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December 16, 2009 15:52 ET

The Sharper Image Launches in Canada Just in Time for Holidays!

The Holiday Gift Solution for Men - for the Women who Love them

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2009) -

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All women know that it is much easier to buy presents for their friends than it is for their guys. Now a new survey of Canadians by Angus Reid Strategies confirms it. As we head into the annual Holiday shopping countdown, nearly a third (31 per cent) of women feel that it's either agonizing, difficult or frustrating when it comes to gift shopping for him. Among the most frustrated are women 18 to 34 - nearly one quarter (23 per cent) of Canadian ladies! It's not for a lack of trying. In Atlantic Canada, for example, 70% of women said they put a lot of thought into their guy's gift - and still the risk of making the wrong choice remains.

Women of Canada: The Sharper Image Solves Your Holiday Shopping Dilemma

No matter what their skill or frustration level is when it comes to shopping for men, the women of Canada can breathe a sigh of relief and kiss their Holiday shopping dilemma goodbye. Whether your guy is the dashing and ambitious Suit; the rough and tumble Jock; the lovable Guy Next Door; or anyone in between, The Sharper Image - launching in Canada on November 1, 2009 - has the solution. With a staggering range of high-quality, innovative, cool gadgets that are loaded with style and priced right, The Sharper Image has the "wow factor" that every woman demands in the perfect gift for her man.

For the Suit

He's suave. He's smooth. He's the suit. And he's impossible to buy for. This season, The Sharper Image offers many options, including:

Adjustable Temperature Control Wine Chiller (MSRP $119.99) - cools wine to its optimal temperature. Choose from convenient temperature presets for 70 wines, selected by country or wine type, or program your own preferred temperature! The brushed metal "pod" is stylish enough for the dining table, and makes a perfect gift for your wine enthusiast. Available at The Bay and Home Outfitters.

Portable Shoe Polisher (MSRP $44.99) - High end shoes deserve a high gloss shine. An all-in-one rechargeable electric shoe polisher kit is the perfect gift for the busy executive. The quick, no-fuss way to polish all shoe types; retractable guards on the handle prevent splatters; and the "press and lock" system keeps hands clean. Plus it's ergonomically designed so no elbow grease is required. Available at The Bay and Home Outfitters.

MP3 Wireless Speaker Fog Free Shower Mirror (MSRP $79.99) - This innovative fog-free mirror with waterproof speakers connects wirelessly to his iPod(TM) or other MP3 player from a remote dock, up to 100 feet away. The fog free surface allows him to shave even in the steamiest of showers and a LED digital clock display ensures he sticks to the schedule. Available at The Bay.

For the Jock

If the guy on your list considers the four seasons hockey, football, golf and baseball, find a present that plays to his athletic spirit. Whether he's an extreme athlete or an armchair one, he'll appreciate these ideas:

Internet Weather Station (MSRP $84.99) - Is it a good day for mountain biking, skiing or catching the game on TV? He'll know what he's in for with the Internet Weather Station Five-Day Weather Forecaster. It works with his wireless internet to get instant weather updates in more than 10,000 North American cities, and also displays the current time and temperature. It even features an alarm wake-up feature so he doesn't miss the big game. Available at The Shopping Channel.

Deluxe Shiatsu Back Massager (MSRP $179.99) - Turn just about any chair in his home or office into a deep massage chair with this Deluxe Shiatsu Back Massager. He can choose from deep-kneading Shiatsu or rolling massage, and can use the Spot Shiatsu and the Perfect-Fit(TM) feature to customize the massage to his back and height. Once he adds the soothing heat feature for a deeper and more relaxing massage, he'll be good as new and ready for more athletic action. Available at The Bay and Home Outfitters.

Shiatsu Foot Massager (MSRP $74.99) - Whether he runs marathons, chases a hockey puck or simply walks to work, this Deluxe Shiatsu Foot Massager reaches deep to massage and erase the day's exertions. Six deep-kneading Shiatsu heads combine with toe-touch controls to make it easy to turn on and off, and also to activate the soothing heat option. It's fully adjustable so he can find the most comfortable angle for his tired tootsies. Available at The Bay and London Drugs.

For the "Guy Next Door"

He's the guy we all love... dependable, funny, smart, and caring. And like most guys, the way to his heart is with the coolest gadgets. This season, pick one that will have him singing your praises into the new-year and beyond:

Entertainment Projector (MSRP $149.99) - hooks up to any video source and projects images up to six feet away and up to 40" across on any flat surface. You can supersize the cool factor as you watch TV and DVDs, and play video games on any wall or ceiling with a 640x240 resolution. Make this holiday larger than life! Available at Future Shop and The Bay.

Rotating Speaker Dock (MSRP $99.99) - a dynamic speaker system that rotates your iPhone or iPod from its normal vertical position to a horizontal one so you can watch videos with premium sound quality. This futuristic dock with backlit controls is available at The Bay, Future Shop and The Source.

Projection Alarm Clock With AM/FM Radio (MSRP $69.99) - projects the digital time on the ceiling in large numbers that are easy to see when he wants to, but with a soft light that won't interrupt his slumber. In addition to great alarm features like AM/FM radio; dual alarms (one for him and one for you); touch snooze panels and automatic reset, the time projection has adjustable angles and three settings - HI/LOW/OFF. Available at The Bay and The Source.

For the ultimate The Sharper Image shopping experience with a huge selection of items, check out The Sharper Image store-within-a-store at The Bay locations across Canada, or visit

About The Sharper Image

The Sharper Image has built its reputation on offering only the best products that excel at providing real world solutions. Whether it is a massage chair, wireless speaker or a nose hair trimmer, it is always built and designed around three core principles: quality, innovation and design. The Sharper Image was founded on these principles and remains committed to them today.

Now in 2009, The Sharper Image is entering a new era as it undergoes an exciting transformation, changing from popular retailer to cutting-edge retail brand. The Sharper Image is becoming a household name more than ever before as it leaps onto the shelves of leading retailers.

Be on the lookout for new products from The Sharper Image that span numerous lifestyle categories, including health, wellness, beauty, home, recreation, fitness and travel, just to name a few. Select products from The Sharper Image products can be found at The Bay, Home Outfitters, The Source, Future Shop, Best Buy, Office Depot and London Drugs.

About HoMedics

Founded in 1987, HoMedics is the largest licensee of The Sharper Image brand and distributes over 250 industry-leading personal care products through retailers in more than 60 countries, with operations in Canada, the United States, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. HoMedics established its reputation as the leading manufacturer of back and body massagers. Today, the company designs and markets a complete line of personal health, wellness and relaxation products, all focused on affordably improving the lives of consumers.

HoMedics Group Canada, which was formed with the acquisition of ObusForme in 2008, maintains an ongoing commitment to quality and innovation, marketing and distributing products across Canada through most mass market, discount, drug and specialty stores. HoMedics Group Canada's present portfolio encompasses products under the HoMedics, ObusForme, The Sharper Image, Powermat, Taylor, Salter and Black & Decker brands.

About the Survey

From October 5 to October 6, 2009, Angus Reid Strategies conducted an online survey among 1,006 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error-which measures sampling variability-is +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

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