In 2014, we tested samples and reviewed books from eleven companies that sent us products. We have six gift recommendations for you.
We like delightfully cushy items like the Cabeau Memory Foam Evolution Neck Pillow. It has helped us sleep on long flights and enabled delightful naps on deck chairs on cruises.
Combine it with the Cabeau Midnight Magic Sleep Mask engineered to fit around the bridge of your nose for 100 percent darkness. We found it really works.
We have tested, like, and recommend both products for the travelers on your list. You can check-out and purchase these and all the other products at the company website at www.cabeau.com
Recommendation # 2
On the road or at home, we are burned-out by dumb-down American TV. We were pleased to find that there are still fine entertainment alternatives from Britain.
In addition to Downton Abbey, during 2014 we found several worthwhile and provocative mystery series offered by our friends across the pond. Thought provoking rather than mind numbing selections such as Midsomer Murders, Prime Suspect, Murdoch Mysteries, George Gently Mysteries, MI5, and Rosemary and Thyme.
Hook up with any of the above and your interest in the TV medium may be renewed.
These sophisticated Who Dunnits make excellent gifts for ardent mystery lovers and many are available on Acorn TV. Video purchases can also be made here.
We must disclose is that this is the only product on our list that we have not personally tested. Our recommendation is based on a multilingual friend’s experience. He emphatically believes this language learning program, designed by Dr. Paul Pimsleur is the best on the market. We thought it would make an interesting gift for certain people, so we decided to add it to our holiday list.
The program is used by U.S. government agencies and global corporations. The program is also backed by a 60-day guarantee, and is said to require only 30-minutes of study per day. It concentrates on words and phrases you are likely to need to converse in the chosen language – giving you the vocabulary, grammar, and native-like pronunciation. The way the program is set up, you’re actually having a conversation.
Worth a look-see for the people on your list that have expressed an interest in learning another language. You can find more information about the program, and order it at www.pimsleur.com
For your book reading friends:
TRAVEL ROUTE 66 is a guide to the history and sights along the famous “Main Street of America.” Written by Route 66 expert, Jim Hinckley, this full-color guidebook offers interesting historical insights about the famous highway.
The book points out the many attractions along the route in each state, and also recommends dining and lodging stops. All material is supplemented with great new and classic photos.
Did you know Route 66 runs through eight states: Arizona, California, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas? The book is arranged with a chapter on each state and describes all with accompanying new and vintage photos.
If you have driven Route 66, as we have, or are just interested in some great nostalgic Americana, you can order Hinckley’s book here.
To accompany the TRAVEL ROUTE 66 book, you may have friends on your list who would appreciate the complete ROUTE 66, TV Series offered by Shout!Factory
This year we completed the last of the 116 episodes of the popular series from the 1960s. Bring your portable DVD player and watch all the episodes as you travel.
The complete series is available as a 24-DVD box set from Shout!Factory. The show starred Martin Milner, George Maharis, and later Glenn Corbett, and boasts exciting adventures shared by a pair of good buddies as they drove their Corvette convertible across the country on Route 66.
The series featured and introduced many well-known stars including Barbara Eden, Buster Keaton, Boris Karloff, Burt Reynolds, Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner, James Caan, Joan Crawford, Julie Newmar, Lee Marvin, Leslie Nielsen, Martin Sheen, Peter Lorre, Robert Duvall, Robert Redford, Rod Steiger, Ron Howard, Suzanne Pleshette, Walter Matthau – you get the picture.
Click on the title above for information on how to own the complete set. A great gift for Corvette fans and old TV show buffs!
Many people use a heating pad for various muscle aches from time to time. The SUNBEAM RENUE is the best we have tested. First, it is a logically designed wrap that fits comfortably over the shoulders and high on the neck to provide a soothing, stress-relieving heat therapy.
Lightly weighted edges hold the wrap in place, in the office or at home. There are four personalized heat settings for “just right” comfort.
The Sunbeam Renue wrap is easy to care for because the soft microplush fabric is completely washable.
An excellent and useful gift for the entire family.
NOTE: The wrap has a magnetic clasp to hold it comfortably in place so it is not suitable for persons with pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or internal insulin pumps.
You can order this product directly from Sunbeam *here*.
Judy and Wayne wish you all the Happiest of Holidays, Best of Health and Happiness, and Happy Travels!
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