Sunforce Solar Backup Power Kit

Solar backup power might be the best gift you can get for your family. This blog has promoted other DIY solar systems that are less complete than this one. The Sunforce kit makes it easy to feed directly to the grid to reduce your electricity bill or to use a bank of batteries to store the power for when the lights go out.

Best of all, these things are becoming really cheap. At the time of this writing, it is basically half-price off just a few months ago. This little baby can pay for itself within a year or two in most parts of the United States. It is a snap to assemble -- the entire system can be set up in one afternoon.

Not only is it a great gift, it is one heck of an investment!

PS -- by the way, it is also possible to build your own backup solar power kit -- which, watt-for-watt, is an economical option.

Best Long Distance Prepaid Phone Cards

These things have saved me thousands of dollars.

You can call so many countries for so little money. It's incredible!

How do phone cards work? You call a number, log in with your card's ID, then a computer places the call for you and you talk over VOIP (Voice-over Internet Protocol) . I don't know how they do it, but the connection is usually better than what you get over a standard land line.

Gift That Keeps Giving | Hand Tool Kit

denali hand tool kit

The Denali 115-Piece Home Repair Tool Kit is one of the best DIY gifts. These are sturdy tools that you can keep for a lifetime. More than that, this comprehensive hand tool kit contains all the small tools you will need for almost any job. At under 60 bucks right now, I don't see how you can go wrong. How many repairs do you need to do for that to pay for itself?

The set comes in a handy bag so it's easy to keep things organized and easy to go mobile if need be.

This one's a total no-brainer. Even if you're not looking for a gift idea, get one of these for yourself. At least click through the link below and read the reviews. People love this product. I am sure you will, too. If you are interested in purchasing the product, you should do it through the link below to ensure the lowest price.

Denali 115-Piece Home Repair Tool Kit

Great Gift for Dogs and Their Owners

best dog harness gift

If you really want to give the gift of love, and you have an exuberant dog, have I got an idea for you.

Have you ever wondered how an elephant master controls his (they are usually men) elephant? Here we have a beast so big and powerful that it could kill you with one thrust of its head. Why does this beast work so diligently for the little man who leads him around?

Well, the man leads the elephant from the front.

Now there is a dog harness based on the same concept, and I am told that it works like a charm. Not only that, but it is hand-crafted in the good ol' U.S. of A.

Isn't it interesting how the old fashioned ways are still the best?

Walk your dog with love.

What to Give the Person Who Has Everything

This is one of the most truly unique holiday gift ideas around

What do you give the man or woman who has everything? No matter what you do, it seems like they're expecting it, right? Another fruit basket, hooray... Yet another nice tie, whoopdeedoo... some gizmo for golf, hooohaaa...

How about giving them something that they'll never see coming, something they probably don't already have, and something that will absolutely...

... wait for it...

...enhance their quality of life?

Who else wants to make candles to sell or give?

Candles make memories.

I have this candle that my grandmother made for me. It's enormous. It had been around for years. I lit it for the first time when she died. Every so often, I light it and take a bath in candlelight. Those are special times.

It's funny how many warm memories are wrapped up in candles. Who doesn't remember the way the candlelight glowed with passion in your lover's eyes? Who doesn't remember festive, candlelit holiday dinners animated by tiny flames dancing in delight?

If you don't have those fond memories, it's never too late to make them.

Anyway, candle making is a serious business, too.

You should check out this guide to making your own candles.

Kid Crafts | Best Gift Idea Ever

How about a crafting kit for that kid lover in your life?

kid crafts
Do you want to keep children constructively occupied and satisfied? Of course you do. If you want them to grow into productive, creative adults, build those good habits young. Everyone knows that.

Imagine a room full of children happily crafting.

Could anything be more precious?

Guide to Building Your Own DIY Solar Water Heater

This is one of the easiest and most profitable ways to draw power from the sun

build your own solar water heater

This step-by-step guide makes it simple to build your own solar hot water heating system.

How much do you spend on heating your home? Free hot water from the sun can cut your heating bills substantially. It works in almost any climate and is so cheap to build that it would even pay for itself in cloudier areas after a few years.

Come to think of it, building solar hot water heaters could even be a good business once you get good at it.

Get this guide and have it all right in front of you. If you can put together a shelf from IKEA, you can build one of these systems.

You'd better get it right now just to make sure you don't forget.

A Life-changer: Online Guitar Lessons

How one simple decision changed my life forever -- learning to play the guitar

Let me just tell you that this guy has it exactly right. There is no problem that can't be solved with a guitar (with the possible exception of a hand injury).

I took up the guitar when one of my best friends killed himself. Well, OK, I already knew how to play but I really got serious about it after my friend died. The guitar saved my life. It gave me an outlet for my own misery and over time transformed it into much joy.

Unique Present for the Handyman (or woman)

"Measure twice, cut once."

Easier said than done. This book takes some pretty complicated information and puts it into plain English. Whether your handyman (or woman) is a professional contractor or a weekend warrior doing improvements around the house, they are are sure to gain something from reading this.

Let's face it, with the price of lumber these days, if this book saves you one bad cut, it pays for itself. But this book does a lot more than that: It can transform the novice into a master. There is a lot more to cutting and layout than meets the eye, and as most carpenters know, this is the most important part of carpentry. Even master carpenters will find this to be a valuable resource.

It might just be the perfect holiday gift that keeps giving for years to come.

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