Geek love: Just in time for Chanukah, 5 must-have new tech gadgets

    Chanukah comes early this year (like, December 2nd early!) which means you have less time than you think to track down gifts for your friends and family. But with a little inspiration, combined with online shopping and free shipping, you should be able to snag some great new gadgets for the techies in your life. Here are some ideas that are sure to delight:

    1Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Headphones

    There’s nothing more annoying than having to deal with wires and cords while you’re trying to work up a sweat on the treadmill or elliptical. Even some Bluetooth headphones are likely to fall out of your ears during a workout. But with Bose’s SoundSport Free wireless headphones which feature two standalone earbuds, you’ll be able to work out without having to worry about the tangle ever again.

    2The Rocketbook

    For the environmentally-conscious creative type, check out the Rocketbook. This notebook, which looks like a plain spiral notebook from the outside, is filled with reusable paper made from polyester instead of wood. Users fill the pages with anything they like, and then use a specialized app to send them directly to a variety of cloud services. The pages can then be wiped clean with a damp cloth and refilled with new scribbles, plans and ideas ad infinitum.

    3Facebook Portal

    If you’re buying for someone who lives far from you, the Facebook Portal is the perfect gift to stay connected. It features Amazon Alexa as well as a smart camera that knows when you’re in the room. A high definition screen allows you to video chat with your loved ones, while the camera follows you as you move around. It’s almost like visiting in person.

    4The Ember Warming Mug

    The Ember warming mug is the perfect option for that friend who’s always putting their coffee or tea back in the microwave to reheat it. These ceramic mugs feature built-in electric heating coils that will maintain the temperature of your hot beverage anywhere from 120F to 145F, using controls on a dedicated smartphone app.

    5The Qwerkywriter S

    Even the most tech-savvy among us sometimes yearn for the good old days of analog technology. For the person in your life who claims they were born in the wrong era, you can pick up a typewriter-style keyboard called the Qwerkywriter S that plugs into a USB port. It’s heavy like a typewriter keyboard, it makes the sound of a typewriter, and the old-school carriage return lever can even replace the enter key when you want to begin a new line! It only comes in black for now, but there will be more colors available in time for Chanukah next year!



    Ben Fisher is a singer-songwriter based in Seattle. He lived in Israel between the predominantly Arab East and predominantly Jewish West Jerusalem for three years and used his experience there to write his folk/Americana album, Does the Land Remember Me?