If you are looking for novelty gifts, something unique or even eccentric, this roundup of ideas should at least point you in the right direction and ease your quest. From the organized briefbag, to the engine scanner, the list includes a host of eclectic offerings.
Martinis To Go: Stolichnaya Elit Magnum Martini Case
For classy entertaining in an instant, look to the Stolichnaya elit Magnum Martini Case. The brushed-metal carrying case contains glassware, a shaker and a 1.75L magnum bottle of Stoli elit, an "ultra-luxury vodka" made from a century-old recipe. With only 1,500 available nationwide, this Martini Case is worthy of James Bond himself ($200, available in select liquor stores).
Boring Briefcase No More: Brighton "Martha" Briefbag
Brighton's "Martha" briefbag is the perfect combination of function and style. The crocodile-style leather bag is wide enough to fit most laptops in its interior ziptop section, and large enough to hold the other papers and files you need to carry as well. To keep you organized, the front pocket can carry credit cards and a pen, and the numerous small pockets throughout the bag can hold your cell phone, PDA, and other electronic gear (Black-Chocolate and Black, $350).
Music For The Rugged (Or Accident Prone): Pelican I1010 Case
From the company that created a laptop case able to survive an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in combat, comes a virtually indestructible case for your mp3 player. Pelican's i1010 Case is designed to hold an iPod classic, shuffle, nano, or similar music player, and includes a reflective armband. Crush-proof and weather-resistant, the case has a shock-absorbing liner and stainless steel pins that keep it closed when dropped (seven colors, $34.95).
Car Smarts On Tap: Black&Decker Smartscan
Is your "Check Engine" light on? Worried about unnecessary repairs? Black&Decker's SmartScan lets you know what's wrong with your car before you go to the mechanic as well as what parts might be affected. SmartScan's LED screen displays the fault code, and an indicator light tells you how quickly the car should receive attention ($79.99, available at major home centers and mass merchants).
A Classic Turns 50: Miles Davis' Kind of Blue 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition
The Miles Davis album Kind of Blue is listed as number 12 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Now, the album is being re-released as Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition, and what a collection it is! The box set includes the two-CD album, a DVD of the new documentary Celebrating A Masterpiece: Kind of Blue, a full-color photo book, liner notes and essays, a foldout poster, and the piece de resistance: a blue vinyl 12-inch LP of the original album ($109.98).
Too Good To Share? Philips Chocolate-Chocolate-Chocolate Gift Tower
Philips Candy House, Boston's oldest chocolatier, offers the perfect gift for your favorite chocoholic: the Chocolate-Chocolate-Chocolate gift tower. Comprised of three gift boxes, the tower is filled with foil-wrapped solid milk chocolate domes, fudge, mini truffles, and 72 percent cocoa dark chocolate-covered blueberries, cranberries, almonds and cashews. Shipping to a warm-weather locale? The chocolatier also sells a cold pack cooler to keep the chocolate from melting in transit ($46.50).
Photo Liberation: Lexar WiFi Memory Card
Do your digital photos stay on your camera due to the hassle of uploading them to your computer? With the Lexar WiFi Memory Card you finally can share your pictures without having everyone crowd around a small screen. This memory card automatically transfers your pictures to your computer as soon as your camera comes within range of your home WiFi network, and can upload them directly to your favorite photo-sharing Web site ($99).
Powerful Organization: Kangaroom 2 Pod Charging Station
KangaRoom, a two-year-old company that makes eye-pleasing, affordable storage products, created the 2 Pod Charging Station, which will organize your chords and your desk while charging two of your personal electronic devices. Hide the cords by feeding them through the bottom and out the back of this charging station that doubles as a desk-organizer (Black, Lime, and Cherry, $20).
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