The ISLANDS Gift Guide: Tech

November 10, 2011

Need to find the perfect gift for the gadget-loving island hoppers in your life? This year’s ISLANDS Tech Guide offers gift ideas from electronics to luggage that are sure to help you score points with techie travelers.

Check out this year’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for more ideas like these.

Bose Headphones Combat in-flight noise and relax to your favorite music with this perennial gift guide favorite, the Bose QuietComfort headphones. Featuring proven noise reduction technology, these headphones offer a 35-hour battery life on average (using AAA) and are compatible with a range of iPhones, iPods and other mp3 players. Our pick: Bose QuietComfort 15, $299, Bose
Digital Point-and-Shoot When you’d rather leave the bulky DSLR at home, having the right point-and-shoot camera on hand is key. An ultra-slim model, such as the Canon PowerShot ELPH, weighs just 5 ounces, so it’s easy to toss in your carry-on bag or back pocket – yet it still offers 12.1 MP and full 1080p HD video capabilities. Our pick: Canon PowerShot ELPH, $259,
Planet Earth The perfect gift for nature lovers and cinephiles? BBC/Warner has just released a new special edition of its breathtaking 2006 television series, Planet Earth, in a special collectible globe, including not only Blu-ray or DVD copies of each episode but a set of nature-inspired art cards, as well. Our pick: 2011 Special Edition of Planet Earth, $100 for Blu-ray ($80 for DVD),
Portable Speakers Seasoned island hoppers know to travel light – which often means leaving bulky electronics, such as travel speakers, at home. But with the second-generation Rock-It 2.0 vibration speakers, music-loving travelers can now turn nearly any object into powerful speakers for the iPod, iPhone or other mp3 player. Just plug your music into the Rock-It, then affix it to a nearby object (preferably hollow) – and the device will use natural vibrations to carry the sound. Our pick: Rock-It 2.0, $26,
Rosetta Stone Forget translation apps. Next time you venture to the French Caribbean, why not parlez français on your own? Rosetta Stone is the world’s top-selling and most popular language software, with immersive programs available in a variety of languages – from Spanish and Italian to Japanese and Mandarin – to help jetsetters communicate around the world. Our pick: Rosetta Stone Version 4 TOTALe, levels 1-5 set, $499, Rosetta Stone
Waterproof iPhone Case Whether your island travels will take you sailing, snorkeling, or just to the beach, protect your iPhone with a LifeProof Case. The lightweight, ultra-slim case absorbs shock, seals out dust and sand, and keeps your device completely dry – and not just from the occasional splash. These cases are waterproof to depths of up to 6.6 feet. Our pick: LifeProof Case for iPhone 4/4S, $70, LifeProof
Lightweight Laptop Case Give your back a break on your next travel day with a lightweight Booq bag. The densely padded bags hold up to a 15-inch MacBook, but the water-repellant, nylon ballistic bags are sleek and ultra-light, while ergonomic straps conform to your shoulders and help you tote your electronics comfortably. Our pick: Boa Squeeze bag from Booq, $130, Booq Bags
ISLANDS for iPad Perhaps the best gift of all for the jetsetters on your holiday gift list: a selection of ISLANDS apps, including travel guides, photo books, interactive maps, and magazine archives, all available for download in the ISLANDS app on iTunes. Download them all and start planning your next island escape today. Happy Holidays!

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