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Mercier-Jones Hovercraft

Mercier-Jones Hovercraft

Feeling a little bummed about your holiday gifts — or lack thereof? Cheer yourself up by snagging your spot in line for a Mercier-Jones Hovercraft ($TBA). This ambitious craft — which is still in development, so put your Amex black cards away — features sportscar looks, a patent-pending directional control system for unprecedented maneuverability, carbon fiber and metal alloy construction, a single gasoline engine that supplies electricity to the three electric motors, and open-air, tandem sport seating for two. Arriving… whenever they’re finished with it.

Sauna Box

Sauna Box

Set yourself up with a steam room pretty much anywhere you want with the Sauna Box ($41,000). Built into a shipping container, this semi-portable sauna is designed to be completely self-sufficient, with solar panels providing the power and a wood-burning stove. Features include a red cedar interior, integrated iPod stereo, electric guitar hookup, Castor stool, a magnetic truck light, and bronze antlers. [Scouted by Aaron]

Puzzlebox Brain-Controlled Helicopter

Puzzlebox Brain-Controlled Helicopter

Yes, you read that correctly. The Puzzlebox Brain-Controlled Helicopter ($250) lets you control a floating orb using nothing but your brain power. The package includes a NeuroSky MindWave Mobile EEG headset, a Pryamid that serves as a home base and remote control, and the Orbit helicopter/orb itself. Simply select a flight path, slide on the headset, and focus — the software in the Pyramid will interpret your levels of concentration and relaxation and move the helicopter appropriately. A perfect gift for the sci-fi geek on your list.

Projecteo

Projecteo

How to share your Instagram photos with friends without passing around your phone or tablet seems to be one of the hottest questions of the year. Projecteo ($25) thinks it has the answer — or more specifically, is the answer. This pint-sized projector uses an internal LED to project your photos, which have been printed onto 35mm film and cut into wheels, onto any wall you can find. To change wheels, simply pull out the current batch, slide in the next, and relish the quiet groans that haven’t been heard since the traditional family photo slideshow fell by the wayside.

Healthier Eggplant Parmesan II

Healthier Eggplant Parmesan II

1 whole egg

3 egg whites

1 tablespoon water

3 eggplant, peeled and thinly sliced

2 cups whole wheat bread crumbs

6 cups spaghetti sauce, divided

3/4 pound part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2) Beat together egg, egg whites, and water in a shallow bowl. Dip eggplant slices in egg, then bread crumbs. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until fork tender, 7 to 10 minutes on each side.
3) Spread spaghetti sauce to cover the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Place a layer of eggplant slices in the sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Repeat with remaining ingredients, ending with cheeses. Sprinkle basil on top.
4) Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 35 minutes.

HotTug

HotTug

Hot tubs/jacuzzis are common on upper-class seafaring vessels, but what if your vessel was literally a hot tub? In that case, you’d be sailing along in a Boat (€11,450; roughly $14,800 and up). This ingenious little boat is made from wood and fitted with glass fiber reinforced polyester, uses a stainless steel stove with a single wall pipe to keep the water as warm as you like, and is powered by either an electric or standard outboard motor. Used to having company in the water? Not to worry, as this boat can hold six to eight people.