Archive for November, 2011

Nextag Shopping Report – Week Ending 11/25 – Top 10 Tablets, Clothing, Toys, & Video Games

At Nextag, we know what’s hot and what’s not when it comes to online shopping. Over 1.5 million shoppers a day browse everything from Sony HDTVs to White Gogo Boots.

We feature over 100 million products sold by over 20,000 merchants and retailers, including eBay, Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Sony and more.

We crunch all these numbers together, ensure they are correct, and bring you the latest trends in electronics, toys, video games, clothing and apparel, and tablets. Now you know what other people are interested in buying, too!

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8 Holiday Party Accessories Under $20

First of all, Happy Cyber Monday! On this glorious day, the world takes online shopping to a new level, scouring the Internet for the latest and greatest deals (or just Nextag.com, where the products come to you). It’s glorious!

And what’s also glorious – the awesome amount of holiday parties that take place in December!

The last month of the year is party central. You’ve got friends’ holiday parties, family holiday parties, and company holiday parties. And you’re probably marking your calendar for friends of friends holiday parties, too. Why not? If there’s food and drinks and festive music, I’m in.

So how can you get in the spirit, December social butterflies? Accessorize! These 8 holiday party accessories under $20 will help you show your spirit, without emptying your wallet.

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5 Fitness Products to Help With the Post Holiday Pounds

Now that Thanksgiving is done for another year, it’s time to re-focus on our ever-expanding waistlines before the holiday season turns that temporary tummy into a permanent fixture. To help shed that unwanted weight before the New Year, I’ve selected five of my favorite fitness items currently available online.

Gold’s Gym SpaceSaver 25 Single Dumbbell

Without going to a gym it’s hard to find the space to store bulky fitness equipment, so luckily Gold’s have figured out how to store 9 dumbbells into one. Who needs to join a gym when you can bring the gym to your home? Blast those biceps with an intense weight training routine or tone up those wobbly bits using a lighter setting and power through muscle-tightening plyometric workout.

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Hottest Black Friday Deals in Tech and Beyond

The day after Thanksgiving officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, also known as Black Friday. For retailers, it is the busiest shopping day of the season as shoppers begin to tackle their holiday shopping list. This year, retailers are opening earlier than ever, with some stores launching their sales at midnight. As an avid deal-hunter and geek, there is an inherent “thrill” to braving the Black Friday crowds and getting some pretty sweet deals on tech.

Develop Your Black Friday Game Plan

The key to a successful Black Friday is lots of turkey, football (go 49ers!), and plenty of rest.  First, you’ll need to develop your game-plan, decide what stores you want to hit, and which products to tackle first. Unless you plan on waiting in line well before the turkey is cooked, consider having 1-2 backup options, especially for the early bird products. I recommend bringing copies of the ads and your prioritized list, so you’ll stay on track, and on budget.

The next tough decision is to determine whether you’re going to the midnight or early morning sales. For the midnight sales, feast relatively early, so your turkey has time to settle. Standing in the cold with a gut full of stuffing and gravy isn’t exactly fun. For early morning sales, give into your turkey comatose state and fall asleep early… you’ll need the energy! Then, decide whether you want to wait in line, or see what’s left. If you leave the house at the time of the sale, chances are you’ll miss out on the “limited quantity” items. But then again, it beats standing out in the frozen tundra for three hours.

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The Hottest Selling Toys this Holiday Season

Have your kids already started their “I WANT!” list of toys for the holidays? Are you not sure how to dive in to sort out all the brands, types of play and prices? Well, we’re here to help! We’ve asked a leading play expert, CBS Early Show and Late Show with David Letterman contributor, Shannon Eis, to help us put together a list of the hottest toys this holiday season…and there’s lots to choose from!

