Christmas Gift Ideas for your Dad

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Christmas-dad.jpgChristmas shopping for your dad is always a difficult task. “What would you like for Christmas?”, you’ll say. “I don’t want anything”, comes their reply.  But it would be SO much easier if they would just tell you. At least then you wouldn’t find yourself running in and out of shops like a clueless puppy.

This year, stop fretting and take a look at these great gifts that not even Scrooge would be able to resist.

KEF MUO Bluetooth Speaker

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Is your dad a music lover? If the answer is ‘yes’, look no further than the KEF MUO bluetooth speaker. Designed by Ross Lovegrove and engineered by KEF, MUO is packed with innovative technologies to deliver uncompromised KEF quality sound when you’re streaming music wirelessly from a computer or mobile device.  Described by What Hi-Fi as  the “best portable speaker over £200”, it  definitely packs a punch in comparison to its size.

 

The Perfect Drink- App Controlled Smart Bartending

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Does your dad fancy himself as a bit of a cocktail connoisseur? If so, he’ll love Perfect Drink! Perfect Drink is an app-controlled smart scale that digitally calculates all of the measurements required to make the perfect cocktail every time. The kit includes a smart scale, a stainless steel shaker and a stand for your tablet or phone, while the free downloadable app comes pre-loaded with 300 thirst-quenching recipes ready for you to try out. Once you’ve tried them all, you can customise existing ones or add your own. And if you’re planning on  entertaining a large crowd, the scale is big enough to accommodate pitchers and punch bowls.

 

Flir Thermal Imaging Camera for iOS

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For the geeky-dad types, the Flir One Thermal camera is a must-have gadget. Designed for the iOs, the Flir One Thermal Imaging Camera uses MSX technology to provide raw details to thermal images. See things not normally visible to the naked eye, discover leaks in your home, locate lost pets, monitor your tyre pressure, observe wildlife at night and much more…

 

Joby Gorillapod Griptight Stand for Larger Phones

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There’s not many people alive today who don’t enjoy taking a few photographs, which is the Joby Gorillapod Griptight Stand would make a great gift for your dad. The GripTight Gorillapod offers all the adaptability of the original Gorillapod, but is specifically designed for your phone or small tablet. Flexible legs allow the tripod to wrap easily around poles and trees, giving you the chance to snap an image from all angles, while rubber foot grips help to stabilize your smartphone even when turned sideways. The Gorillapod can also be used with small tablets, including the iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy tablet.

 

Urban Armor Gear Composite Case – Black

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If there’s one case that’ll keep your dad’s phone scratch free this Christmas, it’s the Composite case from Urban Armor Gear. UAG’s patented Composite design combines a hard outer shell with a soft impact resistant core. The unique shape of the case also provides structural rigidity for your phone. The case comes with a crystal clear HD screen guard, as well as soft rubberized screen surround and rear skid pads which provide 360 degree protection from bumps and scratches. UAG’s composite case is available in a range of different colours for the iPhone 6 or Samsung S6 models.

Not found something to suit your Dad? There’s plenty more over on our website! Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

 

Christmas Gift Ideas for your Mum

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Now that it’s December,  the countdown to Christmas has officially begun.  We know that Christmas shopping for your loved ones can sometimes be stressful, especially when there’s so many gifts and gadgets to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. Don’t fret. This year, we’ve done the hard work for you so you don’t have to!

Take a look at FIVE fantastic presents on offer for your mum this Christmas:

 

The Perfect Bake – App Controlled Smart Baking

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Does your mother love to bake everything from lemon drizzle cake to chocolate chip cookies? Well. with Perfect Bake it’s never been easier!

Perfect Bake is a smart scale that weighs each ingredient for accuracy and uses built-in timers to alert you when you’re done mixing, baking, or cooling. Need to rescale the recipe? Perfect Bake does the math for you—whether you’re changing the size of your cake pan, the quantity of cookies you want to bake, or the amount of chocolate chips you have on hand. The free downloadable app comes pre-loaded with hundreds of delicious recipes to try, and there’s also a unique pantry feature that tells you what recipes you can make based on the ingredients you currently have available.

