Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Tech, Gadgets & Electronics

Tech and electronic gifts aren’t just for dudes. In fact there are quite a few here I want! Now is the time to get that new TV your family has been wanting. Santa wants you to have it too. Take a look at some of the great gifts we found.

1. Echo Dot, $49.99

We have Alexa and use her all the time! My kids ask her (they think she is a part of the family) the weather, to tell jokes and play music. I love it for recipes (“Alexa, how many teaspoons are in a cup?”). The Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, control lights and much more. It connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.


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2. Yuneec Typhoon H UHD 4K Collision Avoidance Hexacopter Drone, $1,299

Yes, drones are still hot this year. This one comes with ST16 all-in-one controller (7 inch Android touchscreen), CGO3+ 4K camera. The Typhoon H is ready to fly and record video and pictures right out of the box. It’s FAA compliant and has a built-in collision avoidance. It also has 4K Ultra High Definition video! It’s also cheaper if you have Amazon Prime!

3. Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer w/ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology – Compatible w/iOS & Android Devices, $159.99

Print those pictures from your phone immediately! The 2×3” photos are full-color & smudge-proof, and feature peel-back sticky paper. There is also a version for iPhones.

4. Denon DJ MCX8000 | Standalone DJ Player and Serato 4-Channel DJ Controller, $1,299

This is the ideal gift for the big and/or little DJ wanna-be in your life. No laptop is needed as it includes revolutionary Denon DJ Engine standalone technology.

5. Jamstik+ Black Portable App Enabled MIDI Electric Guitar, for Beginners and Music Creators, iOS, Android & Mac Compatible, with Bluetooth Connectivity, $299.99

This may look weird but it’s cool! It works wirelessly with your device (iPhone, iPad, and some Androids) and their apps to teach you how to play guitar. Play chords in minutes with simple interactive tutorials and game. Oh and it never needs tuning!

6. ALC Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi HD Camera with Motion Detection, $144.95

“Private eyes, their watching you. They see your every move.” I can’t believe I just quoted that song. Anyway, keep an eye on your home or office with this camera. Its unique pan/tilt functionality monitors a larger area that a fixed-position camera. Record manually or set it to record automatically when it detects motion in its field of view. You can check in on your camera from anywhere at anytime!

7. Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality Headset, $99.99

If you have a smartphone, trust me, the men (and boys) in your life want this! It turns a Samsung Galaxy smartphone into a completely portable and wireless virtual reality machine. I have tried it, it’s pretty cool. There are also versions for iPhones. Just not by Samsung.

8. Meem Memory Cable for Droids, $69.99

Back up your data and charge your phone at the same time! Never lose your personal data should you lose your phone or if it’s stolen. You can also sync data between phones. There is also an iPhone version.

9. Zmodo Torch Pro – Smart Door Light and Connected Doorbell, $199.50

Use this instead of your doorbell. You can also schedule notifications like “Do not disturb.” You can also view your home remotely and have two-way audio conversations.

10. Strikeforce MobileTrust Keystroke Encryption for Mobile Devices, $29.99

This is something you need to get for yourself! It encrypts all data typed on the keyboard for all mobile applications. Every keystroke you type is encrypted, thus no hacker can steal your credentials. It also has a Password Vault so you can securely store an unlimited number of passwords with associated websites.

11. HALO Pulse 4000mAh HiFi Bluetooth Speaker with Power Charger, $77

The HALO Pulse Bluetooth speaker and portable charger allow you to experience sensational sound and portable power in one dynamic device. Plug in your phone or tablet, and then sit back and listen to your favorite tunes while enjoying the LED color light display that pulses to the beat of the music.

12. ZVOX SoundBase 570 30″ Sound Bar with Built-In Subwoofer, Bluetooth, $399.99

This may be the perfect gift for your parents. OK, maybe just mine. This slim piece offers incredible home theater sound with no external speakers or speaker wires. It has a built-in subwoofer for excellent bass on music and movies and uses hearing aid technology for super-clear dialog reproduction. 

13. Xbox One S 1TB w/ Madden 2017, Choice of Game, Xbox Live Trial Card & More, $495.96

You KNOW your kids want this! It’s the updated Xbox that’s slimmed down and powered up. The Xbox One S is more than just a cosmetic change. It’s 40% smaller, but capable of 4K video output. That means streaming and watching Blu-rays in Ultra HD, with High Dynamic Range bringing games to life using a higher contrast ratio and richer color. Add in a streamlined wireless controller with a textured grip and nothing’s stopping them from enjoying the Xbox One’s fantastic library of games.

14. Samsung UN55KU6600 Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV, $1,048

Listen, everyone in your home wants one of these. Now you know. Get one.

15. Nomad Stand for Apple Watch, $39.95

Whether the receiver already has the Apple 1 or 2 watch, they will appreciate this ultra-cool charging stand from a solid piece of extruded aircraft grade extruded aluminum. It has an anodized finish and a weighted base with a rubber non-slip bottom. It will look great on any nightstand.

16. Yatra Aquatune 9612 – Portable Waterproof Rugged Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, $60

Compact size, big sound. And it’s waterproof! So hit the beach worry free. This little speaker has 12-hour battery life, weighs less than a pound and recharges in less than 2 hours. Enjoy freedom with up to 33 feet of range from your iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Android, tablet, or smartphone. Hands Free Calling allows you to make and take calls without exposing your smartphone to the elements.

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