Updated: Sep 29, 2022
The gift-giving season is upon us! Sometimes it is hard to decide what to give someone or come up with an idea of something you want. So, I came up with a shortlist of some techie items I've come across the past few months while searching for gifts.
There is a range of items on this list that will likely fit every person on your list. If not, perhaps it will spark some other ideas.
1. Smart Plugs by WYZE - $11.98 (Amazon)
Plug your lights or devices into this plug and it can be controlled by your Alexa or Google Assistant. It's like a Clap On, but better. These are great for everyone but specifically, people who are afraid of the dark, never turn off their lights or TVs or are regularly forgetful if they've turned off their straightener. They also have an outdoor version for $17.98.
2. Roku Streambar - $79.98 (reg. $129.99, Amazon)
This is a fairly new Roku system. They've added their streaming device to a soundbar. Whatever, right? Well, it's a soundbar, so your sound is better just because of that. It's also voice-activated. But honestly, the best feature is you can change the settings to automatically lower the volume of commercials. Lastly, you can purchase more Roku speakers and a subwoofer for greater sound.
3. Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Dolby Atmos - $899.00 (Amazon)
Another soundbar, but this is near-movie grade sound. It comes with Dolby Atmos & Dolby Audio so all (Dolby mastered) music, movies, and TV shows sound powerful. If you can't afford much of a home setup, a decent 4k TV and this soundbar will blow you away. It's voice-controlled so Alexa or Google can be used with it. You can also add a bass module for $449.00.
4. Philips Hue Gradient Light Strip - $179.99 (Amazon)