Last-Minute Holiday Gifts 2015

14 December, 2015 Life No comments
Last-Minute Holiday Gifts 2015

Once again the holidays are here, and once again millions will be on the hunt for last-minute gifts. Luckily, as ever, we’ve got you covered in terms of great ideas from high-tech gear to fashion accessories, automotive options to grooming gear, that should prove instant crowd-pleasers for just about anyone on your list. We’ve teamed up with a few great companies to help with this year’s tech picks – here are some awesome gift ideas for all of your holiday shopping needs.

For example: Just about everyone has a smartphone these days, so accessories like phone cases will work for just about everyone on your list. You probably know OtterBox for their critically-acclaimed protective cases and with their new Symmetry Series of slim protective cases, they’ll soon be known for their sleek styling too. The slim case is great for the inevitable drops and dings, which makes it the perfect gift for all the smartphone owners out there. As an added bonus, you can also find it in a variety of colors and designer patterns, plus it’s available for Apple, Samsung, and Motorola devices and more.

One gift guys can always use too is grooming tools, and Wahl is definitely the way to go. Their latest and greatest are the Elite Pro Clipper and Lithium Ion+ Trimmer. They cover it all, from hair cutting to facial hair trimming, and are the most powerful in their class. Both feature patented ground blades for a smooth and even cut every time. A lot of guys can be very particular about grooming tools, but they’ll certainly dig these—and they’re sold at major stores nationwide, as well as online at Wahlgrooming.com, making shopping even easier.

You can also send recipients on your gift-giving list from the couch to riding a motorcycle in just a few days with Harley-Davidson’s Riding Academy. Call your local Harley dealership for details. Or, you can also shift gears and give the ultimate gift in the new Iron 883 motorcycle, part of Harley’s most powerful cruiser line up ever. Rider or not, Harley-Davidson has something this holiday season for everyone including great gift ideas like trendy leather jackets and accessories like bags, toolkits, even rocks glasses for entertaining. Most gifts are under $100, and dozens are under $50. See it all at www.H-D.com/holiday.

3D printers are all the rage too. If you’re in the market for one, be sure to have a look at the Dremel 3D Idea Builder! It’s a fast, easy-to-use 3D printer you can operate right out of the box. It’s great for encouraging creativity and problem-based learning for students of all kinds. With a broad assortment of free, print-ready models downloadable from Dremel3D.com or around the web, you can create endless possibilities for your projects with 3D printing. This is such an exciting technology that inspires critical thinking and gives you the option to turn all sorts of fun ideas into tangible physical objects.

As you can see, there’s no shortage of amazing presents to pick from in 2015 and beyond. Be sure to check back frequently for more top gift ideas!

Top High-Tech Holiday Gifts

Top High-Tech Holiday Gifts

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are finally here! That means a wave of all-new holiday gifts have also arrived and (sweet!) will soon find their way into high-tech enthusiasts’ hands. But with so much great gear to sort through, how do you choose the right present for that special someone? Happily, we’ve teamed up with some top tech leaders to take a look at the latest and greatest new gift ideas you’ll want to consider.

For example: A new smartphone like the BlackBerry Passport, which is great for any mobile professional who wants to be more productive. Inspired by an actual passport, the mobile device has a large high-resolution touch square screen and the industry’s first and only touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard – making it ideal for viewing documents, browsing the web and writing emails.  It also has some great new features like a new operating system that offers greater security, dual app store with hundreds of thousand apps, BlackBerry’s new digital assistant as well as BlackBerry Blend, which allows you to easily share content, texts  and conversations from your device to your tablet or computer.

Another great gift option to consider would be a new computer. There are so many out there, but the HP Chromebook is well worth taking a look at because it’s affordable and powerful. It comes with 100 GB of Google Drive storage for two years, which is great for storing all your holiday photos. Plus it has Google Chromecast and access to third party apps like Hulu and Netflix, a feature anyone on your shopping list will love!

Also keep an eye out for the Lyve Home 2TeraByte drive that stores all of your photos and videos from all devices – phones, laptops, external drives, and it organizes them into one central library creating a secure backup of all of your images. There’s also a great Free Lyve app that gives you instant access to any of these photos and videos from any device, no matter where you are. It’s super easy – just download the Lyve app from itunes or googleplay on all of your devices, and it does the rest – it even backs up any new photos instantly!

