Thanksgiving is over, the leftovers are dwindling and December is almost here. That means the holiday lights will start appearing, the Christmas music will be blasting through department stores for the next month and, most importantly, it's time to start shopping for gifts.
Each Monday, Patch will be throwing some gadget gift recommendations your way. Your Gadget Gift Guide kicks off with a look at headphones.
Best full-size headphones: The Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones are comfortable, sport a balanced sound and, at $105, are a bargain. CNET gives these headphones a four-star review (out of five). The only downside is there's no integrated microphone, so you can't use them to take calls on your cellphone.
Best Bluetooth headphones: If you're feeling fancy then the Parrot Zik wireless Bluetooth Headphones are what you're looking for. At $399, they're definitely on the pricier end of the headphone spectrum, but for that price you get noise cancellation, a touch panel on the right ear cup and even a head detection sensor, which pauses and starts your music depending on when you put the headphones on. And two directional microphones means you can take calls and talk while wearing the headphones.
Best headphones for exercise: Looking for a pair of headphones that can handle sweat? The Monster iSport Immersion In-Ear Headphones have got you covered. They're sweat proof and noise cancelling, with a secure fit and impressive sound, according to CNET's review. And, at around $67, they're a bargain.
Looking to buy locally? Check out these nearby electronics stores, but be sure to call ahead to see if they carry what you want:
1200 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, IL 60025
1072 Willow Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062