Clever Gadget Gifts To Impress The Ladies ... (And What To Avoid)

Buying presents for women isn't easy. Women aren't easy, period. You just want to make her happy, but she has to complicate things and be all dramatic and make a fuss. What you choose to give someone as a gift says more about you than you might think. Get it right and you could be having yourself a really merry Christmas.

Let's start with a rough guide on what not to do: Don't get her anything that belongs in a kitchen. Absolutely no IKEA. Don't get her a gift card or voucher. Don't get her "special" underwear. Don't make a donation to a charity on her behalf. No scales, regardless of how cool they are. Unless you know her well, avoid software, subscriptions and other non-tangible items. Be cautious with clothing -- too small will make her feel fat and depressed, and too big will make her think you think she's fat. No prank toys.

iPod Touch

I know you thought of this one already, but let me tell you why this is a good option for some and not a good option for others. I recently bought one of these for myself and they are every bit as amazing as everyone says. They come in the cutest candy colours and will cost you between $329 and $439 depending on storage capacity, which makes it ideal for the wife who needs a new MP3 player, or the steady girlfriend who won't let go of her dumbphone. If you get it online, go for the free engraving option. Just don't get one if she already has an iPhone. [Apple]

Name Necklace

There's a fine line between classy and cheesy when it comes to personalised gifts. Stay on the right side of that line with this sterling silver necklace personalised with your lady friend's name. It's currently 50 per cent off at $49.99, so it's ideal not-too-expensive option if your girl is constantly losing things (ahem). Consider the gold necklaces if you want to get something for your mum. [Name Necklace]

Orgasmatron Head Massager

Does your girl like head massages? Do you hate how your fingers feel greasy afterwards? Enter the one and only Orgasmatron! (No, not that one.)This Aussie invention will make her shiver with delight while de-stressing her at the same time. It doesn't require a battery, requires no skill to operate and costs just $20. Will it give her an orgasm? "We cannot guarantee orgasm but it is definitely fun trying." There's also a vibrating version! [Orgasmatron] Picture:

World Scratch Map

World maps make beautiful posters and great conversation starters. This $28 scratch map features a top gold foil layer that she can scratch off to reveal a colourful second layer that marks everywhere she has been around the world. It measures 92cm x 52cm and comes in a slick tube packaging. Ideal for impressing sexy backpackers. [The Chart and Map Shop]

Sony NEX-F3 Camera

Trying to find the right camera is a daunting process. Don't worry -- I've found just the one for the woman in your life: the $599 Sony NEX-F3 interchangeable lens camera is a specialist in self portraits, thanks to its 180-degree flip-up screen LCD screen. It also has an APS-C sensor, takes 16MP shots and shoots 1080p video, making it a great all-rounder that easily fits into a handbag. It also comes in a stunning pink or white, if black isn't her thing. [Sony]

Kia Rio

Why not get your wife a present that will also benefit you? Kia has overcome an unfavourable reputation to snatch the award for Australia's Best Light Car Under $20,000 two years in a row with its Rio Si hatchback. It has a five-star ANCAP safety rating, best-in-class performance and looks sexy to boot. Consider the monthly repayments a long-term investment in your time and your relationship. [Kia]

Black Milk Game Boy Swimsuit

Here's another gift idea that will also make your dreams come true. Warning: This will only fly if your girlfriend is a gaming nerd who doesn't mind showing a little bit of skin. These cute one-piece GameBoy-style swimsuits come in a range of colours for $90 each. The product description says it all: "Got game? Here, have some more." Perfect for summer -- just make sure she'll see the humour in it as well. [Black Milk Clothing]

Spotify Premium Subscription

I know I said above to avoid subscriptions, but there are always exceptions. If she's really into music, you can get her the gift that keeps on giving with a premium membership to Spotify that removes ads and lets you listen on any device. This could be ideal for someone you're not too intimate with (yet) -- it tells her that you know what her interests are, it won't scare her away like other gifts can, and she'll think of you every time she fires up Spotify (if that's what you want). The only requirement is that you have to be an existing member of Spotify (premium or not) and have $12 per month to pay for the subscription. [Spotify]

Pantone iPad Book Case

Pantone are the modern gods of colour, but your iPad-toting sister who designs for a living (or wants to be) already knows that. This iPad case is compatible with the iPad 2 and the new iPad, comes in a range of colours straight out of Pantone's numbered library, and totally screams "I'M A REAL DESIGNER!" [Flight 001] Picture: Man of the Cloth

Logitech Notebook Kit

This is one those gadgets you would never think to buy, but you find you can't live without it once you start using it. This is ideal for people who work at a desk all day, but their main computer happens to be a laptop rather than a desktop. The kit comes with a wireless mouse, a wireless keyboard and a tray that raises the laptop. Depending on what you're doing and where you are, you can use all of items or just one or two of them. Clever, useful and reasonably priced at $129.95. [Logitech]

Bedroom Kandi Happiness & Joy Vibrator

Admittedly, you have to know your partner very well in order to pull off this one. This isn't just any old vibrator. This is the Happiness & Joy vibrator: dual stimulation, rechargeable and wireless to a range of 7.5 metres for remote control, if you know what I'm saying. You can choose from seven pre-set vibrating patterns or you can get it to shake to the beat and rhythm of her favourite sexy time songs. [Bedroom Kandi]



    Tiny bit NSFW...
    But other than that, I think the only thing on here that my partner would like. That's the Gameboy swimsuit. Possibly an iPod nano too. I think she'd ask me wtf I was thinking if I got her a point-and-shoot camera or a Kia. Seriously, a Kia?