 

Decoded Leather Wallet Case iPhone 6

Handcrafted with the finest of materials, this leather wallet case from Decoded is the perfect companion for your mum’s iPhone 6. Featuring a slim and lightweight design,  the wallet case offers full screen and body protection for your phone, while also providing easy access to your credit cards and business cards. With easy access to all ports, this case is the perfect combination between fashionable and functional.

 

Cocoon GRID-IT! Medium Organizer

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Nowadays, most of us own so many portable devices and personal items that it’s easy for things to get lost. Not anymore! With Cocoon’s Grid It! organizer, your mum will never have to worry about losing her favourite lipstick again.

Grid It! is a patent pending organisation system designed to provide convenient and versatile storage for your portable possessions. Consisting of a unique weave of rubberised elastic bands made specifically to hold your digital devices and personal items in place, Grid It! is ideal for holding headphones, chargers, cameras, cords, and other personal objects. Grid It! medium organizer is available in black, grey, red or blue.

 

Marshall Bergman 11″ Tablet Bag Black Phoenix

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Is your mum a bit of a fashion icon? If so, she’ll love this patent leather laptop bag from British designers Marshall Bergman. Created exclusively for Apple products, this sophisticated cross body bag is crafted from premium Italian leather and lined with a bespoke signature fabric. It can  be carried as a shoulder bag with the addition of the removable shoulder strap, or as an elegant clutch bag. The functional interior protects your iPad or 11” MacBook Air in a custom fit padded compartment.  There’s also an outer back pocket as well as multiple inner pockets to keep all of your belongings secure, while an internal zipped compartment keeps your valuables safe.

Orla Kiely Compact Camera Case – Multi Scribble Stem

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Featuring Orla Kiely’s signature design, this compact camera case is a great gift for any photo-loving mums. The stylish case comes with a leather carrying strap for added convenience, as well as an inner pocket for storing extra batteries or a memory card. This elegant accessory oozes sophistication and would make a fantastic stocking filler.

Seen something you like? Visit our website for these and many more exciting products.

5 tech-savvy Xmas gifts for your…brother

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You’ve got your mam’s present sorted, and your dad’s. So now, what do you get that brother of yours who you pretend gets on your nerves, but deep down you really love?

Fear not, we’re here to help! If there’s one thing that guys love, it’s their gadgets. We’ve put together a list of five great Christmas gifts, ideal for any tech-loving brother of yours!

Yurbuds Ironman Inspire Performance Fit earphones- Cobalt Blue

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Is your brother sports mad? If so, then he’ll love these sport performance earphones from Yurbud. Developed by athletes for athletes, Yurbuds feature special twistlock technology and a flexsoft comfort fit so they won’t ever hurt your ears or fall out.Their ergonomic design is also sweat and water-resistant, as well as allowing ambient noise so that you can remain aware of your surroundings.

 

 

Urban Armor Gear iPhone 6 Composite case Slate/Black

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Has your brother recently bought an iPhone 6? If he has, then the last thing he’d want would be for it to get damaged, or worse, bent. With this composite case from Urban Armor, that certainly won’t happen. This case has a hard outer shell to protect against scratches and a soft inner core to ensure a snug fit for your phone. It also comes with a free HD screen guard for even more added protection.

 

 

Gumdrop Drop Tech Series Protective Case for iPad Air – Black/Red

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Is your brother constantly worried about dropping his iPad ? Well, not anymore. If you’re looking for the most durable, yet affordable protection for the iPad Air, you’ve found it in the Drop Tech Series Case for the iPad Air. Shock absorption, drop protection, extreme ruggedness and hard-core readiness for all adventures, the Drop Tech Series Case for the iPad Air specifically conforms to the shape of the iPad Air and offers multiple layers of protection.

 

Joby Gorillapod Action Tripod with Mount for GoPro- Black/Red

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Does your brother fancy himself as a bit of an action photographer? Is his GoPro camera constantly by his side wherever he goes? If the answer is ‘yes’, then the Joby Gorillapod action tripod for GoPro is the perfect gift for him. Thanks to the ballhead, taking the perfect shot has never been easier.Use the ballhead with adjustment knob to easily fine tune your composition after you’ve positioned the GorillaPod legs. Use the bubble level to ensure your composition is level, especially handy since most action cameras don’t have an LCD preview screen. Take fun self-timer shots, create amazing  timelapse photo series or incredible stop motion videos!

