Up first is Kam, contributing writer. Behind the hiking, crafting, yoga, and scrapbooking is one of the most productive and efficient bloggers you'll read at Campfire Chic. Just reading one of her productivity posts, makes my to-do list shiver.
1. Lifeproof iPhone Case
If Santa can't swing the Coolpix AW100 this winter, hopefully a Lifeproof iPhone Case will make its way into my stocking. With this case, I won't be afraid to drop my phone into a stream while hiking or my chalk bag while in the climbing gym as the case is waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof. The best part? The slim profile, multiple color choices (yes, even pink), and that the price is manageable.
2. BioLite CampStove
This open flame campstove will capture the imagination of any outdoorsey Gadchick! Not only is this a woodburning campstove, it will also charge your gadgets (like phone, camera, or lights) via USB. This campstove can boil a liter of water in about four and a half minutes while also charging one electronic device via USB. This item is also great for your disaster kit, you'll be able to charge your phone to contact help. As an adventurous Gadchick, this is one purchase I can get behind!
3. Yurbuds Ironmand Inspire Duro Performance Fit Sport Earphones
I cannot stand using the earbuds/phones that come with products because they hurt my ears or fall out...or worse, both. I currently use these over-the-ear headphones while I work at home, but what does a Gadchick need to do to get a pair of earbuds that fit well while she's working out? These Yurbuds are sweatproof and water resistant, won't fall out of your ears, and they come in some great colors (my favorite is the white).
4. Nike Fuel Band
The Nike Fuel Band tracks your activity and syncs with an online account to help you reach your fitness goals throughout the day (be it steps, calories burned, or milestones achieved). As a cubicle-dweller, I try to get up and walk around the office throughout the day, but would love to be able to track my progress in a sleek way...because a pedometer doesn't look very cubicle-chic, does it? With this band, I'll be able to know when I hit my goal of 10,000 steps for the day when a simple light on the band turns green. Easy and easy to pair with a cardigan.
This extra-cool personal beacon is designed for pilots, anglers, and those in the backcountry. Even a short trip to the backcountry could leave me in need of help from Search and Rescue, and this personal beacon is toward the top of my wishlist...not only will it send my coordinates to rescuers, it has a strobe light for night rescues, and lets rescuers know who I am. I'm sure that will calm my mother down.
6. Nikon COOLPIX AW100
I wouldn't be afraid to go backpacking or rafting with this camera by my side. I currently shoot most of my outdoor activities with my iPhone, which is super risky on my part. This 16MP Coolpix AW100 is waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof plus shoots HD video and has GPS tagging for photos in case I forget where I traveled. I can't say the same about my phone, now can I?
7. Skyrim for PS3
I'm not very good a 1st person types of games, but I have to make an exception for Skyrim. I borrowed it from a coworker who knew I flirted with World of Warcraft while in college, and I'm hooked. I love how similar it is to WoW without being too similar...if that makes sense? Anyway, this game is for those Gadchicks like me who like a story with their game, enjoy an open world, and working on skills/going on quests. While I can sit and play this game for hours, it is also the kind of game I'm able to set aside two hours to play and feel okay about it.
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