Prosecco, Pino Grigio, Ricco Rosso, Rico Bianco, Ricco Dolce, Montelpulciano D’ Abruzzo. Armando De Zan, owner of Candoni wines, created Carletto to honor his beloved uncle. A Cavaliere del Lavoro, or “Commander of the Order for Merit Recognition”, Uncle Carletto was an Italian agronomist known for his outstanding viticultural work uncovering the most authentic Italian native varietals. Armando features these traditions and varietals in his lineup of wines sourced from Italy’s most important wine regions. Carletto, who was awarded the esteemed title Cavaliere del Lavoro – Order of Merit for Labor – for his outstanding contributions to viticulture. This national order of chivalry was established in 1923 by Italy’s King Vittorio Emanuele III. Carletto was a well-known agronomist with a passion for uncovering the most authentic indigenous Italian varietals, such as the preeminent Prosecco of Treviso, Pinot Grigio from Veneto, and others hailing from the region. Carletto Wines are Italian classics, and the creation of this label is our way of sharing these great traditions with our American friends. See more at: HTTP://WWW.CANDONIDEZANWINES.COM/
14. WYNN MACAU RESORT AND CASINO
Wynn Macau, owned by Wynn Resorts, is a luxury integrated resort in Macau Peninsula, Macau, China, offering gaming combined with a hotel, restaurants, shops, spa, and a “Performance Lake”. It is the first Las Vegas-style integrated resort in Asia. See more at: http://www.wynnmacau.com/en/?gclid=Cj0KEQiAp4yjBRCE_enjmpug944BEiQATCpLvfb0sf-Vnr1OhtHLnhcdaWXI9c10nAktGRg4xRn6SGcaApuZ8P8HAQ
15. MY ADVENTURE BOOKS = $19.99 USD – $39.99 USD
e will print a story book about your child. Imagine the excitement and hours of sheer enjoyment your children will receive when they read about themselves in some of the best children’s stories ever told. Personalized “My Adventure” Books incorporate your child’s name, birthday, city and friend throughout the story – making your child the star in adventures with their favorite characters. Each book features 32 full-color pages of fun that you and your children will treasure for years. Book measures 8″W x 11″H. Begin by selecting book title. Personalized items are not returnable.
16. PANTHER SPY DRONE UFO WITH VIDEO CAMERA 4.5CH 2.4GHZ RTF RC QUADCOPTER
World Tech Toys has released the Panther Spy Drone UFO with Video Camera 4.5CH 2.4GHz RTF RC Quadcopter and it is a top performer. The 4.5 channel radio control lets you move forward, backward, up, down, as well as rotate and lateral movement, full 3D flight capabilities. Built-In Gyro Stabilization gives you amazing agility while remaining extremely stable and there is also a 360 degree Flip Stunt Mode which lets you easily pull off loop stunts with the press of a button! 2.4GHz radio technology allows you to control the Quadcopter at an incredible range with no radio interference. Integrated LCD Display on transmitter gives you Signal Strength, Battery Level, Channel Display, and Trim Display data all at a glance. This is one technologically advanced, yet easy to fly machine. All you need are 4 AA batteries and you’re good to go! Don’t wait, the Panther Spy Drone UFO with Video Camera 4.5CH 2.4GHz RTF RC Quadcopter is ready to fly!
17. THE VIDEO SCREEN MICROSCOPE FROM HAMMACHER SCHLEMMER = 299.95 USD
This is the microscope that replaces the standard eyepiece with an LCD screen that displays objects at up to 1600X magnification. A built-in 5 MP digital camera captures still images or videos and displays objects on a 3-1/2″ thin-film transistor LCD at 320 x 240 resolution. The microscope’s three objective lenses (4X, 10X, or 40X) provide magnification from 40X-400X (up to 1600X when used with its 4X digital zoom). Objects can either be illuminated from the top (for solid objects) or from the bottom (for prepared slides) using two separate built-in light sources. A colored filter wheel helps block out wavelengths to make objects clearer. The camera’s built-in 128MB memory can store up to 120 still shots or up to 40 minutes of video at 1600 x 1200 resolution; an SD card slot allows for memory expansion. A USB port (cable included) allows you to download content to your computer; works with Windows 7, Vista (32-bit version only), and XP. Plugs into AC. 13″ H x 6″ W x 4-1/2″ D. (3-1/4 lbs.)
