Top 10 International Stocks






































Stock Market Cap Price Yield Profile Pros Cons
Matsushita Electric Industries (MC) 43B 20.31 1.49 Japanese manufacturer of the electronic products with leading brands like Panasonic, National, Technics, Quasar, and JVC. Panasonic has very good brand recognition although it is a notch below Sony. Margins are low. The multi-brand strategy is not bringing in the results expected.
ABB Limited (ABB) 63.5B 29.13 0.67 Swiss conglomerate of power and automation technologies. Its Combustion Engineering Unit almost brought the whole company down following the asbestos related litigation. Proxy for global infrastructure growth. Emerging markets should drive growth but execution risks are a concern.
GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (GOL) 5.12B 25.31 0.42 Brazilian regional airline with a low cost business model Proxy for growth of Brazil VRG acquisition poses risks as the airline expands more into the international routes.
Posco (PKX) 57.87B 154.25 0.88 Korean integrated steel producer. Buffet recently has built up a significant stake in the company. The global demand surge for steel has resulted in the company growing rapidly and the stock price rising five fold over the last five years. Even then, the stock still trades at a forward-PE of just 10. Posco is not immune to the cyclical nature of this commodity business.
Cognizant Technology (CTSH) 10.14B 34.92 None Global software outsourcer for verticals focused in different sectors as Financial Services, Health Care, Manufacturing, Retail, and Logistics It trades at a forward PE of about 22. Growth is expected to be well above that and so the valuation is attractive Realizing high growth rates going forward will be challenging.
New Zealand Telecom (NZT) 6.14B 16.86 6.51 Telecommunications and IT services in New Zealand and Australia. This is one of the few ways for a US investor to invest in New Zealand. Uncertainties regarding the impact of New Zealand’s regulatory policy along with concerns about the country’s monetary policy have caused the share price and yield to dip to a very attractive level. The country is still in the early stages of opening up the telecom industry to competition and the company will feel the impact of regulatory pressures eventually. Australian operations will continue to under perform, as it is a relatively small operation in a highly competitive environment.
Trina Solar (TSL) 1.40B 55.22 None Chinese manufacturer of polysilicon based solar modules. The company has a vertically integrated business model. Please see our article that compares such solar players. Shares are down about 30% after a mildly disappointing earnings report and uncertainties about near-term polysilicon procurement making the valuation attractive. The Company has announced plans to manufacture polysilicon. This is capital intensive and has its associated near-term risks.
Elan Corporation (ELN) 10.15B 21.72 None Irish pharmaceutical company focused on Central Nervous System (CNS) treatments. Tsyabri, a multiple sclerosis drug, developed and marketed with Biogen-Idec should drive growth near term. There is also a drug for Alzheimer’s and other CNS drugs in the pipeline. The company’s shares are very volatile, it is trading at a 3-year high, with the valuation factoring in a lot of the expected growth.
Canadian National Railway (CNI) 23.53B 47.59 1.79 Canadian railroad with about 30% route miles in the US and the remaining in Canada. This is best as a core defensive holding. Volumes should improve as a new terminal comes online at Prince Rupert. Strong Canadian dollar is not in the company’s favor as part of the revenue is in US dollars. Additionally, the company has exposure to US housing downturn as demand for forestry products get reduced.
Creative Technology (CREAF) 355.41M 4.25 None Singapore based manufacturer of audio/video consumer electronic products including mp3 players, speaker systems, webcams, soundcards, etc. Attractive valuation. Management’s conservative stance has cost the company dearly and allowed Apple to gain in all aspects in the audio/video player market, despite the fact that Creative had a head start of about 2 years in the late 90’s.

