The holidays are in full swing, that means it’s time to stock up on the latest gadgets for everyone on your gift list. Leave the expensive gifts to the pros and grab up these stocking stuffers, tech accessories and more all for less than $50!
The AXESS Mini Bluetooth speaker is the perfect travel speaker. It is small and compact but boasts two 5 watt speakers that produce well balanced sound. The Mini Bluetooth speaker allows you to connect to your smartphone wirelessly via Bluetooth and supports hands free calling with the built in mic. Calls can be answered, rejected, or ended all from remotely giving you convenience. There is also a 3.5 mm aux input that will allow for compatibility with other media devices.
Give the gift of a reliable ride in minutes with the Uber app gift card. This card is redeemable via the Uber app within the U.S. in cities where Uber is available.
The perfect gift for anyone who wishes their phone batter would last longer. The Mophie Powerstation is the ultimate dual USB Quick Charge External Battery for smartphones, tablets and more (6,000 mAh).
An affordable, tried and tested tablet? Yes, Please. Amazon engineered Fire tablets to hold up against everyday life. As measured in tumble tests, Fire is almost 2x more durable than iPad Mini 4. Give the gift of durable tech with the Amazon Fire Tablet.
Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more.
Apple Watch Band ($13.99)
The Apple Watch has been around for a while now and it’s still one of this season’s hottest tech accessories! Gift the special person on your list with a few time piece options and buy a new Apple Watch band (or two). While you’re at it you might want to gift a new Apple watch charging stand like this sleek champagne piece too.
The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition has the original look and feel, only smaller, sleeker, and pre-loaded with 30 games.
Tech gifts are hot this holiday season, and with all the latest gadgets and upgraded electronic devices, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many wish lists include the best in smart devices. As you get your holiday shopping started, check out these great tech gift ideas that will have your friends and family members shouting for joy when they open presents from you.
* For your viewing pleasure – When it comes to switching from broadcast television to streaming services or having a big screen for the big game, new “smart TV” platforms from LG take the cake (and start as low as $700). With their intuitive interface, these smart TVs can quickly transition from menu to menu and between TV and streaming content from Netflix and hundreds of apps via their wireless Internet connection.
* A smart home – There are hundreds of different services and devices that allow a homeowner to digitally control their home while they’re away. For example, you could gift your loved one with the ability to lock the doors, turn off the lights, check the thermometer or even visually see who’s ringing his doorbell – all while he’s sitting at the office, on vacation or running errands.
* Endless entertainment – From watching videos to streaming services, affordable new Blu-ray Disc players are a great gift to provide your loved ones with the ability to watch all their favorite movies and TV shows. Some players are 3D capable and come with smart TV and built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, giving viewers access to limitless content for the ultimate TV-watching experience. You may want to get one for yourself as well since you’ll also want to be up to date on all the latest shows and movies.
* Wireless wonderland – Smart TVs and Blu-ray players, not to mention laptops, tablets and smartphones, all work with Wi-Fi these days, and the tech enthusiast on your list will appreciate a new wireless modem/router at home. New Energy Star-certified models save energy but don’t sacrifice performance, so streaming video to your smart TV while surfing the Internet on your laptop are a breeze.
* Surreal surround sound – Soundbars, speakers systems, receivers and amplifiers – there are many elements that go into creating the best surround sound experience. Hot this holiday season are all-in-one home theater systems, that offers powerful supplementary sound and streaming content like Netflix, in a slim package under the TV. If your gift recipient has a partial surround sound system already established, it’s easy to gift them with the missing elements so they can really enjoy their favorite songs and movies.
When your loved ones discover these technology goodies under the tree, you know your gift will be a hit – and used for a long time to come. So get your shopping done early and sit back and enjoy the rest of the season. What family gifts are you looking forward to gifting this season? Share your thoughts below!
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15th and it’s right upon us! (Didn’t it seem like Mother’s Day was just last week?) Don’t shortchange dad this year with a necktie or a dinner – you can upgrade his home office or man cave with a gadget or two that will make his day truly special (while making your wallet pretty happy too.) Discover just a few Father’s Day tech gifts suitable for any budget below.
