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Gift Guide for The Technology Geeks

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Are you running out of ideas on the best gifts for technology geeks? Look no further as we have listed 33 of the perfect gift items that they will surely appreciate. In fact, we would want to get it for ourselves. That’s how amazing these things are. 

1. Kodak Mino Shot

Nothing beats printing actual photos. With Kodak Mino Shot, you can do it with ease. All you have to do is point, shoot, and print your picture. These could be great souvenirs whenever you have small parties with families and friends. You can choose from different colors too. 

Price: $88.30 

2. Omegon Universe2go Planetarium 

This is the perfect gift for people passionate about space travel and astronomy. There are eight different modes and you can listen to three hours of audio explanations. With this Omegon Universe2go Planetarium, you can find 88 constellations. This gift can be used at home or while camping.

Price: $59.00 

3. 8Bitdo Retro Cube Bluetooth Speaker 

This amazing NES Cube Speaker will give you some serious nostalgic vibes. It can last for eight hours and is perfect if you want to use it all night long. The directional pad is fully functional which allows you to adjust the volume. 

Price $59.99 

4. BS Button by Gemmy

This is a great gift idea for tech geeks who do not welcome BS. It’s a red button where it will light up and say, “BS detected, take precautions” or “That was BS”. We know this is hilarious, but it’s a unique and fun item. Play it with your friends and have a good time.

Price: $10.40 

5. MECO LED Name Badge

Instead of having a plain paper with your name on it, why not have a MECO LED Name Badge and stand out from the crowd? This device supports fifteen different languages and five file types. You might want to give this to your friends who just started a business and would want to surprise the market. 

Price: $20.58 

6. TrackR Bravo

Do you know someone who’s always forgetting their keys and wallets? If yes, then give them this awesome TrackR Bravo. Place the device at the back of your item and use the app to find it right away. 

Price: $14.39 

7. Infinity Orb Magnetic Levitating Speaker Bluetooth

This out-of-this-world speaker Bluetooth has an amazing LED visual effect. You can use the orb as a stand-alone or use the base if you wish to see it levitate. You can easily connect it with your iPad, tablet, and other devices. Plus, it can reach up to ten meters. 

Price: $87.99 

8. FitBit Versa 

Even tech geeks need to be fit and must avoid a sedentary lifestyle. The best solution is to give them FitBit Versa. The design is sleek and could go well with your casual clothes. You can even store hundreds of songs, perfect if you want to run for long periods of time.  

Price: $149 

9. New Blink XT2 Indoor/Outdoor Security Camera

In today’s age, we need to prioritize our safety. Giving your tech-savvy friend their own security camera is a great idea. You can talk to your visitors through the Blink app on your smartphone or tablet. And yes, this is compatible with Alexa. Record up to 1080p HD video during the day with this smart security cam.  

Price: $99.99

10. Muse Auto

If you want Alexa to be in your car, then get this Muse Auto. You can easily connect the device to your car’s stereo system either via Bluetooth, USB, or an auxiliary cable. Use it as if you are talking to Alexa at home. It’s an easy tool to install and use. 

Price: $48.00  

11. Anker PowerCore Lite 10000 

One of the best gifts for technology geeks is this Anker PowerCore Lite 10000. If your friend’s iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S9 is always running out of battery, getting this portable power source is the most logical present. What’s great about this device is that it can charge your phone faster compared to its competitors. 

Price: $34.00 

12. Neato Robot Cleaners

If you know someone who doesn’t have time to clean up, then this Neato Robot Cleaners is here to help. While it is more expensive than most of the items in our Best Gifts for Technology Geeks list, imagine the convenience you’d get. And if you compare it with its competitors, it cleans way better. 

Price: $589 

13. LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle

One of the best gifts for technology geeks is this self-cleaning bottle. It kills bacteria so you can ensure to drink clean water every single time. Plus, it keeps your drinks cool or warm like any good water bottle available. By the way, you can Recharge this bottle using a MicroUSB. Who says hydrating couldn’t be this fun?  

