Nothing says Christmas like spending your life savings on G.I. Joes and coffee gift-cards. The older I get, the harder it seems for me to construct a Christmas list that’s not entirely composed of socks and out-of-fashion shirts I found in old holiday magazines. Luckily, I’ve developed a soft-spot for gadgets, especially cheap ones that I can use to flaunt my technological prowess in front of my friends and children I babysit. So, here is a list of gift ideas (for the year 2013, at least) for all the techies out there. Use it wisely.
1) Smartphone Camera Lenses - $20-$50 from PhotoJoJo.com
As much as I hate to say it, I am, indeed, an Apple geek. My life revolves around my iPhone and if you pull out an Android in my presence, I might scoff a little in my head because I’m from Boston so irrational rivalries are kind of my thing. (For the record, yes, that was a Red Sox/Yankees reference and yes, I was kidding. Everyone knows that rivalry is totally legitimate.) I also have a knack for photography, so these smartphone lenses from PhotoJoJo are one of my favorite holiday gifts. In fact, pretty much anything from that site will tickle my fancy because they offer iPhone accessories that you didn’t even know you wanted, like this iPhone SLR Camera Mount.
2) Necono Digital Spy Camera - $150 from Superheadz.com
The Necono Camera’s goodness is twofold. First, it is cat-shaped, so it can blend in with the other cat decorations you might have laying around your house. Or maybe that’s just me. Regardless, it’s sleek and simple, so it will blend right in with any living room. Second, there are mini-cameras in the cat’s eyes, just in case you wanted to see who is stealing the candy from your Christmas stocking.
3) Desktop Robot Vacuum - $15 from GeekAlerts.com
This Desktop Robot Vacuum from UsefulThings.com may be the closest thing to owning R2D2 that you can possibly get. About the size of a bloated iPhone, this Desktop Roomba will swerve across your desk with the touch of the button. It will collect any remaining debris from your late-night homework session, including food crumbs and erasure shavings, making it a smaller, less talkative version of your mom.
4) Cursor Mouse – $37 from Fab.com
Are you tired of the same old computer mouse? Do you need something to spice up your web surfing experience (in a totally PG-13 way)? This cursor mouse from Fab.com is a fairly inexpensive way to make your research on the history of pencils a little more enjoyable.
5) Leap Motion - $80 from LeapMotion.com
Leap Motion is an innovative new technology that makes the Kinect look like a baby toy in comparison. At just 3 inches long, this technology allows you to control your computer’s functions with your hands and fingers. Scroll through webpages with the flick of your wrist or hold the planet in your virtual grasp through Google Earth. The possibilities are endless.
6) Celluon Magic Cube Virtual Laser Keyboard - $149.99 from Virtual-Laser-Devices.com
It seems that we’re getting closer and closer to creating a holographic interface, Minority Report style, and I don’t know whether or not I should be concerned. I do know, however, that whatever is happening sure looks pretty cool. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the Virtual Laser Keyboard that projects a keyboard over any surface, any time.
7) R2-D2 USB Car Charger - $50 from ThinkGeek.com
These are not the droids you’re looking for, but they might be the perfect USB charger for your favorite Star Wars geek. This USB charger from ThinkGeek gives R2-D2 a purpose other than “being an adorable robot.” (Someone buy this so I can stop butchering this fandom and making people hate me.)
8) Polaroid Instant Print Digital Camera – $179.99 from Amazon
Though a fraction of you reading this might not even understand what a polaroid is anymore, that doesn’t make this gadget any less cool or relevant. The Polaroid Instant Print Digital Camera is…well, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Now, you can see the picture before you get an instant copy, so it’s the best of both worlds.
9) GoPro Camera - $248.99 from Amazon
I’ll cool it with the camera business after this one, I promise. The GoPro Camera is compact, sturdy, and high-definition camera that can attach to any number of surfaces. This video of a firefighter saving a cat was also filmed on a GoPro, which should be motivation enough.
10) VTech Cordless Phones - $60 from VTechPhones.com
I can’t even begin to tell you how many potentially good moments have been ruined by poor cellphone reception. Holidays with family are hard enough to handle on their own. You don’t need messy communication to make it any worse. Luckily, there’s a gadget that can solve this problem. With the VTech DS6521-2 phone, you can avoid the dreaded deadzone, because it allows you to sync with your cellphone. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who works from home or just hates screaming “What did you say?!” into their cell on a daily basis.
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