OK, so we looked at Christmas ideas for sci-fi geeks yesterday, but what if gadgets are your thing instead? Well today we’ll have a look at a few gadgety ideas that would make nice Christmas presents.
Zippo Hand Warmer
The Zippo Hand Warmer comes from the iconic lighter company and offers a stylish way to keep your mits warm this winter. Fill it with lighter fluid, light it, and experience the warmth. I was initially a bit worried at the prospect of carrying a liquid-fuelled flame in your pocket, but apparently the warmer uses “catalytic combustion” to burn the fuel without an actual flame. This is a nice, practical gift for the cold months.
The Magic Wand Remote
Recently seen on Dragon’s Den, The Magic Wand Remote will make changing the TV channel into a scene from Harry Potter. It can learn up to 13 different infra-red codes from your existing remotes, which can be activated with a swish, twist, or range of other gestures. I just love the thought of being asked to turn the volume up and using the magic wand to do it instead of the boring old remote.
The hands-free headphones you get with the iPhone are OK, but nothing special. Enter the ZAGGsmartbuds, with their noise-cancelling microphone, comfortable earpieces, music controls and premium length “tangle free” cord. This item was suggested by Pete Cattell after he bought a pair for his daughter. Pete tells me they’re comfortable, have a good sound (with particularly well defined bass) and seem pretty robust. Even better, according to ZAGG, they should work with most smartphones (check with them for compatibility first!)
Whether it’s for opening up your PC to install a new graphics card, putting up shelves to house your collection of LEGO minifigures, or just because you feel the need to have one, a screwdriver is always a good thing to have in the house. But I always find I lose the bits, or lose that one particular screwdriver I need for a particular job. This pump-action auto-loading screwdriver aims to solve that problem. Just pull back on the handle, twist until you’ve found the bit you need, and push the handle forward again… the required bit is loaded and ready to go. It might even cut down on toolbox related clutter!
If you have a bit more money to spend, you might want to consider the Amazon Kindle eBook reader. My dad bought himself one a little while ago and I have to say I’m really impressed. The display has a very paper-like look that makes it feel like reading a book, and the battery life is nothing short of amazing. And, of course, there’s the huge range of books available for it, making it likely this is one present that will still be getting put to good use well after the traditional Christmas socks have worn out. Available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.
OK, so there’s a few gadgety ideas for Christmas, but what would you have included? What’s the must-have gadget on your list? Let us know in the comments.
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