I’m good with holiday gift ideas — except that they come to me at inopportune times, like smack in the middle of summer. By the time December rolls around, I’ve completely forgotten all my ideas (yes, I’ve tried writing them down; I just can’t locate the list). So frankly, I’m not the best person to be writing a holiday gift guide. However, my Boingo colleagues, when I polled them, had no trouble contributing some fantastic ideas:
- Fueltank UNO charger, $39.95: “Charge just about any device without having to search around for an outlet.” Dave Hagan, CEO.
- Panasonic Pet Cam, $250: “Watch what your pets (or thieves) are doing to your house. It’s accessible best over a broadband connection like Wi-Fi so you can watch from a Boingo location anywhere in the world. And, and! You can move the camera around remotely—up, down and side to side.” Colby Goff, SVP Strategy.
- Lensbaby SLR Camera Lens, $100-$350: “Lensbaby camera lens are a great way to add a unique flavor (e.g., texture or color-wise) to photos. Great for both professional and amateur photographers.” Brian Shields, Interactive Designer & Architect.
- Funky, Chic and Cool Laptop Backpacks, $59-$145: “I’m a frequent traveler and have really been feeling the strain of lugging around my laptop. These laptop backpacks are great for comfort AND style. The Komen Paris Backpack by Mobile Edge looks like a winner and proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.” Danielle DiMatteo, Director of Customer Support.
- Kiva.com, $25+: “I’m giving gifts to my family this year through this online micro funding site to entrepreneurs in developing nations. www.kiva.org.” Michelle Li, HR & Recruiting Manager.
- Sony Sound Bar speaker system, $299.99: “Techies may be skeptical but trust me, this is amazing sound engineering.” Jim Lake, Senior Client Software Developer.
- Baggu Re-Usable Gift Bags, $6.50-$8.00: “Eliminate wasteful wrapping paper (according to Whole Foods blog, extra waste during the holidays amounts to 25 million tons of garbage) and provide an additional gift by encasing your gifts in a re-usable bag. Additional places to buy re-usable bags: Whole Foods, Novica, Reusablebags, and Ecobags. The planet will thank you.” Julie Gamble, Marketing Communications Manager.
- Apple TV, $229: “An iPhone or iPod Touch with the remote app can control the Apple TV over any home Wi-Fi network. Once installed the user has full command of their iTunes music and video library in the palm of their hands. The integration is seamless and very easy to use.” Pete Hovenier, SVP Finance.
- 64GB iPod Touch, $399: ” All the apps of iPhone fame, plenty of storage for music and movies, and Boingo-compatible for fast access to downloads and streaming video.” Niels Jonker, CTO.
- Omega Speedmaster Professional Watch, $2691: “This watch was tested and proven by NASA to withstand exposure to extreme temperatures, vacuum, intense humidity, corrosion, shock, acceleration, pressure, vibration and noise. So not only does it look fly, it’s the one and only watch that’s certified and used by NASA astronauts.” John Han, Operations Data Specialist.
- Roku HD-XY Internet TV Box, $79.99-$129.99: “Simple-to-use set-top box for connecting Internet entertainment (from a Netflix account) to the TV. It’s Wi-Fi enabled for super-fast downloads and great picture quality.” Larry Gamm, Network Operations Center Analyst.
Have you tried any of these products? If so, give us your feedback.
Happy Holidays from the Boingo Team!