Christmas Gift Ideas for the Tech-Savvy: Gamers, ‘Grammers, and your Internet-loving Grandma

Got someone a little tech-y on your Christmas shopping list?  Are you a little less-than-tech-savvy yourself?  Here are some ideas to help you with your shopping.


 Kwilt Shoebox Plus

The Kwilt Shoebox Plus is a device that creates a private, personal cloud where consumers can offload photos and videos from their smartphones and still access their content anytime, anywhere. The device offers:

  • Privacy: As consumers, we often trade our digital privacy for digital services. Online cloud storage services can often freely view, use, analyze, control, own and sometimes even sell these memories without informing you. Public clouds are also more likely to be hacked. By storing your photos on your own personal cloud, you ensure your photos have total privacy.
  • Total control: All of your content is saved in its original format and resolution. As your online collection grows over time to thousands and hundreds of thousands of photos and videos, many platforms no longer allow you to download them all back in order to change hosting providers – a huge concern for many families. Because Kwilt does not require any sort of proprietary drive or format, and your photos are stored on your own personal hardware device, you have total control over content and can easily move it from one device to another.
  • Save money: Consumers no longer have to pay for monthly cloud storage fees or spend a lot of money buying an upgraded phone with 256 gigabytes of memory. By owning their storage once and for all, they can stop the cash drain. Buy it once and use it for life.

If you’re a little confused, it’s ok, I was too.   But now that I’ve used it, it makes sense.  You can read my full review here.


I’m not sure if this is a gift so much for the tech-savvy as it is for the “professional key loser” but it’s pretty nifty and I sure would like to have one or five…

    • Ring your things: Use your smartphone to make your Tile Pro ring when it’s nearby but out of sight.
    • Find your phone: Can’t find your phone? Simply double press the Tile button on your Tile Pro to make your phone ring, even when it’s on silent.
    • Activate Community Find: If your Tile Pro is faraway, let other Tile community members help. The Tile app running on their phones can send location updates to your app.
    • Battery life: Replaceable CR2032 battery is guaranteed for one year from activation. You can easily replace it yourself.

Tile Slim – Phone Finder. Wallet Finder. Anything Finder 

  • As thin as two credit cards, Tile Slim easily slides into your wallet, purse or pocket. Tile Slim can also be attached to a laptop, tablet, notebook or lunchbox. (Adhesives sold separately)
  • Use your smartphone to make your Tile Slim ring when it’s nearby but out of sight. Water resistant : Up to IP57 standards
  • Can’t find your phone? Simply double press the button on your Tile Slim to make your phone ring – even on silent
  • The easy-to-use, free Tile app remembers the last time and place it saw your Tile, so if you left it somewhere, you’ll always know where to look
  • If your Tile isn’t where you left it, you can anonymously enlist the help of the Tile community in your search

Guardline 1/4 Mile Range Outdoor Motion Alert Set

Well, now that we’ve secured your cloud storage and secured your keys and wallet, let’s talk about securing your home.

Guardline Security, makes outdoor motion alerts which let people know when a person or vehicle enters their property.  The Guardline 1/4 Mile Range Outdoor Motion Alert Set is basically an extra set of eyes for your property and can be used to:
  • Alert you to visitors
  • Let you know if kids are in off-limits areas (like near the pool)
  • Notify you if the dog gets out or animals are in your garden
  • Alert you to unwanted visitors

SUPER EASY TO INSTALL – Quick Start Guide has you operational in minutes!
EXTREMELY DEPENDABLE – Two years of testing went into developing a reliable motion detector that will dependably alert you to motion around your property.
REALISTIC & RELIABLE RANGE – 1/4 mile range has been tested in real world settings with trees, buildings, walls, and vehicles in order to make true and realistic wireless range claims

And it’s your lucky day, because if you use code BETTERLIFE when you order here, you’ll save an additional $20!


MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener  – Wireless & Wi-Fi enabled Garage Hub with Smartphone Control

Like the Tile, I don’t know if this is an “I love technology” gift or a “I always forget if I closed the garage door” gift.  But I’m thrilled over it!

The MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener Chamberlain MYQ-G0301 – Wireless & Wi-Fi enabled Garage Hub with Smartphone Control retails for $79.99 thought I have seen it for $59.99 on Amazon.

  • Open and close your garage door from anywhere with your smartphone Easy-to-add functionality with existing garage door openers
  • Receive alerts when your garage door opens or closes in real time by setting up customized notifications – great for busy families who come and go from the house through the garage
  • Core features such as opening, closing, and receiving garage door status notifications are INCLUDED with MyQ app at no additional charge
  • Compatible with most brands of garage door openers made after 1993 that have standard safety sensors

Bluetooth Headphone – Mini on Ear Wireless Anti Sweat Sports Headset Noise Reduction Headphone with microphone

Are the techy AND active?  Bluetooth Headphones might be the answer to all their problems – listening to music while running, answering phone calls at the gym, etc.

This particular pair is only $9.99 making them a great budget gift idea!

Echo Show

The 2nd generation Echo Show is set to release on 10/11.  So you can get a great deal on a certified refurbished 1st generation Echo Show right now!  This is the gift your tech-loving Granny would love!

Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings, Amazon Video content, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. All hands-free—just ask.

  • Introducing a new way to be together. Make hands-free video calls to friends and family who have an Echo Show or the Alexa App, and make voice calls to anyone who has an Echo or Echo Dot.
  • See lyrics on-screen with Amazon Music. Just ask to play a song, artist or genre, and stream over Wi-Fi. Also, stream music on Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more.
  • Powerful, room-filling speakers with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and extended bass response. Play your music simultaneously across Echo devices with multi-room music (Spotify and Sirius XM support coming soon, Bluetooth not supported).
  • Ask Alexa to show you the front door or monitor the baby’s room with compatible cameras from Ring and Arlo. Turn on lights or the TV, set thermostats, control Amazon Video on Fire TV, and more with WeMo, Philips Hue, Sony, ecobee, and other compatible smart home devices.
  • With eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo Show hears you from any direction—even while music is playing
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Allrecipes, CNN, and more

PopSockets: Collapsible Grip & Stand for Phones and Tablets 

These are handy little gadgets to have for people who use their phone or tablet a lot.  They’re great gifts/stocking stuffers for tweens and teens.

I have a list of PopSockets on Amazon for $5 to make them budget-friendly too!  (Store prices will run you $10-$15).


LuMee Duo Phone Case w/Front & Back LED Lighting

Do they love taking selfies for Instagram?  Getting the right lighting for the perfect selfie is SO HARD.  Unless you have one of these!

The LuMee Duo Phone Case has front and back LED lighting to help you create the perfect photo!   It’s also a bumper case with shock absorption.

Unfortunately it’s only for iPhone X.  But here’s an option that is compatible with most phones and significantly cheaper:

Tycka 40 LED Selfie Ring Light

  • Stepless Brightness Control: Innovative two built-in brightness controllers enable you to achieve suitable light effect before shooting. Rotate the gear wheel to adjust its brightness from 0% to 100%, which ensures the light is soft and brighter. Easily customize your lighting brightness level via simple rotation. Each brightness control is an independent switch.
  • Independent Warm and Cold White: Unlike other brands, Tycka Selfie Ring Light provides two color temperature options for you to create diverse light effects. You can use single light or mixed light, which will enhance your image and help to produce excellent photos or videos.
  • Compatibility and Application: For all devices with thickness no more than 13mm, including but not limited to smartphones (for instance iphone samsung sony google nexus), pad, pc, laptop and screen. It also can be used as torch, emergency light, making up light and more.
  • Warranty: Backed with 30-day money-back guarantee for any reason, 12-month warranty for quality-related issues.

HP Sprocket

Here’s something else for the Instagrammer on your Christmas list – the HP Sprocket portable printer might be just the thing they need!

