Really Cool Catalog Gifts

So you've looked and looked and you still can't find all the right gifts for those special people on your list. CBS This Morning Consumer Correspondent Herb Weisbaum has some ideas you might want to consider. He shopped dozens of catalogs to find the really "neat stuff".







HereÂ's the perfect clock for this special season. Each hour on the hour, it plays a refrain from a favorite Christmas Carol. There are 12 carols in all.



(1) CAROLING CLOCK
HAMMACHER SCHLEMMER CATALOG
$39.95
Item #74814
800-543-3366


The stockings were all hung by the chimney with care - but look what Santa will find there at some houses this year: a stocking with attitude. This Harley-Davidson stocking is made from genuine leather and imitation fur. Of course, it has leather straps, a buckle and the official logo.



(2) HARLEY DAVIDSON LEATHER CHRISTMAS STOCKING
WIRELESS CATALOG
$56
Item #58998
800-556-5715


Now hereÂ's a real attention-getter: an aquarium made to hang on the wall. The Sea On The Wall Aquarium is lightweight. The kit comes with everything youÂ'll need. Including these green bioball pellets that keeps the water aerated for up to 6 months. The Sea On The Wall Aquarium is only two inches wide, so youÂ'll need to get skinny fish. ItÂ's from a catalog called Topix Innovation.



(3) SEA ON THE WALL AQUARIUM
TOPIX INNOVATION CATALOG
$69.95 (plus $14.95 special shipping charge)
item # TI800
800-478-4703


Want to give someone the whole world without spending an arm and a leg? Well give them the planet earth baseball, they'll have the whole world in their hands. ItÂ's a regulation, hand-stitched baseball. And that picture of earth was taken from a NASA satellite photo.



(4) PLANET EARTH BASEBALL
THE DAILY PLANET CATALOG
$12.50
Item #43627
800-609-5465


Looking for something different, fun and reasonably priced? Then how about the zap cap bottle opener? It's real easy to use. You just push it down over the neck of the bottle, turn and pull it up and the cap stays right there, because there's a magnet on the top.



(5) ZAP CAP BOTTLE OPENER
WILLIAMS-SONOMA CATALOG (only)
$9.95 (catalog only)
Item #36-2092708
800-541-2233


It took a workforce of more than 15,000 about three years to build the Titanic. Now you can build a giant foam replica of this amazing ship in a single afternoon! The Titanic Extreme Puzzle is a solid 3-D puzzle that has more than 200 multi-dimensional pieces made from sturdy EVA foam. When youÂ're done, youÂ'll have a giant puzzle that measures four and a half feet.And yes, it floats!



(6) TITANIC FOAM PUZZLE
FAO SCHWARZ CATALOG
$110
800-426-TOYS
Also: Amazon.com
Discovery Channel Catalog
Store of Knowledge
Dillards department stores



Check out this new pen. It looks different, and feels different to your fingers. The Ergo pen was developed by an architect. He designed it to fit the contour of the human hand, so unlike other pens, itÂ's proportioned and balanced for proper holding. The Ergo pen, seen here, is made from plastic.



(7) THE ERGO PEN
LIZELL CATALOG
$15.95
Item #77T3
800-718-8808
Also: Bloomingdale's
The Nature Company
Disney Stores
ergopen.com



LetÂ's face it. Most mouse pads are boring. Not this one. ItÂ's a Mouse Rug - billed as the product for mice with discriminating taste. The patterns are digitally copied from real hand-woven rugs. They look expensive, but theyÂ're not.



(8) THE MOUSE RUG
MONTICELLO CATALOG
$20
800-243-1743
Also: Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Washington, D.C.)
mouserug.com
storeofknowledge.com



Have a favorite photo? Send it out and get it back as a paint-by-number canvas, complete with all the artist's materials you need to do the job.



(9) LARGEST PERSONAL PAINT-BY-NUMBER CANVAS
HAMMACHER SCHLEMMER CATALOG
$80 & $180 (Takes 4-6 weeks)
Item #77441
800-543-3366

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