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Gift Idea: AGO Membership

30 November 2011 | 1 Comment

I have a membership to the Art Gallery of Ontario, and it’s pretty fantastic.  I love art museums, but I find them a bit overwhelming.  I often feel pressured to get “good bang for my buck” and will spend too much time at the museum, overdose on art, and feel dazed afterwards.  That’s why a membership is so great – with my membership, I can visit as often as I want.  I go to the AGO every couple months (usually to see the latest exhibit, but sometimes just to peruse the permanent collection), and I usually leave after about an hour.  Then I feel excited and inspired after visiting – not exhausted!  I think an AGO membership is an awesome gift idea.

Bonus #1 – AGO members get access to the Members’ Lounge in the Grange building.  You can have a bite to eat, and feel like a VIP.

Bonus #2 – if you get (or give) an AGO membership this holiday season, you’ll get VIP access to the Chagall exhibit, which looks fantastic. You can see his Blue Circus, above.


Gift Idea: Plasma Car

28 November 2011 | 0 Comments

Have a kid on your Christmas gift list?  Consider giving them a Plasma Car.  These things are so cool.  You sit on it, put your feet up, and twist the handlebar back and forth.  That’s all you need to get going. No batteries, no motor… it runs on inertia and centrifugal force.

Watch this video to see the Plasma Car in action.  Looks super fun, no?

Tip: The Plasma Car retails for $65 at most shops.  But if you’re a Costco member, you can order it online for $58, and get free shipping.  Deal!

Gift Idea: Kobo e-reader

25 November 2011 | 6 Comments

I sometimes read books on my iPad, but it’s really heavy when you hold it up for a while, and it’s hard to see in bright sunlight.  So if you’re really into books, an e-reader makes a good gift idea.  I recommend the Kobo, not the Kindle, because it uses the ePub book format, and not Amazon’s proprietary Kindle format.  Basically, that means that if you have a Kindle, you can only read books from the Kindle bookstore.  With a Kobo, you can read books from the Kobo bookstore (which has excellent selection), and you can also get e-books from the library (for free!).

There are 3 different Kobo e-readers, and you can find a great comparison chart here.  The Kobo Vox has some great features, including a colour screen.  Personally, I’d go for the Kobo Touch, mostly because the battery is better than the original Kobo. And it’s on sale right now as part of Indigo’s black Friday deals – you get $20 off until December 4.

Gift Idea: 25% Off at Pinhole Press

24 November 2011 | 0 Comments

I was just sent a discount code for Pinhole Press that I’d like to share with you.  It’s good for 25% off all their products, and it’s good until December 2.  The promo code is PINHOLEFAMILY.

I ordered a few photo notepads and a personalized desktop calendar from Pinhole Press last month.  They look amazing – the paper quality is really good, and the printing is lovely.  A great Christmas gift idea!

Gift Idea: USB car power adapter

23 November 2011 | 2 Comments

It’s that time of year… time to start thinking of holiday prezzies.  I’ve been perusing gift guides, and I’d love to share a few gifties I’ve see that I think are pretty neat.  First up is a great stocking-stuffer idea I saw in this roundup of 30 Tech Gifts under $50.  This is a USB power adapter for your car’s cigarette lighter.  You could plug your iPhone or BlackBerry charger right into it (or anything else that plugs in with USB).  It’s super tiny, and super handy.  And at only 8 bucks, it’s a great stocking stuffer.