Of course, Star Wars items are flooding the market, but there are plenty of other options for those on your Christmas list. Here are a few:
Millennium Falcon drone by Air Hogs
Pro: It’s a Millennium Falcon drone. C’mon!
Con: Can be difficult to operate.
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Price: Retails for $109, but you can find it for $89.
You’re in luck this holiday season. The Falcon, in drone form, is one of the many “Star Wars” toys flooding shelves this winter, and it’s a doozy. While the controls can be a little fiddly, it does give you the option to take the old girl for a spin of your own and see how fast you can do the Kessel Run. The drone does have the tendency to bumble around a bit while flying indoors, however, so you may want to stick to wide-open spaces.
Evernote’s Desktop Cups Set
Pro: Good-looking and functional.
Con: Can still clutter a place up.
The Pfeiffer Desktop Cups set, sold by Evernote, offers a relatively cheap and elegant way to instill some order to messy desks. The four-piece set includes a pencil cup with a slot in it, in which you can keep your phone alongside any pencils, pens and business cards. Other trays are designed to keep paper clips, headphones, USB drives or whatever other detritus you want somewhere you can see it.
Tylt Energi+ Backpack
Pro: Power on the go for all your gadgets.
Con: Serves the same function as some battery backups.
Price: Retails for $170 but is available online for $80.
Several bags on the market have built-in charging packs, including the heavy-duty Tylt Energi+ Backpack. The backpack has two USB drives for charging phones and tablets. It even has some nifty cable management hookups inside so that, even if you’re charging, you aren’t carrying a nest of wires.
Pro: You can text and keep all of your fingers this winter.
Con: More screen time means more opportunities to drop your phone.
Bitter winter days get even worse when you have to take off your gloves or mittens to answer an urgent text. Anyone who’s had to deal with frozen phone fingers would probably love to get a pair of gloves that lets them tap and swipe without baring their hands to the elements. (Though gloves + phone can lead to more sidewalk drops, if you’re not careful.)
There are a lot of companies that make gloves you can use with a touch-screen — Glider Gloves, for example, are a popular option noted for their accuracy and warmth.
Jabra Move headphones
Pro: Great value for the price.
Con: Not for people picky about audio.
It’s a fact of modern life: Everyone, at some point, will struggle with knotted-up headphone cords. Bluetooth headphones, such as the Jabra Move, are a great option for untangled listening. The Jabra Move is a good value for its price, though real audiophiles may find the sound a little lacking.
Pro: Fewer “I need to plug in now” moments.
Con: Makes your phone bulkier.
Battery cases are a great way to solve short-term power losses on your phone. They’re an extra little security blanket to make sure you'll have some juice to spare. For those on a budget, the Vena Zeus Case is a nice option. The case lets you charge it and your phone at the same time. And it’s well-designed so that, if you do need to pull your phone out, it’s not a struggle to do so.
Verus wallet smartphone case
Pro: Everything’s all in one place.
Con: Everything’s all in one place.
Trying to simplify your life? Try a phone case that doubles as your wallet. Not only are these convenient, but their limited space also forces you to edit down your wallet to a few items. There are several designs for wallet cases. Some add a front flap to your phone, which house cards. Others, such as the Verus Damda Slide, have a secret compartment in the back. The Verus is a cheap, durable and convenient option.
Drivemocion LED Car Sign
Pro: Cathartic, yes?
Con: Could spark road rage. Put your passengers in charge of the signage.
With the Drivemocion LED Car Sign — sold by ThinkGeek - you can make your emotions known by way of your rear window. This round gadget can share 16 messages, including “Back Off” for tailgaters or “ThnX” for those nice people who let you in. There are also some faces, for those times when you’re beyond words.
It’s a little goofy, but it is fun. Buyers should note that ThinkGeek itself warns buyers to check the laws in your own area before purchasing. In fact, we don’t want to encourage distracted driving ourselves, so it may be best to set a nice message before you take off on your next trip, or leave the real-time emoting to your passengers.