Price: $95.00 

14. Withings Nokia Body Cardio Wi-Fi Smart Scale

This scale is extraordinary and is number 1 in the US. You can even sync this with your Apple Watch and other fitness apps. It can be used by eight different people where they can access their history and the scale can automatically recognize them. 

Price: $149.95 

15. PhoneSoap Phone Sanitizer & Charger 

Did you know that your smartphone can be a breeding ground for bacteria? And the worst part is, you can’t even wash it. So, the smartest solution is to use this ingenious phone sanitizer and charger. We bet your friends will appreciate it too. Plus, this type of gift is timely with all the health issues we face today. 

Price: $79.95

16. Wickedbone Smart Bone

Let’s not forget your furry babies. You can now give them their own smart bone. You can control the bone and adjust it according to your pets’ reactions. This device is safe – there’s no need to worry about your dogs and cats. in addition, it has a decent battery life that will allow your pets to play for a long time. 

Price: $76.99 

17. Philips SmartSleep Light Therapy Lamp 

This outstanding light is recommended by experts and is proven to improve sleep. 

Your friend is probably staring at their gadgets for a long time and this can disrupt their sleep. Thus, this gift is beneficial. Apart from the light itself, it comes with FM radio, phone charging dock, and even a speaker, to name a few. 

Price: $154.95 

18. iFixit Tech Toolkit

We bet that any tech-lover would appreciate this iFixit Tech Toolkit. It has all the tools you need if you want to repair your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. You can also refer to their Fixit Guides for simple troubleshooting. This is a wise investment as you get a lifetime warranty.  

Price:  $69.99 

19. Theragun Handheld Muscle Massager

Pros trust this handheld muscle massager, and we’re pretty sure the recipient of this gift will appreciate this too. This is perfect for people with an active lifestyle and would like to experience a deep massage to relieve pain. This can even help you perform better. And it comes with a protective case just in case they want to bring it wherever they go. 

Price: $449

20. Dragon Touch Digital Picture Frame 

Who says that picture frames are a thing of the past? However, the trend now is to get a digital picture frame connected to Wi-Fi so you can change the images whenever you want to. Share your latest photos with your visitors in real-time. With the Dragon Touch Digital Picture Frame, you can store over 40,000 photos. That’s a whole lot of memories!

Price: $129.99

21. Nintendo Switch Lite 

The handheld Nintendo Switch Lite is probably the best gift to your friend who doesn’t want to leave their personal computers. With this, they can still play games wherever they are. It has a sleek design and is ideal for traveling. Plus, it’s way cheaper than other Nintendo products. 

Price: $199

22. Eero 

We know how most people rely on WiFi. Unfortunately, some areas in our homes have a weak signal. To solve that, you can buy Eero and make sure that every corner of your friend’s home is covered by Eero. It’s easy to install and you can quickly troubleshoot it using an app. 

Price: $399

23. BentoStack Tech Travel Case

Cords and other gadget accessories can cause clutter, most especially if you are traveling. But you can avoid that with this BentoStack Tech Travel Case. This is patterned to the Japanese lunch box and can help you become more organized. It is also modular and you can personalize it according to your needs.   

Price: $50 

24. Electronic Word Clock 

How about telling time in a unique way? It’s hard not to fall in love with this electronic word clock. This can be an added decor to any space. It’s the perfect gift idea for people who fancy odd things. Trust us, this could spark a conversation. 

Price: $24 

25. Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard 

This one of a kind foldable keyboard is compatible with Windows phone and tablet, Android devices, and iPad or iPhone. It’s so sleek and thin, you can fit it in your purse or even pocket. The keyboard provides a full-size keyset for a more speedy and accurate typing experience. 

Price: $183

26. Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer

Print anything from your phone with this Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer. Fits your hand and comes with filters to make photos look even better.

