The iMums Christmas Gift Guide 2014 – With Great Giveaways Too!

The iMums Christmas Gift Guide 2014 – With Great Giveaways Too!

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones? 2014 is drawing to a close and it is time to start shopping for Christmas Gifts. The iMums have been searching far and wide for gifts that will be a hit with family members of all ages. Which ones are on your wish list this Holiday Season ?

We have picked out some of our favorite products from the past year to share with you including products for the home,and office,  for the young and young at heart, gifts for use on the go, photography picks, and some brand new cases for the iPhone!

 

Gifts for The Young and Young at Heart

In this section we highlight some cool products that kids and teens will enjoy, but they aren’t just for kids – adults will have just as much fun racing a rally car, enjoying a light and sound show or feeling the soothing effects of playing with sand.

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For the Home and Office

We have a great selection of gift ideas for the home and office. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for a pet lover, a home baker,

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Gifts for On-The-Go

We have a great range of on-the-go gift ideas including mobile storage solutions, portable speakers and bags and cases for the avid traveller and those who like to stay closer to home.

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For the Photographer

Whether you prefer to take pictures with your DSLR or iPhone we have some great gift ideas.

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Stocking Stuffers

These are a few of our favorite gift ideas for $30 or less.

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Giveaways

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Enter to win a Minnie Amelie bag from Mia Tui
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Enter to win an Ozobot Smart Robot – Congrats to our Winner Helen W – your prize is on the way!!

Sales and offer codes

Yantouch Diamond+ 

From November 18 until December 31, 2014, the Diamond+ is $50 off, priced at only $99 (normally $149) from Amazon Yantouch IceDiamond+  when using coupon code YT50DOFF

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To celebrate the launch of #OzoGroove, we’re offering 20% off Ozobot Dual Packs when you use the promo code: GROOVY20 Visit www.ozobot.com to purchase!

Mia Tui

15% off your entire order using the code imums at MiaTuiUSA

 

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
The iMums Christmas Gift Guide for Gifts under $30

The iMums Christmas Gift Guide for Gifts under $30

Christmas is coming up fast, and many of us are looking for inexpensive gifts to fill out our Christmas gift lists. The iMums are sharing some of our favorite gift ideas that cost under $30 and will be popular with anyone who finds them in their Christmas Stocking this year. We haven’t personally tested all of these products but they are from reputable companies that we trust and recommend.

iSlip Microfiber Screen Cleaner

 SnowLeopard_iSlipLite_400x400-1-200x200 Are you constantly trying to clean fingerprints and smudges from your iPad, iPad mini, Android or eReader but can never find a cleaning cloth? Cooper Products have an innovative solution with the iSlip. The iSlip is a strip of high quality microfibre cleaning cloth combined with a rugged elastic strip. It slips onto your tablet or eReader and if you leave it there whenever you are not using your device you’ll always have a cleaning cloth on hand. Available in 2 sizes to fit the full-sized iPad and the iPad Mini/ kindle Available in a variety of colors and prints from Cooper Product for US$8.95 including free shipping.

 

TruGlide Pro Precision Stylus with Microfiber Tiptruglide
The Truglide Pro Precision Stylus from LynkTec features a durable microfiber tip that glides smoothly across the screen. The microfiber tip is just 5mm in diameter. The barrel is slim but nicely weighted to give a good writing experience. It has removable interchangeable tips- you just screw the bottom of the barrel and screw in a new tip, as well as the standard tip there is also a paintbrush tip available for when you are in a creative mood. This is a great stylus for the adults on your shopping list. Available from LynkTec.com or Amazon tru-glide precision pro for US$21.95 -$29.95

 

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Looking for power on the go for your iPad, smartphone or other tablet? efreesia recently introduced the Duo charger featuring 5 amps that allows it to charge an iPad or two smartphones at the same time. The slim charger is compatible with a variety of devices including Kindle Fire, Android Smartphones and most USB compatible services.  The device was ready to use out of the box, simply plug in your phone or tablet and then press the small power button and watch your power start rising.  There are four levels of power, and when the lights get down to 1 or 2 it is time to charge.  Once the battery on your device is charged, simply unplug the Duo and it will automatically shut off within 20 seconds of not being used. I loved the slim profile of the charger which featured integrated cords as well as being about the same size as my iPhone 4s.  This charger features a built in USB cable for charging your micro USB smartphone as well as another cable to charge the device.    There are two ports, the 5V 2.1A port is best for tablets like the iPad, iPad Mini, Kindle, Kindle Fire and the like while the 5V 1A port is best for smartphones, iPod Touch and other devices which require a lower level of batteries.  Read our review  Available from eFreesia for $22.99

