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Give & Tell with Geek Dad, Ken Denmead

Ken Denmead is a husband and father from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as a civil engineer. He’s also the editor of Wired magazine’s parenting blog, GeekDad, where along with a group of other geeky parents, he posts projects, book and movie reviews, podcasts, and more about being a parent and being a geek.

You’ve seen Ken’s work around Wantist before—he’s also the author of the Geek Dad series of books, Geek Dad, The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun, and just released this month, The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists, filled with science experiments and MacGyvery exploits for the family to do together.

Needless to say, he’s a busy guy, so I’m completely geeking out when I tell you that we snagged some of his time to Give & Tell today. Thanks Ken!

Could you share a wrapping secret with us?

My favorite tried-and-true technique is one I learned as a kid – curling ribbon with the edge of a scissors blade. But I always take it one step further. I will snip the ribbon into smaller strings, and then curl them, for a very interesting curly string effect.

Have you ever given a gift in an interesting way?

Especially with our boys, we love to do treasure hunts. And it’s a tradition in our family to put interesting clues to a gift on its tag. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes obscure.
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Ken Denmead's picks from Wantist

The Flying Video Game

Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter

If you’ve yet to geek out over Parrot’s AR.Drone Quadricopter, you’re in for a treat. This flying video game is remote-controlled by an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (with other platforms to follow) and features two cameras, a number of sensors, and an ultrasound altimeter for a birds-eye-view flying experience, augmented reality duels between drones over Wi-fi, and much, much more.

Skeptical? This video will ensure you want one. See the AR.Drone fly all around New York City:

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Curved Wooden Speaker Dock Makes you Feel Like Dancin’

Philips Fidelio DS9000 Primo Speaker Dock

Elegant curves that accentuate the sound. Beautiful, warm wood that embellishes the acoustics. The Phillips Fidelio DS9000 is as much about audio fidelity as it is about sleek sexy style. A looker from every angle, this speaker dock will not distract from your well appointed home as others might.

A wireless remote lets you control music from across the room and the included Fidelio app provides a built-in equalizer and various sound settings. There’s also multiple alarm settings so you can wake up to your favorite tunes enveloped in rich sound and this classy speaker looking back at you.

Running out of time? Not a problem. Here’s Amazon’s Christmas Shipping Cutoffs.

$399 at AmazonRead more about it

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Philips Fidelio DS9000 Primo Speaker Dock


JAMBOX by Jawbone blue

There’s a lot to look at. We get it. To help you out we’re calling attention to a gift you may have missed, or one we think you shouldn’t. This is the Something for Someone Spotlight.

No cords, no dock, just booming sound in the palm of your hand—Jambox is music to our ears. Quite literally, in fact.

Jambox is a great looking little speaker that streams audio wirelessly from any Bluetooth device from anywhere in a room. This means most phones and your iPad can all remotely send and control the sound coming out of this compact box—music, movies, games too.

We also love that it’s a portable speakerphone. With a powerful built-in mic you can share a conference call or a video chat with just this little guy on the table. Oh, and it comes in four colors.

Read more about it$199 at Best Buy

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JAMBOX by Jawbone blue