I know there are still some die-hard shoppers out there who usually can't wait until Black Friday to be trampled to get that absolutely drop-dead deal!
For those who love sleep more than stampedes, it's sometimes better to let the Internet do the work for you.
Every year, I scour the Internet and find unique (and not-so-unique) Christmas gifts for people who love technology!
These holiday gifts are for non-techies looking to buy techie tech for techies (did that make ANY sense!).
What I mean to say is if you have a family member that is, let's say, technology-handicapped, and doesn't know how to reboot their phone, or doesn't know a Gigabyte from a megapixel, this may be the Christmas list for finding technology gifts for technology-oriented family members.
I've been building these Christmas gift and holiday idea lists since the start of DanylkoWeb, so if you can't find anything on this list of gift ideas, there are 125 more Christmas gift ideas you can browse through to find that special gift.
One of the best ways to find deals online is to use technology. To find those outrageous sales, here are some of my favorite tools to use.
Honey is a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari to assist in finding you the best deals on the Internet.
Once Honey finds these deals, it automatically applies those deals to your order using a specific promotion code.
All you have to do is checkout.
eBates is a little different from Honey. While it's still a browser extension, it gives you a percentage of your purchase back.
Think of it as a rebate that you don't have to send through mail...hence the name. ;-) Once you reach a certain threshold, they will send you, what they call, a big fat check. As a matter of fact, they recently sent me a check for $157 because of a vacation I took with my family and a software upgrade.
For the entrepreneurial freelancer, I keep a list of the latest deals from brands I use almost everyday. These brands are companies I stand behind and provide reviews on some of them as well (like Dashlane and other freelance services).
Depending on the season, they provide me with some great deals for developers and entrepreneurs alike, and with Black Friday and Christmas sneaking up, there will be a large number of deals arriving on this page.
With Amazon prepping for the Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas season, it's ALWAYS a good idea to keep track of prices on a product's financial roller-coaster.
Price Trackers allow you to monitor and notify you when a certain product drops (or rises) in price during the holiday season or any other time of the year.
The one I use the most is Keepa.com. It's a browser extension (Chrome, Firefox, IE, and Opera supported) that appears when you visit a product detail page on Amazon. A chart appears displaying the product's price history. They also have a premium service to notify you when you absolutely need to know when the price drops.
reMarkable writing tablet
For those looking to write on actual paper, this is probably the closest thing while saving it digitally.
For $599, the reMarkable tablet comes with a "marker" (it's a stylus) and is what I consider to be the first of it's kind.
$479.00 - Check Prices
ili - Instant Offline Language Translator Device (One-Way Translator)
If you have a relative who travels a lot and visits faraway lands, this may be the ideal gift for them.
Ili is an offline, one-way translator.
$199.00 - Check Prices
Portal from Facebook
The Facebook Portal has Alexa built into it and has hands-free video calling. It's similar to the Echo Show, but, of course, it's geared towards Facebook.
$199.99 - Check Prices
AmazonBasics Professional USB Condenser Microphone
Podcasting won't go away anytime soon. AmazonBasics has an awesome USB Condenser Microphone in Black for the Podcaster looking to upgrade their equipment instead of a laptop microphone.
$59.99 - Check Prices
Echo Show (2nd Gen)
Since we touched on the Facebook Portal, we HAVE to mention the Echo Show. This is the 2nd generation of this device which includes even better sound and a bigger screen coming in at 10.1". It comes in Charcoal or Sandstone colors.
I bought two Echo Shows this year: one for my parents and one for my family. They work fantastic.
With the release of the 2nd generation shows, I can only imagine the overall improvement of these devices.
$229.99 - Check Prices
Picture Keeper CONNECT 32GB Portable Flash USB Backup
That's where the Picture Keeper comes in. It attaches to your phone, tablet, or computer and you commence with the download of your data.
There is also an 64GB iPhone version as well.
$108.99 - Check Prices
Belkin Pocket Power 15,000mAh Durable Ultra Slim Portable Charger
I just bought one of these chargers and it holds its own on charging my phone and tablet.
On a single charge, I've used it three times to power it up to 98-100%.
$54.95 - Check Prices
Xscape Dual USB Car Charger
Ahhhh...your car's cigarette lighter. For those of us who don't smoke look at it as a useless device.
That is, until you need to charge your smartphone or tablet on the road.
The Xscape Dual USB Car Charger is perfect as a Christmas stocking stuffer. It contains a Safety Hammer and Seatbelt Cutter if you get trapped in a car underwater.
$13.57 - Check Prices
PNY CS900 240GB 2.5” Sata III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
I've seen laptops with 128GB old hard drives which are slow as mollasses.
So why not upgrade to a Solid State Drive?
