50 Great Gadget and Gear Gifts for the Holidays

Whether youre looking for a great pair of headphones, the perfect watch, or the best engineering toys, Popular Mechanics gift guide has you covered. Good gift giving depends a lot on well-timed serendipity. Aisle wandering and clicking around online usually lead you to the perfect thing for your car-loving cousin or made-here-obsessed best friend. Trouble … Continue reading “50 Great Gadget and Gear Gifts for the Holidays”

Whether youre looking for a great pair of headphones, the perfect watch, or the best engineering toys, Popular Mechanics gift guide has you covered.

Good gift giving depends a lot on well-timed serendipity. Aisle wandering and clicking around online usually lead you to the perfect thing for your car-loving cousin or made-here-obsessed best friend. Trouble is, times at a premium these days. Our gift to you this holiday season, then, is the next seven pages of time savings. These collections, personally discovered byPopular Mechanics, are loaded with enough great ideas for virtually everybody you know.

Cut, measure, and clip, all with your keychain.

Drinking the right kind of liquor is only half the battle, you also need to right ice set for on the rocks perfection. This sphere ice mold set is up to the task.

Charge it up with the sun or the hand crank. You can also use it to top off your phone battery.

Everything you need to fish, including a 9-foot fly-fishing that collapses to 10 inches.

Youve never had a drink on the rocks quite like this. Although it looks like a normal whiskey glass, the bottom is actually a topographic mold of a real world mountain. Be one with the outdoorseven when youre drinking.

Weighs only 2 ounces and filters more than 250 gallons of water.

The MMX Vancouver Marshmallow Crossbow will be going to a few very lucky people on my list. It shoots marshmallows up to 60 feet. And not those little tiny marshmallows. The big campfire ones. I dont know why anyone wouldnt want one of these.

-Ryan DAgostino, Editor-in-chief ofPopular Mechanics

Durable, easy to read in any weather, and limited to only 50.

With a retro design and a rustproof finish, this Stanley flask is a camping standard. Dont let a friend explore the outdoors without one.

A knife and a bottle-cap opener that comes with a 25-year warranty.

Holds up your pants. Looks good. Washable.

With a Goodyear welt construction that will last for years, this American-made boot is classic footwear dressed up in leather. It also has cushion comfort insole and ankle padding for when you spend all day on your feet.

The Raden A22 Carry-On suitcase looks like a fine piece of luggage and Ive been eyeing one. I do a lot of quick business trips and I never check a bag. I think I could fit everything I need in there.

-Ryan DAgostino, Editor-in-chief ofPopular Mechanics

Protects your credit cards with RFID-blocking material. Ten percent of proceeds go to the Navy SEAL Foundation.

This is a drinking vessel for only the most serious brewmaster. With a tap handle and internal pressure gauges, a beer will stay fresh for weeks inside this steampunk-looking growler.

From Barebones Kitchen, this cast-iron skillet is a must-need for any kitchen or campsite. Its no-frills construction makes sure what youre cooking heats up evenly, and Barebones promises quality with its lifetime limited warranty.

The wool keeps you warm. The leather keeps you protected.

Slip on for grip and waterproof protection in any situation.

A 20-liter pack with fully customizable inner compartments.

I didnt know cotton could be that soft. You just dont want to take it off. I would say I wear it more days that not in any given year. On the other days, my wife wears it.

-Ryan DAgostino, Editor-in-chief ofPopular Mechanics

One ofour top picks for the best thermos you can buy, the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Tuff bottle is the sporty addition to a wide-range of bottles with near supernatural heat (or cold) retaining abilities. It comes with a collapsable handle, a carrying strap, and wind mouth so any size ice cube can fit without issue. It also helps that its well-loved by previous owners on Amazon.

Read ourBest Thermos Guidefor even more options!

Theres a good reason why a Yeti, especially one as versatile as the Flip, makes peoples eyes go big: Aside from being perfectly sized to fit a 12-pack and a block of iceor a tray of hot barbecueits equipped with waterproof, leakproof zippers and a puncture- and mildew-resistant shell. And it keeps ice for days.

Read ourBest Soft Coolers Guidefor even more options!

Can you (and up to four friends) tame the inhospital Red Planet? InTerraforming Mars, you goal is to build cities and enact terraforming projects to create Earth 2.0. But the tricky part is making sure you create a world that helps give you an edge over your opponent and gain victory points. Its the first game we recommend on our list of50 best board games, and its a gift that wont disappoint.

Read our50 Best Board Games Guidefor even more options!

