2014 Holiday Gift Guide – Men’s Edition

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Each Year the GadgetWhore staff put together a list of the items we want most. We are closing in on a little over a month until Christmas Day and now it’s time to release the list.
All these items can be found and ordered on Amazon.com and full disclosure, we do have an Amazon Affilitate account.

When we gathered around the office table, it was only seconds into the conversation when one of our team members yelled out, “I want a friggin drone!”
It ended up that the entire GadgetWhore staff wanted one too. The mind of the modern American Male is very primitive when it comes to electronics and gadgets.  We don’t want that electric tie organizer or electric shaver…we want something that that we can take outside and break.   I’m not saying that we want to break it, but we just want the possibility that we can potentially cause some havoc with our item if we don’t use our manly skills to control it.  This is why a drone/Quadcopter is the PERFECT GIFT for any man.  A 5 year old kid to an 80 year old man would be thrilled to fly one of these things.  We do not recommend letting a 5 year old fly this thing, but let an 80 year old go to town one of these and you may just add some excitement to the retired life.

Drones can get quite expensive, so we wanted to list at least two of them in the mid and low range.

 

DJI Phantom – In the $500 range

DJI Phantom

The DJI Phantom is one of the most affordable drones available this holiday season.

DJI Phantom Buy Now on Amazon

 

The DJI Phantom is the lower end model of the Phantom line because the Phantom 2 was released, but the 2 is available in the $1300-$1500 range.   This $500 Phantom quadcopter allows up to 15 minutes of flight time and many advanced features. if you know a guy who is into filming extreme sports, outdoor landscapes or just enjoys remote control devices, he is sure to enjoy this item for the months to come.

 

Video may not show exact model with the exact features of the item on Amazon.

 

Phantom has an integrated flight dynamics system, the Naza-M + GPS multi-rotor autopilot system, as well as the dedicated remote control and receiver. Flight parameters and functions have been setup before delivery, so you can fly your Phantom the moment you receive it. The proven stability of the Naza-M autopilot system allows you to easily achieve great flight performance.

Any guy 18 to 35 years old would LOVE to get this as a gift.

 

The current #1 bestseller in Hobby RC Cars is this lower priced quadcopter for the people who aren’t ready to fork over the big bucks that the DJI Phantom will set you back.   The UDI Quadcopter with Camera will cost you in the $60-$70 range.

UDI Quadcopter with Camera RTF Mode 2 

UDI Quadcopter - Affordable Flight

 

UDI QuadcopterBuy Now on Amazon

 

TheMighty Thor on You Tube out up an awesome video showing what this thing is capable of.  Please be aware that flight on this quadcopter is fully manual and not assisted by GPS like the DJI Phantom.  This device will take some practice to perfect your flying technique, but it will be well worth it.

 

 

 

 

Best Wearable For the Price

 

The Pebble Steel Smartwatch – $150-$199

 

Pebble Steel Holiday Gift Guide

 

Pebble SteelBuy Now on Amazon

 

The Pebble Steel Smartwatch has been out longer than the Android Wear and latest model Samsung Smartwatches, but this thing will be the best dollar for dollar value of any smartwatch on the market.   It offers superior battery life , readability and has a great app ecosystem behind it.  The E Ink display in older technology, but Pebble does a great job at making this device feel modern.  This may be one of the devices that you shouldn’t buy online.  According to many rumors and Black Friday ads, this thing could go as low as $150.   At $150 this thing is a steal!!!!

 

Techno Buffalo gave a great video review of the Pebble Steel.

 

 

 

 

If all the items above are too expensive, you can get something a little more practical for the man in your life.   Every guy we know is always running out of juice on their phones.   A great gift is something that would help out in times of low battery.   This really isn’t a joke because having a low battery on your cell phone can even be a safety issue.  We recommend that every guy has either a nice car charger or a battery life extender.  Also, a huge danger is when your guy tries to call you when driving.  Not only is it dangerous, but it is illegal in many states.

 

Loftek has you covered with a great deal on its Handsfree audio/music player and USB Charging adapter for under $30.

 

Loftek Handsfree Audio/Music plus USB Charging Adapter

 

Loftek Holiday Gift Guide

 

Loftek Receiver & ChargerBuy Now on Amazon

 

 

The Loftek offers a great way to add hands free calling to older cars that are not equipped with bluetooth.  It is also a great way to play your music from your cell phone thru your car speakers.   The USB charger should be able to charge any UBS capable device, but check the full specs.

 

 

We will be adding more items daily to this list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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