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Christmas Gadgets for the Discerning Receiver

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Hovercraft Golf Cart

It might look like a joke (or a viral video), but this really happens

So what do you get the person who has everything?

Well, for most men, the answer is easy: The newest gadgets on the market!

For years, the quickest way to a man’s heart has been through the electronics, but the same can now be said of many women. The trend for Christmas gadgetry is said to be closer among the sexes than it has ever been.

Some credit cell phones, while others credit the more mobile lifestyle people are leading and the comfort of everyday use of technology (which can be traced back to desktop machines and computing). Either way, what’s becoming a safe zone for the guy or gal who has it all is the latest outcrop of tech.

So what are some of the best items to get out there?

The Best Mirrorless Camera on the Market

Fujifilm X-T1 Digital CameraPeople love digital cameras. They’re light, fast, easy to process (upload to phone/computer) and they take excellent pictures. But they can be a little bulky. Another thing to have to carry around with you.

Fujifilm created a camera that helps to challenge these issues. The Fujifilm XT-1 has been called “the greatest camera on the market” for its weather-sealed retro design, amazing controls (in particular manual options) small size and weight, and excellent picture quality. People have claimed that their best images don’t come from DSLR cameras used by many professionals. Instead they brag about using mirrorless because the technology has come so far. Most major electronics brands will not cover a specialty product like this, but you will be able to order it through camera stores like MacBain Camera.

Approx $1800US

Proform TDF Centennial Fitness Cycle with App

Google Powered Fitness CycleTraining products are an easy Christmas present, though they can send the wrong message to anyone who hasn’t told you that they want to work out. That mixed message could be made easier with this stationary bike that offers a visual trip powered by Google—you get to program the location and distance of your training and it gives you a Google street view of the trip, complete with hill resistance. Ambitious riders can do lags of the Tour de France, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Approx $1995.00US
Mobile App $99/year

VPI Prime

VPI Prime TurntableIt might seem hard to believe, but New Jersey is where the world’s best sound comes from. Forget The Boss or Bon Jovi, we’re thinking VPI. Since the days of Ronald Reagan, vinyl lovers and audiophiles have flocked to the world’s best audio listening manufacturers. VPI’s Prime series turntables have dominated the market for their quality of sound, excellent flatness (the reproduction of the original sound without adding anything to it) and low wow and flutter. The design aesthetic has stayed modern and contemporary, making it as much a conversation piece as it is fine audio tool for enjoying one’s favourite recordings. Most of the parts are sourced locally in the US, and the tone arms are designed and 3D printed in house, ensuring absolute engineering perfection.

Approx $3500

Mathusalem Champagne Saber

Mathusalem Champagne SabreOkay, so if your wife, husband, boyfriend or girlfriend has everything under the sun, this is the gift for you to consider.

Champagne sabers are one of those party favours that only make it out on one holiday of the year, but for the right socialite, they can make their year start gingerly.

People who entertain a lot will love the extravagance and showmanship that comes with perfecting the use of a champagne sabre, and the gilding of the Mathusalem conjures Napoleonic proportion images of conquest, pomp and regalia.

Just remember to practice your bottle opening skills before exhibiting to any excited guests on NYE. Messing up the Mathusalem’s maiden voyage could make for a long year.

Approx $500US

Neoteric Hovercraft

Neoteric HovercraftFor decades, Neoteric has been building hovercrafts for recreational and emergency rescue. They launched a family of products specifically for the recreational user. For just about 60 grand US, golfers will be able to cruise up to 50mph on water, land, sand or just about anything without damaging natural areas. What’s most impressive are the brakes. It stops on a dime and pivots while driving in a straight line, so there are million ways to freestyle in the wilderness, where no one will see you, and you won’t leave any tracks behind you.

Approx $65,000US (with accessories).

So for the people who have everything, here are but 5 options that will give a few good ideas.

And if you have any questions or would like to talk about your home or property investments and what options might be available, send us a note. We’d be happy to have a conversation to see if we might be able to help.


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