Laptops/Notebooks Review (Gateway, Toshiba, Compaq, Sony, and Dell Comparison) - Around $500 budget

A few key criteria should be evaluated when shopping for a laptop. The list below is limited to branded laptops priced under $550 and provides a summary of hardware and software details:






















Product Price Store Processor Memory Hard Disk (HD) Other Feature Summary
Gateway ML6720 $399.99 Best Buy Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core mobile processor T2310; 533MHz frontside bus, 1MB L2 cache and 1.46GHz processor speed 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 memory for multitasking power; expandable up to 2GB 120GB DL DVD±RW/CD-RW drive; Label flash support; 15.4" widescreen; Windows Vista Home Premium; Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100.
Toshiba A215-S7422 Onyx Blue $499.99 Best Buy AMD Turion™ 64 X2 mobile technology TL-58; HyperTransport™ and AMD PowerNow!™ technologies and improved security with Enhanced Virus Protection 1GB DDR2 SDRAM for multitasking power, expandable to 4GB 160GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm) DL DVD±RW/CD-RW drive; 15.4" widescreen; Windows Vista Home Premium; ATI RADEON X1200 graphics with 128MB-319MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory; S-video out.
Compaq Presario C581 $548 Walmart.com Intel Celeron Processor 530; 533MHz FSB bus speed;1MB L2 Cache 1024MB DDR2 System Memory 120GB (5400RPM) SATA hard drive 15.4" widescreen; Windows Vista Home Premium; Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (shared) – 224MB total available shared graphics memory; Super Multi 8X DVD R/RW drive; S-video out.
Sony VAIO VGN-NR120E/S $549.99 Best Buy Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core mobile processor T2310; 533MHz frontside bus, 1MB L2 cache and 1.46GHz processor speed 1GB PC2-4200 DDR2 memory for multitasking power, expandable to 2GB 160GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm) DL DVD±RW/CD-RW drive; 15.4" widescreen; Windows Vista Home Premium; Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100.
Dell Vostro 1400 $549.99 (price valid when clicking through from marketing email from Dell small business) Dell Intel® Core2 Duo T5270 1.4GHz, 800Mhz, 2M L2 Cache 2GB, DDR2, 667MHz 2 DIMM 120GB 14.1” widescreen; Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100; 85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery. S-Video Out.


The common features applicable to all of the models described above are:
  • Windows Vista or Windows XP Home OS.
  • 15.4” widescreen display.
  • Graphics Media Accelerator Chipset.
  • Lithium Ion 6 or 9-cell battery.
  • Wireless 802.11b/g card.
  • 10Base-T/100Base-TX Fast Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 connector
  • High-Speed Modem.
  • Two or more USB 2.0 ports.
The vital part of any computer is its Central Processing Unit (CPU) and should be considered in detail to effectively compare them. The Intel® Celeron processor is a basic low-end mobile chip and this is employed by Compaq. Pentium® Dual-Core is a higher-end chip that has hardware support for multi-threaded applications and is the one that Gateway and the Sony are shipped with. The AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-58 is the primary competition for Intel’s high-end mobile chips processor that Toshiba is based on. The Dell is fired by the Intel® Core 2 Duo chip, which is one of its high-end processors. The following CPU features affect system performance -
  • L1 Cache - faster than system memory and the L2 Cache usually located inside the CPU chip.
  • L2 Cache – faster than system memory usually separate from the CPU chip.
  • Clock Speed – Faster clock speed executes instructions more quickly. Benefits most applications - Media titles, games, and everyday productivity.
  • System Bus – Key component for overall system performance. Improvements in Performance and Responsiveness. Transfers data faster between processor, system memory, and graphics.
  • Hyper-threading technology – two software threads at the same time. Uses previously unused resources. Benefits multi-threaded applications and other applications such as virus protection that usually runs parallel with user applications.
  • Dual-Core – True parallel processing. Two threads to be processed using single execution core (single-core) – partially parallel. Dual core has two execution cores thereby enabling true parallel processing.
  • Virus Deterrent Technology – Added security for PCs. Avoids the classic buffer overflow viruses. Classify areas in memory by where application code can execute and where it cannot. When a malicious worm attempts to insert code in the buffer, the processor disables code execution, preventing damage and worm propagation.
  • Power Management – Allows using less power when computing doesn’t need to use power for all resources.
The table below summarizes the core differences in the CPUs used by these laptops:



















