You've made your list, and checked it twice. But we've got some holiday gift ideas you might have overlooked. Stun the whole family with the best tech gifts available.
This roundup includes something for everyone on your list, whether you're shopping for your kids, your spouse or your friends!
Best under $50
1. 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Dot
The Echo Dot is a voice controlled device equipped with the digital assistant Alexa. Just tell Alexa what to do and she'll get it done! She can read you the news, play music, answer questions, control your home's smart devices and so much more. (Regularly $49.99 but on sale on Amazon.com right now for $39.99)
2. Texting gloves
It's cold out there! But wearing gloves makes it difficult to use your touchscreen device. These gloves are must-have stocking stuffers. They're available in sizes XS to L, and use "Touch-nology" so that you don't have to take them off to answer your phone or send texts. (Buy on Amazon, $8)
3. Million Mile Light
Evening jogs can be risky unless you have the right gear. This LED light is perfect for runners because it's battery free and is powered by their motion. Every stride you take makes the 30 Lum intensity LED lights turn on. It's also compact and clips onto your clothes. (Buy on FlipBelt.com, $20)
4. Pop-Up USB 240 Lumen Lantern
You'll love this awesome 3-in-1 device. Use it as a flashlight to guide the way or convert it into a lantern to illuminate an area - perfect for power outages, camping and emergencies. Plus, use it to charge your USB cable devices, such as GPS, smartphones, tablets and more. (Buy from the Komando Shop for $39.95. Use code "GIFT2016" and purchase by December 18, 2016 at 11:59 P.M. PST to get an additional 10 percent off).
Best under $100
1. Smart Cloud Wi-Fi IP Camera
Want to keep an eye on things while you're away from home? The Smart Cloud Wi-Fi IP Camera is an excellent option. This camera includes night vision, 2-way audio and captures footage in full HD. Plus, there are no monthly fees! (Buy now on Amazon, $80)
2. FINsix Dart 65W Laptop Charger Universal AC Adapter
Hunting down the right charger for the right gadget is one of the few hassles of the digital age. It seems like every device has its own ports and special cords, and hauling them all around is cumbersome.
With this powerful universal AC adapter, you won't have to worry about that ever again. This adaptor is the smallest and lightest charger out there, and it includes nine universal power tips. This means you can use it to recharge your iPhone, Mac, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Android, and other brand items. (Buy it now on Amazon, $99.99)
3. Crosley CR8016A-GY Messenger Portable Turntable
For the vinyl lover in your life, this is the perfect gift. The Crosley CR8016A-GY Messenger Portable Battery Powered 3-Speed Turntable lets you take your records with you anywhere.
There are three play speeds available - 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM - and the soft case protects the device when you travel with it. There's also a built-in auxiliary input and headphone jack. (Buy on Amazon, $80)
4. Komando™ Connect Bluetooth Speaker
When I wasn't able to find a durable Bluetooth speaker with great digital sound, I decide to make my own! My portable, high-quality, wireless speaker connects to your phone, tablet, TV, and computer to deliver crystal clear digital sounds at an affordable price. (Buy from the Komando Shop for $69.95. Use code "GIFT2016" and purchase by December 18, 2016 at 11:59 P.M. PST to get an additional 10 percent off).
Best under $300
This realistic robot has a personality your whole family will love. Cozmo will let you know exactly how it feels. It's capable of reacting to what you do and expressing emotions. Control Cozmo with an app on your smartphone, which brings the robot to life. (Buy now on Amazon, $180)
2. Google Home
Ask Google Home a question, and it will give you the answer. Assign it a task, and it will get it done. Google Home is one of the hottest virtual assistants you can get these days. It also comes with six months free of YouTube Red, which gives you access to original shows, movies and ad-free videos.
