The holiday shopping season is just around the corner! Whether consumers are shopping for a tech-savvy friend or a novice loved one, we’ve got the ideal gift ideas this season. From the latest smart devices to smart holiday buys like earphones to smart gardens our tech expert Jennifer Jolly will be showcasing the best gifts for your money.
I’m giving these Powerbeats Pro truly wireless earphones to my teenage daughter and my husband this year … Powered by the Apple H1 chip – they give you hands-free “Hey Siri” voice control, excellent connectivity, and easy audio sharing. Plus the 9-hour battery life, ambidextrous controls on both earbuds so you use one at a time like I always do – these are the little things that add up to make Powerbeats rise to the top of this list. They’re great for an active lifestyle, to rock out while you’re working out, or for keeping your hands free to cook, drive or clean house while you’re on the phone. They are sweat and water resistant and have ambidextrous controls on both earbuds so you use one or both earbuds. Click here to learn more.
The Miracle Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System is a super stylish addition to any kitchen or cool living space. It lets you grow leafy greens and herbs year-round, whether you have a green thumb or you’re like me and can’t keep any other plants alive. It connects to an app on your phone – and sends you notifications when you need to water or feed it – you can even control the systems LED grow lights right from the app. I really like that it looks good in your house: it’s a beautiful piece of home decor and functional piece of furniture. It’s also great for small spaces - city apartments – and designed to be stacked. Click here to learn more.
The just released LG G8X ThinQ and Dual Screen bundle is one of the best gadgets of the year for both design and function: check out this multitasking magic. It’s a high-end, next-gen smartphone that you can snap a screen on to become a mini-laptop – the entire bottom is now a full-screen virtual keyboard to write emails, edit presentations, text, and more. For gamers, one side morphs into the controller while the action plays out up top! Or… flip into tent mode with the freestop hinge and let your kids watch something on its side while you finish responding to those last few work emails on the other side. You can lock it into place at any angle – it's like getting a half dozen – or more gadgets in one. Click here to learn more.
I love that this Braava jet m6 robotic mop can do the dirty work and clean floors throughout your entire house – while you’re out living your best life. It learns, maps and adapts to the job at hand – like a deep-scrubbing mop for tackling sticky messes, grime and kitchen grease – or more like a broom for dust pet hair on a more sensitive surface like hardwood floors. From an app on your phone, you can program how much water it uses to clean specific surfaces, more in the kitchen and bathrooms, less throughout the hardwood areas. It’s also loaded with the same intelligent upgrades and advanced navigation system as iRobot's Roomba smart vacuums, cleaning in efficient patterns while navigating around furniture, rugs, and other obstacles. Simply attach a mopping or sweeping pad and the robot automatically takes it from there. Click here to learn more.
Another fantastic smart home gadget: the Honeywell Home T9 smart thermostat can keep your family cozy all winter long by sensing which rooms you’re in and making sure it stays that “just right” temperature when and where you really need it. Stick a sensor in the rooms you hang out in the most, and using intelligent motion detection, the T9 delivers the right temperature to the right room at the right time. So, if the kids are doing homework or playing while you get dinner ready, everyone’s cozy – no more boiling upstairs bedrooms and freezing downstairs dining rooms. With geo-fencing… it can even sense when you’re home or away and save big bucks on heating and energy bills too. Click here to learn more.