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5 Christmas Gift Ideas

Sound Asleep Pillow

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Lying in bed and drifting off to sleep listening to your favourite music is heaven. Be it whale song, the sound of waves breaking on the shore, or Born Slippy if you’re a bit strange. It’s not so much fun for your partner of course, and even less fun for you if, as inevitably happens, you end up throttling yourself on your headphone cord, or wake up with aching ears from wearing ear buds too long. Enter the Sound Asleep Pillow, an ingenious and deeply comfortable pillow that has buried deep within it a speaker. Inaudible to anyone except the dozer, the pillow has a phone jack at one end that will plug into your iPod/MP3 player, and plays your music gently through the pillow. Now your partner can sleep in peace, and you can listen to whatever you like! Nodding off has never been so wonderfully self-indulgent.

Laser Cosmos

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Imagine lying in your room, and having the ceiling whipped away to reveal the vast outreaches of the cosmos whirling overhead, complete with misty blue nebulae (which you can turn on and off!) and the occasional shooting star. Fully adjustable and requiring no set up, this super powerful space projector scatters a random panoply of sparkling green stars that will fill any room from the tiniest bedroom to the largest warehouse with a crystal clear animated star display. What’s so clever about this (apart from everything of course) is that it seems so three-dimensional, the varying brightness of different stars makes some seem close and others to come from distant galaxies.

Inflatable Horse and Cowboy

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One of the drawbacks of modern urban living is that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find somewhere to keep your horse. Very few bars nowadays have anywhere set aside to tie it up, and criminal as it may sound, troughs are virtually extinct. What is the world coming to? Luckily we have a solution, firstly get rid of your horse, what were you thinking? Secondly, get hold of this absurd and wildly entertaining inflatable horse costume. More stupid than a skateboarding mongoose and a lot easier to control, the suit comes with its own internal fan, so you simply don a Butch Cassidy type hat (make sure it’s not a David Cassidy hat, that would be, well, just stupid), step into the suit and inflate. In no time at all you will appear to be perched on you very own trusty steed and will look as authentic as a member of the Dirty Dozen (sort of), and marginally less absurd than the be-wheeled mongoose we mentioned earlier. You’ll have to provide your own sound effects, but then that’s half the fun anyway. No matter what the occasion, this is the best fancy dress costume there is – though if you’re walking down the aisle you may want to consider something a tad more formal. It may only be single horse power, but it’s a bigger crowd gatherer than a Ferrari, maybe.

MP4 Watch

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The MP4 Watch is a multi-media marvel on your wrist. It is of course a watch, but aside from its rather cool watch face, it also plays MP3’s, Movies and shows off your Photos! With 2GB of internal memory and a 3.8cm colour screen, you can now watch movies, display your photos and listen to your favourite tracks all from your wrist. The watch charges up from the mains, has a USB cable for downloading your music, picture and video files from your PC, and shuffle, volume, mode, play and pause are all controlled easily by buttons on the side of the watch. It comes with all the software you need (PC only), a set of bud headphones, has an eight hour playback for music and video, and even operates as a Dictaphone – it’s a multi-media centre on your wrist.

Bladerunner 3

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So stable you could keep a horse in it, the Bladerunner 3 is the latest edition of mini RC helicopters from the masters of indoor flying. With 3 channel Digital Proportion Control it’s a breeze to fly in any direction you care to mention, and it comes pre-assembled and complete with its own transmitter, charger and instructions. This magical beast will hover so steadily you’ll think it’s been nailed to thin air, so at last precision take off and landing from strategic bases around your living room is possible, without dicing a nearby plant or the cat. A full charge will give you about seven minutes flying time, and it’s tough, so will withstand the inevitable slings and arrows of outrageous flying. Normally three channel choppers, whilst giving you maximum manoeuvrability, are not for the fainthearted, but the Bladerunner 3 is so solid that even a spatially challenged halibut can control it, and we’re guessing you’re not a fish (which may be presumptious of us), so you’ll have a blast. Not that a fish wouldn’t of course, but that’s probably enough about fish.

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