It’s time to “tech” the halls.
This Christmas, tech gadgets are the go-to gift. As technology bleeds into every aspect of our lives, there’s no longer any room in those stockings for socks, gift cards, or grandma’s knitting. Tech toys are a must.
However, finding the right gift is already stressful. Choosing the perfect present for the tech-lover in your life can be straight-up overwhelming. Fortunately, Manuel Goldring can help.
The Teaneck, NJ resident developed a passion for technology at a young age. When he’s not building custom gaming computers, he’s constantly on the lookout for neat and innovative products. Now, after earning a Master’s degree in accounting, he’s transitioning into the world of IT.
Using this knowledge, Manuel Mendy Goldring shares his eight must-have tech gift ideas for 2021.
Google Nest Mini
A wireless, smart home isn’t the future. It’s the present. Although smart assistants have become a household staple, there are varying degrees of simplicity and affordability. The Google Nest Mini is both, offering an easy-to-use, starting option. Use it as a single speaker, but this little guy is also powerful enough to integrate and connect your entire home.
Ring Alarm 5-Piece Kit
As a father to a newborn, Manuel Goldring loves to explore tech inventions for new parents. Nothing keeps your family safer than a home monitoring system. This kit, by Ring, is the ideal entry-level package. It’s easy to set up and control via the app. It’s perfect for anyone looking to DIY their home security.
Voltson Smart Wi-Fi Outlet Plug
Wi-Fi outlets are perhaps the next wave of the connected home. Use these plugs to control lights, appliances, electronics, and other devices remotely. They even pair with Alexa or Google Assistant to allow for voice commands. Pro tip: Manuel Goldring recommends syncing it with local times to automatically adjust with natural light.
Philips Hue Smart Bulbs
This holiday is about to get lit. Literally. These LED lights are one of the most popular smart bulbs on the market. Each is adjustable to countless color and hue options. Bulbs can be programmed and controlled by a smart assistant or by using the app.
Light up your outdoor adventures too. Created by Solight Design, this is a unique portable lighting solution. The beauty is in its versatility. It’s collapsible, waterproof, solar-powered, and even floats. It makes for a wonderful camping companion or just upping the backyard ambiance.
Slap a Tile on your keys and you’ll never lose them again. For the forgetful-minded, this is a great gift idea. Locating is simple and easy with its 250-foot range and loud buzzer. As Manuel Goldring points out, this can be attached to wallets and backpacks too.
Anker PowerCore Essential
There’s nothing worse than a drained battery. A mobile power bank solves this problem. Charge smartphones, headphones, and other small devices multiple times. This is a strong pick for commuters or frequent flyers.
Oculus Quest 2
Manuel Goldring’s list wouldn’t be complete without at least one gaming entry. Virtual reality gaming is cutting-edge, providing a personalized experience. Unlike a traditional console, the Oculus Quest 2 displays stunning visuals that are also interactive.