By Chris Joseph
By Michael E. Miller
By Kyle Swenson
By David Villano
By Kyle Swenson
By John Thomason
By Michele Eve
To this person, AOL really stands for Always On Line. What a box of chocolates was to Forrest Gump, the AOL Buddy List is to this person. And if life is like a great big buddy list, then the ability to take this buddy list wherever, whenever is absolute utopia. The AOL Mobile Communicator is the beeper of the 21st century, allowing email and instant messaging from anywhere, no modem, no DSL needed. Bliss, isn't it? As if cell phones in cars aren't bad enough, imagine what it's like when a driver hears the words, "You've got mail." Yikes! Perhaps this gift is best for bored office workers whose employer has a penchant for reading employees' emails. Or those people who refuse to turn off their cell phones in the movie theater in case their babysitter should call with an emergency. Or your pesky sister who refuses to free up the phone line because she's online chatting with each of her 300 buddies.
$99.95 plus $29.95 per month for service http://devices.aol.com/mobile
If you had a dollar for every minute you've waited for the fashionably late one, you'd be very wealthy right now. If you're sick and tired of withering away, watching your hair turn grey as your lunch date turns into a dinner one, consider taking a lighthearted, comical approach to the situation with Armitron's Scooby Doo, Spider Man or Wonder Woman watches. They may keep current time, but perhaps they'll inspire the timeless one with memories of the days they used to get up earlyfor Saturday morning cartoons.
2314 E Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-537-2400;
9339 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, 561-620-4500
Velvet Rope Reject
This person always insists he knows the guy at the door, but somehow, without fail, whenever you get up to the front, the goonish doorman always looks at him like a deer in the headlights. He has no clue who he is. Never has. Nor does he really want to know, frankly. Before your frustrated friend resorts to claiming he's the cousin of one of the owners of crobar, thwart the public humiliation and glide past the velvet ropes as easily as any celebrity vis-a-vis a VIP table at the club for four, including a bottle of champagne and a bottle of spirits. A definite ego booster!
$500, crobar, 1445 Washington Ave.,
Miami Beach, 305-531-5027