As the year draws to close, 2011 impresses with innovation and a cool selection of Christmas Gifts to choose from.
For the adventurer in your life, Nat Geo’s ‘Gear of the Year’ showcases the best in outdoor options – everything from blizzard wear to top navigational tech.
Share a love of sport and fitness, then it’s worth reviewing The Best Fitness Gear in 2011 as selected by News Australia.
Perhaps, your loved one has a passion for photography? Pop Photo present The Best Photo Gear of the Year Awards – categorised by setting and style (i.e. studio, flash, zoom).
Addicted to Apps? InfoWorld’s Bossie Awards identify The Best Open Source Applications for 2011 whilst Apple announces The Best of Mac App Store 2011.
Gadgets get you going? Checkout MSNBC’s 10 Top Inventions for 2011.
Here’s hoping the above links inspire some innovative stocking stuffers, wishing you all a Merry Christmas from Bare Essentials.

Inga Yandell
Explorer and media producer, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide resources and opportunities for creative exploration.