If you’re anything like me—a savvy shopper indelibly on the hunt for great gifts and gets that can be bought online with all of the comfort and convenience e-Tail affords—you can probably relate that finding unique, worthy and especially “ah-inducing” giftables can take a tremendous amount of time and effort. So in the spirit of easing and expediting your shopping escapades, here are a cross-section of holiday gift picks across a multitude of categories that can all be purchased lickety-split with a few keystrokes.
Temi, The Personal Robot (www.Amazon.com)
Want to make your gift recipient gasp with shock and awe? Here’s a super-cool way to ease and enhance daily life this season and beyond—for a loved one or for yourself! It’s temi, the world’s first personal assistant robot created to fit seamlessly into anyone’s lifestyle. Using state-of-the-art AI technology and a navigation system consisting of 16 sensors and five cameras, temi can detect its users, perform tasks and go to user-created locations via voice control or with the simple touch of a button. Also with autonomous navigation, using the Robox, temi’s proprietary navigation system will independently and naturally navigate the most dynamic environments of a home or other space in which it operates. Users can also enjoy the integration of Amazon Alexa, making it easy to issue commands. By harnessing the power of voice, temi puts users at the center of their technology and smart home devices. Owners can ask temi questions, order services, search for food, plan trips, play games and more and, as a personal entertainment system, also lets users watch videos on its full HD 10-inch screen and also listen to audio on its 4.1 sound system (music, playlists and audiobooks). Deep, grooving bass is provided by a 10-inch subwoofer. Sequences for different day-to-day situations can be created for an even more custom experience. Set timers, reminders or create playlists for different times of day. temi also allows users to connect seamlessly with friends, smart devices, media and video communications—all hands-free, harnessed by the power of your voice. Users also enjoy fully autonomous navigation enabling temi to be with you as you walk about a home or office. With eight hours of operation per charge, temi can stay active throughout the most important part of your day. Plus, a wireless charging tray for your mobile phone, battery and docking station are also on board this brilliant bot. On Black Friday, shoppers will enjoy $400 off the price of a temi, just in time for the holidays.
SWAGTRON EB7 Plus Folding Electric Bike (www.Swagtron.com) *GIVEAWAY
Electric scooters have seemingly taken over the country, but the ones issued to the public are cumbersome and can even litter the streets. Get your own convenient model with SWAGTRON’s EB7 Plus Folding Electric Bike. This is an upgraded version of the company’s most popular model. It features the same compact folding design and powerful 350-watt motor, but adds Shimano 7-speed S.I.S gears and index shifting so it’s easier to climb hills; and gets a bigger battery (that is also removable) so you can go 20 miles per charge without pedaling on your own. It’s fast as well, speeding up to 18.6mph. It also comes in a cool, limited edition orange color. ***FREE GIVEAWAY: If you’re feeling lucky, visit @LuxeListReviews on Instagram for a chance to win this great holiday gift and get with a $770 retail value. Entering is super easy!
Blurams Home Pro Security Camera (www.Amazon.com)
There is certainly no better gift than facilitating the safe and secure surroundings of another (or for yourself), for which the Home Pro Security Camera from Blurams is perfectly suited. Equipped with AI facial recognition, this device will easily identify who’s in its sight to give complete control in any situation thanks to its human, sound and motion detection capabilities coupled with a powerful siren alarm. So, people can name their families in Blurams app to receive specific notifications with family identification and pictures and names of any of their families. The camera quality is pristine at Full HD 1080p, as well as 131° FOV live stream that links directly back to your phone day—and even at night with Advanced Night Vision. There is also a two-way audio function that allows you talk with your family through hands-free calling or send voice command to a pet. You can even control your security camera with a simple voice command—just ask “Alexa” to turn off your system wherever the Blurams camera has been placed. Its privacy protection feature allows users to even choose a desired zone that can be blurred entirely from view. Blurams Home Pro Security Camera will also record a 10-15 second alert video when it detects movement in the area and you can watch, download and share the past 24 hours of that alert video clips for free via the cloud. Don’t limit yourself to just one though, because users can access four home security cameras simultaneously on one screen in the Blurams app to remotely monitor different areas. It’s a super easy setup as well! Just scan the Home Pro QR Code within the Blurams app and pair it with any 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network.
