Friday December 19th 2008, 2:05 pm
Gift Roundup: Week 3
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Every week until the Holidays are upon us, we are going to share some When You Awake approved gift ideas. Check out Week Three’s picks below (listed from low to high prices). To check out the previous weeks, click here.


1. Reusable Bags from Envirosax

Help save the environment and look cool while doing it with these nifty little reusable bags from Envirosax. $8.50 a piece.


2. VJWorld Visuals Fireplaces, Fishtank and Lava DVD from Amazon

I bought one of these dvds for a Winter-themed party a couple of weeks back and it was seriously the hit of the party. In fact, I am going to a party tonight and the host has requested that I bring it along. Unlike most other fireplace dvds (yes, I’ve researched them…), you have not one, but three different fireplaces to choose from (classic, modern and campfire—classic being my fireplace of choice). $8.99 on Amazon.


3. Record Frames at Frontgate

I found a lot of different versions of Records Frames–but this one takes the cake with the reddish wood frame (most of the others were just a basic black). I must admit that I was also swayed by their sample record collection. Who would you rather choose to buy from? A store that aligns itself with The Stones, The Beatles and The Beach Boys or Urban Outfitters who were showing off their frames with Wolfmother and the Teenagers? $14.50 a piece at Frontgate.


4. Pure Country from Amazon

I admit it. I’m a little bit obsessed with this book. And you will be too once you lay your hands on one. $23.10 from Amazon.


5. The Last Waltz Boxed Set from Rhino

This Rhino-release is a four-CD Box Set that contains more than twice the music of the original release, including all 30 tracks from the album plus unreleased performances, rehearsals, all-star jams and and an 80-page book that includes a forward by Robbie Robertson. $47.98 at Rhino.

Wednesday December 10th 2008, 6:51 pm
Gift Roundup: Week Two
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Every week until the Holidays are upon us, we are going to share some When You Awake approved gift ideas. Check out  Week Two’s picks below (listed from low to high prices). For last week’s gift ideas, click here.


1. George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass Poster from Ebay

This beautiful poster was given away with copies of George Harrison’s record All Things Must Pass. You can either buy the poster individually (like this one on Ebay that is currently going for $4.99), or you can try your luck at buying the whole LP at a used record store and hope that it still contains the poster.


2. Packin’ Heat Hand Warmers from Perpetual Kid

When it’s cold outside, what better way is there to warm up than by packin’ some heat?! Of course we mean handwarmers…not guns. Their gel-filled packs will warm your hands for 20 minutes or more and are reusable. You just throw them in a pot of boiling water and voila! They are ready to use again. I have personally used these little guys before and the process of making them heat up (you click a little metal disk inside the packet) is almost as cool as the powerful heat that they put off. Best thing is they will only run you $5.99 for a pack of two.


3. Wilco Frisbee from the Wilco Store

Jenna and I bought ourselves a pair of Wilco frisbees down at Austin City Limits Fest last year and can honestly say that they have brought us hours of enjoyment. Definitely worth the $12 a pop.


4. Neil Young’s Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968 from Amazon

Recorded live in an Ann Arbor folk club in 1968, this recently released live album features Neil Young right after Buffalo Springfield’s breakup and before the release of his first solo album. This recording is just Neil and his guitar singing songs like “Sugar Mountain”, “Mr. Soul”, “Birds”, “Broken Arrow” and more. You can find it on for $14.99.


5. When The Levee Breaks Earrings from Etsy

Small Turquoise nuggets with wispy long red feathers make this the perfect gift for that lovely lady in your life. $35 at Etsy.

Wednesday December 03rd 2008, 3:36 pm
Gift Roundup: Week One
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Every week until the Holidays are upon us, we are going to share some When You Awake approved gift ideas. Check out this week’s picks below (listed from low to high prices).


1. Cowboy Bandages from Chocosho

These sweet little bandages are the perfect stocking stuffers at $4 a pop. And they even come with a free toy!


2. Woodsy Watering Can from Fred Flare

For your green-thumbed friends, this woodsy watering can will run you $18.


3. Bon Iver Designed Charity T-shirt from Yellow Bird Project

Do some good with your holiday shopping by buying an artist designed T-shirt from the Yellow Bird Project. Proceeds from each shirt go to a charity of the musician’s choice. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, for instance, chose a women’s shelter in Toronto called the Interval House. The Shins, Devendra Banhart, Rilo Kiley and many more have also contributed designs. Shirts are $25.


4. Record Player with USB from

With this cool looking gadget, you can take all your old records and convert them to mp3s for $110.28.


5. Leather Guitar Jacket by Dear Jean

A motorcycle jacket for your guitar? Oh yes. We saw this gig bag listed over at Klub Springfield. It’s made of genuine leather and fits most guitars. The company claims that they are the first and only guitar clothing company in the world. Now even your guitar can sport the latest fashions. Runs about $200.