By Shannon Williams King
Looking for affordable, unique gifts for your loved ones or yourself? Here are five must-have tech gadgets all road warriors need, and a few more gift ideas I thought sounded cool! What’s on your list this year?
1.) Kindle Fire – At $199 who can’t resist finding out what all the fuss is about? I love Amazon, so I think I’ll like it. They say it’s the iPad2′s closest competition… I want to find out! Is this on your list?
2.) Mophie Juice Pack – True road warriors are always on the phone. Don’t find yourself without battery power for the ever so important phone call. These small cases double your phones’ battery life. Only $79 online!
3.) Motorola t505 – A must have if your car doesn’t come equipped with built-in Bluetooth. You will love the way this little device integrates with your car’s radio. Buy it online at Amazon for the best deals – about $60.
4.) Drivesafe.ly App – You can now text and drive safely! This is the perfect FREE gift to “give” your friends, clients and kids. Who knows, you might even save a life.
5.) Wide Angle Lens Kit – For your iPhone or video camera – all of us who shoot photos with our smartphones you can now use this wide angle attachment to get the best photos possible. $50 on HDhat.com
And now for some other fun ideas!!!
6.) Square up – Think PayPal for your smartphone. It’s perfect if you sell products, have a fundraiser, or a garage sale. Or someone just owes you money. You can now accept credit cards for ANYTHING with just your phone! And it’s FREE… what a great gift for those you know who are in any service industry.
7.) The Flip – OK, so they are going out of business — but I just LOVE this camera. So while supplies last you can still manage to get a 1-hour model for $80!
8.) Roku - Looking for a way to save $$$ on your cable bill? Check out this little black box that streams Hulu, On Demand Movies, Netflix and so much more. They start at $50.
9.) 3M Pocket Projector – OK, so I have to admit, I have no idea who would want to spend $250-$400 on one of these, but I just think they are really cool. Who knows? You might know that person looking for one!
Bonus 11.) Anything Apple – You really can’t go wrong here. But the point of this post was affordable. While I believe Apple is well worth the investment, it’s not exactly the cheapest on the block.
Here are a few other lists to check out as well!
Happy Shopping!!! Keep us posted on what you decide is the best tech gift out there!
Shannon Williams King is a founding member and past chair of NAR’s Young Professionals Network. She was in REALTOR® Magazine’s “30 Under 30” class of 2005, has appeared on HGTV, and authored the book, Real Estate Road Warrior: 101 Technology Tools for Business on the Go. Connect with Shannon at www.ShannonWKing.com or @shannonwking.