Hard to believe that just a short time ago, the big hi-tech Christmas gift was the iPad, just that one model. Today, a hi-tech wish list can go on for pages: smartphones, smart watches, tablets, gaming systems, 3D printers, and new ways to control your lights, thermostat, or your entire home. And with all of those choices, finding the right gadget for the right person can get tricky. The USB-powered fiber optic Christmas tree looks cool in the catalog, but will it really be appreciated? And, seriously, who needs a can-opener you can control with your smartphone?
Want to wrap your Christmas gift and New Year's resolution into one? Try a device that keeps track of your every waking (and sleeping) moment. The Fitbit Force and its competing brands, count your steps, distance, calories burned, stairs climbed, and active minutes. It also monitors how long and how well you sleep and syncs it with your computer and smartphone.
With Christmas gift time just around the corner, give some thought to presenting that special film buff in your life with a DVD or Blu-Ray box set to match his or her tastes and interests. It’s possible to find box sets of just about anything that’s been committed to film. There are sets of animated works for kids; sets of TV shows from the early 1950s through just last season; and sets of films by genre, actor, or director. If you’re into the cinematic equivalent of self-flagellation, there’s even a box set of all of the Police Academy movies.
It’s time again for the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market, a gathering of gift vendors from Cincinnati and around the country at Duke Energy Convention Center. Unique jewelry, clothing, food items and more and, as Robyn Carey-Allgeyer learns from Show Director Vicki Hart, some of the proceeds from the event support Cincinnati’s Bake Me Home charity.
Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall will be in the holiday spirit on December 2 when a gathering of some of the area’s finest artists display and sell their works during the annual Holiday Sale. One of the artists, Brenda Tarbell, sits down with Jane Durrell to talk about this annual event and some of the participating artists.