11 Fantastic Gifts From Cool Hardware Startups

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11 Fantastic Gifts From Cool Hardware Startups

It’s no secret, we love startups. And yet, finding the perfect gift for a startup lover is challenging.

The great thing is that some of our favorite startups are now making cool hardware products. This year, instead of buying yet another Apple gadget, look no further, we’ve rounded up 11 gifts. These aren’t Kickstarter campaigns. All of these gifts are shipping today.

Need more gift ideas, such as board games and headphones? You can find all of our Gift Guides right here.



Remember when the telephone and radio were permanent fixtures in kitchens? The Triby returns a home to that time. This $200 gadget sticks to a refrigerator with strong magnets and provides an easy way to place calls and listen to the radio. Once connected to a local Wifi network, with the touch of a button, the Triby can call and receive calls from pre-selected number and listen to local radio or Spotify playlist. Expect the battery to last a month while it’s chilling on your fridge.



Vinli is part of a new crop of devices that utilize a car’s OBD-2 port. But unlike other devices, the $200 Vinli device is not a one-trick pony. This little guy serves up the hardware while providing an ecosystem for developers to make apps that utilize the device. It’s fun and helpful.


Blue Microphone Lola

The Lola will never be confused for Beats headphones. And that’s great. This set of cans from Blue Microphones features a clever design that makes it fit unlike any other headphones. It’s comfortable enough to wear all day and rocks out with impressive sound fidelity.


Libratone Zipp

Libratone isn’t your average wireless speaker maker. The young Danish company has released some of our favorite speakers over the past few years. But this time, Libratone is stepping up its game with the new $300 Libratone Zipp. It features once again a round design with swappable cloth material. But everything else is new. It sounds better, it supports Bluetooth, Airplay, Spotify Connect and multi-room playback.


Withings Activité Steel

Chances are you already know the Withings Activité. But do you know about the startup’s latest watch, the $170 Withings Activité Steel? Available exclusively on the company’s website, it is much cheaper than the $450 Activité and looks much better than the $150 Activité Pop. Put one of those nice watches around your wrist and pair it with your phone to track your steps and sleep cycles.


Neat Ice Kit

If you want to make a proper old fashioned, you need the $80 Neat Ice Kit. Studio Neat has put together five successful Kickstarter campaigns so far, and the Neat Ice Kit lets you create clear ice at home with an ice mold, chisel and muddler.


ISKN Slate

If you don’t want to break the bank to buy an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil, ISKN has something for you. The $160 Slate is an intelligent surface that connects with your iPad via Bluetooth. You can then use your pen to draw something and instantly transform it into a vectorized image on your iPad. It works with any pen and pencil as long as you put a magnetic ring on it.


Ledger Wallet Nano

Ledger Wallet has been making some of the most secure hardware bitcoin wallets out there, including the $30 Ledger Wallet Nano. And it’s also a neat little gift for bitcoin enthusiasts who are concerned about security.


Twelve South Forté

If you’re looking for something for someone who already got an Apple Watch, the $60 Twelve South Forté watch stand looks stunning. It’s the kind of thing that you might not buy for yourself, which makes it a perfect gift


Giroptic 360cam

This thing looks like a GoPro, but if you look closely, you can notice three cameras on board. The $500 egg-shaped 360cam captures everything around you, making it the perfect camera for virtual reality headsets. It stitches the video together in real time directly on the camera. Pretty neat.


Pebble Time Round

Pebble released not one, not two but three new smartwatches this year. The most interesting one might be the $200 Time Round. It’s a good watch for someone who has a small wrist and wants to check their notifications on their watch. And it looks good.