In "The Early Show" series, "Early Holiday Unwrapped," we're featuring some of the best new gifts of 2009. On the broadcast Tuesday, Amy Goodman, senior editor of All You magazine, highlighted some of this year's hottest gifts -- all $50 or less.
The following product descriptions were prepared using information provided by the manufacturers.
Flameless Candles, Ivory, Set of 2, $35
• Real wax. No flame. Instant mood.
• They cast a warm, safe glow on any occasion.
• 100 percent real wax Flameless Candles even feature curved, "melted" edges. Three LED bulbs flicker and disperse light just like a real candle.
• A built-in timer lets you come home to a candlelit glow every evening.
• Anyone who has pets (me), a young child (me) or a clumsy relative, these flameless candles lit by LED bulbs will be invaluable for a safe holiday.
• You can set the timer for 4, 6 or 8 hours for auto shutoff (so there is no need to physically turn it off).
• They are available in two of the same color (gold, ivory or red with a touch of shimmer) or one can purchase two of one size. The ivory is available in 3x4 or 3x6.
Personalized Stationery For Everyone On Your List. 15 for $36
Designed exclusively for Minted. Add skinny-wrap address labels for a coordinated look.
• The stationery comes in many designs and styles.
• One can order as late as Dec 19. With expedited shipping and processing, they can arrive in time for Christmas.
• In our increasingly electronic age, a handwritten card means so much. This is a highly personalized gift.
• The designs are exclusive and driven by design challenges, which means constant new designs to choose from by designers from all over the world.
• Five percent of each purchase goes back to the designer.
• The quality of paper is extraordinary. It comes at a minimum of 120 lb. linen content and 100 percent recycled paper is available.
Discovery Kids Camera NEW, $29.99, Bed Bath and Beyond
• Your child can become an in-house photographer for every occasion with this camera.
• It has a full-color LCD display, large, soft molded grips for an easy hold, and a built-in carrying strap.
• It connects to your computer so you can print out your photos or send them to friends through e-mail.
• It includes USB cable and installation CD and is PC and Mac compatible.
• Measures 8" H x 8 1/2" W x 3 1/2" D.
•Requires 4 AA batteries, not included.
• Ages 3 years and up.
• Actually, I bought this for my child who discovered and opened it early!
• New from Discovery, finally a digital camera that's safe for kids 3 and older.
• Easy to grip, decent LCD display screen, two punchy designs.
• 16 MB internal memory, holds 120 still photos and takes video too!
• My daughter is having a blast, but now after seeing me prep for this she wants the other color too!
Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator $40
This wine aerator lets you enjoy your wine from the very first sip. Simply hold it over a glass and pour the wine through; the Vinturi draws in and mixes the proper amount of air for the right amount of time, allowing your wine to breathe instantly. This gives your wine a better bouquet, enhanced flavors and a smoother finish, and gives you all the taste without the wait. Vinturi is made of acrylic and includes a no-drip stand and travel pouch. Measures 5 3/4" H x 2" in diameter.
• Waiting for a bottle of wine to breathe for 15-20 minutes before drinking can be a lifetime for those who want to entertain or simply pour a glass in a snap! The Vinturi Aerator is the perfect gadget to speed things up.
• Pour wine through it, and the wine's bouquet is perfect, ready for consumption from the first sip.
• Comes with a no drip stand to store between pours, and if you want to impress friends while you're on the go -a travel pouch!
The Sharper Image® SleepSounds™ Music and Alarm Pillow $49.99
Music and Alarm Pillow features an integrated sound system built right in, but you'll never feel the speaker. Just set the auto off timer for 30 or 60 minutes, and fall asleep to your MP3 playlist, a recorded book or one of eight pre-programmed nature sounds. The music or nature sounds will automatically shut off, most likely after you're asleep. When it's time to wake up, your contour pillow will vibrate gently (or not so gently) to nudge you awake. Just like other alarm systems, you can hit the snooze a few times.
• Compatible with an iPod® or another MP3 player.
• Choose from eight nature sounds: ocean, storm, birds, stream, rhythm, frogs, crickets and soft music.
• The Snooze feature stops your vibrating alarm for five minutes.
• The vibrating alarm begins at High, or builds from Low to High.
• This comfy contour pillow works magic to put you asleep and help you wake.
• Simply plug in your iPod or MP3 player and listen to your own music as you drift off.
• The auto timer ensures that the unit turns off after a 30 or 60 min interval.
• One can even play foreign language tapes as you drift off to sleep.
• In the morning, an alarm sounds and the pilllow vibrates!
NEW u-Control Silver Bullet Mini RC Helicopters (really popular and hot item) $29.95 or 2 for $50
Reach new heights with these easy-to-fly, indoor mini RC helicopters. The Silver Bullet RC helicopters let you enjoy high-flying fun right out of the box.
• These mini RC helicopters feature the latest easy-flight technology, making them incredibly easy to fly-even in small spaces.
• In larger spaces, however, they can fly up to 100' away from the remote.
• Mini RC helicopters have flexible nylon rotor blades and landing gear.
• Built-in LED strobes ensure night flights and landings.
Rechargeable RC helicopters also feature replaceable parts. Rough landing? No problem. These RC helicopters feature replaceable rotors (two sets of extra rotors and stabilizers are included). Simply recharge the copters between flights. The remote (which is included) uses six AA batteries (not included). Available in blue or red.
• It represents the latest in remote control technology.
• It flies 100 feet away from the remote, so the toy is great for both outdoor and indoor use, given its control • Has LED strobes for night flights • Great for "kids" of all ages, but recommended for kids 12 and under; fly with supervision of an adult.
• It comes with extra parts in the case of unexpected crashes.