Top 10 Best Gadget Gifts: 2012 Giftee Awards

December 9, 2012    |    By +
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With your help, we have found the best of the best in 10 amazing gift categories. And, big thanks to the help of the Giftee Awards Judges  in trimming down the nominees from over 5,000 total to 10 for each category. Trust me when I say that there were SO many others we wish we could have included & some that we just didn’t ‘get’ at all.

Your holiday shopping is in the bag if you use the Giftee Awards as your guide!

Our Top 10 Best Gadget Gifts will impress anyone from the tech illiterate to the tech savvy! This list will ensure that your gadget gifts are up to date and include some of the hottest devices of the year! So, without further ado…here are the Top 10 Best Gadget Gifts!


1. Lifeproof NUUD Apple Ipad Case - $149.99 – Waterproof, shatter proof, spill proof, and basically indestructible, this case is any iPad owner’s must-have! And, LifeProof’s patent pending Sound Enhancement System ensures you get the most out of your media. The nüüd is the only case that channels the sound through the case cavity, providing a richer, fuller sound.

2.  Native Union Pop Phone – $29.00 – A handset inspired by the iconic 1950s Bakelite-style telephone plugs directly into most phones and computers to make long conversations more fun whether chatting via Skype, FaceTime, Google Talk or traditional cell phone calls. The handset is fitted with a high-quality speaker and microphone along with noise-reduction technology.

3. Duo Pinball iPad Controller - $59.99 – A real spring loaded pinball machine is fun…but not very portable. This iPad Pinball Game Console transforms your iPad into a pinball machine with all the bells and whistles – a machine you can take with you wherever you go. This app supported pinball controller connects wirelessly via bluetooth to your iPad and gives you the same experience of flippers and ball launching in a travel friendly form.

4. Duracell Powermat System – $99.99 – Introducing free Wireless Charging Hotspots for your smartphone. Duracell Powermat® is now the Official Wireless Charging Partner of Madison Square Garden. Just drop your enabled smartphone on a Wireless Charging Hotspot and you’re charging, no more cables to worry about!

5. Eton American Red Cross - $60.00 – Hand Turbine AM/FM NOAA Weather Radio with USB Smartphone Charger and LED Flashlight. Perfect for those trendy survivor folks and safety geeks too.

6. SOL Republic Tracks Headphones - $99.99 – Feel the power of music with the SOL Republic Tracks over-the-head headphones. With a powerful V8Sound engine, these headphones deliver louder and clearer sound with an amazing bass effect. Experience stunning, high-quality sound for hours in headphones that fit comfortably thanks to the SonicSoft Speaker Pads and extra wide ear cushions.

7. Cell Lock Up – $19.99 – Imagine no more interruptions during family time, meals or meetings…and no more distracting talking, texting, browsing or gaming. Just turn off everyone’s cell phone and place it in the CELL LOCK-UP. Set the timer and enjoy undisturbed quality time…until you hear the judge grant your parole, and you are free to phone once more. And if you get antsy and try to spring your phone before it’s served its time, beware…the break-out alarm will sound! 2 ‘AAA’ batteries (included).

8. Ipod Nano 16GB - $149.00 – The new iPod nano has a 2.5-inch Multi-Touch display that’s great for browsing album art, photos, videos, and more. Wirelessly connect to speakers, headphones, your car stereo, and other Bluetooth-friendly devices. Nike+ support and a pedometer are built into iPod nano, you can track your daily activity and goals. And, did I mention fun colors too?

9. Kindle Fire – $199.00 – The worlds most advanced 7” tablet. HD display with polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle. Exclusive Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers for immersive, virtual surround sound. Front-facing HD camera and other apps. Free unlimited cloud storage for all your Amazon content too!

10. Portable Iphone Charger - $35.00 – iPhone, iPad, or iPod feeling a little drained? Give your go-to music maker or reader a boost on the go with this stylish portable battery that’ll revive a charge-less Apple device for up to 3 additional hours. Simply plug the charger into an outlet about 3 hours before you depart to power-up the powerful lithium battery concealed in the attractive chevron casing.

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

Gwen P.
Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.