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Last Minute Gift Ideas

Why Didn't I Think of That? Holiday Shopping Guide

 

We’re already in the second week of December! I for one have been so busy lately that I not only missed out on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday hoopla, but I still haven’t done any Christmas shopping! 

I have a feeling that I’m not the only one, so I thought I’d provide you, dear readers, with a few holiday gift ideas from our Why Didn’t I Think of That? Companies.



Novelty & Fitness

Utilikilt

What’s the opposite of an Electronic Butterfly in a Jar? Anything useful! And the Utilikilt is one of the most useful novelty items you can buy.

Know a man or woman in your life who always seems to be struggling against the heat and juggling the tools of their trade? This just might be the perfect gift. It’s a novelty, and it’s useful. You can hear the Utilikilts podcast and the radio feature here, then pick up the product at ThinkGeek.com.

Speaking of cool Why Didn’t I Think of That? stories, one of our featured companies–TRX— is having a sale. All TRX products are currently 20% off if you use the following promo code: TRXGIVE. Listen to the radio feature here, then go pick up your favorite fit friend some exercise equipment that will last long after the Holiday season has passed.  And don’t forget to use the promocode: TRXGIVE. Did I mention there’s Free Shipping?

Can’t afford TRX, or know someone who already uses the equipment? Another featured company has a great bonus gift. The company is FitDeck, and one of their newest products is the TRX Suspension Trainer Deck. Players can shuffle the deck and deal themselves random exercises. Other cool FitDecks available include FitDeck for Pull Ups, Toning Ball, and tons more.

And, since you don’t need to be an athlete to stay hydrated, I’m going to recommend one of FitDeck’s newest products- the FitCup. It sounds silly, and it is a little silly, but I still want one. According to the company: “FitCup is an inventive “water monitoring cup” that tracks your daily water consumption with the use of its 6 blue Marker Rings. Every time you consume a full FitCup of water (16oz), you drop one of your Marker Rings down the straw. The goal is to have at least 4-6 Marker Rings dropped by the end of the day. How many Rings have you dropped today? People have told us this is the most addictive wellness product they’ve ever had.”

Tablet Stuff

Dodocase V3_04 Know a techie in your life? We’ve talked plenty about Amazon’s new Kindle Fire Tablet, and with a price tag under $200 dollars, it’s a hard gift to beat. But if you’re gifting to someone who already owns an iPad or a Kindle, why not pick them up a classy, inexpensive accessory? If you’ve heard our story on DODOcase, you know what a cool company we think it is. But the product itself is just as cool. They make tablet and e-reader cases that give your high-tech gadgets the look and feel of a good old fashioned book. It can make the transition from dusty paperback to plastic Kindle all the easier for that special bibliophile in your life. They even make DODOcases for the Kindle Fire now! That was fast.

And for the iPad toting writer in your life, might I suggest this cool Bluetooth Keyboard case for the iPad? It will not only keep their tablet safe, but will allow them to use the iPad as a full-blown word processor. And, well, that’s kind of a big deal.

Books

 Lastly, here my top three choices from the Why Guy’s Recommended Reading List.

The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup:
How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

Buy it on Amazon – For the Kindle — Buy it at Barnes & Noble – For the Nook

The Master Switch
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
(As Featured on The Why Didn’t I Think of That?® Blog)

“A veteran of Silicon Valley and professor at Columbia University, Tim Wu is an author and policy advocate best known for coining the term net neutrality. Although the Internet has created a world of openness and access unprecedented in human history, Wu is quick to point out that the early phases of telephony, film, and radio offered similar opportunities for the hobbyist, inventor, and creative individual, only to be centralized and controlled by corporate interests, monopolized, broken into smaller entities, and then reconsolidated. “ –David Siegfried, Booklist

Buy it on Amazon – For the Kindle — Buy it at Barnes & Noble – For the Nook

The Education of Millionaires

Steve Jobs
[The Authorized Biography]

Based on more than forty interviews conducted with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs over a period of two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—author Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized multiple industries. Jobs built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering. His tale is both instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

Buy it on Amazon – For the Kindle — Buy it at Barnes & Noble – For the Nook

And that just about does it for my Holiday Shopping Suggestions. No matter what you end up buying, make sure you enjoy your holidays and let the people you love the most know what they mean to you.

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