Need Some Holiday Gift Ideas? Our Gift Guide Can Help!

Dec 17, 2016 - 11 Comments

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Need some holiday gift ideas for this season? Read on!

I know, it’s late in the season, but if you’re anything like me, you tend to wait until you’re down to the wire to shop for gifts. That’s OK because Amazon can come to the rescue and will deliver in time, right? So whether you’re shopping for someone for Christmas, Chanukah, Festivus, or all or none of the aforementioned, you’re sure to delight someone (or yourself, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself!).

Nintendo Classic – $60

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Just about every gaming fan wants a Nintendo NES Classic this holiday season, but they’re very difficult to find and sell out very fast once they are in stock. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, the $60 Nintendo Classic is a guaranteed hit for any gamer. It’s loaded up with 30 retro gaming classics from Nintendo, including Mario 1, 2, and 3, the original Zelda, Final Fantasy 1, Mike Tyson’s Punchout, and much more, packing a ton of gamer nostalgia into a tiny package.

If you can’t find an NES Classic in stock (they sell out quick) and you don’t mind spending a bit more, you could always spring for a modern console, like the Xbox One S or Playstation 4 Pro too.

Portable Bluetooth Speakers

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With the debut of iPhone 7, Apple is antiquating everyones favorite 3.5mm AUX audio port and headphone jack, and it’s sure to be removed from future Apple products as well. One way to enjoy the transition is to get a good set of portable Bluetooth speakers, which wirelessly sync to an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, or PC. They tend to be small enough to fit just about anywhere and have battery power so they’re portable enough to tote around with you as well as being discrete around the house.

Portable Bluetooth speaker sets range widely in price due to their features and quality, but here are a few popular choices for different budgets:

Amazon Echo Dot – $50

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The Amazon Echo Dot is a wildly popular little hands-free voice controlled device that receives commands to perform tons of different actions, and uses Amazon Alexa to speak and report back to you.

You can get the time, weather, news headlines read to you, play music or the radio, request rides from Uber or Left, order pizza, order directly from Amazon, and so much more through compatible third party functions.

It’s kind of like Siri, except it’s generally considered to be more accurate, more responsive, connected directly to Amazon, and it’s a separate little device that can be anywhere in your house, ready for you to talk to it. Nearly everyone with an Amazon Echo loves it, so these are sure to be a popular gift, particularly if you’re buying for someone who has an Amazon Prime account.

Smart Plug – $40 and up

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Smart Plugs are wi-fi connected power plugs that can be remotely controlled through iOS apps or virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa. Essentially this means you can control a power outlet through your iPhone from just about anywhere, but they also serve regular timing functions like turning on a light at a designated time.

There are tons of options available on Amazon with a myriad of features, but two popular choices are the the KooGeek, which works with Siri and Apple Homekit, while the WeMo works with iPhone and iPad through an app, and with Amazon Alexa.

Discounted Gift Cards

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Amazon is selling mailable gift cards at 20% discount for many popular stores, retailers, and restaurants. How can you beat that? Sometimes giving the gift of choice is the best way to go, particularly for those who are a bit more difficult to shop.

And if you can’t think of a particular store or restaurant for someone, you can’t go wrong with the wildly versatile Amazon gift card which can come in just about any denomination, and arrive as physical card or email.

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

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The all new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is beautiful, fast, innovative, and would make a fantastic gift if you’re a bigger spender and want to splurge a bit. Maybe even for yourself?

Happy Holidays!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun

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  1. Sally says:

    Thanks for your website which I’ve found very useful since transitioning this year from a Windows laptop running Vista (!!!!!) and a Galaxy phone to iPad and iPhone. What a better life. Even for someone old and slow on the tech learning curve.

    Merry Christmas.

    • Ted says:

      WHAT!? You switch from windows to a Mac!? Holy smokes! I hope you won’t be disappointed.

      • Jorge Saucedo  says:

        Never ,Os X is much better than Windows , no more Virus, No more expensive Operating Systems , the Best OS is in Mac, congratulations you made a grate step.
        “An Apple a Day keeps Windows Away”

    • Ted says:

      Sally,
      You have now become an iSheeple. Welcome to the life sucking dark side!

  2. Peter says:

    Thank-you very much for the important information you share with all of us! If it hadn’t been for information we got from you, my wife and I never would have found out we were being cheated by our firewall services company.

    We both wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  3. Robert says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    Thanks for your website
    Robert from Poland

  4. Paul says:

    Some other gift ideas are:

    Phone and tablet cases. Some are very nice (and expensive) like Pad & Quill.

    Computer COVERS. A dust cover may or may not extend the computer’s life but it can look nice when it is not in use.

    Manuals for phones, tablets, computers, OSes, or software.

    • Paul says:

      Also computer covers eliminate the “Snowden problem” of webcams being activated remotely while the computer is not in use…

      …if you think the NSA is watching you for some reason?

  5. Christy says:

    Ted, that was sarcasm, right?

  6. MOlly says:

    Hello, Paul,

    Could you recommend some useful software there?
    I am looking for iOS system care tool.
    Any recommendation?

  7. Pilgrim says:

    Not really a gift idea, but does anyone have suggestions on how to get Holiday lights on the mac desktop? There used to be some old utilities for this, but I’m not sure if anything is compatible with El Cap or Sierra.
    Thanks!

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