Best Christmas Gift Ideas 2017
Christmas is around the corner and every year the gift hunting is getting more and more chaotic. This year we asked a few friends and industry leads to share their gift suggestions with us to help you find some inspiration.
Our friend Daniel Mascarenhas from Flyte suggests the Mixxtape. This very cool cassette is a Bluetooth music player that looks and plays like an all-time classic cassette. It includes a display, headphone jack, memory card slot and more. It was successfully funded on Kickstarter and it makes the perfect gift for those friends who love music and gadgets!
Daniel also suggests the OSMO DJI, something that they got for their company. Pretty cool accessory for filming at low cost with the iPhone. Pretty useful item, especially for the festive period when you’d like to capture all the memories with your loved ones.
Another cool suggestion, this time more techie, comes from Pete Wood from Design Spark RS Components. The RSPro Soldering Iron is a must-have for every maker’s toolbox. It’s a smart, easy to use and efficient power unit designed with a large LCD display with backlight and an updated and improved appearance from its predecessors.
Are you a big fan of maps? Sebastian Jordahn from Dezeen says that you’ll love the Blue Crow Media maps. They will be also running a competition on Dezeen for a chance to win the London Underground Map. Perfect timing!
For all wine fans out there, Daniel suggests the Wine Breather. A simple and nicely made product makes every bottle of wine a bit more special. It adds 10x more oxygen to your wine in under 2 minutes. It makes it the perfect gift especially for Christmas and New Year’s festive dinners.
Our friend Sarah Gaunt from Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering would love to find a Raspberry Pi Camera module in their stocking for Christmas. As well as letting you learn to code the hands-on way and create amazing projects, the Raspberry Pi camera module brings together two incredible technologies. This year, the inventors of the digital imaging sensor were awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering and the team behind the Raspberry Pi won the MacRobert Award, marking them as the ‘next big thing’ in engineering. That’s a lot of world-class engineering for less than £25
Of course, Hackster team’s suggestions couldn’t be missing from our list. One of their suggestions is the Circuit Playground by Adafruit. It’s the best way to practice programming on real hardware with no soldering or sewing.
They also recommend a not so typical radio. The minimal Mason jar radio is pre-tuned to the FN station of your choice, so it’s always at hand. A great gift for a friend who loves unusual gadgets and marmalades 😉
There’s something going on with cameras this year. This Moment lens is a must-have item for mobile photographers and filmmakers. It’s new glass and wide angle design allows your phone capture 2x more picture. Thank Adam and Artie later.
Last but not least, we highly recommend the Touch Board Pro Kit. The kit includes all the tools you need to make everything from interactive wallpaper, innovative musical instruments to talking murals with the Touch Board and Electric Paint. The best gift for all tinkerers, DIYers and makers.
Happy Holidays from Bare Conductive!