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Annual Gift Guide – 2013 Top Picks

December 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous, Uncommon Sense

Bay Nature Magazine

Bay Nature Magazine

Rather than one big post, this year

I’m separating our Gift Guide into more bite size pieces.

We have some standard favorites and some radically new items.  This post includes one of each.   First, our Standard Favorite:

Up Close and Personal:  Give your family and friends a close-up view of the landscapes, birds, and wildlife that make the Bay Area so special!  Save over 30% off the regular price when you buy 2 or more gift subscriptions to Bay Nature magazine.

Give the gift of nature – and save!

 Lookie – Bay Nature  interviewed me for their connections feature :)

Now for the radical gift idea !

Growing up in South Florida, my parents knew a man who created (invented?) a special toilet seat bidet.  You remove your existing toilet seat and this replacement toilet seat washes and dries your bottom.  Down with Brown!  Virtually no more toilet paper.  I’ve had one my entire life.  The one I own costs about $750 and is amazing.   Other companies have them (like Toto).  Adding a Toto toilet seat bidet to your existing toilet costs $400 to $500.

I’ve found a company that is importing a simpler – but still highly effective – version that you can purchase for about $55 delivered.  They’re easy to install right under your existing toilet seat and take up almost no space.  They require NO electricity.

The reactions I get from people when I mention this are quite varied.  Some people are instantly opposed to the idea.  Anyone – I mean EVERYONE – who tries it –  LOVES it.  It’s great for people with back problems.  It’s SO hygienic.

I gave one to a friend facing surgery.  He LOVES it.

To be clear – I have zero investment in this.  I make no commission.  I share this info because I deeply appreciate my blog readers.  This is a life-enhancing-changing item.   It saves paper.  It’s gentler on fragile aging skin. It’s even a bit stimulating for helping elimination.   Here’s the Link to check this out - if you get one – get the simple, inexpensive one – it’s on sale right now (late 2013) for $55, including shipping.

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3 Responses to “Annual Gift Guide – 2013 Top Picks”
  1. David says:

    Those bidet toilet seats are pretty cool but as you noted they are expensive, especially the Japanese ones. If you ever tried one you would see that the Hand Bidet Sprayer which is common in Asia costs a fraction by comparison, is much easier to install and actually does a better job cleaning you. It does a better job (I’ve tried both many times) because it has a much greater water flow and you can control exactly where it sprays compared to the fixed water spraying wand on the bidet toilet seat. It also requires basically no maintenance and therefore no additional costs down the road. See http://www.bathroomsprayers.com.

    • Note to my readers: I have not personally tried these. I have tried and installed and love the one I list in my post. I approved this comment to give my readers another perspective/option. There is no commission to AdventureBuddies regardless of your choice.

      BUT, once you try a bidet type system, you will never go back. If you’re feeling resistant, please let me know why as I’m perplexed about why people do not jump up and down for this idea :)

      One client said she thinks it’s modesty; another said it’s new. I wonder if it’s just that, not having been exposed to the significant benefit of a toilet seat or regular bidet (as so many in Europe have been), people are just not willing to consider such a “radical” idea. What say you?

  2. Pepe says:

    I installed the bidet around the time of my prostate biopsy. Talk about being sore in a delicate area!

    The installation was easy. No tools required.

    I still use some toilet paper to gently mop dry. But no need to ever wipe again. Wiping, if you really think about it, means rub and smear.

    Every time I use the bidet I feel as clean as if had just taken a shower.

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