Welcome to the 2016-17 Home and Tech Gift Guide. I’m sharing my pre-tested favorite items that I use daily and compiled a list of useful gift ideas that loved ones can use over and over again. Most of the items that I will discuss below are super-hot and trending high right now on the gift scene. And if stocking stuffers aren’t your favorite things, many items will be a perfect “bigger gift” bundled together in a gift bag.
Panasonic FlashXpress Infrared Toaster Oven. I love this thing. Ever since getting it for a review I hardly used my regular oven. This Toaster oven does not need the pre-heating. Fits 4 regular slices of bread and the perfect not burned toast come out every time in 1 min and 30 sec. You can see the muffins I made in it in 5 minutes Buy it from Amazon.
T-Fal Clipso Pressure cooker. I use this thing for over 2 years now and this fella is a daily staple in my kitchen. Can cook family meals like delicious french onion soup in as little as 8 minuets or a savory pot roast in 50 minutes! I also use it as a stand alone pot to make soups as it hold a lot of liquid. Buy it $82.77
Ninja Coffee Bar. I can not stop enjoying my own really good tasting home made coffee at home. Especially I like that it comes with the permanent filter, milk frother that looks like a french press. Not only it can brew Classic, Rich, or Specialty coffee, but over ice as well! It may look huge but it actually a big space saver. Read my review and see the live video of making cappuccino in action. Buy it from $159.
Next I would like to talk about the Shark Rocket Complete with Duo Clean Technology and the Shark Steamer jet mop. Yes, a vacuum cleaner and steam mop made it onto my list of holiday gift items. Having a clean house is a high priority on my list. With a family of 5 consisting of two adults, two children, and one new puppy there is allot of foot traffic in and out of our house. With the holidays coming around there will be parties and plenty of guests and I want to keep the house as clean as possible. The Shark Rocket Complete is one powerful vacuum and it gets the job done. It comes with a variety of cleaning attachments including a very hand under appliance (cabinet) suction wand and pet hair upholstery head. The Shark Rocket can be configured easily from an upright to a small hand vacuum for cleaning sofas, drapes, vehicles, and more. I give the Shark Rocket Complete two thumbs up making it a great gift for those clean freaks in your life. Get excited to clean again, see my review video of the vacuum in action and check it out on the Shark site
The second Shark item I recommend is the Shark Genius Hard Floor Cleaning System. This cleaner uses steam to clean and sanitize your floors instead of using harsh chemicals. It is light, easy to use and best of all it does a great job of cleaning all types of floors. It comes with two washable micro-fiber mop heads that do a great job of trapping dirt and cleaning your floors. For those of you that have toddlers and/or pets you can clean your floors knowing that you are not using any harmful chemicals. To me that is a win-win situation. You get clean and sanitized floors without the smell of chemicals and residues left behind. Get excited to clean again, see my review video of this product in action and check out the Shark Genius Hard floor cleaning system
Now moving on to some techy items I highly recommend the TCL 32S3800 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV. At $169.99 on Amazon.com you cannot go wrong. This TV is loaded with great features and has a ROKU streaming device built in. Roku is one of the leaders in video streaming devices and their remote units are very functional and user friendly. For the price of this TV you cannot go wrong. If you are looking for something bigger than 32-inches they have other sizes available as well. If you are a fan of streaming video content such as movies, sports, news, and more than this is a great all in one TV for you at a fraction of the cost compared to most TVs with similar features.
Nyne Cuiser. I have been using this little fella daily for 2 years. Morning or night, summer or winter. Inside or outside, and in the shower too (not inside the shower tho) NYNE Cruiser is a rugged, portable wireless Bluetooth speaker you can take with you anywhere, anytime. Adjustable handlebar mounting clips let you add music to bike ride, stroller ride or a gym workout. It has a built-in noise-canceling microphone for hands-free calling. If you’re on the move, you need the Cruiser! Most importantly, it has an amazing sound Buy it $60.50. Read my review
Instant pot is really hot right now and everyone is raving about it. Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It’s a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools. My blogger buddy Adventures of a Nurse has some amazing IP recipes that made internet go crazy, like IP potato soup, one pot Mashed potato and cheeseburger meatloaf, instant pot creamy garlic and veggies pasta. You can even make a cheesecake dessert on Instant pot. See some videos on Youtube. They have different sizes and staring from $89.95.
The last holiday gift guide item that I want to talk about is the TCL 32S3800 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV. The Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more. If you are not familiar with Alexa, you don’t know what you’re missing. TCL 32S3800 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV the Echo Dot is packed full of features that will bring your home into the 21st century. The Echo Dot connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. It can control lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others. There are so many things that this little device can do you will wonder how you lived without one for this long. If you love tech devices and integrating your home with the newest technology than the Echo Dot is for you.
Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. TCL 32S3800 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV
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