12 Gadgets to Check Out for Gift Giving

December 17, 2012

1:56 pm

With one week left until Christmas, many of us are still searching for that perfect gift for a techie loved one. If you’ve been scratching your head as to what to get the gadget lovers on your list, consider the gadgets below – some new, and some tried-and-true.

1.  Ubooly is a cute, furry stuffed animal that you can put your iPhone in, turning it into an interactive pet.

2.  Sphero is a robotic ball you control with a tilt, touch, or swing from your smartphone to use in gaming.

3.  The Bamboo Sylus duo combines a digital stylus for iPad and iPad mini with a traditional ink pen tip.

4.  Up by Jawbone is a wristband that tracks how you sleep, move, and eat so you can find your optimal requirements for all three to feel your best.

5.  The Nike+  Fuelband is also worn on the wrist to help you track lots of physical everyday activities, each step taken, and calories burned.

6.  Pebble is a customizable watch that connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth.

7.  Nexus 7 is the affordable, yet powerful, 7-inch tablet from Google.

8.  iPad mini is, of course, the smaller cousin of iPad if you are an Apple fan, but want a smaller tablet.

9.  The Form 1 offers 3D printing at an affordable price for designers and engineers.

10.  The Apple TV lets you stream content from your iOS devices to your TV and gives you access to a huge selection of movies, TV shows, your photos, and more.

11.  Lockitron provides keyless door entry from your smartphone and allows you to monitor whether your door is locked from afar.

12.  The Pill wireless speaker is Dr. Dre’s answer to the Jambox.

What gadgets are on your holiday wish list this year? Respond in the comments section below.


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Meg Rayford is a communications consultant based in Northern Virginia. She previously spent two years as the Director of Public Relations for a nonprofit startup, where she learned a lot about providing clean water for impoverished countries, even within the confines of a bootstrapped startup. She is the editor of Tech Cocktail, and she develops media strategies for companies in Washington, DC and Virginia. You can read her most recent work in the marketing chapter of the upcoming book, "Social Innovation and Impact in Nonprofit Leadership," which will be published in Spring 2014 by Springer Publishing. Follow her @megkrayford.