Klipsch KG-200 Pro Audio Wired Gaming Set

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If your brother is an avid gamer then he will love the KG-200 Pro Audio Wired Gaming Set from Klipsch. Designed for use with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One* (3rd party adapter required) and PCs, the wired KG-200 provides listeners with athletic mesh ear pads for long-term wear, comfort and breathability while still providing superior levels of noise isolation. Equipped with 40mm precision-tuned drivers and four selectable EQ presets (Fidelity, Combat, Stealth and Sport), the headset delivers optimized sound for every game type. Large, easily-accessible controls are located on the right earcup for controlling EQ, chat volume, game volume and mic monitor.

All products are available now on our website, or by clicking the relevant images above. Enjoy!

 

Unleash your inner inventor with littleBits

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Do you love inventing things? Fancy yourself as the next Thomas Edison but not sure where to begin? With littleBits, you don’t have to be an engineering expert to make cool and fun electronic gadgets. You don’t even have to know the basics. In fact, all you need to get you started is a bit of time and some imagination!

What are littleBits and how do they work?

LittleBits are small, open-sourced modular electronic components that snap together to form larger circuits. The company was founded in 2011 by interactive artist and engineer Ayah Bdeir who wanted to make electronics accessible to everyone, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity or technical ability.

Each littleBits module is colour coded depending on what category they fall into: power, input, wire, and output. The modular components are also labelled with a single function, and as you snap them together with their magnetic links, you start to create more complex circuits. If you make a mistake, don’t worry. Just unhook the magnets that connect the modules together and start again! LittleBits give you the ability to control everything from sound to actual moving motors and it’s all powered by a power supply or a 9V battery.

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LittleBits are sold in kits with prices ranging from £99(€125) for the base kit to £199(€252) for the deluxe kit. There’s also specialised kits available for those interested in music or space, or you can buy most of the parts separately for under £20(€25). The company have also released bundles that allow you to integrate internet applications and Arduino programs with littleBits.

LittleBits are suitable for everyone over the ages of 8, perfect for any young budding engineers!

With over 60 modules available that can be used to create millions of combinations, the possibilities are endless!

LittleBits are in stock now, you can view our range here. Happy shopping!

5 tech-savvy Xmas gifts for your…father

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Christmas shopping for your dad can sometimes seem like a daunting task. After all, dads can be fussy individuals. While it may be tempting to cut your losses and buy them a gift voucher, you’ll feel better if you actually take the time to put some thought into their present.

Then there’s the sock issue. Sure, socks are a great gift. They’re safe and reliable. Not to mention useful. But come on, how many pairs of feet does your dad have?

Don’t despair! The truth is there are very few dads nowadays who don’t own at least one electronic device though they may try to convince you otherwise. With this in mind, we’ve come up with a list of 5 great tech-savvy Xmas gifts, perfect for even the pickiest of dads.

Urban Armor Gear iPhone 6 Composite Case- Scout Black

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Has your dad just bought a new iPhone 6? Well then, the last thing he’d want would be for it to get damaged, or worse, bent. With this composite case from Urban Armor, that certainly won’t happen. This case has a hard outer shell to protect against scratches and a soft inner core to ensure a snug fit for your phone. It also comes with a free HD screen guard for even more added protection.

 

 

Kenu Airframe +  Portable Car Vent Mount for large smartphones

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This small, portable device attaches to the vent in your car allowing you to dial and receive hands free phone calls in a safe and secure way. The new design has been recently expanded to accommodate smartphones of up to six inches, perfect for dads on the go!

 

 

 

Jivo Bear Grylls Extreme Tech Messenger Bag 

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Designed by Jivo in collaboration with extreme adventurer Bear Grylls, this water proof, shock resistant backpack can accommodate Macbooks of up to 15 inches. It also comes with an adjustable shoulder strap, as well as a padded pocket for extra protection. It’s the ideal place for your dad to store his Ipad, MacBook or tablet.

 

 

 

Klipsch Reference R6i In Ear Monitors with Apple Controls and Mic

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Is your dad a music fanatic? If so, then he will love these Black Reference R6i headphones from Kilspch. Made from a combination of constructed aluminum and elastomer, this sleek design is lightweight, durable and comfortable. Klipsch have also used the same advanced acoustic engineering and industrial design from their legendary Reference home theatre speakers to provide high premium performance, voice and design for the Klipsch Reference R6i monitors.

