Teksta vs Zoomer

One of our little girls wants a robot dog for Christmas.  Well when I say robot dog, I mean she wants a real life hair producing, saliva slobbering, money eating, barking, peeing in the house type dog.  Which has been conveniently interpreted into  “So you’d like a robot dog toy sweetheart?”.

We’ve been looking into them and there are quite a few to choose from.  The most popular ones seem to be one called Teksta and another called Zoomer.  It’s pretty cool what the robot dogs / electronic dogs can do now.  They seem to be pretty flexible with their movements and commands that they can follow.

See this website Toy Robots Review for much more detail and information.

What most impressed us about Teksta was that he can flip over.  That would be good, but the cynic in me thinks, “yeah , right”.

Teksta is around $175.99 on Amazon

The other close contender, at the moment, is Zoomer the robot dog.  He was edging it as far as looks go, but when I found out that he can understand Spanish as well as English that kind of swung it for me.  We speak some Spanish and anything that might encourage further learning is ok in my books.  Plus, he is somewhat sweet looking.  For a plastic toy dog.

Zoomer is more than $200 at the moment but you can pick up a puppy version for around $52.95 on Amazon

Anyway, here is a picture of them both.

Teksta in blue: Teksta Blue  and in pink: Teksta Pink


Zoomer: Zoomer Pup


Notice we chose a picture of Zoomer cocking his leg.   Being the big kids that we are, we think that’s funny.  Zoomer can also be bought in a purple version which we do not like.  He can also be bought with his own hoody which we do like, apart from the fact it has Zoomer written on it.  Kind of adverse to that kind of branding but at least you can take the hoody off.

So what will we decide on, Teksta Pup, Zoomer the dalmation or another!?

Gtech AirRam Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

AirRam Vacuum Cleaner

The Gtech AirRam vacuum cleaner will change the way you vacuum.  If you’re tired of heavy vacuums and cords that are too short or keep getting in the way then a cordless vacuum is the answer.

The AirRam is battery powered and has no dust bag to contend with.

Up until now, cordless vacuums have never matched the power of corded vacuums, but the introduction of the AirRam changes that and means that cordless lightweight vacuums are becoming serious contenders to their corded counterparts.


Gtech Airram Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Best Price

Gtech AirRam best price as of NOW is $394.91 on Amazon



Gtech AirRam Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Review

An unbiased Gtech Air Ram review on video:


More Gtech Air Ram vaccum reviews and what people are saying:

If you have pets: the Gtech AirRam picks up pet hair very well

We currently have a Karcher vacuum and it is HUGE!  It takes up almost a whole cupboard and it’s a beast to pick up and move around.  The AirRam is neat and compact.  The footprint of the AirRam is small and you can hang it up on a wall, perhaps in your utility room, for convenient storage.

The AirRam works well on both carpets and hard floors.



…the handle swivels so that you can easily reach awkward angles, for example the stairs and the low profile means the AirRam vacuum will fit under most sofas and chairs pretty easily.






Who is the Gtech AirRam good for?

It would be good for people who have problems using heavy vacuum cleaners, such as those with back problems.  Some vacuum cleaners are so heavy it’s really not fun lugging them around the house and especially up and down stairs.

Talking about stairs, the AirRam is excellent for vacuuming stairs due to it being cordless.  Vacuuming stairs with a corded vacuum can be quite perilous – not so with the AirRam.

The AirRam vacuum is good for people with pets because it picks up hair well.  The AirRam has a rotating brush that helps to free wedged in hair from carpets and rugs.  We have two dogs, it would have to pick up their hair, there is a lot of it!



Because the Gtech AirRam vacuum compresses everything it picks up there is no dust cloud.

This makes this vacuum particularly good for people who suffer from dust allergies or breathing difficulties such as asthma, or for those that simply don’t appreciate the dust cloud created when emptying dust bags / collectors.




I’ve read that there is a little dust left behind but to be honest I’d be surprised if there was none at all.  When I empty my old vacuum I have to do it well away from the house because of the dust that flies everywhere!

Gtech are obviously pushing the AirRam for Christmas and although a few vacuums have been sent back they have been replaced quibble free, and free of charge by Gtech.  Either buy direct from Gtech or from a reputable seller like Amazon.  I read that one person bought one from Ebay and then had a warranty claim that did not get accepted, but what do you expect if you buy from an auction site?   The general opinion on Gtech customer service is that it is very good indeed.

AirRam Features

The Gtech AirRam is cordless and runs on a battery.

It can run on a full charge for 40 minutes.  Reviews back this up, it’s not an empty claim.

It weighs only 3.5kg – about 8 cans of baked beans.

It comes with a 5 year guarantee (excludes the battery).

AirRam Drawbacks

The AirRam vacuum cleaner is quite noisy, but then lots of vacuums are.  Have a listen to the video above to see if it would be too noisy for you.

If the battery died you would need to replace it as this is not covered by the guarantee. Batteries are meant to last around 5 years and replacement batteries cost around £40. I actually think that this isn’t a bad running cost when you compare it to buying bags, filters and belts for other vacuum cleaners.  There is always some cost involved in the upkeep of a machine.  Do I believe it will last 5 years? Not sure about that one, but let’s halve it, I’d be happy with that.

Unique gifts for men who have everything

If the countdown to Christmas sends shivers down your spine, you are not alone.  If like the hundreds and thousands of women out there you are filled with dread at having to come up with yet another idea for a gift that is original without costing the earth, then join the club and the never ending quest for unique gifts for men who have everything!

And it isn’t just Christmas either is it?  You have to deal with birthdays too!

Whether it’s your boyfriend, husband, brother or father, men are notoriously difficult to buy for.  Women are so much easier to shop for – you can never really go wrong with her favourite perfume or some lovely jewellery.  Women just seem to be less demanding – I think that’s because they take more pleasure in the giving than the receiving, don’t you think?