“There’s going to be a lot of great value in the toy aisle this year. More products at lower and mid-price range, and a lot more play value so that your latest buys (hopefully) don’t end up in the closet by December 27th.  But retailers have been burned in recent years by over-stocking, so there will be limited, tightly controlled quantities of the predicted best sellers. You’ll want to grab your must-have items when you see them. And here are a few that I think are definitely worth grabbing early:

Tech Play…There’s no denying the influence of technology on children’s play, and 2011 will be the year of the tablet. LeapFrog is giving kids a new way to learn through play with their LeapPad Explorer, for ages 4-9. It features a brilliant 3” touch screen for kids to explore eBooks, learning games, videos and more – plus it has an on-board camera, accelerometer, a durable, sleek design and a library of content that levels to your child’s skillset. Another tech toy not to be missed are the Stealth Video Glasses from Spy Net. They take more than 200 still pictures or up to 20 minutes of video…and they really work. Parents, pets and siblings beware!

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Nextag’s Shopping Report: Top 10 Electronics, Clothes, Toys, & Video Games

It’s never too early to start thinking about your holiday shopping list. Whether you’re shopping for a techie or fashionista, Nextag’s Holiday Shopping Report shows you this year’s most popular and trending products from around the web. Who knows, maybe one of these amazing gifts will be under your tree this holiday season! So, skip the lines on Black Friday, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and shop in your pajamas with Nextag!
 

Apple iPad 2HP Touchpad Tablet, Wi-fi,16gbAsus Eee PC 1015PE 10.1in Netbook
Dell Inspiron 1545 NotebookSony Playstation3Microsoft XBOX 360 250GB Holiday Bundle
BOSE Wave Music System - Titanium SilverSONY HDR-CX700V HD Flash CamcorderSONY BDV-E570 5.1 Channel Home Theater System
SONY Handycam HDR-CX160/B HD Camcorder
X-BIONIC Men's TracksuitNorth Face Women's Denali JacketPrincess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Set
North Face Women's Osito JacketUGG Adirondack Women's Boot IIFaux Fur Pom-pom Boot
North Face Women's Venture JacketVictoria's Secret Over-the-knee, Lace-back BootNorth Face Men's Denali Jacket
Nike Mercurial Vapor VII SG Cleats
Ashley Breathing Lifelike Baby Doll
Kid Kraft Savannah DollhouseDynamo Powered Slot Car SetOne Step Ahead KidKraft Kitchen with Stools
Nitro Powered Off Road BuggyTransformers Dark of the Moon - Ultimate Optimus PrimeFisher Price Cars 2 Lightning McQueen
Fisher Price Brilliant Basics - Stack & Nest Pots & PansTrend Enterprises Wipe-off MapBarbie 3-story Dream Townhouse
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010Dragon Ball Z Ultimate TenkaichiCall Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Ps3
Microsoft Gears of War 3 for Xbox 360Zumba FitnessJust Dance 3 for Nintendo Wii
PopCap Plants vs. Zombies Game of the Year Limited Edition 3PSP Dragon Ball Z: Shin BudokaiDisney Interactive: Cars 2
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy. Mac Edition.

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Mitten Mania

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As temperatures continue their downward spiral in the coming months, desperately trying to stay warm becomes a high priority for most folks. Understandably so. But in my highly regarded and reputable opinion, this doesn’t mean people get a free pass when it comes to looking anything but their very best. Style should never, ever be compromised during the annual battle with Old Man Winter.

Fact: looking good doesn’t have to take a backseat to warding off hypothermia. Case in point: animal mittens.

Yes, that’s right, I said animal mittens. Not to be mistaken for kitten mittens or any other form of mittens worn by animals. I’m talking about mittens that look like animals, worn by humans.

They’re adorable. They help keep fingers frostbite-free. And they look good on everyone. Don’t buy into the misconception they’re just for kids. Please, everyone can – and should! – own a pair of animal mittens.

Whether you’re looking for a pair to toss on your own blue-hued and shivering hands, or you’re doing some holiday shopping, here are three pairs of animal print mittens destined to keep hands toasty and foxy. Continue Reading »

Celebrate the 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday on November 26th

If you thought Black Friday had the best deals, you’re in for a HUGE surprise! The problem with Black Friday is that you’re still deep into your Thanksgiving turkey coma. The last thing you want to do is brave long lines at the mall on Friday morning, or even Thursday night. And no, we’re not talking about Cyber Monday, either.

