One of the biggest pressures that comes with the holiday season is the inevitability of having to go shopping for everyone on your list. Did you leave your holiday shopping to the last minute? Need ideas for mom and dad? Or maybe something to please the techies in your life? Luckily for you, we’ve toiled for hours investigating this season’s coolest tech toys. Here is a guide to the season’s hottest gifts, a roundup of what specialized sites like Mashable, Engadget, and The Verge are recommending:
1) Google Chromecast – $35
Chromecast is the simplest, cheapest, and best solution for getting a browser window on your TV. It’s an easy way to enjoy online video and music on your TV, among other types of media. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
2) Bluetooth Gloves – $82
You can now talk on your phone while it is still safely in your pocket and use your hand as the handset instead. Bluetooth Gloves are a simple solution to staying warm while staying connected. Top-of-the-line Bluetooth technology is integrated into a glove that can keep chatting comfortably as the temperature keeps dropping.
3) iKettle – $160
The iKettle is the latest tech piece for tea lovers – it comes with Wi-Fi and its own dedicated app for your smartphone. Once the kettle is safely connected to your Wi-Fi network, you can use the app to boil up some water regardless of where you are in the house, and even keep the water warm if necessary.
4) Belkin Chef Stand – $39.99
This countertop stand allows for several viewing orientations so it’s easy to look at anything from your favorite cooking channel to the latest food recipes. It also comes with a magnetic-tipped stylus, which lets you use your tablet’s touchscreen even when your hands are messy.
5) Livescribe 3 smartpen – $149.95
The Livescribe 3 smartpen lets you capture all your notes. It can be paired with a tablet or smartphone while your notes instantly appear in the Livescribe+ mobile app. The Livescribe 3 smartpen also works as a regular pen to capture paper notes.
6) Smartwatch – Pebble – $150
The Pebble Smartwatch connects to an iPhone or Android device via Bluetooth so you get the information you need exactly when you need it. This gadget provides personalized notifications and downloadable apps to keep you in the loop when you’re on the go. The waterproof design ensures long-lasting use.
DICE+ – $62
DICE+ is an electronic dice for tablet games which combines the fun of playing traditional board games with the possibilities offered by tablets. This gadget lets you play interactive board games and have DICE+ send the results of your rolls or moves to your device! Click here to see DICE+ it in action!
8) App: Umano – Free
Listen to your ever-growing catalog of articles from the world’s best publishers and bloggers narrated by professional voice actors. Whether commuting, working out at the gym, or cooking at home, let Umano is a great companion app.
9) PicoPix Pocket Projector – $449.99
This small and light pocket projector can easily be connected to various gadgets, an SD card or a USB stick to access digital content. The addition of an integrated media player makes this PicoPix independent of other mobile devices.
10) Mission Workshop Vandal Roll Top Backpack – $295
The perfect backpack for travelling techies. Not only does it look good, it has several compartments that make it very easy to store your favorite devices. Its convenient size allows you to stuff several days’ worth of tech necessities on top of your regular kit.