My dad lived to be 91 years old and buying him special gifts never did get easy. Buying for grads that you don’t know well is no picnic either. However, if they are Mac lovers, you have a head start, and I’ve put together a list of gift suggestions, including prices, where to buy, and links to TMO reviews where appropriate. Maybe you’ll find the perfect gift. Oh, and if you are dad or grad, it is allowed that you print this out and circle the things you want.
The Portable Quick Stand from AViiQ is a stand for laptop computers. It weighs only 5.5 ounces, folds for travel so that it is less that ½ inch thick and opens to form a triangle that provides a 12 degree typing angle. It holds in place on all surfaces. MSRP US$39.99. TMO Review
The C.E.O. Hybrid Case for the iPad 2 from Marware features a hard shell case with a sleep/wake lid, and a soft injection molded inside with the look and feel of felt. The lid doubles as a stand for typing, display and includes a hand strap. The case, which is available in black, is sophisticated and rugged. MSRP US$49.99. TMO Review
The iPhone 4 Chrome Flip Case by iKit is for anyone who wants to stand their phone on a table surface in a landscape position to watch movies, videos, etc. It has a kickstand on the back for just that purpose. The bottom of the case can be removed for easy docking and this feature also makes it easy to insert and remove the phone from the case. It is available in a very shiny chrome in pink, silver, or blue which makes for a snappy gift. MSRP US$34.99 TMO Review
If you are looking for the unusual, you might consider the Wallet Drive by Verbatim. It looks like a billfold but holds data, in other words, it’s a portable hard drive. The enclosure is smooth leather with contrasting trim. It is compatible with all USB connections and includes Turbo USB software with a 640GB capacity. The Wallet Drive boasts a special bonus from Norton Online Backup as well as a 7-year limited warranty. MSRP US$194.00
Schosche’s goBAT 11 is a portable charger and backup battery, with one very special extra. It charges your regular USB items with one USB port and your iPads with another. Anyone with an iPad knows that regular USB ports won’t charge your iPad in under 3 days, if at all. This product uses an internal 5000 mAh Lithium ion battery. There are LED lights to let you know how much battery life remains. The product relies on the USB cables that come with your devices. None are provided with the goBat 11. MSRP US$79.99 TMO Review
LapWorks can always be depended upon to produce unique products and the Crystal iPad Folio is no exception. The Crystal iPad Folio protects your original iPad while telling the whole world that you have one. The top and bottom panels are joined with a hinge that rotates 360 degrees on a stainless steel hinge pin that allows the top panel to rotate completely around 180 degrees, to become the support arm that positions the iPad’s screen for hands-free landscape or portrait viewing. MSRP US$39.95 TMO Review
A personal favorite, the iWOW 3D from SRS delivers amazing sound. It is a dongle attachment for iPhones, iPods, and iPads, that, when attached to speakers, headphones, or car stereos, gives ordinary sound quality of music and movies the equivalent of surround sound. There is a free app that must be installed to support the dongle. MSRP US$59.99 TMO Review
That’s it for part one of the gift list. Part two follows tomorrow.