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Top 5 Graduation Gift Ideas For 2009

Announcements, Electronics
May 28, 2009 2 Comments

It’s graduation time and you know how much we love picking gadgets and gift ideas here are Mavromatic!  This year is a bit different as peoples wallets are a bit tighter so we’ve kept the gift prices under $150.


garmin_forerunner50#5 – Garmin Forerunner 50 Sports Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

Just because your child is going to college doesn’t mean they shouldn’t stay active and fit.  Encourage them to stay in shape by getting them a Garmin Forerunner 50 sports watch with Heart Rate Monitor.  This little gadget transmits workout data to their computer so they can analyze, store, and share the information.  Plus, you can add Garmin’s foot pod (not included) to track their speed, distance, and calories burned.  You can’t put a price on health and $54 won’t put a hole in your wallet.

flip_video #4 – Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder, 30-Minutes (White)

A Flip video camcorder is a great gift idea since it allows your child to record a  special video message everyday that they can then email directly to you.  The idea is great, but will they actually do that?  Heck for $60, it’s worth the gamble.  Plus, if they never end up sending you a video message, they can still use it to capture their memories for their own viewing enjoyment.

blue_microphone_eyeball#3 – Blue Microphones Eyeball – USB Webcam with Microphone

This USB Webcam and Microphone combo is a perfect gift to stay in touch with your loved one while they are away at college.  The microphone will allow you to hear their voice in the purest way possible and the high-resolution camera will allow you to see in detail if they have been out late partying.  Blue is known for their quality microphones and this combo unit is no exception.  Sure, most notebook computers come with built-in cameras and microphones, however, I have not seen a built-in camera/mic combo as good at this.  The Blue Microphone Eyeball will only set you back $85 and works with both Mac and PC.

canon_a480#2 – Canon PowerShot A480 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD

A good inexpensive camera comes in handy to any college student and the Canon PowerShot A480 10MP not only fits the fill, but, it also fits in the pocket.   This highly-rated camera snaps up great shots without all the frills and gimmicks of higher priced cameras.  Comes in Silver, Black, Blue and Red and only costs $114!

sony_photoframe#1 – Sony DPF-D70 7-inch Digital Photo Frame 

Your child will be going away for college but that doesn’t mean they need to forget about you.  So take some photos of the family and their roots and load it up onto this beautiful Sony DPF-D70 7-inch Digital Photo Frame.  Don’t forget to add some messages like “Don’t forget to call us tonight” or “Maybe you should stay home tonight” to keep your child grounded.  The frame comes in Black and Red and costs $99.99.

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Felco Classic Pruner & Pruning Made Easy Book – My Favorite Tools – May 2009

Cool Tools, Favorite Tools
May 17, 2009 4 Comments

felco and pruning made easy

I’ve been really getting into gardening lately.  Not only is it stress releasing but it also requires some cool tools. I’ve found that my favorite gardening tool has been my Swiss Made Felco #F-2 Classic Manual Hand Pruners. These things can be completely taken apart and refurbished with parts so they will be the last pair of pruners you’ll ever purchase!   I’ve also relied on  “Pruning Made Easy: A Gardener’s Visual Guide To When and How to Prune Everything, from Flowers to Trees” as a reference guide and I highly recommended it.   This book covers everything I have in my garden from my fruit trees and grape vines to our indoor plants. These two items are My Favorite Tools for May 2009.

– Felco Classic Manual Hand Pruner #F-2

–  Pruning Made Easy: A gardener’s visual guide to when and how to prune everything, from flowers to trees (Storey’s Gardening Skills Illustrated)

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