Are you wracking your brain trying to come up with unique presents for your loved ones this holiday season? It’s been a long arduous year for many, and people are looking to the holidays for a little break.
One category of products that’s always popular this time of year is technology gadgets like smart homedevices, wireless wearables, and more. Technology always seems to be coming up with ways to keep life interesting.
If you’ve been wondering what to get friends & family this year and are working to finish your holiday shopping list, here are several last-minute tech gifts to impress.
New Ball-Shaped Echo Dots (4th Gen)
Amazon can always be counted on to bring out new smart gadgets for the holidays. This year they’ve gone with a round theme, introducing new ball-shaped Echo Dots for both adults and kids.
The kid’s version has a tiger and a panda option. It includes easy connection to multiple streaming services and parental controls. It retails for $39.99.
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The adult version (Echo Dot 4th Gen) retails for $10 less and has a sleek grey or white design with a blue ring light at the bottom. It’s designed with better sound and can act as a central hub for an entire smart home full of IoT devices.
PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer
A popular pandemic gadget that’s perfect for just about anyone on your list is PhoneSoap. This UV sanitizer retails for $79.95 and it offers a way to disinfect a smartphone by placing it in a case as it charges.
The gadget uses UVC technology which is designed to kill germs and bacteria on the surface of the device. It’s designed to fit all sized smartphones, even the largest.
It’s been a lonely year for movie theaters due to the pandemic and this has caused many major releases, like Mulan, to release directly to streaming services.
A soundbar is one of the first pieces of building a great home theater and a perfect family gift. A Sonos soundbar and speaker setup can greatly improve sound quality in your home and make it sound as if you have your own mini movie theater. There are multiple models available with various prices according to your needs and budget.
Wemo Mini Smart Plug
Turn “non-smart” appliances, lamps, and other household items into smart gadgets by plugging them into a smart plug. The Wemo Mini Smart Plug retails for about $34.99 and it enables several controls over the devices plugged into it.
A smart plug allows a person to:
- Schedule lights and appliances to go on and off automatically
- Control items hands free
- Remotely control devices from anywhere via an app
Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Subscription
If you have a creative type in the family, a great gift might be a $9.99/month Adobe Creative Cloud subscription to their photography plan, which includes:
- Photoshop on iPad
- Fresco (a new digital painting app)
- Adobe Spark (social media graphics, etc.)
- Adobe Portfolio (free website)
Adobe’s tools have come a long way since the early days when only serious graphic artists knew how to use them. They’re social media friendly and have advanced AI added. At the recent Adobe Max annual conference, they released Neural filters for Photoshop, which allow you to manipulate photos by digitally aging or making them younger, adding a smile, and other amazing functions.
Theragun Deep Tissue Massager
For health enthusiasts and athletes on your gift list, you may want to look at the line of deep tissue massagers from Theragun. They range from $199 to $599 in price and are designed to deliver percussive therapy.
This gadget is made to relief cramps, tension, and accelerate warm up and recovery to enhance performance.
Video conferencing has picked up an entirely new level of importance during the pandemic. Some families have relied on video calling to stay together while they have to be physically apart.
A great gift to facilitate an online family and friends gathering is Portal by Facebook. What makes this video calling device different from others is that it’s designed to follow your movement, so you can freely move while talking and still remain on screen.
The standard Portal is $179, and the mini version is $129.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
Another entertainment-related gift to help turn a home living room into a mini-theater is the Fire TV Stick 4Kwith Alexa voice remote.
Bring tons of streaming entertainment to a television and enjoy high-quality 4K Ultra HD visuals. Amazon also has lower priced versions, such as their “lite” Fire TV Stick. This 4K one retails for $39.99.
Get Help With Secure Smart Home/Gadget Setup
Smart home gadgets can be fun as well as time saving, but they can also invite in hackers if they’re not set up correctly. Two River Computer can help you or a loved one set up your New Jersey smart home devices securely.
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