Holiday Gift Guide: Weekly.Agenda Review

Holiday Gift Guide 2011

Gifts For Adults

Weekly.Agenda

My weekly planner is one of my most important items. I’m self-employed, so I rely on my planner for everything: Keeping track of appointments, deadlines, people to email, things to do, social engagements…you get the idea! I do my best organizing on pen and paper – with the way my brain works, having a planner right by my computer where I can jot down notes and scratch things off my list is the best way for me to keep up; using online tools for this purpose just doesn’t click with me. (For as long as I can remember, my dad has also used his weekly planner as a crucial tool for everything – I take after him quite a bit!)

So when I had a chance to try out a complimentary Weekly.Agenda by Buttoned Up, I was very interested to see how it would compare to my current system. And it couldn’t have come at a better time: I was thrilled when this arrived, because my current planner cuts off half-way through December, and I wondered what I would do to keep up during those last few weeks – I didn’t really want to buy an entire 2011 planner to only use 2 weeks worth! Luckily, this planner starts in September 2011 and continues through the first week of January 2013 – awesome!! I’ve got so much going on that I actually started making notes for appointments in January 2012 within about an hour of receiving the planner!

I love the design & snap-front lid. My only critique is that I usually prefer a spiral-bound planner as I find them easier to use for flipping through pages and keeping open at the right spot, although this does have a bookmark built in. The slots for daily activity are also smaller than I usually use – my current planner has a week spanning two pages, with a lot of room to write info, and I STILL run out of space – so I’m not sure how the smaller slots are going to work out for me. I do, however, like the lists on the opposite side of the page where you can list people to contact and things to do before the week is out. This is perfect for those tasks that need to be completed during your work week, but don’t have a specific deadline – being self-employed and working in a fast-paced environment, it can be really hard to anticipate what tasks will take priority each day, so it’s helpful being able to keep track without necessarily jotting it down for one particular date. I also love that each month starts with a monthly overview calendar – I have one wall calendar, and it’s not enough, so I’ve been planning to buy a second – so this will really help! There is also extensive space in the back of the planner for your grocery lists, notes, and even tips on getting organized.

I think this would make an excellent gift for any business owner or busy person. My dad uses a very particular type of planner, and I can recall him being happy to receive it at Christmas since it was something he always needed and it came just in time for the New Year so he could scratch it off his own shopping list. As for this one, well, I’ve already claimed it as mine! :)

Weekly.Agenda is available at GetButtonedUp.com for $19.95.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: CardScan Executive

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts For Adults

DYMO has a variety of unique gift ideas for the busy executive or business owner on your list. Know a professional who is swamped with business cards? Then perhaps they will enjoy the CardScan Executive by DYMO.

CardScan Executive

CardScan Executive – $259.99

CardScan Executive is a small scanner that records the information on business cards to save in a digital format. DYMO sent us a CardScan Executive to try out, and it’s an interesting little device. To set it up, we installed the software, plugged the scanner in, and right away the computer recognized the device, so the installation went very smoothly. To use, you open the software, feed the cards through the scanner, and it pops up a scan of the card right away. What impressed Jai is that is has OCR software, which does its best at looking at the image, interpreting what actual letters & words are, and does a really good job of guessing which things go in which fields. If it gets it wrong, you can correct it. How accurate CardScan gets it depends on the layout of the card, If you use a card with a clean layout, it gets it right pretty much each time. If the card has a lot of graphics on it or really unusual fonts, it was still pretty accurate, but would put things in the wrong field or not know how to parse it.

Jai was amazed at how you could have your name, address and fax number in different places, yet it was still really accurate in guessing which went where. For example, it could often tell the difference between a person’s name and the name of an organization, without it being labeled on the card. We took screenshots of both of our business cards scanned into the program, so you can see how they turned out – there were a few inaccuracies in our phone numbers and addresses, but I blocked our personal info out for obvious reasons!

Here’s Jai’s card:

Jaid Computer Business Card

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Here’s my card:

My Business Card

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I couldn’t see using a device like this personally, but this could be efficient for the person who has just come back from a convention with a large collection of business cards. Jai didn’t have high expectations, but he thought it was pretty cool after he tried it out!

