Are you doing your last minute shopping for a friend or a family member who’s into tech gadgets? Well, it’s pretty hard to choose from the selection of cool and powerful devices you can buy this coming Christmas season. To help you out, here are our top gift ideas you can get this yuletide season. Take note of the Ancient Greek lyric poet Pindar when he once said, “every gift which is given, even though is be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.”
1. 3Doodler: World’s First 3D Printing Pen ($99.95)
Unleash your creativity with this pen that ejects warm thermoplastic and hardens within seconds. A successful Kickstarter project with 26,457 backers, it’s the only pen that creates hand-drawn three-dimensional plastic drawings. With it, artists can trace the designs from any of their choice of free blueprints like a 6-inch tall Eiffel Tower, a napkin holder, or even Istanbul’s Sultan Ahmed Mosque. The pen has two extrusion speeds that can be adjusted with the touch of a button, and 50 plastic refills in assorted colors.
2. Ringly Smart Jewelry ($195)
This may look like a typical cocktail ring, but it can give you alerts direct from your phone. This jewelry is synced with a mobile device wherein users can get necessary information about their calls, e-mails, and other notifications with discrete vibrations and colored lights. This comes in handy as a substitute to your wearable devices; however, you cannot directly interact with your notifications unlike with the smartwatches.
3. Pebble Steel ($279)
Smartwatches are the latest trend this season, and if you’re looking for a sturdy and reliable one, then the Pebble Steel is truly an excellent steal. It is a stylish alternative to Android Wear among other wearables in the o2 list that has good functionality and even improved battery life. It may not have that high-res and colorful screen, but it can still appeal to everyone who wants the retro charm it exudes.
4. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 ($999)
We cannot deny the fact that tablet computing is the fastest growing technology on the market for a couple of years now. Thus, it will not be surprising to you to see one of the powerful tablet devices on this list. If you’re feeling a bit generous and they’re looking for a decent replacement for their laptop, then the Surface Pro 3 is undeniably a good choice. This handy and portable device runs the power of your personal computer with 1.9GHz Intel Core i5 with 8GB RAM, 12-inch display, and 5-megapixel camera.
5. The Kenu Airframe+ ($29.95)
If the person you will give a gift is into cars, then you might want to give them a tech gadget they can use while driving such as the Airframe+ for iPhone. It can be securely mounted to the air conditioner vent of their car and is compatible with all iPhone models. It has an ultra-compact design and also rotates to support portrait or landscape mode. The cell phone holder may not be powered by any machine or chip, yet we believe it deserves a spot in your list for its sturdy composition that is necessary for any driver who uses their phone as GPS.
6. Belkin Car Cup Holder Mount for iPhone ($39.95)
Aside for Airframe+, the Belkin Car Cup Holder Mount is a good option if you want to keep your iPhone in place and comfortably within view while you’re in the car. This easy-to-use cradle sits firmly in your car’s cup holder and safely holds your device. It can rotate in 360 degrees for viewing in portrait or landscape mode and tilts 90 degrees to place your iPhone flat or upright. You can also use it in any vehicle for its base expands to fit any cup holder. Moreover, it has a dual bracket that allows easy insert of multiple devices.
7. Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation External Battery ($79.95)
Smartphones and tablets have created a convenience to our daily lives especially for those who rely heavily on communication to go about their daily business. More often than not, the charge of these devices may not be enough, making them miss important events in their lives. That’s why a powerbank is a must-have this season as it provides instant recharge for their portable devices and it’s also a quick solution to keep you connected while you’re on the go.
From wearables to tablets, and even phone accessories, there are a lot of choices to give to your dear ones on this auspicious celebration. The items listed above are some of the best ideas you can include in your list, and we hope it can help you along in your process of finishing your gift life for Christmas 2014. What’s your techie gift idea for this yuletide season?
Written by Jenny Birch exclusively for the use of Technetics