Gear Diary’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

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If you’ve got a list of people you’d like to buy gifts for and are wondering where to even start, we’ve got you covered. Our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide has something for everyone and every budget. Many of these items have special holiday pricing, so be sure to click the links to check for discounts if something catches your fancy. So grab a drink, get comfortable, and have fun perusing our mega-guide!

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!


Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

We all have a special someone in our lives who loves to watch birds as they fly into the yard but, much to their chagrin, they have trouble identifying half of their visitors. With the $249 NETVUE Birdfy, that is no longer a problem! AI not only recognizes and identifies more than 6000 bird species, but a video is also taken and sent directly to the bird lover’s smartphone when a new visitor arrives! There’s no need to sit outside in hellish weather with a pair of binoculars; the Birdfy’s camera will give the owner real-time notifications of their feathered friends and their visit.

If a squirrel shows up and tries to eat the feeder’s food, your giftee can scare it off with a light, siren, or a menacingly growled “Go away” through the app’s microphone.

Even if feathered friends are visiting at night, your giftee is going to get a selfie-like view of any feeder’s visitors in 1080P high-resolution and color. The birdhouse-designed feeder is IP65 weather resistant, and it has a large 1.5L capacity hopper that can store enough food for the visiting birds that they won’t need to constantly worry about filling it.

Whether they are watching from their smartphone, tablet, or computer, the bird lover in your life will be able to organize their captures into a shareable collection. Can you think of a better gift for a bird lover? Nope, I don’t think you can!

Science Socks

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Warm your favorite space geek’s heart (and feet!) by giving them a pair of Science Socks; priced at $19 to $24, they are a cool and fun way to let your giftee’s nerd flag fly! Whether the Psyche Metal Asteroid Mission Socks, the Perseverance Rover Landing Anniversary Socks, the JWST Lucky Launch Socks, or one of their other styles, Science Socks has something for everyone!

There is absolutely no better way to make the space geeks in your life feel special and seen than with a gift from Science Socks! But Science Socks isn’t just socks! They also sell ornaments, like the $19 James Webb Telescope ornament seen here, and James Webb Space Telescope Puzzles like the challenging 1000-piece Cosmic Cliffs in the Carina Nebula puzzle ($48).


Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If someone you love is on the road all too often, you can give them (and yourself) extra peace of mind with the $699.99 ESCORT MAX 360c MK II. This all-new detector offers radar and laser protection, now with the Blackfin DSP chip that provides faster response times and improves upon the original model’s detection range by 50%. The MAX 360c MKII has dual-band WiFi-connected car capability and new false alert filtering software, and it’s also compatible with the Drive Smarter app for shared alerts and software updates.

The ESCORT MAX 360c MK II has intuitive controls, and it uses GPS, IVT filtering, and AutoSensitivity to learn and silence false alerts continuously. With the Defender Database, they’ll be able to access the largest, most up-to-date resource for red light and speed cameras and other alerts. The Drive Smarter app provides a unified app and technology platform to receive alerts from the entire Drive Smarter community.

LIVSN Women’s Trail Tights

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

The $99 LIVSN Women’s Trail Tights are hiking/athletic tights that have been designed to be comfortable and functional, whether out and about or at home lounging around. The material used for the tights is light but warm, the fit is flattering, and they have four useful pockets, which is a highlight! One of the side pockets has a flap over it; LIVSN calls it a map pocket, but it’s the perfect size to hold a wallet or phone, and the flap provides a little extra protection against the elements.

You can rest easy when ordering because the LIVSN size chart is accurate, and the tights do fit true to size.

Amazon Echo Dot with Clock

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

The new $59.99 Amazon Echo Dot with Clock has a redesigned audio architecture that delivers clearer vocals and as much as double the bass of the previous generation. Enhanced sensors enable tap gestures, and an upgraded high-density dot display offers more info — beyond just the current time — at a glance; users will also see alarms, weather, song titles, and more.

If your giftee has an eero mesh system, they will appreciate that eero is now built-in! These are the first Amazon Alexa Echo devices that also serve as mesh WiFi extenders when they’re linked to a compatible eero router. This is the product none of us knew that we needed, but it is here, and it is reasonably priced. Pick up one for yourself while you’re at it!

SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Do you have a loved one who takes a ton of photos with their Android smartphone? If so, they are going to appreciate the all-metal SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive. On one side, there is a USB Type-A plug; give it a swing, and a Type-C plug pops out. With it, they can seamlessly store and access even more photos and other files from their Android smartphones, tablets, Macs, and PCs.

Because this drive has both Type-C and Type-A accessibility, they’ll be able to quickly and easily move those photos and files to and from pretty much any device but an iPhone … for now! If the rumors are true, next year’s iPhones will finally be losing Lightning and getting Type-C! Storage redundancy is so important when dealing with important files and photos, and the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive Luxe USB Type-C Flash Drive makes it easy, starting at $10.99 for 32GB and going up to 1TB for $95.99.

MyMedic MyFAK First Aid Kit

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If you have a loved one who is often on the road or who’s off at college, and the idea of them driving in the rain and snow makes you nervous, you can ensure that they’ll have just about anything they might need in an emergency with the $149.95 My Medic MyFAK First Aid Kit.

The MyFAK’s durable case features a laser-cut MOLLE panel so you can attach accessories and tools to it, and there is a velcro tear-away panel on the other side so the kit can be secured to a car headrest, an ATV, or anywhere else you might need to stick it for easier access when needed. There’s even a hidden strap so the MyFAK can be worn like a sling.

Using a folding page design for better organization, the interior of the MyFAK holds over 100 first-aid supplies that have been hand-picked by medical professionals and first responders. There is also extra space to organize and customize the contents to fit your needs.

At just 10.5″ tall by 7″ wide by 3.5″ thick and 2.6 pounds, the MyFAK can easily be stowed somewhere accessible at home or in a vehicle. Give yourself peace of mind and gift someone you care about one of MyMedic’s MyFAK First Aid Kits.

Pivo Pod and Tripod

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

The compact and lightweight $140 Pivo Pod has a universal mount that converts any smartphone into a hands-free photography and video tool that will capture your favorite creator’s every move. The Pivo Pod locks onto its subject and uses 360° auto-tracking, so even if they’re moving around, they’ll always be in the frame. The Pivo Pod has a built-in bubble level indicator to make sure everything is just so, and it can be controlled with the included remote.

With the iOS or Android Pivo+ app, your budding TikTok star will be able to create, edit, and share their efforts easily, and there are creative modes like Many Me, Motion Timelapse, Magic Edge, and Auto Pan that can help them make content with just a few taps.

Because it has built-in stabilizing feet, the Pivo Pod can work just fine on its own, but there are times when a handy place to set things isn’t always available. If that’s a concern, you can include the $80 Pivo Tripod. Lightweight and easy to set up, the Pivo Tripod makes it easier to get steady, hand’s free shots every time!

The Carhartt Montana Series Men’s And Women’s Coats

The new Carhartt Montana Series is purposefully built to keep its wearer warm and dry when conditions turn unexpectedly foul. From the first cold snap to the worst winter conditions, these coats are engineered for a level-4 (extreme) warmth rating to keep your giftee going. Wind resistant? Check. Water-repellant? Check. Both the men’s and women’s coats have synthetic down insulation plus a sherpa fleece lining in the upper body to seal in heat, and there are plenty of pockets inside and out for hand-warming and storage.

