Gifts for Mom: Check. Gifts for Dad: Check. Gifts for your tech-savvy loved ones? Uh-oh. If you’re stuck in a gift-giving rut, fear not—this year has brought us a multitude of fancy new tech toys, everything from Bluetooth speakers to rechargeable smartphone battery packs to nano-metallic touch gloves. In fact, some of these gift ideas are so practical you might just be tempted to keep them for yourself.
A Bluetooth speaker is a must-have for those who prefer to get their music fix on the go. These portable speakers are easy to install and, like the name suggests, use the Bluetooth capabilities of a smartphone or tablet. Think of it as a 21st-century boombox that makes it possible to listen to your favorite tunes anywhere you don’t have easy access to electricity. CNET named the Logitech UE BOOM ($199.99), Bose SoundLink Color ($129.99) Logitech X300 Mobile Wireless Stereo speaker (approximately $60) a few of the best Bluetooth speakers of 2014.
iPhone Protection Plan
Surprise your iOS-obsessed loved ones with an iPhone protection plan from ProtectYourBubble.com. For a small monthly fee, the plan covers liquid damage, accidental damage, surge damage and even mechanical breakdowns. They’ll appreciate the gesture, particularly if their phone takes a spill and they can take advantage of next-day replacement. You can also choose to extend the protection to other gadgets, including their tablets, gaming consoles and even large home appliances.
Smartphone Battery Pack
No one likes it when a gadget runs out of juice, but tech junkies get especially worked up about it. Keep them happy with a rechargeable battery pack (click here). Look for one that suits the recipient’s specific needs—for example, the UNU Enerpack Plus ($40 on Amazon) is great for those who need to quickly charge both their smartphone and tablet, while the iBattz Mojo Battstation Optimus ($130) is ideal for anyone who wants a high-capacity juice pack.
Nano-Metallic Touch Gloves
A little snow shouldn’t stop anyone from checking email and updating Facebook. These smartphone-friendly, one-size-fits-all gloves are stylish and warm, and the nano-metallic conductive yarn on the thumb, pointer finger and middle finger ensures pinpoint accuracy on touchscreen devices. These Rothko touchscreen gloves retail for $29 and come in a variety of colors (teal, purple, green and gray, just to name a few), so one is sure to appeal to the gadget geek on your list.
The Better Together Note Pouch ($39.86) is designed to store a 13-inch Macbook Air, an iPad, iPod and smartphone, along with other odds and ends like a mini notebook, pens and receipts. Not many organizers can carry an entire repertoire of tech tools, which makes this organizer unique and functional. Another great organizer is the Grid-It by Cocoon, which holds chargers, cords, headphones and every type of gadget imaginable firmly in place, thanks to its unique rubberized elastic bands.
The gadget and gizmo lovers on your list are sure to enjoy any of these items. Happy holidays!