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Best Tech Gifts and Essentials of 2018

It is only a matter of days and we will be saying goodbye to 2018.  But it is not too late for us to share and give gifts to ourselves, our friends, and our loved ones.   

To express our gratitude and by way of rewarding ourselves from an uphill battle of working hard on a daily basis of our lives, it is time for you take a break, reclined your seat, and cool down.  

In my part, I do my best to make a list of some techy gifts and essentials that might please your tender affection. 

This is something about a pick and go.  You can take it or leave it.  No pressure. 

Panasonic (RP-HJE125-K) Wired Earphones 

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I make it the number one on my list since it is my personal favorite earbud. 

I used to take it everywhere I go.  Just remember that this is not a sports earphone that you can use during your exercise or workout.  You can click my review of other earbuds for under $30.00 here.  

What I like most about this earphone is its sound quality.  It is solid and the bass really rocks.  

It is very hard to find another pair of a headset in its price point that could much the performance of this one.  

Maxboost USB Smart Port Car Charger

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This is an essential commodity for a car owner to have. 

It is a universal charger and charges most of Apple and Android devices such as the iPad and iPhone including HTC, Galaxy, Blackberry, MP3 Players, Digital Cameras, PDAs and other kinds of Mobile Phones.

Looks small and compact.  It has dual smart USB ports and can power two mobile devices at the same time.  It features an ultra-protective framing which consists of a polycarbonate inner layer coupled with the flexible external molding of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) for a soft grip and protects against drops, bumps, and scrapes.  

I like the Maxboost Intelligent circuit design that protects against short circuiting, over-heating, over-currents, and over-charging.  There is no need to unplug if your device is fully charged.  Charging stops when the battery is full.

This is simply an on-the-road power accessory you will need all the time.  

Echo Dot (3rd Generation)  Smart speaker 

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The all-new Amazon Echo DOT (3rd generation) is still one of the best gifts you can give for someone.  

This is not a high-sounding speaker that makes this device a winning piece.  It is Alexa, the Artificial Intelligence Assistant that is working behind the scene.  Being conversant with the technology today is a driving experience that could change our lives in some ways. 

If you want to start now, you can try to interact with Alexa through this device. 

Explore the stunning 50,000 skills of Alexa and its counting.  Could all the commands and queries can be answered and replied by Alexa?  That is a question that you should need to figure out.  


RELATED TOPIC: What is Alexa, Amazon Echo, and the Dot?


VicTsing Wireless Optical Mouse

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Whether you are aware or not, the mouse is the only handheld device that we get along every day. 

Of course, you don’t need the help of a mouse anymore if you are using a tablet or a mobile phone.  But that is not the trend before the iPads, tablets, and laptops were invented.  Microsoft Windows reigned when personal computers (PC) were on top of the world.  

Though PC sales declined in recent years, the demand for a high-pointing device mouse still rises.  

Oh yeah, the mouse is not like the old days before.  It grows and evolves.  Now, a mouse doesn’t need to have a tail to run.  It goes wireless.   

As you can see in the picture, this is a wireless model of the optical mouse.  

It comes with a Nano receiver (stored in the back of the mouse).  There is no need for any driver.  It is plug and play.  Just plug the receiver on the USB port of the PC and it will function automatically.  

It is interesting to see its contoured shape design.  It’s a good sample of an ergonomic design that supports the comfort of your hands.  

Please note that this is powered by  1 x AA battery (not included) to be sold separately.  

Compatibility is not an issue.  It works well with most versions of Windows PC, laptops, MacBooks and other devices.  

Seneo Wireless Charger

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Are you tired of plugging and charging your phone all day long?  

Well, Seneo Wireless Charger is your solution.  It is wireless and no plug-in cable needed to charge your phone.  Obviously, you must plug the Seneo to the electric outlet before you can charge wirelessly and power your phone.  

Just put your phone on top of the  Seneo and there you go!   Its simple and no hassle.  

It doesn’t matter the position of the phone because it charges even horizontally or vertically.  Yes, it can charge while you play music and watch movies.  

Compatible with Galaxy Note 9, S9+, S9, Note 8, S8, S8+, S7, S7 edge, S6 edge+, iPhone XS MAX, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus and other Qi-enabled devices.

Maxboost Screen Protector

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This is a must-screen protector for owners of precious iPhone X and iPhone XS.  

Every tech investment that we had deserves for care and protection particularly mobile phones which are prone to scrapes and scratches.  