For guys, there’s the Carhartt Men’s Montana Loose Fit Insulated Jacket, which offers insulated warmth to keep them going. Pockets inside and out offer plenty of storage. It sells for $149.99 to $164.99, depending upon size. Kev says it is super warm and will be perfect for the nasty weather we’re expecting this winter.

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

The $169.99 Carhartt Women’s Montana Relaxed Fit Insulated Coat is built to last using Carstrong quilted nylon that will block wind and shed light rain. It also has synthetic insulation and a soft sherpa fleece lining in the upper body to seal in heat, along with hidden elastic cuffs to keep out the chill; there is even a removable faux fur strip on the hood. I think it’s incredibly warm, and with it, I’ll be ready for whatever weather Texas throws at us this winter!

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

The Carhartt Montana Series is the perfect choice if you want to keep your loved ones warm during this and many winters to come!

reMarkable 2

If you’ve got someone in mind who loves their technology but prefers taking handwritten notes because it helps them focus and retain the information better, the reMarkable 2 is the perfect gift. With it, they will enjoy paper-like writing and reading on a ridiculously thin aluminum tablet that is fast, smart, and provides up to two weeks of battery life.

Handwritten notes can be converted into text, and they can also be integrated into Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive, where they can later be accessed from their computer or smartphone. You can import PDF files and write directly on them, and you can also import Microsoft Office files and articles from the web as PDF files.

Those who like to keep a journal will appreciate that there are no email or social media distractions when they’re writing on the reMarkable 2; it’s just them, the tablet, and their thoughts.

If using the reMarkable 2 at school or at work, there’s no need to type up notes as they can be easily converted to text. With the reMarkable 2, they can write in cursive or block letters in 33 languages! And yes, they’ll also be able to use reMarkable as an eBook reader; .epub and .pdf books can be imported to the tablet.

The reMarkable 2 tablet sells for $299. To get the full writing experience, they’ll need one of the Markers ($79 to $129); reMarkable also offers two styles of Folios in a gray polymer weave or premium leather in brown or black, ranging from $79 to $169.

Zens Liberty Glass Edition Wireless Charger

If your giftee has a phone that wirelessly charges and they are very particular about their home accessories, the $199.99 Zen Liberty Glass Edition Wireless Charger is going to cause even the most jaded eyes to light up in wonder. Rather than offering one or even two center charging coils like so many wireless chargers, the Zen Liberty has sixteen overlapping charging coils that you can actually see through the tempered glass cover. I have to admit that this is something that made my eyes pop.

People who receive this for the holidays will not only be able to see what’s under the hood, so to speak, but they’ll also be able to effortlessly charge up to two wireless devices at once at 15W. There’s even a built-in USB-A port for a third device, which is begging for the optional $44.99 USB Apple Watch stick. Tell me this isn’t the most beautiful and practical wireless charger that you’ve ever seen! I promise that they’re going to love it!

Kandao Meeting

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

The Kandao Meeting 360 in action.

If you’re hoping to support your favorite small business owner r entrepreneur with a gift that will make video conferencing effortless, you’ll want to check out the Kandao Meeting line; each is a portable, all-in-one, plug & play meeting camera made with remote collaboration in mind.

The $569 Kandao Meeting S is a 180º standalone video conference camera that includes a built-in operating system, so there’s no need for an external computer. Using a full-duplex audio system with an eight-microphone array, a Hi-Fi speaker, and the Kandao Meeting 3.0 AI algorithm, they’ll get an efficient and effective hybrid meeting experience.

The $699 Kandao Meeting 360 has a pop-up camera that has two autofocus fisheye lenses that capture the entire room and all speakers. There are also eight omnidirectional microphones and two full-duplex speakerphones built-in. Using AI technology, the Kandao Meeting 360 will automatically focus on the active speaker; when there are different active speakers, it will split the screen with a 360° wide angle view displayed on top and a close-up shot of the active speakers below.

The Kandao Meeting 360 also dynamically recognizes and follows whoever is speaking with smooth panning in “Presentation” mode while using light and color optimization to ensure that exposure is dynamically optimized and skin tones are fine-tuned so that meeting participants will look great no matter the lighting.

Like the Kandao Meeting S, the top-of-the-line $899 Kandao Meeting Pro can be used as an independent video conferencing terminal without needing an external computer. Conference calls can easily be started by connecting to a screen through HDMI. With a built-in Android system and an easy user interface, the video conferencing software can be installed and run directly on the Kandao Meeting Pro, which provides a 360º meeting experience without blind spots, detailed image processing with 360º capture, seamless optical flow stitching, noise reduction, wide dynamic range, exposure compensation, and automatic white balance.

The Kandao Meeting Pro has eight upgraded microphones for the best audio quality, and they can cover a range of up to a 5.5 meters radius, which is twice as much as the Kandao Meeting. The Meeting Pro collects sound with beamforming, echo cancellation, noise reduction, and howling suppression.

Best of all, all models in the Kandao Meeting line are made to be platform agnostic, so they will work with any video and audio conferencing platform, including  Zoom, Tencent Meeting, GoToMeeting, Skype, Teams, BlueJeans, DingTalk, Slack, Polycom, StarLeaf, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, and more. Sometimes, it isn’t practical to meet in person; with one of the Kandao Meetings, they’ll get the next best thing.

Google Pixel Watch

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

The Google Pixel Watch is the long-awaited Wear OS smartwatch made to work perfectly with Android phones in general and Google Pixel smartphones in particular.

Featuring a circular design with a domed crystal, the Pixel Watch is made to be the perfect wrist accessory that will connect your giftee to their Android smartphone’s apps, wallet, calendar, maps, and notifications.

Steps, heart rate, sleep, and workouts are tracked through the popular Fitbit app, and 6 months of Fitbit premium are included, offering deeper insights, exclusive workouts, mindfulness sessions, and more.

The watches are available with champagne gold, matte black, or polished silver cases and various colors of active bands, but there are plenty of other watch band styles and colors available to suit every taste.

The Bluetooth/WiFi model Google Pixel Watch sells for $349.99, or they can leave their phone at home with the $399.99 4G/LTE version.

LIVSN Women’s Flex Canvas Pants

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If there’s an active woman on your list who’s as at home on the trail as she is in the boardroom, she’d love a pair of LIVSN Women’s Flex Canvas Pants. Made of an eco-friendly blend of organic cotton, recycled polyester, and spandex, these pants are light, sturdy, movement-friendly, tailored to flatter a woman’s figure, and very comfortable.

These pants are lined with mesh in the front and butt area for airflow, with a gusseted crotch and articulated knees for maximum movement. The front pockets are deep and functional, and the rear pockets are secured with zippers; there’s even an EDC pocket on each thigh and a hidden security pocket just above the left front pocket.

Snaps at the cuffs make the pant legs straight or tapered, which means she’ll be happy to wear them whether she’s hiking, camping, riding her bike, working in the garden, or meeting you for lunch. LIVSN Women’s Flex Canvas Pants come in sizes 0 to 20 and in lengths of 30″ or 32″; they fit true to size with just the perfect amount of looseness for ease of movement and comfort. I have a pair, and I wish that I could live in them!

Mophie Powerstations

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Mophie makes some of the most reliable and convenient portable power banks available. The mophie powerstation line combines good looks, slimmer sizes, power, and convenience into off-grid charging solutions that will keep all of your mobile devices powered on the go. Two of our favorites are the $199.95 mophie powerstation pro XL and the $79.95 mophie powerstation plus.

