It’s the zero hour, and you’re trying to find gifts to give last minute. In the holiday episode of “Family Ties” (A Keaton Christmas Tale), Alex (Michael J. Fox) only had a convenience store to go to for his zero hour shopping.
Do they even publish TV guides anymore?
Nowadays, we have a lot of ways to get last minute gifts. And it doesn’t have to be Slim Jims or magazines (unless that’s what they want).
As we get down to the wire, you might need some cool gifts to give. Be the uncle or aunt that gives awesome gifts to the kids, or something like that.
Here are 10 cool items you should look at to be that cool Dad, Gamma, friend, or even foe that gives great gifts. Most of these items will be tech-related, and under $100.
Note: All these links are affiliate links. If there is a choice between vendors, I will provide that in the link.
The List (and Timestamps)
- 1:30 TikiTunes: https://geni.us/Wn1ZW
- 4:20 Wyze PTZ Camera: https://geni.us/IHUF7u
- 8:39 LEGO: https://geni.us/QA4jOW
- 11:24 SanDisk iXpand: https://geni.us/gO6wd
- 14:36 Netgear Wi-Fi Range Extender: https://geni.us/jRm0
- 17:12 LitterMaid Self Cleaning Litter Box: https://geni.us/STFzs
- 20:00 Sabrent 6 USB Charging Port: https://geni.us/4BvA9A
- 23:38 PhoneSoap Charger: https://geni.us/wczeYAJ
- 25:33 Remote Control Car: https://geni.us/9hK4bYe
- 28:41 Amazon Prime Membership: https://geni.us/dB8ArNc
TikiTunes Bluetooth 5.0 Speaker
This is a great portable speaker, LED flame light, that is water and dust proof. With a 6 hour play time, two device pairing, and a 30 foot connection distance, you can get a stereo sound outdoors.
Use these for socially distanced meetings, outdoor movie night, and more. Indoor or outdoor.
TikiTunes Portable Blueooth wireless speaker is $34.99 (save on getting two [on certain vendors])
Wyze Cam Pan Pan/Tilt/Zoom WiFi Smart Camera
Getting into home security? Wyze cameras are inexpensive and have great features to keep your home secure. Wyze is also getting into home IoT (with upcoming scales, watches, robot vacuums, and more), so you can build your home automation with this brand.
The Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera is one I have at my front door. This camera does a 93 degree viewing range, but with the PTZ option, I can move it around to see a full 360 view of a room.
It also contains motion/sound recording with free storage options. Add an SD card for more recording options. I even did a video on how you can use RTSP to capture video for a live stream, or send to a computer to store video for a lot longer.
The camera also works with Alexa, so you can see who’s at the front door, set to a viewing pattern, and more.
Remote Control Car 4WD 360 Degree Double Flip
RC cars are great gifts for kids. One that can do cool stunts are even cooler to play with. We would play with RC cars until the wheels fell off at times.
This car from Cradream has a 3.7V battery with 4000mAh, giving you about 20 minutes of continuous drive. The wireless remote gives you a range of 20 meters.
But it’s all about setting up and running the flips this car can do. I remember building ramps, and mounds using this method.
This is what I call a “Stocking Stuffer”, or an item that is under $25 USD. The car is $20.38, and available here
SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Go for iPhone
This device I use all the time when I take photos or video and want to transfer it quick. Even with cloud backup, sometimes it takes a while to do that transfer.
This device can allow me to take the video/image off the phone to save storage, and even add additional backup options.
256 GB iXpand is $64.99, with 64 and 128 GB versions available. Get the iXpand Flash Drive here.
LEGO Masks Build
Fun puzzles are great for the family. Whether you’re a Marvel fan, Star Wars fan, or other, you can show your geek, while having fun building it.
And LEGO is a great gift in so many ways. Whether your a geek of the product, geek of LEGO, want to get your children excited to be the same, or just simply build, tear apart, and figure out new ways to build it.
There are so many options for LEGO, but in this case, I wanted to keep the price under $100. That is why I suggest the helmets.
Perfect for a desk, knick-knack shelf, and more. Many different builds to choose from, and all for around $50.00
WiFi Range Extender
Who doesn’t want better Wifi? A range extender allows for just that – devices to continue to be connected to your home Wifi from greater distances.
This AC1200 will add 20 devices, and increase your coverage by 1200 square feet. It also has a side-ethernet, which you can use to plug in a camera, TV, or other device that doesn’t have internal Wifi.
If you have a lot of security cameras, this is perfect for managing these cameras. It also turns the 20 devices into 1, so your main router is not oversaturated with connections.
And you can set a different SSID on the extender for added security.
The AC1200 is $39.99 and available here.
LitterMaid Single Cat Self Cleaning Box
If you have a cat, this is a must-have. The LitterMaid is a simple sensor-based box that will self-clean 10 minutes after your cat has used it.
the receptacle will hold the waste until it’s time to empty. A daily task can now become a weekly one, when you put out the trash, clean the box.
It also helps your cat – fresh litter to walk on with little smell keeps them from finding other places to bury their business. And with the charcoal inserts, the smell is not present after your cat has left a present.
This has been my cat’s main litter box for over 18 months now. Cleanup is easy and quick, and sometimes, it’s even a fun thing for Scotti to watch.
For $70.99, the time saving it does is well worth the box. Get the LitterMaid Cat Box here
Sabrent 60 Watt 6-Port USB Charging Station
I love these chargers. If you have more than just a phone that needs to be charged, this is the perfect gift.
Each of the USB ports delivers 2.4 Amps of power to a phone, tablet, watch, headphones, rechargeable battery station, security camera, and more. Each USB port has overcharge protection, as the device will smart-connect power to the device.
When I go on travel, I make sure I have one packed. Many times I find hotel rooms without USB power, the plugs look like someone tried to force the plug in the wrong way, or simply some USB devices might try to hack into a phone. This allows me to have a more secure charge, and I know it’s not going to damage my device.
At $29.99, this is a great gift for that traveller, or someone who has multiple tablets and phones laying around. Get the Sabrent 60 Watt USB Charger Here.
PhoneSoap UV Phone Sanitizer & Qi Charger
Even if you take out 1% of the bacteria on your phone, this is worth it. The device claims to take out 99% using the 3 germicidal UV-C bulbs.
You can charge your phone with a cable in the case, or use the wireless Qi charger. This will take any phone 3.74×6.8 inches in size. Some with the case!
You can also put jewelry, watches, credit cards, ear buds, and more inside to sanitize. The process takes about 10 minutes for cleaning.
There are many versions of PhoneSoap to fit your need. This one comes right under the $100 limit. Get PhoneSoap Here
Give the Gift of Prime Video
In the next year, new movies will be coming out online than in theaters. Amazon Prime offers more than just a viewing house. You can buy and rent movies not in the regular catalog, along with many other options (like 2 day shipping).
Newest part of Amazon Prime is prescription delivery. No more waiting at the Pharmacy for your prescriptions, and an Rx savings card for when you do need to get prescriptions filled at a pharmacy (with many options available).
You will have a lot of choices to watch, listen, read, or get delivery.
This is just over my price tag at $119, but the amount you save is simply worth it. Get Amazon Prime Here