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Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Gadget Lover (Part 2)

Updated on August 29, 2017

Part 2 of our Great List of Cool Gadget Ideas

Christmas is coming and you need to get a special gift for that special someone who is also a big geek. Don't worry because we got you covered.

This is the second part of our "Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Gadget Lover" lens featuring the last 5 gadget ideas. You can read the first part of this lens at Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Gadget Lover (Part 1). We hope that you can identify the unique gadget gift for your special gadget lover.

LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Robotics Kit - We Came, We Saw, We Built Robots

What Is It?

I think that Lego itself needs no introduction. Every kid, small or big, loves it. And Lego lovers have been building robots out of Lego for ages but some bright sparks at MIT Media Lab came up with a programmable brick and paired that with motors and sensors and soon Lego Mindstorms was born. Now Lego builders can build real robots that can be programmed to do all kinds of cool stuff.

What Is So Cool About It?

Every geek who has ever seen a sci-fi movie with a robot in it has a secret wish to build their very own robot.

Now, Lego Mindstorms can make that wish come true. It is like a gift that grants a wish to the receiver except that you are cheating a little because you already know what the wish is.

Who Is It For?

Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 is the ideal gift for the gadget lover who loves to tinker with gadgets. You know, the one who loves to take apart gadgets (previously toys) and put them back again (or not). The one who enjoys modding everything from cars to PCs to phones to maximize every HP or MHz.

Photo credit - Lego

Lego Mindstorms creations on YouTube

If You Can Dream It, You Can Build It

LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 (8547) (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 (8547) (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Take LEGO to the next level with MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0. Combining the versatility of the LEGO building system with a microcomputer brick and intuitive programming software, this building kit enables you to construct robots that see, speak, feel, and move. Designed for ages 10 and up, the 2.0 robotics tool set features everything you need to create and program your first robot in approximately one hour. After that, you can create an endless lineup of robots that do what you want.

 

Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Alternatives

Like robots but not Lego? Here are a few non Lego robot toys that should please any gadget lover who is young at heart.

WowWee Robosapien Humanoid Toy Robot with Remote Control
WowWee Robosapien Humanoid Toy Robot with Remote Control

Designed by a robotics physicist who worked at NASA, the hulking Robosapien looks like a Star Wars stormtrooper on steroids, with a stark black and white body and massive shoulders and feet. Just press the black power button on its back, and it awakens with a yawn and an "Uh-huh." You control the robot using an elaborate, button-rich remote that looks as though it could run your home theater system.

 
Wowwee Roboraptor
Wowwee Roboraptor

Evidence that the robotic dinosaur revolution is spreading, this Roboraptor comes fully assembled and ready to roam the earth with his robotic dinosaur cousins. He has movable arms, a swiveling head, a sweeping tail, and a chomping jaw full of pointy teeth. Measuring 32 inches from nose to tail, the Roboraptor is a big enough to intimidate any smaller predator that may come along.

 
WowWee FemiSapien Humanoid Robot
WowWee FemiSapien Humanoid Robot

WowWee FemiSapien Humanoid Robot. Meet Femisapien the latest in the Wowwee line of humanoid robots. Sophisticated and independent, her advanced design and AI allow her to move in distinctly fluid ways. She is intelligent and interactive, speaks her own form of Femmish and responds to user gestures, touch, and sounds with her own. She can even interact with and control other Wowwee robots.

 

Nest Learning Thermostat T100577 - A Thermostat That Learns

What Is It?

A thermostat that learns. Depending on who you are, that will probably scare or excite you. The Nest is an advanced, state-of-the-art thermostat that can save you up to 50% of your energy bill. It has a great design (I have a thing for designs) and is ridiculously easy to use.

What Is So Cool About It?

Wow! Where do I begin? I have already mentioned the great design and ease of use. Basically you just install it (takes less than 30 mins), answer a few simple questions and then turn the dial up and down to control the temperature.

Where does the programing come in? That's the beauty of the Nest thermostat, it programs itself by learning your preference each time you turn the dial. After awhile it creates a personalized schedule and it learns when you will be away and it will adjust the temperature accordingly.

If that is not enough to get you drooling, you can access Nest online via a computer or a mobile device. So if you are going to get home early, check the temperature online and adjust it so that your home will be warm and toasty by the time you get back. Bliss.....

Last but not least, this is another great gadget that pays for itself in no time.

Who Is It For?

