It’s beginning to feel a lot like . . .
Loyal readers know we’ve done the gift shopping for you.
We found the best of the best: Those gifts that have presence and are sure to please anyone on your gift guide this holidaze season.
These are out last-minute choices.
Read about our past picks: http://lodeplus.com/stage-and-screen-in-pittsburgh/petrucelli-s-picks-top-gifts-you-can-buy-from-your-tv-think-qvc-and-hsn.
Read our best toys and games of 2011: http://lodeplus.com/stage-and-screen-in-pittsburgh/petrucelli-s-picks-the-best-toys-and-games-of-2011-hello-santa
Even more: http://lodeplus.com/stage-and-screen-in-pittsburgh/petrucelli-picks-we-did-the-shopping-for-you-here-the-best-of-the-best
You can also found our picks for the two best mail-order catalogs products here: http://lodeplus.com/dead-celebrities-in-national/petrucelli-pick-s-the-holiday-gift-guide-to-the-two-best-mail-order-catalogs.
Now taking center stage . . .
Some people think it’s a sign of luck when a digital watch/clock lines up 1111. Some people think it’s the best time to make a wish. The inventors of the Wishing Watch think so, and created this plastic and fashionable jelly band alarm watches that pre-set to alert you when it is 11:11am, giving you 60 seconds to make a wish, think a positive thought or just smile and feel special.
Putumayo has been spreading good cheer and charitable action with their products for years.
Two items from the Putumayo Kids line that are a must: Europe Coloring Book, featuring 20 oversized coloring pages invite children to discover the people, animals and musical instruments of Europe. There are captions, a map and a glossary help budding artists identify the images as they color and learn about European culture.
The Africa Sticker Book Collection, packed with more than 120 colorful stickers, allows curious kids to build sticker stories on the fold-out African landscape, explore countries on the full-color map and check the glossary to get the scoop behind the sticker images. These reusable stickers adhere to almost any surface. Both are printed with eco-friendly soy ink.
Everything old is new again: A high-tech edge to two family classics. Yahtzee Flash allows players toplay in various ways; the portable game case lets you play on the go.
Simon Flash asks one perplexing questions: How fast can you unlock the code? Start pressing . . . can you remember and repeat a longer and longer sequence of colors? Challenge your friends or tune up your skills on your own!
The Monopoly Crazy Cash Game is, well, crazy. Super silly instructions will have you trumpeting like an elephant or swinging imaginary golf clubs . . . constructing kooky hotels, trading wacky properties and collecting rent as it flies out of the cash machine has never been so much fun.
Lumps, the Elf Coal Game is for the naughty. And nice. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer, and a whimsical way to give someone “coal” in their stocking that’s been hung with such care. All of the dice look like charcoal . . . roll ’em and the fun begins.
Sleeping on the floor has never felt so, well, comfortable. The Selk’bag Sleepwear System’s “lite version” of their popular sleepwear system is 30% lower in weight than Selk’bag 3G. The 4G Lite is designed as the perfect two-season sleepwear system. Rated to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, the uncommonly comfortable Selk’bag 4G Lite is an excellent solution for those who are uncomfortable in traditional mummy or rectangular sleeping bags. The quick-release hand closure system allows for quick hand exit and entry without having to open and close zippers, and the compact carry sack allows easy portability to and from the campsite, car or wherever you go. And sleep.
This one’s for the dogs. Literally. Orvis has a terrific orthopedic dog bed. A sleek shape, a quilted or fleece top and a streamlined bolster make the “Deep Dish” one great-looking nesting place. Built like a couch, with extra length for multiple dogs or for dogs who like to stretch out, this plush microfiber bolster bed provides security and cozy support from behind and features world-renowned Tempur material. This handsome design not only is comfortable for your dogs, but also fits well in your home. It’s available in fleece light brown, fleece sage, fleece brown tweed, brown tweed, sage, light brown or slate. The liner is water-resistant liner; the bed cover is removable and washable. Choose from three sizes.
Losing to lose weight in the New Year? You can spend lots of cash on those “famous” diet plans or you can in on this neat Calphalon Electric Digital Slow Cooker. Control what goes in your body by what goes in the 7-quary ceramic crock. Internal sensors monitor the temperature to ensure accuracy and even heat delivery. The auto setting cooks for two hours on high, then switches to low for the remainder of the cook time. Calphalon thinks of everything: Not only are the crock and tempered glass lid dishwater safe, but the cord wraps securely for storage.