This is the portion of our gift guide where we can have some fun thinking about all of the little things that will make the holidays just a little more merry and not too expensive.
Smartphone Mounting System – Quad Lock – This is the only mounting system that allows you to fully integrate your iPhone in an active lifestyle. By allowing you to securely attach your iPhone to your bike while cycling, to your arm when running, and in your car while driving, Quad Lock makes it much easier and safer to interact with the many sports, fitness, and navigation Apps available in the App Store/Google Play. The innovative twist, lock, and go system allows you to mount your iPhone in an instant and the dual stage lock gives you the confidence that your device is always securely attached without the need for cumbersome lanyards or straps. We’ve been using it on our bikes for a while and have found it far superior to any other mounting system we’ve tried. iPhone 7 Bike Kit available for $70.
RFID Case – Silent Pocket Faraday Cage – This unique line of stylish cases and wallets help keep electronics secure while on the road. They help mitigate the risk of being hacked, tracked, or exposed to harmful radiation by blocking Wi-Fi, cell service, Bluetooth, GPS, and more. With a focus on aesthetics and functionality, these cases allow you to go off the grid while still looking great with stylish leather. The Faraday Cage line includes a smartphone sleeve, wallets, clutch, waterproof travel bag, and more. Cell phone sleeve available for $110.
Heavy Duty Power Strip – CyberPower DS806MYL – Designed for job sites and workshops, this heavy duty power strip provides eight grounded outlets (three widely spaced to accommodate large AC plugs) and a six-foot power cord. This metal-housed power strip is ideal for use with rechargeable tools, small electronics, and power tools. The integrated circuit breaker automatically switches off in the event of an overload to protect electronics and the keyhole slots the model to be placed on a wall, under a desk, and in other configurations to optimize space and keep power cords out of the way. Available for $19.
4G Signal Booster – weBoost Drive 4G-S – This is weBoost’s most affordable 4G vehicle cell phone signal booster. It can boost cell signals up to 32x, enhancing 4G LTE and 3G signals for one person in a car, truck, van or RV. The 4G-S is compatible with all US and Canadian networks such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Straight Talk, and more. An optional indoor accessory kit is also available to use the Drive 4G-S as a home signal booster. This FCC and Industry Canada Certified booster comes with all components needed for installation in one package making DIY installation a breeze. Available for $180.
Wireless Mouse – Logitech Party Collection – These Party Collection Mice are both wireless wonders and functional fun. You’ll be able to explore the farthest corner of the internet on a single, pre-installed battery which lasts up to 18 months. The mouse is small, portable, and super responsive with a secure link between mouse and receiver from up to 33 feet away. The mice come in nine quirky designs to fit any personality, from dizzy graphics to fizzy cocktails to space travelers. Available for $30.
Bottle Opener – YETI Brick Bottle Opener – Consider this a trophy bar accessory. At a whopping ¾ lb, the Brick has bottle cap busting power and its cast stainless design gives your bar top, office desk, or den a premium look. Yeti calls it a limited edition collectible. We call it a sturdy and stylish bottle opener that’s tough to misplace. Available for $50.
Travel Media Pouch – Great Useful Stuff – Enjoy frustration-free travel with your important tech devices and their charging cords. Compact with a slim profile, this pouch conveniently stores tech gadgets and their charging cords in one lightweight pouch that easily fits in any carry on. The interior is divided into 5 separate sections, with the top row designed to hold an iPad or e-reader. The inside of the top flap has velcro strip with three velcro cord holders for quick access to the cords you need. Available in black, green, or red for $25.
Socks – Balega Enduro V-Tech Crew – So of course we have hi-tech socks for our stocking stuffers. These feature US-made Drynamix moisture management fibers with non-constricting compression bands and a sensitive rib top. The heel pocket is extra deep and has mesh construction for ventilation. There’s extra cushioning for impact resistance on these medium volume construction socks. These are available for $14, but Balega has lots of other fun fitnes socks as well.
Charging Cables – Ventev ChargeSync Cables – You know that person that always seems to misplace their charging wires? Stuff their stocking with an extra cable or two. These are flat cables designed for tangle-free charging and syncing. Ventev has cables ranging in length from six inches to six feet for Apple, Android, and other devices. Some even feature two connectors so multiple devices can be charged at once. Prices range from $13 to $25.