Price: $99.99

27. Apple Airpods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro is the latest offering in wireless earbuds. It has a noise cancelling function and many other amazing features such as transparency mode and Adaptive EQ.

Price: $249

28. The PlusUs Lifecard Phone Charger

Everyone has a phone charger, but the The PlusUs Lifecard Phone Charger is one that a tech geek can appreciate. It is touted as the world’s thinnest portable power. It can fit right in their pocket as well. Plus, it has quick-charging capabilities too.

Price: $100

29. Bartesian Premium Cocktail Machine

The Bartesian Premium Cocktail Machine lets tech geeks mix the best cocktail drinks, anytime, anywhere. It comes with drink capsules that you add booze to for that perfect drink.

Price: $349.85

30. Amazon’s Ring Video Doorbell 3

Welcome visitors with Amazon’s Ring Video Doorbell. It allows you to see, hear, and speak to your home visitors from anywhere by using the Ring App and integrating Alexa.

Price: $199.99

31. Sanidika Cell Phone Jail

A funny way to keep gadgets safe is the Sanidika Cell Phone Jail. Gadget addicts can help themselves by keeping phones locked up. 

Price: $11.89

32. Joseche Sleep Headphones Bluetooth Eye Mask

The Joseche Sleep Headphones Bluetooth Eye Mask helps any tech geek sleep better. It has built-in speakers, bluetooth, and microphones.

Price: $22.99

33. Audio Technica Turntable

Tech geeks who are also music junkies will love this turntable from Audio Technica. Its automatic belt drive lets them enjoy their vinyl records with high-fidelity audio.

Price: $89.98

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How My 7-Day, $7 GraphicsZoo Experience Went

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The luxury of an on-demand graphic designer is a recent one. Gone are the Mad Men days of walking into a glamorous, sexy office building to hire a firm to do design work for you. Now, if you need a design completed, all you have to do is log on. GraphicsZoo is one such on-demand graphic designer. 

For a flat, monthly rate you can have all the designs your mind could dream of. So, I decided to see what was up with them. I signed up for their 7 Day $7 Trial. Not a bad deal, right? Here’s how my experience went. 

Logging On, Part One

When I first signed up for GraphicsZoo, I didn’t actually sign up. Not yet anyway. I had filled in and submitted the necessary log-in information. Next was the payment information. I paused on that for whatever reason, got distracted and closed the window. I would take care of it the next day when I had a moment. 

GraphicsZoo, however, took the initiative. I received this email the following day:

I hadn’t given them any money yet. Seems a little odd for a company to get the ball rolling when a customer has knowingly not handed over any kind of payment information. They sure seemed eager to get started, so, why not? Let’s get to work. 

Except, when I clicked on “Post a New Project,” I was sent to this page: 

You may be asking yourself, “what the hell is Laravel?” Because I sure did. Laravel is a free, open-source PHP web framework. It’s a website programming tool. That’s the best way I can explain something I don’t fully understand in layman’s terms. 

Why was I sent to this page by an official GraphicsZoo email? 

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Logging On, Part Two – The Sandwich Shop of My Dreams

Now ready to hand over proper payment information, I signed up a second time. Again, GraphicsZoo sent me an email about starting a project before I had submitted the payment information. But this time, they didn’t even give me time to walk away. 

I get it, you’re Eager McBeavers. Let’s wait until I hand over payment information, yes? 

Once I got settled in, I submitted my design request. Since high school, I’ve had a very silly dream about opening up a sandwich shop. So, to make a younger me excited, I decided to create a logo for this dream sandwich shop. 

My nickname in high school was Blondie, so I decided to stick with the theme and name my dream shop “Blondie’s Sammiches.”

Now, I had plenty of ideas as to how I wanted a logo or a label to look for this dream shop. But I wanted to see what GraphicsZoo designers could do with minimal direction. I gave them the initial freedom to decide for me. Let’s see what kind of raw talent they got. 