The Nest thermostat is ideal for the gadget lover who also likes to work around the house. However, it is so easy to install you do not need to be really handy person to do it. It will also be greatly appreciated by someone who cares about the environment and who loves being green.

Photo credit - Nest

Learn about the learning thermostat

We didn't think thermostats mattered either

Nest Learning Thermostat - 1st Generation T100577
Nest Learning Thermostat - 1st Generation T100577

Let's stop wasting energy. That beige box on your wall controls about half your energy bill, but huge amounts of that are wasted heating and cooling empty homes. Programmable thermostats were supposed to help, but only 11% of people program them. They're too complicated.

So we made Nest simple: turn it up, turn it down. Nest will remember what you like and help you save energy.

 

Nest Learning Thermostat Alternatives

To be honest, there are no real alternatives to the Nest Learning Thermostat. There are programmable thermostats but none of them learn like the Nest does. Here are a few best selling programmable thermostats.

Honeywell  RTH7600D Touchscreen 7-Day Programmable Thermostat
Honeywell RTH7600D Touchscreen 7-Day Programmable Thermostat

Keep your home comfortable and cash in on energy savings with the RTH7600D seven-day programmable touchscreen thermostat from Honeywell (formerly packaged as model number RTH7600B). Designed for easy use and quick installation and packed with convenient features, this thermostat gives you programmable, customizable control over your home's temperature without having to make constant manual adjustments.

 
Lux Products TX1500E Smart Temp Programmable Thermostat
Lux Products TX1500E Smart Temp Programmable Thermostat

Reduce your energy costs and protect the environment with the Lux Products TX1500E Smart Temp Programmable Thermostat. This easy-to-use device allows you to customize your home's temperature to meet your comfort level and schedule. And because it lets you lower or raise temperature settings during off-peak hours, this programmable thermostat can save energy and reduce your utility expenses.

 

Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - Not Just Audio, But Smart Audio

What Is It?

T he Jawbone Jambox is a portable Bluetooth speaker that produces amazing hi-fi audio that belies its small size. It also doubles as a speakerphone when paired with a Bluetooth enabled phone. It is also an ideal companion for a laptop for movies, gaming or presentations.

What Is So Cool About It?

More than just a high quality portable speaker, the Jambox actually has apps support. Plug it into a computer and you can download apps that enhances your listening experience. It can personalize your listening experience by adapting to your preferences.

Who Is It For?

The Jawbone Jambox will be appreciated by those who wants high quality music and audio without sticking on a pair of ear phones. It is also ideal for the busy executive who has to make conference calls while on the road or one who wants to add that extra audio oomph to his or her office presentations.

Photo credit - Jawbone

Jam to the JAMBOX

Jawbone Jambox Alternatives

Do you want a portable Bluetooth speaker but find the Jambox a bit out of your budget range? Check out these alternatives.

Monster ClarityHD Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Monster ClarityHD Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Listen in High Definition to your Blackberry or PC while on the go

Never before has such big sound come from such a small package. Just connect your Blackberry or PC via Bluetooth or 3.5 mm minijack cable and enjoy unbelievably clear, room filling music.

 
Portable Bluetooth Rechargeable Speaker For Many Cellphones mp3 mp4 iPod iPhone (Black)
Portable Bluetooth Rechargeable Speaker For Many Cellphones mp3 mp4 iPod iPhone (Black)

Compatible with Bluetooth phones, MP3/MP4/CD/PC/MAC/PSP, etc. Built-in lithium battery:3.7V/700MA,it can used for NOKIA Mobile.Bluetooth protocol: version 2.1+EDR

 

Logitech Harmony 900 Rechargeable Remote with Color Touch Screen - One Remote to Rule Them All

What Is It?

Ever had the experience of hunting for the correct remote to use with your entertainment system? Ever had the frustration of your remote batteries dying on you? Don't you wish you can use just one remote for all your devices and never ever have to change batteries on the remote? Now you can with the Harmony 900, the latest and greatest universal remote from Logitech.

What Is So Cool About It?

Unlike a normal learning universal remote, the Harmony 900 doesn't just allow you to combine all your current remote into one but it creates "activities" based on what you want to do.

For example a "Watch bluray" activity can consist of switching on your TV, change to the correct video input, turn on your bluray player, power on your AV Receiver and set the audio mode to Dolby Surround 7.1. You do all this with just one press of a button.

