I did my holiday gift guide in November of last year, but I heard that many people start shopping in October. Sarah and I did our Holiday Book Buying Guide in the last podcast and thus I thought I would blog about the 2013 Holiday Gift Guide today. You have 64 days until Christmas. *throws confetti*
The other day I was messing around with cables in a drawer that we use as a charging station. I realized that everything we own these days from the camera to the phone to the tablets are charged using a USB cable. I realized that I should have a USB power strip instead of a regular power strip and just throw all those unwieldy wall adapters in a bin downstairs. Unfortunately I was not able to find one that serves as a stand alone. All the hubs I searched required the unit to be attached to a wall charger AND a computer.
If anyone knows of a standalone USB hub that can deliver up to 2Amps per USB without being attached to a computer, let me know!
$119. I’m a big fan of the Kindle Paperwhite. I think it is an e ink reader done right. At $119, the ad supported device offers a great bargain for the readers in your life. While I think you are okay going with the Nook Glow, Amazon almost always offers better pricing and more selection.
I’ve bought two of them as presents this year.
The extra charger is exactly the right kind of gift. It’s something that your loved one might not by herself but would love to have. In fact, the right device may be a device charger. These two are travel chargers and are designed to charge more than one device. Remember that the Nook Tablet requires a special longer Micro USB tip that seems only to be able to purchased at BN.com
I lust after portable chargers particularly because they’ve become so small and the prices have come down. I once bought a HyperShop charger for my computer but it died after about a year. I was highly disappointed so obviously I don’t recommend spending the $200+ on one of those. But these smaller, portable and less expensive portable chargers interest me.
$18-$20. I read about this…I can’t remember where. Maybe Lifehacker. But after I read about it, watched a video, I had to order some. The best place to buy it isn’t Amazon but Daily Grommet. This is a great fix it product. Essentially it is moldable rubber that drys to a flexible silicon. Next time your electronics need a little TLC, reach for Sugru instead of the duct tape.
Mini Magnetic Bag Light.
$12. I loved this little flashlight that hooks onto the handles of your handbag and lights up the interior. There are things hidden in the dark corners of my bags that need to be exposed by this.
Minimergency Kits from Pinch Provisions.
Pinch Provisions sell these tiny little kits that come with 13-25 different items that you may need in, well, a pinch. There are sets for men (comes with shaving lotion and razor) and women (with nail polish and polish remover) and moms (tiny deck of playing cards and tiny crayons). They also offer Bridal Kits and Pregnancy Kits.
$14.95 and up. Author Shannon Stacey is a big camper. If you haven’t read her books just know that she has a love for All Terrain Vehicles and camping. When I saw this product, I immediately thought of her. But then this would be great for any one who is clumsy (me). The bag is made of molecular beads that draw out moisture from an electronic device and then absorb the water. While the bags run from $17-$70, they could really save you money if your device stops working after being doused.
Unlike rice or silica gel, the BHEESTIE Molecular Beads (TM) continue to adsorb water beyond equilibrium humidity. Silica gel or rice that has absorbed moisture will actually release water into a dry atmosphere. BHEESTIE Molecular Beads (TM) are designed to keep the water molecules trapped within and can actually be used to dry out saturated silica gel and dehumidify rice. (Although our legal team states you shouldn’t do this for your bento leftovers or any rice meant for food consumption.)
Last year I dug through Etsy listings to find some unique cases for the ereaders in your life. I liked the ones this year that had an extra pocket for the charge cords and other paraphernalia.
Everything is a touch screen these days from your phone to your ereader, but it is cold outside. Hence the need for touchscreen gloves. I purchased a non fancy pair at Costco for $14? Maybe for your loved ones, you might be interested in one of the following:
Text, type, swipe and scroll just like you would with your bare hand. Agloves Original’s seamless knit stretches around your fingers for greater comfort and the most dexterous touch. Touch gloves shouldn’t make typos. These gloves work like your bare hand.
Happy Holiday Shopping folks.