UPDATABLE ORGANIZERS FlexAddress Systems now offers an updatable organizer, which includes address fields that peel away to make room for new, updated information.
Cost: from $15
Contact: FlexAddress Systems, 800-221-0431
2000 COUNTDOWN The Official CountDown Watch from Branco International tells the current time while simultaneously counting down the hours, minutes, and seconds to the year 2000.
Contact: Branco International, 800-528-7445
DUST MAGNETS Wildwood Industries offers the Endust Microfilter vacuum bag, which uses the Endust Dust Magnet technology to help trap dust and other allergens.
Contact: Wildwood Industries, 309-663-2313
SPORTY SOUNDS >From Koss Corp. comes a stereophone, a headphone music system for active people that rests on top of the user’s head, or on the back of the head to be worn with hats.
Contact: Koss Corp., 414-964-5000
POCKET FLOWER VASES Flower Pocket Gift Vases from McNaughton are soft, flexible, unbreakable plastic vases that attach to windows, mirrors, and other non-porous surfaces with suction cups.
Contact: McNaughton, 612-381-0020
PACKAGE WRAPS Dupont has introduced the Tyvek Sendables line of durable gift-wrapping products that double as shipping packaging. The packaging comes in 53 patterns for holidays and all occasions.
Contact: Dupont, 212-601-8227
WHAT A SHOCKER! SNS International now offers Jelly Cords, electrical extension cords available in shades of blue, yellow, purple, pink, green, orange, and white. The cords are available in seven-, 11-, and 15-foot lengths with matching accessories, including three-to-two adapters, three- and six-way adapters, and surge protectors.
Contact: SNS International, 800-856-5905
TIME ON A BOTTLE >From Spain, OGGI Corp. has imported colored bottles crafted from recycled glass, with “2000” emblazened on the body and “1999” embossed on the neck.
Cost: from $10
Contact: OGGI Corp., 305-325-8240
RELAXATION The Rio Massage shower from Interbath is available as a showerhead or a hand shower, with six spray functions and an adjustable outer spray ring made up of 72 no-clog spray cones.
Contact: Interbath, 626-369-1841
IS IT DONE? The Companion Group is offering its Cooked Perfectly! Thermometer, a patent-pending product that is inserted into food while it is being cooked and sounds an alarm when the proper internal temperature is reached.
Contact: The Companion Group, 800-521-0505
PRETTY PIECES Maximal Art has introduced a collection of “modern Victoriana” handbags and collage jewelry containing interpretations of vintage materials and objects drawn from postcards, trading cards, wallpaper, and love letters.
Cost: from $35
Contact: Maximal Art, 215-483-5563
FLEXIBLE TOOLS Bondhus has expanded its line of GorillaGrip fold-up hex tool sets for industrial use. The sets are available in 11 color-coded sets, in inch and metric styles.
Contact: Bondhus, 612-295-2162
WOK GEAR Concept Housewares has launched a line of bamboo cooking tools and accessories, ranging from steamers and sushi mats to spatulas and chopsticks.
Contact: Concept Housewares, 800-255-3129
TINKY WINKY & CO. Warner Home Video now offers the Teletubbies Nursery Rhymes video, released in conjunction with PBS Kids, Ragdoll Productions, and Itsy Bitsy Entertainment Co. The video includes the popular children’s TV characters reciting nursery rhymes such as “Humpty Dumpty,” “Jack and Jill,” and “Little Miss Muffet.”
Contact: Warner Home Video, 818-954-6683
PC PICTURES… Sony Electronics now offers the VAIO C1X PictureBook, a fully equipped micronotebook computer with an integrated Charged Coupled Device digital camera.
Contact: Sony Electronics, 408-955-5142
…AND MAGNETIC FRAMES Kristin Elliott now offers Magnetic Photo Frames, decoratively bordered frames backed by a 5″ x 7″ magnet and protected with an acrylic cover. The frames are suitable for 4″ x 6″ or 5″ x 7″ photos.
Contact: Kristin Elliot, 800-922-1899
SMART BABIES >From Babyscapes comes a series of videos to stimulate and entertain babies. The three-tape series consists of Baby’s Smart Start, Celebration of Color, and Miracle of Mozart. All videos include classical music and geometric or abstract shapes.
Contact: Babyscapes, 888-441-5437
HEP CATS Fox Lorber Associates and Mystic Fire Video are now offering the Beat Box Set, a five-volume collection of independent films highlighting the era of beat poetry.
Contact: Fox Lorber Associates, 212-674-9505
GET A LEG UP The Medisana Orthoform Leg Support Cushion from Medisana USA is an orthopedic leg support cushion that can be adjusted to different elevations for comfortable leg positioning.
Contact: Medisana USA, 704-332-2187
TOASTING THE MILLENNIUM Merck Family’s Old World Christmas has introduced A Toast to 2000!, a mouth-blown, handpainted glass Christmas ornament shaped like a champagne bottle with “2000” written across it in gold.
Contact: Merck Family’s Old World Christmas, 800-962-7669
COOL THREADS SolarActive presents the California Magic Collection, a line of embroidered hats, heat-seal appliques, and patches made with thread that changes color when exposed to ultraviolet light.
Contact: SolarActive, 818-996-8690
GREETINGS CardMakers now offers customized greeting cards for businesses that want to reach out to their clients. Themes include marine, aeronautical, construction, outdoor recreation, swimming pool industries, stockbrokers, lawyers, dentists, accountants, and insurance executives.
Contact: CardMakers, 800-325-5818
AMBIANCE The new Wisteria Panel lamp from Meyda Tiffany is an open-shade classic floral-style lamp that stands 20-1/2″ tall. Its shade is 7-1/2″ tall and 16″ wide. The lamp is made using copperfoil construction and stained glass.
Contact: Meyda Tiffany, 800-222-4009
LOVELY LUMINARIAS RC Co.’s Green Tree Light Fantastics Festive Luminarias are holiday-themed light boxes made of paperboard with cellophane windows.
Contact: RC Co., 800-356-7699
TAKE A SEAT E. Petak & Co. now offers a lightweight, ergonomically designed collapsible stool that weighs just 700 grams. Its seat is made of genuine leather, its legs are constructed of aluminum, and it can attach to a belt loop, backpack, or handbag.
Contact: E. Petak & Co., 201-251-8585
WOODBURNING TOOLS The new Hot Tools line from Venmark International includes tools for furniture repair, photo tacking, stencil making, and foil transfer. The set includes a storage box.
Contact: Venmark International, 781-639-1000
YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE Sav-A-Life Industries offers the Doze Alert sleep warning alarm for motorists and machine operators. The battery-operated device hooks over the ear and will sound when the head begins to fall forward.
Contact: Sav-A-Life, 800-654-3337
MORE HELLOS Santoro Graphics USA now offers Pumpkin Pie cards, a line of greeting cards featuring a handmade character adhered to a brightly colored patch of textured paper placed in the center of a square card.
Contact: Santoro Graphics, 800-656-7681