It’s that time of year again, and if you’re still trying to figure out what to get for the tech lover on your list, I have a few favorite recommendations for fantastic gifts that have a bit of a tech twist.
Being accurate in the kitchen is key to great outcomes, so don’t leave your temperature assessment to chance— a digital thermometer like this Taylor model is perfect for the exacting cook who doesn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. The Bluetooth thermometer can monitor the temperatures of two different foods at the same time, and send you an alert on your smartphone when your roast is ready to serve.
Fancy new coffeemaker— great gift. One that you can start from bed? Over the top. The Nespresso Prodigio is that rare gift that they’ll use everyday but still has WOW factor. An app will keep your capsule stash stocked, schedule brewing, and let you know when your machine needs maintenance. It heats up super fast, and it’s an attractive addition to anyone’s countertop.
Think a vacuum makes a boring gift? Try giving the Neato Botvac Connected, and watch adults and kids alike squeal as it makes its way around the house, cleaning as it goes. It’s proprietary design gets into corners with ease, and an app makes easy work of setting its schedule, or sending it to spot clean a Cheerio avalanche. Your giftee will be most impressed with it’s suction and an easy-to-clean filter.
It’s the holidays— which means ‘tis the season for a celebratory cocktail or two. You’ll need a blender that can stand up to the demands of a plethora of blended drinks, like eggnog (or margaritas— that ice won’t crush itself!). The Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender makes easy work of whipping up cocktails, as well as smoothies, soups and so much more. Pair it with the Perfect Blend Smart Scale and interactive recipe app, and it’s next-level blending. Plunk your Vitamix container onto the smart scale, then sync it with the app. As you build one of the 500 recipes, the app records your progress, measuring as you go so results are consistent (and delicious). You can even sync the nutritional information for each recipe with with your favorite fitness tracker apps so you can track your intake for the day.
If you’re not feeling creative when it comes to libations, let W&P Cocktail Kits do the work for you. Beautifully designed and well-appointed tins contain everything you need to make the drink of your choice. I’m partial to Moscow Mules, in case you want to make a note of it (hint… hint…).
Four words explain why this is maybe the best gift ever: Make. Your. Own. Donuts. Four donuts, to be exact. The non-stick coating and easy to fill reservoirs on this donut maker make it foolproof for the baking-averse, or a gaggle of hungry kids. Just make sure you’re giving it to someone who promises to invite you over for donuts when the holidays are over.