Printing off social media photos has never been easier from your smartphone. Connect your social media accounts to the free-to-download HP Sprocket App and instantly turn those photos into colorful prints.  Sprocket uses seamless Bluetooth connectivity, so you can set it up at parties and events, and everyone can print their favorite moments from their smartphones or tablets.

You can read more about the HP Sprocket here.

Do they already have a Sprocket?  How about a fun accessory bundle?

HP Sprocket and Polaroid Zip Instant Printer Accessories Bundle, 5 in 1 Kit Includes: Printer Case, Photo Albums, Color mini photo frame, Magnetic photo frames, Wall Hanging frame 


And for the gamer in your life, here is a headset option that won’t break the bank:

Gaming Headset with Mic for Xbox One PS4 PC Nintendo Switch Tablet Smartphone – Over Ear Bass 3.5mm Microphone Noise Canceling 7 LED Light Soft Memory Earmuffs 

At just $25.99, these headphones come with a lot of cool features and a 4-star rating!

  • ❖Excellent Compatibility❖ Supports PS4, new Xbox One, PC, laptop, Nintendo Switch, PSP, tablet, and mobile phone. A Microsoft adapter (not included) is needed to connect with the original Xbox One. Adjustable headband is suitable for both adults and children. It will perfectly meet your demands for gaming, working, online chatting, broadcasting, and recording.
  • ❖Super Cool Appearance❖ Breathing LED light effect with 7 automatically changing colors to enhance the gaming atmosphere. Unique, eye-catching, sharp appearance with many game elements. 
  • ❖Extreme Comfort❖ Extremely lightweight design (less than 335g), adjustable padded headband, skin-friendly over-ear earpads with top-grade softness and air-permeability. You will remain comfortable, without ear compression or heat, even after very long gaming sessions.
  • ❖High Performance❖Professional gaming headset with high-precision magnetic neodymium driver. It provides you with a powerful stereo sound with rich details and deep bass. You can clearly hear the footsteps of monsters or enemies closing in.
  • ❖Foldable Microphone❖ 120° adjustable microphone can be fixed at the perfect angle and can be folded up when not in use. The upgraded mic with advanced noise canceling technology reduces noise and ensures a clear voice collection and delivery. The in-line controller with volume control and mute key make it easy to adjust the volume and turn on/off mic during games.

And be sure to protect your headset (trust me on this – we’ve replaced a LOT of gaming headsets in this household…ugh) with a stand!

Geekdigg Gaming Headset Headphone Stand Holder with Cable Organizer & Cellphone Stand 

The Headset Display Rack uses ergonomics design, detachable & easy installation, cable organizer located behind the arm ensures headphone cables stay neat. Hanging headset, you are not afraid can not find you headset, and helping you tidy and organize desk, saving space.

This universal and multifunctional headphone stand supports headphones of all sizes, such as Sennheiser 202 II HD598 HD 650 HD700, Dre Beats Beats Solo, Koss PortaPro, Sony MDR7506, Philips, AKG K612, Bose QC15, Hyper X Cloud II’s, Astro A50’s, AT M50’s, and TB 420x, Audio-Technica, etc. Also this 2in1 cellphone stand holder fits for Appler iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6, 6S Plus, 5S, SE, Samsung smart cellphones or iPad air, 4, 3, mini tablets etc.  Includes a 24-month, worry-free guarantee.

Gamer Keyboards

Maybe you know a gamer or someone who spends a lot of their time working on the computer that would love feeling like they’re working behind the controls of some super cool space ship or something with one of these floating, backlit keyboards!

With several choices under $20, it would make a budget friendly Christmas gift!

The one pictured above is the PICTEK Wired Chroma RGB Rainbow LED Backlit Mechanical Feel Gaming Keyboard and it is $18.99 SHIPPED when you clip the extra 5% off coupon.

The NPET K10 Wired Backlit Floating Gaming Keyboard is $15.99 SHIPPED!


And the Mafiti RK100 3 Color LED Backlit Keyboard is $14.99 SHIPPED.

Great choices for a budget friendly gift!

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