Ditch dad’s flip phone and upgrade his mobile life with the Sony Xperia M smartphone. Sharing dad’s world has never been easier with the Xperia™ M smartphone featuring NFC-based one-touch functions. This Android™ phone has a bright, 4-inch display, 5-megapixel camera and makes a great introductory phone for dad. (Plus, it’s unlocked so you can add it to your plan or dad’s mobile plan without being locked into those carrier 2-year agreements.)
5. SmartWatch 2 ($199.99)
If your dad smartphone preference is Android™, then this is the one watch he needs. With Sony SmartWatch 2 phone remote, dad can keep track of everything without taking his phone out of his pocket or bag. He’ll have text messages, email, calendar, call log, Facebook®, Twitter®, Gmail™ and more right on his wrist. SmartWatch 2 is also a standalone, advanced and stylish watch. Dad can use it as a compass, timer or stopwatch as well as a phone remote. You can choose between several different watch faces, themes and stylish wrist straps.
Revel in your favorite music at home or away with the SRS-X7, packing 32 watts of 2.1 channel sound all housed in a sleek, portable design complete with built-in battery for up to six hours of battery life. Flexible music streaming connectivity options even let you stream your favorite audio tracks via Bluetooth® or Wi-Fi.
Stream crisp, powerful audio with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Airplay. With 7.2 channels and 150 watts of power, it’s legendary Sony sound that really connects. Featuring 4K resolution pass-through, high-res audio compatibility, 6 HD inputs and a new intuitive graphical interface, this receiver brings out the best in your music, Blu-ray movies, games and more.
Meet the sound bar that’s second to none. Bask in true 7.1 surround sound delivered by 7 amplifiers powering 9 individual speakers – all in a single bar design that’s redefining what a sound bar can be. Designed with the help of award-winning Hollywood sound engineers, its 450 watts of full-range Dolby® TrueHD sound that will have your audiences clamoring for more. Plug into one of the 3 HDMI® inputs with ease, connect wirelessly with Bluetooth®, or use NFC for simple one-touch streaming from your NFC-compatible tablet, phone or IOS device.
Available for $3,999, $4,999 and $8,999 for the 55″ class, 65″ class and 79″ class models
View your favorite TVs shows, movies and sports teams in 4K Ultra HD, which is four times clearer than HD. With Sony 4K Ultra HD, breathtaking detail is depicted with pinpoint accuracy for the most natural images. The TRILUMINOS display produces the widest color spectrum we’ve ever offered in a TV, and new X-tended Dynamic Range PRO increases brightness and dark scene detail at the same time. The Wedge adds bigger speakers and built-in subwoofers so you’ll hear every whisper and every roar.
Are you looking to go a little step further for this year’s Father’s Day? Can’t find the right father’s day gift? Why not create or enhance his mancave? You know, that place that’s just for him to enjoy his sports, movies and bro’ time. Show him you care by enhancing his time in his space with these devices. From us divas to those special fathers – Check out our Father’s Day Gift Guide – Mancave Edition
If you want to completely blow him away and make his mancave THE mancave of them all, change the TV. Here are the top 3 TV’s:
VIZIO 3D LED / SMART TV: Vizio is great for many reasons. They’re becoming that go-to brand you trust with the pricing you’ll love. When you want all the bells and whistles, you will be confident in picking Vizio’s 70” Class Razor LED™ Smart TV with Theater 3D®
- A 70″ edge to edge screen. Amazing picture quality
- Theater 3D® allows for many viewing angles (includes up to 8 pairs of 3D glasses)
- Connect anything and everything with 4 HDMI ports and built-in wifi
- 240Hz effective refresh rate with Smooth Motion
Sony: Sony has yet to fail us in the TV department. A brand that has been around long enough, they’re always enhancing their technology. Sony’s new 4K Ultra HD TV’s are no exception to great delivery and performance.
