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Top Tech Stocking Stuffers for 2011
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    2011-12-09

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    Stocking stuffers are always great little surprises to wake up to on Christmas morning. If you really want to make a great impression, consider some of the tech stocking stuffers included in this list that should satisfy anyone who is a fan of innovation.

    Gelaskins Smartphone Skins

    If you look around while in public, it seems as if everyone has a smartphone nowadays.  Itís hard to blame them, as smartphones are loaded with so much technology that essentially makes them computers on the go.  Unless you purchase a smartphone with a lengthy contract, its price can be quite high.  With that being said, protecting your investment is key, and thatís where smartphone accessories such as cases and skins come in handy.

    Gelaskins is a company that specializes in such accessories at affordable prices.  Their skins are some of the most beautiful around, thanks to some highly talented artists.  These are not your everyday skins youíll find covering most phones.  In fact, they are the complete opposite.  Consider them as the perfect accessory for smartphone owners who really want to make a statement.  Beyond their aesthetic appeal, the skins offer protection on the front, back, and sides.  They provide scratch protection as well.  Best of all, they are not bulky, so they wonít affect portability whatsoever.

    Besides protection for iPhones, Android phones, and other smartphones, Gelaskins also offers similar solutions for MP3 players, tablets, and e-readers.  The selection is extremely impressive, so you will probably want to pick up more than one skin.  Luckily, they are affordable, so you wonít go bankrupt in the process.

    Price: $15

    Link: http://www.gelaskins.com/store/phones/iPhone_4/Bookshelf

    Flying Digital Alarm Clock

    The creators behind this tech stocking stuffer definitely deserve some credit for developing a fun, yet practical gadget.  Anybody who uses an alarm clock knows that keeping it in close reach is not too effective when it comes to getting you out of bed.  To avoid such problems, this alarm clock comes with a detachable mini helicopter that takes off and flies when the alarm goes off.  The helicopter holds the key to turning off the alarm, so unless you get out of bed and chase it, the alarm will continue to ring.  The alarm comes complete with a snooze option and runs on four AA batteries.  If there ever was a way to truly get you up and going in the morning, this is it.

    Price: $10

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/Flying-Digital-Alarm-Clock-Black/dp/B0019CJANG

    Heat Sensitive Backing for iPhone 4 or 4S

    Hereís a nifty stocking stuffer for the iPhone fanatic seeking an accessory that will separate their smartphone from the rest of the pack.  The heat sensitive backing changes color in the range of 90 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.  Your pocket, hands, and the inner workings of the iPhone will cause the backing to change colors between black, red, yellow, green, and deep blue.  Black signifies cold, while deep blue signifies hot.  The backing measures just .005 inches thick, so you wonít have to worry about a lot of additional bulk.  The company that makes the backing, RF Laserworks, also has other interesting backings for the iPhone and iPad, such as cork and birch wood that you can check out when visiting their site. 

    Price: $12

    Link: http://www.rflaserworks.com/grip-tape-iphone-4-backing

    X-Mini II Capsule Speaker

    Are you looking for a stocking stuffer for a music fan or someone who needs a little more audio in their life?  If so, the X-Mini II Capsule Speaker is a great choice.  This tiny capsule speaker has a height of 7 cm and a diameter of 6 cm.  Despite its diminutive size, the speaker pumps out a surprising amount of sound.  Thereís a volume control feature, and you can even connect various capsule speakers together for even more power.  Each speaker carries a battery life of approximately 11 hours.  You can pick one up in your choice of red, black, or white.

    Price: $20

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/X-Mini-II-Capsule-Speaker-Black/dp/B001UEBN42

    Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

    This tech stocking stuffer doesnít use electricity and lacks any nifty gadgetry, but itís certainly tech related.  Itís the biography of Steve Jobs as written by Walter Isaacson, and itís a great gift for any tech lover who wants to take a more in-depth look into one of the worldís most passionate minds.  Whether you have a tech fan on your shopping list or an aspiring entrepreneur, this 656 page book is a great read that managed to make Amazonís list of the Best Books of 2011.  The book comes in a standard hardcover edition, but you can also pick it up digitally for the Amazon Kindle or as an audio CD.

    Price: $18 Hardcover

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/Steve-Jobs-Walter-Isaacson/dp/1451648537/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321974242&sr=8-1

    Cyber Clean

    Keeping your devices clean can be quite the challenge, especially if you tend to around them.  Itís not secret that food crumbs are attracted to keyboard crevices, but even if you donít eat in the vicinity, you are still likely to have dirt and debris that collects in the tiniest of cracks.  You can use a spray to push out the grime, or you can even use your breath to blow it out.  Thereís also the turn upside down and bang technique, but none of those are completely effective.

    Cyber Clean is a product that is made specifically to attack dirt and debris in crevices of keyboards, phones, calculators, remote controls, and similar devices.  Its color is reminiscent of a highlighter, and its form is like cotton.  The elasticity of Cyber Clean allows you to press it into crevices to clean out all the gunk, and it will actually adhere to the device to ensure maximum cleaning.  You wonít have to worry about any sticky or greasy residue either.  Cyber Clean is rather interesting because as you collect debris, you can keep folding Cyber Clean to reuse it until its color turns dark. This is a great tech stocking stuffer because itís not only cheap, but itís highly useful as well.

    Price: $7 for a Home and Office Standard Cup

    Link: http://cyberclean.tv/webshop/Cyberclean-Home-and-Office-Standard-Cup.html


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