Now that the season of gift-giving is here, our team here at Twenty Over Ten thought it would be fun to put together a holiday gift guide. As creatives and tech enthusiasts, we naturally gravitated toward gadgets that capture moments, allow creativity to flow, and use technology to make life a bit easier (or just more fun!). After much deliberation, here are our top five holiday gift ideas for the tech lover in your life.
For the Music Lover
You can take this speaker almost anywhere! It’s small, but packs a large punch with its amazing sound quality even at its highest volumes. The speaker is both water-resistant and pretty durable- which we love! You can take it on hikes, to the pool, with you on any and almost all of your daily adventures. It’s also super user-friendly. Voice prompts can actually talk you through how to pair the speaker with Bluetooth. There’s up to 8 hours of listening per battery charge and it even has a built-in speakerphone so that you can take calls from friends.
For the Grill Master
This thermometer takes grilling out to a whole new level by actually being able to send push notifications right to your phone when your food is ready! All you have to do is set up your preset or custom temperature alarms to notify you when to head back to the grill. The thermometer has a 150 foot Bluetooth smart range, a 200 hour battery life, and i’s compatible with most iOS devices and most Bluetooth Smart Ready Android devices. Let’s get to grillin’!
For the Photographer
The FLY-X3 Gimbal enables even the most amateur photographers to take high-quality, professional pictures and videos. The gimbal eliminates shaky camera moves by stabilizing your camera and doing all the work to eliminate unwanted movements. So whether you’re shooting a Facebook Live video or capturing video while on a hike, your video will appear professional! All you have to do is insert batteries into the handle, place your smartphone in the cradle and turn it on! This device will help the photographers in your life create smooth, continuous shots with no extra effort required. The FLY-X3 is compatible with most smartphones, including the iPhone, HTC, Samsung Galaxy 4 and others up to 3” width. While this particular version of the product is not compatible with the iPhone 6+, there are other products in this line that are. You can learn more about this and similar products in this video from Bill Winterberg at the 2016 NAB Show.
4. Wacom Bamboo Notepad, $99.95
Using regular paper, this nifty gadget enables users to instantly send their notes or drawings to their smartphone or tablet. This device can turn handwritten notes and drawings into digital versions, and you don’t even need an internet connection! When you finish a page of notes, press the button to save. Since the Bamboo Spark can store up to 100 pages, you can capture ideas anywhere and at any time. When you reconnect to your Bluetooth® Smart Ready device, your notes will be automatically synced. Pretty neat right?
For the Fitness Fanatic
5. Fitbit Charge 2, $149
Fitbits are a user-friendly fitness tracker for anyone on-the-go or wanting to monitor their activity levels. This new version actually replaces two devices in the company’s product range- the Charge and the Charge HR. This wearable gadget features continuous heart-rate tracking, GPS, OLED touchscreen, and swappable wristbands. In addition to just tracking user’s health data and delivering notifications to a their smartphone, the tracker can also help after a workout by offering personalized breathing exercises.
So there you have it- our top five recommended gifts for a variety of tech lovers in your life. Happy gift-giving!