All down jackets are warm, sure. But the stitching and outer materials can be inflexible. Not a quality you want while adventuring. Mountain Hardwear, which for nearly 25 years has been finding technical ways to outfit folks in, well, the mountains, uses a new knit fabric with four-way stretch and welds together the jackets baffles rather than stitches to give you maximum movement.

It doesnt get quite as classic as a the 22-inch Weber Kettle. Incredibly high-rated on Amazon, the Weber is the perfect grill for someone with a small space or isnt looking to fire up a whole rack of ribs. The Kettles wheels also makes the grill super portable and easy to use and requires little assembly. If you know someone with a predilection for cooking, this grill will become a fast friend.

Read ourBest Charcoal Grill Guidefor even more options!

Described as a tactical multitool, this Gerber MP600 (theCenter-Driveis another solid option) is specifically designed for military-grade work, so it can handle whatever you throw at it. With a front sight adjuster, carbon scraper, and a blasting cap crimper, the MP600 stands out with a decidedly non-shiny finish.

Read ourBest Multitools Guidefor even more options!

Coming in at a massive 20,800 mAh and 640 lumens, the Gear Aid FLUX is a new kind of lamp for lighting any campsite. Aside from just providing some light in times of darkness, USB ports help keep phones and tablets charged even while youre off the grid. For someone prone to the outdoors, this lamp is a must-have.

Read our BestCamp Lights Guidefor even more options!

Getting into drones can be an expensive proposition, especially as a beginner when you run the risk of catastrophic crashes. Thats why drones like the Mambo FPV are so great. For one, theyre not too expensive and theyre small enough to mess around with indoors. Its an anytime, anywhere kind of drone. Parrot also added a camera attachment to the Mambo, so you can get practice becoming the aerial photographer youve always wanted to be.

Although wi-fi systems like Sonos sound great, theyre not quite as portable or convenient as a solid Bluetooth speaker. Yes, there are a lot to chose from but luckily Ultimate Ears make it an easy choice. The UE Roll 2 is the most interesting of the bunch, offering up 9 hours of battery life and waterproofing in a super-small package. Of course, if you want some more oomf, you can also upgrade to theBoom 2or theMegaboom, but for a great sounding speaker on the golook no further.

Read ourBest Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers Guidefor more options!

Crafted by brothers Bobby and Clayton Chamberlain, this leather apron can hold up to whatever your workshop can throw at it. It comes in a variety of styles, and it looks damn good. But the best part is that youll be support a small family business.

If you know someone whos a serious coffee drinker, they need some serious coffee gear. This Stagg kettle is the perfect hot water creator for any coffee or tea addict in your life. It also helps that it looks awesome and comes with a temperature gauge to make sure your next cup of a joe isjustright.

Read ourBest Coffee Gear Guidefor more options!

This reflector telescope has a 5-inch aperture and a computer to help locate things in the sky. Its also a great starter telescope that wont get in the way of an intrepid novice. If youre lucky, you could be igniting a passion of a budding astronomer.

Read ourBest Telescopes Guidefor more options!

We highlighted this hoodie in our Made in America feature this yearand for good reason. These hoodies are from wool sheared from sheep on the Duckworths Helle Ranch in Bozeman, Montana. The crimped fiber in these hoodies dont need Lycra, so the hoodie remains odor freenot to mention its comfortable as hell.

Vinyl is back, didnt you hear? And there are lots of tables you could go with. But for most beginners, your best bet is the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon. We called it the best value that exists out there with a carbon fiber arm and a great ortofon cartridge. Its also the most slick-looking table out there that will look great in any home or apartment.

Read ourBest Turntables Guidefor more options!

No camera is right for everyone, but the Olympus OM-D Em10 Mark II. This 16 MP Micro Four Thirds DSLR is small enough that you wont mind carrying it around, but serious enough to be a big step up from a smartphone, and take hi-res pictures fit for printing. With a considerable library of lenses, a delightful retro look, and a price point that puts it well below the more professional tier of cameras that can cost as much as $1,000, the OM-D E-M10 MKII is a great camera for aspiring photographers that want a tool, not a toy, but also not break the bank.

Read ourBest Cameras Guidefor more options!

This might not look like the DJI drone youre used to. Known for its much bigger Phantom lineup of drones, the Spark is tiny. Butdont let its size fool youbecause the DJI Spark is jam-packed with technology. The coolest bit is a 3D sensing camera near the the 12MP sensor that can recognize human faces, and best of all, human movements. Yes, you can control this drone with the wave of a hand. It comes in five colors at starts at $460. But if you want to the full packagewith extra batteries and a controllerthen its the $680 Fly More package youre looking for.

