It’s that time of year again, time for the third annual Wonder of Tech Gift List. You can find tech gifts for any budget and any taste here. You don’t have to be a tech fan to crave the tech gifts in this year’s list!
So peruse these tech treasures and keep your gift list handy. You may be able to find the perfect present for everyone on your shopping list and find something special for yourself!
Help your loved ones cover their tech with cases that are fun and functional. These unique cases will provide protection for their devices and be a constant reminder of your thoughtfulness.
If you want a case that does more than just look pretty, check out the IN1 Case. This case protects the virtual toolbox of your iPhone with a case that is a real life tool box. This case contains nine tools for you to have handy wherever you go.
The IN1 case contains:
- Flip stand
- Blue pen
- Red pen
- Phillips screwdriver
- Flat-head screwdriver
- Nail file
This video shows you the nine different tools and how they nestle into the case:
This IN1 case fits the iPhone 5 and 5s and is available in black, white and clear from 9to5Mac, currently on sale for $35.99.
Make tech more personal with custom cases you design to be unique. You can add your own photos or use a photo from a gallery to craft a case just the way you want.
Never mistake another phone for yours with a custom phone case. These cases from Wireless Emporium can be customized with a photo of your choosing. Unlike other custom cases, these cases have the photo printed on them, they’re not a sticker with a clear case over it.
You can use your own image or one from their gallery. Cases are available for:
- Apple (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch)
- Blackberry Z10
- Google Nexus 7
Custom cases from Wireless Mobile are available for $19.99. Video instructions for creating your case are available at the site.
Custom Kindle Cases
You can now order custom Kindle cases with your photo or with a photo from the Amazon gallery. You can add a photo to the front and/or back of the case. Custom cases are available for:
- Kindle Fire
- Kindle Paperwhite
- Kindle Touch
You can order origami cases for Kindle Fire tablets that have foldable covers that turn into a stand.
Custom Kindle covers begin at $14.99 at Amazon. I have custom Kindle covers on order and will write a full review when I receive them.
You can use PicMonkey to edit your photos for your custom cases. You can add text, special effects, frames and more. You can also use PicMonkey to resize your photos to the proper size for a custom case.
PicMonkey is free to use but a pro membership is available for $33/year that gives you added features. If you know someone who would like a simple but powerful way to edit their photos, consider a gift of a pro membership to PicMonkey.
See my full review of PicMonkey for more information: PicMonkey – Make the Most of Your Pictures
If you’re looking to get a thoughtful, personal gift, consider a photo wall collage from WeMontage. Collect your favorite photos from the year and upload them to the WeMontage website. Instantly you can create a collage in many different sizes.
As if the collage weren’t great enough on its own, well it gets even better. WeMontage is actually removable wallpaper. That’s right, you can put your WeMontage directly on your wall and remove it later if you move or want to hang it in a different spot.
Since I wrote my review of WeMontage in June, the company has introduced a smaller collage for those with less wall space.
Not sure which photos to use? Get a WeMontage gift card!
WeMontage is generously offering Wonder of Tech readers a 20% discount off of collages and gift cards with the promo code WONDEROFTECH. Head to the WeMontage website and check out the collages starting at $69.95.
You can read my full review: WeMontage – This Tech Has You Covered!
If you want a convenient way to keep your power cords from getting tangled, check out the PowerCurl Mini. This simple design helps you keep your power cords from becoming tangled wherever you go. Wrap your cord around the power adapter then slide the silicone cover over it to protect it and keep it in place.
The PowerCurl Mini is designed to work with the power adapter from the iPhone 4/4S/5/5s and can also work with earbuds.
This short video shows you how it works:
The PowerCurl Mini is available from Quirky for $9.99.
If you want to keep your power cord on your Mac from getting tangled, check out the PowerCurl. Like the PowerCurl Mini, this big brother lets you wrap your cord around a silicone shape to keep it from becoming tangled. The PowerCurl also helps keep your power block cool by elevating it.
Here’s a video showing you the PowerCurl in action:
The PowerCurl is available from Quirky for $9.99.
If the built in speakers on your smartphone aren’t doing the trick, get an external speaker to amplify your tunes!
If you love 80’s tunes, then why not rock it old school? You don’t need to go back to listening to cassette tapes to enjoy music in a retro mode. The iRecorder Speaker looks like a cassette player but is really a speaker for your iPhone. Pop your iPhone 4/4S/5/5s into the slot and start jammin’ to the oldies!
The iRecorder Speaker is available from Fancy.com for $50.
Gum Rock Speaker
The Gum Rock speaker doubles as a stand so you can prop up your device as you blast your music. The suction cup bottom can affix to a flat surface. The silicone cover is water-resistant so you can enjoy your songs in the shower.