Plenty of other ultra-portable battery packs can handle your smartphone if you supply your own cables, but the 10,000mAh mophie powerstation plus is a pocketable all-in-one delight. With an Apple Lightning-tipped cable and a USB-C tipped cable, you can charge your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or tablet at up to 20W PD. This pack is slim enough to keep in your clutch or backpack, and it is so brilliant in its simplicity. You can make everyone happy with this power bank.

On paper, the mophie powerstation pro XL seems like it should be a huge, unwieldy battery pack, but no; this slimmer-than-a-paperback-book pack offers 120W of Total Combined Power in three USB-C ports with 25,000 mAh capacity. Yes, they’ll be able to charge their laptop. Yes, it can handle three devices at once. Yes, your giftee wants this.

Evowera Planck O1 Electric Toothbrush

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Help someone you love to take charge of their oral health with the $169.99 evowera planck O1 electric toothbrush. It will adapt to them personally, based on their last seven days’ brushing trends, to create an instant cleaning mode that is most suitable for their teeth. The planck O1 has six modes, including Clean, Comfort, White, Sensitive, Adaptive, and Therapy.

The planck O1’s servo motor is powerful but very quiet, and the built-in color display provides real-time info on any missed spots, intensity, timer, brush head life, etc., so they don’t have to use the app while they’re brushing their teeth.

If they are using the app, they’ll get a daily record with details from the electric toothbrush to provide personalized guidance to help them maintain good oral hygiene practices. With it, they can set personal preferences, such as which hand they are using to hold the brush, and they can even make a note of any sensitive areas to reduce the possibility of pain.

Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If someone on your list lives in an apartment where the use of open-flame grills is banned on patios and balconies, they can still enjoy cooking outside with the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill. This is a portable and competent cooker that can be used as a smoker, air-fryer, convection oven, dehydrator, or grill right out of the box and without any additional accessories.

It’s perfect for homes that have limited outdoor space and for bringing along when RV camping and tailgating. But on top of that, it is so convenient and easy to use that even if there are other full-size outdoor cooking options available, they may find themselves firing the grill up more often than its larger counterparts!

There’s no wood to gather, charcoal to buy, or propane bottles to fill; as long as they have electrical power, they can cook. Best of all, cleanup is very easy! The Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill starts at $369.60.

LIVSN Design Ecotrek Trail Pants

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Dan is a huge fan of LIVSN Design’s clothing. The Flex Canvas Pants he reviewed are still one of his favorites, and he lived in the shorts version of the same pants this past summer. The $129.99 LIVSN Design Ecotrek Trail Pants share many of the same design features that make the Flex Canvas Pants so great, but they come in a lighter-weight fabric.

The LIVSN Ecotrek Trail Pants are made from sustainable Blue Ocean Nylon that is lightweight, breathable, and water-resistant. Like the Flex Canvas Pants, the Ecotrek Trail Pants have roll-up cuffs with reflective tape for safety and zippered pockets and are abrasion and odor resistant. Available in your choice of Carmel, Charcoal, or Olive, Dan loves them and thinks your giftee will, too!

 Kynn Delta 8

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If you’ve been waiting for a fully legitimate Delta 8 vape, the search is over. Each $34.99 Kynn Delta 8 disposable vape is made with 100% compliant distillates, and it truly contains less than 0.3% THC. Their proprietary extraction method gives you the cleanest hits and most effective hits in true-to-plant flavors that include Blue Dream, Gelato, and King Louis XIII, or you can get a flavorful kick with Strawberry Cough, Biscotti, and Watermelon Z.

I’ve given it a try, and I can say that the flavors taste good, and it’s a gift that any Delta 8 user would be happy to receive.

Kora M’s Yushu LS Zip

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Kora is a small clothing company whose offerings have grown significantly since we were first introduced to them a few years ago. Their claim to fame is that they combine yak and merino wool to create clothing that is thin and light yet still remarkably comfortable and warm. Dan’s reviewed Kora’s Neema SS Crew and the Xenolith Sweater from them, and he still can’t get over how warm their yak wool blend fabric is.

The $140 Kora M’s Yushu LS Zip is a great base layer that is perfect as the temperature drops. Made from 60% yak wool and 40% merino wool, the fabric has a weight of 230g, which may not sound very hefty, but the combination of two different wools makes this 1/4 zip surprisingly warm, soft, and comfortable.

Trust us; your loved one will thank you every time they head out into the cold this winter if you get them one.

LumiBloom Silky Smooth Body Bundle

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If you’re looking for something that will bring an immediate smile to someone special’s face (and won’t end up as a white elephant gift at the office holiday party), check out LumiBloom, a BIPOC-owned, CBD-powered beauty and wellness company.

Their $107.98 LumiBloom Silky Smooth Body Bundle includes several choices regarding which products you’d like to include, but the combo I’ve been relaxing with is the third down the list; it contains one Cherish CBD bath bomb ($23.99), one Lavender CBD bath bomb ($23.99), and tubs of the 6-ounce Rose Petal Body Souffle ($35), and the 6.5-ounce Blue Crystal Sugar Body Scrub ($25).

Trust me when I tell you that the body scrub will leave your giftee feeling like they’re a new person with shiny, exfoliated skin. The Body Souffle is a paraben-free hydrating cream made with the richest shea and cocoa butter combined with chamomile flower extract, lavender extract, and aloe leaf extract; it will soften and hydrate their skin, so it feels amazing! And finally, the CBD bath bombs each include 100mg of next-level relaxation that will leave your skin soft, smooth, and supple; this is a 20-minute soak that can reset even the worst mood!

I’ll bet you can think of a few people — beyond just your partner — who are stressed to the max and would benefit from these products. Don’t even think twice about it; anyone who gets this gift set will be very, very appreciative!

Southern Tide Hucksley Quilted Vest

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

After a year or more working remotely, countless people decided they were never going back to their old “work uniforms.” That’s why there’s been such a resurgence in vests; vests are comfortable, add warmth, don’t restrict movement, and they add just a bit more “interest” to a work outfit.

Made from 100% polyester, the $138 Hucksley Quilted Vest is available in true navy, pine, or silver lake. The 4-way stretch makes it comfortable while the quilting on the front and back adds a bit of extra warmth.

Outside, it has zippered pockets that keep items safe but can also help warm up your hands on a frigid day. An additional pocket inside is great for a phone or other items that the wearer wants to keep safely tucked away.

Rocksteady Subwoofer and Rocksteady Stadium Speakers

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Are you looking for a portable speaker gift that will please even the pickiest audio lover? Look no further than Rocksteady Stadium products! You can buy a single speaker for $149.99, but if the goal is creating a massive sound experience that is immersive and expansive, big enough for a large room or a back patio, you’re going to want to add that subwoofer!

What I’ve been blown away by is the combo of the $199.99 Rocksteady Stadium subwoofer and a $274.99 2-pack of Rocksteady Stadium speakers shown above. On their own, Rocksteady Stadium speakers are loud, clear, and an absolute listening delight; each has a dual driver setup, a tweeter, a mid-bass driver, and dual bass drums.

When you add the subwoofer’s large bass driver and rear bass drum, the sound becomes so much deeper and richer; you’ll feel it!