Machine ProcessorL1 Cache L2 Cache Clock Speed System Bus Others
Gateway ML6720 and Sony VAIO VGN-NR120E/S Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core mobile processor T2310128 KB 1MB 1.46 GHz 533 MHz Dual Core true parallel processing enabled. Execute Disable Bit Virus Deterrent Technology and Intel Speedstep Power Management Technology Built In.
Toshiba A215-S7422 Onyx Blue AMD Turion™ 64 X2 mobile technology TL-58256 KB* 1MB*1.9 GHz1600MHz*AMD PowerNow Power Management Technology and AMD Enhanced Virus Protection capabilities.
Dell Vostro 1400 Intel® Core2 Duo T5270128 KB 2 MB 1.4 GHz 800 MHz Dual Core true parallel processing enabled. Execute Disable Bit Virus Deterrent Technology and Intel Speedstep Power Management Technology Built In.
Compaq Presario C581 Intel Celeron Processor 530128 KB 1 MB 1.73 GHz 533 MHz Execute Disable Bit Virus Deterrent Technology.

  • *The AMD processor uses dedicated L1 and L2 caches per core along with a full-duplex system bus. The Intel processors on the other hand use shared L1 and L2 caches along with a half-duplex front side bus.
Our Choice and Recommendation:

Our choice was the Dell Vostro 1400. It replaces an older Dell Cpi laptop with 256MB memory. The existing setup is with an external keyboard, mouse, and an LCD monitor and placed on a computer desk. The kids use the machine primarily to play their games such as Jumpstart KG, Curious George, KidPix, and games from pbskids.org. They also use it to browse the Internet and send emails. The Dell Cpi was perfect to execute these tasks. However, when we recently tried to hold a video conversation with it using Yahoo Instant Messenger the CPi was unable to handle it even at 100% CPU. That paved the way for the upgrade. The new Dell Vostro looks remarkably similar to the old Dell Cpi.

At the time we bought the new machine, the Gateway deal was not available at the Best Buy site. The pricing on the Gateway makes it a very attractive deal. The primary difference between the Gateway and the Dell are better CPU, 1GB extra memory, and better battery for the Dell. For our purposes, the Gateway would have worked just as well for about $150 less. Hopefully, our kids will appreciate the extra features that come with the Dell.

The Dell fares better against Compaq and the Sony – with more memory and better CPU for about the same price. The Toshiba, on the other hand provides an interesting comparison. It has the AMD chip and that compares very well with Intel’s latest offerings, more HD space, but less memory and can be had for $50 less than the Dell.

One other factor to consider is that the Dell comes preinstalled with Windows XP while the others come with Windows Vista. Windows XP sp2 is older but more stable operating system compared to Vista. Also, all the models except the Dell come with a number of trial versions of software installed. Needless to say, most will end up uninstalled.

For a family laptop, our recommendation would be the Gateway. The combination of the newer Intel chip, pricing, memory, and size of HD is hard to beat.

Itron Inc. (ITRI) – Part 3 – Outlook

Itron is currently riding the smart metering wave. The business is directly affected as government regulation on alternative energy shifts. To exemplify, in the US, should a senate bill that boosts big oil more than alternative energy companies be approved, Itron will be negatively impacted.

