VTLO's Guide to Must-Give Gadgets

By Vitiello Communications Group

This week, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah will coincide for the first time since 1888 and the last time for another 79,000-plus years, according to one estimate. As retailers bombard our inboxes with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, gift-giving is top of mind. A recent Gallup survey estimates that U.S. consumers will spend an average of $704 on holiday gifts this year. Although this is down from the $770 they forecasted last year, there are numerous stores open on Thanksgiving, encouraging people to wolf down their pumpkin pie and start shopping.

Here is a roundup of VTLO’s favorite gadgets to give to business leaders – or get for yourself – this holiday season:

  • iPad Air: The latest version of the iPad has a brilliantly bright screen, and is thinner and lighter than ever, making it the perfect on-the-go companion for meetings, travel and just about anything.
  • Kindle Paperwhite: From the no-glare screen to the ability to write notes in the margin, this e-reader was made to feel like a book. And the best news? A single charge can last up to eight weeks.
  • Mophie juice pack: Part phone case, part charger, the juice pack protects your phone and gives it a battery boost of up to 80 percent while you’re away from your plug-in charger.
  • Brookstone pocket projector mobile: This small and handy projector can connect via HDMI to smartphones, tablets, computers, video players, cameras and more. It projects dazzling images for up to two hours on just one charge.

If you’re looking to experience the latest phones and tablets first-hand, there’s a new shop in town giving Apple Stores and Microsoft Stores more competition. Google has opened pop-up holiday exhibits, called Winter Wonderlabs, to showcase its latest devices. If you are in the tri-state area, you can find a Google Store at Bryant Park in New York City or Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J.

For a full list of our favorite gadgets this season and others, check out our Holiday Gadgets 2013 board on Pinterest.

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