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Great Gifts for the Holidays or Any Time of Year

Selena Ricks-Good
Posted by: Selena Ricks-Good on Dec 7, 2016 12:37:00 PM
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We like a lot of useful and entertaining things here at Mission Data, whether we’re talking about digital products or fun toys that require no electricity at all (i.e., Legos). So in the spirit of the season, here are some fun gift suggestions from our team. We think a few of these items will be appealing to people of all ages on your shopping list.

Bluesmart One Carry-on Suitcase

For the frequent traveler, the Bluesmart carry-on can make a world of difference. Lightweight and sturdy, it connects to a companion app that lets you lock and unlock your suitcase, weigh it, track it via GPS, and get real-time travel information. With a built-in 10,000mAH battery and 2 USB ports, you can also charge your devices up to six times. $441 on amazon.com

 

Tile Mate

We all are familiar with that dreadful feeling of losing a wallet, keys, or phone. If you know someone who experiences this a little more than others, then Tile is what they need. Stick or hook it to anything you want to keep track of, and use the companion app when you need to find your Bluetooth-connected Tile. It can signal the Tile to ring, or if you’ve completely lost the item, the Tile will connect anonymously via Bluetooth to another Tile user nearby, and your app will automatically notify you of your Tile’s location. Starting at $25 on thetileapp.com

Joby Gorillapod Grip Tight Stand

Wobbly videos and blurry photos should be a thing left behind in 2016. The innovative tripod Joby Gorillapod Grip Tight Stand stabilizes your smartphone photos and videos from almost any location. It’s ball-and-socket legs mount to just about any surface, and it’s small enough to fit into a purse or backpack. $30 on llbean.com


Amazon Echo

We’re very familiar with the Echo here at Mission Data. We love how it can simplify and make everyday life more efficient like getting local weather and traffic reports, reading aloud cocktail recipes, or finding out which food trucks are outside the office. The Echo has been a surprise hit for Amazon, and with its integration with other smart home devices and apps like Spotify and Uber, it’s easy to see why it’s on virtually every 2016 gift guide — including this one. $180 on amazon.com

RIF6 Cube Mobile Projector

With a 120-inch display, this 2-inch portable mobile projector connects with your phone, tablet, laptop, or gaming console to supersize your entertainment. There are higher-resolution portable projectors on the market, but for the price, the RIF6 is hard to beat. It provides excellent DLP technology for picture quality comparable to 720p HD. $262 on amazon.com

Bikeshare membership

Capital Bikeshare is a popular service here in D.C., and several of our team members use it often. A few of our developers were even inspired to build an augmented reality app for the service. Capital Bikeshare it’s a great way to beat traffic and promote a healthy lifestyle. Most major cities now offer bikeshare, and even many smaller cities too — more than 80 U.S. cities currently have bikeshare programs. Look up your city’s bikeshare program here, and see if the local bikeshare program offers gift certificates for membership. Price varies

Die Hard: The Authorized Coloring & Activity Book

This one’s for the ’80s kid in all of us. Relive your favorite scenes and quotes, from John McClane’s limo ride with Argyle to John’s morbid message delivery to Hans (written on the corpse of one of Hans’ men), and of course, John’s leap from the Nakatomi tower. The 80-page parody of the adult coloring book fad includes activity pages such as navigating a barefoot John through a maze of broken glass. $10 on amazon.com

The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers

If you’ve ever wanted to eat one of Bob Belcher’s Burgers of the Day, here is your chance. This volume includes 75 recipes from the show that are actually edible, such as the “Bruschetta-Bout-It Burger,” “Poutine on the Ritz,” and the “Shoot-Out at the OK-ra Corral Burger (comes with Fried Okra). $12 on amazon.com

Drinks by The Dram Bourbon Tasting Set

Having our headquarters based in Louisville, and having launched our own whiskey review app, it’s no secret that we have an affinity for the brown stuff. This sampler from Master of Malt includes five 3cl drams, perfect for the bourbon novice who is just getting started. If you need an expert opinion, well, you know where to find us. $32 on masterofmalt.com

For the Kids:

Space Pod

Make your kids’ mission to space a mission possible with this easy cardboard kit that includes safe-for-little hands tools for cutting and connecting the pieces together. The parts are reusable and can be customized to suit your child’s imagination. $75 at make.do

DIY Electro Dough Kit

This kit from Technology Will Save Us, which encourages kids to learn how to build with technology, lets children turn sculptures made with homemade salt dough (not included) into buzzing, beeping creations with LED eyes and silly switches. Kids will learn how circuits work while while exciting their imaginations. The kit includes an electro dough recipe book to make your own conductive and non-conductive dough using everyday household items, shape makers, circuits, LEDs, and battery power source (four AA batteries not included). $25 at moma.store.org

Originally published December 7, 2016 in our journal over at Medium 


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