Everybody has one: that friend or family member who’s always one step ahead. The person in your life who’s either packing the latest tech gadget or at least eyeing their next acquisition.
You know you could make their holiday merry and bright with well-chosen high-tech gifts, if only high tech didn’t equate to high price. While that’s often the case, it’s not always true. Fortunately, you can blow them away this year without blowing your holiday shopping budget.
A few highly affordable high-tech gift suggestions to knock the socks off the smarty pants on your list.
Monopod and iPhone Camera Mount –
give that shutterbug goose bumps
As if iPhones weren’t handy enough, they’re getting to be so good they’re now even replacing the need to invest in a separate camera. You can take the performance of iPhone’s camera component to the next level with a Monopod and iPhone Camera Mount. Critics agree monopods are not only more portable than tripods but also easier to use when shooting video. They’re awfully affordable, too. Recommended for longer video shoots (e.g., sporting events, school plays), selfies, above-the-crowd shots and more: the extendable iStabilizer Monopod with a universal camera mount for about $35.
Remote Battery Charger –
an empowering choice that just makes sense
A dead battery on your cell phone or personal device can be such a drain, especially when you’re on the road, don’t have your power cord with you or you’re not anywhere near an outlet. Should a friend or loved one be in a pinch, they’ll surely be grateful you gave them the gift of power: a remote battery charger. Who’s got ‘em? Mophie has a series of Juice Pack Powerstations that recharge any USB powered device. They range from $59 to $99. You might also be juiced up by Juice Pack Air and Juice Pack Helium battery cases that pack extended power for the iPhone 5.
Touch Screen Stylus –
a stylin’ choice for avid tablet/touchscreen users
Practical and stylish, stylus pens make it a lot easier to write, draw and navigate tablets and other touchscreen devices. With soft, durable tips, they help keep screens clear of fingertip smudges and scratches, too. Here’s a tip on a good one: the Wacom Bamboo Stylus Solo for $19. For even more precision, you might opt for one with an ultra-fine tip, such as the Adonit Jot Flip Stylus for $35.
Touch Sensitive Gloves –
give iPhone 5 users a hand this winter
Having winter gloves with fingertips that work reasonably well on a touch screen device is a concept that’s “so last year.” Now, with the iPhone 5S having the iTouch ID, it’s time for the next best thing: fingerless gloves. Try these on for size: Isotoner Hybrid Convertible Fingerless Gloves for $38. They keep fingers toasty when need be, and exposed when it’s time to bring out the phone.
Withings Pulse –
a heart-felt gift to keep them going strong
Whether you’re buying for someone who’s seriously health conscious, or you want to help someone you love stay on track with their exercise routine, the Withings Pulse packs a lot of value. This small, slim slab includes a pedometer, heart rate monitor, sleep tracker and more. It syncs wirelessly with Android devices and iPhones and supports a variety of connected apps. Starting price: $99.95.
Of course, this is merely a handful of suggestions. When it comes to a high-tech holiday the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re looking to spend a modest amount or are feeling especially generous this year, you can find ideas and reviews for all kinds of high-tech gifts, from stocking stuffers to wow-factor choices conveniently online.