A unique column of finds in New York from the eyes of someone who is a “discoverer”...Rhonda Erb

Wonderful Christmastime

The LG Optimus Slider:

All the great features you want in a sleek smartphone with affordable Virgin Mobile service. The LG Optimus Slider is Android powered and has a 3.2 inch touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard; plus Virgin’s reliable 3-G Nationwide Network never requires a contract.

Available at: www.virginmobileusa.com, Best Buy stores, $199.99

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The Ninja Kitchen System 1100:

Juicing, food processing, frozen blending and dough mixing; this one appliance does it all with SmartSpeed technology that automatically adjusts the motor to the appropriate speed. A 40-ounce processing bowl, a 72-ounce pitcher, and all the necessary blades and attachments are included.

Available at: www.ExperienceNinja.com, Bed Bath & Beyond stores, $159.99

Smallville: The Complete Series:

The ten-season hit series in its entirety from Warner Home Video. The 62 disc boxed set contains over 5 hours of additional material like the 1961 Superboy pilot and all new interviews.

Available at: www.amazon.com, $207.99

Animal Planet 3-in-1 Travel Buddy:

This is a plush toy, a cozy blanket, and a comfy pillow in one. It folds into one of 8 Animal Planet buddies that are perfect companions for ages one year and up.

Available at: www.amazon.com, $14.99


Choose from a complete line of fashionable messenger bags, backpacks, and briefcases to keep your electronic devices charged when you are on the go. Each bag comes complete with a battery, Apple connector, Micro and Mini USB connectors, and on-board USB port and you can charge up to four devices at once. The bags are nicely padded to protect your laptop, tablet, etc… and they are roomy enough to carry all of your other gear as well.

Available at: www.mypowerbag.com, Best Buy stores; Instant Messenger Bag (pictured) $179.99

COBY Multimedia 3-D Soundbar Speaker System CSMP88:

Experience 360-degree sound technology from Sonic Emotion. This compact unit fits conveniently on a shelf and simply plugs into your TV or MP3 player. No calibration or additional cabling is needed.

Available at: www.amazon.com, $117.20

Bodhi iPad2 Easel:

Animal prints are in style this fall so why shouldn’t your iPad look chic as well? This short hair/ pebble leather case provides complete protection for your tablet and folds into a horizontal stand.

Available at: www.bodhibags.net, $128.00

Dooney & Bourke Front Pocket Wallet:

At last, a slim, elegant wallet designed to slip comfortably into his front pocket. The innovative design has plenty of room for ID, credit cards, etc.

Available at: www.dooney.com, $110.00

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Colossal Cupcake from CRUMBS:

The December Cupcake of the Month is a delicious vanilla buttercream filled chocolate cake topped with peppermint cream cheese frosting and crushed peppermint candies. The Colossal size weighs four pounds and feeds approximately eight people.

Available at: www.crumbs.com, CRUMBS stores nationwide; $35.00 in store, $42.00 online

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