The holiday season approaches, and it is time to whip out your wallet and spend your year’s savings on the people in your life who grudgingly tolerate you so long as you keep them plied with new toys. This year, we’ve funded a heap of projects on sites like Kickstarter, and we’ve seen somewhat fewer finished products than that. But there are more than ever that have successfully navigated the waters from crowdfunding to the market. There’s something particularly cool about the fact that the next gift you buy may have been one validated and funded entirely by consumers, taking back power from giant corporate deciders. Needless to say, Steve Jobs would not be happy about this state of affairs, but there’s plenty to like about it. What could you be stuffing stockings with this year? Read the full story at The Next Web.