So you've gotten the tree, put up the lights, and started crossing items off your list. There's no need to check it twice as we've got all the accessories you want and more thanks to our wonderful collection of Holiday Gift Guides for 2012. As you read through all of them, keep in mind these extra items to place in their stocking that are not only perfect for all the different types of BlackBerry users out there but won't put a strain on your wallet. For more great gift ideas this holiday season be sure to check out all the latest and greatest items at ShopCrackBerry.
Spare / Extended Batteries
Don't let your BlackBerry addict be slowed down by a dead battery. Whether it's due to a superstorm (Sandy I'm looking at you!), battery drain, or just being a power user, pick them up a spare or extended battery to keep them going throughout the day. Thankfully I had a few of them on hand to get through the power outgage in my area. Both my standard and extended batteries lasted long enough for me to stay in touch with authorities, co-workers, and friends.
No accessory collection would be complete without the BlackBerry Dock/Charging Pod. I've purchased one for every BlackBerry I've owned going back to the Bold 9000. Not only can I listen to music, transfer media, and charge my device, but it makes for a great alarm clock that sits by bed no matter where I am.
Seidio Active Case & Holster
It's no surprise that I am the resident klutz in my household. I'm prone to not only your typical accidental drops and falls but some strange street and sidewalk dings as well. That's why my favorite and most reliable case is the Seidio Active Case & Holster. This combo not only provides solid and sturdy protection but allows me to keep my BlackBerry Bold 9900 by my side to quickly access at all times during the day. The holster is versatile enough to be used with other cases as well in case you want to switch off and also comes with a built-in sleeper magnet.
Zagg Shield for the BlackBerry PlayBook
Before I even opened the box for my BlackBerry PlayBook I had the Zagg Shield on the table ready to go. While the screen itself is sturdy enough on its own I welcomed the peace of mind this shield brought. With it's patented military grade scratch-proof film, I've always trusted Zagg to protect my devices. The lifetime guarantee ensures that if it ever becomes scratched, torn or damaged you will get a free replacement as long as you carefully follow the installation instructions (bubbles and mistakes are not covered). While you're at it be sure to pick up a screen protector for your smartphone as well to protect against fingerprints, smudges, and scratches.
NoiseHush NX80 Stereo Headphones
I always keep a spare pair of wired headphones in my bag wherever I go. The NoiseHush NX80 Stereo Heaphones are perfect for not only everyday use but for the gym and travel as well. This stereo headset comes with an inline microphone to filter out external noise, a control button to switch between calls and your music, and a convenient carrying pouch. Not only do they offer great sound and a comfortable fit but they come with tangle-free cables and are available in four different colors. It also won't put a strain on your checkbook as as it's currently on sale at ShopCrackBerry.com.
Car kits & mounts
iGrip PerfektFit Charging Dock for BlackBerry Bold 9930, Bold 9900
These little contraptions are extremely versatile for those always in their car. Whoever is driving in my family usually places their smartphone in the cupholder. I do not recommend this especially when taking sharp turns or when the passenger is trying to answer a call. Car mounts are easy to install and are available for not only your smartphone but your BlackBerry PlayBook as well. So whether you want to use your device as your own personal GPS, music player, or speakerphone you won't have to take your eyes off the road.
Isotoner 3-Finger smarTouch 2.0 Stretch Gloves
As a BlackBerry fan(atic) there is nothing worse then standing outside wating for the bus during winter. When the wind chill drops to an unbearable temperature it's an agonizing decision to choose between answering an email or removing my gloves and freezing my fingterips off. Thankfully, Isotoner has just the thing to let us stay warm and continue to use our device. The Isotoner smarTouch Stretch Gloves are warm and offer conductive thread on three fingers to stay functional on all your touchscreen devices. Available for both men and women and in a variety of colors and styles, they are a great gift this holiday season.
Micro Light Smartphone Pack
If there is one thing my display can't avoid, it's collecting dirt, dust, and fingerprints. When I do remember to bring a cloth in my bag I probably wipe off the display several times a day. With the Micro Light Smartphone Pack you'll be prepared for whatever the day brings you. It may look like a simple keychain with built-in light but it actually contains a cleaning cloth and doubles as a smartphone stand while on the go.
X-Mini II Capsule Speaker
Way back at the beginning of this year at CES I was lucky enough to hear the sound of the X-Mini line on the exhibition floor. It certainly lives up to its motto of "sound beyond size" especially when you realize it can fit in the palm of your hand. The X-Mini features excellent sound quality with almost no distortion to speak of, comes with a Buddy-Jack system to connect a row of X-minis to a single source, easily connects to your device with the 3.5mm stowaway audio plug, and is available in multiple colors. If you want to take your music with you wherever you go for a reasonable price then this is speaker to use.
CrackBerry True Tales of BlackBerry Use and Abuse
When it comes to BlackBerry abuse I'm guilty as charged although I'd rather call it being a power user. My Bold never leaves my side so if you see me walking down the street chances are I'm staring down at my screen typing merrily away. So when someone politely asked me the other night at the BlackBerry 10 Gold SDK Tweetup why I was on my BlackBerry (tweetng and BBM'ing about the event of course), I realized it was time once again to take the 12 step approach to curb my love..err dependence on my device (at least until the release of BB10). Our own founder and fearless leader, Kevin Michaluk, is one of the authors so there's no denying all the stories and tips included are ones to live by.
As the days grow colder and the nights become longer, we gather together amongst our friends and loved ones. It is a time of great happiness. A time when we celebrate the love and companionship we've received over the year, and a time to reflect upon the good times yet to come. It is the time of the year when we exchange gifts; a way for us to express gratitude towards one another for the simple pleasure of being a part of our lives. Though our gifts may be large or small, expensive or a bargain, they are but a token. A token of the joys of years past, a token of adventures to come. No matter the gift, I am certain it will be enjoyed. For it is but a symbol of the love, appreciation, and kindness we feel toward each other. And no gift, no matter how grandiose, can hope to equal even a small fraction of that.
Here's wishing you and yours a safe and happy Holiday Season, from all of us at CrackBerry.com
Be sure to check out all of our 2012 Holiday Gift Guides!