5 Essential Gadgets You Must Have In Your Bag In 2017

You must have read hundreds of articles on how to never leave home without essentials like a bottle of water, sunscreen, and an extra credit card. But it’s 2017, and technology has taken over our lives like never before. Needless to say, we need to welcome it, adapt to it, and allow for it to give us its best. Our phones need to stay charged, storage friendly, and do everything they’re meant to.

So here’s a list of must carry phone and other gadgets to keep in your bag in 2017.

1.  Phone Power Bank

Unfortunately, phones don’t come with an infinite battery life and charging points aren’t always handy. But fortunately power banks are as common as carrying gum now, and they come in every possible shape, size, capacity and budget. This tube shaped power bank costs just about $6 and charges a phone for upto 2 hours. And since it’s 2017, and being eco-friendly is important, why not a solar phone charger that does the job, without any electricity at all. Check out this portable solar charger that can be strapped on to a bag making it perfectly for short trips and backpacking.

2. Flash Drives for phones

Just like limited battery life, our phones also come with limited internal storage. (Not looking at you Google Pixel!) Which means there’s only so many apps you can download, and so many photos or videos you can store in the best of phones. But luckily, there’s an easy solution to that problem also in the form of Flash drives. These tiny iPhone or Android of wireless storage flash drives work just like normal USB flash drives and plug into your phones. So you can transfer and store tons of data in them, and just plug them in when you want to access that data, be it music, photos, or movies. Also helpful, when you don’t trust the cloud too much or accessing the cloud content costs a pretty penny in data charges.


3. Bluetooth Smart Watch

Mechanical watches are classic yes, but there’s only so much they can do for the amount of space they command on your wrists. It’s 2017, and technology has invaded to become a part of things you wear. So just being able to see the time on your watch won’t do. Smart Watches like this one help you keep track of your fitness in terms of measuring steps taken, calories burned, heartbeats, and also display alerts or photos from your phone via Bluetooth. All this apart from showing the time of course.


4. Bluetooth Beanie with headphones

bluetooth beanie with headphones

This little wearable gadget is less a must have, but more a good to have. When nights take a turn for the worse and get chilly, just slip on this warm beanie hat, which also doubles up as a headphone with its built in bluetooth speakers and mic. You never have to take out your hands again from the pocket for a call or make space to jam on  a pair another headphones. Perfect for the winters and even a good to have during the nippy season.


5. A non boring maverick charging and data transfer cable

braided thread charging cable

The days of common accidents like these should be long gone. It’s time to make sure that you’re never left with a dead phone because a charging cable got frayed or torn apart! As phones are getting geekier and sleeker with better technology, so are the accessories. We now have multi-functional cables, 2 in 1 cable for Android & iPhone, thread braided cables, retractable games, LED light cables, the works. There’s no need to be stuck with a vanilla black cable. Because like your phone, your charging cable will say a lot about your personality. Ok maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but you get the point.

15 Thoughtful And Fun Under $25 Secret Santa Gifts For Your Colleagues

While Office Secret Santa for some people is a fun activity that adds some temporary joy to your mundane office lives, for some it can be a time of distress. Especially if the thought of buying a gift for someone stresses you, or you’re not sure what an appropriate gift for a not-so-familiar colleague would be. Don’t even think of buying something too personal for a colleague you know nothing about! Definitely stay away from clothes, perfumes, or personal accessories. Also, no 'naughty' stuff ;) The safest option is of course gadgets and accessories, and the best part about these is that your colleague will most likely use them at work!

So, we decided to put down a list of our best products that are perfect for a Secret Santa gift. All the gifts are under the $25 mark so you don’t have to bust the bank trying to be a good Secret Santa. What's more, we're giving 20% off everything featured here! Look for the coupon code at the end of the post.

1. A Phone case

iphone case

Find out what phone your assigned giftee uses. If they use an iPhone, a nice leather wallet case would make for a thoughtful and useful gift. If they use any other phone, get a phone cover accordingly.

Check out our iPhone covers and Samsung cases here.

iphone cases

2. Fun data and charging cable

charging cables

Never is a charging cable more useful than at a desk when people spend most of their waking hours and keep their devices on charge mode. Since work desks are usually visible areas, people try to put in an effort to make them look good, including charging cables. A colourful braided charging cable for iPhone or a Zipper 2-in-1 cable for both Android and an iPhone.


