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.
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, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.
Think of it as an "Ok, Google..." or Siri.
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).
$180.00 - Check Prices
Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker Timer Press
Cook a variety of delicious morning meals in the comfort of your own home in five minutes or less using the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker.
You'll love how quick and easy it is to produce perfect restaurant style breakfast sandwiches every time, while avoiding the mess and hassle of using multiple frying pans and other kitchen appliances to produce a single breakfast sandwich.
The first layer cooks the bottom half of your sandwich, the center section perfectly cooks your egg and the top plate gently toasts the bread on the top and holds the heat inside. This compact egg sandwich maker is a great addition to any kitchen or dorm room.
$29.00 - Check Prices
Magnetic Levitating Air Bonsai Pot
What's really cool is the seeing the looks on guests you invite over who sit next to this levitating plant.
The flower pot will automatically float in the air with 360 degree rotating. The base contains magnets and a rotating mechanism and is connected to the mains by an AC adapter.
$84.00 - Check Prices
Men Assassins Creed Slim Fit Outwear Hoodie PulloverFor the gamers in your family, an Assassin's Creed hoodie comes in either M, L, XL, XXL, or XXXL making them feel like they're part of the game.
$17.00 - Check Prices
Occulus Rift Virtual Reality HeadsetWhy watch a game when you can be in the game? Whether you're stepping into your favorite game, watching an immersive VR movie, jumping to a destination on the other side of the world, or just spending time with friends in VR, you'll feel like you're really there.
$600.00 - Check Prices
Immerse yourself into the world of gaming with the ultimate in virtual technology. Not only can you use this virtual technology to play games, but you can use it to teach others and present ideas remotely.
An absolutely crazy video shows the potential of this technology (shown here)
$3,808.00 - Check Prices
8-Port USB Charging Docks Desktop Multi-Device Organizer
For those who have a lot of devices scattered everywhere, there is this slick docking station for all of your devices.
This charging station provides a 7-port USB for a fast charging experience. It works with Smartphones and Tablets.
You can charge 7 smartphones and tablets simultaneously in the 6 secure open slots.
$50.00 - Check Prices
Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition
Ahh the old days of gaming. Plug this little beauty into your TV using the HDMI cable and you are off playing the games from your childhood.
The pre-installed games include: Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, the Legend of Zelda, PAC-MAN, Dr. Mario, Mega Man, Final Fantasy, and crap-ton more.
An HDMI cable is included and comes with an old-school, grey colored NES classic controller and an AC Adapter.
$229.00 - Check Prices
Google Pixel SmartPhone (32GB)
If I wanted a smartphone for Christmas, this would be the phone I would want.
This phone has the Snapdragon 821 with 4GB of RAM along with 32GB of storage. Definitely enough to perform any kind of virtual reality.
$755.00 - Check Prices
Looking for a reason to cut the dreaded cable? Look no further.
The Roku Ultra provides Stunning 4K picture quality with a quad-core processor and 802.11ac dual-band wireless for quick and smooth streaming.
Tons of channels are available for the Roku Ultra. If it can be streamed over the Internet, it can play on Roku.
$129.00 - Check Prices
Mad Max High Octane Anthology Collection (BD) [Blu-ray]
Want the best action film of 2015? Here's the ultimate collection of Mad Max Anthology.
It includes every Mad Max movie include the Black and Chrome Edition along with an collectible Intercepter Figurine and three hours of unseen footage from all four Mad Max movies.
$240.00 - Check Prices
Samsung Wireless Charging Pad
With this Stylish accessory, you can charge your compatible Galaxy smartphones, and other Qi-compatible devices, without the need to plug your Device in to a wall charger or USB port.
The Samsung Wireless charging pad utilizes Qi Inductive charging technology that eliminates the need to attach a charging cable every time you want to charge your Device.
You can still use your Device while charging, and your Device is always accessible so you can answer a call without having to unplug.
Frustration free package includes: Wireless charging pad / 2A wall charger / User manual / warranty card (standard: 1 year)
This is compatible with all Qi-enabled devices including from Samsung: Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S 5, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Note 3 (these Galaxy smartphones require Wireless Charging Battery Covers, sold separately) as well as the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 active, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 which do not require additional charging battery doors.
