Christmas Gift Ideas

8 Must-Have Tech Gadget Gift Ideas This Holiday Season

In Gadgets, Tech by Joe Weintraub6 Comments

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Everyone loves a good gadget. Gone are the days when this stuff was just for the guy in your life: A.K.A. MANTOYS.
Electronics and the tech gadgets that we love are getting smaller and more accessible than ever before. From something that you use every day, to things we carry around everywhere with us, there is a huge range of fun stuff to choose from. They are becoming such a big part of our life too; how many of us ever leave the house without our smartphone anymore?

If you are looking for some new tech, or are thinking of getting some as gifts for the upcoming holiday season, here are some tech, gadgets and fun gifts for everyone.

Have you got a favorite here? It would be great to hear what you think in the comments below.

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive

I’ve been seeing commercials for these on TV lately. Just plug this little guy into your phone to offload photos, videos or whatever is hogging up space on your device. Finally!

Designed with a flexible connector to fit through most iPhone cases

Automatically back up photos and videos from your camera, contacts etc. Supported Video Formats-.MP4 and .MOV video formats as supported in iOS.

Quickly free up space on your iPhone (iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini 4, iPad Pro 12.9″, iPad Pro 9.7″ iPad with Retina display, iPod 5th Generation and newer, with Lightning connector and iOS 8.2+)

High-speed USB 3.0 transfer to and from your computer. Compatibility- Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Chrome OS, Mac OS X v10.8 and higher

Easily manage your photos and videos with the iXpand Drive app
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Fire TV Stick 4K

The most powerful 4K streaming media stick with a new Wi-Fi antenna design optimized for 4K Ultra HD streaming, with more storage for apps and games than any other 4K streaming media stick.

Launch and control all your favorite movies and TV shows with the next-gen Alexa Voice Remote. New power, volume, and mute buttons to control your TV, sound bar, and receiver.
Enjoy the brilliant picture and immersive sound with access to 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+, and Dolby Atmos.

Choose from 500,000 movies and TV episodes. Watch favorites from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, STARZ, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, and others.

Experience tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, plus millions of websites like YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit.

Alexa on Fire TV provides the most comprehensive voice experience of any streaming media player—view live camera feeds, check the weather, dim the lights, and stream music.

Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, plus ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music.
No cable or satellite? No problem. Watch live TV and sports with subscriptions to Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV.
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Anker PowerCore Power Bank

When you’re out and about or traveling, losing battery on your phone or laptop can be a problem, especially if you need the phone for the maps or GPS. This is why power banks have come become so popular. You don’t need to hunt around for power while your devices charge when you’ve got a power bank in your bag. The Anker brand does a great job, and they are small and great for travel. Just make sure that it gets charged up before you go.

The Anker Advantage: Join the 10 million+ powered by their leading technology.
Ultra-High Capacity: Weighs as little as a can of soup (12.5 oz) yet charges the iPhone 7 almost seven times, the Galaxy S6 five times or the iPad mini 4 twice.

High-Speed Charging: PowerIQ and voltage boost combine to deliver the fastest possible charge. Recharges itself in 10 hours with a 2 amp charger, phone chargers (generally 1 amp) may take up to 20 hours.

Certified Safe: Anker’s MultiProtect safety system ensures complete protection for you and your devices.

What You Get: Anker PowerCore 20100 Portable Charger, Micro USB cable, travel pouch, welcome guide, our fan-favorite 18-month warranty and friendly customer service. Lightning cable for iPhone / iPad sold separately.
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Amazon Alexa Echo Dot

If some smart tech in the home is what you are looking for, or you know that it would be the perfect gift for someone else, then the Amazon Alexa can be a great gift idea.

It is pretty versatile and you can use it for a range of things. Look for anAmazon Alexa guide online for more information, but all members of the family can find a use for it, from music to timing things to jamming your favorite tunes. You can also quickly order things off Amazon on there too.

Echo Dot is a voice-controlled speaker that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, answer questions, set timers and alarms, and more.

Play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and SiriusXM
Call or message family and friends hands-free, or drop in from the Alexa App to your Echo device.

Controls lights, locks, thermostats, and more with compatible connected devices.

Use the built-in speaker, or for a bigger sound, connect to speakers through Bluetooth or audio cable.
50,000+ skills, including Jeopardy!, Lyft, Audible, and Domino’s. Always getting smarter and adding new features
Hears you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones for hands-free control, even in noisy environments or while playing music.
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Jelly Comb Folding Bluetooth Keyboard

Having a keyboard that folds or a keyboard that is wireless is nothing new. But they are all fairly large or are only the right size for a tablet. The new Jelly Comb keypad folds up to be so compact, to about the size of a smartphone, that it will be something that you never knew you needed in your life.

So if you travel and don’t want to take a whole laptop, then this inexpensive option can mean you can just take your phone, but you can type instead of using a touchscreen.

