12. 02. 2011
Holiday Gift Guide: From the Not-So-Far Reaches
For the next installment of our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide, we've complied a list of favorites from the far reaches... of our laptops... Well, OK, there was some hands-on experience. It's not all about the internet you know. Did I just say that??? I think I'm fatigued. I'll grab a lie-down while you read on. Mostly tech with a splash of fun, these selections aim to please all kinds of geeks and even the not-so-geek kinds. Click 'continue' to... um... er... ah... continue.
Windows Mobile Phone
Whether the person on your gift list needs their first smartphone or is an old pro, give them the gift of an upgrade this season to the new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system. WP7's latest makes life easier with new social and lifestyle integration features - pull up a friend in your directory and see everything in one place, like their latest Facebook posts, your recent text messages or e-mails with them. Everything in one place, everything streamlined. The 4G Samsung Focus Flash shown above is a standout value, packed full of high-end hardware at a great price. $49 with new contract from AT&T.
Rubik's Cube Inspired USB Flash Drive
The perfect stocking stuffer for the overgrown kid in your life. Inspired by the Rubik's Cube, this 4GB flash drive combines the perfect amount of storage with the perfect amount of fun. It's also a lot easier to solve than the original cube!!! $39 from Gizmine.
Jawbone UP Lifestyle Band
For the loved one on your list that lives healthy... or needs to. The UP wristband from the Bluetooth headset experts at Jawbone works with an iPhone app to track and help improve your fitness, sleeping patterns, and diet. UP's tracking and feedback mechanisms making you more aware of exercise patters, best times to sleep, and how what you are eating affects you. $99 from Jawbone.
"Nice Parking" Cards
Maybe better put to use yourself during the holiday shopping frenzy at your local mall vs. giving as an actual gift, these little cards provide a most civilized way of admonishing other drivers for their lack of courtesy or skill in keeping within the lines. 25 cards in imprinted box with enough room to hand write in an expletive or two, if you choose to be not-so-civilized. $20 from Jack Spade.
Pantone iPhone Case
Graphic artists and marketing gurus alike will love this homage to the tools of their trade - the Pantone Matching System. Designed to look like a Pantone color chip, these iPhone 4 / 4S cases let you express yourself in your favorite shade. $36 from Pantone.
Light Saber Chopsticks
Can't decide what to get the Star Wars-loving, sushi-eating giftee on your list? Look no further. Part serious geek, part whimsical fun, these chopsticks let you show you are serious about your food and your sci-fi! Choice of Yoda (green), Luke Skywalker (blue), Darth Vader (red), Darth Maul (red), Mace Windu (purple), or Luke Skywalker Episode 6 (green). $29 from Japan Trend Shop.
Leica V-LUX 30 Camera
The V-LUX 30 brings the features of high-end professional photography equipment that made Leica famous to a compact camera ideal for enthusiasts and tourists ready to go a step beyond an auto-everything model. Precise optics, 14.1 Megapixel resolution, 16X optical zoom, continuous shooting mode, 3D image capture, full-HD video mode, and built-in GPS are just a few of the standout features of this gem. $749 MSRP with better deals to be found online.
TikTok iPod Nano Watchband
The perfect iPod Nano accessory for the person that has everything. This turn-your-Nano-into-a-wristwatch contraption is the perfect way to keep your music at hand whether working hard or working out... or working hard at working out or hardly working at working out... well, you get the point. Available in black, white, blue, yellow, and pink. Metal styles also available. $39 from LunaTik.
Polk Audio Ultrafit 3000 Sport Headphones
Perfect for the active audiophile on your list. Polk Audio, best know by the cognoscenti for its high-end home audio equipment, has taken the plunge into the world of the smallest of speaker... headphones. The Ultrafit 3000 headphones are specifically designed to provide top-quality sound in an earphone that will stay in and stay comfortable, no matter how active you are. Features include in-line remote, tangle-free cables, moisture shield, varying cable lengths, and multiple ear tip choices. $99 from Polk Audio.
Glo Brilliant Teeth Whitening System
For the aspiring model or [yuk] smoker on your list. Glo Brilliant is the latest creation from whitening guru Dr. Jonathan Levine, a NYC-based cosmetic dentist. Glo Briliant promises ultra-fast, professional quality whitening without sensitivity using a special combination of blue light, heat, and hi-tech whitening gel... and it delivers! $275 from Glo Science.
Dr. Martens Lex Shoes
The perfect gift for the goth in your life (or even the poser). The "Doc" updates this classic style using a special process to re-create the rainbow patina that forms when oil and water mix, making for a much more interesting patent leather look. Pair them with a pierced septum and moodiness for a perfect holiday package! $160 from Dr. Martens.
For the hip-hop music mogul on... um... rather the aspiring DJ on your list. This compact unit from Numark is a portable, easy-to-setup solution that lets you create a party using the music library that's already on your computer. Provides a standard control panel for use in conjunction with the included Virtual DJ software. $59 from Numark.
It doesn't get much geekier thank this, kids! But, that's A-OK in our book! Inspired by the power switch on a MacBook Pro, the iNecklace illuminates with a subtle pulsing reminiscent of a sleeping hard drive indicator. Also available in cufflink form for the male geek. $75 from Adafruit Industries.
Samsung 9 Series Notebook
For the one that like to turn heads, this is the perfect gift. The Samsung 9 Series brings 'dressed to impress' to the notebook. Built from Duralumin, the same material used in advanced aircraft, this super sexy number redefines its class of computing. Features include super bright 13.3" HD display, ultra-slim chassis, seven hours of battery life, Intel Core i5 processor, solid state drive, and backlit keyboard, to name a few. From $1299 at Dynamism.