RAYCOP’s New ‘Omni Power’ UV+ Cordless Vacuum (www.Raycop.com)
To the delight of allergy suffers and clean freaks everywhere, this revolutionary stick vacuum kills germs and captures 99.9 percent of particles to ensure allergens do not get released back into homes. The cordless Omni Power UV+ goes where you go, cleaning multiple home surfaces. This includes floors, upholstery and other fabrics—even bedding. Boasting a strong battery life, Omni Power UV+ allows homeowners roughly 40 minutes of uninterrupted cleaning time and an easy-to-empty filter. The RAYCOP Omni Power UV+ uses the company’s patented RayClean Technology, which is three times more effective at capturing allergens than a regular vacuum. With four stage filtration, including a HEPA filter, ultraviolet light technology, pulsation and optimized suction, RAYCOP vacuums capture 99.9% of allergens. Omni Power UV+ Cordless Vacuum includes a four-stage filtration system incorporating a high-efficiency particulate air filter, ultraviolet light, optimized suction and a dual motor brush head. Omni Power UV+ Cordless Vacuum offers homeowners a combination of powerful features to remove dirt and virtually all allergens and germs.
William Henry Luxury Jewelry & Pocketknives (www.WilliamHenry.com)
Kicking off the style section is bodacious bracelets from one of my favorite brands, William Henry—an American luxury brand devoted to designing and creating exceptional jewelry, writing instruments, money clips and award-winning pocketknives. The company’s unique collections seamlessly integrate classic natural materials, precious metals, gemstones, and state-of-the-art alloys, which are all hallmarks of the company’s work. This is certainly evident among their extensive bracelet line, which includes the stunning ‘Carbon Retro’ option crafted in sterling silver with a ‘leaf’ pattern, inlaid with ‘crushed’ carbon fiber. Simple and timeless, it wears with anything, for any occasion. The company’s ‘Black Jade Retro’ design is both simple and complex, bold and understated. Sculpted in sterling silver, it’s hand polished in a dual surface finish, and features links inlaid with natural California black jade and boasting a red topaz gemstone highlight. William Henry’s ‘Smoky’ design is also drop-dead gorgeous, celebrating the translucence of natural smoky quartz, with its quiet earth tones. Three blue tiger-eye focal beads are encased in sterling silver. Dressed up, down, solo, or layered, the Smokey is enduring personal style.
I also adore the brand’s ‘Moonlight’ bracelet that features a center piece of a natural South Sea pearl encased in 18-karat rose gold, surrounded by the subtle iridescence of labradorite beads. Its combination of color, texture, and light is epitomizes the majesty of nature. I love it for either men or women. As well, the Magician bracelet is also unisex with its gorgeous palette of blues and greys, including labradorite and sodalite beads along with blue tiger-eye. It’s striking with a suit, with denim, and everything in between, solo or stacked. And Finally, William Henry’s ‘Hunter’ bracelet is perfect for any occasion or outfit. I love that it’s casual but still finished with finely sculpted sterling silver end caps. This braided bracelet is comfortable and stylish whether worn alone or with other wrist pieces.
Deejo Customizable Pocketknives (www.Deejo.com)
For a unique gift idea or to treat yourself, consider Deejo pocketknives, which are ultralight and easy to carry, use and to customize using a simple online tool. Tattoo the blade with imagery that’s close to your heart, and personalize the blade finish, handle type and color. There’s also the ability to engrave the pocketknife with up to 35 characters—a monogram, full name, date or quote—even coordinated in sets for couples, families and friends. You can even make twin knives with coordinated messaging, which is perfect for couples, parents and kids, sisters and brothers, best friends and others wanting a meaningful connection. By tattooing the blade, as we tattoo our skin with a symbol dear to us, Deejo then becomes a unique and highly personal object that’s an extension of its owner. Deejo pocketknives are light for daily carry and you can choose the size and weight as well. In fact, Deejo firmly believes that the best pocket knife is the one you really carry in your pocket on an everyday basis. Not the one you leave at home because it too heavy or too bulky. They’re a thoughtful and unique gift for many occasions—and an item that recaptures the elegance of a timeless gesture from the past; the everyday pocket knife.
