Still looking for the perfect gift for your geek girl? Well I have rounded up a 10 of my favorites, including links so you can order online in time for the holidays. Enjoy!
Okay so it may not be a wellbeing device, other than it will certainly give you a good serotonin kick from the feel good factor of watching pictures of friends and family come to life and sharing them too. This cool little device is only available at Apple Stores (LifePrint website is sold out). At a pretty decent price point ($129.95), don’t forget extra stickyback paper ($49.95 for 110 pack).
Devices and their chargers can be both hard to keep track of and batteries loaded. I love having a docking/charging station for them when I get home. (If you have kids, you might want two.) This keeps all devices at the ready for my next adventure, but more importantly keeps me present for my family. There are many different styles, so rather than take my recommendation, look for one that matches. I like this combo dock and charger to minimize cables. Wearable tech is great, but most of them still need to be charged fairly regularly. Until the battery life issue is fixed, at least you know will know where the chargers and devices are in the house. I recommend picking up a pack of short cables so that you can leave them connected at the ready (Lightning for Apple devices and MicroUSB for back up batteries, wearables and other non-Apple devices)
A favorite from last year’s list as a newly launched product. To Ring.ly, I say, “You’ve come a long way baby.” They began with a beautiful smart ring and now have a smart bracelet. More importantly, their notifications are now connected to many more apps, to fit a wide range of needs from rideshare, fitness, dating and more. Keep that phone in your purse and the ugly black rubber fitness tracker at home. Control your compulsive phone checking, so you don’t miss the here and now.
4. Cord Keeper
Innovation can be simple to solve the problem of cable tangle. If you have ever struggled with the tangled cables of your headphones you will love this beautiful leather solution. Not to mention if you have any challenges with arthritis or poor circulation, they will simplify access to your cords and cables. You can get them in time to stuff stockings in a five pack for $22.99
Last years bomb was the Purse-in-Boots that didn’t deliver (sorry I ever recommended them). But this year I found a more universal solution. To keep your smartphones at the ready, how about a garter or boot liner with a pocket instead. Stashbandz Boot Cuff let’s you have a pocket in any boot. And for those times when you aren’t wearing boots, but rather a dress with no pockets, try the Stashbandz Garter Purse. I have been eyeing both for a while, and think it is time to go for both. With the phone size increasing, most pockets don’t accommodate it anymore, even some purses don’t. Their unisex waist bands can be a great way to discretely carry phones for men, or even a medical device that needs to be worn.
It is not so glamorous, but the reality is as women our reproductive health has a huge impact on our wellbeing. It should therefore be part of what we can track and understand. Bellabeats has not only created a great wearable for women from puberty to menopause, but it is beautiful and something you would enjoy wearing even if it weren’t tracking.
Chronic pain a problem? I saw this product before they launched and were still testing. I have been waiting for it to finally come out, and here it is. If you have chronic pain, this is an exciting innovative non-invasive approach to pain relief without drugs.
I used these devices in my dissertation study on wearables and presence of mind. People really loved the experience of learning to meditate in a simple way. My kids even tried them before I distributed them. I noticed a marked change in their ability to focus and filter out distraction. Perhaps it was a little competitive mindfulness in who get calm their brain and get more birds in the game. Nevertheless, an interesting tool for those of us with busy brains.
Whether moving ourselves from our seats to fight sitting disease or simply relieving tech-neck, changing the angle at which you work and look at your screen is important. Many chronic pain issues are either caused by or exacerbated by looking at laptops at the wrong angle. This one even works in bed if you are having a flair up and need to work from there (or want to watch a movie).
I looked at paper journals, and there are several really nice ones. You can choose those with prompts, inspiring quotes or blank. Reality struck me that if I was to accomplish a practice of journaling my gratitude it had to be through an app. If I have learned anything in this last year it is to find my happiness and health in gratitude. So whatever medium works for you, use it.
Note: If your Geek Girl can wait, my personal favorite is the AppleWatch 2. Unfortunately, they seem to be hard to come by in time for the holidays.
Have a wonderful holiday season. I hope you find many moments to be present with your loved ones and yourself. Be kind and practice gratitude and giving, even if all you have to share a smile and laughter. Enjoy!