At a loss for Christmas gift ideas this year, or short on funds to purchase the things you’d really like to give? Holiday shopping is supposed to be fun, and shouldn’t empty your bank account or max out your credit cards. Here are listed five cool and unusual gifts thatyou can score for one hundred dollars or less and be a total Christmas gift-giving rock star this season.
1. For the Overworked: The i-need Heated Full Back Massager
Bring this item your weary bones, your aching muscles yearning to be pain-free, and let it knead away your daily stresses. This heated chair pad, designed by Brookstone and easily transportable, is your personal shiatsu massage technician whose gifts can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere you choose. Its simple-to-use three-button control panel and heat feature that when active, turns on a red LED indicator light, ensure that sweet, penetrating relief will come swiftly to release your bodily tensions. Available at Brookstone.com, the i-need Heated Full Back Massager can be yours for $99.99.
Get it at Brookstone: http://www.brookstone.com/ineed-heated-full-back-massager.html?bkiid=hmpg|mn_flash|629329p|under100|s5
2. For the Control Freak: Mindflex Mental Game
One of Parents Magazine’s Best Toys of 2009, Mindflex is a game that lets players manipulate four foam balls through customizable obstacle courses of hoops funnels, using only their minds. An adjustable lightweight headset contains sensors measuring brainwave activity. The wearer must alternate between focused concentration and relaxed thought, changes to which the game console responds by levitating the foam ball on cushions of air. Easily one of this season’s coolest items, this game is not without its caveats: because it contains small pieces, Mindflex is not recommended for children under age eight. Also, players unable to quickly establish some coordination between their thoughts and the movements of the balls may soon lose interest. The game console does contain storage space for the small pieces, which is a plus. Developed by Mattel and available for S74.99 at Amazon.com, Mindflex requires four C batteries and three AAA batteries to operate.
Get it at Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Mattel-P2639-Mindflex-Game/dp/B001UEUHCG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1256951332&sr=8-1
3. For the Sonic Warrior: Frontgate Wireless Infrared Stereo Headphones
Designed using award-winning LINX Audio technology, these headphones delivers a level of acoustic clarity as rich as dark chocolate. Because they’re wireless, music lovers can enjoy their favorite tunes without having to contend with cords that are either too short or so long that they incessantly tangle in frustrating knots. Designed to fold flat, they compact easily into an included hard-surfaced storage case for travel. Kudos to Frontgate, too, for including the required two AAA batteries. Shoppers ready to ditch the wires can do so for only $99.50 at Frontgate.com
Get it at Frontgate.com: http://www.frontgate.com/mercadoSearch.do?action=search&newSearch=true&freeText=86113&Search.x=0&Search.y=0
4. For the Newlyweds: Dinner and Movie Club 3-month subscription
Give the gift of a night filled with good food, snacks, and entertainment. AmazingClubs.com is currently selling three-month subscriptions to their “Dinner and a Movie Club” for only $89.85 ($29.95 per month.) Simply tell them when to begin shipping, and a complete gourmet pasta meal, a gourmet popcorn selection, and a Blockbuster giftcard will arrive at the address of your choice once every month. Not only do their pastas and sauces use 100% natural ingredients, but each meal is designed by award-winning chefs in Italy and the U.S. and serves approximately two to four. Pasta selections typically range from 12 to 16 ounces. Sauces arrive in 16-ounce jars. Of note is that while each meal may include suggestions for meat or seafood additions, none of the meals or sauces are meat-based, making this an especially attractive gift option for vegetarians looking to enjoy an intimate meal and a good flick in the comfort of their own home.
Get it at AmazingClubs.com: http://www.amazingclubs.com/movdin_02.html
5. For the Techie: Stainless Steel 8GB Video Watch
With 8 gigabytes of internal Flash memory, a 1.8-inch full color LCD screen and built-in speaker, microphone, and voice recorder, this item powered by a built-in rechargeable Li-on battery seems to be the Swiss army knife of wrist accoutrements. Besides its ten-language capable onscreen character display, it is compatible with Windows XP and Vista, has a frames per second rate of 20, and features USB 2.0 technology. If that’s not enough for you, this wristwatch also tells day, date, and time, and is sold for $99.99 at Thinkgeek.com.
Get it at Thinkgeek.com: http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/giftsunder100/a442/