The air is cool, and the shopping malls are crowded. It’s that time of the year again when we rush to tick off items on Christmas wish lists. Apart from the traditional gifts and treats, you can surprise a loved this holiday season with a cool new gadget. What better way to get them ready for the New Year than equipping them with techie and/or handy gifts that will make their lives easier? Here are some ideas for gadgets you can gift this holiday season.
Streaming Your Media
For family and friends who enjoy streaming media, why not gift them the Chromecast? Google’s handy HDMI port may look like some USB external drive but it’s actually a portable gadget that lets you stream YouTube videos, online music playlists, and enjoy NetFlix flicks on your television. For $35, it’s quite a steal.
Extra Power for Your Smartphones
Smartphone-obsessed people would certainly look forward to having the Mophie Juice Pack as a Christmas gift. This award-winning tech development goes beyond your simple iPhone or Samsung smartphone case. It also carries with it a rechargeable battery that boosts your phone’s own battery levels by up to 80% – perfect for those who rely on their mobile devices to surf, text, and talk. And since it’s a durable case, it is also protects your prized mobile possessions from wear and tear. It’s 1500mAh protective battery case for iPhone sells for $79.95 while its products for Samsung will set you back by almost $100.
Digital Note Taking
Know someone who takes notes all the time? Get them the LiveScribe 3 Smartpen. This sleek pen syncs whatever your write on paper or a notebook directly to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and the LiveScribe app. This gadget is especially useful for friends who need a fast way to transcribe their handwritten notes on their computer. The Smartpen sells at $150.
Multitasking with multitools
The Leather Man New Wave multitool should be top on your list if you’re looking for a holiday present to someone who is a DIY-obsessed, and who does a lot of handy work at home. For $99, the handy all-in-one item boasts 17 tools that’s perfect for any do-it-yourself project, or for any outdoor adventure i.e. camping, fishing.
Easy Cooking For Everyone
Whether you’re a skills are on par with Jamie Oliver, or you don’t even know how to boil water, the Vida Slow Cooker is the perfect kitchen gadget to give. It’s a simple slow-cooking device that makes cooking plain easy. Just chuck in your ingredients, and let the Vida do it for you. The gadget comes with 3 heat settings, a 3.5 litre capacity, and toughened glass lid. Price is about $25.
Taking The Fat Away
For those who plan to have a healthier lifestyle as their New Year’s resolution, why not purchase them the OXO Gravy/Fat Separator. For around $17, this kitchen gadget is its own strainer and separator, making sure you don’t have to do the hard work of skimming fat of your recipes. It’s a heat-resistant strainer that ensures the fat rises and the good ol’ gravy settles. Plus, it’s dishwasher safe too!