5 Really Cool Holiday Gift Picks

Thanksgiving is soon upon us! Yes, a full day of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, football, “Obama wants to take my guns”, questions about why you’re single, and the wine you pray will sedate you.

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, though! If you can survive the 48 hours that Thanksgiving feels like, you’ll make it to Black Friday, the day that kicks off the holiday shopping season. I’ve compiled a list of some of my top gift picks, including the two I recommended Sunday morning on ABC 27. My aim with the list isn’t to go for what is incredibly obvious (which is the category I’d put the iPhone in), but to instead provide some lesser-known products that people would still enjoy getting.

Now, on to the list!

1. NES Classic Edition


If you can find an NES Classic Edition and can suppress the temptation to sell it on eBay, this is a great gift for former NES owners who don’t play games anymore, fans of Nintendo who would enjoy a collector’s item, kids who need to be educated on older games — really, anyone. I genuinely think that anyone would enjoy getting an NES Classic. Two tips:

  1. Buy a long HDMI cable. The controller cord is comically short — around 30 inches, compared to 90+ inches on the original — so you’ll need to keep the system close by.
  2. Check Walmart.com for stock at 5 PM Eastern every day. That is when Walmart updates its online inventory.

PRICE: $59.99 (when in stock!)

2. Amazon Echo Dot


If you’re okay with a smaller, lower-quality speaker, you can save yourself about $130 by opting for the Amazon Echo Dot over the larger Echo. The Dot is a device that makes use of the Alexa platform (Siri on steroids) to integrate with a wide variety of online services and Internet of Things devices. If you have some connected home gear, the Echo Dot will fit right in. And if you really want to have your mind blown, consider this — Alexa works with If This, Then That (IFTTT). Take a look at the large number of services integrated there and imagine someone not enjoying this gift.

PRICE: $49.99

3. Fitbit Aria




About Shawn Farner

Shawn Farner writes about technology and gaming all around the Web. He also creates online content for businesses.

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