Below is a summary of Itron’s financials for the last 5 years:























Year 2007** 2006* 2005 2004 2003 2002
Revenue 983.5 644M 552M 399M 317M 285M
Net Income -20.1M 33.8M 33M -5.3M 10.5M 8.7M
Shares Outstanding 30.4M 26.3M 24.8M 20.9M 21.7M 21.4M
Net Income/Share -0.69 1.28 1.33 -0.25 0.48 0.41
Net Profit Margin -2.04 5.25 5.98 -1.32 3.31 3.05

  • * Comparables show negative growth for 2007 without Actaris contribution largely due to a one-time contract from Progress Energy, which accounted for $60M of revenue in the first 6 months of 2006.
  • ** First 9 months of 2007 only. Include contribution from Actaris. Numbers are negative as acquisition related expensing of in-process R&D ($35.8M) and amortization of intangible assets ($58.1M) offset by a tax benefit (13.2M) are factored in.
The stock trades at 24 times next years earnings estimate. Though this is a fairly rich valuation the price is justified given the PEG ratio is below 1 and the expectation is for the company to have earnings growth of about 27% in the next 5 years.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is a segment expecting a growth spurt in the future. Itron’s response to this is the OpenWay, a new meter utilizing CENTRON technology with integrated Zigbee radio-chip for in-home communication. Competition from companies like Echelon (ELON) with products for machine and device automation for commercial, industrial, and residential customers (LonWorks product suite) is a threat. Itron’s product is in an early deployment phase and has the potential to be a good growth area for the company in the coming future.

Another untapped area of growth for Itron is the opportunity to cross introduce products among Itron’s and Actaris’ customers. Executing well in the areas of sales training and implementing both minor and major changes as necessary to their respective products promptly are paramount to realizing the benefits.

Given the growth opportunity and its proven track record of successful execution of the growth strategy, Itron can definitely be a good core holding in the mid-cap growth portion of diversified stock portfolios.

Itron (ITRI) Analysis:
  1. Itron (ITRI) - Part 1 - Introduction.
  2. Itron (ITRI) - Part 2 - Business Issues.
  3. Itron (ITRI) - Part 3 - Outlook.

Top 10 Stocks With High Dividend Yield (Above 7%)






































