2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Tech Edition

On this year’s Holiday Tech Edition Gift Guide we tried to include a variety of tech products for different ages and prices range under $500. We also wanted to include some products that aren’t the normal gift you would find on other gift guides. We hope you enjoy the below gift guide picks!

HELM True Wireless 5.0 Headphones (FEATURED)

The HELM True Wireless 5.0 Headphones features QUALCOMM® APTX™ & AAC Audio Technology with TRUE sound quality, featuring proprietary high-powered rare polymer and alloy enhanced driver. Below are the key features.

  • Pure HiFi Sound, Low Latency (no lag) for Music & Movies
  • Industry Acclaimed Sound Quality & Heavy-Hitting Bass You Can Feel
  • Pick Up & Play with Auto-Pairing & Auto Charging
  • 6-8 Hours Play Time +30 Extra Hrs with the Portable Charging Case.
  • Secure Comfort-Fit with Incredible Noise Isolation for Every Activity – Perfect for Traveling, Working Out & On the Go
  • Rain, Sweat, & Mud Approved with IPX4 Water Resistance.
  • Industry Leading Range of up to 60ft.
  • Smart Buttons & Dual Mics for Stereo Phone Calls & Voice Assistant

We recently received these to review and have been testing these for weeks. They are one of the best pair of TRUE WIRELESS headphones for the price point out there! It retails for $129.99 and can be purchased here: https://helmaudio.com/products/helm-true-wireless-5-0-headphones.

InMotion Hovershoes X1

Hovershoes X1 are the original and the best self-balancing skates; it takes the concept of a hoverboard and splits it into two independent machines: one for each foot. Key features include:

  • Smart lamps; as decorative as useful, those smart lamps show the condition of x1.
  • Portability; with only 6lbs per unit, a compact design and portables belts built-in you are free to take your hovershoes with you where ever you go.
  • Stability; the advanced self-balance system inside will keep you safe and upright.
  • Freedom; the shorter distance between the dedal and the ground makes the hovershoes easy to ride. It is easy to turn around and do some fancy moves.
  • Safety;  hovershoes x1 feature an anti-spin function, a solid full metal body and several protections again low-battery, short circuit, over-voltage, over temperature and over current.

It retails for $579.00 with a holiday discount of 50% Off With Coupon Code: IMHOLIDAY50 and can be purchased here: https://www.myinmotion.com/products/inmotion-hovershoes-x1.

Cleer’s Flow II Wireless Headphones

The new Cleer’s Flow II Wireless Headphones are best-in-class noise-canceling over-ear headphones with up to 20 hours playback and the perfect gift for the traveler in your life. Below are the specifications. 

  • The 20 hours of playback time gets you all the way through the 19-hour flight from Singapore to Newark (the world’s longest nonstop commercial flight) 
  • Headphone’s Swivel, folding design and plush cushioning allow for ultimate comfort and easy storage 
  • Built-in Google Assistant Voice Interface
  • Built-in microphone for Bluetooth functionality  
  • Innovative, Ironless audio driver technology delivers bold and articulate playback via high-excursion with optimized control and exceptionally low distortion
  • Powerful Best-in-class hybrid noise canceling
  • Hi-Res Audio certified with supplied 3.5mm cable

The foldable for ultimate portability Flow II is available in Light Metallic and Gunmetal and retails for $279.00. To purchase the Flow II headphones please visit: https://cleeraudio.com/product/flow-ll-bluetooth-noise-canceling-headphone-with-google-assistant/.

SmartCine Wireless Complete Universal Smartphone Video Kit:

The SmartCine Wireless is a premium all-in-one video equipment kit designed specifically to work with smartphones, providing a high-quality video and wireless audio capture solution. Features include:

  • All-in-one Smartphone Video Kit – Features a universal phone rig, wireless lavalier microphone system with built-in receiver and bodypack transmitter, led light, wide-angle, fisheye, & telephoto lenses, and more
  • Smartphone Rig: Adjustable grip to fit smartphones between 2.2″ – 3.8″, an adjustable viewfinder to align the lens mount to any smartphone, comfortable grip handle and wrist strap, tripod mountable
  • Wireless Lavalier Microphone System: Built-in receiver and remote bodypack transmitter with lavalier mic – delivers crystal-clear audio directly to your phone; Powered by the internal SmartCine rechargeable battery
  • LED Light: 36 brilliant white LED’s deliver 46 lumens of light perfect for vlogging; Three output levels, powered by the internal SmartCine rechargable battery
  • 1-Year Warranty

It retails for $199.95 and to purchase the SmartCine Wireless, please visit: https://www.movophoto.com/products/smartcine-wireless-all-in-one-smartphone-video-kit.

HORI Real Arcade Pro N Hayabusa Arcade Fight Stick

The Real Arcade Pro is perfect for the arcade lover looking for that experience at home with its paddle compatible with PlayStation and PC. Below are the key features:

  • Compatible with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC
  • Features metallic Gold Accents
  • Includes turbo functions, touch panel, button assignment and more
  • HORI original HAYABUSA stick and Buttons
  • Officially Licensed by SIEA

It retails for $126.97 and can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073C5PWS2?linkCode=xm2&tag=esquire_auto-append-20&ascsubtag=[artid|10054.g.14381053[src|arb_ga_d_bmm[ch|[lt|sale.

