It’s that time of year again! People around the world are struggling with what to buy for that certain family member or friend. In a time-honored tradition, we skipped the guessing part and went straight to the source–we asked people what they wanted!
Here are some of our favorite responses, as well as a few of our own gift-giving recommendations. Let the gift-giving begin!
Here’s the list:
@ramkumarh: ”kindle fire”
We’ll start with an easy one. The heralded Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet (starts at $199.99 – Amazon.com) is a new player on the tablet market, running a modified version of the Android operating system. Amazon is expecting to ship 3.9 million units in the last few months of this year, and the buzz has catapulted the Fire into the running for hottest gift of the year. If you haven’t made the plunge with an iPad or a Galaxy Tab, this could be an interesting alternative to consider.
BTW… Yes, you can download the Mozy app onto your Kindle Fire from the Amazon App store.
@juanjosaurio: “some baby-proof gadget with some cat-repellant-cables and a wife-approving price”
We couldn’t do this all in one (please let us know if you can), but here’s how we’d combine!
A Button Shield ($8.99 at Toys R Us) – to keep little fingers away from TV buttons, a Cord Concealer ($19.99 at Amazon) to keep those pesky cats away from the cables connecting your TV to your brand new Roku (starting at $49.95 – roku.com). A setup like this is a great way to keep your gadgets safe from babies and cats, and enjoy Netflix and other online entertainment in HD directly on your TV! Seriously though, let us know how it goes.
@sillytweet55 and @cbebop both said they were in the market for a new laptop. Specifications required: a big hard drive. This Asus Laptop ($799.99) comes with a 750 GB hard drive – enough space to store quite a few movies and pictures. It also features a 14 inch display, 8 GB of RAM, and up to 7 hours and 44 minutes of battery life per charge. Feast your eyes here.
@ItsMeRoryYT: “an Apple Mac…”
Well you sure can’t go wrong with an Apple. The Mac Mini ($599.99) is a favorite, and we love it for its flexibility – best hooked to a TV! Start your shopping here.
@pshearduk: “a stormtrooper outfit please Santa”
This suit on Amazon is quite pricy at $899.99, but the reviews were much more positive than the $40 version. If you get this for Christmas, Paul, you’re very lucky. Make sure to keep an eye out for Wookies.
The Mozy Team Recommends:
This little printer actually isn’t out yet, but if you don’t mind giving a (very) late gift, this would be a lot of fun for the smart phone owners you’re buying for. The Little Printer ($TBA) from BergCloud will print out receipt-size printouts from a smart phone app. RSS feeds, Sudoku games, contact information, upcoming appointments from your calendar, all nicely formatted and easy to use as a bookmark, fold up and keep in your pocket, or proudly display on the fridge. It looks much cooler than it sounds – check out the video on their site, you’ll be glad you did.
Calling all music lovers! Online options are endless, but we’re still big fans of Pandora ($36). In our opinion, it’s still the best service for new music discovery, and the recent update to the look and functionality have kept things fresh and interesting. Get a 1-year subscription and the lucky recipient will be able to enjoy music ad-free and other advanced functionality, such as a desktop player.
The Book of Secrets ($5.99) It’s amazing. We can’t tell you what’s in this book (because it’s full of secrets), but anyone would be thrilled to unwrap this on Christmas morning. Added perk: you can be honest when they ask you what you got them. You can say, “It’s a secret!”
Have a fashionista on your list? Someone who won’t be caught in anything but the latest designer names? Make sure to check out our Mozy Online Backup Store ($24.99 and up). Classics like the “Mozy Saved My Bacon” and the “Back the F:\ Up” t-shirts are perennial favorites this time of year, and options can be found for everyone from babies on up.
If you haven’t spent an afternoon at your desk playing with BuckyBalls Magnetic Building Spheres ($24.99 and up), you’re missing out. These amazingly versatile little toys can make a slow afternoon fly by. Arrange and connect them in any shape (2D or 3D) you can imagine, and hang them from a shelf or display them prominently on your desk so your co-workers can admire your handy work.
You know what the problem is with ping pong? You have to find a table, and two paddles, and a ball. Not exactly stuff you can fit in your wallet or purse. However, someone has solved this problem! The Pongo Instant Ping Pong Set ($39.99) allows you to set up a ping pong game anywhere you have space – a countertop, the floor, a table, a bench, a mountain top – now you can pong away anywhere your heart desires.
You knew bacon was going to make an appearance somewhere on this list, right? But, we bet you didn’t guess that it would be Tactical Bacon We can’t make this stuff up. This delicious canned bacon will last up to 10 years, and has approximately 18 servings. Sounds like a premium stocking stuffer to us.
Mozy is all about preparedness, so what would this list be without a Roadwise Emergency Kit ($36.95)? Contains matches, toilet paper, survival whistle, first aid kit, water, and so much more. This is a gift that says, “I really hope you don’t get in an accident in the middle of nowhere, but if you do – we’re thinking of you!” Packaged in a nice red backpack, this is a very useful gift that can easily be stored in your trunk and could come in very handy.
There you have it – our 2011 Christmas gift recommendations. Happy shopping, and don’t forget to check back next year for our new and improved 2012 list!