Join Nextag and thousands of other stores across the country next Saturday, November 26th as part of the 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday celebration.

On Small Business Saturday, you can stay in your warm, comfy bed all morning and skip the mall madness, while still saving loads of cash. Best of all, you can support your local community, too!

So on November 26th, 1 week from todayget your morning cup of Joe from your local coffee shop and peruse local boutiques, while enjoying your town’s winter wonderland. Or, if you lack the motivation to brave the public, you can always shop online during Small Business Saturday. Nextag can certainly help you out in this department!

Support Your Local Economy

Help boost the local economy and show love to these 2011 Small Business Saturday supporters:

1-800-Flowers.comHyatt Hotel & Resorts
FedEx
Hertz
HP DirectZoro Tools
Xerox DirectVerizon
Tissot
Courtyard by Marriott®

Shop Local and Earn a $25 American Express Statement Credit

American Express will literally PAY YOU TO SHOP at a small business on November 26th! No joke, simply register your American Express card here and spend $25 or more at a participating small business venue. You’ll then receive a one-time $25 statement credit. Who doesn’t like free cash?

Most importantly, get out there and support the men and women who positively contribute to your local economy. Whether it’s getting coffee at a local café rather than Starbucks, or buying your next piece of jewelry from a boutique, doing your part couldn’t be easier

Gift Ideas for the Man in Your Life

Birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions come with a bundle of fun and celebrations. But things are slightly different when it comes to your husband or boyfriend’s birthday.  If his birthday is just around the corner, you know that you have to make it really special for him. But confusion hits hard when you actually sit back to decide on the gift!

This is what happened to me last month, when I realized my husband’s birthday was just 10 days away! I had no clue what to buy for him. Never in my life had I felt so confused and clueless!

Finally, while baking his favorite cookies on a Sunday morning , I realized that I should buy something of his taste and liking. Most women think that finding a great gift for men is the toughest job in this world. But ladies, don’t we know our husbands or boyfriends too well?  So, choosing the right gift for them should not be so complicated after all.  Start by asking yourself these questions.

Does he love sports?

I hate to generalize, but most men love sports. Think about his favorite sport and his favorite team, too. Buying sports clothing and accessories that support that team is a brilliant idea. Your man will treasure and flaunt his sports clothing and accessories with glee.

Check out some of the coolest and most popular sports clothing and accessories available on the market:

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5 TV Box Sets to Help you Stay Warm this Winter

I think it was Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember who uttered the line “winter must be cold for those with no warm memories…” but she probably didn’t have a DVD player and a television set. Personally, I love any excuse to get cozy on the couch with a pile of TV on DVD box sets. Here are some of my favorite shows from the last few winters that are currently available at Nextag.

The Sopranos 

What’s left to say about one of the greatest TV shows ever broadcast? Only that theentire series is now available on DVD, making it one of the finest TV box sets available on Earth. This modern day morality tale charting the everyday anxieties of a New Jersey mob boss struck a chord with audiences from the very first season and never let up. Honored with no less than 21 Emmy Awards and 111 Emmy nominations over its six seasons, The Sopranos didn’t take long make its mark on popular culture and has left the world with a collection of iconic characters and memorable moments that will live on for a very long time.

The Larry Sanders Show

The sheer genius of The Larry Sanders Show can be measured by the wealth of comedy it has influenced since first being broadcast. Popular shows like Extras, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office and Entourage all owe a huge debt to this comedy classic. Chronicling the daily grind of running a nightly talk show, Garry Shandling is perfect as the neurotic, vain and self-centered host. But it’s the incredible supporting cast who elevate this show beyond good, and into brilliant. Rip Torn, Janeane Garofalo and Jeremy Piven all deliver the goods, but it’s Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Larry’s sidekick Hank Kingsley, who really steals the show. If you’ve not experienced this groundbreaking comedy, add it to your list immediately. You’re in for a treat.

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