2013 Gadget Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect gift for your friends, family, or partner? Whether they’ve been naughty or nice, picking the perfect gift is half the fun. We’ve searched every gadget list and found the best deals from around the web. Here’s a great selection of holiday gift ideas for anyone in your life.

Microsoft Xbox One
Click to find the Xbox One at Tiger Direct

Console Your Gaming N00bs…

Microsoft Xbox One, $649.99

Any gamer has heard of Microsoft’s next-gen console – the Xbox One has been wetting panties for over a year. If you have the money and a serious gamer in your life who can’t get this console, you need to get it for them; they’re guaranteed to love you for, like, a week at least…

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Click to find on Amazon

Bookworm Essentials…

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $119 w/ special offers

There’s no substitute for a physical book, but nothing approaches the Kindle Paperwhite at replicating the experience. It’s comfortable to read, visible in bright sunlight, and has a backlight for reading in dim light or darkness. Long battery life and Amazon’s free, almost-instant (and cheap) delivery of reading material makes it a great gift for the reader in your life.

Portable Battery Charger
Click to search on Amazon

Portable Power…

Anker Astro Mini 3000mAh USB Charger, $19.99

What’s the size of a tube of lipstick and can charge any USB-powered device? The Anker Astro Mini 2600mAh external USB chargers. Never again dread seeing “Low Battery” on your phone. Compatible with iPhone, Galaxy, HTC One, Google Glass, Moto X, and more, this device is the perfect companion for those of us who use our devices on the go.

USB Vibrator
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For Her…

Crave Duet Lux 8GB USB Vibrator, $219

If you know a female, this vibrator is sleek, sexy, and subtle, coming in a nearly all-black color. She can recharge it on any USB connection but, as with all USB-powered devices, it charges best on a wall outlet. Not only is this a vibrator, it’s also a thumb drive. All you need is a romantic Matthew McConaughey fist attachment, and you’re gonna live forever.

Portable Power Transformer
Click to find at Tiger Direct

Leaving the Country…

Conair TravelSmart All-In-One, $27

When you leave the US, you need adapters and power converters to plug you US devices into foreign outlets. Transformers are usually the size of a toaster and 10 times as heavy. This combo unit has a comprehensive (and well labelled) array of switches for any country, and it even has a built-in power surge protector. Every traveler and expat could use a couple.

GoPro Hero Black
Click to search on Amazon

Document Adventures…

GoPro Hero 3+: Black Edition – $399

It’s hard to go wrong with a GoPro, which captures HD footage at incredible speeds in any conditions. It’s what skydivers, skaters, hikers, divers, slacktivists, and more use to record raw footage for highlight videos. The GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition is 20% lighter with a 30% longer battery life than past models, but with the same ultra wide angle glass lens. See the world, change it, and prove it with GoPro.

Lenova Yoga Tab Upward Dog
Click to view at Amazon

For Nerds Eyes Only…

Lenova Yoga 10-inch Tablet, $299 ($259 w/ Prime)

Android tablets don’t have apps iPads do, but the open-sourced nature of Google Play is closing that gap. Lenova’s Yoga series is one of the sleekest on the market, easily out-styling both Apple and Samsung. Aesthetics and function aside, the amazing battery life is what makes the Yoga so zen…

C.R.E.A.M. Get the Money Dolla Dolla Bill Yall
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Paper or Plastic…

Cash or Gift Card, Any Amount

Sometimes you just don’t know what to get someone, especially people whom you barely know. If you’re ever unsure, give cash or a gift card. People often appreciate that much more than any cheap trinket, dry food, or gaudy holiday-themed seasonal item ever could. Give someone the power to make their own decisions.

 

Brian Penny Versability Whistleblower Karate Kid Indiana JonesBrian Penny is a former business analyst at Bank of America turned whistleblower, consultant, troll doctor, and writer. He’s featured on The Huffington Post, MainstreetLifehackMoney Side of Life, Gaiam, HardcoreDroid, and more.

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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