Activ5 Fitness

The Activ5 merges the lifestyle needs of techies who want to be in their best shape, and the device pairs up easily with other tech platforms – the tracker includes a convenient app that coaches you through over 100 workouts and games that make exercising fun. Key features include:

  • A TINY GYM IN YOUR POCKET: The Activ5 is the connected, Bluetooth-enabled isometric strength training device you can fit in your pocket and take with you anywhere.
  • 100+ CUSTOMIZED EXERCISES: Use the included Activ5 Trainer App to strengthen every muscle group, including arms, legs, and upper and lower body muscles including isometric exercises.
  • Use Activ5 to measure and track all your workout data and quantify your progress towards your goals.
  • 1+ YEAR BATTERY LIFE: No need to charge yet another device! The Activ5 comes with a replaceable AAA battery that provides over 1 year of usage.

The Activ5 Fitness Package costs $129.99 and can be purchased on Activ5’s website here: https://activbody.com/fitness-activ5/ or on apple.com.

Robo Wunderkind 

Robo Wunderkind is a coding robot that is great for kids of all ages as it grows in complexity with the child so it has longevity. It doesn’t have language barriers which means if one child speaks English and the other Spanish, they can both still play together. The ready-to-use educational solution features include:

  • Robotics kits: Ideal for learning: versatile function-based color-coded blocks
  • 3 intuitive apps: for Kindergarten, Primary and Middle School
  • Curriculum: 70+ hours of cross-disciplinary teaching materials that cover 1+ year of lessons

The Starter Kit is $149, Education Kit is $199, and the Advanced Kit $129. It can be shipped in 3 to 4 business days and can be purchased here: https://robowunderkind.com/.

Celestron ExploraScope 80AZ Telescope

The Celestron ExploraScope 80AZ Telescope is the ultimate Student and Explorer Gift, From Pro to The Enthusiast with Starry Night Astronomy software download. Below are the key features:

  • 80mm manual refractor telescope with fully coated glass optics and a lightweight frame.
  • Observe in no time with a quick and easy, no-tool setup.
  • Accessories include: (20mm and 4mm), 3x Barlow lens, 90° erect image, and a finderscope
  • Slow-motion rod control for smooth and accurate pointing.
  • An adjustable height tripod includes an accessory tray.

It is on sale for $119.00 and available here: https://www.amazon.com/Celestron-ExploraScope-22102-Refractor-Telescope/dp/B00VTSIT2S/ref=sr_1_3?crid=AX5XM7JY9R6&keywords=celestron+explorascope+80az&qid=1576087467&sprefix=celestron+explora%2Caps%2C233&sr=8-3.

Pixel Eyewear Blue Light Filter Glasses

Pixel Eyewear Glasses filter more blue light, designed for heavy-users, gamers, or those in front of a digital screen for more than 10 hours.

  • Pixel lenses utilize a superior blue light filtering technology baked directly into the lens material instead of using a low-quality coating that has a distracting blue reflection.
  • Pixel’s virtually clear lenses do not distort color perception or acuity. 
  • Pixel lenses filter over 50% of all, and nearly 90% of the most impactful range of Blue Light.  
  • Lenses have a premium anti-glare coating that eliminates 99% of glare, offer 100% UV protection, and are smudge- and scratch-resistant.
  • Pixel glasses are made with premium materials including stainless steel barrel-hinges and Italian acetate.

They have a variety of blue light filter glasses in different prices (some currently on sale) starting at $70.00. For more information, please visit www.pixeleyewear.com.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 for Nintendo Switch

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 launched in November for the Nintendo Switch. Game features and new additions include:

  • More than 30 events to play the game has brand-new events including the classic 2D competition, motion and button controls, and local and online play. New events include:
    • SPORT CLIMBING: Climb as high as you can within the time limit. Look before you leap!
    • KARATE – KUMITE: Land hits on your opponent to earn points. The first to 10 points wins! Hajime!
    • SURFING – SHORTBOARD: Ride the waves and pull off as many tricks as you can within the time limit!
    • SKATEBOARDING – PARK: Aim for a high score by performing as many tricks as you can before time runs out!
  • Players use a variety of play styles including immersive motion controls where you can use the Joy-Con to imitate actions like throwing a javelin or taking aim with a bow.
  • Grab up to three of your fellow athletes on the same sofa and battle for a gold medal in local multiplayer, or connect up and compete against three others players with local wireless play.
  • Head online and go for that Olympic record against up to seven other competitors in a variety of different events.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 retails for $59.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.olympicvideogames.com/marioandsonic/us/#purchase.

ChargeHub Powerstation 360 Surge Protector Power Strip:

The ChargeHub Powerstation 360 is the ultimate charging solution for loved ones that work from home or for Holiday decorating! Features include:

  • Charge up to (10) USB devices simultaneously, including:
    • (4) USB’s
    • (6) AC Outlets
  • Provides up to 4000 Joules of Surge Protection with Lifetime Connected Equipment Warranty!

