Author: Kristen Chase

The coolest Minecraft gifts for kids. Besides more time to play Minecraft.

I’m not sure about you, but in my house, Minecraft is pretty much all my kids talk about. They play it on the PC, on the iPad, and yes, even in real life. Hold the real pick axe. If your kids already have tons of Minecraft toys like mine, I’ve rounded up some cool Minecraft gifts for kids that I bet they’d love as much as I know mine will. Down with the creepers! The regular old teddy bear just won’t do for your little Minecraft lover. Better: This Minecraft plush set (above, from our Amazon affiliate) Who said an enderman...

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I love you like I like a photo on Instagram

Not just any heart necklace will do these days, my friends. The hip kids are wearing Instagram like necklaces that you can find at Photojojo, one of my favorite shutterbug shops on the web. Laser cut from acrylic and made in the USA, these fun baubles make a fabulous gift for the Instagram lover in your life, and an affordable one too. And really, what better way to show how much you like someone than with an actual in real life “like.” Or IRL as the kids say. Just be sure to share a photo of yourself (or loved one)...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins from this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out these 5 fabulous pins you might be missing, including lots of awesome holiday gift ideas.   1. We still can’t believe this is a laptop bag. Drool. 2. One of our own favorite tech toys as kids is back. Hooray! 3. What a fun interactive Christmas app that stars your own kids. 4. A cool, affordable stocking stuffer for your music-loving tween or teen. 5. We might just get these for every kid on our list. Such an awesome...

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Web Coolness: The coolest tech gifts, a campaign against loud music, and a good reason to reset your Facebook password. Now.

Each week we share some of our favorite tech links we’ve enjoyed reading. We hope you like them too.   Have you caught our holiday tech gift guide? Tons of awesome gift ideas for every geek on your list. Whoa! 2 million Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter passwords were stolen. Good time to change your own just in case. Interesting new campaign against listening to loud music. Are you guilty for blasting your tunes? Looking to start a LEGO collection? Here’s a pretty in-depth explanation on which sets to invest in on Geek Dad. Thanks to tech, an obituary for the letter...

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The coolest multigadget charger for the multigadget family

Between my daughter’s new iPhone, my son’s iPod Touch, and my two personal iGadgets, we’ve got four iOS devices charging all over the floors and kitchen counters. That’s why my next big purchase will be this brilliant new PowerDock 5 charging station from Griffin. It’s almost hard to believe that it doesn’t take up much more room than a single iPad and yet it houses and charges up to 5 iOS gadgets at a time.  It can still work with certain Kindle and Android gadgets as well; just know that each device has a specified power charging level and...

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2 smart gadgets that will ensure you never miss a call again

If you’ve ever missed a call because your cell phone was hidden in the deep recesses of your purse, then you’ll want to get your hands on these two smart gadgets. Like, yesterday. While there are plenty of times that I’ve been glad to have missed calls, there are many more where I really wish I hadn’t. And that’s exactly why I’m digging Trellie and MEMI. (I know, they sound like two long-lost Teletubbies.) Trellie is a simple, battery-operated bluetooth gadget that attaches to your bag and alerts you of an incoming call–smart considering women don’t tend to stick their phones in their...

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Decaphone: A gramophone for your iPhone. Hey, that rhymes.

I’m a huge fan of the juxtaposition of high tech and low tech, but I’ve never seen anything like the Decaphone. Or really, I have. But it wasn’t all in wood and it certainly didn’t have a dock for your iPhone in it. The Decaphone is inspired by the 19th Century gramophone and works as a completely wireless, battery-less, electric-less amplifier for your iPhone. Crazy cool, right? Each piece is completely handmade from a talented Providence woodworker (and probable RISD grad) from your choice of natural oak or ebonized oak, then ready to be displayed, and let’s be honest, gawked over. Like...

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The gorgeous iPhone wallet for people who have never wanted one before

I’ve seen quite a few iPhone wallet cases, some of which our readers have gone nuts for, but I’ve never rushed so quickly to  get my own phone in one as with this swanky find from Griffin. The Beamhaus billfold for iPhone 5 from Griffin (man, we love them!) is the perfect twist on an iPhone wallet because it’s not actually a case; which means you can easily slide your phone in and out when you want to use it. The camel leather is simply gorgeous, as is the suede 3-pocket interior, including a special insert to keep your...

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Show your love of Instagram over your shoulder

If you’ve got Instagram lovers on your holiday shopping list like I do, you’ll want to snatch up a few of these adorable purses right now before the holiday rush starts. I’m pretty sure every teen or tween I know would love this handmade Instagram purse. And to be honest, I’m sort of coveting it myself. Take a peek around the shop to see all the fabulous handmade photo-inspired accessories including an Instagram coin purse, even an iPhone case. Just order now to ensure you get it in time for the holidays since each one is made to order....

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A battery charging case with a sense of humor

Since my upgrade to iOS7, I’ve had no shortage of battery life issues with my iPhone 5. While I wait until I’m eligible for the iPhone 5S, I’m stocking up on battery charging cases, like this hilarious one from Kate Spade. I have to say that I giggle every time I see her Power Trip battery charging case, which is perfect for anyone with an iPhone 5 and, well, a controlling personality. I can’t vouch for whether it works as well as the new Mophie charging cases which are way improved for the 5 and 5S, by the way....

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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