$25.00 - Check Prices
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM)
I don't know of a gamer or programmer would wouldn't want a faster hard drive.
This best seller reads 540/mbps and works with Windows 10/8/7/Vista SP1 and above (32/64 bit), Windows Server 2008 (32/64 bit) and it's Linux compatible.
$164.00 - Check Prices
Bluetooth Shower SpeakerWe know you love singing in the shower, but your roommates and neighbors might appreciate if you kept the music to the professionals. With the Bluetooth Shower Speaker, you can stream your favorite playlists from your smartphone straight to the speaker in your shower. You don't even need to jump out to change the song, all the buttons you need are right on the speaker.
$10.00 - Check Prices
KlikR Universal Remote
One of the things we seek most in life is control. And that's what makes KlikR special. This tiny Bluetooth device may be stuck on or next to any infrared remote controlled electronic product, making it almost instantly controllable from your smartphone. Yes, that means even your old remote-controlled ceiling fan can be controlled from your phone.
Even better: You can control those remotes with your voice, so you'll just have to ask the TV to turn on, or the stereo to play Purple Rain, and you'll be good to go.
$20.00 - Check Prices
Impressions // Stealth Edition + Phantom Edition Playing Cards
Wow. Here's a 2-deck set of cards for the player who wants to impress.
Bring the glitter, glamour and dull shine of the Vegas card tables right to your own pocket with this Impressions custom deck duo. Featuring the monochromatic, all-black Stealth Edition and the pearlescent, unmistakable, white-on-white Phantom Edition, these decks come with their own tuck box, and are made of durable, top-quality 310gsm linen cardstock that has a thin black layer between the sides for a little extra heft and sleekness.
$17.00 - Check Prices
Browser Sketch Pad
Looking for a quick way to wireframe a web screen?
Use the handy graph paper with browser chrome on top to sketch out your UI and website ideas. The grid matches the scale on our Web Stencil Kit. Easily tear off sheets for review and pin-up.
Great for web designers
$14.00 - Check Prices
64GB USB Flash Drive Credit Card Style American Express
Definitely a great gift for the traveler in the family.
$17.00 - Check Prices
Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer
For those getting up in age, Mr. Coffee has been around for a while. What better way to warm your cup than with a cup warmer. ;-)
It's great to have on hand to heat up a variety of hot beverages and soups like coffee, tea and chocolate. The mug warmer is easy to use with a convenient cord length for use almost anywhere, and an easy-to-clean surface.
It's compact at a measurement of 5.3"W x 1.1"H and has an On light indicator.
$14.00 - Check Prices
Pantone CAPSURE Color Matcher
So there I was with my wife trying to figure out the right color paint for the wall in the dining room.
I WISH we had this from the start. If you are trying to find that right color, let the color matcher find it for you.
It can store up to 100 color captures. It can extract, display, and match up to four dominant colors from an intricate pattern. After it captures it, you can make comments and a voice recording with a time-and-date stamp.
$530.00 - Check Prices
Volcano USB Mist Humidifier
Looking for a cool, portable, and personal humidifer for the office? Grab a volcano humidifier.
Because it's USB, you can plug it into a USB port or into a wall outlet.
$14.00 - Check Prices
Villain Portable Battery Charger (20,000mAh)
If you're looking for a solid battery charger for any type of mobile, I would recommend the Villain.
It's the #1 seller and it is one of the best battery chargers around (even for Pokemon Go!)
$35.00 - Check Prices
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog Game
This is an interesting twist on a designer's memory game.
It's strictly a typeface memory game. With twenty-five pairs of cards, each presenting a different type family, this is a very stylish and interesting typographic concentration game. The kit includes a typographical glossary with the main terms used in typography as well as a text about the evolution of type design, locating in history each one of the fonts used in the game.
$23.00 - Check Prices
Microsoft XBox One S (w/ Battlefield 1 bundle)
Of course, this is the one (no pun intended) console to grab this season. The XBox One S includes:
$295.00 - Check Prices
Does the mobile developer in your house have a ton of different devices strewn all over the place?
Consolidate them in the device lab. The Device Lab is meant for testing multiple devices in one centralized spot while not cluttering the developer's workarea. This allows them to test their mobile app efficiently.