$46.23 - Check Prices
Sandisk Ultra 400GB Micro SDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter
Looking for the smallest-biggest storage option? Try out this 400GB MicroSD card with adapter.
I bought one a month ago and LOVE that's it's bigger than most hard drives I used to own and at class 10, it definitely transfers your data FAST!
$103.00 - Check Prices
The HARRY POTTER Remote Control Wand
Are you a muggle or a wizard? It doesn't matter when you have this remote control device from the Noble Collection for the little wizard in your world or your big muggle.
$49.00 - Check Prices
Fire HD 10 Tablet - Black, 32 GB
My parents were recently looking for a tablet and this was a definite seller to me.
Since it's Amazon and runs on Android, it has a simple interface and provides a large 10.1" screen which is perfect for my parents.
$99.99 - Check Prices
Samsung CJ791 34" Thunderbolt 3 Curved QLED Monitor
The cliche is all developers want an excess of two things: memory and storage. I believe in one additional factor: large monitors.
This Samsung 34" Thunderbolt 3 is perfect to replace your two flanking monitors with a large curved monitor, but is a little bit pricey.
$749.99 - Check Prices
Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones - Mickey's 90th Anniversary Edition
For Mickey's 90th, I can imagine him using these while rockin' out to an Avenger's or Star Wars theme.
$329.99 - Check Prices
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB)
Microsoft has really made a name for themselves in the laplet (laptop and tablet?) market. They've taken a tablet and turned it into a laptop.
This year's latest model is lightweight, 8GB of RAM, an improved battery life, and faster processing.
At a sub-$1,000 level pricing, it's quite a keeper.
$999.00 - Check Prices
The World's Smallest Quadcopter
Everyone loves a drone, but how about the world's smallest quadcopter drone?
This tiny drone can easily launch off of your thumb and stabilize instantly with it's six-axis stabilization.
$39.95 - Check Prices
Funko Pop Movies: Die Hard - John McClane Collectible Figure, Multicolor
One of my favorite movies is the original Die Hard and if you have an action fan in your family, this year, Funko Pop! released their Die Hard line.
They have John McLane, Hans Gruber, Tony Vreskiv, and Sargeant Al Powell.
Besides, every developer needs a "Wilson."
$10.93 - Check Prices
iHome Docking Bedside and Home Office Amazon Echo Dot Speaker System
With the Amazon products so darn popular, it's no surprise how it integrates into third-party products like the iHome docking audio system.
The iHome Audio system works with an Echo Dot and allows you to control every Alexa device in the house.
$39.99 - Check Prices
Dell 3180 11.6-inch Laptop
Not only did I get my parents a Amazon Fire 10.1 Tablet, I also got my mother the Dell Inspiron 11-inch 3180.
My parents mostly surf the web, check their email, and play web games. They don't need it for anything number-crunching or heavy processing which is why I thought the 4GB of memory and 32GB of eMMC storage would be sufficient for them.
All in a nice, light, little package of 4.2 lbs. to carry (My mother calls it her "Little Dell").
$149.00 - Check Prices
Solo Urban 17.3 Inch Slim Messenger Bag
When I recently flew down to Orlando, Florida, I needed a smaller bag than my warhorse messenger bag.
Funny as it worked out, I found a slimmer messenger bag. I don't know what it is with Solo messenger bags, but I'm loving their designs.
$28.15 - Check Prices
BioLite CampStove 2 Wood Burning and USB Charging Camping Stove
If you have some outdoor campers in your family who still want to be connected, they may like this tiny little camp stove which has an internal powerbank for charging USB devices.
It's small enough and has a gooseneck FlexLight to angle the light anyway you see fit.
$128.95 - Check Prices
Yubico Security Key - U2F and FIDO2, USB-A, Two-Factor Authentication
Want to keep everything secure in your life? This hardware USB key is required as you sign into websites.
This two-factor authentication device will make your life more secure...so long as you don't lose it. ;-)
$20.00 - Check Prices
If you camp a lot in deep woods, this device is a perfect Christmas gift.
With multiple power sources, various ways to charge devices, and the NOAA Weather Scan and Alert included, Midland has made a fantastic product.
$59.99 - Check Prices
Master Lock Padlock, Outdoor Personal Use Bluetooth Lock
Gone are the days of remembering your padlock combination. Nowadays, you use your phone with Bluetooth or enter a specific code.
$53.99 - Check Prices
Hamilton Beach 040094923793 25490A Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker, Double w/Timer
If you have a new student heading to college, this Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker may be the best thing next to an Egg McMuffin for them.
Even if you don't have a student, this would be great for making a quick breakfast on the go.
$39.99 - Check Prices
I hope these Christmas Gift and Holiday Ideas provide a great list for your friends and family members who are technologists.