Christmas Gifts For Men: 15 Ideas for Gadget Loving Guys
Thien Huynh, The Huffington Post Canada
'Tis the season to get techie as an assortment of GPS devices, unique USB keys, multi-purpose watches and other innovative gizmos are expected to headline wish lists to Santa.
Here are 15 devices that will provide great comfort and joy for gadget lovers this holiday season.
For The Guy Who Wants To Live In The Future
The Leap Motion Controller Price: $79.99 Where to buy: www.leapmotion.com Remember that movie "Minority Report" starring Tom Cruise, and the scene where he's effortlessly scrolling around the computer by just using his hands? How cool would it be if you could do that with your own computer? The Leap Motion Controller turns fantasy into reality by sensing how you move your hands and allowing you to do everything a keyboard or mouse can do with a simple wave, point, reach or grab. The device is only three inches long and plugs into your USB port. It can work in conjunction with your mouse and keyboard, just in case you aren't ready to completely wave those accessories goodbye.
For The Guy Who Is Smartphone-Obsessed
Epic Laser Projection Keyboard Price: $149.99 Where to buy: www.celluon.com This is the perfect gift for someone who is always typing away on a smartphone. The Epic Laser Projection Keyboard can be used on any flat surface, allowing you to comfortably type and click away on the projection as if using a real keyboard. The device is pocket-sized and connects to smartphones via Bluetooth, making it a compact travel companion. The built-in battery lasts over two hours, which is more than enough time for someone to type up a heartfelt email, thanking you for saving them from having thumb-typing cramps.
For The Guy Who Loves His Powerpoint
Philips PicoPix 480i USB QuickLink Pocket Projector Price: $299.99 Where to buy: Best Buy If you have a business-minded person on your list who has to conduct a lot of presentations, they'll appreciate this one. Instead of going through the awkwardness of fumbling around with a projector in a strange meeting room, they can just whip out the compact Philips Pico Pix projector from their pocket and get right into their presentation. The device connects to any laptop via a USB port and can project a screen up to 60 inches in size. Unlike some pocket projectors, the Philips PicoPix has a built-in two-hour battery and media player, giving it the ability to play videos directly from a smartphone, USB stick, Micro SD card or internal memory. In addition to business uses, the Philips PicoPix is also great for watching portable movies or TV shows, giving you the opportunity to ask: "Hey, is that a home entertainment system in your pocket? Or are you just happy to see me?"
For The Guy Who Can't Live Without Music
Kohler Moxie Showerhead With Wireless Speaker Price: $249 Where to buy: Kohler The Moxie showerhead with wireless speakers will drown out your singing with water and music that streams from your Bluetooth enabled devices from up to 32 feet away. The wireless speakers are water-resistant and pop out for recharging, then securely pop back in for use while showering. You can even take them with you as a wireless option to use in any room of the house. The whole package includes a showerhead, wireless speaker and micro USB charging cable.
For The Guy Who Loves Last-Minute Invites
Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage and Wine Chiller Price: $89.99 Where to buy: Bed Bath & Beyond There's nothing worse than cracking open a cold one, and the beverage isn't even a cold one. Instead of using up space in your fridge to chill soda, wine or beer, just pop your drink into the Rapid Beverage and Wine Chiller for a quick freeze. Cans can be chilled in less than a minute, bottles take 3 1⁄2 minutes, while wine bottles are ready in six minutes. The person who receives this useful party-hosting gift will be the toast of the holidays.
For The Guy Who Always Needs A USB Key
Ravi Ratan Silver 8GB USB Flash Drive Money Clip Price: $80 Where to buy: Cufflinks.com It's very impersonal to give cash as a Christmas gift (unless you are a generous boss), but how about giving a sleek-looking money clip that doubles as a secret USB drive? The stainless steel money clip has 8GB of storage, which is enough memory for over 1750 holiday songs and countless photos of friends getting tipsy from spiked eggnog.
For The Guy Who Loves His Fitbit
Hexoskin Biometric Smart Shirt Price: Smart Shirt with device, $399; Smart Shirt only, $169 Website: www.hexoskin.com Almost everyone has a smartphone these days, Smart Watches will be here in no time, but how many people can say they were given a Smart Shirt as a Christmas gift? The Hexoskin Biometric Smart Shirt is a wearable precision lab that provides detailed analyses of the user’s physical training, sleep and daily activities. The athletic looking shirt uses Bluetooth to connect with a user’s smartphone to track metrics in real-time during a workout. It measures heart rate recovery, heart rate variability, breathing rate, breathing volume, activity level, acceleration, and cadence. It even tracks sleep data such as sleeping positions, cardiac and respiratory activity. The shirt is used by NASA and the Canadian Space Agency for training purposes. So the marathoners and astronauts in your life should love it.