Rocksteady Stadium speakers are perfect for indoor use, but they shine when used outside. You won’t have to worry about finding a place to plug anything in because each speaker and the subwoofer can get up to 16 hours of playback from a single Type-C fast charge. If they need an even bigger sound, an unlimited number of Rocksteady Stadium speakers and subwoofers can be wirelessly connected, and each speaker can be designated as Left, Right, or Dual audio channels with the flick of a switch on the speaker’s back.

The Rocksteady Stadium speakers and the subwoofer have absolutely blown me away, and I can guarantee they will do the same for anyone who gets them as a gift!

Ekster Cardholder for AirTag

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Ekster’s wallets and cardholders are among the best we have seen; made from premium materials and constructed for durability, they’re a great everyday carry gift for the minimalist in your life. Ekster already offered a Tracker Card that could be slipped into their wallets and cardholders to help locate them when misplaced, but now they’ve updated both their wallet and their cardholder to hold Apple AirTags without a separate card.

If you’re looking for a gift for a. minimalist who is deep into Apple’s ecosystem and that uses AirTags to keep tabs on their items, take a look at the $89 Ekster Cardholder for AirTag. The cardholder is a space-grade aluminum smart wallet that is built for quick access; it will fan out your cards at the click of a button, and the expandable metal backplate allows you to carry more while keeping a slim profile.

If your giftee prefers leather, there’s also a $99 Ekster Wallet for AirTag. Their flagship leather smart wallet, it’s perfect for slim storage with quick card access and AirTag security.

Buddha Board

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

I bought a Buddha Board in 2016 because it looked like a neat way to keep the grands occupied without using paper or pens. What I didn’t realize was that the $37.95 Buddha Board is meant to be a relaxing exercise in self-care; users find something beautiful and zenlike when creating watercolor paintings on its surface that will be gone as soon as it dries. But in the meantime, there is just you, your creativity, the blank canvas, the water, and the brush … waiting to see something beautiful that will be gone all too soon.

If there is someone in your life that needs a reminder to slow down and that it’s okay to take it offline, the Buddha Board can be the perfect reminder.

The Calling Patriarch Pinot Noir 2018

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

When you’re looking for an exceptional gift for your favorite red wine lover, The Calling Patriarch Pinot Noir 2018 will certainly fit the bill. Made with hand-picked, hand-sorted, and de-stemmed grapes that were grown at the Putnam Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast and aged for 15 months in 100% French oak, tasting notes include blackberry, Bing cherry, red plum, and fresh herbs on the nose, with a concentrated palate of red fruits, citrus peel, and velvety soft tannins.

Kev and I enjoyed a bottle, and he said it was the best Pinot Noir he’d yet had; that’s high praise, believe me. And can we talk about the bottle for just a moment? The label is a metal badge that has been affixed to the glass, and it is definitely eye-catching, especially in person. At $77, The Calling Patriarch Pinot Noir 2018 is a wonderful holiday treat.

BN3TH Boxer Briefs and Base Layers

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

We know, we know, underwear isn’t exactly the sexiest or more romantic gift, but trust us. If you give someone a pair of BN3TH boxer briefs or base layers, once they “meet” the company’s signature My Pakage feature, they will be sold. With a variety of different performance fabrics that even includes merino wool options and a range of fun prints in addition to more conservative solids, there is something for everyone.


Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Space is a premium when your loved one lives in a small apartment and loves to cook, but there is a solution. The $39.99 StoveShelf maximizes countertop space and helps keep an organized kitchen by using rent-friendly magnets to securely attach to the top of their range, making a stable and roomy spot for them to stash their most-used spices, cooking oils, and more!

The USA-made StoveShelf is available in black, white, and stainless steel, and it comes in 20″, 24″, and 30″ lengths. It installs in seconds, and it works on flat or slightly curved surfaces, providing a wobble-free shelf with a built-in backstop to keep items from falling behind the range. This is a really thoughtful gift for anyone who wishes they had more storage space in their kitchen!

Bib & Tucker 6-Year-Old Small Batch Bourbon

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If you’re shopping for a gift for the bourbon-lover in your life and are basing your decision on the design of the bottle, you’ll want to check out Bib & Tucker 6-Year Old Small Batch Bourbon. The bourbon ships in a bottle reminiscent of an apothecary; the fact that the label is actually part of the bottle itself makes it look a bit like a sculpture.

Bib and Tucker 6-Year Old Small Batch Bourbon is aged for a minimum of 6 years in new American white oak barrels. The result is a 92-proof bourbon with a smoothness you’d expect from a bottle that costs significantly more than the sub-$60 you’ll pay for this one. Dan describes it as both “delicious” and “gone too fast.”

OnePlus SUPERVOOC 80W Car Charger

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If your giftee is rocking a OnePlus 10 Pro or the new OnePlus 10T, they’re going to appreciate the $39 OnePlus SUPERVOOC 80W Car Charger! Using SUPERVOOC protocol that supports 80W MAX output power for USB-A, they’ll be able to charge their OnePlus 10 Pro to 100% in about 37 minutes. It’s a great car charger for other smartphones as well; the USB-C port has PD protocol and supports up to 30W output power for USB-C.

The OnePlus SUPERVOOC 80W Car Charger has smart temperature control, short-circuit protection, over-current protection, over-voltage protection, under-voltage protection, and static protection. It’s the perfect addition to a loved one’s car!

Adonit Neo Pro

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If you’re buying a gift for someone who has an iPad Pro, a 6th-generation iPad mini, or a 4th or 5th-generation iPad Air, you might want to check out the Adonit Neo Pro. At $44.99, you can buy two and a half of them for less than a single Apple Pencil 2 while still getting all the same benefits.

The Neo Pro attaches magnetically to the iPad and wirelessly charges, just like the Apple Pencil 2. It also has “tilt sensitivity,” so you get a more natural pen-like experience as well as palm rejection. It takes just two hours to fully charge the Neo Pro, and it will provide up to nine hours of use before needing to be placed on the iPad and topped off.

In Good Taste’s 24 Nights of Wine

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Looking to gift a grown-up version of a traditional advent calendar? Look no further than the $150 In Good Taste’s 24 Nights of Wine. Inside this big box are 24 mini bottles of premium wines that have been sourced from the US, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, and South Africa!

As your giftee opens each day’s window, they’ll be treated to a new wine; entering their email on the 24 Nights of Wine signup will ensure that starting December 1st, they’ll receive a daily email to guide them through the wine they’ll be sipping. They’ll learn which tasting notes to look for, receive suggested food and recipe pairings, and there will be other fun surprises to add to the experience. Cheers, indeed!

Sandman Doppler

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

After using the $199.99 Sandman Doppler for just a few days, it became clear to Dan that it isn’t just a bedside clock but rather a bedside hub. The clock has a large, easy-to-read display that is flanked by dual 50 by 90 mm speakers. A bass port at the back rounds out the sound, which is surprisingly good, but that’s just the beginning. The Sandman Doppler is also a smart clock that is able to access Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant; there are even smart buttons that let you activate Alexa routines with the push of a button.

Best of all, the Sandman Doppler has six high-speed USB charging ports that sit along the back and cable management underneath that keeps things tidy. For $224, you can order a Sandman Doppler that replaces three of the USB-A ports with USB-C. In either USB configuration, the Sandman Doppler is available in Blackout, Midnight Blue, or Moon Gray. Give someone a bedside clock that can do more because that’s exactly what you’ll get with the Sandman Doppler.