I recently reviewed the Gum Rock: Gum Rock – A Speaker/Stand That’s Fun and Functional!
The Gum Rock speaker is available from Mobile Fun in:
on sale for $22.99.
Instant Party Speaker
If you’re looking for an instant party, check out the Instant Party Speaker. Add sound and lights to your next get together, practically a guarantee of fun! This speaker is Bluetooth enabled and can connect wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or computer. The lights pulse and change to the beat of the music.
The Instant Party Speaker is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $199.95.
Inspire your child for a future in engineering with Goldie Blox. These toys combine building, design and engineering creations with fun stories to make creations come to life.
My recent review of Goldie Blox GoldieBlox – Toys for Building a Child’s Future!
Goldie Blox toys are available from the Goldie Blox website, beginning at $19.99.
This year you can use 3D printing for creative and unique presents to give your loved ones.
See, Microsoft’s 3D printing app for Windows 8.1 eases you into object creation for ideas on how to make 3D designs.
Astound your loved ones with a custom designed creation from Shapeways. This 3D printing company can transform your original designs into actual objects. No need to buy a 3D printer, Shapeways can print your creations in over 30 different materials. Think coffee mugs, phone cases, art objects, jewelry and more.
If your creative ideas are lacking, you can shop at Shapeways and buy objects that others have created. Check out Strandbeasts, 3D printed animals, for those who want the joy of a pet without the hassle of upkeep:
You can get a 3D printed Batman ornament in six different colors and two different materials from Shapeways beginning at $10.
You can read my full review of Shapeways for more information about their products and services: Shapeways 3D Printing – Transform Your Ideas into Reality
Cube 3D Printer
If you crave the luxury of having a 3D printer of your very own, check out the Cube 3D Printer. Compatible with both Mac and Windows, the Cube 3D printer lets you design your own objects and print them out before your very eyes. Print phone cases, kids’ artwork, magnets, jewelry and any other objects you can imagine. Check out the video at the Firebox website to see the printer in action and get ideas for projects.
The Cube 3D Printer is available from Firebox for $1935.49 with free delivery in the UK.
Bring the future into 2013 by giving someone a smartwatch. Once you wear one of these on your wrist, you’ll wonder how you did without it!
The Pebble Watch, introduced in March 2013, continues to improve with software updates and new apps that bring advanced features to the watch. You can now add watch faces that display the current weather or let you pass the time by playing a game of Tetris.
The Pebble watch is available in white, red, silver, black and orange for $150 from getpebble.com.
Samsung Galaxy Gear
I’ve been testing the Galaxy Gear for a review and (sneak preview!) the more I wear it the more I’m enjoying it. If your loved one has a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or an S4, check out the Gear watch as a possible present for the holidays.
The Gear connects to the phone and lets you make and receive calls, read text messages, count your steps, find out the local weather and take photos. Add apps such as Evernote and My Fitness Pal to bring even more utility to the Gear.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear is available in black, green, rose gold, silver, beige and orange for $299 at Verizon.
Fans of eggs will appreciate this tech gift that can help them keep track of their eggs. The Egg Minder connects to an app on your smartphone to let you know how many eggs you have and how soon they will go bad. When you’re at the grocery store and wondering whether you need to pick up eggs, this gadget will give you the answer fast. You can even set up a push notification to remind you to use your eggs before their expiry date.
Here’s a quick video about the Egg Minder high tech egg tray:
The Egg Minder is available from Quirky for $69.99.
The Ultimate Turntable
If you dig your vinyl discs and your loved one won the lottery this year, check out the world’s only counter-balanced turntable. You can spin your LP’s on this turntable that won the coveted Best Sound High Fidelity award from the renowned Munich High End. This turntable maximizes the sounds from records while dampening the external noise from mechanical and environmental vibration. You can play both 33 and 45 rpm records on this turntable.
This Counter Balanced Turntable is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $28,000 (tone arm not included).
Whether you’re a fan of cars or a fan of the 1960’s Batman TV series or need a car to match your Shapeways Batman ornament, you’ll want your very own Batmobile. Complete with an afterburner and a bat beacon, this car will catapult you into a new category of coolness. This 430-horsepower car even comes with a Bluetooth enabled Batphone!
Be sure to watch the video at the Hammacher Schlemmer website to see all that went into building this machine.
The only reason not to get one? You already have one!
The Batmobile can be yours for a mere $200,000 from Hammacher Schlemmer.
Are you excited to get a tech gift this year? Which tech gifts are your favorites? Do you already have a Batmobile? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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* Gift image by FutUndBeidl (edited)