For The Guy Who Loves Road Trips
Kenu Airframe+ Price: $29.95 Where to buy: Kenu.com This Christmas gift might actually save a friend or family member's life, especially if they are one of those people who fumbles around with their smartphones while using it as a GPS in their car. The beauty of the Kenu Airframe+ is that it is very non-obtrusive and minimalist. It easily mounts to any air vent on the car, keeping the smartphone safely at eye level. Another big plus is that the Airframe+ can hold nearly all smartphone sizes (including phones with oversized protective cases) and tablet screens up to 6 inches wide. Unlike device holders that use suction cups to mount securely, the Airframe+ never runs the risk of suddenly popping off the windshield right in the middle of a drive on the highway.
For The Guy Who Loves To Talk
Panasonic KX-PRD262 Phone Price: $249.99 Where to buy: Panasonic.com Many people don't have home phones these days — they just use their cellphones at home. Still, it would be nice to chat on a regular home phone for long conversations, without having to worry about your cell radiating up against your cheek. Panasonic's KX-PRD262 Phone is a sleek-looking smartphone docking station that links up two smartphones to the unit and allows users to make and receive calls through a traditional handset. You can even play music from your smartphone through the unit’s speakers or use the handset as a remote. The docking station also has a Text Sender Alert feature: Whenever you receive a text message on your cell phone, the sender's name will be vocally announced throughout the house...so be careful how you list your contacts. Example: "Text message from...My Ex-Girlfriend."
For The Guy Who Loves Gorgeous Tech
Moto 360 Wristwatch Price: $279 Where to buy: Telus, Best Buy and Future Shop Time after time, a guy will always appreciate a wristwatch as a classy holiday gift. The Moto 360 is more than just a timepiece though. For starters, it is able to get updates from an Android device, letting users check information such as the weather, Santa's flight schedule, or the latest hockey scores with just a glance at their wrist. Voice control makes it easy to get things done, even with full hands. Just say “OK, Google,” and you can send texts, set a reminder, and even ask for directions. What might separate the Moto 360 from other Smart Watches is the fact that it doesn't look like a Smart Watch. The round design and fine crafted materials make it look more like something you could wear to a fancy Christmas dinner party, you know, the kind where looking at your phone every two minutes is frowned upon.
For The Guy Who Loves The Outdoors, But Not Cold
DEWALT Soft Shell Heated Jacket Price: $249 Where to buy: Home Depot Imagine getting someone to think of you fondly this winter whenever they have a warm feeling come over them. This can be achieved using the Dewalt Heated Jacket, which has high, medium, and low heating settings for your upper left and right chest, mid-back, and collar. The water-resistant jacket includes a 20V/12V MAX USB Power Source, a 20V Battery, and a 20V/12V Charger. The unit also includes routing ports for a USB cable to reach from the battery pocket to the inner left chest for convenient cell phone charging. Here's one more number to throw at you: the jacket offers up to 7.5 hours of heating time battery – which is just enough time to shovel a driveway after a typical Canadian snowstorm.
For The Guy Who Loves Camping
BioLite KettleCharge Price: $155 Where to buy: MEC.ca The KettleCharge is ideal for the multitasking/tech loving camper on your list. The device charges phones, tablets or DSLR camera batteries through a USB port — while also steaming up some hot water at the same time. All it takes is 15 minutes of charging to provide five hours of talk time on a phone or 20 hours of music. The KettleCharge comes with a USB extender to keep cords away from the hot water. Also, a battery in the handle stores reserve electricity when you’re not charging a gadget.
For The Guy Who Loves Being In Pictures
Muku Shuttr Remote Price: $39.99 Where to buy: MukuLabs.com This is the perfect gift for selfie-obsessed friends during the holiday picture-taking season. Shuttr allows you to take photos and actually be in them. You can put your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4 (most iOS and Android devices), up to 30 feet away, and with the click of the Bluetooth remote shutter release, you’ll have great photos with no clunky arm or awkward poses in the picture. The device does not require an app or timer and it's small enough to be concealed in your hand during photos. The Shuttr is also designed to attach to your keychain, so you’ll never lose it.
For The Guy Who Loves Ambience
Night Stars Landscape Lights Price: Available in one-colour (green), two-colour (red and green) or three-colour (red, green and blue) versions for $129, $199 and $249, respectively. Where to buy: BuyNightStars.com Night Stars Landscape Lights project points of brightly coloured lights onto walls, trees, shrubs, waterfalls, pools, gazebos, etc. Ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, they create an instant magical atmosphere for Christmas parties and events. The device projects red, green, blue or a combo of the three light colors, as well as an optional flash/pulse setting. The included radio frequency remote lets you control your lights from anywhere in and around the house. A built-in timer runs for 2, 4, 6, or 8 hours and is also programmed from the remote.
For The Guy Who Can Never Find His Keys
Keyport Slide 2.0 Price: $29 Where to buy: MyKeyport.com The Keyport Slide 2.0 holds up to six keys or inserts, yet is roughly the size of a pack of gum. The revolutionary Keyport blades replace traditional keys, fit securely in the Keyport Slide, are easily inserted and removed, and feature a one-size-fits-all head. It is compatible with most standard keys, including house keys, high-security keys, transponder-chipped auto and motorcycle keys, small mail and padlock keys, and bike lock keys. Users can customize their Slide, with useful tools like a flash drive, mini-light and bottle opener. It provides easy access to keys and tools with the slide of a thumb.
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