Twelve South Hoverboard Tower

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

The $129.99 Twelve South Hoverboard Tower is the perfect gift for someone who relies heavily on their iPad. It is a flexible flow stand that doesn’t take up a tremendous amount of space but is stable enough to securely hold the pricey tablet. The stand’s base is heavy enough to be stable but not so heavy that it is difficult to move from one place to another; the cradle that grabs the tablet and the adjustable arm connected to it work together to hold the tablet at the perfect viewing angle for pretty much any activity.

TwelveSouth promotes it for use during Apple Fitness+ workouts, for keeping sheet music at eye level when performing, or for watching a video while on a stationary bike or treadmill. We’ve tried it for a few of those activities, and it worked well. In addition, by adding or removing some of the vertical posts, you can adjust the height of the Hoverboard Tower. We removed one vertical post and found the Hoverboard Tower to be perfect for hands-free viewing while sitting in our favorite chair.

Ohuhu Honolulu 320-Color Double Tipped Brush & Chisel Art Sketch Marker Set

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Look at (almost) all the amazing colors included in the $244.99 Ohuhu Honolulu 320-Color Double Tipped Brush & Chisel Art Sketch Marker Set! And oh, the possibilities that will light up your favorite artist’s eyes when they receive this mind-boggling collection of dual-tip markers!

The alcohol-based ink used in these Ohuhu markers blends beautifully and dries instantly, so drawings made with them won’t fade or smudge. Why dual tips? The more tapered brush end is for drawing thinner lines and making calligraphic strokes, while the marker’s wide chisel end can be used to quickly fill large areas with color.

As you might have guessed by the name, this mega-kit includes 320 colors and one colorless blender that will work perfectly whether they are creating fine art or relaxing with an adult coloring book.

If you’re wondering how one could possibly keep so many markers organized and stored — the kit includes a reinforced fabric case that keeps all of the color-coded caps aimed up so any color can be found quickly. If your giftee wants to take the kit along on a day trip to an inspiring place, there’s even an integrated shoulder strap and handle!

Beau Joie Brut Champagne

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

You will be the holiday party host’s favorite when you show up with a bottle of Beau Joie Brut Champagne. This champagne is made from a thoughtful blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier grapes grown and hand-picked in the vineyards of Epernay, France, and then aged for no less than four years.

The Chardonnay grapes bring elegance, finesse, and minerality; Pinot Noir grapes give the champagne body and structure, and the Pinot Meunier grapes bring weight and roundness.

Light, crisp, and beautifully effervescent, there are citrus and floral notes present that make the champagne well with everything.

Homedics TotalClean 5-in-1 UV-C Deluxe Large Room Air Purifier

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

An air purifier isn’t exactly the sexiest or most romantic holiday gift, but in the age of Covid 19, it will certainly send the message that you care. The $249.99 Homedics TotalClean 5-in-1 UV-C Deluxe Large Room Air Purifier offers a significant degree of care!!

The air purifier provides 360-degree HEPA filtration that removes up to 99.97% of airborne allergens as small as .3 microns. In addition, built-in carbon odor filtration reduces odors; a pre-filter captures large particles, and UV-C technology further reduces bacteria, mold, viruses, and more.

The TotalClean 5-in-1 is designed for rooms as large as 343 square feet, and it comes with a remote control. Five different settings let you adjust for current concerns and conditions, and there is even a whisper-quiet sleep mode so you can sleep while the device still does its job. Add in an ultra-fast turbo mode for those times when you feel the space needs some extra attention, and you can see why we’ve become fans of this air purifier and think it’s an important and practical gift this season.

The Barnacle X Bluetooth Speaker

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If the music-lover in your life is tired of portable speakers that look like black plastic boxes, get them the $125.99 Barnacle X Bluetooth Speaker. This spherical speaker is available in two fun color patterns, and it is built to be used pretty much anywhere. The speaker is shockproof, dust and sand-proof, it has an IP68 waterproof rating, and it even floats! The Barnacle ships with a removable suction mount, so you can put it pretty much anywhere; removing the mount reveals a standard 1/4-20″ screw mount, so you can secure it even more places. And to make sure the party keeps going, the battery lasts up to 12 hours per charge!

The Barnacle X is also equipped with RGB Smart Lighting technology. With the press of a button, you can choose from 5 different light patterns, including solid white, tempo rotations, rhythm-based brightness, rotating color ring, and breathing lights. You can, of course, also turn the lights off.

The speaker has one more trick up its sleeve, though. Thanks to 8GB of onboard storage, you can load up to 2000 songs right to the speaker. You can even load songs from iTunes! That way, the music keeps going even if your phone doesn’t.

Best of all, the speaker packs a punch and sounds fantastic!

Stern Pinball

If you’re looking for the ultimate accessory to officially make your partner’s trophy basement more fun than anyone else’s, look no further than Stern Pinball! Stern’s James Bond 007 series is phenomenally tricked out with visual treats and sound effects. The Stern Pinball James Bond 007 Pro model starts at $6,999, going up to $12,999 for the completely tricked-out and collectible Limited Edition.

If they’re already rocking The Mandalorian in their game room, the $1,999 Mandalorian Topper will blow their mind! This topper accessory introduces exclusive new gameplay features and puts the player inside the Razor Crest’s cockpit using a vividly colored 3D holographic display.

AUXO Calent Vape

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

As more and more states expand both medical and recreational access to cannabis, the demand for high-quality vaporizers only continues to increase. The $119.99 AUXO Calent Dry Herb Vaporizer is a great example of a quality vape that doesn’t cost a fortune. It sports advanced conduction and infrared dual-heating technology, four built-in heating settings, and a companion app for fine-tuning the system.

A unique airflow system delivers full flavor, and a magnetic rotatable mouthpiece makes using the vape a breeze. Best of all, the affordable vaporizer is compact enough to take anywhere but powerful enough to deliver performance that far outweighs its size. It will make a great gift this season.

Withings Body Comp Scale

If you’re struggling to figure out the perfect gift for someone who’s doing their best to make lasting changes to get or stay healthy, the $209.95 Withings Body Comp will fit the bill. Much more than a scale, Body Comp is a complete body assessment device that measures multiple biometrics and includes 12 months free of Health+, an enhanced service providing detailed health analyses and tools to help people change their behaviors.

Using multi-frequency bioimpedance analysis, Body Comp can deliver even more precise body composition metrics, including visceral fat, so they’ll know exactly what they are dealing with and can focus on their health efforts. Body Comp delivers an electrodermal activity score by measuring skin response via sweat gland stimulation in the user’s feet. It also delivers a cardiovascular assessment, identifying changes in their overall cardiovascular health while monitoring their heart and blood vessels thanks to Vascular Age and Standing Heart Rate.

With Body Comp and Health+, your giftee will be off to a good start as they are guided to build a steady measurement routine through a holistic approach to improve their health with an in-depth analysis of their metrics. They’ll be empowered as they see how making better choices through the day by working through an exclusive library of 6-week Habit Builders improves their activity, sleep, or nutrition. With the metrics provided, they’ll also get insights on correlated actions so they know where to place their efforts, receiving weekly reports as their evolution progresses and monthly reports that provide a deep dive into their health, something they can share with their doctor if needed.

And finally, if they have a competitive bone in their body, they will appreciate that celebration of all of their milestones. From a steady measurement routine to slowly increased activity to metric goals achieved, Body Comp and Health+ will award them exclusive badges to help keep them motivated. Tell them you love them without having to say anything by giving them the Withings Body Comp.