The great thing is that all you have to answer a few questions on the web based Harmony configuration page and all your activities will be automatically programmed into your remote. The Harmony 900 can replace up to a total of 14 remotes and help reduce clutter.

Who Is It For?

The Harmony 900 will brings tears of joy to the avid audio visual enthusiast who has one too many remotes.

Photo credit - Logitech

Logitech Harmony video review

One Touch Changes Everything

Logitech Harmony 900 Rechargeable Remote with Color Touch Screen (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Logitech Harmony 900 Rechargeable Remote with Color Touch Screen (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Now you can effortlessly control your entertainment system-and living room clutter-with one touch. With a color touch screen and powerful wireless RF system, Harmony 900 lets you keep a cabinet full of electronics out of sight and in complete control.

 

Logitech Harmony 900 Alternatives

Balking at spending over $200 on a remote control? Check out these other more palatable Harmony remotes. Although not as powerful, they still pack a mean punch.

Logitech Harmony 700 Rechargeable Remote with Color Screen (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Logitech Harmony 700 Rechargeable Remote with Color Screen (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Get set to simplify your TV, movie and music time. With one-click activity buttons, easy recharging, and universal control of up to six devices, all of your entertainment is just one touch away.

 

Xbox 360 Ear Force XP500 Programmable Wireless Headset - Gain The Advantage

What Is It?

High quality gaming headphones can mean life or death to gamers as being able to hear your enemy sneaking up behind you gives you an important edge over your opponents. The Xbox 360 Ear Force XP500 gives you that advantage and more.

Designed specifically for the Xbox 360 gamer, it allows you to enhance and personalize their audio preferences by programming the Ear Force XP500 to emphasize sounds like footsteps or reloads. The accurate sound positioning system makes it easier to determine the location of your opponents.

Although it is designed for Xbox 360 gaming, it is also perfect for watching movies in surround sound or listening to music.

What Is So Cool About It?

The Ear Force XP500 has a versatile DSP that allows up to 18 personalized presets for different gaming situations that you can quickly switch between. Want to enhance footsteps and reload sounds while cutting down on distracting sounds like explosions or even your friends breathing loudly over the microphone? You can now do that.

Who Is It For?

Xbox 360 hardcore gamers will love this and although it is marketed as an Xbox 360 headset, it can also be used with a PS3.

Photo credit - Turtle Beach

Hear everything, defeat everyone

Xbox 360 Ear Force XP500 Alternatives

Is the XP500 a little out of your range? Not an XBox 360 gamer? Select one of these alternatives for the PS3 and/or PC instead.

Chimaera 5.1 Wireless Gaming Headset - Xbox 360
Chimaera 5.1 Wireless Gaming Headset - Xbox 360

The Razer Chimaera 5.1 Wireless Gaming Headset for Xbox 360® gives you a true-to-life surround sound experience. Building on our extensive gaming audio expertise from PC gaming, this wireless headset offers pinpoint tournament grade 5.1 positional audio with extra large circumaural ear cups for maximum comfort. The base station doubles up as a charging dock and audio processing unit, giving you the option to adjust the game sound and link up to four base stations to talk to your teammates over a lag-free, local communication channel.

 
Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound, Wireless Headphones with Microphone
Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound, Wireless Headphones with Microphone

Level up without being tied down

No wires to tie you down. Surround sound so detailed, you can hear your opponents before they see you. Chat client, voice morphing and mute controls are at your fingertips. With this game-changing headset, you can hear the sound of victory all around you.

 

The first part of the Christmas gift guide can be found at Top 10 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Gadget Lover (Part 1).

Do you know of a great gadget that you want to give a shout out to? Let me know about it by posting it here.

What do you think of our Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 gift idea?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love these kinds of toys.

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      Kylyssa Shay 4 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      This is like an erector set for the twenty-first century! If I could afford one, I'd get one for my niece. If I could afford two, I'd also get one for myself. This is wicked cool!

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      ATTHED LM 5 years ago

      Wow what a great gift this would make for a child or young adult with a thirst for making and designing

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      royyap 5 years ago

      @eccles1: Well, it kinda cheated. If you look properly, you'll see that it is powered by a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone. That's the brains behind the Rubik's cube solving but the mechanism itself is entirely made out of Lego.

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      I like the Jambox and how does it solve a Rubik's cube in 5 seconds?? WOW !

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      VERY COOL! Definitely will be a stocking stuffer when Christmas comes.