Holiday 2016 gadget giveaway!

To celebrate the holidays, we are giving away some awesome products including a messenger bag from WaterField Design, a rugged Bluetooth speaker from Jam audio, a carbon fiber wallet from Identity and many more. And this time we have two sets of prizes so that more than one person gets a chance to win. Entering is easy! Just for answering three questions in a comment at the bottom of this post. And if you’re willing to jump through a few extra hoops, you can get up to three additional entries which greatly increases your chances of winning. Please click through to read the details on the prizes and to submit your entries for a chance to win our Holiday gadget giveaway prize pack!


First place: One person will win a prize pack consisting of 1 of each of the 11 products shown below:

WaterField Design Vitesse Messenger Bag

The Vitesse Messenger is an elegant bike-friendly, work-appropriate waxed canvas messenger bag with functionality and style to spare. A vast main compartment includes a pocket for a laptop in a sleeve plus organizational pockets for small items. Front zippered pockets are great for easily accessible items and a hidden scratch-free phone pocket keeps that necessity safe and ready.

Winner chooses the color.

Price: $159.99


This is a specially designed car windshield cover that makes winter more bearable. No more scraping frost and snow off the windshield first thing in the morning.

Price: $24.99

Paracable: MicroUSB Cables
Premium MicroUSB cables constructed of the highest grade materials wrapped in braided paracord ensuring durability and longevity

  • Compatible with thousands of mobile phones and electronic devices including Android, Blackberry and Windows
  • Wrapped in stunning ’32 bit’ paracord fabric and features sleek and durable aluminum end housing
  • Capable of 2.0+ amps of charging power
  • Available in 3.2 feet and 5 feet to accommodate a variety of charging scenarios
  • 6 styles including Continuum, Gecko, Glacier, Magma, Matrix and “1.21 Giggawatts”
  • 30 day satisfaction guarantee and 1 year hassle free warranty included

Price: Starting at $15.95

Identity wallet
Carbon fiber minimalist wallet

  • Comfortable front pocket carry
  • Holds up to 8 cards
  • Easy card access

Price: $35.00


Circle: Circle with Disney
World’s first custom monitoring system to protect your family on the Internet

  • Device pairs wirelessly with home network and instantly detects devices paired with local Wi-Fi network including: smart phones, gaming systems, laptops, tablets, smart TVs, etc.
  • The companion Circle with Disney app (currently available for iOS 8 or later and Android), gives parents full control over which content is viewed and the time spent on each device
  • Through the dashboard, parents can create unique profiles for each family member with specific parental control settings such as:
  • Time Limits – Allows for complete control of screen time usage between a variety of apps, platforms and web-based programs
  • Bedtime™ – Automatically disconnects and reconnects devices from Wi-Fi at scheduled times
  • Filter – Set individual age and interest filters for each family member
  • Pause – Ability to turn off and turn on network Wi-Fi at any time
  • Circle Go extends all of the features and functionality of Circle in the home to any network (wireless or cellular) to outside the home
  • Extends all of the features and functionality of Circle in the home to any network (wireless or cellular) to outside the home
  • Intuitive insights allow parents to track and compare online usage from week to week, month to month, per site, by interest or category
  • Security at its core, Circle uses end-to-end encryption and ARP spoofing to keep data secure
  • ARP spoofing automatically monitors all traffic on the home network, and based on the pre-set parental controls, will allow or deny access to the users’ device
  • Circle with Disney app also recognizes guest devices and can apply a family’s home setting to visitors’ device and block ads from any device on the network
  • Fully compliant with Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) standards
  • Simplistic design means Circle seamlessly blends into any home aesthetic
  • No software per device to install
  • Ethernet cord available for those with bandwidth concerns

Price:$99; Circle Go: $9.95/month

Zivix: AirJamz

Connected toy that makes music and sounds with your movement

  • Bluetooth-enabled pick connects to iOS devices to brings sword fights or laser battles to life with accurate sounds
  • Any user can mimic the strumming of a guitar to “play” guitar riffs and power chords with backing track without any prior musical knowledge
  • More than 100 unique instruments and sounds to play as well as 25 full songs with up to 4 players
  • AirJamz Music App: Allows up to four players to play with simple gestures
  • Easily changeable coin cell 3V battery
  • Available in either black or white modules with either black or red picks

Price: $49

Jam Audio: JAM Xterior Bluetooth speaker

Rugged wireless speaker that’s dust proof, drop proof and water proof

  • Rubberized exterior
  • Can be used as an external battery pack
  • Rechargeable battery provides up to 10 hours of play time

Price: $119.99


Tackform device mounts

Set of 5 different high-quality magnetic device mounts that include:

Price: $64.91 (combined value)

808 Audio: Canz
Ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker provides BIG sound in a small package

  • Listen to your music for up to 6 hours on a rechargeable internal battery
  • Mobile speaker connects to any Bluetooth enabled device for crisp, clear sound
  • Streams music from up to 30 feet away with 3.5mm input for multiple connecting options
  • Ultra-portable design with non-slip bottom
  • Available in blue, white, red, black and purple

Price: $34.99

Coloud: No. 4
Highly durable pair of earbuds that knows how to power up the sound

