In the age of "Buy It Now" and "Fast Two-Day Shipping" it's easy for anyone with a penchant for tech to amass just about everything they want nearly on demand. The flip side now is gift giving for the holidays can be a tougher task than ever. So what do you get the guy or girl who has everything?
Cocoon Grid-It: Get people organized with this clever grid of elastic bands. No matter how much gear you have you'll be able to strap it down securely for taking on-the-go in your purse or messenger bag. Cocoon sells a wide array of options from $14.99 - $49.99
Eye-Fi SD Card:
Wow your favorite shutterbug with an SD card that'll stream their pictures wirelessly from their camera to their smartphone or tablet. I personally use this in my DSLR for every tour shoot for immediate feedback on image quality and for easy sharing to the twitter-verse after (see more details on use and setup in my How-To). Eye-fi sells a wide range of cards for every budget. $39.99 - $99.99
Everyone appreciates good Italian design and Parafernalia makes some of the most technical and advanced writing instruments I've seen. Give your tech lover a perfect way to distinguish themselves from the crowd. Order quick for holiday delivery as these will ship from the UK. From $39.
I posted about this wonder material here. As a moldable clay that dries to a rigid form, It's a DIY'ers dream. The has-it-all gadget guy (or gal) will be able to use Sugru on a variety of applications — from patching kitten-gnawed Apple cables to creating custom grips for gear like their DSLR or smartphone. If that special someone hasn't heard of this yet - you've just taught them a new trick. And if they have the stuff already, well, one could always use some more. Makes a great stocking stuffer at $10 - $18 for various size packs.
Your favorite gear-head may have all the gadgets but do they have touch-sensitive gloves to use them in the cold? These special designed gloves are lined with silver throughout the whole glove to give 10-finger usability during those blistery winter days. Agloves consistently get top nods for touch precision and accuracy. There are several models ranging from $19.99 to $34.99 with free shipping. I won't tell if you put an extra pair in your cart for yourself.
I mentioned these bags in my latest online store roundup, and they really do make great and practical stocking stuffers. Get a few in shades of your friends' favorite color and they'll use them for years to come. You really can't have enough of these smart foldable bags. Score a 3-pack for $24.
Living with a significant other who is on a completely different sleep schedule? Give them the gift of a silent alarm clock (and yourself the gift of undisturbed sleep). The Lark system is my top choice for sleep wellness devices (check my review here). Lark features a great user-friendly app that determines your sleep type and tracks statistics like how fast you fell asleep, and gives a sleep quality rating based on actigraphy sensors embedded on the wearable Bluetooth strap. There's also a comprehensive online sleep coach that'll interpret the results and give you suggestions on how to improve your snooze. A great gift at $99 for the base model, and $159 for the Lark Pro that includes the Personal Sleep Coach service. Oh, they already have a Lark you say? Get them another year with a sleep coach for $60.
Maverick Wireless Thermometer Set:
As one of my essential tools for a new homeowner, a digital temperature probe pays dividends you can appreciate — better cooked meals year round. My wife actually got me one of these as a gift last year and I've use it every time I put a steak on the grill or roast a chicken in the oven. Get a model that has a receiver and you can set an audible alarm when the meat is cooked to your exact specifications and internal temperature. Go for the smoker model with two probes and keep more accurate tabs on the temperature of your oven, grill, or smoker while you're at it. $59.99
DODOcase Gift Certificate:
I'm not usually one to go the gift certificate route. But, I'll admit even I wouldn't mind a credit I could use towards building my very own custom DODOcase for iPad. The DODOcase is durable and built with sustainable materials — such as its bamboo core. This case will give your iPad the look of a scholarly Moleskine for the dignified tech gift recipient. $69.95 gift certificate offerings available.
Music lovers will rejoice at a generous gift that provides pure listening freedom. The Bose Soundlink uses Bluetooth technology to stream tunes wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet no matter whether you're on Team Apple or Team Android. The build quality is unsurpassed for a mobile speaker at this price-point and the sound is sure to impress just about everyone — as I stated in my in-depth review. $299.99
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9: And what if money/price isn't a limitation for your gift giving whims? How about this unique merging of home audio with home furniture, the tripod-legged Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A9, a DLNA and AirPlay compatible speaker whose jaw-dropping design is only matched by its equally mandible loosening price tag, $2699.00.