It’s that time of year, time to rise up and meet the challenge of finding the perfect present for everyone on your holiday gift list. Modern gifting often now involves tech essentials such as charging cables and batteries, along with WiFi or cellular plans. Keep in mind that a great gift is one that demonstrates your knowledge of the recipient, not the amount of money you spent on their present. Whatever your budget may be, there is a plethora of great gifts for tech enthusiasts on the market this year.
We at Nite Ize are tech and gadget enthusiasts too, and we know a cool present when we see one. Dog lovers, outdoor adventurers, DIYers, parents and homebodies alike – we all charge our devices, listen to music, and travel with pocket-sized tech. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorite gifts this year, all sure to receive an enthusiastic welcome in any home.
Google Pixel Buds
Wireless bluetooth earbuds are a saturated market and there are thousands of options you can buy online. Heck, your smartphone probably came with earbuds that work perfectly well for casual music listening and an occasionally phone call. But what if you had earbuds that could translate foreign languages as you heard them?
That’s the amazing promise of the Google Pixel Buds. Pair it with a Google Pixel phone and you can tap into Google Assistant to get real-time translation of dozens of popular languages, from Japanese to Spanish, Finnish to Latvian, Tamil to Mandarin Chinese. But that’s not all; the Pixel Buds also offer splendid music playback quality with a convenient charging case included.
$159 at The Google Store.
Amazon Echo Dot
Instead of hunting for remote controls or having to launch specific apps on your phone, imagine just speaking directly to your devices. That’s the promise of voice control systems, and there are a lot of them on the market now. None are better than the Amazon Alexa ecosystem, and the tiny little Echo Dot is a great way to join the voice-control revolution. Don’t be fooled by its remarkably affordable price – the Echo Dot has tons of capabilities. Better yet, if you have an existing stereo or music system (or even a TV soundbar with AUX input) you can hook it up and control your music and radio stations all with your voice.
But where the Alexa devices really become fun is when you realize they can answer questions, not just execute specific commands. It’s an amazing homework assistant, for example, solving mathematical equations, defining words, identifying authors, and much more. You can also make phone calls, message people and/or control every aspect of your smart home.
$49.99 at Amazon.com
Nite Ize Financial Tool RFID Blocking Wallet
Have a tough gift recipient who seems to already have everything in the world of gadgets and tech? The Nite Ize Financial Tool RFID Blocking Wallet will delight ‘em with its simple design and rugged looks. More importantly, credit cards are susceptible to hackers scanning people’s pockets or purses in public places, so an RFID shielded wallet is a must-own for travelers, concert-goers or anyone who’s out and about.
But this is a wallet with a secret identity: The Financial Tool features a bottle opener, 5 standard-size wrenches, 6 metric-size wrenches, a nail removing notch, phillips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, scraper and even a protractor – all disguised as a unique stainless steel wallet!
$14.99 at NiteIze.com
iHome iSP6X Smart Plug
Whether that tech fanatic already has a smart home with everything hooked up or they don’t realize how much smart home technology will revolutionize their world, this iHome smart plug will be a great option. Better yet, it is compatible with every smart home system on the market, from Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Wink, to SmartThings and Nest, so you won’t have to worry about compatibility.
Indeed, the combination of the Amazon Echo Dot and the iHome Smart Plug could let grandma walk into her house and just say “Alexa, I’m home” and have the light turn on. No fumbling in the dark. Or cousin Joey could say “Alexa, play death metal” and the music would start and the lights would turn off!
$29.99 at iHomeAudio.com
Nite Ize Steelie® Phone Mount Kits
There's a reason why Steelie users are so loyal – once you enter into the Steelie magnetic phone mount universe you'll quickly wonder what you ever did without it. The Steelie Ecosystem is a family of products that make mounting and viewing your mobile device easy and convenient. The product line, which uses a ball and socket system to allow for the perfect viewing angle, includes mounts for your car's dash, vent or windshield. Additionally, there are several attachment options for your device, so you are sure to find the right Steelie solution for anyone.
The Steelie magic doesn't have to end when you step out of the car – one of my favorite products in the line is the Pedestal, which provides a convenient docking station to use on your nightstand, desk, kitchen, or anywhere you might need hands-free viewing. Check out the complete line here and find the perfect Steelie for anyone on your gift list!
Pricing varies per product at NiteIze.com
Whatever gifts you choose for your loved ones this holiday season, we hope that you all have a safe and happy holiday. And don’t forget those charging cables!