Gift giving doesn't stop in a down economy -- but many scale back the scope or amount of giving. The companies that provide cost-effective, innovative, or timelessly classic gifts have an advantage over those that are hanging onto tired trends. Here are HispanicBusiness Magazine's choices for noteworthy gifts that we hope our readership will consider this holiday season, ranging from a couple bucks to truly luxurious.
Lexmark Interpret S405
A great small-to-medium business or home office solution, the Lexmark Interpret S405 copies, scans, faxes, and prints. Oh, how it prints -- nice, crisp blacks; quality photo reproductions, and much quicker than you'd expect from a machine in this price range. Utilizing individual ink cartridges, it'll save you money in the long run, changing only the color that runs out when necessary. Plus it has Wi-Fi, allowing you to print documents from anywhere in range of your wireless router. $129; www1.lexmark.com/products/. (For a more in-depth take on this product, check out our Tech Vault column here)
Ultimate Ears 700
Used by many touring professionals for their live performances, the Ultimate Ears 700 noise isolating earphones are comfortable, deliver excellent sound quality, and can be used with any device that has a standard 3.5mm jack. The device even has a special attachment, which helps compensate for the inconsistent audio quality you get when plugging into an airplane's sound system. When you're wearing this custom device, very little outside noise gets through. Perfect for when you need to concentrate . . . or escape into your own little world. $230; www.ultimateears.com.
Solarvoice 908 Bluetooth Headset
This at first seems to be a fairly typical in-ear Bluetooth headset -- and it performs well as one. But, as the name might imply, the SolarVoice 908 has an advantage: a solar panel, which keeps it recharging when in direct sunlight. You'll save money and hassle due to far less wall-recharging than other headsets, and it's a way to show you're green-minded. $74.99; www.itechdynamic.com.
Flexjet 25 Jet Card--2010 Gold Edition
An amazing program if one can afford its prohibitive pricing: the FlexJet 25 Jet Card. It's a "by-the-hour" business model for private plane travel, allowing customers more flexibility in terms of scheduling flights and choosing aircraft. The Gold Edition card is also brought to you by Jet Set Sports and offers an interesting perk: behind-the-scenes access at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. The base price pays 25 hours on a Learjet 40XR, which can hold up to six passengers and can be used incrementally to travel between the approximately 5,000 private-jet-accessible airports (versus the mere 500 commercial). High performance aircraft; high-performance athletes; the utmost privacy and flexibility. $122,900; www.flexjet25.com.
The first thing to catch your eye about Corzo Tequila is its strikingly beautiful bottle -- like a glass obelisk containing the sweetest agave nectar. Thankfully, the spirits on the inside live up to the promise of the stunning packaging. Even better, this year Corzo is offering smaller sized bottles, perfect for party favors or stocking stuffers. Feliz Navidad. The 375 ml size is available in Silver, $24, Reposado, $27, and Anejo, $29; www.corzo.com.
VioLight Razor Case
The VioLight Razor Sanitizer is a carrying case for your razor with a little something extra. Anyone that shaves "on-the-go" knows how easy it is to expose your razor to tons of differing surfaces, all with differing levels of germs and bacteria. The VioLight carrying case zaps up to 99.9% of unwanted organisms living on your razor via an embedded ultraviolet light. $30; violight.com/virasa.html.
Casio Chronograph EQW-M1000DB-1A
Is the phrase "self-adjusting, solar-powered time keeping" enough to grab you? If not, then the heft, wrist-feel, and sharp, masculine design of this Casio model should sway you. An offering from Casio's Edifice line, the watch has a dual layer dial that emits an "under the hood" vibe that portrays power, refinement, and dependability. It's like you're wearing a top-of-the-line (yet zero-emission) sports car on your wrist. $450; www.casio.com/products/Timepiece/.
Ever had a need to scan a photo, document, or magazine article on the go? Well now you can; Planon's hand-held "office in a pocket" accurately and fairly quickly records documents as digital files, ready to be transferred to your computer. Optical character recognition (OCR) software is included, allowing you to easily incorporate scanned text into your important word processing documents. The device is not exactly pen-size -- in fact, it's closer to two pens in length. But it's easily portable, and comes with a protective case. Approx. $240; planon.com/docupen_rc800.php.
Perfect for people using Voice-over-IP telecom solutions like Skype (and, in fact, Skype-certified), the FREETALK Everyman Headset plugs into your computer's USB port, allowing calls to be made over your Internet connection. It has great earpiece flexibility and headpiece adjustment, so all those hours making cheaper calls will be easy. The mic piece is adjustable too, and the sound quality is very good. Bonus: you can plug this into 3.5mm jacks as well, so the device will work great as headphones in a pinch. $22.88; shop.skype.com/headsets
DON'T MISS our bonus, online entries to the gift guide: DJ Hero; Band Hero; Kaena Wines; Kitchen Ninja
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