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|CED Magic Christmas Gift Items Over the Years|
Starting in 2002 CED Magic began mailing out Christmas holiday gift items to CED enthusiasts. This page chronicles the items that have been sent. Click on the year to view a full-size image.
2002: Next Revolution Postcard - The postcard signed in red and green glitter ink was mailed out to everyone who had ever purchased anything from CED Magic. A number of them came back as undeliverable as seen in the photo. This mailing was used to develop an updated address database for the following year.
2003: 7-Color SelectaVision Pen - This year marked the 50th anniversary of War of the Worlds, which was the featured CED at the time. The 7-color pen uses red, green, and blue LEDs in a fashion somewhat analogous to color TV and the Martian eyes in the movie.
2004: Plush Nipper and Card - The 120th anniversary of Nipper was in 2004, and the card included with the dog contains the text of the press release RCA published 20 years earlier on his 100th anniversary.
2005: Fresnel Magnifier and Postcard - This item was not actually mailed until just before March 22, 2006 to correspond with the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the RCA VideoDisc system. RCA had done a similar magnifier glass promotional item in 1979 corresponding with the 25th anniversary of color television.
2006: Vintage Television Blinkie - This likeness of a vintage television contains several blinking LEDs and the CED logo on the screen. It can be attached magnetically to ferrous surfaces or with a clip to clothing.
2007: Mini Dynamo Light - The crank on this light can be spun to charge the internal battery or to simply power the light if the internal battery is discharged.
2008: CED Tote Bag - RCA once had a promotional canvas bag labeled "My Bag" that could be used to carry several CEDs. This green nylon bag is a similar item that can be worn as a backpack and has a large red CED logo at the center of the bag.
2009: Solar-Powered Flashlight - This item was available in six colors and contains a battery that can be recharged by placing the light in direct sunlight.
2010: Polypure Water Bottle - Came in red and green with the CED logo in white.
2011: Voice Recording Tape Measure - This tape measure contains a battery, microphone, speaker, and enough RAM to record an 11-second message. Pre-recorded on the tape measure is the SelectaVision Fanfare, which just barely fits in the available recording time.
2012: Mini Table Lamp - This lamp folds down to the size of a credit card and when popped-up as shown has the CED logo illuminated on the light diffusing portion of the lamp.
2013: Mobile USB Power Bank - This power bank came in a dozen colors and contains a 18650 lithium-ion power cell. The short USB cable (in ten colors) is used to charge the power bank. Then the cable is inverted to deliver the power bank's charge to a cell phone, or any device that can be charged or powered via USB.
2014: Miniature Bluetooth Speaker - This wireless speaker came in ten colors and can be used as the sound output device for anything with built-in Bluetooth like a cell phone, tablet, or computer. The speaker also contains a microphone and can be used as a speakerphone, automatically cutting music off for an incoming call, and then resuming when the call is over.
2015: Laser Engraved USB Flash Drive - USB flash drives that glow in red, green or blue when plugged into a computer. Custom 3D laser engraving was used to burn the CED logo in the middle of the crystal handle. And laser etching placed the CED logo on the metal gift box for the flash drive.
2016: Mobile USB Power Bank - The power bank from 2013 proved to be the most popular holiday item to date, and after three years of sometimes heavy use those 2013 models were wearing out. So the same item was repeated in 2016, again with multiple colors for both the bank and the charging cable.