In 2010, Deejo’s Stéphane Lebeau designed and invented an ultralight pocket knife, with a weight comparable to that of a simple letter. The ultralight slips comfortably into a pocket–an elegant accessory to any daily ensemble, but still comfortable to use: a perfect balance of a minimalist look while respecting the functional dimensions of a table knife. A few years later, Luc Foin, Stéphane’s friend and partner, envisioned the idea of personalization. Luc loves objects imbued with emotion and story, which reflect a time, a passion or a rare moment. Deejo knives therefore are customizable to one’s style, taste and mood. Playing on the finishes of a steel blade—in the matte reflections of titanium or the brilliant reflections of shining mirror—and a handle adorned with the wood of various species—from the deep blacks of ebony to the fine beige arabesque of olivewood—Deejo knives inflect a new symbol of elegance, accompanied by a beautiful watch, an artisanal pen or a finely-crafted leather good. Deejo blades are created with that “wow factor” in mind.
Skinit Customizable Phone Cases (www.Skinit.com)
Express unique style this holiday season with Skinit’s authentic case collections and premium vinyl decal skins featuring favorite iconic brands, characters and professional sports teams…also providing the ability to custom-create your own! Skinit collaborates with Marvel, DC Comics, Looney Tunes and Hello Kitty to offer official and original artwork, so you can let your inner character shine and let the owner express themself with killer pop-culture brands and characters. Skinit is also an official licensor of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS so users can show off team pride and let their passion be known. Skinit iPhone Cases can also be fully customized, including personal photos, and also provide maximum protection from damaging falls. Featuring a dual-layer case construction, the Skinit Pro Case will provide maximum style and solid protection for any iPhone model. No matter what device you have or who your all-time favorite character is, Skinit will likely have you covered.
Onesie Pajamas for the Entire Family (www.BigFeetPJs.com)
It’s the holiday season and that means it’s matching pajama season for those perfect family photo memories, or that unique gift for the hard to shop for. A trusted brand since 2005, the Big Feet Pajama Company is known for being unique, nostalgic, whimsical and practical. Plus the garments make a great holiday gift. Christmas pajamas, humorous onesies, comfy loungewear or matching onesies for the whole family (even pets) are all attainable in one easy location. To make it even better, each design is made with various comfy fabrics for various preferences and every season: lightweight cotton knits, classic plaid flannels, micro-fleece and oh-so-cozy marshmallow fleece.
Formé High Heel Shoe Shapers (www.FormeComfort.com)
Formé is reportedly the first and only shoe shaper specifically designed by a woman, for women. This meticulously-engineered device quickly and safely stretches and shapes any type of shoe toe box, even high heels and patent leather, to gain up to one-half a size. As a result, Formé helps eliminate foot pain and discomfort caused by tightness, and also prevents shoe wrinkles and creases to keep every pair looking just like new. Formé also creates a secure fit, preventing heels from slipping out of shoes and the skin from chafing and blistering. Made from engineered resin and stainless steel, the device itself is beautiful, effective and virtually indestructible. Seven secure adjustment positions allow the user to control the amount of stretching force while the smooth wing design prevents overstretching and damage. The wings on the Formé device expand outward to stretch and shape the toe area of the shoe, while the spring-loaded heel tab is self-adjusting to customize a secure fit in all of shoes. Internal pivot points allow Formé to adapt and fit into any and every type of shoe, finally turning that “wish they fit” pair into “the perfect fit!”