Philips Hue Lighting

Year after year, Hue smart lighting makes a superb gift for the tech-forward person in your life. Here are two of their unique lighting options that we think would make fantastic gifts.

The Hue Go

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

The $89.99 Hue Go is a round, portable light that looks simple but is surprisingly powerful. The light measures 3.1″ high by 5.9″ wide, with an AC power port underneath. Offering the equivalent of a 43W bulb when turned on at 100%, it can be expected to deliver 20,000 hours of lifetime illumination.

This is not, however, a simple white light. Instead, it can access Hue’s colorful ambiance mode and emit light in a range of colors. Add in the fact that the Hue Go has a rechargeable battery and can deliver up to 2.5 hours of illumination or up to 18 hours of Hue’s “cozy Candle lighting effect,” and you have an outdoor task or mood light whenever you need it. We’ve been impressed by the Hue Go and think anyone would be happy to receive it as a gift.

Hue Signe Gradient Floor Lamp

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

The $329.99 Signe Gradient Floor Lamp is more of a splurge gift, but anyone who is already invested in the Hue ecosystem will absolutely love this powerful, flexible yet minimalist light. The Signe floor lamp has a black cylindrical base reminiscent of the original Amazon Echo smart speaker. Rising from it is a black or white vertical rod that houses a line of powerful smart lights. The lamp disappears from view, but the light it emits promises to set the mood every time.

OneAdaptr MacMate

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

One of the lamest things that Apple does is only put one USB-C port in its MacBook wall chargers. A whole cottage industry has sprung up offering better wall charging solutions, but what if someone prefers using their OEM brick but would love to be able to charge more than one device at a time? Ah, they need the $49 OneAdaptr MacMate.

Designed for MacBook and compatible with Apple’s 30W, 35W, 61W, 67W, 87W, 96W, and 140W USB-C chargers, the MacMate adds 60W & 20W USB-C PD charging ports as well as a 10W Wireless charger. At roughly 2″ wide and 0.75 thick, the MacMate is easily stowed in a backpack or carry-on.

If you know someone who is a world traveler that’s looking for the best charging solution possible, check out the $110 MacMate Pro. It combines the OneWorld 65W that I recently reviewed with the MacMate to charge as many as eight devices simultaneously! That’s a very handy bit of kit, especially since it’s all so portable.

Runhood Power Station

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Runhood’s power station stands out in an increasingly crowded market segment thanks to its innovative design. Rather than having a large-capacity battery bank locked inside the unit, the Runhood takes a modular approach. Slot two 342Wh power banks (they call them Rallye Juice Packs) into the rear compartments, and you get a power station that offers 648Wh of power in a small unit measuring 13″ by 6.8″ by 8.8″. US 110 outlets, USB-A and C ports, an auto port, and more sit on the front of the unit, along with the controls and an informative digital screen.

What makes the Runhood so unusual is that you can purchase multiple Rallye Juice Packs and, when one runs down, simply swap in a fresh one for near-unlimited power. Or, if you prefer, you can add a Runhood 256W DC. Inverter or 110V AC Inverter to the front of one of the Juice Packs, and you get a high capacity but more portable battery to take on the go.

We are impressed by the modular design and know it will make a thoughtful gift for any loved one looking to be prepared if the power goes out. Complete systems start at $739, but the price will depend on configuration.


Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If you have a loved one who medicates or uses THC recreationally by smoking or vaping, they are probably well aware that the smell can get to be a bit overwhelming at times. Air fresheners just cover up unwelcome odors with perfumes and other chemicals. Cannibolish is made from natural plant oils and water to absorb and remove odors without toxic ingredients. Cannabolish is safe to use around animals and people, in large or small spaces, as often as needed.

The Cannabolish Odor Removing Spray is available in lavender or wintergreen, and it comes in 2-ounce ($4.99) or 8-ounce ($11.99) bottles. It neutralizes odor molecules in seconds; in other words, it doesn’t just cover them up, and the plastic bottle is recyclable (if your giftee doesn’t repurpose it for something else that needs a spritzer).

The $14.99 7-ounce Cannabolish Odor Removing Candle is also available in lavender or wintergreen. These candles are clean-burning and soy-based; they remove odors using safe, natural ingredients with no toxic chemicals or synthetic fragrances. Even better, the candles smell incredible! On top of that, the glass container can either be recycled or turned into a drinking glass, so it’s kind of like two gifts in one.

Nook Theory

If you’re looking for something slightly different to give as a gift, you might want to check out Nook Theory, a small business that sells curated home goods.

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Some of our favorite Nook Theory products include the Better Days Insulated Grocery Bag ($25.90 to $27.90), which is a well-made carry-all that can be used for groceries or for transporting hot or cold food. Available in five colors, the Better Days bag has a 12-ounce canvas exterior; it can even be used as a cooler bag to keep drinks ice-cold at a picnic or beach. When the zipper is closed, it has been tested to keep ice frozen for six or more hours!

For outdoor eating, when you don’t want to use something disposable or chance a ceramic plate breaking, Nook Theory 8″ Bamboo Fiber Reusable Plates are a great option. They are available in three different patterns, with prices ranging from $19.90 to $21.90 for a pack of four. Bamboo fiber is sustainable, and it is BPA-free, non-toxic, Phthalates free, PVC-free, and lead-free. Say no to traditional plastic dinnerware, our degradable bamboo plates would make a great replacement. Light and durable, the plates are stain-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and great for everyday use.

Your favorite plant person will appreciate being given a selection of six Nook Theory Macrame Plant Hangers, which are available in cream ($25.90), caramel ($27.90), or light gray ($27.90).

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

These macrame plant hangers are handcrafted, odor free, and made of the highest quality strings to stably hold plants in up to 8″ pots. The set even comes with S hooks and ceiling hooks, so there’s nothing more needed — except maybe another plant!

OKMO Solar Generator 1000W

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

We’ve seen a proliferation of huge rechargeable power stations in recent years. OKMO may not be a familiar name, but their offerings are impressive and offer excellent value. The $1199.99 OKMO Solar Generator 1000W has three USB-A ports, one USB-C port, three AC outlets, and more. It will run a 500W refrigerator for 11 hours, a 10W lamp for 100 hours, and a CPAP for multiple nights.

Best of all, while you can recharge the battery via AC or a car power port, it can also be recharged using the included solar panel; that means you’ll never run out of power!

Wacom One

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If you’re looking for a can’t-go-wrong tech gift, you’ll want to consider the $399.95 Wacom One. While it’s perfect for drawing and coloring art, it can also be used when editing photos and videos, brainstorming, annotating digital textbooks, creating animation, game development, and more.

The 13.3″ display has a pen-on-paper feel that offers natural surface friction and minimal reflection; it will feel like they’re writing on paper, not glass. The Wacom One comes complete with a pen and creative software so your giftee can get started as soon as it’s out of the box, and it’s compatible with PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, and certain Android devices.

MyBevi Tumblers

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Spread holiday cheer by gifting MyBevi Tumblers to your loved ones. Why go with MyBevi? Because they’ll keep your giftee’s hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours on end, and they look like a million bucks while doing it! Using only the highest quality materials, like 18/8-304 premium food-grade stainless steel inner and outer walls and BPA-free lids, MyBevi Tumblers are available in so many festive styles that there is sure to be something that clicks.

