It’s that time again — here’s what our team is wishing for
Is it just us, or did the holidays come a little early this year? Perhaps you’re a planner and have already purchased (or DIY’d) your gifts — but for the rest of us scrambling to complete our holiday shopping before those shipping deadlines approach, here’s a handy guide for gifts ranging from silly to serious curated by the Mission Data team.
Star Wars AR Headset with Lightsaber
Ok, so this one’s recommended for ages 13 and older, but obviously adults are going to have fun with this, too. Clear some space in the living room and bring out your inner-Jedi. The smartphone-powered system takes the Google Cardboard concept to the next level with the Lenovo Mirage AR Headset, lightsaber controller, and motion-tracking beacon. Choose from three game modes: Lightsaber Battles, Holochess, and Strategic Combat. You can progress through levels across six planets, use skills and a team to defeat opponents, and recreate battles from the Star Wars saga. May the force be with you. $100 at Best Buy.
The C64 Mini
For the ‘80s kids at heart, this retro game console is a fun trip back in time. Plug the HDMI cable into your TV, grab the joystick, and play a range of 64 built-in games including classics like California Games, Boulder Dash, Impossible Mission, and Jumpman. $79 on amazon.
iRobot Braava Jet 240 Robot Mop
We truly live in the future. Powered with smart navigation, this cleaning robot does all the dirty work that you don’t have time for. Braava dry sweeps, damp sweeps, and wet mops while you multitask (or take a nap, up to you). $169 on amazon.
Invisawear Bluetooth-Connected Silver Keychain
Hopefully, your loved ones don’t find themselves in an emergency anytime soon, but a stylish Internet-connected product like this will be sure to put their minds (and yours) at ease. If the wearer finds herself in an unsafe situation, all she has to do is press the button behind the charm to alert her pre-selected emergency contacts that something is amiss. The device also sends contacts her exact location on Google Maps, and can easily connect with police. This keychain is unisex and other options include a bracelet, necklace, or choker. $129 at invisawear.com.
Alexa-compatible Big Mouth Billy Bass
What to give the person that has everything, including an Amazon Alexa-enabled device? Why a talking Big Mouth Billy Bass that lip-syncs with Alexa and dances to music, of course. $40 on amazon.
RAVPower Wireless Charger
A lot of the latest smartphones come with wireless-charging capabilities (recent iPhone and Samsung Galaxy releases), but since they don’t come with the physical charger, many people forget about the option. $13 on amazon.
The white elephant gift to end all white elephant gift exchanges. This one is a running prank at the Mission Data Louisville office. $15 on amazon.
Gifts for Kids:
Encourage kids’ critical thinking skills with this 360-degree maze that sends a silver ball bearing through several levels to get to the winner’s circle. Great for keeping kids busy and challenged when they need to be patient or would otherwise be bouncing off the walls. $16 on amazon.
M.A.X. Robotic Interactive Toy with Artificial Intelligence
There are so many cool, build-it-yourself STEM toys out there for kids these days, but this one just happens to be equipped with AI. Designed for budding engineers ages 10 and up, M.A.X. can move around, pick things up, ask trivia questions, and even tell jokes. Connect your iOS or Android device to turn the robot in to a remote controlled device that your child can navigate around your home. $115 on amazon.