Christmas is coming up fast, and you want to get that special gift under the tree. The iMums have come up with some cool gift ideas for you to put on your wish list this year or for you to buy for that special lady in your life. Whether it is for your mum, your wife, girlfriend or BFF, these items are bound to be popular under the tree this Christmas! We have personally tested all of these products and recommend them.
Zaggfolio When you need to work on the go the ZAGGfolio from Zagg is a great choice – it turns your iPad into a mini-laptop. It does 3 things all in one neat stylish package – it provides an iPad stand, a removable wireless Bluetooth keyboard and protects your iPad. The case is a rugged ABS hardshell with a microfiber lining, it comes in a variety of colors (including my favorite – “smart pink”!) and either a polyurethane or leather exterior. The iPad feels safe and secure in the case, when you close it the iPad automatically switches off and the case clips securely shut. For busy moms, or anyone who wants to have an iPad but needs the ability to do lots of typing on the go this is a great solution – sleek, stylish and practical too! You can read our full review [here.]Available from Zagg.com RRP from US$99.99
Big Jambox from Jawbone
If you are looking for a way to enjoy your music collection wherever you go, Jawbone has a great solution for you- the BIG JAMBOX. This ia a wonderful speaker, it is small and light but delivers beautiful crisp clear sound.The bluetooth connection means no wires and it is compatible with any bluetooth device. The rechargeable battery lasts for 10hrs between charges. It lets you take your music anywhere – at home, in the garden, on the beach. It is loud enough for a party but produces beautfully clear, crisp sound. You can read our full review [here.] Available from Jawbone.com and many retailers. RRP US$299.99
Powerlift Back up Battery and Dock
Is your iPhone or iPod Touch battery always letting you down at the wrong moment ? The Powerlift Back up Battery and Dock from Kensington is a great solution. It is really small and light weighing under 2oz and measuring 2.3″ x 2.5″x 0.7″. It charges up from a USB port using the built-in charging cable and then you can slip it in your pocket or bag to use whenever your battery is getting low. It can be used lying flat when you want to use your iPhone whilst it is attached, or you can flip out the kickstand and use it as a dock- then it is in a great position to use Facetime whilst charging. Available from Kensington.com or Amazon.com RRP US$49.99
Trabasack Curve Connect Lap Desk and Bag
The Trabasack Curve Connect is a lap desk and travel bag with a firm flat tray surface on one side and a removable bean bag cushion on the other. It comes with straps that allow you to carry it different ways- as a backpack, messenger bag or shoulder bag. The Trabasack is very well made and all of the components are of a high quality. I especially like the strong easy to use zip pulls. It is very useful as a portable desk for using a laptop, iPad, reading or writing on. It has been designed to work well for wheelchair users and would also be useful for children in a car seat or stroller giving them a surface to eat from or play on. You can read our full review [here.]
Go Smart Restpad
Do you or your loved one spent a lot of time working on the computer and have tendon problems as a result / Go Smart has a great solution. The Go Smart restpad has a large soft sheepskin pad to relieve the pressure on your wrist, and a large microfibre covered pad for your mouse. Its available in 3 colors including pink ! We definitely found less wrist problems when using it and it is very soft and comfortable. The sheepskin part is removeable for easy cleaning (and when removed you can easily use it with a laptop to give wrist support then too. Available from: the current version is available exclusively through GoSmart.com RRP US$34.95, and an older version is available from Amazon.com for US$25.
Gecko Carbon Folio Case
This dazzling case for iPad 2 or 3 by Gecko Gear is made up of an innovative carbon fibre-like material that helps to protect your iPad from every day scratches and bumps. It features a built-in self supporting stand that allows for three convenient viewing angles and also includes a camera hole in the front and back so your iPad never has to leave the case. Inside, the soft premium suede-like lining provides all-round protection while still looking like a stylish case. The Carbon Folio is available in black or red for RRP$39.95 from Gecko Gear Australia or Amazon.
BUILT Neoprene iPad Envelope
This Neoprene Envelope, featured here in the Raindrop design, provides stylish protection for your iPad. The form-fitting design and graceful curves keep it secure, and the interior pocket is perfect for storing an adapter, phone or keys. The soft inner lining helps prevent scratches, and the thick neoprene keeps your iPad safe from any bumps and jolts you may encounter during your travels. With many other designs available, this product is valued at AU$39.99 and is available from Amazon.
Adonit Jot PRO Stylus
The Jot Pro from Adonit is a revolutionary stylus, instead of the standard rubber tip this has a ballpoint tip, surrounded by a clear plastic disc, which makes it very precise and easy to see where you are writing or drawing. The tip really glides smoothly and easily across the screen. Apart from it’s precision my favorite thing about this stylus is how it feels to hold it – it is very comfortable to hold and a nice size and weight. Available from Adonit.com or many other retailers RRP US$29.99 Read our full review [here]
The Pinchgrip is a simple but effective tool that allows you to mount your iPad or iPhone anywhere you have a bar with a 20-40mm diameter. For the iPad version my favorite use is to attach the iPad securely to the bar of a treadmill so I can watch videos or use apps on my iPad and exercise at the same time. It is very quick and easy to attach and remve so easy to take along to the gym too. With the iPhone version you can attach your iPhone to a shopping cart to keep your child occupied whilst you shop. Pinchgrip also makes car mount that works with it for using the iPad in the car too. Available from Pinchgrip.com from US$19 with free shipping worldwide. Read our full review here.
Pics2Go from iON is an extremely easy way for you to digitalize your favorite 4×6 or smaller photographs, negatives or slides using your iPhone 4/4s. It contains contains a photo booth with a slider tray where you load your photos and your iPhone securely clicks into it. Then using the built in camera you can snap photos of the photograph, slide or negative and they are automatically saved to your camera roll. You can do limited editing within the app, but you can also export the pictures for further editing. One of my favorite features is the ability to snap a picture and share it via social media such as Facebook and email. The photo booth has built in lighting using AA batteries which helps to ensure the color is consistent, and your camera is always in the same spot.
Available from Ion.com, Amazon or other retailers RRP US$39.99. Read our full review here and enter to win one !
iPhone Lens Kit
The iPhone Lens Kit is the perfect accessory for serious “iPhoneographers” or just for those wanting to improve the quality of the photos taken with their iPhone. The kit comes three different lenses including an 8x zoom Telescopic, a Wide Angle and a 180° Fish Eye, each with protective caps at both ends. Also included in the kit is a handy little aluminium tripod with phone holder and a hard case for the iPhone 3G/3GS/4G/4GS but not yet for the iPhone 5 (it’s on the way though). The whole kit comes in a package the size of an iPhone box which makes it easy to keep the contents together but for those wanting less bulk, the lenses and case, minus the tripod and stand, all fit snugly into a neat drawstring bag, which also doubles as a lens cleaning cloth. You can purchase the kit from iPhoneLensKit.com.au. Read our full review here and enter to win one !
For additional gift ideas check out our other Christmas Shopping lists: Part 2- Cool accessories for Cool Kids and Part 3 -Great Gifts for Dads; and these articles from The iMums: Awesome iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Kids, Gorgeous iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Women, and Cool iPhone & iPad Accessories for Men.