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Best Stocking Stuffer: A Stylus

My top pick for a stocking stuffer is perfect for anyone who uses a mobile device with a touch screen. If you've never used one, a stylus is like a pen, for your touchscreen device that provides more precise and an alternative to touch typing. I use my stylus on my iPad within numerous apps, like those that allow hand written notes or sketching apps. There are various features, ranging from a simple stylus that does only what your finger touch would do, to those that connect via Bluetooth and recognize pressure sensitivity. Below, I've listed a few options for you to choose from.

*Bamboo Stylus solo

This simple option improves accuracy with a well balanced, comfortable stylus. Available in a range of colors, this is my personal recommendation for anyone looking for their first stylus or isn't interested in some of the advanced features. I clip this onto the cover of my iPad mini so that it's always with my anytime I'm ready to sketch on my mobile device or take down some notes.

Learn more about the solo or review more of the options available from Wacom here.

Price $19.95

*Adonit Jot Touch

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Learn more about the Jot Touch or review more of the options available from Adonit here.
Price $99.99


New, Fun & Creative Tech Picks

3Doodler 3D Printing Pen *

This gadget is just a fun one! The pen takes small plastic strips, melts them so that you can create 2D or, with practice, 3D structures to show off. Great for the artistic, yet techie person on your Christmas list.

Learn more about the 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen
Price $99.99, or $179 with 50 strands of plastic in a variety of colors

Some new this year, some with proven results from previous years. Take a peek at my quick synopsis of each to see if you can cross anyone off your Christmas list this year with these fantastic uses of technology!


Tile

 

Tile is an app I heard about last year from my boss and I thought that it was a genius idea! It works by sending a bluetooth signal up to 100 feet from the Tile, which you attach to whatever you don't want to be lost, to your phone. Not only that, but if your item is farther away and another phone - any phone with the Tile app on it - then that app will help notify you of your item's location. Pretty nifty.

Learn more about Tile
Price $25


Everpurse

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Learn more about Everpurse
Price $249.00


TV Related Tech Gifts

Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote Control 

This one is perfect for the person who has so many remotes they can never find the right one for each of their electronic devices. The universal remote is programable with over 225,000 home theatre devices and you can add 8 items to this one device.. Use the simple online process to program each device, then put away all those extra remotes. My husband and I use a similar model of this remote and I have to give it a big thumbs up! 

Learn more about Harmony Remotes
Price $79.99 - Additional models available with various features


Chromecast 

This one is a thumb sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV to allow you to push content from your smart phone, tablet or laptop to your TV.  It is one of the cheapest ways to get your favorite content from apps like Netflix, HBO Go, and YouTube to your television. 

Learn more about Chromecast
Price $35


Fire TV Stick

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Learn more about Fire TV Stick
Price $39


Roku Streaming Stick

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Learn more about Roku Streaming Stick
Price $49.99 on sale for $39.99

Apple TV 

Apple TV may be one of my all time favorite technology related to watching television. For less than a hundred dollars, it allows users to watch movies owned through iTunes, purchase or rent new movies easily, and connects to any app you have a subscription to, like HBO Go for example. Easy, peasy!

Learn more about Apple TV
Price $99


Amazon Fire TV

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Learn more about Fire TV
Price $79


Roku 3

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Learn more about Roku 3
Price $99.99 


Compare Media Streamers:
FIRE TV STICK VS Chromecast vs Roku Stick


Household Gadget Gift Ideas

Nest Learning Thermometer 

This smart thermostat learns your schedule, programs itself and can be controlled from your smart phone as well. Let it build a personalized schedule from your temperature changes within a week of setup. The Auto-away feature allows the Nest to notice when your away, and automatically reduce use to save you money on your utility bills. 

Learn more about Nest
Price $249


iGrill Mini Bluetooth Thermometer

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Learn more about iGrill Mini Bluetooth Thermometer
Price $39.99


Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus

Use your tablet while you cook! This handy device accessory is fantastic for the chef on your Christmas list who loves technology. Instead of trying to balance your device to get a good reading angle as you're trying to follow a recipe, use the chef stand to properly hold the table and keep it out of the cooking mess. It even comes with a stylus so you can keep the flour or other ingredients that are on your fingers off your device. This one is a no brainer while it's on sale for $14.99!


Learn more about Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus
Price $39.99 (Currently on sale for $14.99)


Fujitsu ScanSnap *

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Learn more about ScanSnap
Price $209


Kwikset's Kevo Smart Lock

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Learn more about Kwikset's Kevo
Price $199


Philips Hue Wireless LED Bulbs

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Learn more about Philips Hue
Price $299 (3 pack)