Portable Speaker – iClever BoostSound Bluetooth Speaker – This Bluetooth speaker offers great quality sound with the latest Bluetooth V4.2 technology. It features two highly powerful total 10W drivers for excellent sound and the built-in rechargeable battery enables 8 hours of playtime on a single charge. It’s ideal for an indoor party, outdoor BBQ, or picnic with friends and family and is designed to be both fashionable and portable. Available for $22.
iPhone 7 Phone Case – UAG Monarch Series – The Monarch Series iPhone 7 Case encompasses a premium design and precise engineering to provide a case that meets double the military standard for drop and shock protection. It’s a handcrafted, featherlight construction with 5 layers of protection with top grain leather and alloy metal hardware. It features a soft impact-resistant core and honeycomb traction grip with oversized tactile buttons and protective screen surround. Available for $56.
Modular Phone Case – OtterBox uniVERSE Case – uniVERSE turns your iPhone 7 into a pro camera, modern register, backup battery — anything you want. Swap out modules and make your phone work harder. OtterBox has teamed up with trusted brands like Seek Thermal to develop innovative modules with built-in drop protection. And it’s slim for a fit that feels elegant in your hand. Available for $50.
Tracker – TrackR bravo – Do you know someone who is tired of losing their keys, wallet, or phone? Attach the coin-sized TrackR bravo to any item – then use the TrackR app to locate it in seconds. Quickly ring a missing item around the house or be notified before leaving things behind. Or reverse the process by pressing the button on your TrackR device to ring your missing phone, even on silent mode. TrackR’s Crowd GPS Network will even update you of your item’s latest location on a map. 10-pack available for $120.
Lighting Solutions & More – Nite Ize Gadgets – These lighting gadgets are great for outdoorsmen and adventurers of all kinds. Popular products include the hands-free headlamp, LED necklaces, rechargeable lantern, and LED bike wheel lights. The company also makes hardware solutions such as phone mounts, s-clips, wall mounts, and more. Prices vary.
Super Charger – The ChargeHub – This device has the ability to charge up to 7 USB devices simultaneously with a single power supply. SmartSpeed Technology provides optimal charge for virtually any USB device (based on type and number of connected devices). The single power supply eliminates excess cables and numerous plugs, outlets, and power strips to maintain a neat and organized space. The soft blue LED indicator light and adjustable underglow effect makes the ChargeHub easy to use in the dark too. Available for $60.
Car Finder – Nonda ZUS – ZUS is a smart car finder and USB car charger. It charges up your mobile devices at their max speed and finds your car with the companion iOS/Android app. Say good-bye to time-consuming searches for your car at the mall, stadium, outdoor event, or a busy neighborhood. ZUS comes with a one-year warranty and Nonda provides customer service that can be reached seven days a week. Available for $30.
Flash Drive – SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick – This flash drive is reinvented to work with your smartphone and tablet. You can wirelessly access your media or transfer large files with the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick in your pocket or across the room. With the SanDisk Connect app, it’s easy to free up space on your phone so you can keep taking photos and videos. Variable storage amounts mean you can keep all your content on the drive and access it from any device, no wires or Internet required. You can even stream HD videos and music to up to three devices at the same time. 64GB version available for $35.
Power Station – CyberPower PS205U – With two USB charge ports and two grounded, three-prong outlets, this power station provides fast charging power in a compact model. It fits easily on a desk, end table, or nightstand, where the two USB ports offer power to swiftly recharge tablets and smartphones. The PS205U comes with a heavy-duty 5 foot power cord and a one-year limited warranty. Available for $23.
Smartphone Cleaner – WOOSH! – WOOSH! is a superior, powerful, non-toxic cleaner specifically designed to not only clean all of your phone and other electronics screens, but make them shine like new and resist fingerprints. Using WHOOSH! Screen Shine with the exclusive 2-in-1 anti-microbial cloth will not harm, damage, scratch or etch sensitive any screen types with proper usage. The proprietary formula leaves a nano-thin, invisible coating that provides resistance to dust, dirt, oils, and fingerprints. Packages start at $10.
Hammer – Fiskar’s 22oz Head Framing Hammer – If you have a favorite DIY friend who spends a lot of time building things, this hammer is a pleasure to use. It’s hefty with a 22oz head ideal for big framing jobs and pounding large nails into tough lumber with power and speed. The milled face grips nail head to help prevent hammer from sliding off when striking. The IsoCore Shock Control System absorbs shock and vibration to reduce the punishment your body takes, transferring 4X less shock and vibration than wooden handles. The insulation sleeve captures initial strike shock before it can reach your hand and the dual-layer handle features a specially formulated combination of insulating materials to dampen lingering vibration. Available at Ace Hardware stores and elsewhere for $40.