A Graceful and Digital Christmas

December 1, 2008 by  
Filed under Digital Space

When it comes to the digital goodies and gadgets available for Christmas your first reaction maybe less than graceful … batteries, noise, kids are all images that pop to mind and these can definitely be far from graceful.

I’m here in this lead up to Christmas to show you some digital based gifts for others, or yourself, that might just bring a little more grace back into your life.

A Graceful body

Even thought the Wii started out life as a gaming console they have since made a very successful transition into health and lifestyle in the form of the popular Wii Fit.

Wii Fit software and the motion sensitive Wii Balance Board provides an interesting way to be fit in the comfort of your home through simple daily excercise (I find it hard to be graceful at a gym surrounded by the 20-somethings). It has more than 40 excercises across four catergories: balance, yoga, muscle workouts and aerobic excercises. The exercises start at easy levels and the more often that you use it the more levels are opened up to you.

We’ve had one in our home for just over six months and I particularly like the yoga moves and aerobic exercises.  A fun, yet graceful, way to get off the couch and get some movement happening.


Digital Gadgets – now beautiful and functional

Until recent times most postable digital equipment came in your choice of grey, silver or black.  Thankfully some manufacturers are now offering options for colours (I just love my red Dell XPS laptop).  But these colourful gadgets are still solid blocks of colour.  What if you could turn your digitals tools into works of art?  Beautiful and graceful on the eye.

Welcome GelaSkins … they are removable covers for protecting and customising your portable devices. They feature stunning, photo-quality graphics ranging from fine art prints to contemporary urban images.  Gelaskins are designed by artists from around the globe and provide skins turning your iPods, laptops, phones & more into portable canvases.

Yes they are beautiful but one of the cool parts is the patented 3M adhesive that make GelaSkins easy to apply with no residue left behind. The adhesive allows you to reposition the skin so you can easily get a perfect fit.

And the added extra … GelaSkins defend your device with a durable anti-scratch. anti-UV coating which keeps it beautiful over the long haul.


Blissful, Graceful Sound

If you been on a long haul flight lately you more than likely have seen someone break out a pair of the Bose  Quietcomfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones (the trip always seems to be going faster for them).

Sometimes the beauty of noise is when you can’t hear all the background stuff – the kids, the work mates, the dog, the TV, the phone ringing …. and noise cancelling headsets like these can be a better way to block out the surrounding noise.  One of the beauties is that if you really need to concentrate you can even unplug the audio cable so that all you hear is peace and quiet.  I prefer a little quiet, soothing background music and have found them to be a great way to help focus on the tasks that need doing.

Not a cheap path to grace but at least a peaceful one.


Christmas Shopping Without Stress

As Chris Owen mentioned in her article this month, Christmas giving can sometimes be far from a graceful experience.  As they say “great minds think alike” and so be she and I are advocating a more graceful Christmas by stepping away from buying stuff and instead buying support.

I love these ideas because they can be purchased without stepping away from the technology and into the Christmas crowds.  Many charitable institutions now give you to opportunity to purchase over the internet.  If you want to retain some form of sanity this Christmas then break out the computer, crack open the internet connection and start looking at giving pigs, or mossie nets or maybe even a dunny this Christmas.  Nothing says graceful Christmas like a pile of manure.

www.oxfamunwrapped.com.au www.redcross.org.au

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