3. Yoga towel 

yoga towel

Know a budding Yoga freak? Make the transition easier for them by gifting them this thoughtful Yoga towel. Plus, if they’re inspired enough to start doing Yoga as a new year resolution, you’re to credit.


4. USB coffee-warmer coaster

usb cup warmer

If your colleague keeps making rounds of the office kitchen to reheat coffee over and over, this adorable Oreo-cookie shaped USB cup warmer is a perfect gift for them.


5. Bluetooth Beanie with headphones

bluetooth beanie with headphones

Your colleagues will love this beanie with inbuilt headphones so much and you’ll see it when you see them wearing it at work everyday!

Get one for $14.99 here.

6. 3-in-1 flash drive for iPhone, iPad and Android devices

iphone android flash drive

If your colleague keeps running out storage on their phones, a flash drive is the gift for them. Also, useful for exchanging all those work files.

7. Smartwatch and phone charging cum pen stand

phone charging stand and stationery holder

Help your colleague organize their desk and keep their devices charged with this bamboo Apple Watch and phone charging stand and stationary holder.


8. Macbook case

macbook case
If your colleague has an iPad or a Macbook, and not a case for either, this Macbook folio case is a perfect gift for them.


9. Power bank

cheap power bank

One of the best gifts you can give someone in 2017 is a power bank! The prices for a good power bank range from $7 for a basic power bank to a $30 one for a heavy duty power bank.

10. Mini Bluetooth speakers

bluetooth speakers

The best part about gifting these mini Bluetooth speakers is that while your giftee gets to keep them, you can have a mini jam right at their desk after work one of those late nights. Hell, maybe they’ll even invite you over for a party at theirs, thinking about the speakers you gifted them which will sort their music.

11. Elephant dial braided watch

Elephant dial braided watch

If your colleague happens to be a colours living hippie, this beautiful braided bracelet watch with an elephant dial is just a perfect gift!

Buy for $11 here.

12. Super hero flash drive cum collectible

star wars flash drive

Whether they're a Star Wars buff or fond of the Minions, you can always find a flash drive in the theme. The colleague gets to store their important files and/or use it as a collectible and flaunt on their desks!

Check out the collection here.

13. VR headset

cheap VR headset

2017 is going to be huge on Virtual reality! From watching movies to playing games to virtual house hunting, VR is going to play a huge role in our lives going forward. The best thing you can gift to a tech lover is a VR headset to get them started. Get ours for just $19.99

14. Mini Wifi Range Extender

Wifi range extender

A perfect gift for that colleague who often complains about his Wifi issues at home! Get one for $24.99 here.

15. Cat eared headphones

cat eared headphones

This one's for the funky cat of the office!

Get a pair for just $21 here.


You can of course combine other gifts like chocolates, cards, and add some of these and make hampers. The idea is to delight your giftee, and do something thoughtful for them even if it's for one day in the year. Apart from gifts, you can consider getting them a coffee, and even decorating their desks with some string lights. 

Use coupon code #LAAVASS20 to get 20% off everything on the site!

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10 Best Black Friday Deals Under $10

And the D-date is coming closer! The massive Black Friday sales are here! Since shopping on Black Friday can be so overwhelming, I put together a list of the best under $20 deals you can get on Laava. Without further ado, here they are.


1. Lightning Charging Cable

braided lightning cable

These lightning cables are actually $4.99 which makes them a great under $5 deal. But since you probably need two (Just because they're so adorable!) we're calling it an under $10 deal.

Buy one here for $4.99


2. Starry night ceiling pattern lamp

Starry ceiling lamp

This little lamp will turn your boring room into the night sky! Just switch on and enjoy calming patterns all over your room. The kids will love it!

Buy one here for $9.99


3.  Santa Cutlery holder set

christmas cutlery set

This 6 piece Santa cutlery holder is the perfect and a must have on every Christmas dinner table. 

Buy a set here for $9.99

4. Body fat scale 

body fat scale

The portable scale is perfect to measure and keep those holiday binge calories in check!

Buy one here for $9.99


5.  iPhone PU leather case with card slots

iphone pu leather case


The best iPhone case under $10, hands down. Comes in 10 pretty colours.