Stock Market Cap Price Yield Profile Pros Cons
Genesis Lease Limited (GLS) 652M 18.08 10.52 Acquires and leases commercial jet aircrafts. The current portfolio consists of 52 airplanes under long-term contracts (average contract length 5.7 years). Modern fleet with 6 years average age. The addressable market is huge and growing at a healthy pace - there is a total of 18500 commercial jet aircraft in the whole world and that number is expected to double in the next 20 years. The company is expected to use debt as the primary source of capital to fund the airline purchases and so credit tightening has a direct impact on its business.
Cheniere Energy Partners (CQP) 2.57B 15.90 10.69 Developing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in the Gulf Coast (Sabine Pass Channel). Will own and operate it once the project is completed. Spin off from Cheniere Energy (LNG) which is developing other terminals in the area. LNG rose 60 times in the 2003-2004 timeframe. Three 20-year leases (pay independent of use contracts) are already signed and the terminal is expected to be operational in the 3rd quarter of 2008 making the 9% dividend seem sustainable at a minimum. It is the biggest such terminal in North America. The holding should provide stable income, but growth will be hard to come by.
Golar LNG Limited (GLNG) 1.43B 22.27 8.98 Owns and operates 12 LNG vessels. Six are under long-term charter contracts, three under shorter-term contracts and the remaining three are under five year flexible contracts with Shell. John Fredrikson, a billionaire has big stake in the company. Earnings should be stable given the long-term contracts and the absence of spot market for LNG vessel charters. Valuation is high.
Medical Properties Trust (MPW) 527M 10.47 10.32 Invests in healthcare facilities and provides mortgages on these facilities. Senior Network Housing (SNH) is an alternative investment in the mid-cap area. Confusion in differentiating these loans from sub prime mortgages also contributes to the share price being down 20%. The valuation is rich at roughly 20 times cash flow.
Allied Capital Corporation (ALD)3.42B22.1511.74 One of the oldest Business Development Corporations (BDC). Its business practices, valuation model, and fraud allegations in the Business Loan Express (BLX) portfolio company has caused the shares to be in an extended slump, making the valuation attractive. Allied’s portfolio of companies invested in is well diversified by industry but not globally. This conservative stance limits returns.
Frontline Limited (FRO)3.52B47.1012.74 Owns and operates oil tankers having one of the largest fleets in the world. The company primarily uses the spot market and so can be viewed as a direct proxy for tanker rates. At the helm is the Norwegian billionaire shipping tycoon John Fredriksen. Given the exposure to the spot market and the volatility in that index, Frontline qualifies to be a good trading stock. The projections call for a continued slump in charter rates for another year and that affects Frontline’s bottom line.
Gladstone Capital Corporation (GLAD) 342M 19.39 8.66 Provides debt financing to small and mid sized private United States businesses. It is a lesser known Business Development Company (BDC) when pitted against Allied Capital (ALD) and American Capital Strategies (ACAS) Share price has declined to a very attractive level. Small and mid sized US businesses are more vulnerable to a downturn in the economy and that could lead to write downs on assets. Likewise, the real estate side of the business is exposed to a slowdown in the commercial real estate sector.
Enbridge Energy Partners L.P. (EEP) 4.56B 50.59 7.51 Owns and operates crude oil and natural gas pipelines. The natural gas transportation and mid-stream assets are in the mid-continent and the gulf coast regions. The crude oil and liquid petroleum pipeline assets are primarily through the ownership of the US portion of the world’s longest such pipeline continuing through western Canada to refining centers in the Midwest and Ontario, Canada. The company’s assets are very valuable and should continue to generate steady cash flow. The recent fire is an indication of the inherent risks with its business.
Cedar Fair L.P. (FUN) 1.17B21.648.78 Owns and operates amusement parks. The more popular ones are Cedar Point and Knott’s Berry Farm. The chance of a rebound in attendance in its acquired properties and corresponding growth makes it an attractive opportunity. The company has been an under performer for the past 10 years.
Ship Finance Limited (SFL) 2.06B 28.30 7.77 Owns and leases ships to shipping companies. The business plan consist of raising capital, buying ships, leasing to shipping companies under long-term contracts that has a fixed component that lock in a daily rate and a variable component that gets 20% of the rate above the fixed component, and generating cash flow to support dividends and reinvestments in the business. The business is low risk considering the fixed daily rate in its long-term contracts. The 20% cut of the profit above the fixed component makes it a business that tracks shipping rates but with a floor built-in. Growing profit per share is directly dependent on an increasing pattern in the shipping rates. Shipping rates are cyclical making the business itself cyclical in nature. Diversifying the ship fleet could mitigate the cyclical effects in the future as the rates vary across the commodity being transported.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Adults

Holiday gifts for adults come in the guise as gifts for grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife, sister, brother, daughter, son, close friends, etc. While this list may sound overwhelming for those looking for Christmas gift ideas on an individual basis, not all apply.


For those on a budget looking for holiday gifts, below are the top Christmas gift ideas for each category. As a Christmas shopper, the first assignment is to have a firm purchase count on each group. The next task is to form a priority list of gifts from each category as applicable. With the counts and the priority gift lists nailed down, purchase decisions are straightforward – keep tab on the costs to curb overspending.

Below are our choices for Christmas Gift Ideas for Girlfriend/Wife:


ProductThumbnailPriceDescription
Lolita Lempicka Eau De PerfumeVariousUnique Fragrance. EDP Spray in a beautifully crafted bottle.
Shany makeup KitVariousAssorted Collections. Great designs in elegant box.
HSI Professional Ceramic Hair Straightener Set$49.99Outstanding Value!!
Complete Thin Man Collection$49.99The 7-Disc DVD set includes the thin man, after the thin man, another thin man, shadow of the thin man, song of the thin man, the thin man goes home, and the alias nick & nora bonus documentary disc.
Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Studio Monitor Closed-back Dynamic Stereo Headphones$69Ideal for a recipient who is sensitive to noise. Go for the “Audio-Technica ATH-M50x” if budget allows ~$130.
Yogitoes Skidless Premium Mat-Size Yoga Towel$50Prevents slipping on your yoga mat and puts a hygienic layer between you and the yoga mat. 24x68 inches. Super Absorbent Material – 80% polyester and 20% nylon.