I asked for a classic New York deli-style design, and the rest was up to them. At least to start. 

Once submitted, I happened to notice the expected delivery date. September 6. That date would seem arbitrary, but I signed up on September 1. Kinda funny that the first expected delivery date is just under the 7-day mark, no? 

I see what you’re doing, GraphicsZoo. 

Design First Draft

To GraphicsZoo’s credit, they delivered the first draft ahead of schedule. For minimal direction, they delivered a half-decent design. 

I asked for a classic New York deli-style design. I think, despite the super-dated early 90’s color scheme, they did pretty okay. 

Now, I wanted to see how they would take direction. I preferred the first design with the text wrapped around the sandwich logo. I only wanted to change the color. I asked for a variety of text options (black, white, and colored) and that the sandwich be filled with “sandwich colors,” for lack of a better description. 

We all know what “sandwich colors” are, right? 

Turns out, GraphicsZoo designers did. 

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

We were approaching the 7-day mark, so I was hoping to get a revision on the design before that mark. 

I would periodically check-in, but I would have a difficult time navigating the site. Upon checking in, I would see this page: 

If I were a less patient person, I would have been irritated. If I was paying regular, non-$7 prices, I would be furious. My inner Karen would be roaring. 

After some digging and clicking, I would eventually find my project. But, frankly, I shouldn’t have to do that no matter how little I’m paying. If I’m about to open my dream sandwich shop, I want to be able to find my potential logo with absolutely no issues. 

Seeing empty folders on an initial log-in is, well, not good. 

Design Second Draft

Thankfully, one day before the end of the 7-day trial, I received a second draft. To my delight, they had followed my directions well. 

Sure looks like “sandwich colors” to me. 

If I had more time to work on this, and if I were actually opening up my sandwich shop, I would have more revisions to make. But, considering the quality of design in the brief time allotted, I think this is a solid design. 

What is “solid” in terms of an academic grade? A “B?” A “B-?” Either way, my mother would tell me to do better. 

Cancelling The Trial Before The Real Charges

I was now in a time crunch. Considering I don’t want to pay over $300 for a service I won’t be returning to anytime soon, I wanted out and fast. I mean, look at these prices. 

Not exactly in my budget. So, it was time to cancel. I requested a cancellation and then… well, I waited. 

But, I don’t want to wait to see if my cancellation goes through or not. When you go to cancel your Netflix subscription, they cancel it. There’s no suspense. And when there’s that amount of money at stake, suspense is not the emotion I’d like to be feeling in the moment. 

I reached out to GraphicsZoo’s support team. I had asked for a confirmation of cancellation. But they had something else in mind, at first. 

And so, our dance began. 

There was a decent amount of back and forth. “How about this subscription plan?” No, just cancel, please. “Well, how about this one?” No. Just cancel, please. “Consider this plan!” I said NO. No means no! 

Eventually, my persistence and complete and total unwillingness to pay a single cent more won out. Grace, my support … person, finally conceded. 

She was doing her job. Can’t sneeze at that. I can sneeze at the practice of hounding someone not interested in paying a single cent more. If I were running a business, however, I’d insist on that policy. 

I may have been mildly annoyed about that process, but ultimately no harm was done. The cancellation went through. 

Conclusion

All in all, I would call my 7-day $7 trial experience with GraphicsZoo mediocre. I found the initial signing-up experience to be bizarre and unintentional. There’s no way GraphicsZoo meant to send me to a web programming tool when asking me to start a project. 

That’s the kind of whoopsie-daisy that really needs to be rectified, and immediately. 

I was slightly irritated by the persistence of a support coordinator to get me to keep paying them, but that’s the nature of business. There’s nothing wrong with that. 

I was mildly impressed with the designer’s ability to deliver a decent design in a short amount of time with minimal direction. What they delivered was fine, but given the circumstances, I think it was solid. 