    Name necklace? Only if your girlfriend is either a serious bogan or she's only just started high school. Either way, you're doing it wrong.

      They're totally back in fashion. Maybe not so much for younger girls, but older girls and women totally dig it.

        I don't know one woman that likes them.
        They're still trashy.

        ugg boots were fashionable. doesn't mean people should have ever worn them outside.

      agreed plus it says to get a silver one, or a gold one if your shopping for your mum. My wife would throw silver jewlery at me and call me a cheap bastard (would have when we were in our early 20's too)
      treat your Ladies right, white gold or gold no silver, silver is for teenagers and ladies of the night

        sounds like your wife is more concerned with the contents of your wallet than you.

        Also can't go wrong with things like nice Beach towels (Don't go kiddy ones with fish and lame patterns)
        Ones like this are good:
        This is very good for guy or girl relatives as well. This is more appropriate if you are close to the beach and they like the beach of course.

    What about for a girl that is just a friend ie not close enough to spend a fortune (iPod car camera laptop kit) not close enough for the "adult" items (vibrator swimsuit), not "girlfriend" enough (name necklace orgasmatron), and who doesn't like travel or music (spotify map)

    I'm seriously not just downing the whole article I actually want to know. Assume you don't know a heap about the girl's hobbies etc.

      My answer depends on your intentions. Have you been friendzoned or is it more than that?

        If you've been "friend zoned" get her the vibrator. It'll tip your relationship one way or the other, so you'll either get the relationship you want or no relationship at all (which is arguably better than an eternity of thinking "if only!").

        Not friendzoned. Just a friend who happens to be female. :)

          Get her some scented oils and reed diffusers chicks love those. Other idea could be a day spa voucher (depending on age).
          things not to buy
          - make up
          skin care products you don't know what she likes? That's the first question to ask when considering any gift for any person. I've always been a fan of listening for hints and zeroing in on something specific. The (auto)biography of her very favourite author ever; say she loves the pineapple and strawberry bits of Cadbury Snack but doesn't like the other flavours - buy a few and cobble together her own custom block; bake cookies and decorate them with the faces/insignia/whatever of her favourite comic book characters; a basic car wash/vac/detail package might even come in under budget.

      "it's the thought that counts" is cliche for a reason. None of the above are terribly expensive or rely on a kind of intimate relationship - they just show that you listened and tried to get her a specific thing that you thought she would like, rather than copping out and getting her iTunes credit or a JB HiFi gift card.

      GL dude! :D

        when my husband and I were just friends, he got me a swiss army knife for christmas (WAY COOL) the next year when we had been dating for a bit I got a 1m tall teddy bear, this year with baby on the way, I got my presents early - he installed a chandelier in our dining room, bought me a strawberry plant because we only have a balcony for a garden, and bought me a new phone :) I agree with "it's the thought that counts"

      I'd risk it and go for the vibrator to be honest.

    No offense but no thing there she would like, or anyone I know..

    Given my missus just got a new car and all the phone driving stuff is heavy in the news at the moment I went on ebay and got the factory option bluetooth for her for xmas. Bonus of paying $300 for an $800-1k factory option brownie points, and she's even more impressed that I installed it for her instead of taking it to the stealership.

    She's loving having it all integrated into her stereo and bluetooth 3 AD2P music streaming.

      Typical techhead bloke inhabitant of Gizmodo - When his wife said "isn't the bluetooth nice" he thought she actually meant "isn't the bluetooth nice" instead of "I wish he'd bought me one of those pink things from Bedroom Kandi".

        Many girls genuinely don't like plastic dildo's and would rather skin on skin contact :p

          errr....ok. Don't know what that's got to do with the previous comments, but whatever you say.

            Did you actually read what the Bedroom Kandi was?

              Yes, I read it, but you come (sorry.......) along giving serious sex advice whilst the rest of us are writing rubbish about wives and gadgets, so repeating, don't know what that's got to do with previous comments, try Dr. Feelgood's site.

                Oh I'm sorry I offended the guy who thought having a dig at gizmodo readers giving tech gifts over dildo's was funny, but can't deal with the conversation moving along in the same direction.


                  Wow, obviously hit a raw nerve with my original comment 'cos you won't let it rest, maybe you do need to consult Dr. Feelgood for marital advice. Lay off the techie presents this Xmas.

    Boy, am I shocked, did anybody else think that the pink thing looks a bit like a (whispers)....penis?

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