Christmas List n' Wishes

I thought I would share some great, gift ideas, in no particular order. I know it is getting late, but a lot of us give n' get gift cards and $. Shopping after the holiday is just as fun;  Me, I am always thrilled to get a gift card to a bookstore. I love pondering and poking around for that new book, that will enlighten me, inspire or a mystify me.  I haven't read all of these yet. Some I bought for my son and some are on my wish list. I am also going to throw, in a few unique finds as well. My favorite way to shop, in comfy clothes, wearing my fluffy slippers and drinking hot chocolate. Yes, I do go out and face the crowd and get a few things, mainly the meal and stocking stuffers. Remember in no particular order:

I ordered this for my son; He has built two computers, I thought he might get a kick out of this

a circuit board T-shirt, you can find this and other unique shirts in this shop on Etsy, called Nonfiction Tees.
Another unique find for my son was this little gadget, Eviltron. I think this could be fun or get out of control according to the user and party involved.  It looks like nothing, but in reality, it has 6 sounds, one is random.
Something unsettling creaking, unidentifiable scratching sounds, Gasping last breath, Sinister child laughing, Eerie whispering of 'hey, can you hear me?'  Think Geek makes it but you can find it on Amazon. The reviews are even fun to read. I don't know, we didn't try it, but I will let anyone know who is interested. I also like to give gift subscriptions, thought this fit him, Wired.
I did get him a few PC games, and a couple of books. He loves sci-fi books and movies. He is going to see
Tron, tomorrow. Day off from work and college break, great time to go. One of his favorite series is "Sliders" about wormholes. I knew, I had to get  Stephen Tremp's book, "Breakthrough"- A scientific breakthrough in Einstein-Rosen Bridges, or wormholes, is stolen by a group of misguided M.I.T. graduate students. They scheme to usher in a global science-based oligarchy. Greed, betrayal, murder, mayhem, spiritual contemplation, and unconditional love define the power-play struggle in this fast-paced suspense thriller of technology gone too far.

Here is one review: 
California Author Stephen Tremp delivers a fast paced thrill ride with Breakthrough. This novel is a great edge-of-your-seat adventure blending science fiction, action, and thriller genres and exploring the dangers of technology gone to far. Tremp expertly details complex theoretical science in a relatable way, while still keeping up a fast-paced story. Breakthrough will leave you guessing till the very end and clamoring for the next installment in this exciting series.
Shawn Chappelle
Owner Uwharrie Books

My son loves Star Wars and Battlestar Galatica, I knew Alex Cavanaugh's book would be up his alley, CassaStar-Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.”-Library Journal
My son will love this one! Alex is working on a trilogy of this series. He has an amazing book trailer. He is part of a contest to select
best book trailer of the year. You can check it out, here.   

SASessories-is a store on Etsy you can find unique jewelry like this.  She is on vacation, but there are a lot of OOAK(One of a kind) gifts.

For my daughter, it is the typical teen stuff, curling irons, fancy boots, a digital camera(son already has one, I did get him a few other cool things, but fear, they never read my blog and today would be the day they decide to. So Mom is the word~  Back to daughter, girls are easier, perfume, clothes, jewelry, a Glee poster, or cd.
We do play these pc games, Nancy Drew, they have a junior and senior game mode. You can select the mode of your choice, if you get stuck, you can go to Game Boomers to get clues. It is fun to help, Nancy solve the mystery.

My hubby and I will shop after the holidays, we usually do one gift and our stockings. Besides we also celebrate our anniversary this month. This is what I bought him, a sky dock. He hinted and I took the bait.

Me, I would be happy with a magazine subscription to Somerset Life.

I also have a list of books I would like to read, the two my son received are also on this list. Patricia Stoltey is the author of two mystery novels: The Prairie Grass Murders (2007) and The Desert Hedge Murders (August 2009). My first love was mysteries, I look forward to reading her work. She is guilty of genre-hopping, she has a novel in the works called, "Wishing Caswell Dead and working on revision for a suspense novel, "Dead Wrong". One busy lady!        

Karen Jones Gowen is an author of two books,I am fascinated in her book, "Farm Girl"."Through the intertwined stories of the life of the Marker family and of the broader historical time period, the book is more than captivating. Gowen's vivid account of her mother's life allows Farm Girl to read as seamlessly as if one were recalling personal memories." (The Holyoke Enterprise) also the author of"Uncut Diamonds"-A young married couple struggles to find balance during the over-the-top decade of the Seventies. An autobiographical novel.