This Maxbosst Screen Protector comes in three (3) pack.   It brags as the world’s thinnest (0.25mm) tempered glass screen protector for iPhone X (2017) and iPhone XS (2018).  100% touch accurate and compatible with 3D Touch.  It guarantees super hardness and can even absorb impact from a drop!  

The screen glass is waterproof and also protects against sweat and oil residue from fingerprints.  Inside the package is a frame for accurate and easy installation.  

Nest T3021US Learning Thermostat

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Do you have an old Nest Thermostat at home?  

Maybe this is the right time for you to upgrade.  This is the third generation of Nest Learning Thermostat lineups.  It features a thinner, sleeker design, and a bigger sharper display (24-bit color LCD, 480 x 480 resolution at 229 pixel per inch). 

The new innovation is the Farsight element.  It lights up when it sees you coming and you show you the temperature, weather or time.  

It is the pride of this mechanism that it can help you to save energy. 

A certified ENERGY STAR rating and proven to save energy.  It has sensors and uses algorithms to detect your phone’s location and save energy when you are away from your home.

It works with 95% of 24V heating and cooling systems, including gas, electric, forced air, heat pump, radiant, oil, hot water, solar and geothermal.

For safety precaution, just make sure to follow the instruction carefully for setup and installation.  If you cannot do it with yourself, you can ask for assistance from other persons that is reliable and experienced.  

Home Security Camera 

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Blink XT Home Security Camera is a device that offers a security surveillance that can be installed by anyone without any required skill or expertise.  Since this is wireless, no wired set up is needed.  Just place it in a secure area and use the mount to hold it fast.  

It’s water-resistant and weatherproof.  So, it is safe to place it outdoors.  It features a built-in motion sensor alarm which when triggered, it will send an alert to your smartphone and record a short clip of the event to the cloud. 

Don’t worry.  there is no monthly fees or service contract required for cloud storage.  It’s totally free.  

You can control the cameras through Blink Home Monitor iOS or Android app.

Please note that this package is good for only one (1) set of camera kit.  The program can hold up to ten (10) Blink cameras per system.

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The Arlo Add-on Camera is a great alternative package if you want to spend less for your home security.  

It bundles the same features with the Blink XT.  Starring its exceptional design and easy set-up for mounting at any place or angle both indoor and outdoor, it also has a night vision camera that can detect motion even at the dark.  It can capture clips and send you alerts through its Arlo app notification. 

Sad to say, the free cloud storage offer will only last for seven (7) days.  If you opt to upgrade, be ready to cash out for an additional subscription plan.  

The Arlo system can only support up to five (5) cameras.  For maximum, the company offers as many as fifteen (15) cameras with its exclusive Elite subscription plan. 

Click here for more info of their services plan and customer support.  

Take note that a Base Station is required for any add-on camera. 

Fitbit Versa Special Edition Smartwatch

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I love smartwatch.  It is not just having a watch, it makes you smart. 

It can track your activity the whole day by monitoring your heart rate and sleep stages.  You can access favorite apps for sports, weather and get a call, calendar, text, and app alerts.   You can also able to send quick replies to messages (Android only).

Not only that, you can download and play music wirelessly during your workouts.  

This smartwatch is a Special Edition which includes a built-in NFC chip to make secure payments without your wallet and an additional black classic accessory band.  

I like the design of this model.  Stylish, light and small.  Most of all, its pricing is the grand slam.  

I recommend to you the CAVN Charger Dock Stand Cable which is compatible with this model.  Unfortunately, it is not included in the package and you need to pay for extra cash.  It could ensure you not to worry when charging the device.   

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BLACK+DECKER Hand Vacuum

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Do you have your time on this holiday to do some cleaning in the household? 

This could be a great help for you to do the task a little bit easier and effortless.  This vacuum cleaner has a good long neck design with a pull-out extendable crevice tool for hard to reach areas, along with a flip-up brush for dusting and cleaning upholstery. 

Let’s forget the long cord that makes us winding and spinning all over.  This is cordless and rechargeable for easy use.  No need to plug everywhere.  

Easy to charge and store.  Light and handy.  Powerful suction power.  You can’t ask for more with this hand vacuum cleaner. 

This is by far your best cleaning partner at home.   

VicTsing Wireless Shower Speaker

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Taking shower with the bite of music at your side is a simple way of refreshing ourselves.  

This tiny speaker could be at your service while you’re on the bath and ease your feeling by listening to your favorite music.   The silicone cases and interface design ensures shockproof and dustproof.

