Christmas is less than two weeks away and Hanukkah is in six days! Are you done with your shopping (or maybe you haven’t started)? Fear not — below are some ideas that may make good gifts.
1. Charging Station for Electronics
Modern life involves charging a lot of stuff: mobile phones, iPads, headphones, laptops, Oura rings, and smartwatches. Multiply that by the number of people in your household and it means a lot of charging blocks. I’ve searched far and wide to find a good solution and I’m happy to report that I’ve found a product that works great. It’s the ISDT Power 200 Charging Station.
It has a fast-charging contact charger, 3 USB-C ports and 1 USB-A port. The USB-C ports provide up to 65 Watts, enough to charge a laptop, and the USB-A port runs at up to 24 Watts. That means you don’t need a power cube, just cables. And it’s quite compact.
Here’s a picture of it in real life with my iPhone 14 Pro next to it as a size reference:
Link to product on Amazon
2. HALO Emergency Power Kit
The HALO Emergency Power Kit is amazingly versatile:
- It is a power bank with an AC outlet and two USB-A ports for charging/powering electronics, including enough juice to power a laptop.
- an air compressor for inflating tires (or whatever),
- A portable car jump starter if you have a dead battery
- An LED floodlight
Wow. The usefulness of having one of these in your car speaks for itself! I used my Halo this morning to add air to a car tire that is a bit low!
Link to product on QVC. Amazon has some versions as well, but this QVC one has the most features.
3. Oura Ring
I’ve written about my Oura Ring previously here. It is a fantastic sleep and activity tracker that only needs to be charged every five days and is unobtrusive. The app is impressive and provides detailed information about sleep quality and readiness. It’s a pricey gift, but everyone I know who has an Oura ring loves it.
If you order one (for yourself or others), Oura will first send you a sizing kit. After determining sizing, then you order the ring.
Link to Oura Website.
4. An Immersion Blender
It’s soup weather in the Northern Hemisphere, and many soup recipes call for blending. Using an immersion blender is much easier than pouring hot soup into a blender. In addition to soup, immersion blenders can be used to blend smoothies, batters, dips (like hummus), and sauces.
Here’s Good Housekeeping on the 7 Best Immersion Blenders of 2022.
5. A Weighted Blanket
Here’s a non-electronic idea: a weighted blanket. I’ve written previously about why humans like to sleep with blankets and noted, that, among other reasons there’s a psychological benefit:
The weight of blankets have a calming effect. Heavy blankets can stimulate what is known as “deep pressure touch” which both stimulates serotonin production and reduces cortisol production. Serotonin increases our sense of well-being and cortisol is the stress hormone which triggers the fight or flight response. Thus, production of serotonin and lesser production of cortisol leads to better sleep, a greater feeling of well-being and less anxiety. Studies have confirmed that sleeping under a weighted blanket improves sleep and can also reduce anxiety.
Here are the nine best weighted blankets according to New York Magazine.
Here are a few other lists I’ve made of gift ideas:
Ten Great Last Minute Gift Ideas for Guys
Five Things I’m Digging Right Now