Gift Guide: Wearables (and other cool stuff to be cool)

by Brytan Mendes

Remember what your parents used to tell you, “The holidays are not just about getting, but about giving to others”. Yeah, well here’s the thing you may have figured out – It’s true. See the fact of the matter is we must play into Capitalism’s hand because otherwise our society will crumble. Anywho, here’s the deal: There is cool stuff out there on shelves and e-shelves, and if you want to be cool (and you do want to be cool, don’t you?), we propose considering some of this stuff. Now unless you have been living under a rock, living in an Asian dictatorship, “living in the past”, or are Amish, you have probably heard about wearables. Wearables are what is hot now. They are moving us that much closer to being like The Jetsons. Wearables vary from fitness trackers to smartwatches to body cameras to VR headsets. Here are a few of our favorites just waiting for your money:

1. Apple Watch [$449+]

If you are looking for the best smartwatch currently out there, our Lord and Savior, Apple, has created just that. There are 3 models (Sport, Watch, Edition) in 2 sizes (38mm and 42mm) and a ton of band options. We agree the Apple Watch is expensive. And sure it doesn’t work with Android phones. But as Apple shows time and time again, you truly get what you pay for. This price translates into a watch that looks incredible, and in terms of design; no one comes close. No one. It supports Siri and Apple Pay, and has a heart rate monitor It can take calls and has a built in speakerphone. I thought I would never have a need for it but I can personally attest that I feel lost without mine. It like many others comes with wireless charging.

2. Moto 360 (2nd Gen) [$379+]

In terms of Android smartwatches, there are a number of enticing choices; the Samsung Gear S2 (for those with a Samsung phone) and the LG Watch Urbane are both great contenders. But in terms of being the
most user friendly of the Android variety, the new Moto 360 is king. It runs on Android Wear and can run a slew of apps from the Play Store and will work with iPhone as well. Of the Android Watches it looks like one of the best. It is a great step up over the first gen, and can be customized before ordering.

3. WARBY PARKER GLASSES[$95]

Prescription Eyeglasses. Check. Amazing Design. Check. Free Home Try On. Check. Epic Customer Service. Check. All for $95?!? You bet. These are some of the hottest wearables out now, and they don’t even need to be charged. And for every pair Warby Parker sells, they donate a pair to someone in need. Look Good. Feel Great. And they sell gift cards.

4. Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable [$25]

In my house, and I assume in many others, cables (specifically Lightning cables) are like gold. If your’s is lost or broken, you have to beg and plead because you are at the mercy of your family members. We could right a whole article on social dynamics of charging cables but we can agree the ultimate loss is a broken cable. These guys at Fuse Chicken took a chainsaw to their cord. Yes an actual chainsaw. While we can’t speak first-hand to the cord’s ability, all accounts suggest that this cord, like Gibbs from NCIS, never dies.

5. Bose QC25 Noise Cancelling Headphones [$329 – Special Edition Triple Black]
The QC25s from Bose are the second generation of the illustrious QC15s. They make some nice improvements including a sleeker design, which looks great in Triple Black. Walk by all of your friends with Beats and laugh, because
unlike their headphones, you truly pay for what you get. These are some of the most comfortable headphones in the game and are the best noise-cancelling headphones on the market; great for all of those late-night Netflix (study) sessions in the library. So please whatever you do, do not buy Beats. Buy these instead.

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