DYMO CardScan Executive is available for for $259.99 and can be found at a variety of retailers, just in time for Christmas – click here to find a store near you.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Viva ELVIS

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts For Adults

If you’re looking for a gift for the Elvis fan on your list, then you won’t want to miss Viva ELVIS – The Album! The companion album to the successful Cirque de Soleil Vegas show of the same name, Viva ELVIS remixes 12 Elvis classics with a fun, upbeat result. If you enjoyed the Paul Oakenfold remix of “Rubberneckin’”, then you will most likely get a kick out of this effort as well!

Viva ELVIS

Viva ELVIS – The Album – $12.07

About the album:

Legacy Recordings, in cooperation with Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. and Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, proudly announces the release of Viva ELVIS – The Album, a 21st century celebration of Elvis and his music, featuring the voice of the king in a whole new context.

Produced and arranged by Erich van Tourneau, with assistant producer and assistant arranger Hugo “Wedge Montecristo” Bombardier, Viva ELVIS – The Album is a multi-faceted audio extravaganza creating a larger-than-life musical portrait of Elvis through newly re-imagined versions of “Blue Suede Shoes,” “That’s Alright,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Love Me Tender,” “King Creole,” “Bossa Nova Baby,” “Burning Love,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and “Suspicious Minds” as well as interludes based on “Memories” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone (Piano Interlude).”

Track listing:

1. Opening (mixed by Robert Meunier & Erich van Tourneau)
2. Blue Suede Shoes (mixed by Serban Ghenea)
3. That’s Alright (mixed by Brendan O’Brien)
4. Heartbreak Hotel (mixed by Brendan O’Brien)
5. Love Me Tender (mixed by Robert Meunier & Erich van Tourneau)
6. King Creole (mixed by Robert Meunier & Erich van Tourneau)
7. Bossa Nova Baby (mixed by Serban Ghenea)
8. Burning Love (mixed by Serban Ghenea)
9. Memories (mixed by Robert Meunier & Erich van Tourneau)
10. Can’t Help Falling In Love (mixed by Serban Ghenea)
11. You’ll Never Walk Alone (Piano Interlude) (mixed by Robert Meunier & Erich van Tourneau)
12. Suspicious Minds (mixed by Brendan O’Brien)

Check out music samples at VivaElvis.com.

I was sent a digital copy of the release to check out, and although I’m not normally a big fan of modern reinterpretations of the classics, I found this to be a fun listen. I think this is a great stocking stuffer for anyone who love The King!

Viva ELVIS – The Album is available on Amazon for 12.07 and wherever fine music is sold.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Oneida Review

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts For Adults

What do foodies, college students, and newlyweds have in common? They’d all appreciate a great kitchen item for Christmas! And whether your recipient is outfitting their new kitchen, tweaking their culinary creations, or just heating up some Top Ramen in their dorm, Oneida has a variety of fun, practical gift ideas that will be appreciated all year long. From dinnerwear and flatwear to kitchen tools and baking pans, Oneida’s collection has something for everyone. So when Oneida offered me a product of my choice to review, I had a hard time deciding! I eventually settled on something that I think almost any kitchen could benefit from: A Northland Stainless Steel 12 Piece Cookware Set.

Northland Stainless Steel 12 Piece Cookware Set

Northland Stainless Steel 12 Piece Cookware Set from Oneida – $49.99

Product details:

This 12 Piece Stainless Steel Set has a high-mirror finish that is both attractive and easy to clean. The Northland collection of cookware is ideal for beginning the foray into the culinary world, with quality pieces that are as affordable as they are durable.

* Set Includes: 5 Qt Dutch Oven, 1 & 2 Qt Saucepans with Lids, 8″ & 10″ Fry Pans and 4 Non-stick Nylon Utensils
* Made of durable Stainless Steel
* Hand washing recommended
* 5 Year Limited Warranty

I thought this set would be useful to me because it’s a classic collection of tools: This assortment of pots and pans comes in varying sizes, ensuring that you have the right tool on hand for the job. And since these items are used universally in every kitchen, it can serve as both a starter set and as a supplement to an existing collection of cookware.

Northland Stainless Steel 12 Piece Cookware Set

Kitchen items are one of my favorite things to shop for, so I was excited when my 12 Piece Cookware Set arrived! I love the versatility of the pieces and the fact that they are made from stainless steel. I’ve already put my set to work cooking a big batch of taco meat:

Cooking taco meat

This Northland set has been so useful already – I’m very glad to have it in my kitchen!

Oneida’s Northland Stainless Steel 12 Piece Cookware Set retails for $49.99. Order on Oneida.com by December 23rd and select 2nd Day Air or Next Day Air to get it by December 24th!