It has a water-resistant rating of IPX5.  It can able to resist from splash or spray of water without a short out but you cannot submerge it directly into the water.  It can cause harm to the device.  

You can check out the difference between water resistant and waterproof.  

Build with detachable suction and aluminum alloy metal hook, it can be hung anywhere you want.  With a built-in mic, you can pick up a phone call hands-free via this mini speaker.

The Bottom Line 

There are things in our life that can make us a happy and get satisfied.   Even small packages could mean a lot to you or for someone else.  

A simple goodie or gift for your loved one and all the more to yourself represents an act of appreciation that you value and enjoy your hard work under the sun.  

Happy holiday!

About the author

DEL

Del is an affiliate marketer and has a personal interest in web design. His quest is to find remarkable consumer electronic devices and determine its capability and usefulness. Though serious, he is quite funny and curious. Good attitude, fairness, and simplicity are characters that matter to him most.  

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  • Good afternoon Del,

    This was a really practical list of to have gadgets. I am not for too many modern things in my house but here I have found 2 items which would be a big help.

    The Black and Decker Hand Vacuum I think would be just what I need. Very good to do those small jobs where you do not want to take the big vacuum cleaner. This one can also reach little corners so in total I will put this on my wishlist.

    Then I was quite impressed with the NestT3021US Learning Thermostat. Amazing, it lights up when it sees you coming, that is a cool feature. But what is really impresive is that it saves energy in your house when you are away. It is 95% compatible with modern systems. This is so important these days to save energy, I like this and will have one in my house.

    Thank you for this post, it has given me some good information.

    • Hello Taetske.  

      It is good to see you. 

      We aim to provide helpful information about electronic devices and other stuffs.  I hope you will be pleased and happy to own the product you need.   

      Thanks and have a great day! 

  • Thank you for sharing all these awesome electronic gadgets.

    You sure have knowledge of getting great electronics. You’ll be our goto website for more information :).

    I like the MaxBoost compact size car charger. It will not take up too much space of my car.  The Nest Learning Thermostat is another smart gadget. It looks nice too.

    • I am glad to hear from you Christine. 

      We always do our best to recommend products that worth for every penny.  We hate nonsense product advice.  

  • I’ve been looking for a gift I longing to give to my brother to surprise him for the first day this coming new year.  

    Reading through this post I remembered his mouse has spoilt and am very sure he will be happy if I gift him a wireless mouse. 

    So please how can I get the wireless mouse and a smartwatch for myself?

    Thanks for posting this as it has given me the best choice to make for myself and my brother.

    • Thanks Lok for your interest. 

      All the items in this post are available at Amazon.  Just click the picture and a link page of Amazon will appear.  I don’t know what country do you live.  

      Just make sure if shipping to your country is available.  

  • Thank you for sharing with us this great article on best tech gifts and essentials.I am impressed by the way you explain every device, I don’t doubt that you are not only a writer but also a technician.

    I was thinking about buying a gift for my son and I found what it will be”Panasonic (RP-HJE125-K) Wired Earphones”.

    • Thanks Julienne.

      I am sure your son will be happy and satisfied to the sound performance of Panasonic (RP-HJE125-K) Wired Earphones.  It is one of the best sounding earphones I had so far. 

      I am not a technician.  I simply love technology and writing is my pleasurable hobby.  

  • When it comes to high tech gadgets, you are on top of the things!  

    You have done  some great reviews and they get better as the days goes by.  I am still on the age of desktop and laptop  and the wireless mouse can go along  way making things better.

    Nice job you have done.  

    • Hello Charles.  

      I really appreciate your kind words Charles.  It feels good that technology can change our lives if we use tech stuffs in some practical ways.

      Thank you. 

  • Hi Del, very good article with a list of tech gifts. 

    There are some very good ideas what to buy for some technical or electronic devices, you made good reviews and it is a hard decision what to buy.

    I would choose Maxboost USB Smart Port Car Charger. 

    Thanks for sharing with us!

    • Good to hear from you look Luke. 

      Hope I help you to figure out the stuff you like.  Just a simple reminder:  Buy what you need not what you want 🙂

  • Ah I love electronics, looks like you have great products. I literally just bought a laptop and water proof bluetooth speaker, Wish I had found you first! Looks like you have a lot of good products, And stuff I’d use! All the reviews are really concise too. I’ll keep you in mind!

    • No problem.  Thanks anyway for your interest.  

      Just drop by again if you need to have some electronic stuffs for personal or a gift for someone.  We are here to provide products that worth the value to spend.