Fierth’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide – The Must Have List

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Fierth’s Holiday Gift guide is back – with some of the best and unusual must-haves for the 2014 Holiday season. 

ZVOX SOUNDBASE 420

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Soundbars have become a popular since they are and easy addition to your home theater system, but what they often lack is bass for true room filling sound. Enter ZVOX’s SOUNDBASE 420.
This sound base solution unit fits under your existing TV’s stand and installs in under 10 minutes. Its this easy, Lift the TV, Place the base unit, put the TV back, plug in and get ready for an experience that will enhance your looming binge Netflix addiction. The Soundbase 420’s sound quality is excellent because it uses several high performance speakers and amplifiers. Furthermore, unlike any other sound bar in its price category, the SoundBase 420 uses a wood cabinet not plastic which enhances its acoustics. The PhaseCue II virtual surround system creates 3D sound with movies or music without the need for additional speakers, wiring and hassle. We tested the Zvox Soundbase 420 against Bose models priced hundreds of dollars more and found that the sound quality was not only equal or better, but the unit’s elegant design, Front panel display with inputs for Ipads, Ipods, and Smartphones made it the clear choice for an instant home theater upgrade. Click here for more information.

Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Gigabit WiFi Router

 

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Today’s Internet Service providers are delivering streaming media more than ever, With the average home WiFi routers connecting your laptops, Smartphones, streaming music, watching HD movies, playing online games and more. You need a router that’s not going to hold you back. Building on Linksys’s classic design the WRT1900AC is the leading router on the market. Without completely geeking out with confusing numbers and technical terms, let me break it down for you like this. This router delivers content in both 2.4 GHz and 5ghz, 5ghz technology reduces the interference that occurs commonly in apartment buildings with Wifi routers working in close proximity. The WRT1900AC also utilizes a powerful 1.2 GHZ dual core processor to stream flawlessly no matter how many of your devices are connected to it. Setting up a Wifi network used to be a hassle – but with Linksys’ Smart Wi-Fi app, your conversion will only take about 10 minutes, The hardest part is coming up with a really sassy name for your network.

Adding to this you can create a virtual cloud in your home by using the USB 3.0 port; you can add external storage like the Kingston 64GB Data Traveler or other devices to share content across your network. Overall the WRT1900AC router will future proof your home network for the next several years as home internet catches up to it. Click here for more information.

OralB Black 7000 Electric Toothbrush with SmartGuide

 

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The future of the toothbrush is here. Frankly, I boast about my toothbrush, who does that, if you had one of these you would too. To get the basics out of the way, The OralB Black 7000 will leave your mouth feeling like you just left the dentist after a cleaning- in a good way. The brush sonically pulsates at 800 brush movements per second obliterating up to 100% more plaque found on your teeth, gums and tongue. But here’s the cool part – This toothbrush wirelessly connects to a smiling display panel “smartguide” that mounts to a mirror or can be placed on your vanity, why do you need this ? The Smartguide monitor  shows you whether you are scrubbing too hard, damaging enamel and gums- while the brush will also light up with a red light (I had no idea how guilty of this I was before). The Smartguide walks you through your two minute brushing cycle to ensure best oral care. It’s like having your dentist with you each time you brush. I have seen the batteries last up to 10 days so far, using the brush twice a day. You can easily travel with it using its sleek travel case without having to lug around a charger. The unit comes along with two other brush heads for tongue and deep cleaning. Your Dentist will thank you. Click here for more information.

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Remastered Blu-Ray Series

 

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Much less do I have to talk about the extremely wonderful world that we know as Pee Wee’s Playhouse as I do have to boast about Shout Factory’s gorgeous remastering of the series?

When I first heard about the launch of this collection I nearly lost it, I didn’t know how much more of a surprise I was going to get actually seeing it. Pee-Wee’s Playhouse was originally shot completely on film then transferred to video standards of the time for editing. According to Pee Wee, The remastering of this classic was achieved by scanning the original film frame-for-frame and then re-editing the individual shows shot for shot. The result is an entirely new experience re-watching the shows in sparkling detail. You feel as though you are live in the playhouse as you can now notice the details that were lost to poor video quality of the past. My mind was blown when I realized Pee-Wee’s suit is not just grey but is actually a finely printed grey plaid. This is easily the best remastering of a children’s classic I have ever seen or I may just lose my mind every time I hear the theme song, no matter what – If you have a Pee-Wee fan in your life this is the gift that will keep on giving. The included extras in the set are incredible as well – providing a look behind the scenes of the show  and the making of the legendary Christmas special. . Click here for more information.

Protect your Bike with Kryptonite Locks

NYC bike thefts have nearly doubled in the last year. Kryptonite locks are so effective most come with free insurance worth up to $3,000.