Read ourBest Drones Guidefor even more options!

If youve got some money to spendor just really like someoneget them the Sennheiser HD1 wireless headphones. Built by one of the greatest audio companies in existence, these headphones are the ultimate blend of performance and style. Theyre active noise-canceling superpowers also make them dispensable when traveling or working. If your friend or loved one is more of an earbud kind of person,Bose Quietcomfort 20sare the absolute best money can buy.

A wearable blanket, like a snuggie, is no new thing, and Woolrichs ponchos are the best in the business. Made for men and women, this 100 percent wool poncho will keep you warming while also making you look like a badass cowboy that belongs on the dusty mesa of the American Southwest. Why settle for a blanket when you can get a blanket you can wear.

It looks a little like a kaleidoscope, and, frankly, works like one too. A budding astronomer twists the scope to the specific time, day, and month, holds it up to his eye, and takes in an accurate map of the nights sky, with more than 1,500 stars and constellations.

Learning to code doesnt have to be boring, and the Kano Computer Kit proves it. Kids six years and older can buildtheir own computerand learn to code with art, music, apps, and games. The kit comes with a Raspberry Pi 3, speakers, a keyboard, HDMI, and more. You do need an external monitor of some kind, but its a great way to spark interest in technology at a young age. Kano also makes other kits that can expand your kids imagination, once theyve mastered all the concepts the Kano Computer has to offer.

Read ourBest Coding Toys Guidefor more ideas!

The worst thing about a nerf gun is the reloading. Fire off a dozen darts, and youre pretty much done.Not so with the Nerf Rival Nemesis. Although this powered Nerf gun uses small balls instead of darts, its a much more long-lasting, gun-blasting high than your traditional Nerf gun. A flywheel shoots these balls and impressive speeds though, so youre going to want to make sure you dont gettoocarried away with this ball-launching behemoth.

When you need to haul some serious gear, a normal backpack just isnt going to cut it. For these moments, you need something like the ArcTeryx Altra 65. Its not exactly the cheapest pack thats ever existed, but it will last years and years. Its impressive collection of well-throughout pockets and zippers makes it easy to pack and it helps distribute weight making a lot feel like a little. If you want even more inspiration, check out ourBest Hiking Backpacks Guidefor even more options.

Shinola, the young Detroit-based watch manufacturer thats swiftly becoming an all-American luxury company, likes to give credit where credit is due when it comes to its built-here forebears. It also recognizes that the best things in life tend to start with the spark of a lighterthe fuse of a firework, a celebratory cigar, a roaring winter fire. Which is why its teamed up with Zippo, based in Bradford, Pennsylvania, and making reliable fire starters since the 30s, to deliver a collaboration lighter in a do-not-mess-with-me matte-black finish.

As far as camp knives goes, this one looks (and is) awesome. With a full tang construction and heavy-duty walnut dymondwood handle, this knife can handle anything you throw at it when youre on the campsite (or off). It also comes with a leather sheath, which is just an extra bonus. Of course, there are many ways to knife in the great outdoors, and there are more options to ponder in ourGuide to Camp Knives.

Every year, the greatest gift I receive is often a simple onea really good book. And if you know someone with a predilection for science fiction, thereare several to choose from. But in 2017, Jeff VanderMeersBornehas impressed us the most. The biotech-fueled post apocalypse is filled with amazing moments and characters thatll keep the pages turning.

Much like how Apollo 11 was one of NASAs most daring missions, the same could be said when saddling up to complete this intimidatingly large Lego Saturn V rocket. At almost 2,000 pieces and standing at 36 inches when assembled, it truly is a majestic Lego kiteven if youre not a space nerd. Its likely an 8-hour mission to assemble this alone, so be sure to recruit some friends.

Read theBest Space Lego Guidefor more ideas!

Timbuk2 doesnt need more evidence as to why theyre one of the best bag makers out there, but the Blink provides some anyway. The ultimate choice for getting a way for the weekend, the Blink is a tough, water-resistant bag that can fit a 15-inch laptop, a clean design, and internal compartments for helping to keep you organized. The black looks pretty good, but Id opt for the visually stunning electric blue if I were you.

Read ourBest Commuter Bag Guidefor more ideas!

