If you are anything like me, you have family members who always have gizmos and gadgets on their gift list. After digging around about I’ve put together a list of 12 innovative and cool gift-giving ideas to help you out too.
Trending among this year’s shoppers are gadgets that address personal security and car accessories. I liked some of these ideas so much I put them on my list.
All of the gifts below are small, practical, and under $80 or less (most are way less.)
Most of you know I am a travel blogger. I have talked about travel safety and precautions. Smart locks have been on the market for some time now, and boy have they come a long way. AirBolt is an award-winning Bluetooth enabled smart lock that will communicate to your device via their app to unlock with a single push of a button (as long as you’re within range).
AirBolt Smart Lock features proximity alerts and is TSA-approved. AirBolt has a crowdsourced GPS network that will enable you to see your luggage’s last seen location. You can even share the location with your friends and family. ($80)
Few things strike fear into my heart like the “check engine” light on my car. As soon as the mechanic sees me coming, he has a list of expenses that make my bank account tremble. But now there’s a new device that can tell me exactly what’s wrong with my car. If you own a car built after 1996, then you can use FIXD to diagnose any car problems. It will show you the severity and consequences of the issue, and lets you clear the light from the app. (Yes!) You can also get automatic alerts of scheduled maintenance intervals and oil changes tailored for your specific vehicle (great if you tend to forget to schedule maintenance!)
ONX3 CAT S60 Universal Car HUD
ONX3 is a brilliant device that turns your smartphone into a heads-up display (HUD) for your car. It fits any smartphone no matter the size. The glass transparency can reflect GPS HUD image clearly allowing for a clear road view, so you aren’t distracted from the road. It’s easily fixed and is anti-slip. The reflective panel is made of special organic material. ($24)
Survival Frog is a 6-in-1 car safety tool designed to be within reach to help you escape your vehicle in an emergency. The device is intended to mitigate several common issues that follow a severe car accident: lack of visibility at nighttime, the threat of being struck by other motorists while on the side of the road, inability to escape a submerged or burning vehicle and the need for a fully charged cell phone. This has an emergency escape tool, seatbelt cutter, USB charger, a window punch glass breaker, 2200 mAh power bank, 3-mode safety flashlight and beacon. We never expect to be in an accident, but now you can be prepared if you are in one. ($35)
This smart key organizer offers a simple solution for organizing your keys. Goodbye keychain! The handy key holder can hold up to 14 keys Swiss Army style with a built-in clip that allows you to attach it to any loop, belt, or bag. You can even customize your KeySmart by adding accessories! Need a USB drive or a bottle opener? ($23)
ThePhotoStick Mobile is able to store up to 60,000 photos and videos, it’s a quick, safe and easy way to back up your information and photos on your phone. Plug it into your Android or Apple smartphone, and ThePhotoStick takes care of the rest. It organizes your photos and removes duplicates to save space! It’s easy to use, and you can transfer the files to your computer when it’s convenient for you. ($60)
Personally, I think paying for TV is a rip-off. Especially given the content to commercial ratio. But, did you know you can pick up network TV for free? SkylinkTV indoor antenna attaches to your wall, cabinet or even behind a picture as long as there is a good signal. You can enjoy watching the leading networks without a subscription fee.
You also get free DVR capability with an on-screen channel guide. Save a bunch this year on your TV bill and cut the cord. Right now it’s on sale for 50% off. ($40)
I am in love with this gadget. The Spark ProCam is a high-quality full HD 1080p USB security camera that disguises itself as a functional smartphone charger. This nanny cam is as small and discreet as they come. Keep an eye on the kids, pets or watch for home invasions. Spark ProCam boasts a resolution of 1920 X 1080 @ 30FPS.
Spark ProCam automatically starts recording, and when it reaches full memory capacity, it will automatically overwrite the earliest recordings. With cell phone wall chargers common these days, this item blends into any environment. Check out the Spark ProCam and take advantage of their limited-time offers. ($84)
I don’t get the name either, but if you’ve had trouble falling asleep, you won’t care. The Dodow combines cutting-edge science with modern tech to come up with an innovative way to fall asleep faster. Over 150,000 insomniacs are getting in on the action.
Set the Dodow on your nightstand, the metronome slowly projects a glow onto the ceiling. The theory is that by focusing on the light, it helps clear your mind and slow your breathing. It also relaxes your body so you can quickly drift off into a deep, restorative sleep. It’s actually pretty cool! ($60)
My glasses are constantly dirty, even when I don’t touch them! Peeps is designed specifically for cleaning all types of glasses. It uses a unique invisible carbon cleaning compound to safely clean your glasses from oily fingerprint smudges to dust and facial oils.
The technology is so advanced it is the only cleaner on the Space Station used for lens cleaning by NASA. It’s compact, easy to use and can be used up to 500 times! ($15)
Bondic is just much better than super glue, even though it isn’t even glue. The solvent-free formula stays liquid until it is hardened by UV light which means there is no chance of drying up in the container. When fully cured Bondic is 100% waterproof and heat-resistant. Dries clear and it can be sanded or painted after it is hardened. It’s also non-toxic!
It’s the perfect gift for a new homeowner or fix it guy or gal. It’s UV light activated. It’s not a glue. If there’s anything around the house that you need to fix, from glasses to door hinges Bondic can fix it. Build, bond, fill or fix plastic, wood, metal, PVC, steel, rubber, wiring, ceramic, figurines, vinyl, Kevlar, polypropylene, leather and more. ($30)
LED Magnetic Pickup Tool
Maybe it’s me, but I am always dropping something like key between the console and car seat or an earring under the bed. If you have the same trouble or know someone who does get the magnetic pickup tool, telescoping flexible extensible and LED flashlight. 3 super bright LED bulbs with 360-degree illumination provide light where most flashlights cannot go. The extendable stem, flexible neck, and magnet head and base are perfect for picking up washers, screws, nuts or bolts…earrings. It’s made with military grade aluminium alloy, making them weatherproof and shockproof. Take them along for camping, boating, fishing, and roadside emergencies. It just might be the most practical $11 you’ve ever spent! ($11)
What cool gadgets did you find this season? I would love to know!