‘Tis the season of giving
10 gifts from US$39
One cool warm shirt
Duckworth Maverick Crew: One of the best wool shirts out there. Extremely thin, yet remarkably warm, it’s fashioned from the wool of cold-weather merino sheep raised in Montana. Perfect for layering in winter and yet the unique weave keeps the wearer cool in summer. $80 (all prices in US dollars) for men and women; duckworthco.com.
A hot snowshoe
Louis Garneau Black Everest: Snowshoeing is a hot new way to get around when it’s cold thanks to the new breed of lightweight shoes. The molded polymer deck keeps you on top of the snow even when carrying a heavy pack. Crampons in the centre aid backcountry climbs. $185; louisgarneau.com.
K2 Route: Weighs less than 340 grams (12 oz.), so light you may forget you’re wearing it even as it protects your noggin. The fashionable look and multi-vents make it ideal for the alpine skier on your list. $150 for men; K2skis.com
A better ride
Priority Bike: This may just be one of niftiest bikes you’ve seen at any price. The aluminum frame is decked out with three gears and a rubber and glass fibre belt drive that never needs grease. The knobby tires mean you can run it on muddy mountain trails in summer and on slushy winter streets. $399; prioritybicycles.com.
Long, long lived light
Nanoleaf One: Pricey perhaps but you get something remarkable for your money. Patented circuitry and carefully positioned diodes help avoid heat sinks and makes this the most efficient 100-watt-equivalent bulb ever: lights up for over 25 years. $50; nanoleaf.me.
A watch that watches you
Soleus GO!: Connects to a smartphone by Bluetooth 4.0 and displays everything from fitness stats to the weather, phone call alerts and incoming text messages. $129; soleusrunning.com.
Chromecast: Stream any video from your Android mobile device to your TV. Works with Netflix and Google Play apps. Works smoothly. At the price it has to be one of the best electronic deals out there. $39; google.com/chromecast.
A drone for your home
Swann QuadForce Video Drone: Take aerial shots of your property or whatever else you fancy. The Swann’s controls fly the bird up to 100 metres away. Comes with a 2GB microSD camera that shoots 720p HD videos or still shots. Works well indoors where the replacement blades may come in handy. Flight time: 8 minutes. $90; swann.com.
Wrap it up
Miggo: Go light. The Miggo starts as a cushioned camera strap that morphs into a protective case. This model works only with mirrorless and small DSLRs, but there’s a bigger one coming. $50; mymiggo.com.
Bedbugs be gone
ThermalStrike Heated Luggage: Bedbugs are something to avoid at all costs on your travels — and you certainly don’t want to bring them home with you. This rollercase heats up just enough to kill the insects. Caution: don’t keep chocolate in it. $199 for a 20-inch carry-on; thermalstrike.com.
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