Top Five Holiday Gift Ideas for 2013

It isn’t difficult to find hot holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list this year. The 2013 electronics market is booming with many new game consoles, tablets and cell phones ready to hit the market just in time for the holidays. Before you go the easy route and just hand out gift cards or cash, consider some of these top gift ideas for 2013 (although who wouldn’t love some extra money to spend at!?)

H20 Vibe Waterproof Shower Bluetooth Speaker

waterproof stereo

This is the perfect gift for the music lovers on your list, but it is also a great idea for anyone who is overworked and in need of serious rest and relaxation. The stylish speaker unit can hang or sit anywhere in a shower stall or bathtub and will stream music or audio files from any electronic device with Bluetooth capability. If the speaker is synced with a cell phone, you can even answer phone calls and talk while you shower or relax in the bathtub.

Jabra DRIVE Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone

car speakerphoneDo you have someone on your holiday gift list who loves to talk while they drive? That is a dangerous habit that causes many car accidents everyday, so do your loved one and other drivers a favor by giving them a safe alternative. A Bluetooth in-car speakerphone will allow them to connect to their cell phone and make calls without holding the phone to their ear. They simple speak out loud while keeping their hands safely on the steering wheel.

Wireless Media Boxes

media box

Many people have theater systems installed in their homes today, but not everyone has gone wireless. Wireless media boxes eliminate all of the wires and remotes that create tangled messes and confusion. All media is streamed through a wireless connection, and watching television and movies at home becomes far more enjoyable. If someone on your gift list is caught in the mess of home theater wires, find a wireless media box compatible with their television set and untangle them for 2014.

Flip Headphones/Speakers

white flip audio headphonesAll of the music lovers on your list will enjoy these unique headphones that double as portable speakers. They plug into most standard electronic devices with a 3.5mm jack. When turned in to cover the ears, they offer high-quality sound as headphones. When flipped out away from the ears, they broadcast that high-quality sound so others can enjoy the tunes as well.


yota phoneDo you have any book lovers on your holiday list? If so, give them a cell phone that doubles as an e-reader. It looks like a standard touchscreen cell phone on one side, but when you flip it over a monochromatic e-ink screen is revealed. One screen is for making calls, sending texts, and taking pictures. The other is for reading electronic files.

These holiday gift ideas are far more exciting than gift cards. Get creative, and give everyone you care about something to remember this year.

How to Prevent Rhinestones from Falling Off

What to do when the rhinestones on your cell phone case or jewelry are starting to loosen up?

Your options:

  1. Clear Nail Polish
  2. Mod Podge (Glossy kind) and a disposable sponge

Apply a thin coat of clear nail polish over the rhinestones or put a small amount of Mod Podge on to a disposable sponge and gently dab the surface of the gems. Make sure the nail polish or the Mod Podge is dry before wear. In the case the rhinestones have already fallen off; use Superglue or a glue gun to stick the little guys back on.


Why Blu-Ray is Here to Stay

Since being introduced in 2006, Blu-Ray has gained a large market share in the media industry, pushing aside DVD players and the upcoming HD-DVD competitors out of the way. Using a refined, smaller, blue laser beam to read the data from the new discs instead of the thicker, red laser which is used for current DVDs and CDs, Blu-Ray got its name and gained its momentum.  What is the advantage of owning a Blu-Ray you may ask and is it here to last?

Besides for the dramatic increase in picture resolution, audio, larger capacity (5X the capacity of DVDs), smoother menu interface, and backward compatibility that allows you to enjoy existing DVD libraries, breakthrough technology in hard-coating giving Discs stronger resistance to scratches and fingerprints making DVDs and CDs more obsolete. While online streaming is growing in popularity and Netflix is ditching their plastic DVDs for the web, the popularity of Blu-Ray is also thriving. These two incongruous rising trends have analysts wondering. So what gives?

Many people are not ready to give up videophiles, high quality videos, and advanced features that Blu-Ray players offer. Millions also invested into huge DVD and Blu-Ray libraries and are not ready to give them up so easily. While online streaming is the new rage and convenient for new releases and big selections, a Blu-Ray player with wifi connectivity offers the best of both worlds.  With the new Blu-Ray players you get great picture quality and awesome special features while at the same time allowing you to go online to get information on the movie you are about to watch. Tired of your Blu-Ray and DVD collection? Stream a new movie or missed show straight from your internet connected Blu-Ray player. You get two birds with one stone.

Blu-Ray sales are projected to go up in 2012, and according to Rob Enderle, the analyst for the Enderle Group, Blu-Ray will be sticking around for about another 15 years, a surprising duration for technology to stay relevant. Of course eventually, like all technology, Blu-Ray will go out of style as online streaming will get much faster and will offer more features.

Until then, streaming companies like Comcast, Hulu, and Netflix are focusing on increasing their streaming libraries and are not in a hurry to put visual quality and special features first.