One gift guys can always use too is grooming tools, and Wahl is definitely the way to go. Their latest and greatest are the Lithium Ion Trimmer and Elite Pro Series Clipper. They cover it all, from head and face. Both feature patented ground blades for a smooth and even cut every time. A lot of guys are can be very particular about grooming tools, but guys will definitely want to have a look at these—and they’re sold at major stores nationwide for under $70.

If you’re trying to get as much done in one place as possible you might also shop at GameStop—it’s a great place to find all your gaming and tech gifts this season. They have great deals on new and pre-owned gifts like video games, consoles, gadgets, and accessories. This year among their hot deals is the Xbox One—they’re offering the system in a bundle with digital copies of two Assassin’s Creed games. What guy wouldn’t be happy with a new gaming system?

5 Ways to Easily Communicate on the Road

5 Ways to Easily Communicate on the Road

Staying connected is a top priority for today’s traveler. Thankfully, a wide range of high-tech devices andservices now provide countlessways to keep up with friends, family and coworkers wherever you go. Looking to effortlessly stay in touch with the gang back home or office from any location? From cloud computing solutions to cutting-edge hospitality and lodging services, following are five ways to practically guarantee maintaining seamless communication anytime, anywhere:

Put Your Head in the Clouds – Cloud computing services like Google Docs, Zoho, OneDrive and Dropbox let you easily store and share files, photos, documents, and spreadsheets online, so your desktop travels wherever you do. Using these tools, accessible from Web browsers, apps and even desktop folders, you can synchronize all your data across tablets, smartphones and computers.Coworkers can even collaborate on projects in real-time. Dozens of providers (even more include Amazon, Box, Hightail, etc.) make it easy to stay in touch, team up on shared efforts or transport files and folders full of music, movies and more to any destination.

Get Connected – If you’re a modern professional or parent, or simply want more face-to-face time with your friends and family, free videoconferencing services like Skype, Tango and ooVoo are a must. Make voice and video calls from mobile or stationary devices with an Internet connection so you can tuck in your kids or take calls with key clients from hundreds of miles away. Instant messaging programs such as WhatsApp (see: its free international text messaging services), Trillian and Kik also put contacts and comrades just a tap away. With these, you can easilysend and receive text messages or share photos, videos and more multimedia goodies from a variety of popular portable devices.

Stay Smart – Many hotel brandsoffer wireless Internet connections at significant cost and variable speeds. Others such as Hyatt Place (already notable for its design with the 24/7 traveler in mind and roomyrooms) offer greater convenience and comfort by providing free dependable Wi-Filocation-wide along with USB charging ports.When booking a room, don’t just choose based on location. Look for lodging choices such as these which offer ample power plugs, generous work spaces, and complimentary wireless connectivity.That way, it’s easy to make video or voice calls, visit your Inbox and access social apps and networks.

Use Go-Go Gadgets – Mobile devices make the perfect portable communications solution, but battery life seldom lasts the entire day. Save yourself from sprinting for a power outlet by grabbing recharger cases for your favorite device, which can provide a quick energy refill to go, such as those made my Mophie, PowerSkin and Powermat. If you’re a high-speed cellular customer, virtually every carrier offers mobile wireless hotspot options that can help you stay connected day-round as well. These handy gizmos, which sync up to 3G and 4G LTE networks, make it possible to connect several devices (tablets, laptops, digital cameras, etc.) to the Internet and enjoy mobile connectivity to go.

Bring the World to You – A variety of helpful blogging services such as TravelPod, Tumblr, Blogger and WordPress make it possible to create your own travelogue or running diary, and post updates, photos and videos from every stop on your itinerary. Popular social networks such as Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter also provide a quick and easy way to share updates from every stopover, or even in some cases post up videos or entire photo galleries’ worth of vacation snapshots. You can not only keep others up to date with your travels, but also create a greater sense of connection by helping them see the world through your eyes.

Just as important as knowing the best ways to communicate is taking the time to disconnect. Explore the area you’re visiting using advice from friends in the area, local blogs and newspapers or asking your hotel for their favorite suggestions. You’re bound to discover a something new to share the next time you connect. 

This post was sponsored by Hyatt Place as part of its Seamless Travel Series. The opinions are my own and based on my experience.