Holiday Gift Recommendations From The Tech Cocktail Team

December 17, 2011

12:00 pm

As we enter in the final feeding frenzy of holiday shopping before Hannukah and Christmas next week, we thought we’d put together a holiday gift guide of our favorite tech gadgets in case you’re feeling stuck on what to buy the geeks in your life.

Happy shopping!

Frank Gruber, CEO & Founder:

When my Macbook Pro decided to take an early holiday break (i.e. hard drive failure) I turned to an 11 inch Apple Macbook Air. It is the size of the notepad and is quick to fire up. It is great for traveling. Though you have to get used to the slightly smaller screen size  it is definitely a great device for anyone that is on go for under $999. If the 11 inch screen is too restrictive they also make a 13 inch Macbook Air version that slightly bigger but has the similar benefits.

Jen Consalvo, COO:

The iwatchz is HOT. It turns your Nano into a beautiful watch that is sleek and more functional than any watch you’ve ever had:    They have styles for men, women and kids.

Know someone with a big vinyl collection? (Thinking of my parents here….) There are some really cool record players with USB links and software, so not only can you play and listen to your records, but you can also digitize them at the same time.  Here are a few:

For computer users, I like this mouse: Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse (Black).

I also LOVE this Polaroid mini-printer: Polaroid CZA-20011B PoGo Instant Mobile Printer (Black).

And the mini-printer, called Little Printer, that we featured on Tech Cocktail would be awesome.

For the photobuff, here’s a great little camera with major power: Canon G12 10 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8 Inch Vari-Angle LCD.

Monika Jansen, Editor:

I love the iPod Touch because it doesn’t saddle me to an iPhone, but it does gives me access to all those cool apps – and all my music.  And it’s a good way to distract the kids when they won’t stop whining on long car rides.

Zach Davis, Writer:

I am a fanboy for Roku because it allows those of us without fancy web-enabled televisions or an XBox to watch Netflix on a larger screen. Also the NBA Game Time channel allows basketball fanatics to watch out-of-market games. GO BULLS!

Marla Shaivitz, Writer:

Sifteo Cubes have been on my wish list since I wrote about them in March.  (The company was part of our SXSW Accelerator Kickoff).

You would totally be the hero of friend/family game night with these full color, motion–detecting cubes that interact with each other as you play. Through a wireless connection to a computer, the 1.5 inch blocks have a full color display screen that combines video with old-fashioned tactile game play.

Sifteo has its own app store of games and through its Creativity Kit, built in the ability to upload games designed by the user. The choices of play run the gamut – action games, puzzles, word games, learning games, exploration games and social games to name a few.

You had me at word games.

I think I need these.

Here they are in Amazon for $149.

Kira Newman, Writer:

For you moneybags out there, Terrafugia is building a flying car called the Transition, which is scheduled for release in late 2012.  This futuristic vehicle features a 490-mile range and 115 mph max speed in the air, and a respectable 35 mpg gas mileage on the ground. You can reserve one here with a $10,000 deposit.

Antigone Peyton, Writer:

I enjoy fun technology accessories. This season, I’m into cool cases for iProducts, like the CandyRazor cases for iPhones and iPads with glow in the dark bats or neon leopard print.

Trisha Cruz, Writer:

This one’s more of a stocking stuffer, but I love it so much!  The USB Mixtape Memory Stick is “a digital analogue to the venerable c90 cassette of the old.” Perfect gift to your significant other, and comes in 4 different vintage styles!

I am also digging the Olloclip iPhone Camera lens, a quick-connect system that includes fish-eye, wide-angle and macro lenses for your iPhone.  So awesome.

Anuj Agrawal, Writer:

I came across this in my browsing: The WakeMate is a wristband you wear that determines an optimal time to wake you up based on your sleep pattern. It’s Bluetooth enabled and connects with the iPhone. Sounds like a great gift for the entrepreneur who wants to get the most efficient 4 hours of sleep possible!

Frank Gruber

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