Ripped 100% from my other gig as I’m working today and far far too tired for writing.
Vague introduction referencing holidays, attempts to assure the reader I’m just like them, difficulties in choosing gift for someone used as bonding statement, wrap up with suggestions about disappointment to add guilt purchase push. Yup, that sums up what I’ve read the past couple of days.
Or I could say here’s a bunch of stuff I like and if you know someone like me there’s a pretty good chance they’ll like it as well. I’ll point out anything you click here probably makes either me or the site some money so if you want to get the product but don’t want to credit the site/reviewer, go and search for them yourself or remove anything to the right of the word “ref” in the Amazon URL and you are probably golden.
I’ll admit, I don’t know if clicking the link, then removing the tracking will get around it with how Amazon tracks their landing so there you go.
Nixplay Edge, Iris, and Seed
You’ve got a million photos, and you need some way to display them. Bam. I’ve been using all three of the ones mentioned above every day since I got them. My dad has one now, and this Christmas the inlaws just might get one. They’re great.
Ditto personal notifier
It’s a pocket buzzer, but not that kind. Get notifications without alerting everyone around you you’re getting notifications.
I like knowing I got an email, and I like knowing I got a text, but only one is going to take me away from talking with whoever I’m talking with, and it’s just nice not sounding like an arcade as a million notifications come in.
Got it for free at CES 2016 and have been using it since February. Gone through one battery thus far.
Nomad Bi-Fold charging wallet
While I don’t actually charge a whole lot off of the wallet, it’s a great wallet. Also been in use since day one and other than some normal wear and tear it’s been great.
The Lumsing Smart scale
This is the subject of a future review that should have been done two weeks ago, but you’ll probably like it and what better gift can you give someone than to say you think they need to watch their weight.
There’s a 15% off code of LUMSCALE you can use at checkout on Amazon.
Seriously though – good product, giving this as a gift can be taken entirely the wrong way however.
The mBot Ranger, or any mBot
I feel really bad with how behind I’ve been on writing up the review of this. I tried to do something incredibly cool with the review and due to a variety of reasons (including a camera from another vendor not shipping, health, and work,) I’ve been sitting with it playing and trying to explain why a 40+ year old thinks your kid needs this. Well, I’m still trying, get it for yourself, you’ll understand.
The Pakpod portable tripod
Yet another up and coming review. If you travel, like taking pictures, but don’t like carting a lot of weight around the Pakpod is probably what you’re looking for. Bonus points are that you can mount most mountable devices, stake the tripod into anything, and with how it works as long as there are three points within reach you can mount it there (ok, I know that sounds like it’s true of any tripod, but just look at this beast)
A Nest Learning Thermostat
I got one of these last year and I’ve been meaning to write up my experience with it but not having a month that was comparable to last year’s temperatures it’s been one of those “well, I *think* it’s better than my old getup, but this, that, the other, then there’s a heat wave, then we were home all the time, etc etc etc”
It shutting off or going into away mode while I am in fact away has probably paid for itself in the past six months however.
It’s good, you should get one just for your wallet. Be aware though that in older homes, such as mine, where all the cables are brown and gray and wired otherwise incorrectly, it may require a visit from an AC tech (which is what mine required.) So factor that in as you might just be able to get it installed while they are out for a cleaning.
It’s also incredibly nice if the bedroom is too hot or cold I can reach over, grab my phone, and tell the Nest to turn the thermostat in a different direction or to start the fan.
Don’t get them anything
That’s always an option. Ask if they actually want something. They could be drowning in tech gadgets, kids toys, inlaws possessions who are stuck living with them, etc. Seriously, if they don’r want anything skip it and save yourself the hassle of trying to figure out what they want and save them the hassle of trying to find a space to store what you got them.
My lawn, get off it.