Technobubble 2021 Holiday Gift Guide


Need some gift ideas for the tech lovers in your life?

Don’t worry, here is a list of various gadget gift ideas that should be appreciated by their lucky recipients.

This gadget gift guide covers the gamut from affordable tech to big-ticket items to give souls really deep pockets. Heck, go ahead and buy one for yourself. Just because it’s better to give doesn’t mean you can’t be the target of your own magnanimity.

Let’s start now.

Ooni Karu 12

Let’s start with something hot, literally. Yes, you can cook half decent Neapolitan style pizza in your home oven with a little finagling. To get a more authentic version, however, you need the kind of searing temperatures – between 800 degrees Fahrenheit and 900F – that can make such a delicious pizza with those trademark leopard spots in about a minute. The Ooni Karu 12 is especially good for people who want to have their cake, uh, pizza and eat it too. In addition to being able to use gas, this compact and convenient pizza oven can also use wood for people who want to get closer to the characteristics of a wood-fired oven. Don’t limit yourself to pizza either. Filipino pandesal cooked in the Ooni Karu 12 with logs for fuel, for example, has a wonderful wood-fired flavor with a superb texture that is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. You can even roast vegetables in it, which makes it a lot more versatile than some might expect.

The Stealth Core Trainer lets you do plank exercises while playing interactive games for a more complete workout.

Stealth Core Trainer

Remember when gambling was considered a sedentary activity? Well, in fact, it still is. Unless you’re playing with the Stealth Core Trainer, of course. This gadget allows people to do planks – considered the superior abdominal workout compared to sit-ups and crunches – while playing video games. All the user has to do is download the Stealth games to their smartphone, place the phone in a slot on the Stealth slot and voila, goodbye to boring plank workouts. I mean, let’s face it. Holding a board for three minutes can be the equivalent of watching the paint dry or the grass grow. The Stealth not only makes boards more fun, but the added interaction of compatible fitness games also allows users to exercise a wider range of muscles for a more complete workout. The device can also support up to 300 pounds, so it basically works with all body types.

The Uber Chill serves as both a mini-fridge and a warmer for food and drinks.

Uber Chill mini-fridge and food and beverage warmer

Here’s an affordable gadget for people who can’t live without their La Croix or Diet Coke drinks close at hand. The Uber Chill is a tiny mini-fridge that can hold six standard aluminum cans in its tiny belly or a few boba drinks if you remove its mini-rack. Flick a switch on the back and the Chill doubles as a hotter can for people who want to canned hot coffee or tea instead. Its small footprint also allows you to easily install it on your desk. People who want to travel while cooling drinks or even cosmetics can also use an included cord to plug it into their car. Now you could say the Chill solves what is essentially a first world problem. But, honestly, isn’t that exactly what a lot of tech gadgets do?

The Western Digital My Passport SSD offers great portability and fast transfer speeds.

WD My Passport External SSD

A portable external hard drive can be a godsend on the go, and Western Digital’s My Passport SSD is as portable as it gets. As small as a packet of chewing gum, this external drive can fit even in the tightest jeans pocket while still providing the fast transfer speeds of an SSD. It even works with the finicky PlayStation 5, either as an external drive to play PS4 games or as a PS5 game storage to free up space on the console’s internal drive. The capacity ranges from 500 gigabytes to 4 terabytes. Be sure to check out online sites like Amazon for lower prices (the 500GB, for example, was on sale for $ 75 before the holidays). For more portable storage recommendations, also check out our list of best portable external drives.

The Dreo portable heater comes with a compact size and beautiful design.

Dreo portable heater

Continuing with the wearable theme, here’s a little heater that can do just that. The Dreo 24 inch portable heater packs a fair amount of heat in its miniature frame for people who need to warm up a space during the cold winter months. The small footprint also makes it easy to move around, whether it’s in your bedroom, office, or basement – you can even just place it on your desk or study table. Other features include 70 degrees of oscillation, a timer, and automatic shutdown if temperatures reach 122F. It’s also quiet enough for a 40-decibel radiator. By the way, this is the equivalent of the sound of a silent library (shhhhh). Add its solid build quality and good looks and the Dreo makes a nice addition to any space in need of heating.

The Swagtron Swagger 5 Boost electric scooter.

Swagtron Swagger 5 Boost Electric Scooter

Here is a fast transport option for young and old. Swagtron’s Swagger 5 Boost is an economical entry into the commuter electric scooter space, featuring a 300-watt motor and supporting up to 320 pounds of total load. It’s perfect for big or small guys who like to put stones in their backpacks. The scooter is rated at up to 18 miles per hour, which I was able to personally verify on a flat stretch of road as I rediscovered religion and prayed to all the saints I could remember. The things I do for science. It also features puncture-proof tires as well as a folding and locking mechanism for easy transport and storage.

  • Cost: $ 399.99
  • More details: Swagtron official Swagger 5 Boost page

– This list will continue to be updated as we test more gadgets during the holiday season.

Jason Hidalgo covers business and technology for the Reno Gazette Journal and also reviews the latest video games. Follow him on Twitter @jasonhidalgo. Do you like this content ? Support local journalism with a RGJ digital subscription.


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