2013 Christmas Gift Ideas

Still looking for a gift that stands out from the crowd? Here are a few ideas that will likely be appreciated by your recipient:

A Klingg (not a Klingon)

Will keeping your earbud cord in place help you look like this?  I doubt it.  But it will be more comfortable.

Will keeping your earbud cord in place help you look like this? I doubt it. But it will be more comfortable.

Perhaps you want to buy something thoughtful for somebody who is active – you know, a runner who loves to go out with their iPod and submerse themselves as they run – or a biker. When I first started biking with earbuds, I found it difficult. Every time I moved my head, either the cord pulled uncomfortably; or it would come out of one of my ears. Not fun.

A Klingg is a magnetic cord holder – two super magnets that keep your cord where you want it. Put the flat one inside your shirt; then snap the one with the cord channel on the outside of your shirt so it clings to your shirt by the strength of two magnets mating. Then slide the cord into the channel – with plenty of slack near your head so you have room to move.

That’s it. Your cord will no longer get in your way.

Electronics Disguised as Fashion

Not just a pretty bow on your pretty girl.  They're headphones in disguise.  Jersey Shore fashion statements.

Not just a pretty bow on your pretty girl. They’re headphones in disguise. Jersey Shore fashion statements.

Most electronics are geeky – and when you wear it near your head, it’s the ultimate in geekdom. Unless, of course, you turn it into fashion. Who better than to convey fashion for the latest MTV generation, but Snooki from Jersey Shore. She has put together a line of fashionable phone wear that looks like zebra and leopard skin. My daughter loves her Snooki zebra earbuds. I don’t even know if they sound good. They might; but as long as they look good, that’s all that matters. The photo you see shows Snooki’s headphones – making believe they are a ribbon/headband. Again, they may sound great or not – but it won’t matter if they make the wearer look great.

Alone Together

When Dave Mason swirled colors into his classic Alone Together album, he never considered how alone together streaming electronics would make the world.

When Dave Mason swirled colors into his classic Alone Together album, he never considered how alone together streaming electronics would make the world.

This one took me some time to understand why it’s cool — The Mobile Junkie Media Streamer. It’s a device the size of an Altoids box. Place your movie on a USB thumb drive or SD card; then connect it to your Media Streamer. You’re now ready to stream that movie to up to four devices.

“Why?”, you ask. Imagine being able to go on a long car trip – and let each of your children watch the movie on their own device. One child can use your tablet, another your smart phone, and the third can use his own iPod Touch. You can watch on your PC or Mac, while your spouse gets to do all the driving. (You are so mean!)

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