If money were no object, you'd probably find it easy to choose the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list. While few have a limitless budget, there are plenty of great tech-related gifts available this year for $100 or less. Here are several of my favorites that will most likely be under my tree.
* Bluetooth Gloves
The phrase "Italian gloves" may bring to mind images of fine leather, but these cold weather knit gloves have a Bluetooth-enabled headset in the left hand. The glove syncs to your cellphone. There's a speaker in the thumb, a microphone in the pinky and fabric-covered buttons in the wrist to answer and end calls. The battery (charged by USB) holds a charge for 20 hours of talk time. The gloves come in "man" and "woman" sizes and are available for $60 from Tekserve.com.
* Brit Kits for Pinterest crafters
Brit Kits from Pinterest aficionado Brit Moran offer complete projects that can be done in 30 minutes or less. The kits that fit the budget are available as a one-time gift ($20) and as a three-month subscription ($60). (The six-month series, at $110, just missed the limit.) October's project was LED balloons and included LED lights to drop into a dozen balloons, sparkly confetti, hanging strips and a balloon pump. You never know what you'll get, but that's part of the fun.
* Tournament controller for gamers
Dedicated video game players will thoroughly enjoy Power A's latest peripheral, the Fus1on Tournament Controller. This custom-built controller comes with interchangeable parts (it's easy to remove and install items, like grips and glossy/matte controller shells), ideal analog stick movements and a 9.8-foot cord. It even comes with a protective travel case, if the gamers on your list prefer to take their skills on the go.
* USB power inverter for the car
This may not be the sexiest of gifts, but it will be a lot more useful than just about anything else you can buy for $40. The Kensington auto power Inverter with USB power port for emergency power plugs into a car's port to charge a cellphone or other device when the power goes down.
* LittleBits electronics kits for kids
Instead of buying the child on your list the latest battery-operated toy, consider LittleBits' $89 Starter Kit. It's a neatly packaged set of wires, switches, LED lights, a motor and custom-made 9-volt battery that snap together with magnets to fuel the creativity of tomorrow's tech whizzes. LittleBits also offers a new holiday kit to make Christmas ornaments, a moving skater and a New Year's light-up hat for $50.
* Roku HD streaming media player
If you have someone on your list who is reluctant to dive into the latest tech gizmos, a Roku streaming media player that delivers Internet TV to the big screen is a sound choice. The company recently added universal search that lets viewers look for a single show or movie across its channels, including Netflix, HuluPlus and Amazon OnDemand. It's easy to set up and comes with its own remote that has only a few buttons to master.
* Choose your own
Last week, San Francisco entrepreneur Jon Crawford launched a new "socialized" version of Storenvy, a website where shopping is supposed to feel like a visit to the world's coolest mall. Indeed, Crawford said 6,000 items are added each week and his site hosts more than 26,000 independent stores.
While that could seem more daunting than the Mall of America, the items are shown based on real-time popularity -- how many times a product has been liked and shared, as well as the number of sales. You can search by category, including apparel and technology, but Crawford said about half the items don't fit under a typical heading, so try "Everything Else," found under Specialty. While the layout may resemble Pinterest, at Storenvy everything is for sale, offering as much for men as for women.
"You see it and you think it's awesome but you didn't even know you wanted it," Crawford told me. Give it a try if you've got one of those "impossible-to-buy-for" people on your list or are looking for stocking stuffers. I like the CTRL-ALT-DEL mugs from Deals Froggy for $22 with free shipping.
And if you plan to ship gifts this year, you've got less than a week left for standard shipping. The USPS said Dec. 14 is the last day to ship via Parcel Post to arrive before Christmas. UPS gives you one extra shopping weekend; its ground shipping deadline for Christmas delivery is Dec. 17, which coincides with Free Shipping Day, an annual promotion when many online retailers offer gratis shipping in time for Christmas.
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