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The Best Holiday Tech Gifts

Are you still searching for that perfect holiday gift for the techie in your life?

By
Eric Escobar,
December 10, 2015
Episode #200

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This year has brought many awesome tech gifts, both big and small. If you're still searching for a gift for the techie in your life, then here are some options for every budget:

Small Gifts

Let’s start off with some gifts that are pretty great for Secret Santa, stocking stuffers, or just a quick, thoughtful gift. If you’re looking for something in the $10 to $20 dollar range, I highly recommend picking up a Raspberry Pi Zero, the computer that costs you only $5. That’s right: the same Raspberry Pi I mentioned in a previous podcast now has a new revision that’s only $5. This would be really great for someone who loves neat technology, or wants to get started learning about computers.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive but extremely useful gift, I also recommend getting this flash drive. A few reasons why I like this are that it is small, really fast (USB 3.0) and you can get a ton of different sizes of them ranging from 4GB all the way up to 128GB. This makes it really flexible for any budget. It’s also great for just about anyone. After all, this USB drive is so small you can just keep it in your laptop or computer.

If you’re seeking something more unique, then I recommend checking out the Tile. This is a small device that can go in a purse, backpack, or on a keychain (anything you might lose!)I It’s a Bluetooth tracking chip that lets you find a lost item with your smartphone. It’s pretty cool, and also really fun to put on your pet (not that I would know anything about that). The Tile will set you back about $25.

If you’re looking to spend a bit more, there’s always the WeMo Switch. It’s an outlet you can control with your phone. Picture you have a coffee grinder, electric kettle, electric blanket, Christmas tree lights, or anything connected to an outlet. With the WeMo Switch, you can turn that device on and off using your phone. It’s pretty cool for outdoor lights that have to be plugged in, in a strange spot, or if you just want to turn off the lights after you’re already in bed.

Large Gifts

Let’s move up to some of the more expensive gifts out there. One of my favorites is the Nest Thermostat. This is a wireless thermostat that you can control while at home or away. It’s also pretty smart and will learn your activity level, when you’re home, as well as your heating and cooling preferences. From there, it’s smart enough to make predictions, and save you money by optimizing heating and cooling times, and it will make sure you never leave the house and accidentally leave the AC running.

It’s a really smart tool, which helps save electricity. It’s really simple to operate with a simple app—even my parents can figure out! It will set you back about $250, but if you’re a buying this for a spouse, it could save you money down the road by optimizing your energy usage.

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