Ergo Stylus by Pencil Grippencil grip ergo
If you are looking for a stylus for a child learning to write, or for someone with fine motor issues the Ergo Stylus by Pencil grip is a great choice. It is a chunky stylus, similar in size to a fat marker pen and with an ergonomic Pencil Grip built in. The Pencil Grip itself is a pear- shaped, flexible grip, which is triangular in cross-section. The Pencil Grip holds the fingers in a relaxed position by supporting the first knuckle of the thumb and index finger, encouraging the user to use a full hand and arm action when writing.   It works for both right and left-handed users. Read our full review here. Available from AmazonThe Pencil Grip Ergo Stylus, Ergonomic Touch-Screen Writing Aid (TPG-654)
for US$12.99

 

Agloves Sport Touchscreen Gloves by Agloves

Do you love using your touchscreen device, but hate those chilly mornings when you can’t wear your gloves because you want to use your iPhone?  Agloves solve this problem – they fit under your regular gloves or can be worn stand alone and allow you to use your touchscreen  device.   They are not necessarily warm, but they do the trick and allow you to use your device while keeping your fingers covered up fromo a chill!  Available from Agloves on Amazon for US$19.99

 

 

 

APL BANDRD T n Tylt Charging Giveaway valued at $150 USD open worldwide!Tylt Band Car Charger by Tylt
When getting in the car – I almost always realize my iPhone has a low battery!  Lucky for me – I can simply plug in my Band Car Charger and start charging up my phone.  I really like this charger because the 2.1A of power means I can charge two smartphones at once – one with the integrated 30 pin Apple cable and the second with a secondary cable.  I’ve used it with both my iPhone and a micro-USB at the same time and both have charged fast!  You can also use it to charge a tablet such as an iPad by itself!    When not in use, the Band Car Charger coils up nicely for storing in the center console. Available from Tylt  for US$29.99

 

Flat Auxiliary CableGriffin Flat AUX Cable by Griffin
I love to listen to music in my car and have a lot of it stored on my iPhone.    The AUX cable connects your iPod, MP3 Player, iPad, iPhone or any device that has a headphone jack directly to your car using the AUX input and then you can play your music or even your favorite podcasts via your car stero.  The cable is flat, so you can curl it up and store in the center console when not in use – I store mine in an old glasses case so that it doesn’t get mangled and is easy to pull out on the go.  This is a must for any audio lover in your family!  Available from Griffin for US$19.99

 

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Avantree Mini Roll-able Bluetooth Keyboard from Avantree put my true typing skills to the test.  This miniature roll up keyboard makes typing with your tablet (any Bluetooth enabled tablet will work) or smartphone easier.  The keyboard has approximately a 32 foot/10 meter cordless range – although I doubt you would use it that far from your device and when you are done, you simply roll it up and stow it for the next time.  The keyboard is a regular full function keyboard which means that some of the keys did not work while using my iPad like the F1 – F12 keys although they did work to turn on and off my music.  The keyboard charges via a included USB cable directly to your computer or other USB included charger. Read our review of the keyboard Available from Mobile Fun for US$25.99

 

 

Flexiview by Cygnett
Looking for a slim stand to hold your iPad 1, 2, 3, or 4 on the counter?  I use my Flexiview when cooking and using my iPad for recipes.  This slim stand folds down flat and stores easily in a drawer when not in use and is the perfect addition to my kitchen!  I’ve also used it with a mini keyboard to turn my iPad Mini into a small monitor with a keyboard.  Available from Cygnett for US$23.99

 

 The iPhone Viewfinder by Photojojo

This viewfinder attaches to your iPhone screen and becomes an eye piece just like the ones on your digital cameras using a section cup to vacuum itself into place without leaving any marks and attaches to a screen protector for use as well.  Although it may look odd, I find it does a great job in helping me frame shots with my iPhone on the go and slips easily into my pocket. Available from Photojojo for US$30.00