TOUCHPAD FUNCTION: With which you can control your device without a mouse. Very convenient and mini size for the user. Double-tap and hold then you can drag a file.

FOLDABLE DESIGN: Extremely thin and foldable keyboard can be a perfect gift for anyone who often travels. It allows you to operate your mobile devices on the go.
Write fast, easy and error-free! It is also a good choice for editors.

EXQUISITE WORKMANSHIP: Aircraft grade aluminum for excellent stiffness. It is very durable and has the ability to resist bumps. Sturdy and handy at the same time.

WIDE COMPATIBILITY: Compatible with 3 major operating systems: iOS, Windows or Android. You can switch between the three systems freely. Folding size: 5.98″ x3.82″ x0.71″

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY: The built-in rechargeable battery is more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Just two hours of charging, standby time is up to 560 hours.
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Tile Mate Gadget Finder

If you know someone that is always losing things or forgetting where they put their phone or their keys, then Tile Mate is for them. The items just need a small tile attached to them and then using an app, you can find what you are looking for, pretty much anywhere.

The world’s best-selling Bluetooth tracker just got 25% smaller.
Tile Mate easily loops onto keychains or attaches to anything you don’t want to lose so you can find it fast.
Use your smartphone to make your Tile Mate ring when it’s nearby.
Your Tile isn’t where you left it? You can anonymously enlist help in the Tile community.

With over 5 million Tile devices sold, it is the world’s largest lost and found network

Find your phone:
 Can’t find your phone? Simply double press the button on your Tile Mate to make your phone ring -even on silent!
Water resistant: Up to IP57 standards.
Sound: 88 decibel melody

See where you had it last. The easy-to-use, free Tile app remembers the last time and place it saw your Tile, so if you left it somewhere, you’ll always know where to look.

Battery life: One year from shipment.
Buy on Amazon

GoPro Hero Session Action Camera

GoPros are known for being fairly pricey, but the new Hero option is the smallest one to date. Don’t worry though, the quality is not compromised just because youre paying less.

Hyper Smooth Video Stabilization – Get gimbal-like stabilization—without the gimbal. HERO7 Black predicts your movements and corrects for camera shake to deliver insanely smooth footage.

Time Warp Video – Capture super stabilized time-lapse videos while you move about a scene. Increase the speed up to 30x to turn longer activities into shareable moments.

Super Photo – Get the best photos automatically. With Super Photo, HERO7 Black intelligently applies HDR, local tone mapping or noise reduction to optimize your shots.

Rugged + Waterproof – Share experiences you can’t capture with your phone. HERO7 Black is rugged, waterproof without a housing to 33ft (10m) and up for any adventure.

Voice Control – Stay in the moment. Control your HERO7 Black hands-free with voice commands like “GoPro, take a photo” and “GoPro, start recording. ”

Live Streaming – Share your story as you live it with video streaming to Facebook Live. You can also save your streaming videos to your SD card in high resolution.

4K60 Video + 12MP Photos – HERO7 Black shoots stunning 4K60 video and 12MP photos that are as awesome as the moments themselves.
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Audio-Technica Bluetooth Turntable

Ok, lets close this list out with a little old and new-school combined. Vinyl records are making a huge comeback in 2018. We recently wrote about our love for vinyl records in my Morning Vinyl article.

Audio-Technica is putting out some great turntables at an affordable price. Their Bluetooth-enabled model is a steal for under $100.

  • Rediscover your classic 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records on this affordable, fully automatic belt-drive turntable.
  • Connect wirelessly to Bluetooth-equipped audio devices or to wired audio systems and speakers via included dual RCA output cable.
  • Up to 8 different Bluetooth device profiles can be stored in system memory for quick connections.
  • The platter is made of anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum to minimize vibration.
  • Features Integral Audio-Technica Dual Magnet phono cartridge with replaceable diamond stylus.
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Christmas Gift Ideas! 8 Must have tech and gadget gifts for the Holiday Season.

Christmas Gift Ideas! 8 Must have tech and gadget gifts for the Holiday Season.
About the Author

Joe Weintraub

Joe is a friend and contributing Author to Lifein12keys.com. He lives in Longwood, Florida with his wife Bethanne and sons Patrick and Joe Jr.

Comments

  1. As you know, I am a total doink with electronics so this helps a ton!!! Thank you!!! As always, you’re saving my butt!

    1. Ha! No, I’m sure you’re not. I’m glad you liked it. I love all of these products.. but I haven’t tried this newest GoPRO yet. It looks awesome. I need it for Skateboarding 🙂

  2. Cool gadgets! I was looking for a few Christmas presents for friends and family so I will definitely check these out!! Thanks!

  3. This is a great post that’s giving me new ideas. I love Amazon Alexa Echo Dot and already own 3 of them!! But the folding bluetooth keyboard looks pretty good. So handy!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Amira at ASelfGuru

    1. Yeah, those things are so cool! I’ve got a Firestick on my porch but use an AppleTV 4K in the living room.. should have added that to this list too.

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