Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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The ability to have draft beer at home is great, but kegerators can be expensive and command a considerable amount of space. Synek’s beer system requires a good deal of room too, but at least it can rest on your kitchen counter or bar top. It also uses bags that you can take to a brewery for filling where local laws permit. Additionally, the company has a new growler adapter for those glass jugs you’ll often see used for takeout beer at breweries. Ideas, Beer, Gadgets, Draft Beer, Bar Top, Tech Gifts, Kegerators, Brewery, Jugs
The 12 best tech gifts for the entertainer in your life
The ability to have draft beer at home is great, but kegerators can be expensive and command a considerable amount of space. Synek’s beer system requires a good deal of room too, but at least it can rest on your kitchen counter or bar top. It also uses bags that you can take to a brewery for filling where local laws permit. Additionally, the company has a new growler adapter for those glass jugs you’ll often see used for takeout beer at breweries.
Sometimes you have an ice cream craving, but can’t be bothered to leave the house. If you have the Whynter ICM-15LS in your kitchen and some cream and sugar on hand, you could be licking a sundae in just 30 minutes. That’s because, unlike cheaper ice cream makers on the market, the ICM-15LS has a built-in compressor freezer that chills creamy concoctions without having to pre-freeze a bowl for 24 hours. Freeze, Ice Cream Makers, Cheap Ice Cream, Pour Over Coffee, Ice Cream, Compressor, Infrared Grills, Freezer
The 12 best tech gifts for the entertainer in your life
Sometimes you have an ice cream craving, but can’t be bothered to leave the house. If you have the Whynter ICM-15LS in your kitchen and some cream and sugar on hand, you could be licking a sundae in just 30 minutes. That’s because, unlike cheaper ice cream makers on the market, the ICM-15LS has a built-in compressor freezer that chills creamy concoctions without having to pre-freeze a bowl for 24 hours.
There are plenty of turntables out there, but few let you cue up, scratch and spin vinyl discs, while still offering an outlet into the digital world. Pioneer has stepped in, following the virtual disappearance of the Technics SL-1200 series, to offer its own affordable take on the classic deck with the PLX 500. Technology Gadgets, Tech Gadgets, Usb Turntable, Radio, Cool Tech Gadgets, Cool Tech Gifts, Cool Tech
The 12 best tech gifts for the entertainer in your life
There are plenty of turntables out there, but few let you cue up, scratch and spin vinyl discs, while still offering an outlet into the digital world. Pioneer has stepped in, following the virtual disappearance of the Technics SL-1200 series, to offer its own affordable take on the classic deck with the PLX 500.
Take the guesswork out of home-brewing your own beer using the PicoBrew Pico. Unlike the company’s pricier Zymatic, this model uses prefilled “PicoPaks” for all the necessary ingredients. With 12 styles to choose from, you can offer your guests a range of brews that you made yourself. Brew Your Own Beer, Brew Your Own, Brewing, Ingredients, Home Brewing, Entertaining
The 12 best tech gifts for the entertainer in your life
Take the guesswork out of home-brewing your own beer using the PicoBrew Pico. Unlike the company’s pricier Zymatic, this model uses prefilled “PicoPaks” for all the necessary ingredients. With 12 styles to choose from, you can offer your guests a range of brews that you made yourself.
They say all the action happens in the kitchen, and in many apartments, the counter also doubles as the main dinner table. With a smokeless tabletop grill, your hostess-with-the-mostest friend can put their cooking at the center of the action. The unique design keeps the elements off to the side, with a drip tray below the cooking surface, so grease and other detritus aren’t combusted into air-fouling smoke. Electric, Action, Design, Drip Tray, Smart Kitchen, Counter
The 12 best tech gifts for the entertainer in your life
They say all the action happens in the kitchen, and in many apartments, the counter also doubles as the main dinner table. With a smokeless tabletop grill, your hostess-with-the-mostest friend can put their cooking at the center of the action. The unique design keeps the elements off to the side, with a drip tray below the cooking surface, so grease and other detritus aren’t combusted into air-fouling smoke.