 

 

iHome iDL45 Desktop Clock Radio

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Does your dad struggle to get up for work in the morning? If the answer is yes then the iDL45 desktop clock radio from iHome would be a great gift for him. The iDL45 is a dual alarm clock radio for iPad, iPhone and iPod that allows you to listen to your favourite music while simultaneously charging your iPad, iPhone or iPod. You can also choose whether you want to wake up to the radio, or your very own custom playlist.

 

All of these fantastic gifts and lots more are available on our website now. Give your dad a treat this Christmas!

 

 

5 tech-savvy Xmas gifts for your…mother

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It’s that time of year again where the thought of Christmas Shopping has slowly begun to creep its way into your head and you’ve started racking your brain for ideas…Number one on your list? Your mother, of course. Now, for a lot of people Christmas shopping for their mother is as straightforward as buying her favourite perfume or treating her to a spa day… But what if your mother doesn’t like makeup or bath sets? What if your mother prefers practical gadgets to pampered packs?

Fear not, we’ve made a list of 5 fantastic gifts that we know your tech-savvy mother will love!

1.) Decoded leather flip case for iPhone 6

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Smart and stylish, this genuine leather case from Decoded will protect your mother’s iPhone 6 from scrapes and scratches. Not only that, but it also comes in 3 great colours-black, brown, and red!

 

2.) Orla Kiely multi scribble stem case for Kindle fire

mum gift 2Exclusively designed by Irish fashion designer Orla Kiely, this kindle fire multi scribble stem case is the perfect gift for book loving mums!

 

3.) Doxie flip cordless flatbed photo scanner 

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For the most sentimental of mothers, Doxie is the perfect gift! Doxie is a lightweight portable scanning  device that allows you to scan photos, postcards, coins, ticket stubs, letters and even stamps so that you can create digital files to keep and share. No computer is required so you can scan anywhere, anytime!

 

4.) Marblue slim hybrid folio case for iPad Air- Pink

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This gorgeous pink, ultra thin case from Marblue will keep your mother’s iPad Air well protected without adding unnecessary bulk. It also offers full access to all ports and buttons for optimal use.

 

5.) Equil smartpen realtime Bluetooth sync for tablet, phone and desktop

mum gift 4Another great gift for career driven mums, the Equil smartpen uses bluetooth technology to transcribe your handwritten notes directly and seamlessly onto your iPhone or computer so you don’t have to! It also comes with two complimentary apps-Equil Note for writing tasks and Equil Sketch for creative tasks.

*All featured products are available from our website or directly by clicking the relevant images above. Go on, spoil your mother this Christmas!

 

New Products!

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It’s a busy and exciting time of year for us here at Soundzdirect. Christmas is just around the corner and our customers are searching for that perfect gift for the special people in their lives. We want to make sure that all of you can find something perfect, which is why we are always updating our stock by adding new items to our range. Here’s some of our newest products for you to browse.

For the ladies, we have just added a beautiful range of  zippered compact camera cases from Orla Kiely. Made of laminated canvas, leather and fabric, these camera cases also have a leather carrying strap and an inner pocket for extra battery and a memory card. A perfect gift item!

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Decoded Leather Wallet Case iPhone 5

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Or how about a stylish genuine leather wallet case for an iPhone 5? It provides full body and screen protection with easy access to all ports and controls. The Wallet closes your smartphone with the magnetic enclosure and is the perfect combination of fashion and functionality!

BoostCase Battery Case for iPhone 5

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Perhaps you’re looking for something very practical for busy people on the go? BoostCase Hybrid Power Case for iPhone 5 is an innovative two-piece design that includes an ultra-thin snap case with a battery sleeve that you can attach in a single click. The case gives your iPhone 5/5S lightweight protection, while the sleeve delivers 80% more battery life whenever you’re on the move.  It comes in a range of colours and styles to suit both him and her.

We are also proud to introduce our new range of flexible car mounts from iOttie.  the iOttie One-Touch Car Mount grips securely onto your device so you can drive with confidence and releases the device with just a push of a finger. Super convenient! Browse our selection of iOttie products to find the one that’s right for your needs. You won’t be disappointed!

iOttie One Touch Car Mount

iOttie One Touch Car Mount

This is just a sample of the new goodies we have on offer. We hope you like them as much as we do!