Every year I get inundated with questions from friends and family on what to buy a BlackBerry user (or any smartphone user) for the holidays. In that vein I decided to compile a list of what I think are great gifts for BlackBerry users this holiday season. The obvious gift if you can afford it is usually the latest BlackBerry device but most people cannot justify the hundreds of dollars for a new device as a gift. If you are looking to pick up a new BlackBerry for the holidays I highly recommend checking out Amazon Wireless for their awesome deals.
Here are some ideas that are a little lighter on the wallet:
Plantronics Voyager Pro Bluetooth Headset – $59.99 @ Amazon
This headset is my current headset and the best one available in my opinion. You can check out our review of the headset at this link but it definitely offers the most bang for your buck. Alternatively there is the Voyager Pro+ for ~$77 at Amazon which adds more features like A2DP headset technology along with voice and visual alerts.
GelaSkins Mobile Art Skins for BlackBerry – $14.95 @ GelaSkins
GelaSkins are an awesome way to customize a BlackBerry and even let users create their own custom designs. They offer Gift Certificates for you to buy and then give away. You can check out our review of GelaSkins at this link. That image above is the skin I currently have on my BlackBerry.
OtterBox Defender or Commuter Series BlackBerry Case – $34.95 to $49.95 @ Amazon
OtterBox makes some of the best BlackBerry cases out there. We have reviewed their cases many times and practically every time they top the charts. They come in both heavy duty Defender or light weight commuter styles for practically every BlackBerry.
Plantronics BackBeat Stereo Bluetooth Headset – $39.99 @ Amazon
The Plantronics BackBeat 903 headset is still one of the best stereo A2DP Bluetooth headphones I have found. They are relatively cheap and work like a charm. Alternatively you can check out the Motorola S305 for $29.99 @ Amazon.
Shure Sound Isolating Earphones – Starting at ~$85 all the way to $499
In my humble opinion Shure makes the BEST earphones available. They are essentially studio monitors that block out all of the sounds around you allowing you to lower the volume and enjoy your music. I have the higher end S310’s which cost ~$175 but the Shure S115’s for $85 are still much better than any other earphone in its range.
Xtreme Technologies Xlink BT Bluetooth Gateway – ~$80 on Amazon
The Xlink is a great idea for people who want to ditch their landline. It automatically connects to up to 3 Bluetooth phones when you come in range and lets you make phone calls through a normal house phone. When you get a call on your cellphone it rings the house phone. Pretty cool device!
Satechi iCel 4800 mAh USB Battery Extender Pack and Charger – $59.99 @ Amazon
While not the cheapest backup battery pack it is definitely one of the best. It provides 4800 mAh of backup power which should be able to fully recharge your BlackBerry 2 or 3 times before dying. It simply has a USB port on it so anything with a USB cable can be charged. It is simply the backup charger for the serious road warriors without any frills and gimmicks like solar charging.
Case-Mate BlackBerry Cases and Screen Protectors – Various Prices but around $15-$50 @ CaseMate
Case mate provides a wide range of BlackBerry cases in many colors including some cases that you can customize in a DIY option for $39.99. Check them out if you know what model device your gift recipient has.
If you know the recipient does not have a large 16GB or even 32GB MicroSDHC card then this is the gift to get them. Practically all BlackBerry devices support up to the Max 32GB size but there is a current compromise in terms of speed. Currently the only reasonably priced MicroSDHC cards at 32GB are class 2 which is slow. You can pick up faster 16GB cards if speed is key.
BlackBerry Remote Bluetooth Stereo Gateway – ~$41 on Amazon
The BlackBerry Remote Stereo Gateway is not a new product but it performs a sweet function. It allows you to easily stream music from your BlackBerry over Bluetooth to your stereo. It works like a charm and prices have really fallen since its release.
BerryReview Store Gift Card for Applications & Accessories – Values ranging from $15 to $200
As a shameless plug you can also just pick up a BerryReview Store gift card for the holidays if you cannot decide what to get.
Let us know if you think we missed any other great gifts for the BlackBerry Enthusiast!