There’s often an awkward moment when, in unfamiliar surroundings, people find themselves blindly searching for the lightswitch in a darkened room. Philips’ new addition to its Hue family of smart lighting products is a great gift for hosts, but may be an even better one for guests. Whether visitors are answering nature’s call or just poking around, they won’t have to fumble for the switch. Nature, Hue, People, Lights, Light Switch, Smart Lighting, Lighting Products
The 12 best tech gifts for the entertainer in your life
There’s often an awkward moment when, in unfamiliar surroundings, people find themselves blindly searching for the lightswitch in a darkened room. Philips’ new addition to its Hue family of smart lighting products is a great gift for hosts, but may be an even better one for guests. Whether visitors are answering nature’s call or just poking around, they won’t have to fumble for the switch.
If you have a photographer friend who’s nostalgic for the halcyon days of Polaroid, consider giving them a Lomo’Instant Wide for capturing the moments at their next party. It’ll churn out big-format instant photos just like the good ol’ days, plus it has fully programmatic shutter for just the right exposure. You can mix it up with lens attachments, a flash and even interchangeable color gels for that old-timey look. Polaroid, Rc Lens, Photography, Ol, Instax Wide, Photographer, Instant Photos, Nostalgic
The 12 best tech gifts for the entertainer in your life
If you have a photographer friend who’s nostalgic for the halcyon days of Polaroid, consider giving them a Lomo’Instant Wide for capturing the moments at their next party. It’ll churn out big-format instant photos just like the good ol’ days, plus it has fully programmatic shutter for just the right exposure. You can mix it up with lens attachments, a flash and even interchangeable color gels for that old-timey look.
A kitchen scale comes in handy for cooking, baking and making drinks. With the Perfect Kitchen Pro kit, your favorite hosts gets not just a scale but three connected apps to guide your concoctions. The trio of apps -- Perfect Drink, Perfect Bake and Perfect Blend -- lend a hand with cocktails, baked goods and tracking nutritional stats for whatever you’re making. Nutrition, Apps, Drinking, Cooking, Bowl
The 12 best tech gifts for the entertainer in your life
A kitchen scale comes in handy for cooking, baking and making drinks. With the Perfect Kitchen Pro kit, your favorite hosts gets not just a scale but three connected apps to guide your concoctions. The trio of apps -- Perfect Drink, Perfect Bake and Perfect Blend -- lend a hand with cocktails, baked goods and tracking nutritional stats for whatever you’re making.
Have a perfectionist in your life who’s also a bit of a foodie? Then there’s a good chance they’d be into sous vide cooking. This cook-in-a-bag method of food preparation ensures perfectly done meats every time. There are many sous vide cookers out there, but the Joule is the smallest and most portable of the lot. It fits easily into a kitchen drawer and you control it all via a user-friendly app. Cookers, Food Preparation, Consumer Tech, Sous Vide, Cook
The 12 best tech gifts for the entertainer in your life
Have a perfectionist in your life who’s also a bit of a foodie? Then there’s a good chance they’d be into sous vide cooking. This cook-in-a-bag method of food preparation ensures perfectly done meats every time. There are many sous vide cookers out there, but the Joule is the smallest and most portable of the lot. It fits easily into a kitchen drawer and you control it all via a user-friendly app.
The Instant Pot is a wondrous kitchen appliance that can perform seven different functions. All told, it does the job of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker and a steamer -- and you can even saute food in it. It’s perfect for anyone who’s short on space in the kitchen and also wants to cook without having to babysit the stove. Slow Cooker, Appliance, Pressure Cooker, Cooker, Pressure, Stove
The 12 best tech gifts for the entertainer in your life
The Instant Pot is a wondrous kitchen appliance that can perform seven different functions. All told, it does the job of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker and a steamer -- and you can even saute food in it. It’s perfect for anyone who’s short on space in the kitchen and also wants to cook without having to babysit the stove.
As long as you play with an open-minded group of people, Cards Against Humanity is an entertaining -- and affordable! -- diversion. It’s one of those fill-in-the-blanks type of games, where you apply the contents from a card in your hand to complete a selected statement, usually in dubious (but hilarious) taste. But, hey, just to prove the company isn’t actually mean-spirited, it’s doing some good with its Science Pack Expansion. Play, Games, Cards Against Humanity, Typing Games
The 12 best tech gifts for the entertainer in your life
As long as you play with an open-minded group of people, Cards Against Humanity is an entertaining -- and affordable! -- diversion. It’s one of those fill-in-the-blanks type of games, where you apply the contents from a card in your hand to complete a selected statement, usually in dubious (but hilarious) taste. But, hey, just to prove the company isn’t actually mean-spirited, it’s doing some good with its Science Pack Expansion.