We also received this to review and it works great with multiple outlets fully occupied. It retails for $59.99 and to shop please visit: https://limitlessinnovations.com/product/powerstation-360/.

Anker PowerCore 26800 Portable Charger

Anker PowerCore is a 26800mAh External Battery with Dual Input Port and Double-Speed Recharging, 3 USB Ports for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Android and Other Smart Devices. Key features include:

  • Colossal Capacity: 26800mAh of power charges most phones over 6 times, tablets at least 2 times and any other USB device multiple times.
  • High-Speed Charging: 3 USB output ports equipped with Anker’s PowerIQ and Voltage Boost technology ensure high-speed charging for three devices—simultaneously (Not compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge).
  • Recharge 2X Faster: Dual Micro USB (20W) input offers recharge speeds up to twice as fast as standard portable chargers—a full recharge takes just over 6 hours while using both input ports (wall charger not included).

It retails for $59.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Anker-PowerCore-Portable-Double-Speed-Recharging/dp/B01JIWQPMW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=travelgifts_ankerpower-20&linkId=02350df4efecc499101645650d08a8e8&language=en_US.

Blend Jet

For the smoothie lover or bartender on the go, the BlendJet portable and USB rechargeable blender is a perfect gift. Below are it’s features:

  • BlendJet One’s powerful 5V electrical motor spins its 6-point stainless steel blades at a blazingly fast 22,000 RPM.
  • The 2000mAh rechargeable battery makes 8-12 cups per charge. You can recharge via any USB port for 1-3 hours between uses.
  • BlendJet’s compact and portable design is made from BPA free food-safe materials. It fits in most standard size cup holders. The built-in strainer can filter out the excess pulp.
  • Built-in safety features prevent the motor from overheating and the blades from spinning when the jar isn’t connected to the base.

The Blend Jet is $39.95 & they have a 10% of holiday discount. To shop please visit: https://blendjet.com/products/blendjet-one?variant=7922727452738&currency=USD&gclid=CjwKCAiAxMLvBRBNEiwAKhr-nDZmlFArcfwmJz60hG7-iKLkMjQoUBCNHwoJjKpZ1i2hKnYnwySZcxoC5NsQAvD_BwE.

JOBY GorillaPod 3K Stand Kit

JOBY is an ultraportable compactable tripod 3K (6.6 lbs) stand and ballhead for compact mirrorless cameras or devices that holds up to 3K. Below are the specs:

  • Wrappable legs allow you to secure professional camera equipment to virtually any surface
  • Strong: Holds devices weighing up to 3 kg (6.6 lbs)
  • Stable: Rubberized ring and foot grips provide enhanced stability in difficult terrain
  • Durable: Japanese medical-grade ABS plastic and German TPE for firm, secure joints

It retails for $39.95 and can be purchased here: https://joby.com/us-en/gorillapod-3k-jb01507-config/.


Ideal for the person in your life who loves DIY projects, the SwitchBot “Bot” lets you retrofit all existing appliances or light switches in your home which an AI switch you can operate via the app.

  • Works with just about any rocker switch and button of any appliance. Smart button pusher for your smart home.
  • ​Easy to set up with a 5-second installation. Tape it right next to a rocker switch or button with a 3M sticker. No swapping, no tools are required.
  • ​ Use the SwitchBot App to schedule built-in timers, run without phone or Hub. Turn lights or home appliances on/off automatically even when you’re away.
  • ​ You can use the Bots for your lights, fans, coffee makers, garage door, and more. With the add-on, a rocker switch could be flipped at both directions, push or pull for ON/OFF by 1 SwitchBot!

The SwitchBot Bot retails for $29.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.switch-bot.com/bot.

QIAYA Selfie Light Ring

The QIAYA Selfie Light Ring is an LED circle light that clips on to your phone or other devices like your PC or even to your make-up mirror which makes this perfect for the selfie lover in your life! Below are the specifications.

  • Rechargeable with USB Cord. This ring light includes a built-in rechargeable battery so you do not need extra batteries.
  • Brightness Adjustable. Three-level light settings for various uses — make-up, selfie photos, dark scenery vlogging, etc.
  • Compact and Light Weight. Pocket-sized and extremely compact, it will not take much space in your bag.
  • Fantastic for Night Time or Dark Rooms. It helps enhance and brighten up your face for that perfect selfie.

Retails for $12.99 and can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/QIAYA-Selfie-Photography-Lighting-Rechargeable/dp/B01HXTHPXU/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=selfie&qid=1576094896&sr=8-7.

We hope this gives you a great start on your holiday shopping for the tech lover in your life. Please keep checking back on Hi-Tech Chic for more holiday posts throughout December 2019!


Source: HELM Audio, Switchbot, HORI, Blend Jet, JOBY, CLEER Audio, ANKER, Nintendo, SEGA, Limitless Innovations, Celestron, Robo Wunderkind, Pixel Eyewear, Activ5, Movo Photo, inMotion, QIAYA