Tis the season to be shopping, with the first candle of Hanukkah on December 18 and Christmas just a week later.
We’ve curated some fun and functional gadgets for your gifting needs, all products of Israeli ingenuity.
1. Moodo 2-in-1 air purifier and fragrance diffuser
A revolutionary 2-in-1 system to purify and scent indoor air, the device’s three-layered HEPA filter contains activated carbon crystals and carbon foam. Moodo offers a selection of 32 recyclable aroma capsules (such as Grandma Vanilla, Floral Musk and Snow Angels). The scent can be customized using the free Moodo app, which integrates with most smart home platforms.
Moodo comes in battery-operated and electric models ($99.90 plus free capsule pack) as well as the portable MoodoGo ($49.90 plus three capsules) for small spaces such as vehicles. Free shipping to US and Europe.
Another Israeli gadget that will help your recipient breathe easier is the Aura AirMini air purifier. ($179.99) It can be taken anywhere (think plane, train, restaurant, hotel room) to eliminate bacteria, viruses and even parasites in spaces up to 107 square feet, using unique bipolar ionization technology. The rechargeable battery lasts five to six hours.
Designed by an Israeli biomedical engineer, CalmiGo is a handheld device that guides the user in regulating breath for natural stress relief within three minutes. The device also emits calming scents (lavender, peppermint or bergamot) to provide multisensory stimulation that gets anxiety under control before any tense situation and can even help assure a good night’s sleep.
4. Rollink collapsible luggage
Yes, the first-ever brand of collapsible luggage was designed in Israel. And after success in 25 countries, Rollink rolled onto the US market this year. Ranging from $185 to $285, available in different sizes and colors online or at Macys, this luggage collapses down to 2 inches in thickness. Reducing its size by 75 percent means easier storage on the go and at home. The suitcases have a polycarbonate hard shell, quick-access side pocket, silent coated wheels and adjustable telescopic handle.
Nanit Pro Camera with flex stand ($199) pairs a connected smart baby monitor with computer vision technology that can be taken anywhere (playdates, travel, caregivers) to provide a 130-degree day-or-night view of any sleep or play space in seconds. The unit includes a nightlight and provides white noise and two-way audio and nature sounds. The product comes with a sensor-free Breathing Band for newborns, which enables Nanit’s breath-monitoring analytics.
No bells and whistles here – not even a motor, battery or plug. This simple, elegant metal juicer ($299) is not only a reliable (and quiet) workhorse but also embodies a very Israeli story. Its inventor, sculptor Isaac Zaksenberg, immigrated from Warsaw in 1926 and opened a foundry in Jaffa to produce taps and parts for pumps to irrigate Jaffa’s famous orange groves. As a side project, he toiled for years to create the perfect juicer for citrus fruit and pomegranates. Choose from green, red, orange or gray.
7. Pasta Grande
Your recipient will surely smile after opening this whimsical gift pack ($34.75) from Monkey Business containing four BPA-free silicone “Big Pasta” kitchen gadgets: two farfalloni (bow-tie pasta) pot grips, one ravioli spoon rest, one penne-shaped garlic peeler and three mafaldine (ribbon pasta) elastic bands handy for closing plastic packages.
8. Pinot corkscrew and bottle opener
Israeli design house Ototo has made opening wine and beer a lot more fun with Pinot the Parrot ($29.95). Made from BPA-free silicone and stainless steel,
this may be the most colorful bar tool ever. If your recipient has a darker sense of humor, choose the black bat corkscrew/opener option named Vino.
Is someone on your gift list trying to eat healthier? Peleg Design House recently introduced this easy system for growing sprouts at home. Sprouting enhances the natural nutrients in grains, legumes or beans and makes them easier to digest. But growing sprouts requires getting the amount of water and timing just right. Made of food-grade plastic, the Seed Field ($13) makes the process easy and fun.
10. Sensibo Sky
The Sensibo Sky ($99) allows users to control any remote-controlled air conditioner/heater from a smartphone. Features include seven-day scheduling, geo-fencing and climate react triggers. The device also connects to smart home voice assistants. It even reminds the user to clean the filters.
Sensibo has also just launched an air quality monitor, Elements ($169), that sends alerts and tips on how to reduce indoor air pollution.