Holiday shopping can be enjoyable and even therapeutic, until you can’t find the right gift for that one person. Here are the latest techno gifts that are fun and unique and sure to please almost everyone.
For the professional: The Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular offers all the features of a Smartphone including GPS and a barometric altimeter to track how far and high you go. It has a new dual-core processor for faster app performance and is swim-proof and comes in seven different colors and two different screen sizes. It’s available on at BestBuy.com for $425.
For the photographer: Smartphone cameras are still missing one major function: specialized lenses. The 3-in-1 Universal Smartphone Camera Les Kit by RAWtronics captures up to 180° of any scene with the fisheye lens. It can snap clear photos of miniature objects with the macro lens, and shoot expansive scenes with the wide-angle lens. The lenses easily attach to smartphone camera lenses. It costs $9.99 at Citizengoods.com.
For the neat freak or busy mom: The new motorized iRobot Roomba 690 vacuum can be controlled from anywhere with the iRobot app and is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. The patented 3-stage cleaning system and dual multi-surface brushes pick up everything from small particles to large debris. Dirt detect sensors alert Roomba to work harder on concentrated areas of dirt, such as high-traffic zones of your home. A full suite of intelligent sensors guides the robot under and around furniture. It’s available at Amazon.com for $299.99 with free shipping.
For the homebody: Amazon Echo 2nd Generation has a new speaker, new design and connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, call or message almost anyone hands-free with your Echo device. It has Dolby processing for crisp vocals and dynamic bass response. Just ask Alexa to check your calendar, weather, traffic, and sports scores, manage to-do and shopping lists, control your compatible smart lights, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers and more. It comes in six different finishes and is available at Amazon.com for $79.99 with free shipping.
For the gamer: In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, Nintendo Switch can be taken on the go so players can enjoy a full home console experience anytime, anywhere. The mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system, with unprecedented new play styles brought to life by the two new Joy-Con controllers. Nintendo Switch is available at Amazon.com for $299 with free shipping.
For kids: A super cool toy this year is the Meccano-Erector M.A.X Robotic Interactive Toy featuring both artificial intelligence and customizable programming. M.A.X comes with built-in infrared sensors to help it sense obstacles and navigate surfaces as it rolls around on sturdy smart wheels. Challenge young minds with this S.T.E.M robotics toy, M.A.X requires kids to engage in critical thinking. This product is recommended for kids ages 10 and older. The price starts at $159 on Amazon.com.
For the tech guru: Anker Wireless Phone charging pad offers fast charge mode that enables wireless charging up to two times faster. It has LED indicators and non-slip pad. The compact build ensures simple and convenient charging. Exclusive MultiProtect technology provides temperature control, surge protection, short-circuit prevention and more. It’s compatible with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X, Nexus 5, 6 and 7 and other devices. It provides fast charging for Galaxy S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Note 5. It’s available on Amazon.com for $25.99 with free shipping.
For the reader: Kindle Oasis eReader offers the largest, highest resolution display at seven-inches and 300 ppi that reads like real paper without the glare, even in bright sunlight. Pair this with Bluetooth to take the story with you anytime, anywhere. It has a thin and light ergonomic design with dedicated page turn buttons and adaptive front light so you can read even more comfortably for hours. It’s waterproof, has built-in audible and wi-fi, and 8 GB of memory. It’s also available in 32 GB of memory. It’s available on Amazon.com for $249.99 (for 8GB) with free shipping.
For the fitness guru: Take the foam roller to new heights with the HyperIce Vyper Foam Roller that will increase flexibility, circulation and reduce muscle soreness. This product offers three high-intensity vibrating speeds and a rugged exterior with 16 ridges which dig deeper into soft tissue. Two times more effective than regular foam rolling to warm up and actively recover. It comes in black for $199 with free shipping from Amazon.com.
For anyone: Never come home to a dark house with the Wemo Mini Smart Plug. It can control your lights and appliances from your phone or through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It only needs Wi-Fi to schedule the fan to turn on before you arrive. It allows you to sync lamps and devices to sunrise, sunset, or pre-set times automatically. Away Mode will turn your lights on and off randomly to make it look like you’re home even when you’re not. This product sells for $34 with free shipping at Amazon.com.
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