Everyone loves showing off their latest gadgets, right? Our picks will leave friends and family jealous.
What do you buy for the person who has everything? You wow him or her with some cool, new technology, of course. Take a look at these bleeping and buzzing gadgets and find the one that best suits each loved one.
Have an avid hiker, rock climber or mountain biker in the family? The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger is the perfect gift for him and a blessing to his worried family. It keeps track of a route for up to 24 hours, has an SOS button for sending coordinates to emergency services and comes with a check-in feature so your adventurer can let his family know he’s alive (SPOT, $120).
The late sleeper
ALARMclock wakes its owner with cruel facts — how much money she has, her approximate life expectancy and how many people would notice her death. If that doesn’t encourage someone to get out of bed and hit the pavement, what will? It’s been successfully funded on Kickstarter, so show your loved ones this awesome video to tide them over until ALARMclock ships in January (Kickstarter, $80).
The (wo)man on the move
If you have a loved one who spends his workdays crisscrossing downtown or campus, the ENERGI+ Backpack is the way to go. The ENERGI+ contains a lithium-ion battery capable of charging up to three cellphones (or two cellphones and one tablet) at the same time. That makes you everyone’s (battery) lifesaver (TYLT, $200).
The fitness buff
If you’re a slave to the treadmill, you may want to add the iriverOn to your Christmas list. The iriverOn is a wearable MP3 player that synchs to your iOS or Android devices to download music and upload workout stats like calories burned, distance traveled, average speed and heart rate (iriver, $200).
This pocket projector for iPhones takes your BFF’s vacation photo sharing to a new level of fun and saves your eyes. The best part: You won’t need to listen to whining when the next iPhone still doesn’t have a built-in projector (Brookstone, $230).
The music lover
Sure, they could just as easily buy one of those waterproof MP3 players or set up a docking station on their counter. But why? A nifty music-playing showerhead will make them feel extravagant and elite. Bonus: Preload it with dirty songs (Amazon, $200).
We’ve seen these geeky-cool flash drives a lot lately. They expand on the concept of taking something everyone needs and personalizing it. However, at $30 a pop, most people won’t want to buy them for themselves. That’s where you come in (ThinkGeek, $30).
Air Swimmers are perfect gifts for quieting down your ragamuffins. They’re just helium balloons with remote controls hooked to their fins and tails, making them drivable mini-blimps for kids. We like the Nemo-like clown fish best, but there is also a shark (Toys R Us, $50).
Now if there were only a gadget to magically wipe away the holiday expenses!