The Happy Season is once again upon us.
As in previous years, we have put together a series of RainyDayTastic GiftGuides for this holiday, full of suggestions for our readers. As with every one of our Guides, all of the items in this guide are either things we looked at, ones we reviewed and liked, or brand new gear we haven’t reviewed yet but we think you would like.
The one thing that stays the same year after year is our selection criteria: all of these recommendations are things we have actually touched and things we would actually want.
Gear & Gadgets
Matrix Powerwatches are the first smartwatches powered by body heat, eliminating the need for a charger or batteries. The wearer’s wrist generates enough heat to power the smartwatch.
The on-watch power meter displays how much electrical power is being generated. Using Matrix’s advance thermoelectric technology the watch also measures calories burned, activity level, and sleep.
Every vehicle owner dreads a dead battery and the hassle of reviving it or waiting for a jump. With higher density rechargeable batteries, some power packs have enough juice to keep not only your mobile devices going, but can jump-start the car!
While we have looked at a few of these jump-starters in the past, this unit from WeeGo is the most compact unit we have seen. With added power and charge features, the WeeGo 44 is great for those who own a truck or an SUV, or have multiple vehicles.
A sturdy, reliable flashlight is great, but what if there was one that can also do other things, like potentially save your life? We took a RainyDay FirstLook at a multi-function car tool (charger, power bank, seatbelt cutter, window breaker, light) from MeetIdea and we knew instantly that it would make the 2018 Gift Guide cut.
Want to get back to that great fishing spot? The ANGLR Bullseye is a Bluetooth-enabled tracking accessory that pairs with ANGLR’s free fishing app to make logging catches and waypoints as simple as clicking a button. One click records a catch; two clicks marks a smart waypoint.
- Works even when outside of cellular service.
- 2-year battery life…no charging, but non-replaceable.
- Weather proof (IP54)
- Easy to attach (clip, tape, etc)
- No hidden costs or subscriptions
Cooking has gone digital and web-connected. The Weber iGrill 2 thermometer is no exception. It is an app-connected thermometer that enables “doneness monitoring” of up to four cuts of meat, from beginning to end, and notifies your smart device/you when food has reached the perfect serving temperature.
This is a perfect gift for that seasoned grill master on your “Good” list.
- Four probe capacity
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Digital display
Temp range: -22°F (-30°C) TO 572°F (300°C)
- 200 hrs battery life
Home monitoring is made simple by the excellent products from Reolink. We found their indoor security cams to be quick to setup and easy to use. It appears their outdoor security cams follow that same tradition.
The Reolink Argus® 2 is totally wire-free (rechargeable battery, WiFi connection), so there’s no network or power cable to worry about, and no drilling, or power outlets needed.
Add the optional Solar Panel and never think about the battery again.
- 1080p Full HD, Night Vision
- 130° Wide Viewing Angle
- Live View Anytime Anywhere, Intelligent Alerts
- Two-Way Audio
Want a notebook that can give a pen and paper experience, yet is built for the digital age? Look no further than Rocketbook’s Everlast Notebook.
Write on it using any pen from the Pilot Frixion line and the writing will adhere to Everlast’s pages like regular paper. Using the Everlast app, writing may be easily saved to any of the following cloud services: Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, OneDrive, OneNote, Slack, Box, iCloud, iMessage, email. To erase the page, just add a drop of water and the writing can be wiped away like magic…endlessly 🙂
An insulated water bottle with an integrated Bluetooth speaker…whut? It’s a combo that we didn’t think would work, but does…for the beach, the shop, and the gym. Comes in a bunch of cool colors as well. This is our 2018 “sleeper” gift 🙂
- 16 oz, BPA Free, Double-wall steel insulated
- 24 hrs cold / 14 hrs hot
- Detachable speakers w/up to 6 hrs of playtime
- Will fit most cup holders
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