Below are our choices for Christmas Gift Ideas for Boyfriend/Husband:


ProductThumbnailPriceDescription
L'eau d'Issey by Issey Miyake for MenVariousEau De Toilette Spray for Men. Classic male fragrance.
Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN OBD-II Scan Tool$15.69Retrieves generic and manufacturer specific Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC), includes definitions lookup software on CD and displays DTC definitions on screen. No batteries. Works with all OBD-II compliant U.S., European and Asian vehicles.
Citizen Men’s BM8180-03E Eco-Drive Canvas Strap Watch$133.29Eco-friendly – charges in natural sunlight or indoor light, water-resistant to 330 feet.
The Man with No Name Trilogy in Blu-Ray$15.74A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Blu-Ray (~$16), DVD (~$10), or Multi-Format (~$60). Outstanding Value!!
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23BK In-Ear Sonic Pro Headphone$49.90Ultra-compact in-ear design ideal for a business traveler.
ESPN Films 30 for 30 Gift Set Collection$31.676-disc set that includes the first 15 films from the series: Kings Ransom, The Band That Wouldnt Die, Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL?, Muhammad & Larry, Without Bias, The Legend of Jimmy The Greek, The U, Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks, Guru of Go, No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, Silly Little Game, Run Ricky Run, The 16th Man, Straight Outta L.A. and June 17th, 1994.




Below are our choices for Christmas Gift Ideas for Mom:


ProductThumbnailPriceDescription
Magazine Subscription VariousAssorted options to choose from.
Sunbeam Fleece Throw Electric Heated Warming Heating Blanket Home Choice, Seashell Off-WhiteVariousTwo year warranty. Fleece material – easy care.
HoMedics Shiatsu Foot MassagerVariousRevives feet with deep kneading action that simulates a true foot massage with soothing heat and multiple heads for full coverage.
I Hope You Dance – Spiral-Bound Journal (Diary, Kindle, or Hardcover)$13.49The hit song by the same title and the NY Times Best selling book captured the hearts of people the world over.
Thermos Stainless-Steel Vacuum Insulated Briefcase BottleVariousKeeps hot liquids warm for up to 12 hours and cold liquids cold for 24 hours. SS exterior with vacuum insulation. Assorted sizes to choose from.




Below are our choices for Christmas Gift Ideas for Dad:


ProductThumbnailPriceDescription
Humor: Stories from the Collection More News from Lake Wobegon by Garrison Keillor Audio CD$10.91All from original live broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion. Includes Rotten Apples; The Wise Men; A Trip to Grand Rapids; Truckstop; Smokes; The Perils of Spring; Let Us Pray; Alaska; Uncle Al's Gift; Skinny Dip; Homecoming; Pontoon Boat; Author; Freedom of the Press; Vicks.
Dorcy 41-4750 180-Lumen 4AA High Flux LED Cyber Light Flashlight$14.53 Durable construction, Spot Reflector System, 5 hour run time, Super High Flux LED, 180 Lumen, 4 AA batteries – included.
Conair Body Benefits Heated Massaging Heat Cushion$19.503 powerful motors provide soothing relief to upper back, lumbar area, and thighs. Remote Control.Outstanding Value!!
Vacu Vin Stainless Steel Wine Saver Gift Set$19.39Extracts air from opened bottles to slow down the oxidation process and keep wine fresh for 7 to 10 days.
Tuscany Per Uomo Cologne by Aramis for men Colognes$38.753.4oz. Blend of Mediterranean scents of citrus, tarragon, cinnamon and fragrant woods. For daytime wear.
And the Pursuit of Happiness – Hardcover book by Maira Kalman$20.94An investigation of democracy and how it works.