 
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For additional gift ideas check out our other Christmas Shopping lists : The iMums Christmas Gift Guide for Tech Savvy Kids 2013Christmas Gifts for Tech Savvy Moms and Dads, and these articles from The iMums:  Cool Accessories for Cool kids 2012,  Awesome iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Kids,  Gorgeous and Glamorous iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Accessories for WomenGreat Gifts for Dads -iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Accessories He’ll LoveGorgeous iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Women, and Cool iPhone & iPad Accessories for Men.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.
Gorgeous and Glamorous iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Accessories for Women

Gorgeous and Glamorous iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch Accessories for Women

As a busy mum I love finding great accessories for my iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, but not only do I want products that work well I like to have products that are stylish too. With Mother’s Day just around the corner make sure you share this article with your partner and maybe you’ll get something more than flowers or chocolates this year ! These are all products we have personally tested and recommend.

Grace-Aubergine-LongStrap_1_grandeThe Grace Bag from Mia Tui Like most women I know, I am always on the lookout for the perfect handbag, something that is stylish but practical – and I think I have finally found it in the Grace Bag. As well as being a great handbag this is also perfectly designed to take along your iPad or iPad Mini. It is stylish, but practical too- both the interior and exterior are waterproof and wipe clean. The bag is really well organized with multiple interior pockets, a water bottle holder, elastic key holder and comes with a clear zip-top plastic bag for make up and a matching clutch bag. Available from Mia Tui.com RRP £45, ships worldwide. Read our full review here and enter to win one!

 

Sound Cylinder from Definitive TechnologySound-Cylinder-_PowerButtonAngle
The Sound Cylinder™ from Definitive Technology is a sound system and stand for your iPad. It has amazing sound quality and stylish good looks and is very lightweight and portable. The Sound Cylinder has perforated aluminum grilles and the “kickstand” and clamp mechanism are injection-molded magnesium alloy. It houses separate left and right speakers and a side-firing subwoofer, optimized by a Digital Signal Processor, creating a full, rich, stereo sound. Connection is wireless via Bluetooth or via a 3.5mm audio cable. Available from Definitive Technology and many retailers. RRP: US$199.99. Read our full review here 

Jukebox Dock from ION JukeBoxDock_angle_weblarge
For women who love Retro style the Jukebox Dock from ION Audio is a great accessory. The dock has dual speakers housed in a wooden cabinet and when the lights go on then the nostalgia really takes over. The arched light curves around the front like a classic Wurlitzer jukebox and gently switches colors from red through blue and green, at the same time colored circles on the top panel slowly pulsate and flash. The Jukebox Dock charges your (30-pin) iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone and lets you play your music in true Retro style. Available from Amazon and many other retailers RRP $99.99. Read our full review here

Hand Stylus green
If you want a stylus with the look and feel of a high quality ballpoint, the Hand Stylus is a great choice. It comes in a whole rainbow of different colors and each stylus is in a handy metal carrying case. The tip is only 4mm making it one of the sharpest styluses available. Just like a ballpoint pen clicking on the top will retract the nib to keep it clean and protected, and it rotates the tip too to keep the wear even. It is a green products too – the pen and packaging are made from recycled or recyclable materials and when the tip wears out no need to throw the stylus away- tins of 6 replacement tips are available. Not recommended for use with screen protectors. Available from HandStylus.com RRP: $29.95. Read our full review here

iSlider from Rain Design Inc.islider
The iSlider from Rain Design Inc is a beautifully designed, elegant, lightweight, portable iPad stand. When closed it is a gently curved, brushed aluminum wedge, with one black end; bringing back memories of the iconic first generation iPhone. Pulling on the black end reveals the black metal stand. It can be used at fifteen different angles. The iSlider comes with a black leatherette carrying case and is small and light enough to carry in your handbag -it measures approximately 5.4” long, 3.” wide, and 0.85” deep and weighs about 0.5lb . Available from: Rain Design Inc. RRP $ 49.90 Read our full review here

 

 

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ARTcloth by LYNKtec has a fun or fashionable design on one side and a soft microfiber cloth on the other side to clean up your favorite device. The cloth is double sided, with microfiber on one side, and silk on the other – the silk side is used to get rid of any residue to clean up and “buff” your screen prior to use. The best part about this cloth is that it is machine washable, meaning if sticky fingers get it too sticky, you can throw it in the washing machine and start over again. This cloth can be used on tablets, smart phones, televisions, monitors, eye glasses lenses and more as you try to “get the stickies” away. Available from LYNKtec RRP: US$7.99 – $9.99 Read our full review here

 

 

Chef Sleeve iPad Stand
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The Dishwasher Safe iPad Stand from Chef Sleeve is a great iPad stand for women who like to cook using recipes on their iPad. It looks stylish, is heat resistant, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and easy to clean. It is made from multiple layers of wood fibers compressed with a food safe resin. Combine the iPad stand with Chef Sleeve’s iPad covers and you are ready to cook!