Despite the decent work by the designers, I probably wouldn’t recommend GraphicsZoo. The experience with the initial signing up, the difficulty navigating their site, and the over persistence by the support department left me with a bad taste. There are plenty of other services out there better organized with the same quality of design. 

If I could put my experience with GraphicsZoo in a single word, it would be “Meh.”

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Bearaby Tree Napper Review: Is It Worth $299?

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Weighted blankets have gained popularity in recent years for their therapeutic benefits. What used to be therapy for those with anxiety and autism has now become widely available. Weighted blankets come in all shapes, sizes, and price ranges. However, most are the same. They’re simply blankets – weighted with a heavy material, typically beads.

Bearaby introduces an entirely new concept, the Bearaby Tree Napper, a weighted knitted from eucalyptus trees. Like Bearaby’s other weighted blankets, the Tree Napper gets its weight completely from the construction materials instead of relying on beads. It’s a unique concept that’s both innovative and socially responsible. However, is it worth the asking price?

What’s a weighted blanket?

First, let’s start by explaining what exactly a weighted blanket is. It’s a blanket that uses either beads or dense materials to give it a weight between 15 – 30 lbs. The weight is often evenly distributed across the blanket, so the pressure is applied equally. Research has shown that deep pressure stimulation has shown to reduce anxiety and stress. Ever wonder why a massage feels so good afterward?

Weighted blankets offer similar therapeutic effects by wrapping you underneath a 15 – 30lbs blanket. Several studies have shown that frequent use of weighted blankets can also help with chronic pain, osteoarthritis, insomnia, and even ADHD.

What makes Bearaby unique?

Most weighted blankets get their weight from tiny beads evenly quilted into the lining. This method certainly does work to give the blanket its weight, but you’ll often feel like you’re under a sandbag. The Bearaby Nappa is unlike any other weighted blanket. It gets its weight naturally from the dense cotton strands knitted together. This design choice gives the blanket a cohesive structure that’s both flexible and durable. It can stretch and take a bit of abuse. However, it’ll never lose its shape.

One significant advantage of Bearaby’s unique design is that it doesn’t sacrifice comfort for weight. Traditional weighted blankets rely on noisy beaded pockets, and that can often be uncomfortable. The Bearaby’s soft tencel knits are comfortable, soft, and have a natural silk-like texture that makes them cool to the touch.

Are Bearaby Weighted Blankets Washable?

Yes, thanks to 100% of the weight coming from the fibers, all Bearaby blankets, including the Tree Napper, are machine washable. Traditional weighted blankets are much more complicated to wash due to the beads being interlocked in pockets. Machine washing and drying could cause damage to the covering or, worse, to the washing machine should the pockets rupture. 

What is Bearaby made of?

It never fails to draw attention. The Bearaby’s unique look is both captivating and functional. Tencel is claimed to be softer than silk and more relaxed than linen. I can confirm its effectiveness by sleeping with the Bearaby for the past month in 80-90 degree weather. The knits allow me to sleep much cooler than a regular comforter.

Because 100% of the weight comes from the cotton itself, the distribution is more even across my body, giving me the feeling of being hugged rather than held down.

The look & feel

It never fails to draw attention. The Bearaby’s unique look is both captivating and functional. Tencel is claimed to be softer than silk and cooler than linen. Sleeping with the Bearaby for the past month in 80-90 degree weather, I can confirm its effectiveness. The knits allow me to sleep much cooler than a regular comforter.

Because 100% of the weight comes from the cotton itself, the distribution is more even across my body, giving me the feeling of being hugged rather than being held down.

A socially responsible company

Bearaby promises all of its products are sourced responsibly in a closed-loop process that uses 90% less water than traditional fabrics. Their products, including the Tree Napper, are biodegradable and have received sustainability certifications to back up their claim.

It’s easy for brands to claim their sustainability badge by promising to donate money for every purchase. Bearaby does something that few are willing to do – changing their manufacturing practice. It’s not a flashy promise, but it’s an expensive choice with the most significant impact on our environment. This practice alone more than justifies Bearaby’s price tag.