Below are our choices for Christmas Gift Ideas for Grandma:


ProductThumbnailPriceDescription
10K White Gold Created Ruby, Created Sapphire and Created Emerald Hoop Enhancer Earrings$13810K white gold. Assorted designs and stones to choose from - created-blue-sapphire, emerald, ruby, etc. 
Nature's Best Bouquet$32.98Includes: Gerbera Daisy, Meteor or Florette Asters, Mini Carnations Roses, Matsumoto and Hannah Asters, Micro Pompoms, accented with Bear Grass, Eucalyptus and greens. Flowers arrive in our specially designed box to protect the quality and freshness during shipping with your personal message.
LumiSource Doe Li Lamp – Silver Touch Lamp$70Touch any part of the metal arm or base to turn on, and adjust brightness. 14" D. frosted glass shade with a 8" D. brushed metal base.
Envirosax Rolling Stone Pouch, Set of 5 Reusable Shopping BagsVariousOmnisax - Polyester - retro-themed. super strong (holds up to 44 lbs.), fully washable (won't fade one bit!), water resistant and a great replacement for plastic bags! 
Brome 1015 Squirrel Buster Classic Bird Feeder$65Lots of grip for clinging birds. Patented technology – openings in the wire grid that align with the seed ports provide small birds access to the seed. With a squirrel or large bird, the grid comes down because of the extra weight closing access to seed ports.




Below are our choices for Christmas Gift Ideas for Grandpa:


ProductThumbnailPriceDescription
Magazine subscriptionVariousAssorted choices to select from.
Life DVD/Blu-Ray Narrated by David Attenborough$9.9910-episode mini-series in 4 discs. From the producers of Planet Earth and Blue Planet – BBC’s award-winning Natural History Unit. 130 incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world.
La Crosse Technology WS-7014CH-IT Wireless Weather Station$35Reads indoor temperature, humidity, and remote temperature. Time and Data from US atomic clock. Remote sensor up to 330 ft away.
Philips Norelco Electric RazorVariousCloseCut shaving system and flexing heads that adjust to every contour of the face. Powered by a lithium-ion battery.
The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy: A complete resource to using the Web to trace your family history (Paperback or Kindle book)$13Packed with tips on free databases, search sites, and downloadable government records.
Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual from the Reader’s Digest$25.88A major upgrade to the acclaimed 1973 edition – over 3000 photos and illustrations with good coverage of the tools of the trade. Over 10M copies sold.




Below are our choices for Christmas Gift Ideas for Everyone Else:


ProductThumbnailPriceDescription
Zazzol Wine Aerator Decanter $23.97Multi Stage Design with Gift Box - Recommended by Business Insider. Patented multi-stage design.
Ming Aralia Bonsai Tree $20Great indoor Bonsai-Polyscias from Hirt’s Gardens. 8” tall easy to grow indoor bonsai. Authentic Chinese Mudman and living moss makes for a great presentation.
Paderno Fondue SetVariousAvailable in various sizes including the petite one pictured suitable for two.
Giant Microbes E. coli Ailmentaries Plush Toy$10Cute and Educational – accompanied by an image of the real microbe it represents along with info.
Kurt Adler  Snowfall Indoor Light Set VariousSnowfall indoor light set. Assorted options.
Santoku KnifeVariousHigh-carbon stainless steel, non-stick knife. Innovative design. Assorted colors and price points.




Related Posts:


  1. Christmas Gifts for Babies and Toddlers.
  2. Christmas Gifts for Kids Between 5 and 12.
  3. Christmas Gift Ideas for Teenagers.
  4. Christmas Gift Ideas for College Students.
  5. Corporate Christmas Gift Ideas.
  6. Christmas Gift Ideas for Adults (this post).


Last Updated: 10/2016.

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