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Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Gadget Lover (Part 1)

Updated on August 24, 2017

Coolest Gadgets for the Gadget Lover

Is your significant other a gadget lover? Do you need gift ideas for a special occasion? Here are 10 great gift ideas for the discerning gadget lover and geek.

Every year, around Christmas, my wife will ask me the same question, "What would you like for your Christmas."

On a few occasions I have requested for a new gadget and happy as I was to get a cool new toy, it would have been better if it had been a complete surprise gift but since she is not a gadget lover herself, she is usually clueless when it comes to the latest and coolest gadgets.

Hence I came up with this gadget gift guide. A simple list of 10 gadget gift ideas that are guaranteed to delight even the most discerning gadget lover. For each idea there is a short description of it, why I think it is a cool gadget and lastly a suggestion of the ideal gadget lover to give it to.

This guide will not cover really popular gadgets such as the new iPad, iPhone 5 or Google Nexus 7 as you can easily find information on these gadgets all over the internet. What you will find here are slightly more obscure gadgets I personally selected to delight all kinds of gadget lovers, from those that are young at heart to fitness freaks to those who love to cook.

Don't forget to check out Part 2 of this Gift Guide which has another 5 great gadgets for the gadget lover.



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Nike+ FuelBand - Make Life A Sport

What Is It?

The Nike+ FuelBand is a band that you wear around your wrist. It has an accelerometer that keeps track of your daily activities such as walking, running, dancing or even when you are playing your favorite sports.

What Is So Cool About It?

Your activity is converted by the FuelBand into a numerical score that Nike calls NikeFuel. Nike+ FuelBand motivates you to be active by allowing you to set a NikeFuel goal for yourself. Challenge yourself to meet your NikeFuel goal every day and try to maintain a streak for as long as you can.

Data collected on the FuelBand can be uploaded to either a PC via the built-in USB connector or your iOS device via Bluetooth to visualize your results. You can even upload your progress or challenge others to beat your NikeFuel score to add a little social element.

Nike+ FuelBand can be used to keep track of your calories burned, number of steps taken and last but not least, it is also a watch.

What Kind Of Gadget Lover Is It For?

This is for someone who enjoys an active and healthy lifestyle or someone whom you think needs a little more motivation in being more active in life.

Is It Any Good?

Check out the reviews below:

- T3 Nike+ FuelBand review

- Nike+ Fuel Band Review: The Sports Watch You Never Knew You Needed

- Nike Fuelband Review: A Friendly Reminder to Stop Being Lazy

Photo credit - Nike

Nike+ FuelBand - Measure your activity

Nike+ FuelBand Alternatives

Is the Nike+ FuelBand a little out of your budget? Check out some lower priced but equally cool alternatives below.

Fitbit Wireless Activity/Sleep Tracker, Black/Blue
Fitbit Wireless Activity/Sleep Tracker, Black/Blue

The new Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker makes every step you take a step toward better fitness, even on your busiest days. Like the original, the Ultra tracks your day down to details a pedometer can't catch, giving you access to the exact steps you take, calories you burn and distance you travel, along with how long and how well you sleep.

 
Striiv Smart Pedometer, Basic Bundle
Striiv Smart Pedometer, Basic Bundle

Striiv is the first Smart Pedometer that motivates you to walk more throughout your busiest days--making it easy to be more active, lose weight, and step into a healthier lifestyle. Striiv goes beyond numbers and charts. Its color touch screen with built-in Apps lets you compete with friends and family, hit personalized goals, do walkathons for good causes, or play games powered by walking.

 

Air Swimmer Remote Control Inflatable Flying Shark - A Shark That Flies - 'Nuf Said

What Is It?

The description says it all. It is remote controlled, helium filled, inflatable flying shark. You can't get a more accurate description than that.

What Is So Cool About It?

Are you kidding me? It is a flying shark! And this thing is huge! The remote control allows you to control up and down movement as well as making 360 degree turns. What is even cooler is that the tail of the shark swishes left and right like a real shark.

Are you still reading this? Go get it already.

What Kind Of Gadget Lover Is It For?

Anyone. Everyone. I can't think of a single person who will not be delighted to receive this as a gift. You should get one for yourself as well so that both of you can go shark flying together.

Is It Any Good?

In case you need any more convincing, check out these reviews:

- Air Swimmers: Remote Control Toy Review

- Air Swimmer Shark Review

- Air Swimmers RC Reviewed

Photo credit - William Mark

Watch the Flying Shark swim to Jaws theme music

Terrorize Small Children with the Flying Shark

Air Swimmers Remote Control Flying Shark
Air Swimmers Remote Control Flying Shark

Air Swimmers swim through the air with incredibly smooth and life-like swimming motion. These amazing fish provide hours of remote control indoor fun in even the smallest of rooms (not for outdoor use). They have complete up, down and 360 degree turning control. The Shark is remote infra-red controlled and will respond to your inputs moving up and down most importantly left to right with fish like tail movement.

