As the days slip by, you need to get that holiday shopping done before you take off for your holiday travel. If you haven’t thought of anything yet for your traveling, outdoorsy, techie, photo-loving guy or gal; here are some great last minute gift suggestions. We’ve tested them all and can vouch for their gift worthiness.
Lenovo Yoga 900
Continuing with the most sought after series of lightweight laptops, Lenovo has upped the specs on last year’s Yoga 3 Pro and now offers up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage with an Intel i7 processor in the new Yoga 900 series. Also, Ultrabook lovers are going to appreciate the added full row of F-Keys.
With its 360° hinge, you can set the Yoga 900 up in countless ways for countless purposes. Need a laptop – sure. Want a tablet – flip it 360. Want a presentation monitor – easy. Need to fit on a cramped airplane tray table when the guy in front is reclined – yep, works there too.
Inateck BTSP-10P Bluetooth Speaker
The Inateck Portable Hi-Fi Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker with 15 hour playtime and Precision Enhanced Bass (BTSP-10P) is an amazing compact speaker at an amazing price. Dollar per ounce, this is the best deal going in a small speaker. It comes with a 2000mAh battery to keep the tunes going all day.
It’s only 6.5 inches long and about 2.4 inches square. Just slightly more than one pound in weight, this takes up hardly any room in your backpack so you can take it anywhere. Two 3 watt speakers crank out more sound than comparable speakers costing considerably more.
PahaQue Tepee Tent
Active outdoors people know that having access to a private room in the outdoors can be a blessing; but most likely there are none to be found. Now, with the PahaQue Teepee, you can tote your own shower or outhouse, and have privacy where ever you like.
Four and one-half-foot square, there’s plenty of room to change or shower in comfort. A suspended shelf in the top of the unit holds your 2.5-gallon water container and a fly cover with clear panel allows the solar rays to heat the water.
“No-see-um” mesh at top and bottom provide ventilation without those pesky flying creatures. Detachable waterproof flooring can capture the water and direct it out through a hose connector. When you’re done, it all folds up into a supplied 26” long by 8” diameter duffel bag.
Gourmia GTA2500 Air Fryer
The 11-in-1 digital Turbo Cook Center and Air Fryer features state-of-the-art technology that cooks meals with optimal taste and crispiness while eliminating the need to add fats and oil during the cooking process. The unit takes advantage of two different scientific heating methods, convection and radiant. This is achieved by using a modern halogen heater as well as circulating hot air. The results are perfectly crisp exteriors and moist tender interiors, often in 60% less time than other cooking methods.
The Turbo Cook Center is an extreme value with 11 included accessories that eliminate the need for multiple cooking appliances. Using this unit and accessories, anyone can air fry, air sauté, stir fry, steam, roast, grill, broil, bake, rotisserie and make kabobs. Plus, there are specialized modes for making pizza and French fries, and for defrosting frozen food.
If you are into miniature cameras like the GoPro or using your cellphone, you know that the party stops after the sun goes down. GoPro has no light and your cellphone flash is minimal at best. Now, at about 1-1/2” square, the Lume Cube light lets the party get photographed no matter how dark. This little waterproof light pumps out 1,500 lumens – which is incredibly bright.
Use it as either as a flash controlled by your smartphone or as a constant light for video. The light output is controllable by two buttons on top which cycle through 10 brightness levels or you can get 100 levels of adjustable brightness with the smartphone app.
Control two lights with the free app or up to five with the paid app. The unit comes with a built-in USB-micro rechargeable battery and you’ll get 20 minutes of video light at full power or 2 hours at half power. Even half power is more than twice as bright as my iPhone light. This light is even powerful enough to use in my Glow ParaPop softbox.
Glow 28” ParaPop Collapsible Softbox
Available from Adorama, the Glow 28” R-Series ParaPop Collapsible Softbox is ideal for traveling photographers who are constantly setting up, moving and resetting shots while on location. Useable with either portable strobes or studio strobes, I’ve even used it with the aforementioned miniature Lume Cube.
The 12-sided parabolic design provides extremely flattering light with inner and outer diffusers. The softbox comes with a carrying bag and is just 21” x 6.5” x 6.5” when collapsed. Open, the softbox is 28” in diameter and 20” front to back. Weight is just slightly more than 2 pounds.
The mounting bracket allows for maximum flexibility, either by ¼”x20 tripod mount or 5/8 stud and can be angled up or down. For more information on the Glow R-Series of softboxes, watch this video.
Inateck Sleeve Case for Ultrabook/iPad
The Inateck (MP1035) 12.9” iPad Pro/ 13.3” MacBook Air/ Pro Retina Sleeve Case Cover also works for some Ultrabooks and Netbooks. This grey synthetic felt sleeve with stand function is ideal for MacBook and iPads.
Not only a sleeve, this is a multi-position stand for your device as well. Overall, the sleeve is 14” wide and 10” tall – with one interior pocket and two zippered exterior pockets for cellphone, cash, whatever. Included with the sleeve is a separate, matching felt pouch for mouse, cables, etc.
Who said you couldn’t teach an old car new tricks? ZTE’s Mobley is AT&T’s first in-vehicle WiFi hot spot. The ZTE Mobley delivers WiFi connectivity to any car built after 1996 – just plug it in once and you’ll be connected anytime you hit the road. This device is great for upcoming holiday travels or even your daily commute.
Kodak Video Monitor CFH-V10
KODAK Video Monitor CFH-V10 lets you stay connected no matter where you are in the world. The video camera has instant HD color streaming video and two-way audio to any smart phone or device. Whether you are next door, at work or on vacation you can view what matters to you most within seconds.
GPSmyCity makes popular iOS and Android apps that feature self-guided city walks in over 470 cities around the world. Each one of the apps contains from a few to over a dozen self-guided walking tours for a single city, allowing visitors to explore on foot the best of the city at their own pace.
iRig Keys MINI & MusicSchoolOnline
iRig Keys MINI is an ultra-portable 25-key MIDI controller for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android and Mac/PC. Its 25 velocity sensitive mini-keys provide a generous 2 octave range (plus 1 note), which makes it small enough to easily stash in your laptop or gig bag or backpack with room to spare. Now you have the keys to capture your creativity no matter where your mobile life takes you.
iRig Keys MINI is incredibly easy to use. It connects directly to your iOS device via the included Lightning connector, to your Android device via the included OTG to Micro-USB cable and to your Mac/PC via the included USB cable. It can also connect to older iOS devices via an optional 30-pin cable. And you’ll be ready to go right out of the box: No additional apps, software or drivers are necessary to get up and running. Its plug-and-play thanks to its MIDI and USB class compliance — no additional apps, software or drivers are necessary to get up and running.
Team the keyboard up with a new music video lesson service, founded by Grammy & Platinum decorated music producer, Ken Lewis, called MusicSchoolOnline.com. MusicSchoolOnline is a VERY affordable, Netflix-style website that teaches piano, guitar, bass, vocal, drums, music theory and rhythm section lessons from the comfort of your home or on your mobile device. Lessons start at just $9.99 per month, and top out at $19.99 per month for an ALL Access Pass.