Every year, it gets to a time when people ask for gift ideas. Most years, I come up completely blank. And, my mom threatens to send ugly sweaters and socks. Admittedly, I am old enough that I now get excited about the socks. So, here’s a list of the best gifts for bloggers and tech enthusiasts like myself.
This year, I scoured the web, asked some friends and had some brands reach out with samples of new and exciting products to try out. So, I’ve compiled the list and I’m sharing here!
(Some samples were received. This post also contains affiliate links.)
1. Linksys Velop Tri-band Whole Home WiFi Intelligent Mesh System, 3-Pack
Home wifi and signal is so important. I got tired of fighting for a signal every day in our house. It’s not even that it’s a big house, but the walls were causing issues. Well, this Linksys Velop has solved all of our problems. It is ideal for 6000 sqft, 5+ bedrooms, large multi-story home & patio. The Velop system is a powerful mesh WiFi System that replaces your router. I found it took very few minutes to set up, both with our access as well as a guest network. Intelligent mesh
2. Sylvania smart lights and outlets
SYLVANIA SMART+ lighting and accessories from LEDVANCE are the perfect gift for anyone who is looking to make life easier by having a smart home that is not only energy saving but is easy to setup and control. SYLVANIA SMART+ is one of the broadest portfolios of indoor and outdoor smart lighting products that provide beautiful illumination to complement your home décor, while also giving you full control with your smartphone, tablet, wireless switch, sensor, Siri,
Amazon Echo or Google Home.
Set up schedules to turn lights on and off while you are traveling or at work, and change the look and feel of a room to match your mood or aesthetics all through SYLVANIA SMART+, available at major retailers like Amazon, and more with prices ranging from $12.00 to $120.00
3. Standing Desk
After having quite a bit of neck trouble and desk trouble, I made the decision to purchase a standing desk with a motor so it converts to sitting as well. I read reviews, asked people, and found that Autonomous Inc had the best price for the quality and motor. You’ll definitely want a standing mat to go under your feet, but I highly recommend one.
4. Desk lighting
Notice that cute little lamp on my desk? Enjoy a healthier way to see with the OttLite Revive LED Desk Lamp. Part of the new OttLite Wellness Series, this elegant metal lamp features our exclusive ClearSun LED technology that comes as close the sun’s spectral output as you can get – balanced, smooth and proven healthier for your eyes. You’ll experience up to 51% eyestrain reduction making the OttLite ClearSun LED the healthiest light you can buy.
The Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base makes life better for people of all ages who love to read, study, and learn. Studies show 3 out of 4 people experience eyestrain on a daily basis. Computer glare and reading tiny print under unbalanced light can be the culprit. OttLite’s new Wellness Series reduces eyestrain up to 51% with our exclusive ClearSun LED technology that comes as close to the sun’s spectral output as you can get! You’ll enjoy balanced, smooth, healthy lighting with the Glow LED Desk Lamp.
5. Blue light blocking glasses
Swannies Blue Light Blocking Glasses improve your sleep and health by filtering out harmful artificial light from digital devices.
Wearing these FDA-registered glasses at least an hour before bed allows you to use phones, tablets, computers and e-readers freely without disrupting your sleep.
Swannies also prevent sore eyes, headaches, fatigue and blurred vision associated with digital eye strain.
6. Everlast Notebook by Rocketbook
The Everlast notebook by Rocketbook provides a classic pen and paper experience that is built for the digital age. Although it feels like a traditional notebook, the Everlast is endlessly reusable and connected to all of your favorite cloud services. And with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) features, the Rocketbook allows you to transcribe and search handwritten notes right in the Rocketbook App.
When you write using any pen from the Pilot Frixion line, your writing sticks to Everlast pages like regular paper. Use the Rocketbook app to scan your notes into editable documents and automatically save them to your favorite cloud services including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Evernote, to name a few. Rocketbook allows everyone on your list to stay organized and efficient without wasting paper.
7. Fuse Reel’s Cord Storage for all Apple products
Sometimes those facebook ads will get you. Fuse Reel The Side Winder, a MacBook charger winderthat winds up & protects your charger in seconds was one of those times. And it’s pretty much one of my favorite purchases. It keeps my charger save and organized in a way that I can slip it right into a bag or backpack. If you have a MacBook, this is one you totally need and will love.
This year, they Fuse Reel launched a ton of other products so they could have something for EVERY Apple charger on the market. If you have Apple, Fuse Reel has a product for you! From Apple Watch, to iPad pro to iPhone, they have all of your cord management needs.
Because, let’s be honest, this is how my travel bag used to look. Cords and wires everywhere. (Minus my original Fuse Reel for my old MacBook Pro!)
But now that they have a cord management system for every Apple product, not only is it no longer messy looking, but I can easily find the cord or headphones I need without having to deal with this tangly mess!
8. Mobile power
The UnPlugged 10K portable charger from myCharge allows you to wirelessly recharge your device on-the-go and provides up to 5x extra battery life. With everything I do with my phone, if I’m out and away, I need backup power. I really like that this allows wireless recharging at great speeds!
9. Don’t lose your things with Tile Pro
The most powerful Bluetooth tracker on the market, the newly released Tile Pro has a 300 foot Bluetooth range to help you keep track of what matters most. Great to save time and money for when you’re rushing out the door or constantly losing your kids’ stuff.