$149.00 - Check Prices
Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB Portable Hard Drive with Built-in WiFi
I've mention the benefits of having extra storage while on vacation, but now, hard drive companies are taking it a step further.
The Seagate is wireless and allows you to store any kind of media for portable consumption...
...and with 1TB, that's a lot of media.
$140.00 - Check Prices
Ergotron WorkFit-P Sit-Stand Workstation
Heard all about standing is the new sitting? It gets your blood pumping and circulation moving.
But you don't want to spend $1,000 on a new desk?
This WorkFit-P Sit-Stand Workstation attaches to your existing desk allowing you to work standing up.
Definitely cheaper than a new desk.
$198.00 - Check Prices
Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch
For the latest in fitness wear, the Fitbit Blaze is not just a fitness band, it's a fitness watch as well.
$199.00 - Check Prices
Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel
It's not only good to have a rechargeable battery, but it's also handy to have a solar panel that can charge your phone or tablet as well.
Reengineered to be lighter and smarter, the Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel has the innovative technology to charge USB devices directly from the sun. Detachable kickstand for modularity and power-flow indicator ensure the best solar charging experience.
Perfect for those excursions away from an outlet.
$99.00 - Check Prices
Amazon Echo Dot
Looking to expand the reach of Amazon Alexa's Echo? The Echo Dot is perfect for adding Alexa to another room.
$50.00 - Check Prices
BLACK+DECKER Programmable Crock Pot 6-Quart Slow Cooker with WiFi-Enabled
Ok, now I've seen it all.
If you want to start the Beef and Noodles for supper, you could remotely start your crock pot to have supper ready when you got home.
This crock pot features:
I could easily see me becoming a better cook with this and it's definitely better than a WiFi refrigerator.
$76.00 - Check Prices
Nifty MiniDrive MicroSD Card Adapter for MacFinally, you can dump that clunky USB drive floating around your backpack. A MicroSD card adapter that seamlessly plugs into your MacBook, the MiniDrive integrates with Time Machine to add up to 256 GB of extra space to store important files. You won't have to carry cumbersome storage devices anymore, simply plug in MiniDrive and you're good to go.
NOTE: No MicroSD card is provided.
$33.00 - Check Prices
1Voice Bluetooth 100% Wirefree Earbuds
Wireless earbuds are the way of the future, but even traditional Bluetooth earbuds don't eliminate wires completely.
The 1Voice Bluetooth 100% Wirefree Earbuds are finally changing that with their 100% wirefree design. Using cutting-edge 4.2 Bluetooth technology and a minimalist design, these earbuds will fit comfortably in your ears without falling out, and deliver top-notch sound too. They are the smallest, most lightweight earbuds around, giving you the freedom to move around naturally.
$53.00 - Check Prices
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (256 GB, 8 GB RAM, Intel Core i5)
Looking for that ultimate portable laptop?
Surface Pro 4 powers through everything you need to do, while being lighter than ever before. Go from ultraportable tablet to a complete laptop in a snap wherever you are.
It runs Windows and Office without breaking a sweat, comes with a stylus for drawing, and is also available in a i3 and i7 as well as the i5 processor.
$1,038.00 - Check Prices
DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter
Drones are hot thing right now. They provide an aerial view for taking those high up, hard-to-reach shots.
The Pro version also allows the drone to be programmed to follow you as well.
$1,099.00 - Check Prices
Bering HighTech Ceramic Link QuartzThe HighTech Ceramic timepiece by BERING is a testament to the brand's endless striving for innovation. An minimalist dial, framed by a black link bracelet, will keep you looking luxurious. But the true touchstone of this watch is in its scratch resistance: BERING's revolutionary HighTech Ceramic case and 361 Surgical Stainless Steel ensure that while the HighTech keeps time impeccably, time is no object.
$119.00 - Check Prices
This is quite the interesting little device.
Sitpack is the world's most compact foldable seat. Imagine not having to carry a clumsy chair with you when going hunting, fishing, bird watching or to a beach, pool or sporting event. With a telescoping base than can collapse for inconspicuous storage in your bag, car, or even your hand, it offers a completely ergonomic way to find relief from hours of standing, without clunky travel furniture that makes you sit far too low to stay in on the action.