 

Alternatives to the Air Swimmer Flying Shark

Flying sharks not your thing? Weirdo. Pick one of the lamer products below.

Air Swimmers Remote Control Flying Clownfish
Air Swimmers Remote Control Flying Clownfish

Definitely not as cool as the flying shark. You won't be terrorizing any kids with the flying clownfish. That's for sure.

 

SousVide Supreme Water Oven - It's Like Having Your Own Gourmet Chef at Home!

What Is It?

Sous-vide is a method of cooking that uses heated water to cook food sealed in an airtight plastic bag over a long period. A sous-vide water oven is actually a temperature controlled heated water bath.

Cooking using the sous-vide method allows the food to be cooked evenly and not overcooking the outsides for an even "doneness" throughout. The plastic bag keeps in the flavor so the food would not become bland unlike boiling food.

What Is So Cool About It?

Sous-vide cooking technique produces texture and doneness that cannot be achieved with other cooking techniques. Using sous-vide, it is possible to produce a piece of meat that is perfectly cooked medium rare or even well done without the meat being "dried out". Even "bad" cuts will taste like prime cuts. Yes, it does sound like a magical cooking pot.

What Kind Of Gadget Lover Is It For?

This is a great gift for the gadget lover that enjoys cooking and eating. Sous-vide opens up a whole new world of cooking to both the budding and experienced cooks. It is a great cooking gadget for all kinds of cooking styles.

Is It Any Good?

Check out the reviews below to see what others say about the SousVide Oven.

- Sous Vide Supreme Review

- SousVide Supreme Review: How To Cook From the Inside Out

- SousVide Supreme review

Photo credit - SousVide

Check out some Sous Vide recipes with the SousVide Supreme

Gift this and Enjoy Gourmet Food at Home

Sous Vide Supreme Water Oven, SVS10LS
Sous Vide Supreme Water Oven, SVS10LS

The SousVide Supreme is the worlds first water oven designed specifically to bring the gourmet sous vide cooking method into home and small restaurant kitchens. Sous vide cooking locks in the flavor and preserves the nutritional quality of whatever food is cooked inside. The result is food of incomparable taste and texture: steak perfectly cooked edge-to-edge, vibrant vegetables, juicy tender chicken breasts, and ribs with the meat literally falling off the bone.

 

SousVide Supreme Water Oven Alternatives

Is the SousVide Supreme Water Oven a little out of your budget? Check out these lower priced alternatives below.

AquaChef Sous Vide Water Oven
AquaChef Sous Vide Water Oven

Based on the European Sous Vide cooking method, the AquaChef cooks food at a low temperature in a water bath for precise and consistent results. Cooking with the AquaChef locks in food's natural flavors, nutrients and moisture. Impress your friends and family with unique, flavorful, delicious and tender cooking!

 
Sous Vide Supreme Demi Water Oven, Red, SVD-00103
Sous Vide Supreme Demi Water Oven, Red, SVD-00103

The same convenience of the SousVide supreme but in a smaller appliance, the SousVide supreme demi water oven locks in the full, true flavors and preserves the nutritional quality of whatever you cook in it. Constructed from stainless steel, it features a shiny red exterior and a sleek all-in-one design.

 

Sous Vide Cooking Accessories And Books

You might want to pick up some of these essential accessories and reading material together with your sous vide oven.

Sous Vide Supreme SVV-00205 Zip Pouches/Bags
Sous Vide Supreme SVV-00205 Zip Pouches/Bags

Ideal for sous vide cooking, the SousVide supreme zip bags are great for storing marinades, sauces, stews, soups, custards, risotto, infused alcohols, and so much more. Third-party tested, these pouches are certified BPA-, lead-, and phthalate-free.

 

Energizer XP18000 Universal AC Adapter - Never Run Out of Power for your Gadgets Again

What Is It?

The Energizer XP18000 Universal AC Adapter is a portable rechargeable battery for all your portable electronic gadgets such as smart phones, tablets, portable gaming devices and netbooks. It comes with 3 power outputs so that you can charge 3 devices at the same time!

What Is So Cool About It?

Most portable chargers can only be used to charge small devices like a smart phone or a tablet but the Energizer XP18000 packs a whopping 18,000 mAh rechargeable battery which can charge bigger and power hungry devices such as a netbook, laptop or MacBook.

You can also use it as an extended battery to extend your laptop battery by up to 5 hours or your netbook by up to 8 hours.

What Kind Of Gadget Lover Is It For?

The Energizer XP18000 is ideal for the portable gadgets lover who doesn't leave home without all his or her gadgets. He or she also no longer have to worry about making sure all the gadgets are properly charged each day.