18. PUTT-A-ROUND PUTTING AID = $39.99 USD
Putt-A-Round putting aids are the perfect Golf Gift for men women and kids. Mix and match the sleek anodized aluminum base colors with standard flags, or create a personalized golf gift for your next golf tournament using a monogram or your logo. With these unique putting targets, you can practice putting in your home or office. Improve your putting with Putt-A-Round putting aids on your back yard synthetic putting green to create extra putting holes above ground.
19. HIMALAYAN HEAT 1500W ELECTRIC FIREPLACE HEATER = $129.95 USD
Looks like a fireplace…acts like central heating. Whisper quiet fan – heats up to 180 sq. ft. Enjoy the comforts of home with the Himalayan Electric Fireplace Heater. The Himalayan circular heater fireplace offers the instant ambiance of a traditional fireplace experience. Not only does this freestanding electric fireplace provide instant heat, but it also has a captivating design that appeases both classic and traditional decors. The Himalayan circular electric fireplace is ideal for condominiums, lofts, apartments or single homes. Simply plug in and enjoy the warmth and realistic flame of your new fireplace anywhere in your home. The patented flame technology provides you with a realistic flame that can be enjoyed year round with or without heat. This electric fireplace heater plugs into any standard outlet and move easily from one room to another. With convenient features such as 90-degree oscillation that helps heat 20-30 square meters from its location, and an auto-off switch with integrated carrying handle, you’ll have everything you need to escape the chill of the season. 13.4″H x 12.2″W x 6.7″D
20. ELEGANT OTTOMAN HIDES AND ORGANIZES UP TO 20 PAIRS OF SHOES = $199.99 USD
Our elegant Shoe Ottoman hides and organizes up to 20 pairs of shoes. A shoe-in for both beauty and versatility! Place the Shoe Ottoman at the foot of your bed where it’ll serve as a comfortable bench for sitting or holding your bedspread. Lift the ottoman’s anti-slam hinged to find a roomy storage area with 20 shoe pockets around the sides, plus room in the middle for sweaters, accessories, or extra blankets. Crafted of wood composites, the Shoe Ottoman features latte microsuede upholstery, tufted top, and espresso-finish wood legs.
21. MOTA AUTOMATIC FEEDER FOR PET = $99.99 USD
Help your pet eat healthily while you’re away. Record your voice to call your pet at mealtime. With the Perfect Pet Dinner, you can leave your home secure in the knowledge that your cat or dog will always have the right amount of food. Easy to set up to program the desired portion and feeding schedule. The large LCD displays time, meals programmed, meal sizes and meals served. Pet owners record/play voices to call pet at meal time; 3 times voice recalls. Simple to set up. The large LCD displays time, meals programmed, meal sizes and meals served. Can be programmed to dispense portion from 1/4 cup to 1-1/2 cups. See-through container holds more than 7 lbs. of food.
22. SOFA DOG BEDS = $79.00 USD – $169.00 USD
Double your pet’s comfort with the tufted, orthopedic comfort of our easy-to-clean Sofa Dog Bed. All the luxurious comfort of the off-limit couches they crave, yet durable enough for their wear-and-tear and perfectly designed for their proportions.
23. GOPRO CAMERA = PRICING VARIES
HERO4 – The most advanced GoPros yet. With stunning image quality and powerful new features, HERO4 cameras take Emmy® Award-winning GoPro performance to a whole new level. Choose from HERO4 Black, with incredible high-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K50 video and high frame rate 1080p120 video, or HERO4 Silver, which pairs pro-quality video and photo capture with the convenience of a built-in touch display.
24. IPHONE BINOCULARS BY HAMMACHER SCHLEMMER = $99.95 USD
These are the field binoculars that attach to an iPhone for easy viewing and recording. The view through the eyepiece transfers to the phone’s camera lens, turning the phone into a viewfinder for sharing the sights with friends or taking pictures of the action. The 36mm lenses on the binoculars deliver 8X magnification for a 465-foot field of view at 1,000 yards. When the phone is in camera mode, the screen displays all magnified images as if it were an external monitor. The included phone case seals snugly over one eyepiece, aligning the phone’s camera with the binocular lens. Included phone cases fit iPhone 5S/5 and 4S/4. The field glasses also function as standard binoculars when detached. Includes carrying case and cleaning cloth. 1-3/4″ H x 6″ W x 7″ L; (2 lbs.)
