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The best tech gifts to give this Christmas and holiday season

It’s that time of year again. Yes, the holidays are upon us, and that means it’s time to start trying to figure out the best gift for everyone on your ever-growing Christmas list.

It can be difficult to figure out the right thing for the different personalities of folks that you buy for, like distant relatives, health-conscious co-workers, or even Mom and Dad, who always insist they “don’t need anything.”

Fortunately, we’re here to help, with several great picks from our very own Komando store as well as Amazon, where you can get something for just about anyone you need to buy for. We’ve got a list of some great ideas that can help you find something to put a smile on everyone’s face, whether they’re into getting fit, relaxing, or checking out what’s on Netflix and Hulu.

Gifts to relax

Aisuo Night Light, $39.99, Amazon

This Bluetooth-enabled night light changes colors through 48 different hues, making it the perfect choice to place in your bedroom and chill out with. The 5-in-1 bedside lamp has a Bluetooth speaker, alarm clock, MP3 player, lighting effects and a touch control dimming switch. At just $39.99, it’s a sleek and gorgeous addition to anyone’s home that should have an instant calming effect, especially with its variety of rainbow hues.

Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser, $32.99, Amazon

This essential oil diffuser can infuse anyone’s home with calming scents, and can be used with Alexa or Google Home, which makes setting up special adjustments, scent profiles and coloring for the device a breeze. The $32.99 aromatherapy machine also acts as a humidifier and vaporizer, which should help anyone with breathing issues. It’s an affordable and functional item that has tons of potential applications as a gift item for those looking to relax.

Minger LED Dreamcolor Strip Lights, $33.99, Amazon

Know someone looking to add some ambiance to their home? This strip of customizable LED lights will do the trick nicely. With a special mode that can sync the lights to music, and 7 scene modes, there’s an entire rainbow of colors to choose from. It’s $33.99, which makes it affordable for just about any price range, and has plenty of different uses. Whether your recipient uses it for simple lighting or spicing up their home for their next party, it’s a must-have.

Gifts for kids

Amazer Kids Light Gloves, $18.49, Amazon

Any kid would be thrilled to have these light-up gloves, which come with 7 colors and 6 different modes, including flashing and strobing. They’re also made of cotton to keep little ones’ hands warm while their fingertips flash. At just $18.49, they’re an affordable way to keep children entertained during the winter as the lights and colors dance and they play with their friends – though adults can get plenty of use out of them too, if they so choose. Most of all, they’re perfect for staving off that winter chill.

Anki Vector Robot, $174.99, Amazon

The Anki Vector is a kind little robot that can hang out on your desktop and become a constant companion. The tiny little friend uses AI to learn and recognize things in its environment so it can learn, recognize people and object, find his charger and avoid obstacles while getting to it. It’s a great little “pet” robot that can be situated on a desk or counter, and kids will love getting to know it. It’s a little pricey, but it’s currently on sale from $249.99 to $174.99.

Gifts for on-the-go

Audio Council Bluetooth Beanie Knit Cap, $17.99, Amazon

The weather outside is frightful, but this beanie is so delightful, especially for those you know who are always on the go. This beanie lets you listen to music while keeping your head warm, and can even connect via Bluetooth to your smartphone so you can talk while out on a run, finishing up holiday errands, or commuting to work. Plus, at $17.99, it comes in two stylish colors that match just about everything.

Palm Companion Phone, $349.99, Verizon

Know a techie who has an expensive phone but doesn’t always want to take it on the go with them? The Palm phone is a great alternative, acting as a portable phone that’s perfect for use instead of potentially unwieldy smartphones for a night out or vacations that just don’t require all that power. At $349.99, this is a pricey gift, but it’s a useful one that your loved ones will certainly appreciate as an alternative to toting around their smartphone everywhere they go. You can purchase it at a lower price with a contract as well.

Tap or click here to buy the Palm Companion at Verizon.

Gifts for organization

Alexa Smart Power Strip, $26.99, Amazon 

There are few tech-savvy people in the world who couldn’t use another surge protector, thanks to all the plugs and gadgets in their homes. But this smart power strip is guaranteed to be unlike any they’ve used before. For $26.99, it’s compatible with both Alexa and Google Home Assistant so you can remotely control your lights and devices from your smartphone. It comes with an extra USB charger as well for the sake of convenience. If you know someone who desperately needs to get their plug and cord management situation under control, this is definitely for them.