10. Door Security with Yale
The newly released Navis Paddle is a two-way push/pull door handle so users can open doors with a hip or elbow when hands are full. Easily installable in DIY fashion, it’s perfect for when you’re carrying groceries or a sleeping a child and entering high-traffic areas like bedrooms, laundry rooms and garages.
The Yale Assure SL is a keypad smart lock that lets you lock and unlock your home from your phone and give out unique PIN codes to family and friends for ultimate convenience. Get the Connected by August module for the best software experience, including remote access, voice system integration and Auto Unlock capability.
11. The SnapPower Guidelight and Charger
These are some of the easiest outlet covers to install, creating both a guide light and a charger without having to mess with any wires. They are efficient with their LED lights costing less than 10 cents per year and lasting 25+ years. They also come in four different colors.
The SnapPower Guidelight (starting at $15) can safely and easily transform an outlet cover plate into a convenient night light. They automatically turn on and off by a sensor and are equipped with energy-efficient LED lighting for perfect nighttime illumination.
The SnapPower Charger (starting at $20) allows you to easily convert your outlet coverplate into an attractive USB charger. It requires no wires or batteries and leaves all outlets free for use.
When you are trying to find a space to take pictures or create a video, you need a nice distraction-free backdrop. The tapestry from Collage.com is a great fit (among many of their other products).
I selected one of their predesigned backgrounds, but you could select from patterns or pictures. Their custom wall tapestries are made out of a lightweight 100% polyester that’s printed to order with your photos and designs. Wall tapestries are easy to clean, too. They’re machine washable with cold water on your washer’s gentle cycle using mild detergent. To dry, just tumble in your dryer using low heat. Each wall tapestry is printed to order in Denver, Colorado.
13. Coffee Bar
Many bloggers rely on caffeine and other drinks to get through the day. Let’s be honest. Most people do. And those drinks get expensive. The new Ninja Coffee Bar® System helps with both the drink fix and the price. You can make things like a caramel mockacinno with homemade dairy-free caramel syrup or homemade vanilla syrup for a latte.
This newly renovated version has an integrated frother, six brew sizes and five brew types, including the Ninja exclusive Café Forte – which amplifies the natural subtle flavors of your favorite coffee, for a sensationally different and delicious coffee experience!
14. Portable Printer
There are plenty of times you would want to print on the go. Maybe you are having a party with a guest. Maybe you want to capture moments and send people away with their own picture. The ;Hp Sprocket Portable Photo Printer transforms your favorite smartphone or tablet pics into vibrant, shareable prints. This compact printer goes virtually anywhere; with Bluetooth connectivity it enables you to create 2×3” sticky-back snapshots whenever the moment strikes. Give your prints a pop of personality with the HP Sprocket App, which lets you customize with borders, stickers, filters and more
15. Wi-Fi enabled home devices
There are many times where I wish things were easier. Or, when I wish I could adjust my thermostat when I wasn’t home. Or turn off a light. Products like the Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Thermosat would save me time and stress because I could adjust it anywhere.
Lyric was designed for crazy schedules and spur-of-the-moment activities. You can control Lyric from anywhere on your smartphone, or let it adapt to your life as you go. Lyric can save energy when you’re away, and get the house warm when you’re heading home. No more wasted energy when you’re out for the night, and no more getting in from work to a cold house. It’ll even let you know when the filter needs changing.
16. A good camera
I have a DSLR and it’s a great camera. But, it’s still not fabulous for fast moving objects (it might be partially because I don’t know what I’m doing) or video. It also doesn’t have built-in wi-fi. Most importantly, it’s a big, heavy camera.
Something like the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ300 would be a great addition for a tech lover and / or blogger. It has a fast F2.8 aperture with 600mm which makes it possible to clearly capture moving subjects at a high shutter speed even at a great distance has not been achieved by any digital compact camera except for the LUMIX FZ200. The splash and dust proof capability make the LUMIX FZ300 the all-around great camera for sports, outdoor and events
It allows you to capture moments with superb 4K imaging performance in both video and exclusive 4K PHOTO.
17. Gimbal for image stabilization
When doing video that isn’t on a tripod, the handheld Gimbal is the way to go for the ultimate in image stabilization. This one comes with two smartphone clamps AND the GoPro clamp INCLUDED (now with TWO counterweights for use with the new iPhone 6S PLUS). It has 3 Axis Active Stabilization (Tilt, Roll and Pan) with brushless motors. It also features a comfortable silica gel handle grip and a removable lithium-ion battery and charger. It comes with a ballistic nylon carrying case.
18. A light kit
Good photos require good lighting. That isn’t always achievable in a home. So, a Light Kit ;is in order. I like the ones that come with soft boxes, a hairlight, light bulbs, light stands, and carrying cases. A bonus is this kit also comes with backdrop supports and muslin backdrops.
19. Smaller Lighting Options like a ring light
While a nice light kit is ideal, sometimes a Ring Light will give you just what you need without all of the bulk. This one is a 18″ ring fluorescent flash light. It has a reinforced flexible arm which will move freely and never droop. It is a must have for photography enthusiasts. Note: Light stand and camera are NOT included.
20. Exercise and health
I’ve been using the Cubii Under Desk Elliptical for quite a while now. Most of the time, I don’t even think about the fact that I’m using it while I’m sitting at my desk. It’s a great way to burn more calories and keep myself moving while also getting work done.
21. Smart hub
With all of this new technology, you’ll need a “hub”. The Amazon Echo does all of that and much more.
Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, save things to your grocery list, run multiple timers and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.
Echo has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).