The Holidays are almost here - Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and while you are getting ready for some family time and turkey, gifts are probably one thing on your mind.
We have already posted our 2012 Holiday gift guide
for smartphones and tablets, but those might be a bit too expensive, especially given how phones go with two year commitments. If you want something cheaper, yet tech-oriented, useful and fun, we have cherry picked the best accessories on the market which should make a great gift.
We have accessories for gadgets catering to everyone - from headsets for the audiophiles, to fitness trackers for health motivated, and even productivity tools for suit wearers.
With no further ado, take a look at our picks for best accessories that you can gift-wrap this Holiday season. We have arranged them by price, putting the most affordable ones first and the pricier ones last.
Holiday gift guide 2012 – accessories
Holiday gift guide 2012 – accessories
The Glif is probably the single most essential accessory for those who have an iPhone and want to use it for photography, recording videos and just getting experimental with that camera. It is a tripod mount / stand, it is pocketable, and you can hook it up to your keychain.
We might have the Nokia Lumia 920 with its super sensitive screen that registers touch even when you wear gloves, but for other devices you need special gloves. The Glider Gloves are a perfect fit - they allow you to use your touchscreen and wear them, they are not too expensive, they are practical and they were invented in Canada (where it gets cold!).
The Cosmonaut stylus is one of the most comfortable to hold styluses out there, and it just looks good. It looks funny as well, but it is indeed practical, so it would be a perfect gift for your artistically inclined buddies.
A wireless game controller is a must-have for any serious gamer. And this here classical controller accomplishes two goals - tickle your nostalgic nerve and free the screen on your phone and tablet from your fingers for serious gaming.
Wireless speakers are a good idea, but they cost dearly. And what would you do with that old stereo system you have? Let’s get practical - this $50 Bluetooth receiver is the perfect tool to go cordless with your music and save on a new stereo system. It works with just about any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.
If you want to get fancier with gifts, this $70 iCade console is a good pick for your nerdy gamer friend. It is made for the iPad, and it is no less than a time machine - put it in their, take a hold of the joystick and start pumping those keys.
Remote controlled gadgets are fun, and SilverFit has a few you can control with your smartphone. We like this Porsche, but you can pick from other models as well.
The FitBit is one of the more affordable fitness trackers, but we like it for the fact that it can be bundled with a Wi-Fi Smart Scale for a more complete experience. The FitBit tracks your activity and then the SmartScale checks your progress with your body weight and BMI.
If you have got a friend/relative who is constantly on the go, the Plantronics Voyager Legend could turn out to be a great gift. This $100 Bluetooth earpiece delivers superb sound quality.
The Jawbone UP was resurrected days ago, after the initial run had problems, and it’s now ready to go. It is a fitness tracker, but it stands out from the rest since it tracks not just your daily activity, but also looks after your night sleep and wakes you up at just the right time with a gentle vibration.
The Nike+ Fuel Band is the priciest fitness tracker, but also the one that’s passed the test of time. It comes with Nike’s motivating point system to keep your burning fat, and marching confidently towards your fitness goals.
The Nest Thermostat is a bit of an exception as it is not exactly an accessory. But we’ll allow this exception - this gadget comes from the man who designed the iPod, and looks as well designed as an iOS device. It learns how to adjust the temperature, saves you energy and looks good.
The Big Jambox is a wireless Bluetooth portable speaker. It is bigger than the original (duh!), but it is also more powerful, while retaining the gorgeous design.
The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 is a hell of a fun toy. Flying around a quadricopter with your smartphone could be addictive for both kids and adults. You have a camera as well to snoop around. At $300 it is pricey, though, but for hardcore geeks, it definitely is a dream toy.
You might have wondered how come there are no Bluetooth headsets mentioned so far. Truth is most affordable headphones are good, but not great. The Parrot Zik is great. Actually, it is pretty much the best Bluetooth headset around. At $400 it caters to audiophiles and delivers with great sound and looks.