Unique gifts for men who have everything – show them to me please! Somebody needs to clue the shops up to this problem.  They are to blame, they know women make up the majority of the shoppers so naturally they gear up their displays and good for women!  Well come on shops, although we like this when we are shopping for ourselves, give us some help when we need to shop for the unfairer sex!  Make our quest easier!

To help you in your own quest to find these well hidden unique gifts for men who have everything we have started to compile our own list of ideas that hopefully give you something to think about, without costing a fortune in the process.  If you have your own ideas we’d love to hear them.  So here we go, we might categorise them at some point but this is for starters.

Unique gifts for men who have everything – our top picks

TIMEX Ironman Classic 30 Watch

For the sports fanatic or the man who wants to get fit and needs a bit of motivation.  I picked this watch for a few reasons.  Its looks for a start.  Some of the fitness watches are so big and bulky that they can’t be comfortable.  Some of them are in awful bright colours, not really very manly.  But this one looks good – and it could pass for a normal watch as well so there is no need to keep two watches unless your man wants to.  The display is large enough to read at a glance but not so big that is looks like a kids watch.  It is water resistant to 100 metres so is ideal for swimmers.



It has got great customer reviews and the price is amazing, it is currently on offer.  For the price this watch has amazing functionality.

  • Stopwatch
  • Multiple laps – up to 100 – and split timing
  • Different timezones
  • Light for night time use
  • Data log for keeping track of your training history
  • Water resistant

It’s nicely presented and looks way more expensive than it is.

PRICE: $36.96 RATING: 4.3 out of 5 stars


Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Beer Kit

For the man who loves beer.  Keep him entertained while he learns how to brew his own beer.  You can spend a fortune on home brewing kits and some of them are very complicated and so lose their enjoyment.  This is for fun, but it produces very decent beer!  It comes with everything that is required to make a few batches of beer and the instructions are simple and clear to follow.  Homemade is always better, you just need a man who has the patience to wait for at least 7 days, which is the minimum amount of time that you need to ferment the beer for.

This range also includes refill packs for different types of beer, and bottling systems so can easily be added to if it proves to be a hit.

PRICE: $49.99 RATING: 4.3 out of 5 stars



If the man in your life is a whiskey drinker then he will appreciate this smart looking lead crystal decanter set.  This set comes with a tray and will look the business in your kitchen or dining area.  Some decanter sets can look a bit fussy but the square shape of the decanter helps to add a touch of modernity to this set.

Idea: Buy him a bottle of the golden stuff to go with it.

This idea would equally work for other drinks.  Wine decanters and brandy decanters for example.

PRICE: $71.99 RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars


Tompkins Square Backgammon Set 18″

The classic game of backgammon has endured for years.  It is one of the oldest board games in history, dating back 5000 years!  This is a beautiful leatherette set in shades of brown, in its own case.

Perfect for travelling or just easy storage pack it away and fold it up.  If you enjoy playing backgammon then you will enjoy it even more on this set.  If you don’t know how to play, it is a game for 2 players and it is pretty easy to pick up, but some say not easy to become a master of!  The set obviously comes fully equipped with the counters, shakers, dice and doubling cube.  You can play for money or just for fun!

PRICE: $49.99 RATING: 4.1 out of 5 stars


WUSTHOF Precision Edge 4 Stage Knife Sharpener

Most men like to cook, even if they never admit it.  If the man in your life takes pride in the kitchen he probably has a least one decent kitchen knife.  But does he know how to look after it and keep it in good condition?  Honing and sharpening your kitchen knives is something you can do at home, and feel like a pro when you do it.








This knife sharpener makes the whole process easy and is suitable for any steel kitchen knife and unlike most sharpeners it can also deal with asian knives (not serrated knives).  It takes the guesswork out of getting angles right.

It looks good too.

Idea: Look at quality kitchen knives or knife sets.

PRICE $29.95 RATING: 4.1 out of 5 stars


Homemade gift set

For true originality, why not make up a personalized “gift set”.  This idea is only limited by your imagination and can suit any budget and any taste.  You could put together a selection of goodies and present them in a gift box or hamper.  If they like sports, think about putting together some items such as a sporting DVD / book, sporting equipment and accessories.  If they like food, take inspiration from this collection pictured here.

For the partner in your life, print out your own “vouchers” that they can redeem. This could be anything from cooking them a special meal to taking them to the movies…or why not get a little saucy and write your own vouchers to be redeemed in the bedroom – your imagination can run wild with this one 🙂

Present the vouchers with some chocolates, their favorite drink or something a little more x-rated!

PRICE: Up to you!  Rating: Bound to be 5 out of 5!

(This ready made set is $59.30)






Silverlit Ferrari Enzo (iPod, iPhone, and iPad)

For the gadget lovers, presenting an awesomely fun idea.  First of all, who doesn’t want their own red Ferrari?  Who doesn’t want a remote control car?  And who doesn’t want to be able to control it with their iPhone (or iPad / iPod)?  Reviews say the battery life is not good, but seems to be adequate for a few minutes play each day and that’s all these are really for anyway.











The ultimate executive toy, or gift for those that can never afford their own supercar (hands up everyone).

Variations available are a Porsche, Mercedes and helicopter.

PRICE: $67.26 RATING: 4.1 out of 5 stars



Golf Ball Gift Set



If playing a few rounds of golf is your man’s idea of fun then treat him to a set of golf balls or tees.

Something like this Callaway Tournament Gift Set which includes 2 Callaway balls, five tees, a ball maker, a quality water bottle and pro-line putt align tool assists.

For around $20 this makes a perfect inexpensive gift, and is presented in a box that is easy to wrap too.