Phandroid Holiday Gift Guide: Kevin’s top picks and gifts for music lovers and athletes!


Welcome to day three of the Phandroid Holiday Gift Guide rollout. If you’re anything like me, you will probably wait until the last minute to do your shopping, but hopefully our weeklong look at some great gear and gadgets will inspire you to get your gifting wrapped up early.

It’s my turn to key you guys into some great gift ideas for your friends and family (or just to treat yo’self). I’ve dived into the season’s top tablets, gifts for music lovers and sporty types, and a list of items I wouldn’t mind finding under my own Christmas tree (if any of you are feeling generous…). We take a look at everything from the Nexus 7 to Oakley’s smartphone-powered Airwave goggles and more.

You can check out our full list of categories, including picks from Quentyn and Edgar, by heading over to the gift guide now. But here’s a little peek at some of my personal favorite items.

Give paper some love with the Little Printer

The Little Printer is perhaps my favorite little gadget from my list. Most might find it a bit silly, but for someone who fears a paperless world it’s a nice way to keep in touch with what preceded our smartphones. Little Printer compiles a list of digital feeds from social networks to news and weather plus more and creates an on-demand, personalized mini newspaper. It’s just crazy enough to be entirely useful. Maybe it will even remind people what it’s like to read an actual newspaper while drinking the morning coffee, but we doubt this tiny guy alone could save that industry.

Sonos Play:3

I am a big fan of music, and I am also a big fan of being able to play any song I want whenever I want and wherever I am. Sonos not only makes this a possibility, but does so with the great sounding Play:3 speaker. Now if I want to throw on some reggaeton in the kitchen while I’m firing up dinner it’s as easy as firing up Sonos with my smartphone. And with all my music stored in the cloud there isn’t a track I can’t find.

JayBird Freedom Headphones

I love to run, but for the longest time I didn’t take my music along. The options were either deal with bulky headphones and their cords, or constantly adjust the set of earbuds slipping from my ears. The JayBird Freedom headphones are the only pair I have found that are both lightweight and unobtrusive without any slippage whatsoever. And with a rechargeable battery that offers plenty of life I can train uninterrupted. A must-have.

…and a happy New Year!

We’ll have more to unveil as the week rolls on, including picks from our very own Rob Jackson and Chris Chavez (I can’t wait to see what goofy gear he has for us to check out). You can thank us later for how easy we made your holiday shopping.



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  1. Sonos Sonos Sonos….. Love that thing! Can’t state it enough!

  2. I bought the JayBirds about a year ago and it was the best decision I’ve ever made (bluetooth wise). They’re durable, they sound great and are very comfortable.

    As someone who has went through five pairs of Motorola S9s (“sweat resistent” my butt), I highly recommend the JayBirds, they are much better.

  3. I’m a bit scared to see Chris’ guide…

  4. what about quentyn? he’s my favorite

    1. oh awkward he already did his

  5. Another Jaybird Freedom fan here. I even cracked my first pair and they were very quick to replace them for me. Pair #2 has lasted longer and still work great. I am also one that has gone through a bunch of “sweatproof” headphones from Moto and Plantronics

  6. that little printer looks boss

  7. I’ve read that the jaybirds BT reception is poor and that you have to keep your phone on the right side of the body. Have you guys found this?

  8. One of my biggest frustrations is trying to keep my ear buds in while I’m working out, so I’m very happy to see a possible resolution to this! I’ve been looking for something to go with the iPad that I’m getting my boyfriend this year, and so far it’s between the Sonos and DISH’s Sling Adapter. He loves to cook, so at the mention of cranking up music while cooking I imagined him loving this gift. He also travels a lot and he complains often about missing some of his favorite teams play. One of the guys I work with at DISH recommended that I get him a Sling Adapter so that he can stream games live on his iPad as if he were at home, even though he may be on the other side of the country. Deciding which to get him is going to be a tough one; thanks for the suggestions!

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