Holiday Gift Guide 2010 – Billy Joel: The Hits – 2 Winners – Ends 12/16

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts For Adults

Billy Joel has just released his first-ever greatest hits compilation, The Hits. The album is available on iTunes or Amazon, just in time for holiday gift giving. And TWO lucky Contest Corner readers will win a copy of The Hits, so read on!

About The Hits:

BILLY JOEL RELEASES THE HITS AND PREPARES FOR 2011

Billy Joel has just released a new album of his Top 40 chartbusters and signature classics in The Hits.The album marks the first ever career-spanning single disc compilation of such classics as “Piano Man”, “The Entertainer”, and “It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me”. The Hits can be purchased on iTunes or Amazon.

The release of The Hits is merely a teaser as to what 2011 will hold for Billy Joel and his fans. 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Billy Joel’s first solo album, Cold Spring Harbor, and Columbia/Legacy Recordings will celebrate the occasion with a definitive reissue project of newly restored and expanded Legacy editions of the complete Billy Joel catalog, newly curated collections of rarities from the vaults, previously unavailable studio tracks and live performances, home video releases and more.

Among the upcoming releases in the Columbia/Legacy Billy Joel 40th anniversary commemoration will be Billy Joel – Live At Shea Stadium, a 2CD/DVD and stand-alone Blu-ray edition of Billy’s historic 2008 Shea Stadium concerts, a Legacy Edition of the 1973 Piano Man album, a Complete Albums Collection featuring 14 of Billy’s original albums with a bonus disc collecting 16 non-album tracks and more.

Tracklisting for The Hits is as follows:

1. Everybody Loves You Now (1971, Cold Spring Harbor)

2. Piano Man (1973, Piano Man, #25 Billboard Hot 100)

3. The Entertainer (1974, Streetlife Serenade, #34 Billboard Hot 100)

4. New York State Of Mind (1976, Turnstiles)

5. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) (1977, The Stranger, #17 Billboard Hot 100)

6. Only The Good Die Young (1977, The Stranger, #24 Billboard Hot 100)

7. My Life (1978, 52nd Street, #3 Billboard Hot 100)

8. Big Shot (1978, 52nd Street, #14 Billboard Hot 100)

9. You May Be Right (1980, Glass Houses, #7 Billboard Hot 100)

10. It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me (1980, Glass Houses, #1 Billboard Hot 100)

11. Say Goodbye To Hollywood (live) (1980, Songs in the Attic, #17 Billboard Hot 100)

12. Allentown (1982, The Nylon Curtain, #17 Billboard Hot 100)

13. Pressure (1982, The Nylon Curtain, #20 Billboard Hot 100)

14. The Longest Time (1983, An Innocent Man, #14 Billboard Hot 100)

15. Tell Her About It (1983, An Innocent Man, #1 Billboard Hot 100)

16. A Matter Of Trust (1986, The Bridge, #10 Billboard Hot 100)

17. We Didn’t Start The Fire (1989, Storm Front, #1 Billboard Hot 100)

18. I Go To Extremes (1989, Storm Front, #6 Billboard Hot 100)

19. The River Of Dreams (1993, River of Dreams, #3 Billboard Hot 100)


Giveaway time!

Billy Joel: The Hits

TWO lucky Contest Corner readers will each win a copy of The Hits! Here’s how to enter:

1. For your first entry, just leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite Billy Joel song is! This step is required to qualify for the drawing.

Want extra entries? Do any of the following, and leave a separate comment for each one:

2. Write a post on your blog linking to this giveaway. Then come back here and leave me the link!
3. Write about this on Twitter, then come back and leave me the link to your tweet! One Twitter entry per person. You can use the button at the bottom of this post to tweet with one click!
4. Subscribe to my blog updates by clicking here. Then come back and leave me the email you subscribed with!
5. Become a follower of my blog by clicking the “Follow” button in my sidebar! Then come back here and let me know in a separate comment!
6. Post Contest Corner’s button on your website – just copy and paste the following code, and let me know where you put it:

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Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway ends on December 16th at 11:59 PM, PST. Winner will be chosen the following day via Random.org. Winner has 48 hours to respond to my notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Giveaway is open to US residents. I received no compensation for this post – other than the joy of giving a prize to one of my loyal readers!

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: The Closer – Season 4 & 5 DVD Giveaway – Ends 12/06

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts For Adults

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Turner Entertainment are entering me into a special blogger contest as a thank-you for writing this post!