You can get MyBevi tumblers in 12, 16, 20, 24, and 26-ounce sizes, and their prices range from $15 to $25. I love that you’re not paying some ridiculous amount for a double-walled stainless tumbler that pays more for advertising yet doesn’t offer anything more and looks way less fun. MyBevi is like the secret handshake you needed to enter the cool kids club while getting away with paying half as much in dues. You’re welcome. 😉

CCELL RIZO Battery for Cartridges with 510 Threads

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If you are looking for a gift for someone who enjoys vaping using 510 thread cartridges, you can’t go wrong with the CCELL RIZO. This tiny battery has a capacity of 300mAh, charges via USB-C, offers a convenient drop-in magnetic connection, and has “inhale activation,” so it doesn’t need to be turned on or off.

It’s small but packs a punch, and at under $40, it makes a great gift.

Arlo Pro 5S 2K Security Camera

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Do you have a loved one who’s moved into their first home? You can help them keep track of what’s going on when they aren’t there with the new $249.99 Arlo Pro 5S 2K Security Camera. The Arlo Pro 5S is the company’s most innovative and advanced offering yet; it features a wire-free setup, 2K HDR video, color night vision 12X zoom, and a 160º field of view.

The Arlo Pro 5S has tri-band connectivity, so it can operate off dual-band WiFi so it can connect to the strongest network available between 5 GHz or 2.4 GHz WiFi for the best possible connection. Best of all, the new Pro 5S gets up to 30% longer battery life than the Pro 4 due to its all-new low-power mode.

Lenovo ThinkVision M14d Mobile Monitor

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Laptops are great but, sometimes, you really need two displays in order to work most efficiently. That’s where Lenovo’s mobile monitors come in. Their latest, the $299 ThinkVision M14d Mobile Monitor, has a resolution of 2240 by 1400, a gorgeous IPS panel, a 16:10 aspect ratio, and convenient pass-through power so you can charge your laptop while you work.

Best of all, the monitor is thin, light, and easy to use. Dan uses an older model all the time and continues to be impressed. The Lenovo ThinkVision M14d Mobile Monitor is a great gift for anyone who does remote work and needs a second display.

QuietOn 3.1

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Do you snore? If you have a partner who has trouble sleeping because of it, and you’ve tried all the snore relief products out there (and they didn’t help), and a sleep study has ruled out sleep apnea, you might think that a “sleep divorce” is the only way for both of you to enjoy a good night’s rest. There’s one other solution that you should try before one of you moves into the guest room — the $289 QuietOn 3.1 sleep earbuds.

QuietOn 3.1 are comfortable to wear while sleeping, and rather than playing music when inserted into each ear, they automatically begin active noise canceling mode to create a calm and soothingly quiet environment for the wearer. They’re also a great gift option for people who live next to noisy neighbors or to block out city noises. Dan and I both swear by them!

Denago Commute Model 1 Top-Tube Ebike

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

The $1,999 Denago Commute Model 1 Top-Tube Ebike is a true class 3 electric bike that can hit speeds of 20 mph with the thumb throttle or up to 28 mph when using pedal assist. The bike is solidly built and gorgeous, and it comes in both step-through and top-tube designs, with each design available in two sizes.

Packed with features like a front suspension fork, a suspension seat post, fenders, a rear rack, and a hidden battery with a healthy capacity, there is a reason this bike is being lauded as one of the best new commuter bikes. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a family member who bikes to work or school, this is it!


Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If you’re shopping for a golfer, you can’t go wrong with the gift of a quarterly subscription to Mullybox. A golf subscription service that includes options such as training aids, apparel, and more, Mullybox was created to stop people from spending $250 or more at the pro shop.

Gifting a Mullybox subscription is as easy as entering whether the box should be curated for a male or female player, their shirt size, their glove hand, and their glove size. Every three months, you’ll be billed $111.11 plus shipping and taxes, and your giftee will receive a box filled with goodies that are worth much more. You can give one box and cancel, or you can continue with the quarterly gifts until you are ready to stop, and you can cancel at any time.

If you’ve got golfing kids, there’s also a Mully Junior subscription available. For $77.77 every three months, younger golfers will get a box that’s loaded with training aids, accessories, and cool golf wear. With Mullybox, your favorite golfers can get the best gear for a fraction of the cost.

Lavinia Oh.Hi

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Here are the facts: Lavinia oh.hi is a silicone-based cannabis lubricant. Combining the cannabinoids THC and CBD results in an increase in blood flow around the area where oh.hi is applied. This increase in blood flow can lead to heightened sensations and general muscle relaxation ending with positive results. Got it?

If you live in California, this seems like a no-brainer gift for your partner. Use this list to see if Lavinia oh.hi is available at a dispensary near you, or you can get it delivered through Good Tree.

2019 Clos de los Siete Mendoza Red Blend

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!
With all of the season’s celebrations, you’re going to inevitably need a moment to relax, and that’s the perfect time to enjoy a glass of the 2019 Clos de los Siete Mendoza Red Blend.

Made with 50% Malbec, 24% Merlot, 11% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot grapes, this Argentinian wine has intense, seductive aromas, with lots of freshness and light spicy notes.

Bluffworks Ascender Joggers

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Bluffworks promotes its clothing as intended for travel, and while the company does make great clothing for life’s journeys, Dan, who discovered the brand two years ago, wears its clothing on a regular basis. He loves the numerous and thoughtfully secure pockets, the quick-dry, anti-odor fabric, and the fact that all of their clothing, including their suits, are machine washable.

Most recently, Dan picked up a pair of their new Ascender Joggers. These comfortable pants have just enough style and tailoring to make them as appropriate for running errands as they are for hanging out. Dan got these for an upcoming trip and is already a fan. At $110, they aren’t inexpensive, but Bluffworks clothing is durable, making them a good value over the long haul.

Austere VII Series Power 4-Outlet

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

One thing that’s always made me feel uneasy about using the outlet located behind our wall-mounted TV was not knowing what might happen to the television in a storm without any surge protection. Most surge protectors are strips, and they have to go down below the television, which means there’s no neat way to hide the cables. That’s no longer the case with the $129.99 Austere VII Series Power 4-Outlet. Designed to fit discreetly in the tightest of spaces, including near furniture or behind wall-mounted TVs, the Austere VII Series Power 4-Outlet sits flush with the wall for an elegant and unobtrusive appearance.

The Austere VII Series has polished metalized side panels and platinum silver edging, and it offers 3,500 joules protection, the protective layer of energy that defends your components. Both sides of the device have Austere’s PureFiltration outlet isolation, so you’ll get the cleanest possible power for the finest gaming, home theater, or home office performance. On top of the four AC outlets, there is a USB-A port with a dedicated 2.4A charging power on one side and two USB-C PD ports on the other, offering 45W fast charging when only the top port is used or sharing the total between two devices when both USB-C ports are used.

Austere makes fantastic products that they stand behind. The VII Series outlet includes their component guarantee that if Austere Power is responsible for any damage to a plugged-in device, Austere will replace that device regardless of its value for up to 6 years.


Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If you have ever had back pain, you know that someone who is suffering from it will try just about anything to get some relief. The $79.99 Backpod is a low-tech way to improve flexibility, release tension and, over time, improve posture.

The Backpod has a strong polycarbonate core that is wrapped in a hypoallergenic outer cushion. Using the Backpod isn’t completely intuitive, but the included instructions walk you through the necessary steps to get started and how to maximize the benefit over time. If the Backpod helps your gift recipient (or you!) get some relief, you’ll consider it money well spent.