When you have your pals over for brunch or need some coffee to pair with your homemade desserts, skip the traditional automatic pot and go with a pour-over. Trust us -- it tastes way better. This Bodum model has enough capacity to fill a cup for each person in a group of four. Desserts, Coffee, Brunch, Pot, Capacity, Cup
The 12 best tech gifts for the entertainer in your life
When you have your pals over for brunch or need some coffee to pair with your homemade desserts, skip the traditional automatic pot and go with a pour-over. Trust us -- it tastes way better. This Bodum model has enough capacity to fill a cup for each person in a group of four.
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Hey, $400 is a big investment for headphones, but Sony’s latest wireless noise-canceling model make a compelling case for spending that much. In addition to touch controls on the outside of the earcup for play/pause, skipping tracks and volume adjustments, the MDR-1000X touts adjustable noise cancellation. Theatre, Headphones, Smart Speaker, Noise Cancelling, Wireless
12 gifts for music nerds
Hey, $400 is a big investment for headphones, but Sony’s latest wireless noise-canceling model make a compelling case for spending that much. In addition to touch controls on the outside of the earcup for play/pause, skipping tracks and volume adjustments, the MDR-1000X touts adjustable noise cancellation.
Turntables and audiophile gear can add up quickly, but if you need a gift for the vinyl lover in your life, we suggest considering a subscription. One option is Vnyl, a service that ships out one record a month for $22 or three selections for $39. The company curates the selections based on personal music preferences from streaming services and social profiles before shipping them out. Streaming, Iphone Owner, Subscription, Gift Guide, Service, Vintage Drums, Company, Music Nerd
12 gifts for music nerds
Turntables and audiophile gear can add up quickly, but if you need a gift for the vinyl lover in your life, we suggest considering a subscription. One option is Vnyl, a service that ships out one record a month for $22 or three selections for $39. The company curates the selections based on personal music preferences from streaming services and social profiles before shipping them out.
Google’s “Cast” streaming tech is now a standard option on many speakers. Case in point: Vizio’s Crave 360. In addition to offering wireless connectivity over WiFi, the speaker also has Bluetooth as a secondary option. The nice thing here is that you can detach the Crave 360 from its charging base and take it with you outdoors, once warmer weather returns. Music, Nice, Speakers, Speaker, Bluetooth, Wifi, Charging
12 gifts for music nerds
Google’s “Cast” streaming tech is now a standard option on many speakers. Case in point: Vizio’s Crave 360. In addition to offering wireless connectivity over WiFi, the speaker also has Bluetooth as a secondary option. The nice thing here is that you can detach the Crave 360 from its charging base and take it with you outdoors, once warmer weather returns.
The pocket-friendly “Arcade” microsynthesizer from Teenage Engineering might look like a broken calculator, but it sounds like stepping into a gaming hall in 1985. It’s loaded with 16 crunchy, bleepy sounds designed to remind you of your favorite platformer or shoot ’em up, all powered by a single AA battery, making the Arcade perfect for penning retro grooves and glitchy gaming sounds on the go. Retro, Audio Sound, Sound Recordings, Drum Machine, Sound Design, Arcade, Audio
12 gifts for music nerds
The pocket-friendly “Arcade” microsynthesizer from Teenage Engineering might look like a broken calculator, but it sounds like stepping into a gaming hall in 1985. It’s loaded with 16 crunchy, bleepy sounds designed to remind you of your favorite platformer or shoot ’em up, all powered by a single AA battery, making the Arcade perfect for penning retro grooves and glitchy gaming sounds on the go.
What good is Narcos in pin-sharp 4K if your loved one's TV speakers make every gunshot and getaway driver sound like they’re coming from a tin can? Enter Samsung’s 5.1.4 soundbar with Dolby’s “multidimensional” Atmos Technology. With 15 total speakers, including four rear-facing ones, the film lover in your life will get some of the clearest sound available in a home setup. The HW-K950 also comes with wireless rear speakers for extra immersive audio, without the cable spaghetti. Films, Spaghetti, Samsung, Sound Bar, Tv Speakers, Rear Speakers, 4k Tv
12 gifts for music nerds
What good is Narcos in pin-sharp 4K if your loved one's TV speakers make every gunshot and getaway driver sound like they’re coming from a tin can? Enter Samsung’s 5.1.4 soundbar with Dolby’s “multidimensional” Atmos Technology. With 15 total speakers, including four rear-facing ones, the film lover in your life will get some of the clearest sound available in a home setup. The HW-K950 also comes with wireless rear speakers for extra immersive audio, without the cable spaghetti.
