It’s the holidays, and the time of year to start thinking about what you want Santa to be placing under your tree. This year’s list will feature stuff that’s very likely to find its way in to my Christmas stocking, as well as objects which I crave, and can only dream of owning. All of the writers and editors will be publishing theirs over the next few days, and I’m kicking mine off with a bang.
IXOOST – from around €5,000 ($6,500 approx)
The IXOOST is the motor racing fan’s ultimate dock. Essentially, it’s a custom made-to-order speaker and charger unit crafted from carbon fiber and metals and using genuine parts from racing cars. The one pictured above is my own personal customized set up using the engine from a Ferrari F1 car. The cost comes to €5,357 for my chosen version. You can have systems with 4, 5 or 6 speakers, change colors of the leather cladding, stand unit, exhaust tips, control wheel and the bolts that hold the thing together. It’s possibly the most unique gift anyone could buy me.
GET ME A DOZEN!
StickNFind Bluetooth Stickers ($49.95 when released)
You might have to put this one on my Birthday list, but, I still want one! The StickNFind Bluetooth sticker and companion app help you keep track of keys, phones, cats and various objects you like to lose regularly. Using an onscreen radar, you can find your object no matter where it is. Right now, it’s on popular crowd-funding site, Indiegogo and has already surpassed its target of $70k.
CONTROL MY HOME
Phillips Hue Connected Bulbs £179.95 for set, £49.95 for single bulb ($199.95 and $59.95 respectively)
Phillips Hue lights have made the news. They’re awesome. Simply plug in the base station, connect it to your home network and screw in the light bulbs around your house. Once you’re set up, you can control them all using an iPad changing brightness and color. You can even do it remotely if you’ve forgotten to switch your kitchen light off before you leave the house. Sadly, since it would set me back the best part of 500 British pounds to kit out my house.
(EXPENSIVE) STOCKING FILLER
Sphero – £99.99 ($129.95)
An iPhone/iPad-controlled ball? What’s not to love about that? The Sphero is an awesome looking gadget, not only do you control it using your iPhone or iPad, there are also a collection of virtual reality apps that work alongside it, giving an extra dimension to the appcessory.
FOR THE IPHONEOGRAPHER IN ME
iZZi Orbit – $239
I love anything that helps me take better shots with my iPhone. I already have the 3-in-1 Olloclip Photo Lens system. But, this KickStarter project looks fantastic. It has 3 lenses (telephoto, fish eye and wide angle) built in which rotate around a single point. The case itself is made to feel more like a traditional camera and built from aircraft grade aluminum. What’s not to love?
(CHEAPER) STOCKING FILLER
iTunes Gift Card
I know, it pales in comparison to the other gifts on the list, but I can think of a million things worse than receiving an iTunes Gift Card. I love downloading games, magazines and apps for all my products. Not to mention videos.