Holy moly, Christmas is so close, we can almost taste it. If you’re like me, you probably have some shopping left to do before your lists are complete. (See: I haven’t even started yet.) So for the procrastinator in all of us, here is our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide with a few essentials I recommend checking out – especially if you’re buying for a tech fan.
2017 Holiday Gift Guide
11. Google Home Mini
You really can’t go wrong with the Google Home Mini, especially if you get one while they’re still on sale for $29. They normally run $49, but from now through December 31st, you can save $20 on one of the year’s hottest tech toys. I got one for free when I bought my Pixel 2, and I paid for two more for each of the kiddos’ rooms as Christmas gifts.
10. Moment Gear
Have a mobile photographer in your life? Take my word for it, Moment makes some stuff that will make their day! And Moment is also an official “Made for Google” Partner, so you know you’re getting top-notch products designed for your device. I own the Pixel 2 case, the Moment New Macro Lens, and the New Tele Lens. I absolutely love all of them, and I really hope Santa brings me the Wide Angle Lens this year to round out my collection.
(Stay tuned for that Tele Lens review!)
9. Philips Hue Smart Lighting
Oh, man, oh man! Philips Hue isn’t necessarily a new product this year, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome than it was when it first came out. In fact, as a first-time owner of the White and Ambiance Color Starter Kit since mid-2017, this is my personal favorite piece of tech I’ve reviewed all year.
Check out our review of the Philips Hue Starter Kit.
Buy on Amazon ($146.30)
8. LEOPHILE EEL Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
We’re in a day and age where wireless Bluetooth headphones are becoming increasingly more popular. And the good thing about these types of accessories is, they’re compatible with most modern devices, regardless of the operating system they run. Whether you’re shopping for a fellow Android fanatic or an iPhone user, a good pair of headphones always goes over well.
Buy on Amazon ($49.99)
7. GAMDIAS Hermes E2 7 Color Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
This one is for those who are into PC gaming, or those who own a PC and just like fancy colors. As far as affordable mechanical gaming keyboards are concerned, this is one product I highly recommend. In fact, I’m using it now to type up this gift guide. I will warn you, it doesn’t have a ten-key setup, so you may want to check out the Hermes E1 if that’s something you need, but I really like this more colorful option.
Buy on Amazon ($56.12)
6. Bose SoundLink Revolve
The Bose SoundLink Revolve is likely the best portable Bluetooth speaker you can buy. At very least, it’s the best I’ve ever personally tested. It’s also one of the more pricey items to make our list this year, but with good reason – it’s worth every penny, considering its amazing sound quality. Put some boom in your room and some bass in your place with this awesome little beast.
Check out our review of the Bose SoundLink Revolve.
5. Anova Precision Cooker
Know a chef who also doubles as a smartphone fanatic? Look no further than this smart Sous Vide precision cooker, from Anova. I’d tell you how good the food made with it tastes, but words simply cannot do it justice. You can take my word for it, however. It’s amazing!
I suggest going for the WiFi version, as it gives you the ability to cook using your smartphone, which is definitely an added bonus.
Check out our review of the Anova Precision Cooker.
4. Anypro Headphone, Phone & Tablet Stands
Here are a couple of affordable options that again work with any and all operating systems. Anypro makes some ridiculously cool and inexpensive headphone, phone, and tablet stands. They’re stylish, and they don’t take up a whole lot of room on the desk. Did I mention they’re easy on the wallet?
And here are links to buy on Amazon:
3. Lenovo Tab 4 8 and Tab 4 10
I know, the tablet market is all but dead these days, but that’s actually good news for folks looking for a larger screen experience for themselves or their younger family members because you can score some pretty good deals these days. I only had the liberty of testing two new tablets this year, and these are it. I’ve used a ton of tablets in my days, and at these pricing points, these are also your best bet, in my honest opinion.
2. Abode DIY Home Security & Automation Kit
Abode – not Adobe – makes a really sweet and easy-to-use home security system. The starter kit is a great way to get into the home security game with minimal starting cost, and it can be expanded to suit your needs. The Abode system works quite well, especially with IFTTT integration. I don’t even have to arm or disarm the system when I leave because my cell phone location takes care of everything for me.
1. iBolt cPro NFC Combo Car Dock
This is the car dock I’m using, and I love it. And let’s face it – investing in an accessory like this is also investing in your loved ones’ safety. Anything that keeps their hands off of their phones while driving is always a good idea. I like this dock because it works with phones of different shapes and sizes, and it’s holding up well, in terms of suction strength.
Check out our review of the iBolt cPro NFC Combo Car Dock.
Buy on Amazon ($49.95)