Friday, December 9, 2011
Lots of offices have gift exchanges; these gifts will put a smile on your co-workers’ faces now and well into the new year
We’ve all been stuck on what to give in the office gift exchange or how to thank a co-worker for their help throughout the year. Starbucks gift cards and nicely wrapped cookies always are nice but they are gone so quickly. Secret Santa Local Fairfax county business ThinkGeek.com offers office gifts that bring some fun into the office, something that is needed on a Monday morning or after the vacation time runs out. LED USB lamp ($9.99). A small desk lamp powered through your computer’s USB connection (or 3 AA batteries) is handier than you imagine. Bright light where you need it. Badge Holders with some personality ($5.99). The Washington region has its own style, for example, our work clothes often are accessorized with the must-have ID …
Monday, December 5, 2011
Is your daughter a gamer? Help her learn to design a game. Is your nephew into electronic music? The right software can help them make their own mixes.
Holiday wishlists are often full of requests for new games, music, movies, or books. And as we indulge in our entertainment of choice, we learn to appreciate the creator’s mastery of a particular form and how they push the art in new directions. Your loved ones may hold strong opinions about what makes a game great or one song being better than another. If you know that they are passionate about a field, how about giving them the tools to create their own? It could be the gift to help set them on the road toward a career or lifelong hobby. For the Musician Garageband for Mac users (part of the $49 iLife suite from Apple) or Mixcraft for PC ($74.95) is a great gift that might be just the inspiration a music-lover needs to express …
Friday, December 2, 2011
Giving electronics as gifts can make you a terrific Santa, but with a bit of planning you can avoid making some expensive mistakes
From Black Friday to last-minute holiday sales, news reports to conversations around the watercooler --everyone is talking about high tech gifts. There are high ticket presents that are purely for entertainment to essential tools for students and business people. Before you rush to buy a tech gift there are a few things to consider to avoid expensive mistakes.