Great Gadgets and Accessories Holiday Gift Guide – Something for Everyone

Looking for the perfect gift for him? for her? for anyone? And you wanna make it seem like you thought it through? Here are some cool gadgets and accessories to buy. Most can be ordered online or found at your chain electronics store (Target, Best Buy, or Walmart)

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It’s that time again. Time to shop for loved ones. I’m trying to bring you the best of what we’ve got to demo, review or even get some hands-on time with this year.  What do you get that special someone on your list. We have something from every category, from wearables, gaming, mobile, accessories. Now it’s up to you to choose which of these fab gifts you’re gonna buy for

Smarthome lovers

Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring System

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Give the gift of a smarthome. With the SmartThings home monitoring system, you can turn any home into a smarthome. You can start with basics, such as the SmartThings outlet, motion and arrival sensors (You can get notifications when someone comes and goes, plug in appliances and control them). You can also get very “smart”and switch up all your outlets, add dimmers, locks, and cameras to get the entire smarthome going. Create routines that consist of more than one action within the app. There are various pieces to the project, but make sure you include the SmartThings Hub to tie it all in.


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Amazon Echo

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For the tech guru, and the ultimate smarthome accessory; the Amazon Echo can be your giftee’s new companion.The Echo is always on and has seven microphones that allow you to control the Echo from across the room. It can play music from Pandora, iHeart Radio, TuneIn and Amazon Prime. It does more than play music. The Amazon Echo can report the news, weather, answer questions, and get the latest sports scores. The Echo also works with SmartThings sensors. It will definitely give the home or office that techie, futuristic feel.

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Logitech Harmony Elite Remote

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So what’s another gift you can get the person with all of the gadgets? The control to control it all. If the person on your list has smart lightbulbs, wifi thermostats, bluetooth locks, or other smarthome access, give them the gift control. The Logitech Harmony Elite Remote is a great gift for the smarthome guru. You can control up to 15 home entertainment and connected home devices with the beautiful touch screen remote. Change channels, adjust volume, fast-forward, or rewind using gestures on the bright 2.4” touchscreen. Easily find the right button, even in the dark, with motion-activated, backlit controls. Keep your eyes on your entertainment, not your remote, with vibration feedback.

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 Mophie Powerstations

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Who doesn’t have a gadget or two that needs charging? Give the gift of battery life and make it a pretty one too. Mophie is known for their sleek powerstations. Available in multiple sizes for various charging needs, the mophie powerstation is thin and efficient. High-speed, 15W charging input and output identifies your device’s power needs and delivers the most optimal charge possible; up to 15W with compatible smartphones, tablets, and other USB devices. The largest powerstation (8X) even has an app that allows you to see how much battery life is left on it. Pretty cool huh?

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Polk Striker Pro Headset Zx (Xbox One)

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If the person on your list enjoys gaming, why not get them a comfortable multi-platform headset to game with? The Strike Pro Headset from Polk Audio sounds great, while allowing you to game wirelessly. The Striker Pro headset comes with 3 cables for all your needs, More than a gaming headset, the Striker Pro brings Polk’s legendary sound quality to your favorite movies, music and TV shows (Includes three detachable cables: Mobile connect cable in-line one button remote and microphone (1 meter), dual-jack console controller cable (1 meter) and dual-jack, extra-long PC connect cable) . ncludes a custom Xbox One wireless headset adapter with built-in pro EQ gives you audiophile performance, quick easy access to control both your game and chat volume mix.It also has Flexible, removable, Omni-directional microphone with push button mute for crystal clear chat. Make sure you buy the right headset for the right console (don’t anger the gamer on your list)

Seagate Xbox Drive

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If the gamer on your list is running out of room on their Xbox One, the Seagate external drive would be appreciated. Give the gift of storage. The 2 TB hard drive allows  you to store up to 50 Xbox games. The small size allows you to carry and connect anywhere.

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Boostcase Charging Case iPhone 6 Plus

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It’s hard to find a battery case for the iPhone 6S Plus, but BoostCase has you covered. If you have a long day ahead of you carry the Boostcase along.  Use the Boostcase protective case on the regular and when you’re in need of charge, snap the battery case along for up to 60% more battery life. It’s available in different colors and of course for the iPhone 6/6S as well

 Yuneec Typhone Q500 4K Drone

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Drones have really taken off this year and if you’re thinking about getting one for someone, I suggest the Typhoon 4K from Yuneec. After testing it out, I realized how simple it is to learn to control and maneuver. The 3-axis gimbal camera keeps footage surprisingly smooth and steady. The control has a nice touchscreen display that lets you see what you’re recording. Droning is a fun hobby to get into. You can check out my review or the site for more info.

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Sriracha Chili Ketchup and Mayo

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Keep it spicy this holiday season with Lee Kum Kee’s Sriracha Chili Ketchup. If the person on your list enjoys a little spice, they will love this ketchup. A deliciously zesty condiment blending sweet tomato ketchup with our sriracha chili sauce. Give your dishes the best of both worlds by adding a feisty bite to your sandwiches, spreads, salad dressings, dips and sauces. Great for the techie who is working and munching on something, the binge watcher who goes through seasons of shows in one sitting. Make their food exciting!

If mayo is more of your thing, then try Sriracha Mayo instead. Great as a dip, or sauce for nearly anything; Sriracha mayo gives your food the oomph it needs!

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Google Chromecast 2nd Gen

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Google’s Chromecast was very popular. It made streaming, and viewing content on bigger screens A LOT easier. The second generation Chromecast looks different than the previous version. It has a different shape allowing it to connect easier behind the TV, and tight spaces. The Chromecast app is very intuitive and makes searching for content much easier. You won’t dread streaming from the Chromecast. The $35 price tag makes this gift a lot more enticing!

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Logitech Keys-To-Go Keyboard

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If the person on the list is always on the go, and getting work done, the Keys-To-Go keyboard from Logitech allows them to pair the keyboard to any device (iOS, Apple TV, Android, or Windows) and get to typing. Keys-To-Gp is thin light and affordable. A great present for the person who travels often, but prefers a bigger keyboard than the one on-screen. I’d say this is a great gift for anyone who travels with a small bag (or doesn’t have any more room in their bag). For “her” it’s g

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 Jawbone UP3

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You can’t leave the fitness tracker out of the list. The Jawbone UP3 does more than track your daily fitness activities (which include calories burned, steps taken, and even sleep monitoring  and food Tracking) you get a smart coach also. Based on your activity (or lack thereof), Jawbone’s Smart Coach encourages you to make healthier choices everyday. Another great thing about the Jawbone UP3 is how stylish it is. You can get it in many different colors to suit your style.

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Tablift Tablet Stand

 Tablift Tablet Stand - Holiday gift Guide - Analie Cruz

Does your giftee like to binge watch Netflix or read books in bed? The Tablift Tablet stand allows for comfortable watching on any surface (even if uneven). Works with most tablets (without a case), and the legs fold for smaller surfaces. This is one of those gadgets that you don’t know how you lived without.

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Star Wars items

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If you have someone on your list who is a Star Wars fan, I have a few things you can get them. the one-stop destination for posters, art prints, murals, stand-ups and other printed items to suit all styles and budgets, has hundreds of Star Wars products that start as low as $4.99! Anything from cool shirts, to a R2D2 backpack, BB8 backpack, to a Star Wars calendar, you can your favorite SW fanatic anything.