12 Days of Tech Gifts: Day 12

Phillips Hue Lights:

What:

Phillips Hue lights prides itself on being “your personal wireless lighting system”.  This product can instantly change the entire ambiance of your home with just a quick flick of your thumb using your smartphone.  To get started with Hue Lights, buying the starter kit is necessary. This comes with a hub that connects to your wireless router, and 3 colored light-bulbs. The light-bulbs can turn any color in a broad spectrum of color assortments available using the Phillips Hue app.

Where:

Phillips Hue Lights can be purchased at a variety of retail and online locations such as Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes, Amazon and the Phillips Hue website online.

For Who?:

This gift is perfect for the techy dad that loves making his house his castle, this is also great for young adults who have recently moved out and want to add their own personal flare to their new dwellings for entertaining friends.

Price: $199

12 Days of Tech Gifts: Day 11

Nest Thermostat

What:

In the theme of smart home equipment Day 11’s featured gift is a Nest thermostat. The Nest will make your home feel seamlessly self sufficient, this paired with Hue Lights could make you feel like your home has a mind of its own! The Nest is a simple to install home thermostat that can control your heating and cooling to run in the most efficient way possible. Nest will turn itself down when you’re away. You can also control all the settings from anywhere in the world with the Nest app!

Where:

Nest can be purchased at Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes, or online on the Nest homepage and on Amazon

For Who?:

This gift will be best for the tech crazed dad that loves automation! Monitoring the thermostat will be no more with the seamless integration and high energy saving the Nest promises.

Price:  starting at  $169

12 Days of Tech Gifts: Day 10

iPhone Xr

What:

The iPhone XR uses the same processor as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, as well as Face ID and the TrueDepth camera, but uses different display technology and a single rear camera. Its sides are also made out of aluminum, rather than stainless steel.  The phone is larger than the iPhone X, with a 6.1-inch LCD display. It retains the TrueDepth camera that first launched on the 2017 iPhone X, and says goodbye to the Home button. Apple has some new color options for its mainstream iPhone. While past models have been available in up to three colors, this year, Apple is offering the iPhone XR in six: Black, White, Product(Red), Yellow, Coral, and Blue. However the most attractive point in this phone is the price point which is much less at starting price then its counterparts.

Where: The iPhone Xr is available at Sprint, Verizon and AT&T and T-Mobile, Apple Stores and online, Best Buy Mobile and some major retailers.

Who: This phone would be perfect for someone who needs to upgrade their current device. Or if you want to give your teen the latest device without the high price point.

Price: Starting at $749 for the 64GB model

 

12 Days of Tech Gifts: Day 9

Apple Airpods

 

What:

The airpods are apples take on wireless headphones. They seamlessley connect to any apple device over a bluetooth connection. With more than 24 hours of battery life in the charging case  and a charge time of 15min for 3 hours of playback these headphones can go over 5 hours on a single charge. While small, the sound quality is second to none.

Where:

Available online at the Apple Store or at Retailers like Wal mart, Target, Best Buy and of course Amazon.

Who:

Perfect for the music listener, college students, or anyone with a variety of Apple Devices. These airpods can work with Macbooks, iPhones, iPads and the Apple Watch.

Price: $159.00

12 Days of Tech Gifts: Day 8

Amazon Echo 2nd Generation Smart Speaker

 

What:

One of the coolest tech gifts in its price range, the all-new Amazon Echo Plus has a sleeker design and much better sound than its predecessor. The device’s Dolby-tuned hardware delivers 360-degree audio with a more robust bass, while seven built-in microphones ensure that Alexa will hear commands better than ever.

The available fabric finishes for the speaker include include charcoal, sandstone, and heather gray. The speaker comes bundled with a Philips Hue smartbulb, so it’s perfect for smart home beginners.

Where:

Available on Amazon

Who:

This gift would be perfect for college students or someone who wants to begin turning their home into a smart home. For those entertainers in your life, they would thank you for an amazing new gadget that will help them with their future home parties.

Price: $149.99

12 Days of Tech Gifts: Day 7

Apple Watch Series 4

 

What:

The Apple Watch Series 4 is an upgraded model of the classic Apple Watch. This series introduces bigger screen sizes at 42mm and 44mm compared to the traditional 38mm and 40mm.  The series 4 is also the thinnest Apple Watch to date for a more comfrotable and stylish look. With all the features of a smartphone in the LTE cellular capable ones the Apple Watch can be as mobile as you are. The regular model also makes a perfect companion to your phone.

Where:

Apple Watch is available online at Apple, Best Buy and any other major retailer. the LTE cellular capable is available at Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and other cellular carriers. They will require a supplemental data plan.

Who: The Apple Watch is a great gift to anyone with an iPhone.  The watch makes a great fitness buddy or helps others keep in touch. It can also help get you away from your phone by having communication right on your wrist.

Price:  Starting at $399

12 Days of Tech Gifts: Day 6

Anker PowerCore Lite Portable Battery Pack

 

What:

The Anker PowerCore Lite is a sleek battery pack, whose 10,000 mAh capacity is enough to fully charge most smartphones twice and have power to spare. With a full USB port, a USB-C port, and a microUSB connector, the gadget has more connectivity features than any similarly priced rival. It’s a great gift for on-the-go personalities.

Where:

Easy to find on Amazon

Who:

The Anker Power charger is perfect for someone you know that is a traveler.  Whether it be for work or pleasure. This could also be perfect for that person whose phone is always on the verge of dying when they’re out and about.

Price:  $34

12 Days of Tech Gifts: Day 5

Nintendo Switch

What:

The Nintendo switch can easily transition from a mobile gaming device to a home entertainment center by docking it into a station connect to your TV. With innovative Joy-Con controllers, a fun selection of games that includes a hot new Zelda installment, and a cool selection of accessories, the Switch has been a hot commodity since its launch, and for good reason. It’s a great gift for gamers of all ages.

Where:

The best place to purchase this gaming system would be on Amazon.

For Who:

This gift is perfect for the gamer in your life. With the high scale graphics and new games planning to come out on the Switch, this console is perfect. Gamers now are also not tethered to their TV at home and can take their game on the go.

Price:  $299

12 Days of Tech Gifts: Day 4

Apple TV 4K

 

What:

Transform the way you watch TV  with the Apple TV 4th Generation. In the era of Netflix and Hulu TV binge sessions this is the device to do it with. The Apple TV can transform any TV into a smart TV. With  Apples intuitive TV OS you can now download apps onto your TV just like your phone. From games to major network apps. This little box can turn any home into a major theater with endless possibilities.

Where:

Available at any major retail locations like Best Buy, Target, Wal Mart. As well as online at apple.com or Amazon.

For Who:

The apple TV would be essential for every movie buff or TV junkie in your networks of friends and family.  This makes a wonderful gift to any household to take their entertainment into the next century.

Price:  $149

12 Day of Tech Gifts: Day 3

Dyson V10 Cordless Vacuum

What:

The future of cleaning is already here! This lightweight and ergonomically designed vacuum can transform from a floor set up to a handheld, making it the perfect cleaning companion. It comes with a variety of tools for cleaning any type of surface, at home or in your car.  All cordless this vacuum can go an industry leading of 60 minutes between charges.

Where:

You can find the Dyson vacuum at a variety of stores, including Best Buy, Target, Wal Mart. As well as online at Amazon.

For Who:

This would make an amazing fit to the neat freak in your life. Or an amazing housewarming present for any college student that moved away or a young couple that recently moved in together.

Price:  $515