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The New York Lock Standard is Kryptonite’s flagship product – it’s the ultimate security for the streets of NYC. A $3000 Anti-Theft Protection offer is also available with this u-lock. With a 16mm Max performance steel shackle this u-lock resists various types of attacks including bolt cutters yet still weighs under 5 lbs.Click here for more information.

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The Evolution Mini-7 with 4’Flex cable is a versatile lock that allows a rider to combine the compactness of a mini u-lock with a flex cable that can be used to secure the front wheel. Using both in tandem a rider creates a security system. This mini was designed with a 7” shackle length rather than the Mini-5 (5” length) to give a cyclist that extra few inches when needed in a lock-up situation. The Evolution Mini-7 offers high security and also comes with a $2000 Anti-Theft Protection offer which is available in New York with the exception of NYC/Manhattan. Click here for more information.

 

Developed in conjunction with New York City bike messengers, the new Mini Plus has a wider and longer shackle, which gives you more options for where you can lock your bike. A second U threads through the first, so you can also lock your front or rear wheel with a single lock. And, it still fits in your back pocket. Kryptonite rates the lock’s security level as a seven out of 10. Click here for more information.

AeroGarden MIracleGro ULTRA LED

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AeroGarden has come a long way from its original roots as an indoor grow system. For those of us who want to have fresh herbs or are botany enthusiasts and may live in a region  where outdoor space, temperature, or are limited to seasons-  this is for you. The Aerogarden Ultra LED is the biggest and best garden in AeroGrow’s line of extraordinary Soilfree indoor gardens that grow plants 5 times faster than soil. You can grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more… let your imagination grow wild! The AeroGarden ULTRA LED’s advanced, easy-to-use Control Panel has an interactive LCD display that utilizes on screen prompts to guide you step by simple step from set up through harvest. It automatically creates optimal conditions for your plants by turning Grow Lights on and off, offers key gardening tips and complete customization, and reminds you when to add water and our patented, specially formulated Liquid Nutrients. The AeroGarden ULTRA LED provides high-performance, energy-efficient lighting for plants. It uses 60% less power than the AeroGarden ULTRA, yet delivers up to 50% more growth. LED lights save hundreds of dollars in energy and Grow Light replacement costs. The AeroGrow Ultra LED comes along with a 7Pod Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit that contains: Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Curly Parsley, Dill and Mint but you can grow just about anything in it.. Click here for more information.

Upgrade your Smartphones and Tablets with Faster memory by Kingston

Kingston 64GB Memory Cards

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Kingston SDCX10/64GB 64GB Micro SDXC Flash Card’s provide fast ample storage space for your portable devices with the Kingston SDCX10/64GB 64GB Micro SDXC Flash Card. This excellent micro SDXC card offers a huge 64GB storage capacity, so you can store a large amount of photos, video, music, and other kinds of media. Plus, it has a Class 10 speed rating for impressive read and write speeds. Grab the Kingston SDCX10/64GB 64GB Micro SDXC Flash Card today! Click here for more information.

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 (64GB)

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Made for professionals and consumers alike, the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3
(64GB) is a stylish drive that puts sizeable storage and speedy performance in your pocket. if you want a quick drive that holds a ton, the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 G3 is one of the better drives on the market. Click here for more information.

Extend your Memory with Kingston’s MobileLite Wireless G2

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Kingston’s MobileLite Wireless G2 , a device similar to Wi-Fi cloud in that it gives mobile users access to data from an external device like a, or Kingston USB drives, Micro SD and SD Cards without the need of a cord.

The MobileLite G2 is best considered a mobile storage router. With it, you can plug memory cards or USB flash drives in, and then log into the MobileLite through a mobile device and access the storage on that connected media. The device also doubles as a portable power pack that can charge an IPhone or similar device up to two times and acts as a mobile travel router when connected to an internet source by Ethernet.

The G2 offers one major feature the G1 doesn’t: It can act as a travel router. If you’re at a hotel, for example, you can plug the available Ethernet cable into the device, at which point it will begin serving Internet access to anyone connecting to it. This is one of those features that might not be used to often, but believe me, when you do need it, you’ll appreciate that it’s there. Click here for more information.

X4 H107C Drone

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If you’re just learning how to fly a drone, don’t buy something you’re afraid of destroying. Buy the tiny X4 H107C, a shockingly durable and totally replaceable drone — the best way to learn how to fly without worrying about injuring it, yourself, or others. Especially not others. Click here for more information.

Kodiak Portable Charger

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You’re rugged. We know. But how are you going to keep your phone, GPS watch, headlamp, and portable shower charged while you’re trekking through the wilderness? You’re going to buy this charger, that’s how. And you’re going to beat it up, use it over and over, and just watch it keep charging. Click here for more information.

