Gadgetry

The week before Christmas always feels like a scramble to make sure I've found gifts for everyone and that they're good. I default to looking for interesting or novel things, and thankfully there's no shortage of those out there. I often feel like I've got to dig a little bit before I find the right thing – online shopping often feels like I'm just finding the same thing over and over again, and there's only so many iPads or Apple accessories someone needs. Here's a few things that can be considered gadgetry, but may extend the definition a bit.

1. Sugru

When something you use a lot and like breaks, it can be a real letdown. Many companies have warranties or policies that mean you can get a replacement without much trouble, but a lot of products don't have that. Enter Sugru. It's a self-setting compound that you can form to any shape that starts out like a clay or putty but will cure and become a rubberlike silicone that is still flexible. It's a magical thing that's waterproof, electrically insulating, and sticky, so you can use to patch a hole in a boot, fix wiring, and so much more.

@ Sugru ($10–18)

2. Satechi Portable USB Humidifier

This travel humidifier is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. It fits over water bottles, glasses, and most vessels you may have at home or in a hotel room, needs no batteries, and you can make it an aroma diffuser.

@ Satechi ($29.99)

3. Monkey Light

A fun way to illuminate your bike for nighttime riding, Monkey Lights are a different breed of LED bike light, and attach to the spokes of your wheel. In doing so, they can create a variety of different designs and colors while your wheels are spinning to set your bike apart from the crowd.

@ Monkey Light ($39.99–$59.99)

4. Philips Hue Connected Bulb

It may look like just an expensive lightbulb set, but the Philips Hue is a pretty revolutionary piece of technology. The bulbs have different colors and shades, and you can set up a network for the bulbs to show different colors for various events. You can program the network to have all the lights (or just one light) turn green when you receive a new email, or red when it's dinner time, or whatever you want. It's all manageable via your wireless iPhone or computer or iPad. If this sounds interesting to you, a pro tip is to check out If This Then That, which will take the Philips Hue to the next level.

@ Apple ($199.95)

5. Nikon 1 AW1 Waterproof Camera

If you're looking for a super tough camera that's small, powerful, and versatile, the Nikon AW1 may tick all the boxes. It's the first waterproof camera with interchangeable lenses, and is a total game changer. And when I say interchangeable lenses I mean that all Nikon lenses work with the AW1. And when I say waterproof I mean that you can take it to 49 feet depth without any housing to protect it. There's also GPS features, full HD video, and it's wifi compatible. My good friend Sal has a great review of its utility and first impressions after some outdoors adventures.

@ Nikon ($799)