Sitpack embodies the positive outcomes of resting with the right posture. Correct resting increases blood circulation and focus, it soothes a tired back, and it will keep your energy levels higher throughout the day, while stimulating muscles and balance.
$40.00 - Check Prices
To determine key metrics for targeted form, Lumo Run is a real-time tracker for running, that is based on sports biomechanics research done at Loughborough University in the UK. Simply clip your Lumo Run sensor onto the back of your running shorts, aligned to your spine, and go for a run. It's that easy. Whether you have your phone with you, or sync up when you get home, you can still get feedback on your form and your stats.
Lumo Run provides a full analysis of your running form and recommends exercises personalized to you, by measuring data using things like audio feedback, pace, distance, and GPS. It measures your steps per minute, changes in your forward velocity, vertical oscillation, pelvic rotation, and pelvic drop, providing real-time suggestions to improve your form and maintain your distance through your headphones. It also suggests pre and post run exercises, based on your data.
The coaching model is safe and effective, coaching you to increase your intensity in increments of no more than 5% at a time, helping you stay motivated, and improve results over time, building good habits and positive muscle memory. Your running form is unique to you, and your training plan should be as well. Lumo Run coaches you on the metrics that matter most to you, and it learns the more you use it, creating the perfect fitness companion.
$82.00 - Check Prices
iRobot Braava jet 240 Mopping Robot
You knew this was coming. First, the sweeping robots, now the mopping ones.
Thinking about this one for Christmas. ;-)
$169.00 - Check Prices
Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphone
Of course, you have to have a fine pair of headphones to drown out your manager yelling at you.
It comes with the Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones, carrying case, 3.5mm RemoteTalk cable, universal USB charging cable (USB-A to USB Micro-B), Quick Start Guide, and warranty card.
$250.00 - Check Prices
Want to see technology and racing combined? That's RC Car racing has evolved into.
If I was younger, I would definitely have wanted this for Christmas!
$119.00 - Check Prices
Pictopia: Disney Edition
You can never be too young to play a great family board or card game.
And with Disney, you can't go wrong.
$16.00 - Check Prices
FIXD is a device that connects to your car and uses your phone to tell you what's wrong with your car. I'm not a car person, but I can tell you...I definitely need this.
FIXD translates what your car is trying to tell you into simple, understandable terms. No vague lights, no confusing technical jargon, just the information that you need to know. This sensor plugs into your car and connects to the FIXD App via Bluetooth on iOS or Android. Just get in your car and FIXD is ready to go. You'll know if the problem needs urgent repair, or if you can keep driving for a few days.
Never worry about the condition of your family's cars again. Protect them no matter where they are.
$30.00 - Check Prices
I know last year I mentioned the GoPro action camera, but even this year, it's still going strong.
For the die-hard extreme sport star in your family.
$130.00 - Check Prices
Samsung Gear VR - Virtual Reality Headset - Latest Edition
If the Occulus Rift is out of your price range, you can go with something a little subtler, but still gets the job done.
$99.00 - Check Prices
Schrade SCPEN4BK Survival Tactical Pen
Do you know how dangerous it is in the board room nowadays?
$26.00 - Check Prices
Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Surface Edition
Meant specifically for the Surface series. This mouse provides a comfortable and ergonomic feel while working on a Surface laptop.
$53.00 - Check Prices
Bushnell Falcon 7x35 Binoculars with Case
For the hunter in the family, Bushnell has always been a solid name in binoculars and a solid choice for outdoorsmen.
$21.00 - Check Prices
Floureon BM-800 Condenser Sound Studio Recording Broadcasting Microphone + Shock Mount Holder Blue
Being a podcaster means having the best equipment you can to sound your best over the Internet. The Floureon microphone and shock mount is considered one of the best sellers on Amazon.
Take your podcasting to the next level.
$27.00 - Check Prices
iCODIS CB-100W Mobile Projector, DLP Pico Home Theater
Ask some of my friends. I used to have one of these...but not this freakin' small. Wow!
AND Wifi Connectivity.
$199.00 - Check Prices
I hope these Christmas Gift and Holiday Ideas provide a great list for your friends and family members who are technologists.