If you’ve listened to any electronic music in the past 20 years, chances are its beat can be traced back to the TR-909. We’ve seen modern interpretations of vintage machines before, but the TR-09 is one of the more faithful, right down to the retro orange, brown and cream color scheme and 16 clicky drum-pads along the bottom. Vintage, Drum Pad, Drum, Guide
12 gifts for music nerds
If you’ve listened to any electronic music in the past 20 years, chances are its beat can be traced back to the TR-909. We’ve seen modern interpretations of vintage machines before, but the TR-09 is one of the more faithful, right down to the retro orange, brown and cream color scheme and 16 clicky drum-pads along the bottom.
Unlike digital formats such as the ubiquitous MP3, the machine you play vinyl on has a very immediate effect on how your music sounds. What Music Hall’s MMF-2.3 turntable lacks in a snappy name, it more than makes up for in style and technology. Audio enthusiasts will appreciate the belt-drive platter and elliptical stylus -- which many believe lead to higher audio fidelity -- while the carbon-fiber tonearm stops it looking like you found it in your dad’s basement. Belts, Music Instruments, Machine
12 gifts for music nerds
Unlike digital formats such as the ubiquitous MP3, the machine you play vinyl on has a very immediate effect on how your music sounds. What Music Hall’s MMF-2.3 turntable lacks in a snappy name, it more than makes up for in style and technology. Audio enthusiasts will appreciate the belt-drive platter and elliptical stylus -- which many believe lead to higher audio fidelity -- while the carbon-fiber tonearm stops it looking like you found it in your dad’s basement.
Musicians who play small clubs, coffee shops and house parties have it tough. They rarely have access to a sound engineer, and once they start playing, walking over to the off-stage mixing board really ruins the mood. For the aspiring Bob Dylan in your life, the Mackie ProDX4 four-channel mixer is a great way to give him control of the audio experience, thanks to a companion smartphone app that lets him adjust the levels and EQ of instruments and vocals. Smartphone, Parties, Mixers, Music Gadgets, Sound Of Music
12 gifts for music nerds
Musicians who play small clubs, coffee shops and house parties have it tough. They rarely have access to a sound engineer, and once they start playing, walking over to the off-stage mixing board really ruins the mood. For the aspiring Bob Dylan in your life, the Mackie ProDX4 four-channel mixer is a great way to give him control of the audio experience, thanks to a companion smartphone app that lets him adjust the levels and EQ of instruments and vocals.
Whether you know someone who wants to create his own synthesizer-based tunes or simply make crazy sounds, Korg’s Monotron line of $50 synths is hard to pass up. The funnest of these tiny keyboards is the Delay -- a ribbon-based analog instrument that’s more impressive than its price tag lets on. Tiny knobs give you instant access to the rate and intensity of LFO square and triangle waves for swirling patterns. Waves, Camping, Synthesizer, Analog, Keyboards
12 gifts for music nerds
Whether you know someone who wants to create his own synthesizer-based tunes or simply make crazy sounds, Korg’s Monotron line of $50 synths is hard to pass up. The funnest of these tiny keyboards is the Delay -- a ribbon-based analog instrument that’s more impressive than its price tag lets on. Tiny knobs give you instant access to the rate and intensity of LFO square and triangle waves for swirling patterns.
At some point everyone wants to be a rock star, with the most obvious instrument of choice being the guitar. Many a parent or friend has paid hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars for a guitar only to see it start collecting dust in the corner of a room after a few months. The Squier (made by a subsidiary of Fender) lets would-be musicians tip-toe into the exciting world of bright lights and sick solos without emptying their bank account. Guitar, Fender, Rock, Squier
12 gifts for music nerds
At some point everyone wants to be a rock star, with the most obvious instrument of choice being the guitar. Many a parent or friend has paid hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars for a guitar only to see it start collecting dust in the corner of a room after a few months. The Squier (made by a subsidiary of Fender) lets would-be musicians tip-toe into the exciting world of bright lights and sick solos without emptying their bank account.