  • Angled earbuds and multi-sized caps give the perfect in-ear fit, delivering direct sound and powerful bass
  • Magnetized earbuds snap together around your neck for easy reach and secure, on-the-go access
  • Proprietary ZoundLasso creates a tangle-free life
  • Engineered for the active youth, with an emphasis on great design and lightweight, durable construction
  • Available in Black/Grey, Blue/Yellow or Grey/Splash

Price: $19.95

GEAR4: Piccadilly
With a classic Gear4 design, Piccadilly offers the world’s first Metallic D3O technology to perfectly color match your iPhone

  • Slim-fitting design adds superior protection without the bulk
  • Clear PC case features first ever Metallic Color Match D3O® material inside to show off the original color of your iPhone
  • Made with unique patented D3O® technology, a material used by Olympic ski teams and the military, to deliver superior impact protection through advanced shock absorption
  • Injectable D3O® delivers more impact protection per cubic millimeter than other leading materials
  • Scratch-protected with UV coating for a classic, clean look
  • Easily access all ports
  • Available in Gold, Rose Gold and Silver for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Price: $34.99

Second place: One person will win a prize pack consisting of 1 of each of the 2 products shown below:

Tackform device mounts

Set of 5 different high-quality magnetic device mounts that include:

Price: $64.91 (combined value)

Identity wallet
Carbon fiber minimalist wallet

  • Comfortable front pocket carry
  • Holds up to 8 cards
  • Easy card access

Price: $35.00

How to enter (please read carefully – any missed steps and your entry will be disqualified):

Between now and 12/21/2016 midnight EST leave a comment on this page answering the questions below which will help me with a Gadgeteer site redesign that I’m starting to plan.

  1. Which site’s front page and article page layout/look and feel do you like the best: 1, 2, 3, 45 or 6 and why?
  2. Which site’s front page and article page layout/look and feel do you like the least: 1, 2, 3, 45 or 6 and why?

Get a 2nd bonus entry by subscribing to our newsletter:
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Get a 3rd bonus entry by tweeting:
Celebrate the holidays and win a giant prize pack of 11 gadgets from @thegadgeteer

Get a 4th bonus entry by linking to The Gadgeteer home page on Facebook.

Make sure you come back to this page and leave a separate 2nd comment stating that you subscribed to the newsletter, a 3rd comment with a link to your tweet and a 4th comment with a link to your Facebook post. To get the links for Twitter and Facebook, just click the time stamp of your post and it will give you the page with that post so you can grab the link.

At some point on 12/20/2016, I’ll pick 2 random winners using The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to claim their prizes. If I do not receive an answer to my emails in that time period, I’ll do other drawings till the prizes are gone.


1. Only one entry per person (warning: I check IP addresses).

2. Gadgeteer writers and their immediate family members may not enter this contest.

3. is not responsible for any lost packages due to incorrect shipping addresses.

4. is not responsible for the winner not accepting their prize offer within 48hrs. The winner will be posted on this contest page, in the contest page comment section and will be emailed using the email provided in the comment section. Check your spam folder.

5. Winner must have a US shipping address.

Update 12/22/16

The winners are:

1st place is Steven (comment #28)
2nd place is K. Koenig (comment #119)

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest and to all of our sponsors who provided the prizes!

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144 thoughts on “Holiday 2016 gadget giveaway!”

  1. Like #3, clean easy layout that works well on desktop and mobile.
    Least #2, not a fan of the tiled layout. It’s too big on the desktop.

  2. Like most: 1. It’s clean, clear, bright and easy to navigate.

    Like least: 5. Too retro and appears like ‘not so great’ site design.

    Thanks for entering me !

  3. I liked #1 the best. Partly because there were a number of links that I’m going to go back and read – they looked interesting!

    #6 was awful to look at on my screen (MacBook 2009 using Firefox). I’d never bother going to a site like that again. It required scrolling back and forth sideways to read the screen. Ugh.

  4. Like most: 1. Small title across the top. The different colors under each link section are a nice touch, compliments the white space but helps break up different sections/links. The same colors follow in the Trending Box–subtle visual key to topics–and the section headings further down the page. Good use of three columns and white space, images not too big or too small mixed with enough text. Not crowded. The top fits well together and flows attention down the rest of the page.

    Like least: 2 and 3 tied. Title and/or headlining images take up top half of browser window, forcing an immediate scroll just to start seeing whats on the page. Images are too big. Didn’t feel invited to scroll down the rest of the page.

    (subscribed to newsletter too)

  5. I like layout #1 the most. I quite clean and balanced I think #5 is rubbish though. It’s very 2009 and just isn’t the cleanest

  6. I like #4 or #5 the best. With #4 you could write more about a gadget, or post an accompanying video. plus the categories of each post would still be above each story just like your sites current layout.

    I like #1 the least all those squares everywhere just looks busy and a bit disorganized.

  7. Question 1 – I like #5 the Awesomer the best because of the smaller sections in the layout and the cleaner look. However, I don’t like the black background. I would make that white.

    Question 2 – I dislike #6 the most because of it’s blockiness, balck background and logo. It’s not visually appealing.

  8. 1.Which site’s front page and article page layout/look and feel do you like the best: 1 article layout is best to view
    2.Which site’s front page and article page layout/look and feel do you like the least: 6 article layout is a least easy to view

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