Christmas came early for two British entrepreneurs after securing a lucrative partnership with retail giant John Lewis.
Two years ago 20-year-old Louis Porter, and Tom Coleman, 27, used a £3,000 credit card loan to found The Handmade Christmas Co, which makes and sells hand-printed personalised Christmas gift sacks.
The pair impressed John Lewis so much that as well as the sacks being made available in stores and online they also managed to secure two pop-up shops at the company’s flagship Oxford Street and Sloane Square stores. The sacks are also available to buy at the firm’s online store, HandmadeChristmasCo
The partnership comes two years after the [...]
If you’re looking for a quality pair of headphones this holiday season but don’t want to break the bank, you’ve come to the right place. These headphones deliver great quality for their price, and they’re all under $50.Panasonic RP-HTX7
These full-size but lightweight headphones nicely block out the world around you, and they sound great for the price. At $36, they’re definitely worth considering.
$36.42 on AmazonMoshi Mythro
For those who prefer in-ear headphones, these are probably the best you can buy at this price point. They include an inline microphone for taking calls, and they’re available in a variety of [...]
If you or someone you love is in the market for a new laptop this holiday season, you’ve come to the right place. This is our list of the very best laptops on the market right now, especially for you and yours this December.Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, April 2014)
The 13-inch MacBook Air remains one of the most versatile laptops you can buy. It’s powerful enough for most users, and it’s insanely light and thin. Be warned, though: you may get spoiled. VentureBreak Weekly‘s Will Reynolds Young often complains about how heavy other laptops feel after carrying his Air (the ultimate first world problem).
Apple’s MacBook Air is a great [...]
I’m not sure what happened, but suddenly it’s cool to have a smartphone as big as your face. The gigantic phones of 2014 aren’t for everyone—but if your hands (and pockets) can support one, you may just love it. But which extra-large phones are worth buying this holiday season?
Well, here are some of our favorites.iPhone 6 Plus
Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus—with its 5.5-inch display, fantastic 8-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, and improved battery life—is an excellent device. For the first time, iOS lovers get to enjoy a massive 1080×720 pixel display, and it really is beautiful. If you want a big smartphone this holiday [...]
Ready or not, here it comes. The holiday shopping season is upon us, and for the fifth year in a row, VentureBreak is here to help you pick up the right high-tech gear for you and yours. For the next two months, our coverage will have a special focus on gadgets and other stuff that connected people love. From smartphones and tablets to TVs and wearables—our Holiday Gift Guide will cover it all.
Oh, and we have some killer giveaways coming in December. Because we love you.
If you have suggestions for specific products or categories you’d like us to focus on in this year’s gift guide, we’d love to hear them in the comments below.
Also, if you or [...]
Every modern smartphone is a cameraphone, but the Nokia Lumia 1020 is something different: a phonecamera. Its oversize camera packs 41 megapixels of resolution; with it, you can capture the most detailed phone snapshots of your life, and zoom in without losing a ton of quality. Even iPhone lovers and fandroids who thought they couldn’t care less about Windows Phones might find an interest in this one.
And we’re giving one away.
All you have to do is leave a comment below linking to or describing your favorite or most memorable holiday photo. For example:
We shot a photo of my dad passed out in the basement on the train set.
‘Tis the season of personal gifts, and what could be more personal than a custom photo gift? Beyond the usual photo book, mug, and T-shirt, these 5 photo gifts will be perfect for anyone on your list.Handcrafted Photo Bracelet
An ideal gift for a mother or grandmother, this handcrafted photo bracelet is like wearing a photo album on your wrist. Just select your favorite design (each holds one to eight photos) and send the company your favorite pictures for inclusion.
This is a great way to get family photos out of your wallet and put them on display.
From $90 at Etsy.Custom Monopoly Set
Create a one-of-a-kind gift to make family night more fun with [...]
The Finn Wallet by WaterField Designs is a beautiful, versatile wallet that provides a home for your cash and cards and keeps your phone safe in a padded center pocket, all while protecting your belongings with a strong locking zipper.
The lovely folks at WaterField Designs were kind enough provide us with a Finn Wallet (iPhone size) to review, and now we’re giving it away!
Check out my review here.
All you have to do is follow us on Twitter and leave a comment below letting us know why you’d like to have it!
One winner will be chosen randomly and awarded the following prize:
One WaterField Designs Finn Wallet (iPhone [...]
Turn your living room into a warzone with this iPhone-controlled, missile-firing helicopter.
Just download the free app, plug the transmitter into your headphone jack, and take off.
Grab one of these for the tech lover in your life and make it a holiday to remember!Features iDevice Controlled – Control with virtual joysticks or gyroscope-tilt control Battle Ready – Shoots missiles on command Stable Flight – Coaxial structure for effortless hovering, and flexible/durable body construction Specs Helicopter Size: 8.7 × 1.9 × 4.13 in (22.0 × 4.8 × 10.5 cm) Movement: Left/Right Rotation, Forward/Back, Hover and Land Control Range: 10~15 meter 3 Channel Band [...]
I’m still excited about Grooveshark, and I’m even more excited about their holiday promotion of Grooveshark Anywhere. For $5/month or $50/year, you can take advantage of the benefits that come with a Grooveshark Anywhere subscription. This is a nice drop from the usual $9/month or $90/year.
Check it out!