Buy one here for $8.99

6. Thermal Insulated Lunch Box

thermal insulated lunch box


This $8 thermal insulated lunch box will help carry your lunch to office, school and outings and keep it hot!

Buy one here for $7.99

7.  USB cable 3 in 1 Car or Computer Universal Charger

3 in one usb micro usb lightning cable

This is the mother of all charging cables. Keep one in your car or handy at your workplace or home and never worry about carrying other chargers on you.

Buy here for $9.99

8. Tube-shaped 2400 mAh Power bank

power bank tube


These tiny and handy power banks can charge devices on the go and fit easily in your sling bags, wallets and bags. 

Buy here for $6.99

9.  Thumb-shaped 64GB Pen drive

thumb shaped pen drive

This realistic Thumb-shaped pendrive is part freaky, part genius. And at 64GB it stores more data than thousands of human hands put together.

Buy here for $9.99

10. USB LED lights

USB led light


Plug this bendy USB light into your laptop, power bank or any other USB port and give yourself just enough focus light to use your laptop or read in the dark.

Buy a pair for $8.99


Happy Shopping to you!


Interconnecting Phones, Laptops & TVs Is Easy With These Unglamourous But Powerful Cables & Adaptors

So you wanna play movies on your TV from your phone? Project your powerpoint presentations on a TV screen at work? Convert old tapes into today's modern technology. The good news is that connecting devices is easier than we think. All we need is a simple cable to possibly connect any two or multiple devices across phones, TVs, laptops and other cables. More often that not people don't get the best out of their electronics because they can't tell a useful cable from a piece of tangled mess. So, we tell you what these unsightly but super useful cables do.

1. 3-in-1 Mini Displayport to DP DVI HDMI Cable

If you have a Macbook or Macbook air you likely don't have an HDMI port on your device to connect laptop with TV. This is where a displayport to HDMi cable comes in. Watch this video to know how to use the display port to HDMi cable adaptor connector to connect your Mac and TV. 

Buy here.


2.  MHL Micro USB to HDMI Adapter

Want to project your phone's screen on the TV or simply play a video clip from your phone on the big screen? You need a micro-USB to HDMI adapter. Since this is just a adapter, and you can't connect it directly with the TV, after turning your phone into an HDMI-port with this adapter, you need any HDMI-HDMI cable to connect the HDMi adapter to the TV. Watch this video to know how to use a micro-USB to HDMI adapter to connect it with your TV.

 Buy here


3. 4K-Compatible HDMI to HDMI Cable

You can connect your laptop or your phone with your TV to display photos, videos and play movies or project presentations on your HD TV with an HDMI to HDMI cable. 

Works with: Laptops with HDMI ports/HDMI adapters connected to phones and TVs with HDMI port. (All modern TVs have HDMI ports.)

Watch this video to know how an HDMI cable works.

 Buy here.


4. 3-Way HDMI Splitter

An HDMI Splitter is used to take a single source (such as a BlueRay Player, Cable Box, or Satellite box) and distribute that HDMI signal to multiple TVs. Most splitters if needed can also be cascaded to further expand such splitting capability.  

Buy here.

5. HDMI to RCA cable

The HDMI to RCA cable allows you to connect your older electronics like DVD players, camera, to a flat screen TV designed to meet all HDMI standards. 


6. VHS To USB Converter

Recover your family memories and convert your VHS tapes to DVD or USB with a simple cable. 


Buy here.

7. USB 3.0 Mobile Hard drive Data cable 

USB 3.0 Cable To Connect Mobile Hard Drive

Ideal for connecting USB 3.0 enabled PC peripherals such as hard drives, printers, network hubs and more with USB ports.  It's compatible with Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, and portable USB 3.0 external hard drives including Toshiba Canvio, Seagate FreeAgent, and Western Digital (WD) My Passport and Elements hard drives

Buy here.

8. Multi- USB port Hub Cable

Multiple USB port HUB Cable

When you have just USB port on your laptop but multiple USB devices like a pen drive, a charging cable and another USB cable that needs to be connected simultaneously, this handy Multi-USB port "squid" comes in handy.