Scott Houston’s ‘Piano in a Flash’ Online Piano Lessons (www.PianoInAFlash.com)
If you or someone your gifting to has yearned and desired to learn how to play the piano, or if you simply feel it’s something they would enjoy, there is no better option than “Piano in a Flash” created by Scott Houston—an expert who’s readily been teaching adults how to play this “difficult” instrument for over 20 years. After touring the country putting on over 120 piano workshops a year, Houston began hosting his own PBS show called “The Piano Guy.” After 14 seasons and eight Emmy awards later, Houston created the online Piano in a Flash learning environment so that he could more effectively teach adults across the country, and the world, that they have the ability learn to play the piano, no matter their age or skill level. Houston’s teaching methodology is all about eliminating unnecessary complication and learning through playing. He utilizes three core principles: learn songs you know and love; forget complicated note reading; and only learn a few chords. That’s just a taste of what students have the potential to learn, and enrollment is as easy as the touch of a button. It’s a wonderful opportunity to give the treasure of making music. And, exclusively for the holidays, Houston is promoting the “Beginner’s Bundle” consisting of Courses 1 & 2 for just $199.
KITCHEN, FOOD & BEVERAGE
SHARP Superheated Steam Countertop Oven (www.SharpUSA.com)
The SHARP Superheated Steam Countertop Oven is an extremely efficient option perfect for every-day use, allowing users to keep their big oven clean for special occasions. The combination of superheated steam and conventional, radiant heat in all cooking modes means that food will be crispy and browned on the outside, moistand delicious on the inside. Not to be mistaken with a traditional steamer or steam oven, with superheated steam up to 485°F, in conjunction with conventional, radiant heat, proteins will brown and become crispy. Sugars will caramelize. And the results are amazing. You won’t need to preheat your oven before cooking or even defrost the food the night before. You can simply place food into the oven, set the desired cooking mode, temperature and time.
With multiple cooking modes, this countertop oven provides endless cooking possibilities and will eliminate the need for multiple small countertop appliances. It can broil or grill, bake or reheat, cook pizzas, warm food, and also create 7 shades of toast. Its convenient front-loading water tank is easy-to-access, and easy-to-fill with regular tap or bottled water. It’s the perfect size and provides up to 60-minutes of cooking time before refilling. And, the hidden bake element is beneath a flat oven floor, so clean-up is a breeze. This really sets this oven apart from most other countertop ovens. The included broiling pan and crisper tray gives you 2-tier-cooking and they are 40% larger than a standard, quarter-size sheet pan making it perfect for anything from making sheet pan dinners for the whole family, to hors d’oeuvres for party guests.
The Hero Grill (www.HeroGrill.FireAndFlavor.com)
Looking for a new gift idea for those individuals and families that like the outdoors? If so, check out this one-of-a-kind portable grill that makes anyone’s next outdoor adventure simple, clean and tasty: the all-new HERO Grill. Created by Athens, Georgia-based Fire & Flavor, this grill seeks to change outdoor cooking forever. This environmentally friendly and highly portable premium option is a perfect match for the outdoor adventurer or just for those who love that good grill flavor. It’s also the world’s first dishwasher safe grill—yes, the grid can go in the actual dishwasher for quick and easy clean up. It weighs just nine pounds and includes the system itself, a single-use charcoal pod, multi-function thermometer, custom designed bamboo spatula, food safe bamboo cutting board and a rugged, waterproof carry case—super convenient for carrying and storage. Plus, HERO Grill uses a self-contained, all-natural charcoal pod that is ready in 10 minutes and provides 60 minutes of cooking time, meaning no more messy bags of charcoal and lighter fluid. This device’s user-focused engineering combines the reusable grilling grid with an all-natural, biodegradable, single-use charcoal pod made of cardboard, lava stones and pre-stacked charcoal briquettes. When you’re done grilling, pour water over the pod and add it to your compost pile. HERO defines the new standard in on-the-go grilling.
