If you’re like me, you wait until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping. Sometimes it works out well because I’ve been able to score some great deals. Other times, I’ve been stuck in a crowded mall at the 11th hour picking through the left-overs. If you’re still searching for that special Christmas gift, I’d like to share with you a few great products that I’ve had the opportunity to review over the past few weeks (disclosure – I received samples of these products for review purposes. All opinions are my own):
Worx Toys ($39.99 -$49.99) – My 8 year old son, N, constantly bombards me with questions about how things work. Since I’m a bit of a geek myself, I enjoy the challenge of finding the right answers. In my quest to keep one step ahead on my son, I discovered Worx Toys. Founded by three fathers who set out to create innovative toys for their curious little kids, Worx Toys makes vehicles that simultaneously entertain and educate. Each vehicle is made of highly durable, colorful and translucent plastic that allows children to look inside to see their inner workings in action. Corresponding storybooks explain what each part does while taking the reader on an adventure in their new Speedster Racecar, Apex Police Helicopter or Torch Fire Truck with their new favorite character and friend, Howie Works. My son has the racecar and he is absolutely enthralled by it. Not only is it fun to play with, but it also keeps him intellectually engaged. Worx Toys can be found at hundreds of online and specialty toy stores throughout the US and Canada including Young Explorers, Fat Brain and Barnes and Noble. For more information, please visit www.worxtoys.com or see how they really work by viewing the quick demo at http://www.youtube.com/watch?
The Geek Dad Book For Aspiring Mad Scientists: The Coolest Experiments and Projects for Science Fairs and Family Fun by Ken Denmead ($18.00) – N and I love to build things and conduct experiments together (two of our favorites have been the cigar box guitar and the soda bottle rocket). This third installment in the popular GEEK DAD series has given my son and me many new things to explore including: Building a radio out of office supplies; Writing top secret messages in invisible ink; and sending subliminal messages with mind control (I’m still working on using mind control to make him clean his room). If you know a budding scientist, you should definitely pick up this book and the rest of the Geek Dad series.
Man Shoes by Tom Watson ($21.99) – In his book, Man Shoes, Watson shares his inspiring true story of one man’s journey through loss and love, told with humor and heroism. The book tells a real-life tale of the importance and values of fatherhood. It is emotional and inspiring. I was touched by Watson’s story and it made me recommit to being a better man, husband, and father. I really liked Watson’s advice on how a man can strengthen his role in the family and society through traditions. If you’re seeking to improve your relationship with your family, I’d recommend your reading Man Shoes this holiday season.
Atari Arcade – Duo Powered ($59.00) – I was a child of the 80s and I loved my Atari gaming system. Although it wasn’t as elaborate or high-tech as today’s systems, it still provided me with hours of fun. If you’re an iPad owner and miss those Atari games, you should definitely try out Discovery Bay Games‘ Atari Arcade – Duo Powered. Relive the fast-action excitement of all your arcade favorites, like Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command. Simply connect your iPad to Atari Arcade, download Atari’s Greatest Hits app for Duo, and you’re ready to share the fun with family and friends anywhere! With its joystick and buttons, Atari Arcade—Duo Powered is exactly the way arcade games were meant to be played. Atari’s Greatest Hits app for Atari Arcade is designed for 1-2 players. Works with both iPad & iPad 2.
Question: Do you have any cool gift ideas that you’d like to share?