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15 Tech Gift Ideas for 2015

11/27/2015

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  • Not sure what gift to get your loved one? Think technology!
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  • Consider these fun and useful tech gift ideas. You do not have to be a high-tech expert to get excited about these gifts.
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  • You may even find something special for yourself!
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  • Note that all of the websites mentioned below offer international shipping. There may be additional shipping costs.
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  • ​​If your loved one uses a laptop, you can make their computer time more enjoyable with a Mini Laptop Riser.
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  • Lift the base of the laptop off the desk at an angle to make typing easier.
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  • You can bend the riser to the shape and height that works best for you.
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  • The riser is lightweight, so you can bring it with you when your away from your work station.
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  • The Mini Laptop Riser is available from Etsy for $10.95. The device comes in a number of colors.
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  • You can give one away and keep one for yourself!
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  • If you have a problem with wires getting twisted or tied together, consider the Cablox Cable Organizer.
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  • These squares have a sticky side so you can connect them to almost any surface.
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  • Put your cables through the pieces of plastic to prevent tangles.
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  • Cablox Cable Organizers come in a set of 4 for $20 from Ippinka in black or white.
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  • You can spend a lot of money getting a virtual reality viewer, and see life-like images.
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  • Or you can spend just a little money and get Google Cardboard.
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  • This viewer works with larger cell phones, letting you see the world in three dimensions with 360 degree views in all directions.
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  • Many apps work with Google Cardboard and many of these programs are free.
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  • You can watch videos, play games and see the world in an amazing virtual reality.
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  • Google Cardboard is available in many designs, beginning at $20, on the Google Cardboard page. You can also get one for under $2 on eBay.
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  • If you like homemade gifts, you can even make one yourself using the directions given by Google on its Cardboard page.
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  • Build a castle in the air with the Hoverkraft Levitating Construction Challenge.
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  • Part game, part toy, part educational tool, the challenge helps you understand the idea of balance while having fun.
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  • Organize your building blocks on a floating platform while keeping it balanced.
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  • The platform floats over a magnetic base. If the blocks become unbalanced, the surface will tilt to one side and the blocks fall.
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  • This game is designed for one to eight players, ages 8 and up.
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  • The Hoverkraft Levitating Construction Challenge is available for $29.99 from ThinkGeek.
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  • Would you like to have a flying toy, but lack space to fly one?
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  • Consider a Mini Quadcopter that is small enough to fit inside your hand.
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  • This Mini Quadcopter can be controlled to fly in any direction with its remote control.
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  • You can set the controls for your skill level.
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  • The Mini Quadcopter is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $39.95.
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  • The Easy ACC 20000mAh battery lets you add electricity to four different devices at once.
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  • This battery has four ports for charging and is powerful enough to charge tablet computers as well as telephones.
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  • ​​You can charge this battery two times as fast with two cords for charging.
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  • You can fully charge the battery in six hours, according to the seller.
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  • You can also use this power supply to light a room with its flashlight.
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  • The Easy ACC battery is available from Amazon for $35.99.
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  • The Easy-Twist Outlet Adapter can make the most of any outlet around the world. This adapter lets you plug in up to four USB devices.
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  • It also has different plugs that twist into place so you can use it in 150 countries around the world.
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  • The Easy-Twist Outlet Adapter is available from Ippinka for $45.
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  • Using a finger on a tablet may not be good enough to make a true work of art. Be creative by using the Tablet Paintbrush.
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  • ​​This paintbrush has actual bristles just like a real paintbrush. So you can create artwork in different styles using apps on your tablet.
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  • The other end of the paintbrush has a rubber tip that lets you write or draw.
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  • The Tablet Paintbrush works on mobile devices, such as an iPad, iPhone, Samsung tablets, Kindle Fire, Nexus, and more.
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  • The Tablet Paintbrush is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $49.95.
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  • ​​Get into the spirit of the holiday season in your home with the Indoor Snowfall Light.
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  • The light shows snowflake shapes in your room to give you the feeling of a winter snowfall.
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  • You can control the speed of the snowfall, unlike the real weather.
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  • The Indoor Snowfall Light is available from Sharper Image for $59.99.
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  • ​​Does your sweetie like taking selfies and eating toast? Well, why not combine the two with the Selfie Toaster?
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  • ​The Selfie Toaster creates an image on the piece of toast so you can smile at yourself every morning.
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  • The Selfie Toaster is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $69.95.
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  • Who said you have to skate forward? Sidewinding Circular Skates let you move sideways, like a skateboard but with skates.
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  • The Sidewinding Circular Skates are available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $99.95.
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  • Give the knowledge of the world with the Amazon Echo.
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  • ​​The device can answer questions, tell you about weather conditions, tell jokes, play music and more.
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  • The Echo also acts as a Bluetooth speaker so you can connect your phone and listen to your favorite songs.
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  • The Echo is available from Amazon for $179.
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  • If your loved one has an iPhone, consider the Apple Watch as a gift. This watch lets you send and receive phone calls and texts.
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  • ​You can also use apps to see the latest weather conditions, control your music, get directions on a map and much more.
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  • The Apple Watch is available from Apple for prices beginning at $349.
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  • Get a jump-start on teaching your children to drive with the Arcade Mini Roadster Simulator.
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  • ​​A 48 cm video screen shows games while the car moves up and down, and side-to-side while the games are played. The car even moves as the game hits bumps.
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  • Your child can use the steering wheel and pedals just like a real car. There's even a jump button to avoid things in the road, unlike most real cars.
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  • On second thought, this may not be the best teacher for actual driving!
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  • The Arcade Mini Roadster is for children ages 4 through 12 and is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $6,900.
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  • Finally, make your travels even more fun with the Solar Velomobile. This is powered both by the sun and your pedaling.
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  • ​​You can travel at speeds up to 32 kmh on solar battery power and up to 48 kmh if you add pedal power.
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  • Leave it parked in the sun or plug it into a wall outlet to charge it. You can travel up to 72 km on a charge or 177 km if you pedal.
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  • You can carry up to 159 kg in the back of the vehicle.
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  • The Solar Velomobile is available from Hammacher Schlemmer in white, green or orange for $9,900.
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