If you plan to visit Walt Disney World anytime soon, you should definitely pick up one of these guys. Created for the worldwide festivities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, Happiest Celebration On Earth Pal Mickey ($88 online, $65 at WDW) features wireless technology that allows him to tell you all kinds of fun facts, based on where you are in any of the four theme parks, and he also gives you the heads up to the day’s parade and fireworks schedules. Once home, he still tells jokes and plays three interactive games.
The Stratocaster has long been an icon of American music and ingenuity, and some of the best of these models came out in the 1950’s. The Fender Classic Series 50's Strat in Surf Green ($630) represents a simpler time when rock n’ roll still meant rock n’ roll — not a general classification of ten or more genres of music. This bad boy features a solid Poplar body, a 21 fret Maple neck, vintage style synchronized tremolo, 3 “classic” single coil pickups, and “aged” pickup covers & volume knobs. Plus, it might be familiar to anyone who has visited the Hard Rock Cafe in Newport Beach, CA — they have an original model signed by The Beach Boys hanging on their wall.
The more and more advanced and ever smaller cell phones get, the bigger a pain it is to try and hold them on your ear with your shoulders — just one of the conveniences afforded to us by older house phones that are now lost. Not to worry, the folks at Hulger have the answer — the P*Phone ($70). Uniting the best of both worlds, the P*Phone uses the headset port on your cell to attach the classic looking headset. Now if only we could make a rotary attachment, we could finally get Grandma to use a cell.