25. 6-PORT CHARGER WITH BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS = $149.99 USD
Organize – Charge any 6 portable media devices including phones, simultaneously, in one location. Charge – Smart current detection adjusts the current flow to ensure proper charging to each device. Play – Display and listen to one device on Dok’s speaker system while charging. Universal – Compatible with any smart device. Speaker system – Plays a device through its speaker while charging. Clock radio – Wake up to FM stereo alarm clock radio. Bluetooth – Easy answer phone calls hands-free.
26. THE IPHONE PHOTO PRINTER = $159.95 USD
This is the compact, portable printer that produces photo quality pictures directly from a docked iPhone 4 or iPod touch. Also connecting to iPhone 5, Android phones, and iPads (using your existing Lightning, Micro-USB, or iPad cable), the printer requires no computer or software, and is controlled from your device via a free downloadable app. In less than 59 seconds and without ink cartridges, it prints crystal-clear 300 dpi resolution pictures with vibrant colors, thanks to patented paper embedded with yellow, magenta, and cyan dye crystals. The printer can produce one, four, or 10 smudge- and tear-proof, fade- and water-resistant images on each 4″ x 6″ borderless sheet. It prints panoramic shots from a connected iPhone 5 and prints from PictBridge-capable digital cameras. It also charges an iPhone 4, iPad, or iPod touch via the built-in 30-pin connector. Includes one thermal paper cartridge that makes 12 prints. Plugs into AC. 4″ H x 7″ W x 6″ D; (3 lbs.)
27. THE SUPERIOR SLIDE AND NEGATIVE TO DIGITAL PICTURE CONVERTER = $149.95 USD
This is the only portable device that preserves cherished slides and film negatives at 14 megapixel resolution–the highest available on models of this type–without being tethered to a computer or electrical outlet. The provided trays hold 135 mm slides or negatives (110, 126, and 135) and the touch of a button captures the image in 3-5 seconds as a JPEG. Images can be immediately previewed on the built-in 2-1/2″ TFT color display and are stored on an SDHC memory card up to 32 GB (8 GB card sold below stores over 10,000 pictures). Images can be transferred to a PC or Mac via the included USB cable or viewed on a TV using the included component cable. Its 14 MP CMOS sensor provides 3200 dpi resolution, automatic exposure control, and color balance, resulting in clear digital images without loss of quality. Its rechargeable battery provides up to three hours of operation from a 3-1/2-hour charge via AC or USB (adapters included). Includes photo-editing software compatible with Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP and Mac OSX 10.5-10.8.
28. THE VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CLOCK = $149.95 USD
This is the analog clock with a built-in, motion-activated video surveillance camera that records audio and video, ideal for inconspicuously monitoring a room or office. The video camera’s image sensor captures 720 x 480 resolution video in a 62 degree angle from nine feet away while its sensitive microphone picks up sound from 16′ away. It can also take photographs at 1,280 x 960 resolution. An included 8 GB microSD card stores up to 12 hours of AVI video or thousands of JPEG images. Content is downloaded to a computer and its rechargeable lithium battery is recharged via a USB 2.0 port and included cable. Provides up to 75 minutes of video recording (18 months of stand-by time) from a four-hour charge using the included AC adapter; also charges via USB. Works with Windows 7, Vista, and XP.
29. LIBRARY OF CLASSICS MP3 PLAYER = $99.99 – $169.99 USD
Enjoy the greatest books of all time — and never have to read a word! Easy to use. Just push “play” and enjoy! The Library of Classics is a collection of the 100 greatest books of all time in audio book format pre-loaded on an MP3 player. The compact device comes loaded with the 100 greatest literary works of all time. Books include Tom Sawyer, Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick, Little Women, Gulliver’s Travels and 95 more. Expert narrators bring these classics to life and acoustic engineers digitally enhance every recording, so you will enjoy the highest sound quality. The entire collection comes on a portable MP3 player, so now you can listen to great books anywhere — in the car, on a walk, on an airplane or in your home. It’s the easiest way to enjoy great literature and classical music — and the most fun! No complicated set-up. All books and music are pre-loaded. 3-1/4″ x 1-1/2″W x 1/3″D.
30. RETRO CELL PHONE HANDSETS = $13.95 USD
Send your phone back to the 20th century with the vintage styling of the Retro Phone! This must have, mobile phone accessory has classic looks and functionality. Simply connect your cell phone via the 2.5 mm or 3.5 mm audio jack and alleviate erroneous touch-screen or key activation! The Retro Phone will give your phone a new dimension of classic cool while also reducing the effects of harmful radiation from your phone. Embrace the past and step into the future with the amazing new cell phone accessory that’s sure to be the talk of the town…Retro Phone.
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