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November 27, 2005|By TROY MCCULLOUGH

The nine shopping bloggers highlighted here are shifting into high gear for the holiday season. So if you're looking for hot new products, seeking great rebates or desperate for novel gift ideas, these sites have you covered and then some. They're filled with reasons for you to part ways with your paycheck. Consider yourself warned.

ShoppingBlog.com: Savvy shoppers would be wise to stop by this site at least once a day. Not only will you find all kinds of gift ideas, but you'll be treated to news about the latest shopping trends. Recent finds: trendy bags made out of seat belts, starting at $44.95; a stylish eight-pen set of the world's thinnest ballpoint pens for $25; and a diamond-encrusted, limited-edition teddy bear for an economical $32,500.

MightyGoods.com: This mighty site's mantra is, "Hooray for stuff!" And there are mighty amounts of products to cheer about. Recent finds: a classic, stainless steel menorah for $24.95; lightweight "take everywhere" bags for $11; and an owl-shaped clay teapot for $35.

SlaveToTarget.blogspot.com: The two people who run this site can't get enough of the red-and-white bull's-eye superstore, and they've dedicated their lives to sharing their addiction. Recent finds: Santa Claws pet costume for $19.99; mommy and baby temporary tattoos for $9.99; and Thomas O'Brien's "vintage modern" bath collection.

CribCandy.com: Overflowing with eye-catching items for the home, this site features tons of adventurous products for adventurous people. Recent finds: a wall-mounted medicine cabinet shaped like a pill for $311; the Hurricane Soymilk Maker for $89.95; and an upside-down Christmas tree for $352.

Blog.Dealazon.com: If Amazon has it on sale, Dealazon thinks you should know about it. It enthusiastically blogs about Amazon's best deals, secret sales and product rebates. Recent finds: HiPPO Giant titanium golf drivers for $29.99; Casio atomic solar watches for $109.99; and the ProStor Bicycle Hoist Monster bike storage device for $14.94.

HuntAndGatherOnline.com: This site posts "cool new stuff daily just for guys (and the girls who love them)." Recent finds: Walnut grain-framed LCD television for $799.95; Sharps Barber & Shop Covert Carry-on bag for $79; and Madden NFL 2006 for $37.99.

Uncrate.com: Another shopping blog for men, with an emphasis on gadgets, cars, clothes and fun. Recent finds: The Airplane "Don't Call Me Shirley" Edition DVD for $13.99; a Banana Republic argyle V-neck sweater for $98; and a 2006 Porsche Cayman 6 starting at $58,900.

NowSmellThis.blogharbor.com: This perfume blog is the perfect starting point for olfactory-challenged men looking for gift guidance for the women in their lives. Recent finds: Ambra del Nepal by i Profumi di Firenze for $79; a new signature scent from Sugar Cosmetics for $28; and news about the rising popularity of soccer star David Beckham's new fragrance, Instinct.

StrangeNewProducts.com: For the person who has everything, there's Strange New Products. The emphasis is on the unusual, bizarre and downright wacky. Recent finds: DeepSea Water, bottled water from 3,000 feet below the ocean surface; SnoreStop anti-snore spray for pets for $15; and a fire extinguisher wine rack from Britain for 40 pounds - that's money, not weight.

troy.mccullough@baltsun.com

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