Womanizer Premium 2

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If you know someone who enjoys spicier gifts, you’ll want to get them the $199 Womanizer Premium 2. Pleasure Air Technology stimulates without direct contact, as gentle air vibrations suck and massage through 14 intensity levels. When active, Autopilot 2.0 will make things extra fun as it switches things up by alternating intensity levels.

The Womanizer Premium 2 is quiet, IPX7 waterproof, and the battery lasts for up to four hours. It even comes with two stimulator head sizes to make sure everything is just so because everyone’s body is different and beautiful!

Nooie Pet Feeder

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

If someone on your gift list isn’t always able to be home when it’s time to feed their pets, they’re going to love the $99 Nooie Pet Feeder. With a large, 3.8-liter capacity, this attractive electric pet feeder can be scheduled to dispense up to one cup of food ten times a day. Through the app, they’ll be able to manage scheduling as well as receive notifications when the food levels get low and need refilling. Three D-Cell batteries (not included) can be inserted in the bottom of the device to maintain feeding schedules even in a power outage.

Everything about the Nooie Pet Feder has been thoughtfully designed so that it is easy to set up, easy to operate, and easy to clean; I especially like that the food tray has a removable stainless steel bowl, so it’s hassle-free to keep eating surfaces clean.

Kev and I have outdoor cats on the ranch, and having the Nooie Pet Feeder gives us peace of mind knowing that they aren’t going to miss a meal when we go on overnight trips. I can speak from experience when I tell you that this is the perfect gift for a cat owner who can’t always be home.

Blast Mic

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Do you have a loved one who’s an aspiring podcaster? If so, the $299 Blast Mic might be the perfect gift. Described as a “professional radio broadcast studio in your hand,” the Blast Mic captures lossless audio and then broadcasts it at the touch of a button.

There’s no need to transfer files to a computer and then upload them to a service; the Blast Mic does it all right on board, thanks to WiFi connectivity and the free Blast Radio mobile app. Now, your podcaster can publish from anywhere so long as they have WiFi and the Blast Mic. And when they aren’t on the go, the Blast Mic can be used the same way you would any studio mic; that makes it a win-win.

RAVPower Jump Starter and Air Compressor

If you’ve ever been stuck somewhere without a way to jumpstart your dead battery or a means to fill a tire that’s gone low, you’re going to immediately see the value of giving someone you care about the $129.99 RAVPower Jump Starter and Air Compressor. Everything they’ll need to get out of either one of those jams is included in the hardshell zippered case.

With this multi-purpose device, they can quickly jump just about any 12V car with up to 5.2L gas & 3.5L diesel engines. When fully charged, the jump starter holds enough charge to jump a car 23-25 times, so even if they use it and forget to recharge it immediately, they should be okay.

If that was all it did, that would be enough, but this is the RAVPower Jump Starter and Air Compressor. When your vehicle’s system informs you that a tire is low, the 120PSI high-flow air compressor will quickly inflate your tire, and it also works for motorcycle and bicycle tires. The LED display shows the tire pressure to ensure that you don’t accidentally inflate them too much.

Two more things about this device to seal the deal: The RAVPower Jump Starter and Air Compressor has a built-in 50lms emergency LED light for continuous, strobe, and SOS light modes that can last for up to 12 hours. Finally, the device can also work as an 11,2000 power bank when necessary.

Fieldsheer Merino Heated Men’s Baselayer Shirt

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Fieldsheer offers a range of heated clothing that includes everything from jackets to vests to socks. Their new Performance series takes their clothing line to a new level and includes a comfortable merino wool hoodie with the added benefit of three heated panels for extra warmth. The $179.99 Fieldsheer Merino Heated Men’s Baselayer Shirt is quite nice; the wool is thick and soft, waist and chest pockets make it easy to carry gear, and in-seam thumb holes on the cuffs make it easy to layer.

Add in the large hood, and the Fieldsheer Merino Heated Men’s Baselayer Shirt is a hoodie we would wear even if it were just a hoodie, but this isn’t just a hoodie.

Built into the Baselayer Shirt are three heating panels, two on the chest and one on the back. Powered by a 7.4v rechargeable battery that can deliver up to ten hours of heat, the Fieldsheer Merino Heated Men’s Baselayer Shirt promises to be the warmest hoodie your loved one has ever worn.

Add in the fact that the four heating settings can be controlled using a button on the hoodie or via Bluetooth thanks to a few companion apps, and this hoodie, which is currently on sale for $134.99, is ready for 2023!

Nomad Base One Max

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

No Gift Guide would be complete without something from our friends at Nomad. Regardless of your budget, there are gifts for everyone on your list. We think the $149.95 Base One Max makes an especially good gift. The low-profile metal and glass charging system grabs hold of iPhones and rapidly tops them off; the Apple Watch charger sitting next to it guarantees that your watch will be ready to start the day when you do.

It is just one of Nomad’s charging solutions, and we could not recommend it more highly.

WaterField Sutter Slim Backpack

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!

Going back into the office meant many of us had to rethink how we carry our gear. After all, many of us spent over a year with a work commute that involved walking down the hall from our bedroom to wherever we had set up our workspace. If your loved one is looking for a classy way to carry enough gear without overstuffing their backpack and wrecking their backs, the $279 WaterField Sutter Slim Backpack might be just the thing.

The top zippered pocket and the large outer pocket sitting behind the leather accent panel offer quick access to frequently-used items, while the large inner space has slots for laptops and tablets and plenty of room for your daily essentials. Available in either Ballistic Nylon with Black Leather or Waxed Canvas with Chocolate Leather, the Suter Slim is comfortable with just enough organizational structure. This is one gorgeous bag that will only get better with use!


If you’re looking for something for the young or young at heart, be sure to check out our 2022 Holiday Toy Gift Guide!

Gear Diary's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!


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About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
Judie is the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of Gear Diary, which she founded in September 2006. She started in 1999 writing software reviews at the now-defunct; from mid-2000 through 2006, she wrote hardware reviews for and co-edited at The Gadgeteer. A recipient of the Sigma Kappa Colby Award for Technology, Judie is best known for her device-agnostic approach, deep-dive reviews, and enjoyment of exploring the latest tech, gadgets, and gear.

10 Comments on "Gear Diary’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone and Every Budget!"

  1. I’d give a Wacom One to my older brother, because he’d make good use of it, and maybe another one for my oldest nephew, though I don’t know if he does digital painting.

  2. I would buy the Blast Mic for my son and the Lenovo ThinkVision M14d Mobile Monitor for my husband.

  3. I would buy the ESCORT Max360c MK II for my brother.

  4. Darla Peduzzi | December 1, 2022 at 6:55 pm |

    I’d get the Denago Commute eBike for my husband! He would love it and maybe he’d let me take a spin now and then too.

  5. I’d buy Denago Commute Model 1 Top-Tube Ebike for my son and Lenovo ThinkVision monitor for my husband.

  6. Molli Vandehey | December 1, 2022 at 9:05 pm |

    That Denago ebike would make my partner so happy!

  7. I’d get the Rocksteady Subwoofer and Rocksteady Stadium Speakers for myself. I like some pounding music when working in the basement, garage or yard.

  8. Gina Ferrell | December 2, 2022 at 1:55 am |

    I would buy the Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill and give it to my best friend.

  9. The nooie pet feeder would be great for a friend

  10. cactuspete23 | December 2, 2022 at 12:51 pm |

    I’d give my Brother and Two Sisters top of the line Teslas !!!

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