TNT’s popular drama, The Closer, returns for its sixth season on December 6th. To celebrate, one lucky Contest Corner reader will win Seasons 4 & 5 on DVD, so read on!

About The Closer:

As the new season of THE CLOSER opens, the squad is moving into its new high-tech digs. But it’s not long before they’re wishing they could be back in their old space, where a plain white board nailed to the wall was more practical than the troublesome sliding screens in their new murder room. But true to form, Brenda is determined to bend the space to her style.

With the LAPD on the hunt for a new chief of police, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope (Simmons) is among those in the running. Should he get the job, it could mean a promotion for Brenda. The political juggling around the office soon leads Brenda to do some career-minded soul-searching. It also has her colleague, Robbery-Homicide Commander Taylor (Gossett), smelling a possible promotion for himself, even though he can’t even seem to wrangle an office of his own in the new facility.

On the home front, Brenda’s husband, FBI Agent Fritz Howard (Tenney), has some career changes of his own in store. After turning down a promotion that would have sent him to Washington, D.C., he’s now in line for a job that could not only keep him in LA, but give him and Brenda the chance to spend a lot more time together.

This season, Brenda and her squad will tackle cases involving a sniper shooting in a posh neighborhood, a possible serial rapist who uses a stun gun to immobilize his victims and a drug-related custody battle that ends in two deaths. Meanwhile, Detective Sanchez (Cruz) will struggle to care for a young boy involved in a case the squad investigated last year. And Lt. Provenza (Bailey), Brenda’s second-in-command, will once again find himself in a professionally embarrassing situation when a one-night stand with a flight attendant leads to the discovery of a dead body in her bathtub.

Also this season, Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica) will reprise her role as Capt. Raydor, the by-the-book head of the Force Investigation Division, who has butted heads with Brenda on several occasions. This time, her presence could have major implications for Brenda’s future in the department. closer, Kyra Sedgwick, tntcloser, Kyra Sedgwick, tntcloser, Kyra Sedgwick, tnt

Giveaway Time!

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One lucky Contest Corner reader will win The Closer: Season 4 and Season 5 on DVD! I actually gave Season 4 to someone as a Christmas gift last year, so I think this set would be a fantastic holiday present! Here’s how to enter:

1. For your first entry, cast your vote in the poll below for your favorite TNT police drama, then leave a comment on this post and tell me which show you voted for! This step is required to qualify for the drawing.
(If for some reason you have any trouble loading the widget to vote, then just leave a comment letting me know what your favorite drama is.)

Want extra entries? Do any of the following, and leave a separate comment for each one:

2. Write a post on your blog linking to this giveaway and The Closer. Then come back here and leave me the link!
3. Write about this on Twitter, then come back and leave me the link to your tweet! One Twitter entry per person. You can use the button at the bottom of this post to tweet with one click!
4. Subscribe to my blog updates by clicking here. Then come back and leave me the email you subscribed with!
5. Become a follower of my blog by clicking the “Follow” button in my sidebar! Then come back here and let me know in a separate comment!
6. Post Contest Corner’s button on your website – just copy and paste the following code, and let me know where you put it:

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Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway ends on December 6th at 11:59 PM, PST. Winner will be chosen the following day via Random.org. Winner has 48 hours to respond to my notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Giveaway is open to US residents. Turner Entertainment are entering me into a special blogger contest in exchange for writing this post.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Turner Classic Movies – Moguls & Movie Stars Giveaway – Ends 12/06

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Turner Entertainment are entering me into a special blogger contest as a thank-you for writing this post!

I have several great Gift Guide Giveaways for your today, courtesy of Turner Entertainment! Our first giveaway is for the new Turner Classic Movies documentary series, Moguls & Movie Stars. This seven-part series chronicles the story of the forefathers of the American film industry – and one lucky Contest Corner reader will win their choice of Moguls & Movie Stars product from Zazzle, so read on!

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About Moguls & Movie Stars:

TCM will tell the comprehensive story of the men and women who built the American film industry in this groundbreaking, seven-part documentary series. MOGULS & MOVIE STARS features rarely seen photographs and film footage; clips from memorable American movies; and interviews with distinguished historians and major Hollywood figures, including Sidney Lumet, Richard Zanuck, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Peter Bogdanovich, Gore Vidal, Robert Osborne and Molly Haskell.