Gifts for entertainment lovers

Fire TV Stick 4K, $49.99, Amazon

If you have someone on your list who loves streaming media, you can’t go wrong with the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, with an all-new Alexa-enabled voice remote. For $49.99, this is for anyone who enjoys watching TV and movies on their terms on their schedule. Even if you know someone already has a Roku or another streaming device, it’s always good to have a spare.

Gifts for pet owners

Smart Pet feeder with camera, $59.99, Amazon

Know someone with a fur baby who’s left alone a lot? Maybe your friend or family member has to travel and their loyal pet spends a lot of time at home as a result. Make things easier for them to connect with this automatic smart feeder with a camera for pets for $59.99. It can be set up for remote camera communication with voice recognition and a speaker and can play recorded voice clips to call a pet over to eat. It will automatically dispense food at certain times of the day that you schedule, all done from the ease of an app like that seen in the PetChatz system. So easy, anyone with a pet will find themselves wanting one.

Gifts for the smart home

Broadlink Control Hub, $23.99, Amazon

Techies often have a ton of remotes, especially if they’re working on putting together a smart home and all the niceties that come with it. Give them a quick and easy way to control smart devices in their home with this universal remote for just $23.99. It can control products like the TV, DVD/Blu-ray player, thermostat, and just about anything you throw at it for a great price.

Echo Dot (3rd generation), $29.99, Amazon

If you know someone who hasn’t yet given Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa a try, it’s time to spread the joy. The smallest of the Echo products, the Echo Dot, is a perfect stocking stuffer for anyone interested in trying the service out. Alexa can control a variety of things, tell you weather, order items from Amazon and could very well become your new digital best friend. For $29.99, it’s well worth jumping into the world of digital assistants.

Facebook Portal, $199.99, Amazon

Facebook Portal +, $349.99, Amazon

Facebook has thrown its hat into the ring when it comes to the video calling arena, and its Portal and Portal+ devices are the latest ways for the social networking platform to show it’s serious about making communication an important pillar of its business. Both behave much like Amazon Echo Show devices and allow for clear video calling by way of Facebook Messenger. The camera will actually follow you around the room and is integrated with Alexa support. There’s a camera cover to keep interactions private, and plenty more on the unit, which comes in two flavors: the $199 version or the $349 version.

Jam Rhythm Airplay Speaker, $31.95, Amazon

Everyone could use a handy speaker to carry from room to room, and this JAM Rhythm option is a great choice. At $31.95, it lets you sync up to 8 speakers to be controlled via Wi-Fi or Alexa, with an intercom service to boot. Stream tunes with Spotify, Apple Music, TuneIn Radio, Tidal, iHeartRadio, or whatever your heart desires! This is a great gift for anyone looking to get their groove on without going to too much trouble to do so.

Lohas Smart Bulb, $16.99, Amazon

Know a homeowner who’s always looking for a cool way to customize their living space? This Alexa-controlled Wi-Fi light bulb lets you customize your home’s lighting with 16 million shades of color that you can change according to your mood. It can be used as a regular LED light, sure, but it really shines (literally) when paired with a smart device and set up to cycle through colors to add ambiance to a home. At just $16.99 apiece, you can afford to deck out anyone’s home with these bad boys.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro, $249, Amazon

Spread the gift of automated home security with this pricey but full-featured Ring doorbell system. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro has everything you need to install the video cameras so you can see exactly who’s coming up to your video and ringing it before opening the door. It’s $249, which makes it cheaper than the alternative service that Nest provides, and it’s simple to set up. It’s a great gesture for anyone concerned about keeping their home and family safe.

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Gifts for fitness enthusiasts

Fitbit Charge 3, $149, Amazon

For the fitness-conscious folks in your life, an activity tracker is a safe bet to help make sure they’re getting everything they need out of their workouts. The latest generation of the Fitbit Charge fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge 3, is $149 and leaps and bounds ahead of the old Charge units. It’s less expensive than the Versa unit, and closer in form and function to “regular” smartwatches. Make some fitness buff’s day with this formidable tracker.

Gifts for the creative

CreoPop Professional 3D Printer Pen, $99, Amazon

The artist in your life deserves some cool tools to create something amazing, and the $99.00 CreoPop 3D pen ticks those boxes. The innovative 3D printing pen lets artists bring their creations to life as they draw in midair and watch their drawings take form in the real world. There are a variety of inks to use with the pen for freehand drawing that transcends paper and jumps into the real world. You’ve got to see it to believe it, because it’s an awesome tool.

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