Rashelle Workman has been published and has another book in the works,"Distorted".  Her first book, "Sleeping Roses"-Death is a part of life. Sophie Berkeley has had no exceptions. Usually though, with death comes a flood of loved ones to comfort and console, which allow healing. Sophie never had that. Instead, she's been wading through life as though in a dream, existing not living. On her twenty-eighth birthday, she has her first of many awakenings, when she finds her husband David in bed with another woman. This looks like a reawakening type of book. The kind I could sink my teeth into!

Another book, that looks grab worthy, is Talli Roland's, "The Hating Game"-When man-eater Mattie Johns agrees to star on a dating game show to save her ailing recruitment business, she's confident she'll sail through to the end without letting down the perma-guard she's perfected from years of her love 'em and leave 'em dating strategy. After all, what can go wrong with dating a few losers and hanging out long enough to pick up a juicy £200,000 prize? Plenty, Mattie discovers, when it's revealed that the contestants are four of her very unhappy exes.   This sounds like a fun, juicy book that just grabs your attention~

I would be happy to receive any of the above, yes, even the circuit board tee; Green is my favorite color~
Now if was my surreal wish list, this would be on it:  Some serious wheels, haven't decided which one yet.
and a trip to Europe, one can dream ;-D

I wish you n' yours many happy, cherished moment,during the holiday season! Thanks for making 2010 a memorable year~


I love your son's sf taste :) and that T shirt he's getting this year is great!
I didn't know RaShelle already had a book published, I thought DISTORTED was going to be her first one! Why doesn't she advertise this on her blog???
Ellen aka Ella said…
Dezz-I found it on amazon, when I was looking around, didn't know, either!
Yeah, I think he will love it. You have good tastse ;-D Eviltron should be fun, I can think of several scenarios. I also can see my hubby taking it to work. lol

Yeah, I like trying to find those unique surprises for Christmas morning. The challenge is fun~! I read on her blog about your shared recipe, both sound amazing! Merry Christmas~
Talli Roland said…
Yay! Thank you for putting me on your wish list! :) Hope you have a very happy holiday season.
Wanda said…
Cool gift ideas Ellie. I'm sure the kids are going to love your picks.
Myrna R. said…
I like your ideas, especially the ones for your son. It's hard to find gifts for guys his age.
Hi Ellie!
It was so nice to see your name in my comments! I'm so sorry to be such an infrequent commenter of late, I love your blog and visit often but don't always comment. My goal is to do better in the new year! :) Thanks so much for the book suggestions, we love books more than just about anything else over here, so I'll look forward to checking them out. My mother loved mysteries and I inherited her love of them - especially the old English tea cozy mystery authors (Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Margery Allingham, etc.) - I'm woefully behind on current mystery writers. WAH!
Please know you are very dear to me and I love your curiosity and open heartedness. Wishing you and all your dear ones, the merriest of holidays and much joy in 2011!
I hope he likes CassaStar! (I know he'll dig Tron Legacy.) You did good - we geeks like those kinds of gifts.
"I read on her blog about your shared recipe, both sound amazing! Merry Christmas"

I just mentioned what I will bake for Christmas :) but I didn't share the recipe, you can see my recipes (and the pics of my cooking) at my facebook profile :)
Ellen aka Ella said…
Dezz-I know ;-D I saw you were going to share on FB! Wishing for you the gift of love in the New Year and Happy Holidays~

Alex-I have no doubt he will; Thank you~
Wishing you n' yours Happy Holidays!

Sally-I wish you wonderful,warm holidays! Thank you, I will visit you more often next year. YOU always inspire and I love seeing your finds! xXx

Myrna-It is tricky, gift cards are great, but I try to amp them up a bit. A Chinese take out carton, with fortune cookies inside with the card. I bought him a coffee card today and packed it in a coffee bag, with biscotti and chocolate coffee beans. I hope you n' yours have wonderful holidays~xXx

Wanda-Thank you I try; xXx Happy Holidays to you n' yours; Hope they are wonderful!

Talli-I'm excited for you, can't wait to read it! Happy Holidays, xXx
marilyn said…
Aww, ella, i wish i would have read your post about the etsy site with the computer board tee shirts.
i am always on the lookout to buy/make handmade.
with 5 sons and 2 daughters, i always struggle when it comes to finding something unique for them.
Wallets, belts, socks, and boxers can get a little boring.
i will go check it out.
there is always next Christmas, and of course bdays.
love, maire
aline said…
congrats! keep up the good work/this is a great presentation.

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