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GPS Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Cool New GPS Gifts For Sports, Hiking, Driving, and More

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When you think of "GPS" it might call to mind the old reliable windshield-mounted navigator. But GPS technology is being built into a useful and fun new generation of products for many types of activities. Many of them have attributes that can't be matched by your GPS-equipped smartphone, not the least of which is waterproofness, and ruggedized construction. (Click on images to enlarge).

 

1. TomTom Runner GPS Watch ($169)

TomTom Runner GPS Watch
TomTom

The TomTom Runner GPS watch features an extra-large display, a unique one-button control, and powerful pacing and notification features.  It's available with an optional wireless heart rate monitor strap. It's rugged and waterproof, and may even be operated with a gloved hand. You may also set it up as a pedometer to measure indoor treadmill running workouts.

2. Garmin Approach S1 Golf GPS Watch ($179)

Garmin Approach S1 Golf GPS Watch
Garmin

Golf GPS watches keep getting slimmer, better-looking, and more feature-rich. The Garmin Approach S1 GPS golf watch is a good example of this trend. It's course database include more than 30,000 courses worldwide (updates are free). The Approach S1 has a high-sensitivity GPS receiver and can provide you with precise distances to the front, back, and center of the green from anywhere on the course. It's also a good everyday sport watch.

3. For the Fisherman: Garmin GPSMap 431s ($390)

Garmin GPSMap 431s
Garmin

Garmin makes combination GPS and fish-finding sonar devices that are powerful allies in the sport fishing quest. An excellent example is the GPSMap 431s, which provides the angler with a display that "clearly illustrates depth contours, fish targets and structure whether you’re fishing in freshwater or off the coast," states Garmin. Match it up with Garmin BlueChart fresh or saltwater charts, and you're well on your way to fishing success.

4. Garmin eTrex 20 GPS for Hikers

The Garmin eTrex 20 GPS is a great basic unit for hikers, backpackers, and geocaching enthusiasts. It uses both the GPS and GLONASS satellite networks for quick location fix and accuracy. Add topo maps for your destination, and you have reliable, waterproof, and ruggedized backcountry navigation that runs on AA batteries.

5. A Magellan GPS Just for Hunters ($238)

Knowing where to hunt can be just as important as knowing how to hunt. the Magellan eXplorist 350H hunter's GPS takes all the guesswork out of hunting boundaries, zones, and private vs. public property, with detailed, pre-loaded hunt and topo maps.  Border alerts, waypoints for favorite spots or trails, and satellite imagery from DigiGlobe keep hunters completely aware of their surroundings.

 

6. TomTom Start 55 TM Car GPS ($99)

TomTom Start 55 TM GPS
TomTom
I frequently use my smartphone for navigation, but when it comes to finding your way in unfamiliar territory, there's nothing quite like a good dedicated car GPS to show you the way. The TomTom Start 55 is a great gift because of features such as a big, 5-inch (diagonal) touchscreen, product-lifetime map and traffic updates, and TomTom features such as Advanced Lane Guidance. It also has a great price, at less than $100.

 

7. iOttie Smartphone Car Mount ($25)

iOttie Easy Flex 3 Car Mount
iOttie

Smartphones can be useful in the car, but they're not much help if you can't see the screen. Smartphone car mounts can be ugly and difficult to adjust, but the iOttie Easy Flex 3 bucks that trend with a sleek design and easy-to-use mount. This mount makes an excellent gift for those who need to keep an iPhone, Android, or other type of smartphone in full view while they drive. The mount also keeps the bottom of the phone open so it's easy to plug in a charger and for the speakers to emit sound.

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