If our Instagram feed is any indication, weekend nights are all about the ugly sweater parties. We're spinning the time-honored tradition and opting for faux-ugly Christmas sweaters that show off geeky pop-culture taste. From handmade Doctor Who to Pac-Man zipping through an 8-bit tree, find a sweater here that'll be the talk of the eggnog bowl.
If Mom's eyes are always glued to her iPhone or iPad, then we've got must-have accessories that are as chic and practical as she is. Techie moms are too busy to worry about the well-being of their valuable gadgets, so get her something that'll keep it safe, stylish, and within close reach.
Take a look at the cord-organizing, tablet-toting, iPhone-hugging gifts that every mobile mom needs in the gallery, and tell us how you're telling your tech-savvy ma how much you love her this holiday season.
We humans do all we can to stay snug when the temperature falls, layering on wool, fleece, faux fur, and flannel. So why wouldn't we do the same for our precious phones and tablets? Keep those darling devices warm and toasty with these cases made to weather the elements!
Wrapping presents is half the fun of gift-giving, right? Or, at least that's what we chant midway through a Scotch tape catastrophe. So why not hide gifts in quirky paper that's as much fun as the main attraction? From owl post to a Pac-Man ghost, we've found the geekiest gift wrap to keep the mystery alive until the gift exchange.
My first cell phone was heavier than my purse, but I carried it like it was the One Ring. Several years earlier, you couldn't part me from my Game Boy, which, at the time, was just slightly cooler than the new cordless phone (with the two-foot-long antenna) my dad excitedly brought home from Circuit City. As the years pass, we all get pretty nostalgic about our tech. So to honor the retrophiles on your gift list, we rounded up a few cases and sleeves that will make them reminisce about their own gadgets of yore.
Is there anything better than giving someone a present they truly love? Why yes! Gifting something they love that also contributes to a worthy cause. Ahead, check out six gifts that are practical, stylish, and best of all, charitable.
Double points for LSTN Headphones. Not only are the music accessories made from reclaimed wood, but the company partners with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to donate a portion of proceeds to helping people hear music for the first time. We especially like the Troubadour collection ($150 each) for their unique shapes.
(PRODUCT)RED by Apple
Buy the PRODUCT(RED) edition of the iPod Shuffle ($49), iPod Nano ($149), iPod Touch ($299), iPad Smart Cover ($39), iPad Smart Case ($79), iPhone 5S Case ($39), or iPhone 4S bumper ($29) and Apple will donate a portion of of the proceeds to the Global Fund, which fights AIDS in Africa. The scarlet-hued PRODUCT(RED) versions do not cost more than the other color options.
Mophie RED iPhone Case
There are so many reasons to love this RED iPhone 5 case ($120) — the ruby color, the fact that it comes with a juice pack air case for when your battery runs low, and most especially, the fact that five percent of the proceeds go to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS.
Mend 13-inch Laptop Sleeve
Handmade in Uganda, this laptop sleeve ($59) isn't just gift-worthy for its sleek look. The case was created by the organization Invisible Children to help empower women affected by the Lord's Resistance Movement conflict.
Dad is your rock. He's the family IT guy, the authority on all things sci-fi, and the ultimate adventurer. So this holiday season, get him gadgets and gizmos that'll up his tech game. We've got trinkets for outdoorsmen, photographers, Einstein enthusiasts, and more.
See all the fitness trackers, panoramic photo accessories, wireless speakers, and other doodads we handpicked for geek fathers in the gallery!
Anyone with a sister knows she's the hardest person to shop for. You know her so well that you have to pick something she'll love — and if she doesn't, she has no problem telling you to return it. To take the hard work out of the equation, we've handpicked six of the best finds for any tech-loving sis. These picks are pretty darn special, so there's no way she'll want to do anything but keep 'em.
- You have different personalities, and you always tease her for it. That's why this Kate Spade Type A iPhone 5 case ($35) is the perfect gift.
- Have you ever seen a prettier camera bag? Your shutterbug sister is guaranteed to swoon over this Rebecca Minkoff stunner ($128, originally $195).
- A great sisterly gift has a hint of nostalgia. That's just what she'll get with this C Wonder crayon stylus ($18) that'll remind her of your coloring days together.
- You have your own songs for one another, so give her a reason to blast them aloud with this cute Yuento music balloon speaker ($20).
- If she lives far away and you catch up via daily phone chats, gift her this Native Union retro-style handset ($22) for all your convos.
- Get this chic Clare Vivier iPad sleeve ($148) monogrammed with her initials for an extra fee — she'll love the personalized touch.
The season of gifting is upon us, geeks! We've got 300-plus goodies for techie sisters, Star Wars-crazed brothers, Doctor Who sweeties, the resident gamer in your life, Lego lovers, and much more. Take a look our ultimate guide for geeky gifts — you're sure to find something they'll love.
You know this frantic feeling all too well: your phone's about to die, and you'd give anything for a spare charger. Thanks to a special holiday creation, that problem can fly straight out the window. We introduce designer USB bracelets you can just slip off your wrist and use to sync your phone to your laptop to give your cell some juice. Made for all iPhone 4 and 5 models and Android phones, the bracelets — designed by names like Mara Hoffman, Milly, and Rachel Zoe — are downright stylish and worthy of arm party status.
Buy them now on eBay for $25 — we say get one for yourself and one (or two) to gift for the holidays.