Bearaby’s price

We recommend any Bearaby weighted blankets because it’s a fantastic health product that can add years to your life. Any benefits traditional weighted blankets offer, the Bearaby simply offers more.

The Bearaby Tree Napper starts at $269 for the 15lbs version and goes up to $299 for the 25lbs version. It’s easily one of the most expensive weighted blankets on the market. However, considering the materials, sustainable practice, and fair wages they offer their staff, it’s well worth the price. You’re buying more than just a blanket. You’re supporting a company that takes care of their people and environment.

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The $5-Worth Nintendo Switch Deal: PowerA Joy Con Grip

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We all know $5 is a tough price to find for anything decent these days. But Amazon offered a Nintendo Switch accessory more than 50% off its original price! With a crisp Abe Lincoln, you can either have a PowerA Joy Con Comfort Grip or Celeste game. It doesn’t sound like a losing deal, right? 

Nintendo Switch PowerA Joy Con Comfort Grip

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As a boost to your gaming experience, this Nintendo Switch accessory reached its lowest price last week. Alright, we know PowerA Joy Con Comfort Grip isn’t the sleekest Nintendo Switch accessory. But we can admit it does the job. The best part? It’s even a Nintendo-authorized clone for the original Joy Con grip for Switch. 

Although, it’s too bad for those who did not get a chance to buy this accessory for only $5. As they say, “you snooze, you lose.” Compared to last week’s 67% discount, Power-A currently costs $9.88

Product Features:

  • Lightweight and ergonomic for a satisfying gaming experience. 
  • Enjoy the feel of double-injected rubber grips for your optimum comfort. 
  • Keep your Joy Con snug and secure. 
  • It keeps indicator lights visible. 
  • Shock resistant

Review: 

PowerA ranks in the Amazon’s Choice section for the “joycon grip” search. It received a whopping 4.5 stars review with more than 20,000 ratings. This gaming accessory is officially licensed even though a third party makes it. So we can’t expect it to have the same feel, design, and benefits that a JoyCon grip gives you. 

It’s important to remember that PowerA is cheaper, so it’s safe to expect slightly lower quality. 

At the same time, this Nintendo Switch accessory does not have a “charge and play” function. But still, if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative that can provide you comfort while gaming, it can surely deliver. 

Nintendo Switch Game: Celeste

Celeste is the all-time favorite game for Nintendo Switch’s platform. This indie game from 2018 was also available for 75% off its original price. However, like PowerA’s $5 deal, Celeste’s 75% off is a thing of the past. So if you’re like me, who’s living under a rock, you probably missed the sweet double-deal. 

Currently, Celeste costs $19.99. It’s a game that players and critics love because of its heartfelt plot and simplicity. Although it looks simple, it’s a challenging game to play. Its difficulty level is through the roof, which makes some not fond of the game. 

Review:

Overall, Celeste has an overwhelmingly positive review and feedback for players. It can be frustrating, to the point where you want to pull your hair, especially if you keep dying. But it can surely keep you on your toes as you try to clear each chapter. 

This indie game is created with great platforming, aesthetics, atmosphere and even the OST pulls you into game mode. It may look off if you’re not a fan of pixelated visuals. But if you can move past that, the gaming experience will not disappoint. Each chapter has a story behind it. So it can completely immerse and motivate the gamer to move on to the next level.

It’s the go-to game if you like challenging games and pixelated aesthetics. 

Final Thoughts

For those early birds who managed to grab a $5-worth of PowerA grip or Celeste game, great job for landing a low-priced Nintendo deal. However, not all are lucky enough to grab more than their money’s worth. 

On the other hand, both are still great products worth the price, especially if you love gaming. In the end, it’s the gaming experience that’s important. So if you’re still planning to get your PowerA grip, go on while it’s still at 34% off the original price. However, if you’re more curious about Celeste, it’s still worth the splurge!

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