Sometimes the best gift is the one you can use at home. These items will likely be appreciated all year for time spent relaxing, entertaining or getting things done.
← Jawbone Jambox wireless speaker
$199 retail (far cheaper online); bigger version goes for $299.
The cool-looking rechargeable wireless speaker is getting rave reviews for its big, balanced sound and compact design that measures just 2.25 inches high, 6 inches wide, and 1.5 inches deep. It lets you stream music from smartphones, laptops and other Bluetooth devices. Great for apartments, dorms or bedrooms. Roland Wilkerson
→ Pocket Projector
$299.00 retail at Brookstone.
Let everyone get a good look at the images on your smartphone, tablet, computer, video player, game console or digital camera. This rechargeable pocket projector can turn a flat surface into a 60-inch big screen with 1080p HD image quality. Invite friends for movie night or a presentation. An HDMI cable is included to connect it to your device. MicroHDMI and miniHDMI adapters also are included to connect to tablets that have smaller connectors. (Youll need a digital AV adapter to connect to Apple products.) Karen Sullivan
↑ Chalkboard Wall Planter
$129.95 retail at Williams-Sonoma.
No need to make room indoors for more flower pots. Grow an herb garden indoors in a wall-mounted vertical planter, and youll get the benefits of fragrance and fresh clippings. Fill the 10 planting cells with the herbs of your choice, and hang the planter in a sunny spot. An irrigator at the top waters the plants, while a moisture mat distributes water to each plant. A collector tray catches the runoff. Use the chalkboard borders to label each plant. Measures 16 by 5 by 24 inches and weighs 11 pounds. Karen Sullivan
↑ Adjustable Tablet Stand
$159 at Sharper Image.
This is the gift for the person who enjoys mobile devices iPad, Kindle, Galaxy, Xoom, Iconia, IdeaPadd, Nook and all other tablets and eBook readers. Use it to keep your hands free while doing homework, crafts or writing out bills. The design allows it to telescope from 30 to 53 inches high. It also twists and rotates 360 degrees. Six positions keep your device safe from a fall while you relax and recline. The stand slides easily under your furniture and can be used on either side of a bed or sofa. It also folds for storage. Karen Sullivan
← Skil iXO Vivo power corkscrew
About $50, at Home Depot and other stores.
We confess: We wish we had been at the table when someone said, Heres an idea: Lets combine a compact cordless screwdriver with wine opener! The iXO Vivo power corkscrew from Skil effortlessly removes wine corks, even the tough ones. Theres a work light and a forward/reverse indicator. Skil says the lithium ion battery holds its charge up to 18 months. Allen Norwood, correspondent
↓ IdeaPaint, dry-erase paint
$75-$140 for 50 square feet; many, not all, Lowes stores.
More than $70 for a small container of paint may sound astronomical, but this isnt just any paint. IdeaPaints dry-erase application can turn almost any surface into whiteboard that accepts dry-erase markers and then easily wipes clean. Shopping lists on the kitchen wall, project notations on the desk in the office and princess doodles on the back of the rumpus-room door spring to mind as practical uses for this product. We tried the clear version and found it works great. Note: It leaves a slightly noticeable sheen. Also, you need to wait a week after applying it before you start writing. Eric Edwards
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