Need a stocking stuffer for the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus owner in your life? Well, now that Apple has ditched the headphone jack, there’s no way to listen to wired headphones while either of those handsets are charging. Thankfully, Belkin quickly introduced a cheap dongle than can remedy that situation. Sure, it looks silly, but at least you can still listen to your playlist of choice while you’re waiting for your battery to recharge. Iphone, Usb Flash Drive, Wired Headphones, Iphone 7, Battery, Headphone
12 gifts for music nerds
Need a stocking stuffer for the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus owner in your life? Well, now that Apple has ditched the headphone jack, there’s no way to listen to wired headphones while either of those handsets are charging. Thankfully, Belkin quickly introduced a cheap dongle than can remedy that situation. Sure, it looks silly, but at least you can still listen to your playlist of choice while you’re waiting for your battery to recharge.
You’re not going to see these worn by your favorite celebrity. Where you will see a pair of ATH-M50X headphones is on the ears of folks who want quality audio at a reasonable price in a pair of headphones that won’t fall apart after six months. Worn, Audiophile, Nerd
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You’re not going to see these worn by your favorite celebrity. Where you will see a pair of ATH-M50X headphones is on the ears of folks who want quality audio at a reasonable price in a pair of headphones that won’t fall apart after six months.
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You know who this gift is for: someone who deserves the best. (And if that person is you, then hey -- we’re not judging.) OLED’s unique ability to control light output, combined with 4K resolution and HDR, puts LG’s best TV beyond others we’ve seen. Streamers, Hdr, Light, Cool Gadgets
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You know who this gift is for: someone who deserves the best. (And if that person is you, then hey -- we’re not judging.) OLED’s unique ability to control light output, combined with 4K resolution and HDR, puts LG’s best TV beyond others we’ve seen.
Now that the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro have arrived, it’s time to get ready for gaming and movies with 4K and HDR. Vizio’s P-Series TVs mix the latest high-end picture-quality features with SmartCast streaming and remote control at a relatively affordable price. You can slide this 50-incher behind the tree and still have a few bucks left over for a new video-game system and a game like Forza Horizon 3 to test it out. Smart Tv, Vizio Smart Tv, Tv 2017, Remote, Theater Display, Digital Tuner
The 11 best tech gifts for movie buffs
Now that the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro have arrived, it’s time to get ready for gaming and movies with 4K and HDR. Vizio’s P-Series TVs mix the latest high-end picture-quality features with SmartCast streaming and remote control at a relatively affordable price. You can slide this 50-incher behind the tree and still have a few bucks left over for a new video-game system and a game like Forza Horizon 3 to test it out.
The release of Mad Max: Fury Road confirmed for many what we already knew to be true: George Miller knows how to make an action movie. As a consequence, Warner Bros. is releasing all four Mad Max films on eight Blu-ray discs, with the most recent title available in 4K. In addition, you can spend the holidays rocking the black and white (sorry, black and chrome) edition of Fury Road, as George Miller had originally wanted to release it. Movie Buff, First Tv, Mad Max, Comedy Central, Teen Wolf Mtv, The Goldbergs, Warner Bros, Marvels Agents Of Shield
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The release of Mad Max: Fury Road confirmed for many what we already knew to be true: George Miller knows how to make an action movie. As a consequence, Warner Bros. is releasing all four Mad Max films on eight Blu-ray discs, with the most recent title available in 4K. In addition, you can spend the holidays rocking the black and white (sorry, black and chrome) edition of Fury Road, as George Miller had originally wanted to release it.
Louis CK is one of America’s best comedians, and earlier this year he announced -- out of nowhere -- a self-funded, self-produced sitcom that he released via his own website. Horace and Pete is a melancholic homage to old-school, four-camera comedies with the comedian joined by a stellar cast. CK himself plays Horace, while Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, Aidy Bryant and Alan Alda (among others) round out the lineup. Comedians, Steve Buscemi, Aidy Bryant, Steve, Bryant, Sitcom, Edie, Louis Ck
The 11 best tech gifts for movie buffs
Louis CK is one of America’s best comedians, and earlier this year he announced -- out of nowhere -- a self-funded, self-produced sitcom that he released via his own website. Horace and Pete is a melancholic homage to old-school, four-camera comedies with the comedian joined by a stellar cast. CK himself plays Horace, while Steve Buscemi, Edie Falco, Aidy Bryant and Alan Alda (among others) round out the lineup.