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Here is a list of my top 10 gift ideas for tech and fitness lovers. I own and have reviewed some of the gadgets on this list already. Some others are still on my todo list. So if you need more information on a specific item, follow the link to the review, or check back in a few weeks for updates.
No matter if you are a serious CrossFit athlete or a casual fitness enthusiast who enjoys going to the gym a few times per week. If you have done any weightlifting or bodyweight exercises, such as pull-ups, you have probably noticed how the skin on your hands gets rough and sometimes tears.
That is where Barehand gloves can help. They are incredibly lightweight and, unlike other gloves, they don’t mess with your grip. Barehand gloves can even improve your grip for specific exercises, such as cleans or snatches. Check out my full review of these workout gloves for more information on why I think they make a great gift.
PS: You can use discount code kummer25 to get 25% off the purchase price!
If you haven’t read my previous article covering Crescendo you might be shocked, or at least surprised that I’m recommending a sex toy. To truly understand where I’m coming from (no pun intended), I suggest you check out my review.
In a nutshell, Crescendo is a technological masterpiece with tons of health benefits, and since my blog is all about the convergence of health and technology, this gadgets was a natural fit.
The Ember mug keeps your coffee or tea at a preset temperature for a couple of hours. I usually drink my coffee slow, and I hate when it starts cooling down after only a few sips, especially in winter.
Years ago, I had a little hot plate on my desk to keep it warm, and later I switched to a Yeti, which has worked incredibly well. But I kind of like the idea of being able to control the mugs temperature via an app and to get a visual indication of how hot the liquid inside the mug is.
Ember does all that and more. I haven’t had a chance to test it yet, but some users have reported that the ceramic coating on the inside starts flaking after a few weeks. Regardless, I definitely want to give it a try. So if you are still looking for my Christmas or Birthday gift, you know what to get me!
Lifeprint is a photo and video printer unlike any you have seen before. The fact that it’s a “video” printer should already give you a clue that Lifeprint can do something others can’t.
Of course, it cannot literally print a video, but it can do something close to it. You can record a video with your smartphone and then select a frame (a photo) from that video that you can print. If you hand that photo to someone else, they can replay the associated video on their phone by simply holding the print in front of their phone’s camera using the Lifeprint app.
How cool is that? I saw a demo at my local Apple Store and was blown away. It’s perfect for invitations and a thousand other use cases.
The Lululemon Commission Pants Slim Warpstreme are hands down my favorite pants, EVER!
It’s not only that they are incredibly comfortable because of the 4-way stretch fabric (they are), but they look like chinos instead of sweatpants. I bought a pair to use at home but lately started wearing them at trade shows.
One day I asked my boss if he thought these pants look too casual for a business event he replied: “No, why?”
A week later, at another industry event, he wore the same pants. So if you are looking for one pair of pants to wear anywhere, the Commission Pants are the way to go. Just make sure you get the “Slim” version because the classic cut doesn’t have the 4-way stretch fabric.
I like the cold season, but my fingers usually don’t share my enthusiasm. So a few years ago, I got touchscreen compatible gloves at Costco. The problem with these gloves is that they are relatively thin and so they don’t keep my fingers warm when it’s freezing outside. Plus, they look pretty sporty and not very elegant.
Mujjo, a Dutch company, released new gloves that look incredibly slick and they are also touchscreen compatible. Best of all, they keep your fingers warm – or at least, they claim to. I’m currently waiting on on mine, and I can’t wait to try them out in the cold Georgia weather. I’m not joking; it’s freezing here right now.
I own the first generation of Nomad’s Base Station and love it. Nomad made it from premium materials, like all their products, and it can charge multiple phones and other devices at the same time. It even has a USB-C port.
The only thing it can’t do is charge my Apple Watch without an additional charging cable. The new Nomad Base Station Apple Watch Edition fills that gap because it offers an integrated charging disk. It’s perfect for your nightstand or for traveling. I’m currently waiting on Nomad to ship mine because it’s back ordered due to popular demand.
Hands up if you don’t like vacuuming your house! We have someone who helps us clean the whole house every two weeks, but we still have to vacuum some areas almost every day, such as the kitchen or family room.
We got a wireless Dyson V7 a few months ago, and it’s made the process a lot easier. But one of us still has to do it. Vacuum robots have come a long way since they were first introduced a few years ago. In other words, they are now smart enough to remember room layouts; they don’t fall off stairs or bump into expensive furniture or accessories. They also offer a sufficiently long battery life to be practicable.
iRobot is arguably the leader in vacuum robots, and they have a couple of attractive models. The latest and greatest is the Roomba® i7+ which even empties itself. But for those who want to get a solid product without spending a fortune, the Roomba 690 is a solid pick.
I know that it’s usually not a great idea to give household equipment to your spouse, but I have a feeling my wife would appreciate a Roomba. Your mileage may vary.
Most monitors, including the one that comes with the iMac and iMac Pro, are too low. As a result, they make you look down, which isn’t great for your posture.
I recently purchased an iMac Pro, and I’m in the process of reviewing it. So I decided also to get the Twelve South HiRise Pro, which not only elevates my iMac, but it also declutters my desk by providing hidden storage compartments for hard drives, hubs or personal items.
While Twelve South is known for making gadgets that are compatible with Apple devices, it’s worth noting that the HiRise Pro works with many other displays as well. So check it out, even if you don’t have an iMac or Apple-branded display.
Whoop is a smart fitness membership that combines hardware (fitness band) with analytics and a community.
I own an Apple Watch, and it’s arguably one of the best and accurate fitness gadgets money can buy. However, Apple doesn’t do a good job in analyzing and interpreting the data the Apple Watch collects. I thought it might be because the data those devices collect isn’t good enough to make a reliable prediction regarding recovery time, sleep quality, etc.
By Whoop challenges that premise by providing the analytics and actionable insights the Apple Watch doesn’t. With Whoop you don’t buy the hardware. Instead, you sign up for a 6-months or annual membership that starts at $24 per month. The fitness band and everything else is included in the membership.
I’ll definitely do a review on Whoop, but even before having had hands-on experience with it, I already think it’s an excellent gift for anyone who wants to become healthier and more active.
This year, I tried to include new products in my gift list that I haven’t reviewed yet. I did that, so you see what else is out there, even if you are a frequent reader of my blog. Rest assured, I’m planning on reviewing all of these gadgets next year.
If you have a great gift idea for a tech or fitness lover, let me and other readers know by leaving a comment below!
I was born and raised in Austria. I speak German, English, and Spanish. Since moving to the U.S., I have lived and worked in Alpharetta, GA. In my twenties, I was a professional 100m sprinter. These days I do mostly CrossFit. I'm a technologist and Apple fan. I love science and don't believe anything unless there is proof. I follow the Paleo diet and intermittently fast every day. I'm married and have two trilingual kids. My goal with this blog is to share what I learn so that you can spend time on something else.