Tarik’s (aka The Architect) Oracular Spectacular Gift Guide

Only five days left before Santa make his deliveries.  Are you one of those trying to find that unique gift for that certain someone?  Is that person possess geeky tendancies similar to me? Or are you looking for gift for me? Well I have your solution.  Check out my Oracular Spectacular Gift Guide.  I feature some fantastic and unique gifts for that special person.  Let’s get crackin’:

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Need a Gift Idea? Try a little Cool Hunting

Cool Hunting 2008 Gift Guide

Need help looking for a gift this year. One of my favorite sites Cool Huniting put out their annual Gift Guide a few weeks ago. They have some amazing gift ideas for that picky person in your life. Check it out.

DIY Arts and Crafts meets Web 2.0: Ponoko


With the recession going on, people are trying to be creative with their gift giving this season.  What do you thinking about making cool gifts with your computer and maybe making some money as well.  This is where the site Ponoko comes in.

We wanted to create a place where you could shop for and make things that are completely original, and do this in the greenest way possible.

So we made Ponoko … the first online shop for individualized goods – things designed and made just for you.

Right now you can shop the marketplace for designer crafted goods, request a designer to make something especially for you, or create and make something yourself.

And if you want to turn your creativity into cash, you can set up your own Internet shop to sellyour designs and products using our web commerce and digital make-on-demand services. No set up fees. No monthly fees. No listing or sales fees. No minimum orders. No inventory. Simply click to design, make, sell and deliver your creativity to the world, at your own speed.


There are variety ways that you can create you idea. You can use Designmake which utilize the templates for you graphic application such as Adobe Illustrator. You just need to download their free starter kit to get started. The second way is called Photomake. It is for those who do not have the software or don’t know how to use some of the graphic software.  In this way, you use photograph or scan of something you design on paper by hand. Check out this video for more details on Photomake.

Once you have your design, you pick the type of materials which your gift/product is made of. There are material such as metal, acrylic, corrugated cardboard, styrene, plywood, whiteboard and more. 

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Homemade for the Holidays

In these tight economic times, the Holiday Season can feel like more of stress than usual. My family and I have always created homemade gifts for for our extended family and friends. Alec ( my son ) usually has hand made gifts for his grandparents, aunts and uncles. This past year he made birdhouses and before that he decorated beer mugs.

This year we are making more gifts than ever. My wife Sheri, prepared a number of homemade treats and gifts last night, while I wrapped them in recycled grocery bags.

You too, can save money and give a truly unique gift this holiday season… It’s not too late.

Here are some links to a few sites that offer great gift ideas. If you have any suggestions PLEASE add a comment below!

Whip Up Cute & Easy Ideas

Ready Made Projects for Everyday Life

DIY Network A special Holiday Section

Not Made Of Money Blog Great Gift Ideas


Get Your Milwaukee Music Bundle


Today, you can show your support for Milwaukee Music and for your favorite station!
Starting today through Sunday December 9, when you make a $75 donation to RadioMilwaukee you’ll be able to build your own Milwaukee Music Bundle – your choice of three CDs from some of Milwaukee’s best artists. It’ll make a great addition to your music collection, and you’ll be supporting 88Nine at the same time!

Publishing your Family Tree


I always want to trace my family’s ancestry.  I thought it would be great to get all the stories and information about my family into a nice book to share with everyone.  Well now somebody has just done that. AncestryPress is company that allows you to create a book on your family’s ancestry or a beautiful family tree poster.  Not only this is real cool, but it makes a great gift idea.  The price is very reasonable: $29.95 for a family history book, and $19.95 for a family tree poster.

AncestryPress books are printed on 100-pound gloss, acid-free, archival paper. Each book is stitched and hand bound with a hard leatherette cover. Your custom two-line title is stamped on the cover in gold foil.

(via Springwise)

Hunting for Cool Gift Ideas


The holiday season is upon us, and trying to find that right gift for that someone might be difficult.  It is even harder when you have a budget.  We can’t all buy from the Niemen Marcus Christmas Book.

This is is where Cool Hunting’s 2007 Gift Guide comes in.  A former Site of the Day, Cool Hunting has searched all over the web for the coolest gift ideas.   They break the guide into variety of categories and prices.  Just check out this teaching drum set for kids.