Olivia in Berkeley asks Coquette:
I am in search of a new alarm clock. My old one died a while ago and I've been using my cell phone ever since. Can you help me find something simple in design, easy to use, and not too crazy expensive? I know this isn't a "sexy" topic but hoped that you or some of your readers might be able to help.
I've been looking all over and to me the Sonic Boom Alarm Clock ($42.95 at ADCO) is fun, different, and affordable.
The tagline is great, "Designed for Girls Who Just Want to Have Fun". I love the multicolor display, pink heart, and the price is affordable. There's also an attachment so that you can put this on our bed to wake up via a vibration (I kid you not!), quoted as the "powerful, 12-volt bed shaker". Hmmm.... Well this is fun and at least it's not Hello Kitty.
Another fun one I came across is Clocky ($49.99 at Elsewares). It's a hilarious alarm clock that's got wheels. Yes -- it will roll off your night stand, so you'll have to get out of bed to turn it off. Not sure if I really want to be annoyed running after an alarm clock but the novelty of it gets a mention.
Here's more alarm clock picks organized by price starting from the lowest:
Digital Mood Light ($19.99)
Change the display to any color to suit your mood.
The Twilight ($24.95 at Alarm Clocks Online)
It's actually electric but has a nice retro feel.
Retro Alarm Clock (£22 UK prob around $40 US not including shipping.)
Jonas Damon's LED Alarm Clock ($90 at Charles and Marie)
Beech Wood Clock ($120 at Elsewares)
If any readers have more suggestions for Olivia, please leave a comment!