If you are a tech gadget lover, or you want to buy a gift for someone who is then it can be a real challenge to decide which gadgets are the best. There are so many available on the market it can really make your head spin trying to choose. These days there are useful gadgets for so many different applications.
So our aim with this article is to make it easy for you. We have looked at many of the different gadgets available and whittled these down to the best 5 for you to buy this holiday season. Some of the items are relatively inexpensive and others will cost you more but the benefits are worth it in our opinion.
1. Take control of your Home with the WeMo Mini Smart Plug
There are a lot of products on the market that will use your Internet connection to control certain things in your home. It is a good thing for you to have a “smart home” device and if you give the WeMo Mini Smart Plug as a gift then the recipient will really appreciate it too. You can normally purchase this very useful gadget for around the $30 mark.
This is a very simple gadget to use. All you need to do is plug your Mini Smart Plug into an electrical outlet and then plug what you want to control into it. You can switch things on and off remotely using your smartphone or you can program the Mini Smart Plug to turn on or off at the times you choose.
You can download the app to control your smart plugs if you have an iPhone or Android-based phone. The app is simple to use and intuitive. Navigation is easy and it will not take you very long to master.
With the WeMo Mini Smart Plug, you can control many things including:
- Electric heaters
- Audio / Visual systems
- Coffee makers
2. Protect your Home and yourself with the Nest Hello Doorbell
You may have seen a smart doorbell on TV. They have featured in the news quite a bit lately. If criminals think that you are not at home then your home is vulnerable to burglaries and damage. A lot of families leave their homes empty for hours every day because of work commitments etc and this is an ideal opportunity for a thief.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could give the impression that you were home even when you are not? Imagine the shock a potential thief will get when they hear your voice telling them to get away from your home. This has been possible for a while with other smart doorbell products but the Nest Hello doorbell takes things to the next level.
The built-in WiFi capability of the Nest Hello means that you receive an alert on your smartphone when someone approaches your front door. If a person rings your doorbell then you can have a two-way conversation with them using the Nest Hello whether you are home or not.
The features of the Nest Hello Doorbell include:
- You can see the caller to your home and talk to them whether you are at home or elsewhere
- A high-quality camera that records in 1600 x 1200 portrait style
- Continual recording facility
- Facial recognition
- Integration with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
Prices of the Nest Hello Doorbell vary from retailer to retailer so shop around for the lowest price. The price tag is going to be in the region of $180 to $200 and you will need to install the device. This is a small price to pay for the safety of your home (and yourself).
3. GoPro Hero Camera for capturing those Travel Adventures
If you like to travel and capture high-quality images and video of your adventures then you may think that your smartphone is all that you need. The trouble with smartphones is that they are pretty delicate and will not withstand a lot of punishment. If you drop them on a hard surface then you can be looking at a very expensive repair or even replacing it altogether.
The GoPro Hero travel camera is a rugged beast that will take far more punishment than your smartphone can. You can take it with you hiking, climbing, swimming and even scuba diving. It is a very versatile camera that will take sharp images and record very clear and smooth video that you can post on social media and YouTube to impress your friends.
Video quality with the GoPro Hero is very impressive. The camera handles different lighting conditions very well and there are a variety of different modes that you can use to capture video up to 4K quality.
The GoPro Hero is good for taking regular photographs as well. You can go wide angle for those landscape shots or revert to other modes for selfies and closer images. The software has a shake reduction feature which is really nice. The GoPro Hero features include:
- Image stabilization using Hypersmooth
- Stereo audio
- Microphone in jack which is great for vlogging
- Slow-motion at 8X
- Low light handling for improved image quality
The Black GoPro Hero (which has the best features) will cost you around $400 but the experience is worth it.
Keep Hot Beverages at the right Temperature with the Ember Warming Mug
If you drink tea or coffee and don’t like to gulp it down in one go then the problem is that after a while your beverage goes cold. You can just add more hot water but this will dilute the taste. So why not get a gadget that will keep your favorite brew at the right temperature for up to two hours?
Enter the Ember Warming Mug. Just plug in your mug, get the app, use Bluetooth to synchronize it and choose your LED color. You can use the mug with or without the app. The mug is easy to charge so you can use it anywhere. It will cost you around $80 and upwards and the features include:
- App for ideal temperature adjustment from Android and iPhones
- Set up different temperatures for different beverages
- Choose your favorite LED color
- Fahrenheit or Celsius readings
Take Notes continuously with the Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Notebook
If you take a lot of notes or write lists and use a conventional notebook then you will waste a lot of paper. The Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Notebook will put a stop to the wastage. This looks like a normal notebook but it has a special pen known as a Pilot Frixion.
- 32 pages in your notebook that you can reuse
- Pilot Frixion pen – you can get pens that write in different colors too
- Save your notes on Dropbox, Google Drive, OneNote, and other popular cloud service providers
- Email your notes if you prefer
You use the pen to write your lists or take your notes as usual and then choose an app on your phone will scan everything and store your note pages in the cloud. Once the pages have been stored you can wipe your pages clean with a damp cloth and go again.C
When you are ready to buy some gifts for yourself, for friends, or any other occasion, then be sure you check out GearGifts.com as I am confident you will find something.