This holiday gift guide is focused on gadgets that won’t hurt your wallet. Every gadget on this Holiday Gift Guide was picked to be something new or extremely handy.
USB-C-Travel Dock by OWC
Never settle for just one USB port on your ultrabook. This dock from OWC connects via USB-C and adds 2 USB 3 ports, 1 HDMI output, and an SD Card reader. I’ve been using this dock for the past 2 weeks on my Alienware laptop which only has 2 USB ports and 1 USB C port. As a content creator, I need those extra ports to plug in cameras, external storage, or an Xbox controller. I love the build quality and the minimalistic look it has.
The design will match almost any modern laptop you have regardless if it is a PC or Mac. The USB-C-Travel Dock is available NOW for $49.99.
This small box allows you to have a full Android experience on your TV. It has 2 USB ports, an SD card slot, and an ethernet port. What sets this device apart from something like a Chromecast or Firestick is that you have the freedom to install any Android app. Stay tuned for a full review of the G-Box Q3 from Matricom.
I like to think of earphones like shoes, One size doesn’t fit all. We all have different needs when it comes to our audio experience. With that said, I ended up picking the BackBeatFIT 300 as a choice for someone on always on the goes. These earphones have a flexible design so earbuds remain stable in your ear. It’s a great gift for someone who is looking to hit the gym as a part of their new year resolutions. I also picked these earphones because I never had a problem with Plantronics devices so it is very easy for me to recommend it.
MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker
Make your morning coffee on the go! The MiniPresso can hold up to 50 ml of authentic espresso at home, in the office, and on the go.
Mophie Charge Force Powerstation
Don’t feel weird about giving someone an external battery pack as a holiday gift, They come always come in handy. The Charge Force Powerstation from Mophie has a 10,000mAh battery that can charge 2 devices at the same time. With this portable battery you don’t need to worry about carrying around a charging cable because it has wireless charging built in. Just make sure your smartphone is Qi-enabled like the new iPhone 8 or iPhone X.
Giroptic iO Pop HD 360 camera
You don’t need an expensive camera to start capturing moments in 360. The Giroptic iO Pop is only $99 and can record 360 videos in 2K. You can even live stream to Youtube and Facebook. It work with Android smartphones with micro USB and comes with a USB-C adaptor. iPhone users should check out the Giroptic iO HD 360 degree camera for iPhone/iPad.
A few month’s ago I reviewed MEEM and I am still using it today with my Galaxy S7. In short, It is a charging with built-in memory to backup content on your phone. It’s like a USB drive only more secure cause no one can access the data without the app or your password. There is a version for iPhone and Android.
Zyllion ZMA13BK Shiatsu Pillow Massager
I don’t have much to say about this gift pick because who doesn’t like a good massage? The Pillow Massager from Zyllion costs less than $50 and can relieve sore muscles after a long day at work…or playing video games, I’m not here to judge.
Google Home Mini
This tiny speaker is a budget-friendly way to add a smart home speaker in each room. Use Google Home Mini to control the lights in your house or ask a random question without touching a keyboard.