Available from Target and other retailers RRP: US $34.99.Read our full review here

 

olloclip 3-in-1 Lens for iPhone

Olloclip 3-in-1 Lens by olloclip is a portable easy to use solution that means you don’t have to bring along your digital camera every time you want to get the perfect shot. This easy to use lens, fits compactly in your pocket or handbag, takes great photos on the fly. olloclip is a quick-connect lens solution for the iPhone 4/4s and now the iPhone 5 that includes a fisheye, wide-angle and macro lens which all fit in your pocket in a nicely included pouch. Available from olloclip, Target and Amazon RRP: US$69.99 to $79.99 Read our full review here and enter to win one!

 

Kanex Sydnee Multi device charger

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Sydnee from Kanex is the solution to the tangle of cords that are required to charge all of your devices. Instead of multiple cord swapping, you plug in the Syndee and it includes three iOS cords that you can plug your devices into and then rest inside the charger. This innovative device features four ports that allows you to charge up to 4 devices simultaneously. Each port has a 2.1A output, so you can charge 4 iPads, or a combination of 4 iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches simultaneously. We also charged an Android smartphone as well. I love that we don’t have cords all over our counters anymore and everything has it’s spot! Available from Kanex, Amazon and other retailers RRP: $125 – $149.99.  Read our review and enter to win one!

ChromaLuxe Fashion Frames for iPhone
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ChromaLuxe Fashion Frames for iPhone by by ChromaLuxe are the ultimate fashion accessory for your iPhone or iPhone 4s as well as iPad and iPhone 5. This case allows you to “swap out” inserts of your favorite photos, quotes, images and more all with a quick unsnap of the case. As a user, you send in photos or your favorite images and then the company will send them to you. I love that you can change the plate on a whim to display your family, a favorite saying or quote or even a treasured photo all in less than 3 minutes! The case is also antimicrobial preventing the spread of germs, scratch resistant and the images are of very high quality. Available from CafePress RRP: US$29.99



For additional gift ideas check out our other gift articles for women: Gorgeous iPod, iPhone & iPad Accessories for Women, and The iMums Must Have Tech Gifts for Mums.

Product pricing was correct at the time of publishing this article but is subject to change so check before purchasing. Please check the suppliers website to see if these products are available to your country.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).
ARTcloths by LYNKtec- Review and Giveaway

ARTcloths by LYNKtec- Review and Giveaway

Reviewed by Alison and Mary

Have sticky fingers smudged your favorite iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch? Check out these gorgeous microfiber ARTcloths from LYNKtec. These cloths have a fun or fashionable design on one side and a soft microfiber cloth on the other side to clean up your favorite device. The cloth is double sided, with microfiber on one side, and silk on the other – the silk side is used to get rid of any residue to clean up and “buff” your screen prior to use. The best part about this cloth is that it is machine washable, meaning if sticky fingers get it too sticky, you can throw it in the washing machine and start over again. This cloth can be used on tablets, smart phones, televisions, monitors, eye glasses lenses and more as you try to “get the stickies” away.

We’ve been using these cloths for a while now, and love how they are both functional and attractive. They are very eco-friendly too, as you can keep washing and re-using them. They come in a wide variety designs ranging from classical works of art from Degas, Van Gogh, Monet, daVinci and more, through inspirational sayings such as “keep calm and carry on”, old advertising posters and even a picture of Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon. They measure 5.1 x 7.1 inches and are small and light enough to carry with you wherever you go.

Category: Cloths
Requirements: Compatible with anything that needs a microfiber cleaning cloth!
Cost: $9.95

 

You can ARTcloths directly from LYNKtec by following this link or at Amazon.com

Please use our Amazon link above if you decide to buy this product. It doesn’t cost any extra and a small portion of the cost goes to support the work we do here at The iMums!.

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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