Jawbone Up 24

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There are fitness trackers of all shapes and sizes, but this one is the best. Any time you spend researching others is just time you could be spending doing fit things with fit people and quantifying yourself so just go. Now. Seriously. Go. Click here for more information.

Karma Go

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Karma Go is a simple, elegant way to get online from anywhere and do a little good for those around you. Just pay $14/GB, and get back to work. Click here for more information.

Power Knife

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It’s like a Swiss Army knife, only instead of housing a dozen different ways to cut yourself, the Power Knife has a Lightning connector and a Micro USB port to charge pretty much any modern mobile device. Be a tweeter, not a fighter. Click here for more information.

Hands-Free Umbrella

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We’ve failed, fellow humans. Yes, we have shot satellites into space, and, yes, we have developed computers so tiny that we can carry them around in our pockets, and, yes, a combination of those two achievements means that we can know what the weather is going to be at pretty much any place on Earth, at pretty much any moment. But! When all that cutting-edge technology comes together to tell us when it’s going to rain, we are left to deal with a sky that is spitting on us using a device that is only marginally more advanced than a plastic bag.

Umbrellas—at least the typical ones—are terrible. They’re prone to breaking and leaking and inside-out-turning; they do almost nothing to keep anything but the head dry in a downpour; their mere existence has given rise to the most ear-worm-y song of all time. If all of human history is, when it comes down to it, a war of man versus nature, umbrellas would suggest that we are losing.

Thankfully, though, there is a movement afoot #SmartUmbrellas . And it involves, basically, turning yourself into an enormous human version of one. Why carry your rain protection when you can wear it on your head like a sassy fedora? Why fumble with a handle when your body itself can hold the umbrella gallantly above you, following you wherever you go?

So, this holiday season, I would like a Nubrella—a gift that is whimsical and practical and, above all, statement-making. You should ask for one, too! Yes, some people may laugh as they see us wandering around in our enormous umbrella-bonnets. That is fine. Such is the cost of pioneering. Under our Nubrella (ella, ella…), we’ll stay, if not totally dry, then satisfied in the knowledge that we are doing our part to improve humanity’s relationship with the elements. One ridiculous step at a time. Click here for more information.

Inflatable Water Walking Ball

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There are a number of inflatable things I would like in my life, but first on the list is an (unsafe) inflatable water-walking ball. I tried it once in China, and it was so fun. I felt like Jesus, walking on water. It’s a little complicated though: You get in the ball and someone has to inflate it and then you’re on your own. Since I’m not really into skydiving this is my version of defying the laws of nature. I guess I would carry a Swiss Army knife in my pocket after reading the Consumer Product Safety Commission notice so I could cut myself out if anything went wrong. It’s good exercise too. Looks like its on eBay / buyable. Thanks China! Disclaimer: if you or someone you get this for dies or gets injured because of this it’s not my fault. Click here for more information.

Pizza Hoodie

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Most people like pizza, but few are honest and brave enough about their affection for pizza to wear it as a garishly detailed zip-up hoodie print. I, however, am that brave and am that honest. Just look at this hoodie. The fabric is 100 percent specially spun polyester, which sounds exactly as organic as I’d hope for a full-torso pepperoni pizza print. If you zoom in on the hoodie, you can see it even holds an oily glisten. The way a proper pizza should. Size small, please. Click here for more information.

Fondue Mugs

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Let’s be honest: Cheese fondue, while delicious, also has a reputation that it hasn’t exactly earned. When a restaurant serves melted cheese in a bowl and calls it fondue, it’s a fancy, exciting, special-occasion food. When I microwave cheese in a mug and eat it with pretzel sticks for dinner, it’s “not a real meal” or “sad.” Does this seem fair? Allow me to answer for you. No. No, it does not.

With this individual-portion make-your-own fondue set, though, I can re-frame things in a decidedly classier light. Au revoir, microwave; bonjour, candles. “Here,” I’ll say to a dinner guest as I hand them what is, still, a mug of melted cheese. “I decided to go fancy tonight.” And then they’ll gratefully dig in, impressed and none the wiser. Click here for more information.

USB-Heated Shawl and Blanket

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It may be cold outside, but inside many a corporate office it’s chilly year-round, thanks to annoyingly brutal blasts of Arctic air that claim to keep the indoors “temperate.” In this environment, it can be almost impossible to focus without huddling over coffee or wearing a Snuggie to work. But lo, then came this brilliant, office-appropriate invention: a USB heated shawl and lap blanket. Stick the power cord into your computer, wrap the shawl stylishly around your shoulders as a cape/splay it casually across your lap as a throw, and boom: You’re warm, you’re productive, and you’re focused on the work at hand, not the steady chatter of your teeth. With a heat output that’s measured to be “about 1 cat (or small dog)!” and two settings to personalize your heat flow, you can finally work indoors without feeling like it’s winter all 365 days of the year. Click here for more information.

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