Since Thanksgiving, rather than dump gift guide after gift guide on you, we’ve been picking precisely one gift per (business) day. Here they are all together, just in time for the last shopping weekend left before the big day. (Besides, it’s not like you actually got your shopping done early or anything.)
1. Cheap, excellent headphones
Everybody needs one cheap pair of headphones. Monoprice’s 8320 headphones are that pair: At $9, they are nearly disposable, but they are in fact supremely decent buds.
2. Instax Mini 50S instant camera
It’s like a Polaroid, but better.
3. Tiny, beautiful videogames
Everybody likes some movie. And everybody likes some game — they just haven’t found it yet. These games are breathtaking, groundbreaking titles that practically anyone can play. And they’re cheap.
4. The best ereader
Reading books on soft, comfortable paper is so much nicer than staring at a giant light bulb for a couple of hours, especially at night.
5. The gadget design bible
If you want to know why gadgets today so often look the way that they do, Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams will explain it to you across 808 beautiful pages, in both English and German.
6. Amazon Prime subscription
Free two-day shipping sounds like a perk, a trifle, a distraction even — but it is transformational to the experience of being a consumer.
7. A New York Times subscription
A Sunday-only subscription still gets you full digital access, meaning the complete daily edition as well as generous archive access reaching back to 1851 (trawling old NYTs is a pastime of mine).
8. A Wi-Fi hotspot (contract-free)
4G wireless hotspots practically pull Wi-Fi out of the ether. And these have no commitment.
9. A gadget cleanse
Your electronics are disgusting. This $25 package — wrap to taste — contains the three pillars of electronic cleanliness: compressed air, a package of microfiber chamois, and household isopropyl alcohol.
10. Subscription to a computer lifesaver
Super-easy backup: CrashPlan+ lets you back up an entire computer on the internet.
11. Internet TV in a box
The Roku can’t quite replace a full cable package with DVR, but it comes a lot closer than people might think.
12. Gloves to use your phone in the dead of winter
No one has to know you’re using special dork gloves! They’ll just be AMAZED you can use your phone with your gloves on and they can’t.
13. A USB battery pack to recharge dead phones
Nobody plans to run out of battery power, which is why few people think to buy battery packs for themselves — and why they’re a perfect gift.
14. Cool books about the internet
James Gleick’s The Information is a sweeping history of the concept of data, while Andrew Blum’s Tubes is a port-to-port textual diagram of how the internet fits together, where and how it physically exists and what that means to regular people.
15. Awesome Audioengine A2 speakers
A taste of audiophile sound. Or just a huge upgrade from terrible laptop speakers.
16. A music subscription
Unlimited access to basically the entirety of modern recorded music, since the catalogs of Spotify and Rdio contain literally millions of tracks.
17. FitBit One fitness tracker
The ultimate fitness gadget: Fitbit One automatically tracks steps, distance, stairs climbed, calories burned and how well you sleep.
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