Google Home is compatible with apps such as YouTube Music, Spotify, Nest, Philips Hue, Google Calendar, Google Play Music, TuneIn, SmartThings, Google Keep, Pandora, Google Chromecast, IFTTT and more, which makes it an easy way to make your home smarter. (Buy now from the Google Store, $129)
3. Rotating Dual Lens Dash Cam
The Komando Dual Rotating Lens Dash Cam makes it easy to protect yourself on the road. Because there are two camera lenses (one fixed and one that rotates), you can capture virtually any angle in high-definition. The dash cam's wide-angle lenses capture everything happening inside and/or outside the vehicle. You can position the cameras both inside, or both outside, or one inside and one outside. This gives you the ultimate flexibility when recording. (Buy from the Komando Shop, $185. Use code "GIFT2016" and purchase by 12/18/16 11:59 P.M. PST to get an additional 10 percent off)
4. Xbox One S Bundle Minecraft
Minecraft is one of the most popular video games out there, and it's played by people of all ages. The Xbox One S Minecraft bundle from Microsoft includes the following:
- Xbox One S 500 GB console
- Xbox Wireless controller
- Minecraft: Xbox One edition favorites pack and builder's pack
- Minecraft: Windows 10 edition beta
There are additional accessories you can request for the bundle, including the Xbox One Stereo Headset and the Xbox One Vertical Stand. You can also design a controller built just for you, if you'd like. Just keep in mind, these add-ons cost extra. The base price for the bundle is $299. (Buy on Xbox.com)
5. Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller
Yard work isn't usually a pleasant task, but this gadget makes it fun. Take the leg work out of watering your lawn with the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller.
Access the system from anywhere using the associated app, and control your sprinkler system remotely. The product also will help you save on your monthly water bill and claims to reduce outdoor water use by 50 percent. (Buy on Amazon, $199)
6. Char-Broil Deluxe Digital Electric Smoker
Cook for large or small groups with the Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker Deluxe. This smoker has four smoking racks and 725 square inches of cooking space. There's even a special compartment for wood chips, which provides up to eight hours of smoke for that perfect BBQ flavor! (Buy on Amazon, $204)
7. Amaz-Play Mobile Pico Projector
Make every night a movie night with this compact pocket-sized projector. Enjoy up to 120 minutes of play time on a single charge, and use the built-in Wi-Fi display capability to sync to Airplay or Miracast. This powerful gadget can display up to 120 inches. (Buy it on Amazon, $269)
Best over $300
1. Sony PlayStation VR
Virtual reality is the next big thing in the world of video games. The PlayStation VR headset by Sony features advanced VR display and seamless visuals, with a 5.7" OLED 1080p display. The set is also capable of processing 120 frames per second and uses 3D Audio so that sound seems to come at you from all directions. (Buy it on Amazon, $494)
2. Bose Quiet Comfort Headphones
The Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones come in two colors, silver or black, and feature some of the best noise cancellation technology on the market. You'll also enjoy volume-optimized EQ, which balances the audio and the Bluetooth capabilities, which means you can listen to your favorite music wirelessly.
Battery life for these powerful headphones is 20 hours while in regular use, and up to 40 when in wired mode. (Buy on Amazon, $349)
3. Lenovo Yoga 910
If it's time for a new laptop, you should definitely consider upgrading to the Lenovo Yoga 910. This gadget is basically like having a computer and tablet in one because the screen is adjustable and flips all the way back.
The Lenovo Yoga 910 runs Windows 10, has a 13.9-inch screen, an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512 GB of solid state flash memory. (Buy on Amazon, $1,609)
4. DJI Mavic Pro Drone
Take this drone wherever you go. It's already compact, but it also folds down to the size of a water bottle. The DJI Mavic Pro can fly up to 40 mph and a distance of 4.3 miles and has a battery life of around 30 minutes. (Buy on Amazon, $999)
5. Dyson Super Sonic Hair Dryer
Leave it to Dyson to completely reimagine an item we use every day. The Super Sonic Hair Dryer uses intelligent heat control so that your hair will shine. It also measures the air temperature 20 times per second to ensure the right temperature is being used on your hair, which helps to prevent heat damage. (Buy on Dyson.com, $400)
6. Revelation II Luxury Chess Game
Chess enthusiasts know that it's more than just a game. And if you want to take your game to the next level, you can't go wrong with this luxury chess board. It may be a bit pricey, but it has features you won't find anywhere else.
The DGT sensor board recognizes each piece and analyzes your gameplay as you go. The board also includes an OLED display screen, 128MB of DDR SD RAM and 1GB of Flash Memory. (Buy on ChessBaron.com, $3,695)