This year, great gadgets come in small packages!
Prices correct at time of writing.
The Blaze measures all-day steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes and quality of sleep plus you can track workouts, monitor performance, stats and gauge your progress. Connect to GPS on your phone to map routes and pace, and with Fitstar workouts get step-by-step instructions and coaching direct to your wrist.
ECLIPSE TIP: The Blaze can actually do so much more, but we didn’t have room for it all here!
PRICE: £159.99 from House of Fraser.
Print colour photos on the spot from your phone or tablet via Bluetooth or NFC technology. This mobile printer has a rechargeable battery and can make up to 25 prints per charge. Comes with 2 x 3″; ZINK photo paper, which is smudge-proof and sports a peel-back sticky paper. Package includes micro USB port and cable.
WE SAY: Print instant mementos of the day to hand out to your guests! Other colours available.
PRICE: £109.90 from Boots.
Don’t just take off your shoes and throw them in your wardrobe at the end of the day: a good pair of shoes, properly maintained, can last a lifetime. The cedar wood of these shoe trees will absorb sweat and moisture thus keeping odour to a minimum. It helps preserve the leather and maintain the shoe’s shape.
WE SAY: How’s that for a different kind of Christmas tree?!
PRICE: £30 from Robinsons Shoes.
Place your smartphone into the projector and it will magnify images, videos and games from your phone onto a 40” area – aim it at a flat wall and watch the images appear. The adjustable lens can focus up to 10 x and requires no batteries or wires. Fits most smartphones.
WE SAY: Replay your racing day out at your post racing dinner party!
PRICE: £14.99 (Save: £5) from IWOOT (I Want One Of Those).
With a 4 litre capacity and powered by your car’s own DC 12V socket, this portable fridge is the ideal companion for those trips to the races on a hot day. And for this time of year, your fridge can be switched from super chilled to hot stuff at the flick of a switch to keep the heat in festive racing sausage rolls!
WE SAY: Hot or cold? This needs to become a permanent fixture in your car!
PRICE: £43.95 from Genie Gadgets.
Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc.
She absolutely loves her job (how many people can say that?!) and is truly grateful to all supporters of and contributors to Eclipse Magazine.
If you are reading this she would like to say THANK YOU! (And please spread the word about Eclipse…!!)