Model #: XBR-55X900A
- A 55″ bright screen – 4K makes for an ultra clear picture
- Sony TVs, Magnetic Fluid Speaker technology allows a thinner, more efficient loudspeaker that offers faithful reproduction of high-fidelity sound.
- For the Gamer: SimulView™ gaming presents two separate Full HD pictures: each player watches independently through light easy to wear optional Simulview glasses that don’t need batteries.
- Movies, music and apps from your smartphone can now be viewed big on your TV. With three ways to connect Android phones and tablets to the X900
Samsung Samsung is also a great choice for entertainment. Their products work well together and offer great features.
- 60″ of beautiful content. Whether you’re watching in 2D or 3D, Samsung Full HD 1080p displays picture quality that’s crisp, clear, and breathtakingly life-like.
- Decor friendly: This TV isn’t clunky and awkward looking. Hang it anywhere with the ultra thin bezel.
- Built in Skype and Wi-Fi
- Evolution Kit Compatible: Won’t need to worry about getting a new TV every year! The Evolution Kit plugs in to the back of your Smart TV and allows you to keep your Smart TV up-to-date, so you never get left behind.
If Dad has been looking to enhance the sound for his entertainment system, any one of these sound bars would make a good Father’s Day gift!
Father’s Day Gift Guide – Soundbars
Boston Acoustics Boston Acoustics dramatically improves the audio of your TV without a separate subwoofer. This soundbar is great for those who don’t want / like the subwoofer
Model #: TVee 10
- If you’d like to enhance the sound without a subwoofer the Boston Acoustics TVee 10 will deliver
- Boston Acoustics’ Digitally Optimized Virtual Surround (DOVS) technology delivers rich, immersive sound and BassTrac circuitry for clean bass at all listening levels.
- Universal Control: The TVee 10 soundbar can be controlled with your TV’s remote!
Vizio Vizio soundbars are so underrated. For the price point you get an entire theater system.
Model #: S4251W-B4
- 42” sound bar with left, right and center channels
- Not limited to your TV: Wireless connectivity for streaming from your mobile device; smartphone, tablet, music player with the wireless Bluetooth feature.
- Complete 5.1 surround sound home theater solution
Samsung Samsung’s HW-E450 Soundbar system is a great enhancement to any home theater system
- With 3D Sound Plus, synchronize the sound to match the motion and depth of the image. Now you can enjoy a fully immersive 3D experience.
- Not limited to your TV: Wireless connectivity for streaming from your mobile device; smartphone, tablet, music player with the Bluetooth feature.
- Comes with a wireless subwoofer for even more sound
It’s not only about the big gadgets in the mancave. To keep dad tech savvy when he’s not in the mancave, check out these portable devices list of gadgets for Father’s Day!
Father’s Day Gift Guide – Smartphones and Tablets
HTC One Android Smartphone
We’ve yet to hear of anyone being disappointed with this phone. HTC latest smartphone the HTC One can help dear dad control his entertainment system without switching devices. We’re sure that he will definitely appreciate that!
With cameras that take beautiful bright pics and booming speakers, the HTC One is a win this Father’s Day. The crisp screen and beautiful aluminum uni-body design will make dad grateful to you this Father’s Day. Available on almost all major US carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Samsung Galaxy S 4 Android Smartphone
If HTC doesn’t rock dad’s world, you have an alternative; the Samsung Galaxy S 4. With interesting features like Air Gestures and Smart Scroll, Dad will have new ways to interact with his smartphone. Not to mention the 13 megapixel camera and it’s many functions, Dad will be taking pictures all day and sharing them easily! Available on almost all major US carriers (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet
Depending on dad’s travel time and taste, he may or may not like 10 inch tablets. Either way, we have something for every dad out there! With Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet, dad gets a great screen size without giving up portability. Weighing less than a pound the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is your dad’s new travel buddy. The stylus is stylish again and will help dad multi-taskCheck out some specs below:
- Display: 8-inch, 1280×800, 189 ppi, touch + pen digitizer
- Memory: 2GB
- Storage: 16GB, microSD up to 64GB
- Cameras: Front- 1.3MP, Back- 5MP
- OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Battery: 4,600 mAh
If he thinks 8 inches is too small, don’t fret! There’s a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and now it’s better than ever. It has 4lG LTE connectivity with Verizon Wireless service. Dad will have service whether in the house or out with Verizon’s reliable 4G LTE network. Work and play become fun with multiscreens and easy document editing. The Galaxy Note 10.1 with Verizon LTE service is a great option
BlackBerry Z10 or Q10 Smartphones
BlackBerry is on their way to a comeback. Don’t sleep on them If you remember dad enjoying the days of BBM and if you see that he would like to come back. Give him a dose of BlackBerry 2013. We’re talking touch screens, video chatting, intuitive keyboards and more. With the new BlackBerry 10 OS, dad will have a ton of things to do on his new phone. Z10 Available for AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Q10 available on T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.
