Random Post Thursday

Let loose this holiday season and forget about your low fat diet for a few days. To help you along that path here are links to a couple books I’m planning to pick up (admittedly as gags) for stocking stuffers and such:

Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, With Recipes

Bones: Recipes, History, and Lore

SharmaDesigns over at Etsy has a ton of reasonably priced, wooden jewelry suitable for adults and maybe for older kids as well. You can browse their store here

TheStranger compares a couple of interesting photographs of little girls (one unknown, one suddenly in the spotlight) on The Slog. I’ll leave you to check them out yourself as I’m sure my attempts at a description wouldn’t do the post justice.

Gizmodo.com posted information on leaked Toys ‘R’ Us Black Friday sale details. While I’m sure there won’t be nearly enough for most of us to secure them, the doorbusters promise insane deals for those willing to stand in line to save money for Jr’s gifts this year. It’s going to be a tough Holiday for most of us, but it appears that deals will be plentiful on toys and other items your kids are asking for.

Kidhaus posted about the Puj Tub for the baby on the go. It fits in a bathroom sink and flattens for easy portability… what’s even better? Head over to Kidhaus and benefit from their discount on Puj products. G’wan git!

Speaking of discounts, head over to Babygadget for the details of their 20% discount on the Short Hat Company’s winter hat collection.

Like I said, there will be sales aplenty this Holiday season!

Gift Idea For The Boys

Automoblox Convertible Photo: Automoblox cars allow your kids to play with cool vehicles and interchange parts to build their own

I decided to theme today’s post around a new addition to the Automoblox line of toy cars and trucks. This particular item is the Automoblox C9-S berlinetta. Looking at the images on the site this one appears to be modeled loosely against the Chevrolet Corvette, but with massive 22″ wheels. At $38 this may be the perfect primary stocking ingredient for the 2009 season.

Also of note, and on offer at Automoblox are the following:
X9X Sport Utility
C9R Sportscar
A-9S Convertible

For those of you in the US, have a look at Amazon for Automoblox on SALE!

So When’s This Weak Economy Going To Produce Strong Deals?

If you ask me, we’re already seeing it. Just did a quick review of Amazon’s deal section and found the following as a small selection of what’s out there:

Discovery Exclusive Rainbow in my Room

Discovery Exclusive Ready Set Learn! Jump & Dance Music Mat

Fisher-Price Elmo’s Restaurant (26% off)

Diaper Bags From Skip Hop (25% off)

Based on what I’m reading this may only be the beginning. On the one hand good news as we all find ‘good deals’ online, while at the same time terrifying for what it represents to the economy.

Please don’t forget about the eBay.com / Live.com deals available to those of you located in the US with US eBay accounts. Just search for a product on Live.com and click on the eBay result link with the “Live Search cashback” text beside it. You’ll have a limited amount of time to purchase a buy it now item on the site and in 60 days you’ll be credited the amount of the discount to your PayPal account. As I write this the discount is 25% which should certainly help with your Holiday shopping needs. Enjoy!

Use eBay? If So There Are Huge Holiday Discounts To Be Had

There’s currently a promotion going on between Microsoft and eBay (as well as other stores) for those of you resident in the United States. When I checked yesterday the promotion was offering 30% cashback on purchases up to a max of $200 per purchase (as I recall).

With the Holidays just around the corner – don’t kid yourselves, if you want to ensure good deals for the holidays you’d better start looking around soon – and the economy in pretty miserable shape a 30% discount is going to be hard to ignore as you look for gifts for under the tree, festivus pole, etc. If you live in the United States and have access to this promotion consider yourself (and your children) lucky!

The way it works is you have to search on www.Live.com The results page for a product search will include results accompanied by a coin icon and discount-related text. Clicking on those results will provide you with a discount on the target shop if the purchase is made within a given window.

Enough of my babble, here are the links to more information. Note, that if the discounts are low when you check, try again another day as I’ve seen them range as high as 30% for purchases on eBay.

Microsoft Cashback How It Works page
Microsoft Cashback Terms and Conditions
List of Participating Stores
eBay Terms and Conditions