Could Kickstarter become your go to gift giving source for 2012? [POLL]


Happy holidays, Phandroids! As always, people are starting the scramble for perfect gifts and I’m just now adding my own input to our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. Some of my picks are a bit odd and unusual, but I think/hope you’ll appreciate that fact as it can be hard to find original and unique ideas.

First things first: less than 36 hours are left to get the special $21.99 with free shipping deal on the Go Groove Pal Bot. Trust me… it’s worth it. I bought one myself and included it in my Staff Picks for Top Gifts this year. You can only get the deal by entering PHANBOT as the promotional code when checking out- check it out here.

I’m kind of a crazy gift giver: most of my gift giving is done with what I like to call Inception-style wrapping. You’ll have to read my staff picks page to find out exactly what that means. While you’re there, you’ll find my gift giving is a bit crazy for other reasons, too. Among my top picks are an Android Watch that doesn’t run Android, a device whose entire existence I complain about constantly, and what amounts to a virtual IOU. Read on for the details, but I’ll share with you ONE of my top picks that I think is incredibly original and unique.

Why not hit up Kickstarter, find a few really cool and exciting projects, and become a backer on behalf of your gift’s recipient. You’ll most likely have to give them an IOU with the actual pledge printed on a piece of paper, but it provides a very unique gift experience and the person can track the progress from funding to fruition. It provides a VIP type of entrepreneurial feeling without requiring a huge investment. Not to mention, you can search specifically for Android related gifts or browse the entire collection of projects to find gift giving opportunities for everyone you know, from your little brother to your grandma.

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I’m also travelling a lot, so I headed up the “Gifts for the WORLD TRAVELER” section of the Gift Guide. I’ll likely add a few more as the holidays roll on, so if you’ve got ideas of your own, please leave them in the comments. I frequently travel for both work and pleasure, so this gift giving category is of particular interest.

Got good Kickstarter projects to suggest as presents? Let us know in the comments!

Rob Jackson
I'm an Android and Tech lover, but first and foremost I consider myself a creative thinker and entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for ideas of all sizes. I'm a sports lover who cheers for the Orange (College), Ravens (NFL), (Orioles), and Yankees (long story). I live in Baltimore and wear it on my sleeve, with an Under Armour logo. I also love traveling... where do you want to go?

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  1. A Kickstarter item would be the worst gift I could receive. Imagine the disappointment if it never gets fully funded? Then I have nothing. No bueno.

    1. I would have to agree with that. So many big name Kickstarter items end up becoming victims of their own success.

    2. If Kickstarter is the worst gift possible… then you have a very peculiar set opinions.

      Consider it part of the excitement. It’s like rolling the dice at a casino. And if it never gets fully funded are you going to be angry at the gift giver or be like, “oh well, it was fun while it lasted.”

      1. It’s definitely a unique idea, and for the right person it’s a great one. Unfortunately, most people who I would buy gifts for likely would not know how to appreciate it.

  2. This is the techno version of giving lottery tickets and just as tacky.

  3. You could always visit and get a Kickstarter project that’s already available!

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