You can check out Divas and Dorks review for the BlackBerry Z10 HERE.
Father’s Day Gift Guide – For His Listening Pleasure
With his new smartphone and/or tablet, dad may want to enjoy music on a personal level.
Monster Inspirations Headphones
With strong bass, sturdy fit and interchangeable headbands, the Monster Inspirations are a great combination of young style and bass heavy sound. For more details check out the Divas review of the Monster Inspiration HERE
Ferrari Cavallino T350 Black Audio Headphones
For those dad’s who are into sports cars and love the Ferrari logo, the T350 over the ear headphones, will give your sports car fanatic dad luxurious look and sound over his ears.
Check out what we thought of the Ferrari T350 headphones HERE.
Bower’s and Wilkins P3 Headphones
For the Father who enjoys the sophisticated headphones, the P3 on-ear headphones by Bowers and Wilkins are super lightweight and compact.
Not sacrificing quality and sleek style, the P3’s offer a less intrusive and more business friendly look. The case helps for traveling and great protection
Bose QuietComfort® 20 Headphones
These are the first noise-canceling headphones from Bose. A brand that we’ve have grown to trust to deliver quality sound and hardware, we’re sure that dad will enjoy listening to music with the Bose QuietComfort® 20.
Beats Pill by Beats by Dre
Don’t let the size fool you. The Beats Pill is just what the doctor ordered for a Father’s Day gift! Dad can get his groove on anywhere with this speaker. He can change tracks from his phone. He can even stay professional and make conference calls with the Pill’s mic and Bluetooth capabilities!
This tiny ball is a great addition to the home office / home gym or anywhere. Fitting in the palm of your hand, the Sony Wireless Speaker can bring entertainment to dad anywhere at any time. At the affordable price, you can afford one for each corner. Dad can readjust the sound to his liking! Connect through Bluetooth, NFC, and even through auxiliary cable. Of course it works like a speakerphone also! You can get it in either black or white.
Father’s Day Gift Guide – Accessories and Fashion
Backup Power From Zagg : Don’t let Dad run out of juice on his gadgets. Make sure he keeps this Zagg Sparq Wall Charger & 3100mAh Back Up Battery around for those long days of fun on his gadgets. It can power smartphones and tablets 4x faster than a standard USB charger!
Telstar MP50 Mini Projector
Let dad show off how portable he can be with the Telstar MP50 Mini Projector. This itty bitty projector fits in the palm of your hand. Watch up to 2 hours of content anywhere with this extremely portable projector. The Telstar MP50 projects up to a 70″ 16:9 image 9 feet from the wall or a 50″ image at 6 feet from the wall. The 85 ANSI Lumen LED Pico Projectors is powered by Texas Instruments DLP technology with up to 1080p resolution. Small in size but not in power!
WD – My Passport Ultra Portable Storage Drives
Where can dad store all those movies and photos while he’s not showing them off on his mini projector? With the WD (Western Digital) My Passport Ultra Portable Storage Drive, dad can easily tote around up to 1 TB of data. Fast and easy transferring with USB 3.0 and four different color choices to choose from, this is great for the dad that saves every single picture and video.