9 Things Every Lyft Or Uber Driver Should Carry In The Car To Ensure The Best Driving Experience & 5* Ratings

Probably a few years ago no one would've written something like this. Uber wasn't a thing, much less things Uber drivers should carry in their cars. But now, millions of people earn their living from driving an Uber or a Lyft, or some do it as a side gig. Whatever your reason or earnings from driving for a living may be, fact remains, it's a business after all, and like others, customer satisfaction makes a lot of difference. A happy customer is good for morale. b) A happy ride experience means better ratings for you leading to higher incentives and chance for growth. 

While most times, your work ethic, driving skills and communication will take you places, sometimes it's the little tangible things that you need in the car to make a difference. So we got talking with a few Uber-driver friends of ours, and this is what they say you need in the car.

(Just so you know, we're including links to buy these items from the Laava, and you can get every product featured here at an additional 10% discount by using the promo code ILOVEMYCAR )


1. A great GPS mount

Universal GPS car mount

This is a basic. If you drive an Uber or a Lyft, a GPS-enabled device is a must from day one, and you likely have a mount for it already. The car GPS mount should be of good quality, sturdy, and ensure a non-intrusive experience for your device. Here's one for $12.


2. Car charging USB ports

car charging triple USB port


If you're driving an Uber, having maps and GPS on all the time, WILL take a toll on your phone battery and yes you'll be pretty much charging it all the time. It's crucial to have a good car charging port and cable at all times. In fact it's not enough to have one USB but dual USB charging ports because more often than not, your customers may borrow the charger to charge their devices while on a ride.

Get a triple-USB port here or here. If you're feeling a bit generous, you can even get a 4-in one quick charging power bank like this.


3.  Charging cables

3 in 1 Cable for iPhone, ipad and Android

And a lot of customers are going to need charging, but not all of them will carry a charging cable. So, to give them that awesome experience and save the day, have a charging cable that works with most phones. A multi-pin charging cable that works for iPhones and Android would do the job great. 

You can get a 3 in 1 charging cable for iPhones, iPads and Android (micro USB) phones here.


4. Emergency Car Repair Kit

car repair emergency kit

We cannot stress this enough. Uber just like normal cars are vulnerable to breakdowns, crashes and accidents. When you're ferrying other passengers, the responsibility to have the car up and running is even more intense. It's not only good, but mandatory to carry an emergency repair tool kit in your car. We recommend this 4-in-1 emergency tool-kit that comes with a torch and a knife, and this  6 piece emergency kit.


5. Car Duster

car duster
Riders always leave a mess in your car after they leave? Surely, that can't be pleasant for the next customer. Make sure you always quickly dust off the passenger seat after a customer. A quick, handy duster would be just what you need at this point. Or you can take it a level ahead, and a get portable car vacuum cleaner for $14 here.


6. Bluetooth Car speakers

bluetooth car speaker

So, your car doesn't have an audio-stereo system? No problem. Luckily, these days there are Bluetooth speakers who do the job, whether inside vehicles or beyond. 

Enjoy music from your smartphone or tablet, even if it’s in a pocket or purse, through your car speakers; receiver plugs into 3.5mm jack

Get this Bluetooth speaker  for just $15.99 here.


7. A Dash cam

A dash cam is the cheapest insurance policy you can buy both for yourself and your car. Having a dash cam in your vehicle will not only discourage bad passenger behavior, it will also act as an objective witness if you’re ever involved in a collision or some other incident on the road. You can buy a $22 dash cam here.


8. A multi-purpose entertainment plus charging device

3 in 1 car radio, music player and USB charging dock

If you don't wanna carry too many gadgets in the car, you can consider a multi-functional device that works as a radio transmitter, a charging dock and a Bluetooth enabled music player all in one. 

Get one here for just $33.


9. Car Back Support

car back rest

This is probably the most important thing you'll have in your car that your health will thank you for. Sitting in the car for long hours can take a toll on your posture and your back health. You need a car seat rest that takes care of your back and prevents injury.


10. A car seat organizer

car seat organizer

If you're car is littered with stuff users have left behind, or you want to carry things that will make both your and their ride a little more comfortable, you want to consider getting a seat-back organiser that can hold car essentials like a tissue box, water bottles and magazines. Get one here for just $19.


Most importantly, carry a smile and a happy attitude! Happy driving!