Crazy and cool gadget gifts
Fun gadgets: Dynaflex Powerball
Bing Shopping: Dynaflex Powerball
Everyone’s a winner with this powerball. DynaFlex melds fun and fitness with this ingenious little orb that rewards hand and wrist speed with an impressive light show. With a torque of up to 40 pounds and speeds of up to 15,000 rpm, it builds strength and helps stave off carpal tunnel syndrome.
Fun gadgets: Golf GPS
Bing Shopping: Golf GPS
When players want to wander farther afield than their own backyard, they’re probably headed for the golf course. Put a little spin on their game with a greens-dedicated GPS device. Some of these small wonders come preloaded with thousands of courses and provide distance measuring, flyover views and a full analysis of stats.
Fun gadgets: Finger drums
Bing Shopping: Finger drums
Know anyone who’s constantly going all Keith Moon on the countertops or playing “air drums” when they think nobody’s watching? Get them a miniature drum set (or even a tiny bongo duo for the hipsters), and they’ll let their fingers do the rockin’.
Fun gadgets: USB missile launcher
Bing Shopping: USB missile launcher
For the deskbound set, nothing blows off steam in crazy gadget style better than a USB missile launcher. Foam projectiles launch with an impressive display of propulsion (and displaced aggression) but land harmlessly. A lengthy cord allows precise placement of this minor artillery.
Fun gadgets: Snowball maker
Bing Shopping: Snowball maker
Tossing and dodging snowballs is good exercise, and this cool device helps make winter a little less dreary. It also saves bare hands from freezing and mitten-clad ones from getting slushy and soaked. (Also note: The team that has this baby on its side is going to re-arm a lot faster.)
Home gadgets: Cellphone handset
Bing Shopping: Cellphone handset
They may find this gadget an awesome reminder of days gone by, or they may wonder what planet you found it on. Either way, a retro handset for use with their cellphone makes short convos cooler and longer ones more ergonomic.
Home gadgets: Magic Wand Remote
Bing Shopping: Magic Wand Remote
While there are plenty of kid-style wands on the market (thanks, Harry Potter), most just make noise and light up. Here’s one that truly holds magic – up and down gestures adjust the TV’s volume, dramatic arm sweeps change the channel, while a quick tap can pause a DVD.
Home gadgets: Tablet computer floor stand
Bing Shopping: Tablet computer floor stand
And the “Why Didn’t We Think of That?” award goes to adjustable floor stands that hold iPads, e-readers and other tablet computers hands-free. Set it up anywhere – near the couch, beside the bed, in the kitchen for reading recipes – and this clever device will hold its own.
Home gadgets: iPhone bottle opener case
Bing Shopping: iPhone bottle opener case
Cell phone apps are getting mighty clever, but we don’t know of one that can open a bottle of beer (yet). For that you need hardware, and that’s where an iPhone bottle opener comes in. Your friends will dig this gift’s duality, as it both protects their phone and readies refreshments in no time.
Home gadgets: USB desktop fan
Bing Shopping: USB desktop fan
Not just a gimmick to use up all of those USB ports on their desktop hubs or laptops, these whirling dervishes actually serve a pretty practical purpose, too. Whether friends sweat it due to workplace stress, gaming session nerves or just plain warm weather, this gadget will help them keep their cool.