The 2022 EDGE in Tech Holiday Gift Guide
Let’s make the most of the holidays and get ready to take on the new year! Here are some inspired gift ideas for women and others in tech.
Let’s start with sleep and create a foundation for the focus to design the future we want to see.
Nod off gently with a Nodpod Gentle Pressure Sleep Mask and wake naturally with the Hatch Restore — Smart Sound Machine Alarm Clock. For an extra nudge, breath deeply with a lavender BodyRestore Calm Shower Steamer, or rejuvenate with an orange blossom mood lifting steamer from A&G Pastels Shower Steamers.
Lay your head down with a spritz of thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray: Natural Sleep on beautiful pillow cases or go crazy and make your own bedding with beautiful fabric from Spoonflower. Featuring — Women of Science and Learning, Persisting Stripes, African American Black Women.
Smart tech can make your life easier and more convenient, and it can make us more energy efficient as well.
A smart thermostat like the Nest Thermostat will learn your patterns and not run when you are not there. Enter your home with just your phone and a Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt, have Alexa dim your lights with the Leviton Decora Smart Wi- Fi Dimmer switch, and keep an eye on your front door with the Nest Doorbell.
Set the mood for your room and boost your party with billions of colors in your LIFX Color A compact smart light, accent your home with the Philips Hue Lightstrip Starter Kit, and create your own wall art with the touch-reactive, music syncing Nanoleaf Canvas.
It can be hard to start, but not making a decision is a decision, so decide to start. Start with deceptively small things, tiny habits, and pilot your ideas. The world needs your insights and actions!
Give back and show your support for those facing crisis abroad in the Ukraine and Pakistan and those at Planned Parenthood defending women’s health and Dirt Girls taking on climate action. Bonus — wear your care with a Tough Pill Face Lapel Pin (artwork by Caroline Suzuki).
Adopt a best friend at Best Friends or adopt a rat… a hero rat who can save lives by detecting landmines and TB at APOPO or adopt a polar bear to help fight climate change and preserve the arctic ecosystem at the World Wildlife Fund — Bonus grab a comfy pair of Polar Bear Slippers.
Have Ukranian artist Tanita Kahlo design your personal avatar or have Ukranian artist Tania create a beautiful pet portrait. Enhance your home with a colorful print from BabaAfricana or original art from VeronikaMeszarosArt — shown here with purple background Don’t Tell Me to Smile — 7x10 Painting.
No gathering is complete without sweet and savory snacks. McCrea’s caramels come in Rosemary Truffle Sea Salt, Cape Cod Sea Salt, Black Lava Sea Salt, not to mention Single Malt Scotch, and Tapped Maple. Eastern Standard Provisions’ Gourmet Soft Pretzel Gift Box includes white truffle pretzel salt, three cheese salt, chili lime pretzel salt, lemon rosemary pretzel salt, and classic pretzel salt. And the up and coming ingredient for your coffee drinks is the Anima Mundi Mushroom Mocha Milk.
And no holiday is complete without raising a glass to friendship. Seedlip proves great cocktails don’t need alcohol. But if you enjoy a great beer, and are on the east coast, fill your Great Women of Science pint glasses with a Harlem Renaissance WIT, build a custom half-case at Talea or join the Other Half in Watching the Grass Grow or tasting the BA Pastrinauts Bourbon Barrel Aged Banana Molasses Marshmallow Astronaut Ice Cream Imperial Stout.
In the midwest, enjoy the Illusion of Finality from Keeping Together. For the west coast, try the Dopest Hazy IPA from Crowns & Hops or the Fort Point Yuzu KSA Radler Ale. HT and for more options check out 77 Women-Led Breweries at Hop Culture.
From our families to yours, all the best for 2023!
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Download this guide and the prior gift guides: 2021 Gift Guide, 2020 Gift Guide; visit us at edge.berkeley.edu; save the date March 2 for the EDGE in Tech Symposium on Smarter Tech for a Resilient Future, and follow us here on Medium at EDGE in Tech™ Initiative at UC, on Twitter at EDGEinTech, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.