In this digital age, there's no shortage of tech gifts for business people. So, since virtually every business person already uses tech throughout the year at their day jobs, why not give something that they might never buy otherwise?
Take Jawbone's Jambox, for instance. It's a wireless, 85 decibel, 12 ounces, $200 portable speaker with microphone that, connected by Bluetooth to your smartphone, allows a group to conduct a conference call without straining to hear or speak. If you were playing music through Jambox before the conference call, the music resumes after the call is done. It can also be used to provide accompanying sound for presentations made with a tablet -- or, if you are so inclined, to provide the soundtrack for the tablet-based game you're playing.
Mouse Ring, AGloves
Speaking of presentations, consider the $60 Mouse Ring from Hammacher Schlemmer -- a wireless mouse that fits on a forefinger as a ring might. There's "left" and "right" mouse buttons, as well as a thumb touch pad with an optical sensor having 1,000-dpi sensitivity, and it can communicate up to 30 feet away with a receiver that plugs into a USB port for any Windows 7, Vista, or XP computer.
But before you leave the tres-unique confines of Hammacher Schlemmer, check out The Only 75-inch Widescreen Personal Movie Theater. It's a set of glasses containing two high-res, 852 x 480, miniature LCDs in the inside of the eyepieces, plus dual stereo noise-isolating earphones.
The company said it gives the experience of watching a widescreen 75-inch TV from 10 feet away, with 24-bit true color and a 35-degree field of view. The $500 system connects to any of Apple's mobile devices, a portable DVD player, or a personal video game system, and is perfect for those long flights when you just want to get lost in a good movie or shoot-'em-up game.
Anyone in the colder states knows the modern day dilemma of trying to operate your smartphone or other touch-sensitive device outside in winter when you're wearing gloves. A pair of $18 Agloves solves that problem, since the knit gloves contain conductive material that allow your fingers to keep warm and still interact to navigate, type or dial.
The gloves were born when the mother and daughter who started the company decided they'd had enough of trying to use their iPhones in the cold. "We just weren't willing to answer our phones with our noses anymore," the mother and company CEO, Jennifer Spencer, noted on their Web site.
Click 'n Dig, Ballpoint Stylus
And sometimes you want narrower fingers for touchscreen interaction. The $10 Verteks 2-in-1 Amethyst Ballpoint Pen is a capacitive touchscreen stylus and a twist-style ballpoint with Swarovski Crystals in the pen body. The device lets you interact with your touch-sensitive device -- and take notes in an old fashioned notebook.
When you have so many mobile devices, not to mention a variety of keys and other eminently losable possessions, keeping track of them is a mini-job in itself. Click 'n Dig item finders could be the perfect gift to keep track of other gifts. You attach a receiver to any item. Then, to find it, hold down a button on the transmitter, and the lost possession will beep and flash. One transmitter with two receivers is $30.
When you've found them, you need to keep them charged. For that task, consider the Digipower Executive Edition Charging Valet, an elegant $40 cherrywood charging station that docks all those portable devices, while hiding the outlet and chargers, and provides a drawer for small items like wallets and keys -- so you won't have to beep and flash to find them.