Kono Gift Guide 2018

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Take a look at the products the Kono Team recommends if you need some ideas for stocking stuffers and year-makers alike!

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Under $25

finessCity Titanium Chopsticks - $17

Titanium is a high performance metal. Chopsticks are a cool way to eat. Combine the two and you end up with a practical gift that will last for ages — the aluminum carrying case doubles down on durability. These chopsticks are sustainable too. Just wash / rinse them when you’re done.

Why it's cool:

These are a great environmentally friendly alternative to disposible chopsticks. The carrying case makes it a perfect lunchbox companion.

Sperry GFCI Outlet Tester - $8

Handyman or not, this outlet tester is a useful gadget to have around. Proper grounds are important for PCs, audio equipment, and lab equipment — checking on your home’s wiring is a good idea for everyone. GFCI is also an important test point, as it is designed to protect you in bathrooms and kitchens (two places with lots of water and appliances).

Why it's cool:

Test your outlets to have the comfort knowing that your precious electronics are safe.

Otamatone Synthesizer - $20

Is it an instrument? A meme? A sign of the end times? We don’t know, but we’re certain that the Otamatone is a multinational internet sensation. Its bizarre noises and reasonable musical range make it a fun toy for everyone. Adults, kids, pets… The potential is endless. Whether you're a music lover, instrument aficionado, or just like making funny sounds, the Otamatone is sure to brighten your day. Just don't give it to a young child, unless they're not yours and you want the parents to suffer.

Why it's cool:

I mean look at it.

CamelBak Podium Big Chill 25oz Insulated Water Bottle - $15

CamelBak is a solid hydration brand. This is a big water bottle for cyclists. Its insulation is designed to keep your drink cold — lukewarm water is the worst. It’s an easy pickup for that cyclist in your life that always seems to have an ancient Gatorade-themed bottle in their kit.

Why it's cool:

The cap self seals, meaning water isn't going to leak everywhere after you take a quick sip and put it back in your bag or holder.

Under $75

Hydro Flask Water Bottle - $30

This trendy, easy to grip water bottle is an easy option for any sort of drink. It has impressive dual wall vacuum insulation, along with additional honeycomb material, to keep things at temperature for hours. Its exterior powder coat is durable, available in tons of colors, and increases texture in comparison to uncoated metallic bottles. It’s a gift that applies to just about everyone.

Why it's cool:

If you (or someone you know) doesn't already have one of these style bottles, they're pretty nice and nearly indestructible. Someone in your life would probably greatly benefit from a solid water bottle.

Extech MN62-K True RMS Multimeter - $60

Anyone who touches electronics — be they trailer wires or PCB prototypes — needs a reliable multimeter. This reasonably priced model offers True RMS, which is useful for measuring different waveforms in more advanced applications. The MN62-K is a meter that you (or a budding family electronics hobbyist) can grow with. It’s also more durable than the cheap models you’ll find at local tool stores.

Why it's cool:

Someone you know probably wants one real bad.

Big Gifts

Ember Travel Mug - $150

Temperature controlled coffee mugs may sound like science fiction, but they are oh-so-real. This is the best one we’ve found — it’s perfect for all hot drinks. Tea, hot cacao, and the ubiquitous coffee all work perfectly in this veritable chalice.

Why it's cool:

I mean it's warm.

Arc'Teryx Arro 22 Backpack - $200

Comfortable, well-built backpacks are critical for on-the-go people. The Arc’teryx Arro 22 was a recommendation from one of our team. It’s designed to sit perfectly between an outdoors / escapist pack and a metropolitan workhorse. Laptop capacity? Check. Hydration bladder space — for things like CamelBaks? Check. It even has hiking-inspired front buckles so it stays secure during rapid runs to the car, metro, or bicycle.

Why it's cool:

Keep your laptop and other valuables safe on the go with firm construction and water-tight zippers. Take it on the road for a rugged

Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder - $200

The Zoom H4N is a feature rich audio recorder. Record high quality audio, instruments, and sounds on the go. Mount it on a camera for production quality point and shoot audio recording. Plug it in to a computer as a USB microphone or audio interface. A true audio jack-of-all-trades.

Why it's cool:

Wide array of uses: standalone microphone, mounted camera microphone, usb microphone, usb audio interface, personal recorder. Record voice, audio, or instruments anywhere at intense clarity.

Valentine One Radar Detector - $450

This is the most well-reviewed radar detector on the market. It’s not cheap, but it may very well pay for itself. If you, your partner, your parent, or your family member has a penchant for going fast (and racking up tickets in the process) the Valentine One can provide timely reminders to check the speedometer and dial things back.

Why it's cool:

We had an internal discussion whether it was legal to give this away or not.

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