For many people, wallets can be the pain of your existence. Theyre big, bulky, and awkwardunless theyre not. The Distil Union Wally looks like an average wallet, but its built-in money clip, small openings for cards, and pull tabs for getting the cards out helps slim this wallet down considerable. It also helps that the all-leather wallet looks pretty great, too.

Read ourBest Wallets Guidefor more ideas!

Just because its cold doesnt mean you cant enjoy the outdoors in some style. This wool hat from Filson is a classic design, built for keeping your noggin at (or above) room temperature. It also comes in three different colors if green isnt quite your friends style.

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Christmas Gift Idea Oven Mitt Stocking with Free Printable Tag

Welcome to the Hello Holidays event at Yellow Bliss Road!

For the next three weeks we will be in major Christmas countdown mode here at the Road with tons of holiday inspiration for Christmas crafts, Christmas gift ideas, and Christmas recipes & treats. Ive got lots of friends stopping by to share some of their favorite projects and I cant wait for you to see what they are sharing. Please give a big welcome to Amber!

Hello Yellow Bliss Road readers! I am so happy to be posting on Kristins amazing blog! I love her work so much! I am Amber fromCrazy Little Projectsand I am super excited to show off a creative holiday gift idea today! This is an oven mitt stocking! The perfect gift for someone who loves to cook or bake:

Its so quick and simple but turns out so fun! Simply fill an oven mitt with any type of baking utensils, add a cute tag and youve got a great gift:

Oven Mitt (Obviously the easiest solution here is to buy one. But if you are the handmade gift type, I have atutorial for an oven mitton my blog.)

Utensils of your choice-see suggestions below

Here are some suggestions for what to fill your oven mitt stocking with. If you want to keep this nice and inexpensive, shop at the dollar store! I bet you could fill this for under $10.

Or anything else that seems like something that your recipient would enjoy!

Then, add a cute tag. Here s a fun option that you could use. Just right click to save to your computer, then print.

Find me over atCrazy Little Projectswhere I blog about making life great through baking, sewing, parties, crafting and celebrating the small moments in life! Also find me onInstagramPinterest, andFacebook.

Thanks you so much for sharing today Amber! It was great to have you visit. If youd like to see more from the Hello Holidays event, clickHERE.

And be sure to enter our current giveaways! (Click on the images to go to the post).

Hi! Im Kristin, the creative mind behind Yellow Bliss Road where you will be inspired by tons of easy to follow recipes, lots of free printables, and a little sprinkling of life thrown in for good measure.

Filed Under:ChristmasChristmas PrintablesGift IdeasHello HolidaysHolidays / SeasonsTagged With:Christmas CraftChristmas gift ideasFree Printablesgifts for bakersHello Holidays

This is such a cute idea and I love the tag, it really personalizes such a great gift idea. Pinning!!

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Christmas Gifts For Her 2017

Step away from the bath bombs, weve got the chic answer to all your Christmas present dilemmas.

Christmas gifts are an annual stress. Its only October and trees and lights are popping all over the place. We give it a week before hearing the first Christmas song playing in a shop.

Come December, while the more organised among us are snipping the ribbons of their Instagrammably wrapped up gifts into perfect points, the majority of people are still scrolling through endless pages of potential presents and checking for the next day delivery option.

Whether youre buying presents for work pals, family members, or your BFFs, it can can all be a it of a mare. So, step away from the bath bombs, weve got the chic answer to all your present dilemmas.

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As we all know, buying clothing is a risky business, so, unless its a failsafe Bella Freud jumper, its best avoided. Theres nothing thatll make a Christmas awks like a size mess-up. Real rookie error.

Altogether safer areas are cardholders, scarfs, stationary, make-up and hair products Weve actually put together a little guide to thebest Christmas makeup gift setsbeauty advent calendarsandsecret Santa gift ideasif youre looking for more inspiration. Remember, if youd want it, but probably wouldnt buy it for yourself, chances are they will too.

There are people who are easy to please – just the gesture is basically enough – then there are the people who, erm, are slightly more demanding. If youre looking for somebody in particular, weve got a number of edits of the bestChristmas gifts ideas for mumChristmas gift ideas for dadandChristmas gift ideas for him. (Youre welcome.)

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Fashion people can be a bit tricksy. You truly cant go wrong with a box of matches or acandle. Forget their rep for being boring  give someone a Diptyque candle and theyll love you forever.

Same goes for something nice for the house the Preen cushion in our below edit will go down well, we guarantee.

So, get yourChristmas jumperon and get those presents sorted with our brilliant Christmas gift guide below

Available atPreen by Thornton Bregazzi175.00

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