In the US, the average holiday spending on gifts is $830, according to a 2015 Gallup poll.
ISRAEL21c has sifted through the best of Israeli design to keep your bank account balanced while shopping for the ultimate gift. Here’s our list of 13 best gadgets for under $100 this holiday, starting with the least expensive item.
The Sports Huevos Egg Shaper turns hardboiled eggs into football, tennis ball and golf ball shapes. It’s one of the many innovative, creative and fun gadgets dreamed up by Monkey Business, an Israeli product design studio that “has been adding the extra to the ordinary since 1994, providing fresh perspectives on the little things that make up your day, whether at home, at the office or outdoors.”
MySticko is a simple-to-use gadget, just five centimeters long, that sticks almost anything to a range of surfaces. It boasts more than 50 uses, from smartphone holder in the car to dishtowel hanger to a soda-can holder on a lawn chair. It was designed by eNovi, an Israeli company focused on “offering solutions to many little everyday problems.”
LEGO fans beware! Your newest obsession could very well be The Offbits, open-source robot toys that encourage you to tinker. Offbits kits come with nuts, screws, connectors and springs. Follow instructions and create a robot character as imagined by the Tel Aviv team of designers, creators, illustrators and storytellers behind this venture, or add your own off-the-shelf bits to assemble a unique robot; after all, the OffBits robots were designed to be redesigned. These screwy cute characters are aimed at kids and adults alike.
Boutonnière lapel pin vase for flowers will save your corsage from wilting. Designer Omer Polak sells his $35 invention through an online shop to customers across the world. The lapel pin is handmade, retains water and keeps flowers fresh all day long.
- Mifold, $49.99
Thanks to Mifold, you don’t need to squish booster seats in the back row of a car anymore. This compact, portable and foldable booster seat is one of the most revolutionary must-have car gadgets ever invented. Ten times smaller than a regular booster and just as safe, Mifold hit the headlines around the world when its crowdfunding campaign topped $1 million in mid-2015. The company ended up pre-selling the grab-and-go booster seats to nearly 13, 000 customers in more than 100 countries.
- Rememory Pack, $52
Nisnas Industries in Haifa hacked the designs from ancient ornate tile floors to create an easy-to-use DIY stencil pack for home use. The durable polyurethane sheets are reusable and the stencil shapes are based on real antique tile patterns found in old homes in the Wadi Salib neighborhood of Haifa. Anyone can be an artist and create beautiful walls, tiles, furniture or surfboards with this kit.
- SolidRun mini computers, $89-and up
CuBox, the world’s smallest computer, has been called “a marvel of engineering.” It’s made by SolidRun, a cutting-edge developer and manufacturer of powerful, energy-efficient SoMs (system on modules), industrial PCs and mini-computers. SolidRun’s mini computers start at $89.
- Otentik sunshade, $95
This lifestyle gadget will make you wonder why on earth you’ve been schlepping an umbrella to the beach all these years. Otentik is a portable, easy-to-use aerodynamic sunshade that includes a swath of UPF+50 material, two foldable poles and four nylon bags in which you put sand or rocks to keep the shade weighted down.
The skydiving instructor-turned-inventor who came up with the idea has seen his sunshades become ubiquitous on beaches in Israel and beyond.