Best Holiday Gift Ideas: Christmas 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and the panic has set in. Don’t worry! Our gift recommendations are sure to please everyone on your list; adventurers, travelers, over-caffeinated adrenaline junkies and tree huggers, alike. We’ve got you covered, on every budget. So, let’s get started, shall we?

Of course we have to start with the holy grail of gift-giving, the GoPro Hero5 Black:

  Pretty little thing, isn’t it? However, being more than just a pretty face, the HERO5 Black is lauded as the most powerful and easy-to-use GoPro yet. It is equipped with 4K video, voice control, one-button simplicity, touch display, waterproof design, smooth stabilized video, crystal-clear audio and pro-quality photo capture. Not enough? All this is combined with GPS. Still not enough? When it’s time to edit and share, HERO5 Black automatically uploads this footage to your GoPro and cloud account, which provides easy access via your phone. You can then create stunning videos with Quik, the GoPro editing app. Here’s a short video showing how easy HERO5 Black is to use and just how crisp your videos will be:

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How can we NOT suggest a drone? Behold, the U45 Blue Jay WiFi FPV Quadcopter Drone w/ HD Camera, Altitude Hold, and Live Video Plus Remote Control! Quite a mouthful, right? Now check this baby out:

 This quadcopter is lightweight and offers a ready to fly design. It’s a perfect choice for novice pilots or experienced flyers. It also features an HD Camera to capture high-definition 720p aerial photos and videos with its 2MP stationary camera. Video footage has now been upgraded to 1280 × 720 at 30 FPS; great for aerial photographers and videographers. There are too many technical details and features to list so click here for all the bells and whistles.

 Next up? The Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Camera:


We’ve just gotta say it…it’s so darned cute! You just want to snap a selfie holding it. Which would mean you’d need another Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 8 in…oh say…a different color, right?


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But seriously folks, is this thing groovy or what? And there are 8 different colors! It even comes in Hello Kitty Pink for the young ones on your list. Beyond its obvious physical charms, the INSTAX Mini 8  offers ease of use, a slimmer and lighter body than previous versions, automatic exposure measurement, signals the recommended aperture setting with a flashing LED light and can be manually adjusted to the recommended setting. This allows the user to capture a perfect photo every time. A new High-Key mode is now available on INSTAX Mini 8 cameras, enabling brighter photos with a softer look…perfect for portraits. Revamps from earlier models have enhanced subject viewing and made framing a shot easier, provided greater clarity and improved visibility. Check out a short video here.

Garmin Nuvi 57LM GPS Navigator System with Spoken Turn-By-Turn Directions, Lifetime Map Updates, Direct Access, and Speed Limit Displays

A bright 5 inch dual-orientation display and spoken turn-by-turn directions are among the many innovative features that make the value-priced nüvi Essential Series easy-to-use. Dedicated GPS navigators don’t rely on cell signals and are unaffected in dead zones. nüvi arrives preloaded with detailed maps and select models offer free lifetime map updating. Spoken Garmin Real Directions use landmarks and traffic lights to guide you. Foursquare data means you can discover new restaurants, shop, find services and more. Direct Access simplifies navigation to certain complex destinations, such as malls and airports. Lane assist with junction view helps you navigate with ease. nüvi displays current street, speed, speed limit and arrival time. It even cautions you in school zones.

Lastly, we recommend the Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker.

The Fitbit Alta customizable fitness tracker keeps you motivated and is designed with your personal style in mind. Track steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes. Get credit for workouts with Smart Track automatic exercise recognition. Track your sleep and get a better rest by setting a silent alarm. No matter where you go, the easy-to-read OLED screen keeps your goals in check with stats, time, and call or text notifications on display. Accessory wristbands in metal, leather and sport, help you find the right style for every occasion.

We hope you’ve discovered that perfect gift for someone special or even yourself. Hey, we don’t judge! There are several other options for travel, hiking, sports and outdoor gear below so enjoy browsing. Above all, enjoy cherished memories this holiday season. And may Santa be very good to you.

The Caffeinated Day Tripper