Charge Anywhere With myCharge Amp
myCharge AMP 6000 :If Dad needs to charge multiple devices, the myCharge Amp is a great gift. It can charge up to 2 devices at once. The compact design makes it easy to bring along. You can charge nearly any device through the USB ports. A great add-on to the list of dad’s gadgets!
Geekwear: If dad is an audiophile, these headphone cufflinks are cute accessories that you will enjoy giving and dad will definitely enjoy receiving.
If headphones aren’t dad’s thing, try the USB port cufflinks. The geeky dad will enjoy these great accessories!
G Shock Limited Edition Watches
A lot of technology goes into the G-shock 30th anniversary watches. Casio partnered with leading independent footwear brand, SUPRA, to design their own signature timepiece and Vaider Lite high top. The G-Shock GA200SPR-1A is black with beautiful red accents to match the sneaker.
The innovative GA113B-1A comes in black with blue accents, metal band keeper and gold IP case back engraved with G-Shock’s 30th Anniversary logo, which was created by world-renowned graphic artist, Eric Haze, making these watches a G-Shock collectors’ dream. Black resin band analog and digital watch with black/blue face.
Case-Mate Rosewood iPhone and BlackBerry Z10 Cases
Give the special father, grandfather, brother this Rosewood case from Case-Mate to give their iPhone and/or BlackBerry Z10. This collection of cases from Case-Mate have a masculine flare. It’s about time someone paid attention to these men! This sophisticated case gives your phone a nice new shape and look. Case-Mate Rosewood Case
If Rosewood doesn’t suit them, you can go with Case-Mate’s brushed aluminum case has a nice sleek, casual “masculine” look. Case-Mate Brushed Aluminum / Gun Metal Case. Looks great with the everyday denim outfit!
Case-Mate has a great selection of cases for all types of phone. They have cases for the BlackBerry Z10 (Yes the BlackBerry!), iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S III. You gotta love Case-mate’s wide range of cases for ALL devices.
If dad likes the simple finish, the Case-Mate signature flip is a classy design. It protects the screen while giving dad sophisticated look. The Case-Mate Signature Flip case offers the protection and classy look dads love!
With Mother’s Day this weekend, you’re surely racking your brain for the perfect gadget to give to show appreciation for everything dear Mom’s given you in life. Here are our top picks at prices you can afford!
The Aluminum iPad Keyboard Case is the perfect metallic companion for your iPad. Made from aircraft aluminum with a bead-blasted, anodized finish, it matches the design, look, and feel of your Apple device. Its innovative hinge provides a multitude of viewing angles in both portrait and landscape mode. Best of all, the built-in Bluetooth keyboard allows for fast, responsive typing.
We had to check twice to make sure the price of the GE 14MP X500 camera was correct after seeing how well online test images turned out. It performed better than our own higher priced point-and-shoot, and also offered the customization options (19 scene modes and image stabilization) of something five times its price. If you’re looking to get mom a new camera but if it’s the picture quality you’re after, and for less than $150, we’re sure Mom will consider it a wise investment.
Converge is the futon of charging hubs. Its white folds remind us of a bendy futon mattress, but it has the added feature of a slot to slip in charging cables. With the help of soft TPE grips, cables stay nestled out of sight behind Converge. Just plug the power source into your nearest outlet and you can charge up to 4 USB devices while they chill out on Converge’s curvy frame.
Mom’s been known to fall asleep with the lights on midchapter of a book just about every night, driving Dad, with the sensitive sleeping habits, crazy. End the nightly bickering with the latest update to the Nook ereader, the Simple Touch With GlowLight. Enough subtle light to keep Mom reading as long as she wants, without the harsh LCD glare and brightness of a reading lamp that could keep others awake.
In comes FridgePad, ready to save the day! It’s the best no-tools iPad mount on the market and holds your iPad or iPad2 to the fridge so tightly that you can slam the door without fear. Check your email while waiting for coffee to brew, listen to music while washing the dishes, or catch up on your favorite TV shows while getting a bite to eat. Need to charge your iPad too? The super long PowerLine makes a great companion for the FridgePad.