Spanning from the invention of the first moving pictures to the revolutionary, cutting-edge films of the 1960s, this ambitious production is an epic history of Hollywood, detailing the personalities,
inter-personal relationships, collaborations and conflicts that created an industry and an art form. The series also serves as a history of America, looking at how moviemakers responded to such
major events as the Great Depression, World War II and the Civil Rights movement. MOGULS & MOVIE STARS is executive-produced by Bill Haber (TNT’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King; Broadway’s The History Boys and Monty Python’s Spamalot) and written and produced by Jon Wilkman.
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Giveaway Time!

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One lucky Contest Corner will win their choice of one product from the Moguls & Movie Stars Zazzle shop! The items in this shop feature a selection of classic quotes, and are available on t-shirts, cups, totes, magnets, and more – perfect for gift-giving! Here’s how to enter:

1. For your first entry, click here to check out the Moguls & Movie Stars Zazzle shop. Then come back here and leave a comment on this post telling me which item you might choose if you were the winner! This step is required to qualify for the drawing.

Want extra entries? Do any of the following, and leave a separate comment for each one:

2. Write a post on your blog linking to this giveaway and Moguls & Movie Stars. Then come back here and leave me the link!
3. Write about this on Twitter, then come back and leave me the link to your tweet! One Twitter entry per person. You can use the button at the bottom of this post to tweet with one click!
4. Subscribe to my blog updates by clicking here. Then come back and leave me the email you subscribed with!
5. Become a follower of my blog by clicking the “Follow” button in my sidebar! Then come back here and let me know in a separate comment!
6. Post Contest Corner’s button on your website – just copy and paste the following code, and let me know where you put it:

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Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway ends on December 6th at 11:59 PM, PST. Winner will be chosen the following day via Random.org. Winner has 48 hours to respond to my notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Giveaway is open to US residents. Turner Entertainment are entering me into a special blogger contest in exchange for writing this post.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Nelly Furtado Prize Pack – Ends 11/30

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts For Adults

The Best of Nelly Furtado

Are you looking for a perfect gift for the Nelly Furtado fan on your list? Then you won’t want to miss out on this giveaway, because one lucky Contest Corner reader will win a prize pack containing a Nelly Furtado canvas bag, The Best of Nelly Furtado CD, and Nelly Furtado branded candles, so read on!

The Best Of Nelly Furtado (Deluxe Version) is the artist’s first compilation album, which drops today, November 16th. This two-CD set has something for everyone and is sure to be enjoyed by both die-hard fans and casual listeners alike. The album is loaded with hits like “Turn off The Light”, “I’m Like a Bird”, “Say it Right”, “Powerless (Say What You Want)”, and “Maneater”, as well as a bonus disc with remixes and collaborations with other artists. In addition, this album includes “Night is Young”, Furtado’s latest single, and two other previously unreleased tracks.

The Best Of Nelly Furtado (Deluxe Version) Track listing:

DISC 1
1. I’m Like A Bird
2. Turn Off the Light
3. Shit On The Radio (Remember The Days)
4. Fotografia (Duet with Juanes)
5. Powerless (Say What You Want)
6. Try
7. Forca
8. Promiscuous Ft. Timbaland
9. Maneater
10. Say It Right
11. All Good Things (Come To An End)
12. In God’s Hands
13. Broken Strings Ft. James Morrison
14. Girlfriend In The City
15. Night Is Young
16. Stars
17. Manos Al Aire

DISC 2 (Bonus disc)
1. Quando, Quando, Quando (Duet With Michael Buble)
2. Te Busque (Duet with Juanes)
3. Island of Wonder Ft. Caetano Veloso
4. I’m Like a Bird (Nelly vs Asha Remix)
5. Who Wants to Be Alone (Tiesto Ft. Nelly Furtado)
6. Sacrifice (The Roots Ft. Nelly Furtado)
7. In God’s Hands Ft. Keith Urban


Giveaway time!

Nelly Furtado

One lucky Contest Corner reader will win a prize pack containing a Nelly Furtado canvas bag, The Best of Nelly Furtado (Deluxe Version) CD, and Nelly Furtado branded candles (pictured above)! Here’s how to enter:

1. For your first entry, just leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite Nelly Furtado song is! This step is required to qualify for the drawing.