It Is Any Good?

Check out the reviews below:

- Energizer XP8000 And XP18000 Review

- Energizer Energi To Go XP18000 review

- Review of Energizer XP18000 Universal 18000 mAh Portable Battery Back and Charger

Photo credit - Energizer

Check out this Video on the Energizer XP18000

Be a True Road Warrior with the Energizer XP18000

Energizer XP18000 Universal AC Adapter with External Battery for Laptops, Netbooks, and More
Energizer XP18000 Universal AC Adapter with External Battery for Laptops, Netbooks, and More

The Energizer XP18000 Universal Power adapter and external battery for laptops, netbooks, and more. This top of-the-line rechargeable external battery works with laptops, netbooks and MacBook models. Use it as a power adapter or charge three devices at the same time--powers most portable devices.

 

The Boxee Box by D-Link HD Streaming Media Player - Do Your TV a Favor, Get a Boxee Box

What Is It?

Boxee Box is a device that allows you to watch shows and movies from the internet on your TV. You can subscribe to services such as MLB, and Netflix. You can also buy or rent individual movies or whole television series seasons from Vudu. Almost anything you can watch on the internet from your PC, you can watch it on your TV now with Boxee Box. Last but not least, it can also stream movies from your PC or external storage.

With the Boxee Box, you can save money by reducing your monthly cable bill or cut it off completely.

What Is So Cool About It?

There are many similar set top boxes out there but Boxee Box wins on two counts.

The first is that it comes with a very user friendly interface that makes it very easy to access your favorite online content plus the Boxee Box has the best looking and most functional remote of all. The remote comes with a full qwerty keyboard on top of the usual navigation buttons.

Secondly, the Boxee Box is drop dead gorgeous. This is a set top box you wouldn't want to hide inside your entertainment system. You will want to leave it out in the open so that it can be a topic of conversation.

In many ways it is even better than cable as you no longer have to watch your movies and shows by following a schedule. You can watch entire TV seasons when you want to. And my personal favorite? Minimal or no ads at all for services such as Netflix or Hulu Plus.

What Kind Of Gadget Lover Is It For?

The Boxee Box is for the gadget lover who is into home entertainment and appreciates a well designed gadget.

Is It Any Good?

Check out the reviews below:

- Boxee Box 1.5 review and screenshot tour

- D-Link Boxee Box Review

- D-Link Boxee Box

Photo credit - Boxee

Informative video review of the Boxee Box from Newegg

Get the Boxee Box and Cut the Cable Cord

The Boxee Box by D-Link HD Streaming Media Player
The Boxee Box by D-Link HD Streaming Media Player

We get it -- you want Internet freedom on your TV, but you want it to be the stuff you actually want to watch in HD and you want to enjoy it from the comfort of your couch. We're all over it-introducing the Boxee Box by D-Link: click, follow, watch -- you are now in full command of your TV for the first time. No rules, no contracts.

 

Boxee Box Alternatives

Don't care for the superior ID design? If you believe in function over form then perhaps one of the alternative set top boxes below is more up your alley.

WD TV Live Media Player Wi-fi 1080p (Old Version)
WD TV Live Media Player Wi-fi 1080p (Old Version)

Wirelessly stream the latest movies, hit shows, online entertainment, live TV, plus your home videos and photos in Full-HD 1080p. With more options than any media player on the market, WD TV Live delivers maximum entertainment to your TV.

 
Roku HD Streaming Player (Old Model)
Roku HD Streaming Player (Old Model)

Just like the flagship Roku 2 XS but supports up to 720p only.

 

The 2nd part of this article can be found at Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Gadget Lover (Part 2).

To Be Continued.......

This lens was getting too long with the gift ideas and the alternative suggestions so the other half has been separated and can now be read at Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Gadget Lover (Part 2)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Just stopped by to Pin this gadgets page. Cool stuff! :)

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      ladyyummy 5 years ago

      Cool lens ;) & Have a happy halloween ^__^

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      Lots of great gadgets here!

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      A really great selection of gifts for gadget lovers.

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      royyap 5 years ago

      @Tagarack: Terrorize small children AND pets. It's even cooler now.

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      royyap 5 years ago

      @Camden1: Lol! I think that is a great idea for a gadget. One that keeps track of your remote.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Gadgets really do make nice gifts for just about anyone. :)

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      Tagarack 5 years ago

      I liked this a lot and will keep it for my christmas list. I really want to go get one of those remote control sharks. I see them at Comic-Con's all the time and they look so awesome. It would drive the dog crazy though I'm sure. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great list. Very interesting suggestions. Thanks for the ideas.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I love the idea of a universal remote - but I still don't know how to keep the kids from misplacing it!