There's always one difficult person. You know, the one tech-y person on your Christmas shopping list who seems to have everything. If you're looking for a gift to impress that guy or gal, you've come to the right place. Here you'll find options at a variety of price ranges to give you an idea of how you can spoil that difficult person in your life.
Portable Charging Systems: AviiQ, Everpurse
Give your friends and family the gift of power. Everyone wants break free from the endless outlet search, and these gadgets make it easy. Whether you're looking for gifts for a frequent traveler or just someone who doesn't want to be leashed to the wall of the coffee shop where they chill with their laptops on rainy afternoons, portable charging systems are ideal. The AviiQ, weighing in at $119, offers a 5200 mAh lithium-ion battery, four USB ports, a wall adapter, and an integrated cable management system. If you're looking for a more streamlined, fashion-forward option that travels with you, a purse that charges your phone for you might be your best bet. Everpurse offers a portable cell phone charger in the form of a designer clutch--just drop your smartphone in the inside pocket to charge without the fuss of wires. The leather versions run around $250.
Play:3 Streaming Music System
If you're looking for a gift for the music-lover in your life, go for a streaming music system. The Play:3 is one of the top reviewed wireless, do-it-all, high-quality music players on the market. A wireless receiver built into the speaker hooks up with music on your computer, Pandora, Spotify, and many other online music services to stream music wirelessly, anywhere you are. With built-in Hi-Fi speakers, you can blow out the roof, or stream music to multiple rooms in your home at the same time. The Play:3 runs close to $300, but according to New York Times experts, it's worth it for the quality and ease of use.
The gamer in your life will appreciate a copy of Battlefield 4 for PC. Because it lets you work and play in virtual environments that react to your moves, you can change the landscape in real time. Capture the enemies behind buildings by blowing away the buildings in between. Battlefield 4 also allows gamers to play to their own strengths, building a world that reflects their skills and personality like never before. High-powered graphics and a program powered by the Frostbite 3 engine gives your favorite gamer the power he or she expects in a much-awaited game that's coming out just in time for the holiday season.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display
If you want to really make someone's Christmas special, consider gift-wrapping a MacBook pro for the professional or student in your life. Nothing beats the classic 13" MacBook Pro with an incredibly high-resolution Retina display. PC Mag lists the 13" Pro near the top of their Top Products of 2012--and for good reason. At around $1500, it's pricey, but offers the powerful components necessary for some hard-core productivity--and a higher-than high-resolution display that photographers, graphic designers, and tech geeks love.
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