Move over, Oprah! Something for the geeky hipster in all of us, here are the stylish gadgets, cubicle toys, and stocking stuffers favorited by ADGers in 2013. For thrifty convenience, they’re ordered from cheap to baller.
This may not seem like the most amazing stocking stuffer on the surface, but if we ADGers are anything other than creatives, we are foodies. This spoon is one piece, withstands high temperatures for all those crazy gastro experiments you are doing, and even comes in ADG Orange™!
$13 | Man Card Bottle Opener
Hopping on the mustache train, this pocket pal won’t leave you in a lurch when you pick up that screwtop-free bottle of craft beer your pals brewed in their closet.
A collection of drinks inspired by your favorite writings! Do you drink them while you read their inspiration source, or is that too meta?
Self-descriptive, don’t miss the comments.
$20 | Build-On Brick Mug
A mug that is a toy? Why not? What’s the worst that could happen with a cup of scalding liquid and an irresistible receptacle of entertainment?
Self-descriptive, but ultra chic without being frou-frou.
$25 | CB2: Slide Calendar
For a bit of analog love, CB2 has been churning out some pretty nifty calendars that are as attractive as functional.
$32 | Circuit Board Cufflinks
“Hey, it looks like you spilled some chips on your sleeve…” Oh, stop!
I’ve seen these in a few shops here and there and they always make me laugh. The collection of pigeons, rats, sewer drain covers, fire hydrants, and old cameras are just grand. Throw one or several into your office or home to take your seriousness down a notch.
I have a hard time justifying the purchase of a staple remover for $55, but this is high on the #OMGWANT list. See also the T-Rex skull version.
$65 | Nutter Cycle Multi Tool
Being a cycling enthusiast doesn’t have to mean fanny packs and neon spandex—you can still roll like a refined gal or gentleman.
$69 | Kittens Sweater
A gift list wouldn’t be appropriate without anything cat-themed and this sweatshirt is just so ugly it went platinum. This particular sweatshirt appears to be out of stock at the moment, but Google has a whole collection of unique varieties to browse. Buy it for your other, then make them wear it.
This setup works on your desk or kitchen counter, is compact, and does the work for you. It practically grows itself, letting you know when it needs food and water. If only children were this easy!
$80–250 | Lapka: Personal Environment Monitor
This is my favorite gift this year! This variety of mini sensors plug into your iDevice and monitor radiation, temperature, humidity and more as you move throughout your day. If you’re into big data, this could give you some fascinating insight into the environments you are most comfortable in. It’s perfect for the hypochondriacs and statisticians in your life.
As practical as it is fashionable, every family vehicle could use one of these. I’d use it at the beach, when tailgating, walking to the fireworks show, or death-surfing the streets of San Francisco (don’t do this).
I caught this watch a couple months ago and have been enamored with it since. Classic, a conversation piece, and beautiful—the wristwatch has faded in utility, but this watch adds to your ensemble. Another new line to check out is anything by watchmaker, Ziiiro.
$100–130 | Fitbit: Fitness & Goal Tracking Wristband
Even against Jawbone’s new UP24 or the Nike+ FuelBand, Fitbit still reigns as the consistent favorite of the fitness tracking bands for its on-screen feedback display. These bands, paired with a mobile app, monitor your sleep patterns, activity level, let you track food goals, and more. Popularizing in 2013, any of these brands would be great buys.
There have been many derivations of the portable speaker concept through the years, but this one takes the 2013 cake. Tiny, weatherproof, and a 1-year “no matter what” warranty seal the deal with nearly 100% 5-star reviews to back up the sound quality and durability.
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$750 | Tentsile Stingray Air Tent
I can’t vouch for your family not being terrified in this device, but man it looks cool! The flying tent would be great against bears and insects at least.
$16,500 | Moby1 XTR Teardrop Trailer
Or, if a tent isn’t quite your ride, the teardrop is coming back more stylish and versatile than ever before. This rural city unfolds from a tuna can with all of the amenities you need for leisure or in doomsday preparation—that is, if you haven’t already cashed in on a tiny house instead.
Want to see all these goodies on Pinterest? Check out ADG’s Holiday Gift Guide Pinterest Board. You’ll finish that TPS report tomorrow!
Disclosure: ADG and the authors were not sponsored or otherwise benefactors from the promotion of these products. These are legitimate favorites and/or other fascinating internet finds.