Wait, what? Cyber Monday was four days ago, and you still haven’t finished your holiday gift buying?
Don’t worry, we haven’t either. But we thought we’d take some time away from our busy shopping schedules to help you find the best presents for the gadget geeks in your life. In the slideshow above, we’ve collected some of the Xconomy staff’s favorite tech and tech-related products of 2013.
We’ve written about many of these items right here at Xconomy and Xperience, including Anki Drive, the Automatic Link, Dropcam, Hulu Plus, Maingear custom PCs, the Nomiku sous vide circulator, the Misfit Shine, the Sphero robotic ball, and Spira shoes. Most of the products we picked are made by companies based in Xconomy’s home cities, such as 3D Robotics, Rickshaw Bagworks, and Shinola.
The two most obvious high-tech holiday gift ideas this year—at least for big spenders with video game enthusiasts in their families—aren’t on our list. Of course, we’re talking about the Xbox One game console from Microsoft ($500) and the PlayStation 4 from Sony ($700). We haven’t tried either one yet, so we can’t tell you whether they’re worth the money or which one is better.
We also thought about including a smart watch in the list, such as Samsung’s Galaxy Gear or the Pebble. But we can’t, in good conscience, recommend any of the current generation of wrist-sized devices. They’re all too bulky and feature-poor. This is one product category that needs to percolate for another year, at least, before manufacturers have a compelling product that’s worth your hard-earned cash.
Happy holidays! And if you have a favorite high-tech gift idea that we forgot to include, let us know in the comments.