November 27th, 2010

Although I’m not a huge shopper, I stayed away from Black Friday sales this year after being told by my horoscope it would only bring me trouble. For those of you still shopping for Christmas presents, here are my top gifts for food lovers & techies.

1. Lowel Ego Light
As all of you photographers know, natural lighting is the only way to go when it comes to food photography. But what do you do on those gloomy days? The Lowel Ego Light simulates natural lighting just by plugging it in. This will definitely come in handy for a busy food blogger like myself. Now I can professionally photograph my recipes any time of the day (or night!) I want.

2. Modern-Twist Placemats & Studio Doileez
If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you probably noticed I use the same plates for my photos. Modern Twist makes really cool kitchen products, including placemats, coasters, wine glass tags, and more, designed by independent artists and designers. Not only will these spice up my kitchen and my photos, but they are also eco-conscious, made out of food-grade, hand-silkscreened silicone.

3. Flip Ultra HD Camcorder
For bloggers who want to quickly upload quality videos, Flip Video has various camcorders for reasonable prices. I currently have the very first version of the Flip Video, so I think it’s about time I get the latest Flip Ultra HD. With a larger LCD screen, an extra audio microphone, more recording time (two hours instead of one), crisper images with better low-light quality, and batteries that can be recharged when connected to USB, the Flip Ultra HD is the perfect holiday gift for the video-intensive blogger.

4. Tripod
I don’t know how I’ve been surviving without a tripod. I could have definitely used one for my stop-motion Wiki Chicken Run video. For any other bloggers out there without a tripod, now’s the time to get one!

5. Looxcie Wearable Camcorder
A wearable camcorder is definitely another item a food blogger should not live without. The Looxcie would have made the filming process for my Halloween video blog post much easier. You simply wear the camcorder with a bendable ear loop and adjust the camera to point where you look. It’s perfect for filming shots from your point of view while allowing your hands to be free to perform whatever action you are filming (in my case, this would allow me to film different angles of my cooking). What’s cool about this is that you can use your smart phone as a viewfinder. Unfortunately, there is no iPhone app for this camcorder yet, so if you plan on buying this for an iPhone, wait until they come out with the camcorder specifically made for their iPhone app.

6. Uncommon Customized iPhone Case
Sick of having the same old iPhone case that everyone else has? Create your own artwork or choose from a collection of artworks by Uncommon. You can get a customized case for your iPhone 4, 3G, 3GS, and iPod touch (3rd generation). Cases for the iPod touch (4th generation) and the iPad will be coming soon.

7. Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch
I’m a little embarrassed to say I have yet to own a Wacom tablet. This definitely beats having to scan in your drawings and Photoshop them from there. With the Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch, you can draw or paint directly in Photoshop or any other Adobe Creative Suite program.

8. RockMelt Browser
While this isn’t a purchasable gift, I thought it was something worth mentioning. RockMelt is the latest internet browser based on Chronium, the open source web browser used for Google Chrome (meaning, it’s super fast!). So what makes RockMelt any different from the other browsers? It integrates all of your social media websites in one place. The left side of the browser shows icons for your contacts, making it easier to chat and share links with them. The right side of the browser has icons for all of your social media and news websites. Sign up on their website to receive an invitation to test it out (Note: it takes a few days to receive the invitation via email and you need a Facebook account in order to sign up). Check out the video on their website to see all of its features – it’s definitely worth watching to see what our concept of “internet browser” has come to.

9. PicPlz Smartphone App
This isn’t a gift either, but it’s a free app that’s worth getting if you’re a blogger. PicPlz allows you to style your photos with photo filters and instantly share them on your Facebook or Twitter. You can also add locations to your photos, making the social media experience all the more interactive. This is a quick way to edit and share your photos when you’re on the go.

10. USB Beverage Cup Cooler & Warmer
I will end my gift list with an entertaining stocking stuffer. For everyone who is too lazy to walk to the fridge or microwave to get their drink when they’re at their computer, Vat19.com brings you the USB Beverage Cup Cooler & Warmer. This would’ve been perfect for chilling my Apple Pie Smoothie while I blogged about it. I recommend checking out Vat19.com’s other products if you’re looking for something entertaining (they make funny videos about most of their products). My top faves? The World’s Largest Gummy Worm and The Giant Gummy Bear on a Stick.

Be sure to check back next week to see my final project!

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2 Responses to “WK’s Top Holiday Picks for Santa”

  1. Allison Zema says:

    You always go into such great detail! This it totally like a professional blog, and I think you do a fabulous job :]
    Keep up the great work! You’re awesome :]]

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