Turbine’s last-minute gift guide
With less than a week to go, if you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping then you’re probably scrabbling for inspiration. Here at Turbine we like the practical and the beautiful so, with that in mind, here is our list of unusual gifts that make life a little easier.
Touch screen gloves. Perfect for any gadget lover who suffers from frostbite when they’re trying out their newest app at the bus stop. With specially coated finger-tips, your hands stay toasty warm and your smartphone or tablet remains fully functional.
Evernote pro account. Giving the gift of software is becoming ever more popular, and helping someone go pro with Evernote is the gift that keeps on giving. A premium account means PDF searching, no ads, additional sharing options and more.
The Machook. This is hand made, beautiful and practical. For those of us who are forever struggling with desk space, this is a neat way of keeping your headphones conveniently stored, and accessorising your iMac at the same time.
Find Duplicate Files. The gift of knowledge is invaluable. If you know someone who fits the description of a digital hoarder, then tell them about Easy Duplicate Finder for Windows or Araxis Find Duplicate Files for Mac. You’ll be giving them knowledge, space and that nice tingling feeling, which comes with getting just a little bit more organised.
Drawer Decor. Suitable for office, home, workshop or anywhere else this is a brilliant product. The silicon-based kit can be cut to size to fit any drawer and, when used with the dividers, means the contents of your drawer no longer slides around, slowly entangling itself, and you no longer stab yourself with your letter opener while reaching for the paperclips.
Livescribe. Take notes, record audio, sync them together and then send it all to the cloud. These pens are simply genius (although there is a premium to pay for that genius). They integrate with Evernote and according to this Engadget review, it’s hard to put a price on knowing you’ll never lose your notes again.
QLOCKTWO. What is better for productivity than giving the gift of time? Ok, so you can’t actually give someone time, but you can make the chore of keeping an eye on the time exceedingly more aesthetically pleasing with this gorgeous clock from Biegert and Funk. (And if the price is a little prohibitive, you could always start off with the iPhone app version.)
Clare Dodd on December 19, 2012