‘Tis the season to be giving, sure, but why exclude yourself? After all, we’ve all been there; it’s time to open the presents, and you see big ones, small ones, round ones, square ones, all delightfully wrapped up in festive colors, ribbons and bows. However, as you start the unwrapping process, you find the envelope of cash from the family member that didn’t have time, or the duplicate gift with the attached gift receipt…
Of course, it’s the thought that counts, but that’s why we’ve done the thinking for you! Here’s our must-have, post-holiday splurge list of all the gadgets you didn’t know you were missing.
1. 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen – $99
For those of you who doodled your way through college, we’ve found the perfect post-holiday splurge. The 3Doodler hand-held 3D printing pen brings your doodles to life and lets your imagination run wild…even off the page! From design prototypes to toy animals with stripes, this hefty little gadget does it all.
2. BeagleBone board – $55
Treat yourself to this credit-card sized open-hardware development board, for all you techies out there looking for an alternative to The Raspberry Pi. This snazzy little platform lets you access a ready-to-use, 1-GHz computer—The perfect item to play around with in your free time over the holidays!
3. Fujitsu Scansnap iX100 – $200
Buy yourself an entire home office for just $200! Well, not quite…But this lightweight document scanner from Fujitsu lets you turn any piece of paper into a searchable PDF, so you can transform all your back-of-the-napkin, hand-drawn designs into neat and accessible digital files. Time to ditch the filing cabinets and give yourself the gift of space!
4. Swivl – $399+
For all those filming enthusiasts comes the video-version of the selfie stick. This robotic dock is a delightful accessory that removes the challenge of filming yourself. Simply place your iPad or phone into the dock (it also works with Android devices and DSLR cameras) and let Swivl track you around the room – perfect for Skyping loved ones while running errands around the house. Now, that’s what we call hitting two birds with one stone!
5. Gramohorn II (for HTC) – $1,684 (approx.)
For all the music lovers out there, drop this season’s docks and speakers and pick up this stylish investment piece instead. With no electronics inside, The Gramahorn II combines old school technology with a 3D printed twist! Simply attach to an HTC 1-style phone (with speakers mounted on the front), and listen to all your favorite holiday tunes at up to 50% more volume.