Want extra entries? Do any of the following, and leave a separate comment for each one:

2. Write a post on your blog linking to this giveaway and Nelly Furtado. Then come back here and leave me the link!
3. Write about this on Twitter, then come back and leave me the link to your tweet! One Twitter entry per person. You can use the button at the bottom of this post to tweet with one click!
4. Subscribe to my blog updates by clicking here. Then come back and leave me the email you subscribed with!
5. Become a follower of my blog by clicking the “Follow” button in my sidebar! Then come back here and let me know in a separate comment!
6. Post Contest Corner’s button on your website – just copy and paste the following code, and let me know where you put it:

7. Add the Holiday Gift Guide 2010 badge to your website – just copy and paste the following code, and let me know where you put it:

Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway ends on November 30th at 11:59 PM, PST. Winner will be chosen the following day via Random.org. Winner has 48 hours to respond to my notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Giveaway is open to US residents.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Tazzini Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts For Adults

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Tazzini Earth Map Stainless Steel Reusable Water Bottle – $17.95

Are you looking for a stylish, yet practical gift this holiday season? Then I would like to introduce you to Tazzini Stainless Steel Water Bottles!

Tazzini sent me a complimentary “Earth Map” water bottle to try out, which features a chic curved design and map motif on a dark blue stainless steel bottle. You twist the lid to open it, and the cap will not close unless you remember to twist it shut – a good feature to help prevent leaking. The pinhole opening lets water out slowly; it might be nice if the water was dispensed a bit faster, but this is not all that much different from other water bottles, and I can appreciate how the design helps it stay sealed. I’ve used this water bottle for about a week now, and it seems to be pretty watertight – it’s been a very pleasant experience using my Tazzini!

This would be a great gift for athletes, the eco-minded, or those who are hard to buy for – if you’re not sure what someone on your list might enjoy, getting something like this is a practical choice, since it’s a handy thing for almost anyone to have in the cupboard.


Tazzini Earth Map Stainless Steel Reusable Water Bottle
is available on Tazzini.com for $17.95. They are currently offering free shipping on 2 or more bottles by using coupon code “2PLUSSHIPFREE” at checkout.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Musereo Software – 10 Winners – Worldwide Entries – Ends 11/29

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Gifts For Adults

Musereo

Are you looking for a unique gift for the techhead or audiophile on your list? Then this giveaway may be of special interest: 10 lucky Contest Corner readers will win a license code for Musereo, a Windows software that converts mono digital audio files to simulated stereo, so read on!

About Musereo:

From their product info page:

“Musereo Mono to Stereo Converter is a very easy to use Windows software that converts mono audio files (MP3, WAV or WMA) to stereo in just a few clicks, helping you to breathe new life into your digital audios mono, flat and dull.

You can fine-tune the stereo width, harmonic richness, level balance and panning. It is specially optimized for earphone/headphone junkies.

This Software Lets You…

* Easily find mono audio files on your computer.
* Drag and drop to add files/folders for conversion.
* Customize options for the output stereo effects.
* Convert multiple files in a single batch.”

You can listen to demo audio clips by clicking here.

Gift-giving tip: Not sure how to give someone a “Virtual” item, like a license key for Musereo? Try decorating a special holiday card, and then print the code inside for a cute and unique stocking stuffer! Alternatively, this could be a great gift for a long-distance friend or loved one.

Musereo screenshot

Giveaway time!

TEN lucky Contest Corner readers will each win a free license code for Musereo! Codes will be emailed directly to the winners at the end of the giveaway, and may be redeemed by downloading the software and entering in the license code. (Free upgrades are not available for the giveaway license.) Here’s how to enter:

1. For your first entry, just leave a comment on this post and tell me who you’d like to win this for – would this be a gift for someone, or perhaps you’d like to try this software yourself? This step is required to qualify for the drawing.

Want extra entries? Do any of the following, and leave a separate comment for each one:

2. Write a post on your blog linking to this giveaway and Musereo. Then come back here and leave me the link!
3. Write about this on Twitter, then come back and leave me the link to your tweet! One Twitter entry per person. You can use the button at the bottom of this post to tweet with one click!
4. Subscribe to my blog updates by clicking here. Then come back and leave me the email you subscribed with!
5. Become a follower of my blog by clicking the “Follow” button in my sidebar! Then come back here and let me know in a separate comment!
6. Post Contest Corner’s button on your website – just copy and paste the following code, and let me know where you put it:

7. Add the Holiday Gift Guide 2010 badge to your website – just copy and paste the following code, and let me know where you put it:

Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway ends on November 29th at 11:59 PM, PST. Winner will be chosen the following day via Random.org. Giveaway is open to worldwide entries. I received no compensation for this post – other than the joy of giving a prize to my loyal readers!