Holiday shopping can be such a drag but unless you’re a hermit – and a hermit without faraway friends and family expecting gifts – it has to be done. But some people are incredibly hard to buy for. They have everything. Or they want nothing. They have esoteric interests. Or they just plain return everything. The days and weeks leading up to the holidays can feel like the most frustrating time of the year. The good news is that the post-Black Friday holiday hubbub doesn’t have to leave a bad taste in your mouth that puts a frown on your face until New Year’s Day.
Treat your friends, treat yourself or finish up your holiday shopping for your family faves… just make sure these five items are on your list and you’ll leave everyone smiling.
A Subscription to NatureBox
Healthy snacking is hard – especially during the winter when tummy-warming treats are everywhere. A NatureBox subscription takes the tug out of temptation with a monthly delivery of five different snacks that are created from wholesome natural ingredients, minimally processed and nutritionist-approved. According to the company’s self-proclaimed “snack experts,” almost 25% of the calories in the average American’s diet come from snacks and snacking is one of the leading causes of obesity. NatureBox can make keeping your New Year’s resolution that much easier and that’s a gift in and of itself.
Lenovo’s New Yoga
The new Lenovo 10-in Yoga Tablet earns its name with an extreme degree of flexibility no t found in any other tablet. Some gift gives may be flummoxed by the battery cylinder and kickstand but it’s precisely those features that make this a gotta-have-it device. Tilt it, hold it, stand it up – using the Yoga is way more like reading a book than gripping a tablet. For the business bigwigs bundle it with the optional Accutype keyboard. For kids, pre-load it with games. And don’t forget about the older generation! This might just be a piece of electronics your grandparents will actually use.
A Cool Bluetooth Speaker
There’s very little not to like about the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II so it’ll be a slam dunk among the music lovers in your life. For such a little thing it packs a big punch – even at party volume. The rechargeable battery is built in so there’s nothing to lose once you’ve exhausted the four hours of top-volume play time for a single charge and the speaker itself is rugged enough to take a beating even without a cover. Luckily one is included: nylon for the basic model and leather for the higher end version (which features sexy automotive-grade chrome trim).
The Looxcie HD Explore
It’s adventure time all the time with this cam clipped to a ski helmet, ball cap, bike or just about anything else. The brave and bold outdoorsy types on your list are sure to go ga-ga for this tiny hands-free video camera that offers streaming and more thanks to built-in wifi. Most importantly this cam is as adventurous as the adventurers. It’s weather resistant, impervious to dings and drops, and still useful in low-light conditions… a mind-blowing combo.
An Amazing Travel Bag
You’re going to love the Rimowa multiwheel Salsa Air Ultralight. So is your mom, your brother and your bestie. It’s a hard-sided upright cabin-friendly piece of luxury luggage made from nearly indestructible polycarbonate – a material both lighter and tougher than aluminum – but that’s not all. It’s also the ultimate answer to airline luggage fees. The Salsa Air is light as a feather so you can overpack and still check a bag under the weight limit or comfortably bring it along as your carry on.
Happy holiday shopping!
Author Bio: Jessica is a freelance journalist who loves to cover technology news and the ways that technology makes life easier. She also blogs at FreshlyTechy.com. Check her out on Twitter @TechyJessy.