The Innovia Paper Towel Dispenser (www.InnoviaHome.com)
The Innovia Paper Towel Dispenser makes kitchen clean-up easier than ever. With just the wave of your hand, it dispenses paper towels on demand, just like the automatic paper towel dispensers you see in public restrooms. Raw chicken juice on your hands? No problem! Milk spilling off the counter? No problem! Kids in both arms? No problem! This hands-free paper towel dispenser quickly dispenses paper towels one at a time and retracts unused sheets, helping to eliminate waste and improve hygiene. It reduces the risk of cross-contamination with its hands-free use. It’s the technology you didn’t know you needed but can’t live without! The Innovia dispenser is compatible with most household paper towel brands, is available in a variety of colors, and comes in both countertop and space-saving undercabinet models. Originally founded by father and son, Innovia Products are inspired by the hands-free paper towel systems at airports, restaurants, and office buildings. Their vision is to bring together innovation, exceptional quality, and affordability to both home and business appliance users. Careful attention is paid to ensure that high-quality design and technology are united in an easy-to-use device.
Empower Cosmopolitan Martini (www.EmpowerCocktails.com)
Entertaining a lot of people this holiday season? You probably have wine and beer covered, but how about cocktails, too? Ideal, yes, but too cumbersome—until now. Empower Cocktails, dazzles and delights with its delicious, refreshing, ready-to-pour cocktail: the Empower Cosmopolitan Martini. This easy drink concoction, which is also highly gift-worthy, contains Sweet Potato Vodka, triple sec, cooling white cranberry and zesty lime for a combination of bold flavors. All you need to enjoy it is a martini glass and your favorite garnish and you’re in business. The drink is 25-proof and contains only 80 calories per every three ounces. It is best consumed chilled (but do not place it in the freezer). You can also follow one of the company’s cocktail recipes listed on its Web site. I also love that Empower Cocktails has partnered with several non-profits that champion women’s initiatives including the Voss Foundation, Dress for Success Boston, Kicked it in Heels and the Metro-Manhattan Community Foundation.
Savino Connoisseur Wine Saving Carafe (www.SavinoWine.com)
Sure to be well-received by any wine lover, Savino Connoisseur Wine Saving Carafe features an innovative float that seals users wine, preventing oxidation. With its elegant aesthetics, Savino is designed to maintain fresh wine for up to a week. To prevent the oxidation, the BPA-free float, designed to very stringent dimensions, rests on top of the wine. A lid with rubber seal prevents spills, and both the carafe and lid are made of high-quality flint glass, although a plastic design is also available. Large enough to hold a 750ML bottle of wine, Savino fits most refrigerators that are at least 10.5 inches tall. Savino is something every red, white and rosé lover will surely appreciate.
The Dirty Cookie Confections (www.TheDirtyCookieOC.com)
If you’re looking for a cookie with a purpose this holiday season, do yourself a favor and check out The Dirty Cookie. The company is known for their festive and even custom-branded cookie shots. Instead of dipping cookies in milk, the roles are reversed, and you now actually drink milk from your cookies! You can also fill the cookie shots with ice cream, coffee, Bailey’s or anything else your heart desires. These Cookie Shots are a tasty twist that combines all of your favorite things about a sweet snack into a dish-free, premium dessert experience. In addition to its Cookie Shots, they also offer a wide range of regular cookies as well as Cookie Butters—all of which include vegan & gluten free options. The Christmas assortment is super cute, and contains a mix of the company’s most popular Cookie Shots decorated with Christmas characters: Chocolate Chip, Cookies & Cream, Red Velvet & Churro. The Dirty Cookie is further innovating by allowing consumers to customize each cookie for any holiday or occasion, even with corporate logos.
Circadian Optics Light Therapy Lamps (www.CircadianOptics.com)
Here’s a clever way to help increase someone’s productivity on the daily. Circadian Optics’ bright light therapy lamps mimic daylight, helping users get the proper amount needed—whether inside at home or work. Science urges that people need to get enough sleep, take vitamins, drink water and exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, people also need the right amount of sunlight. Getting it at the right time can help improve mood, boost energy and regulate sleeping patterns—but can be more easily said than done. So Circadian Optics’ designer lamplights are an easy and effective way of gaining that regular and strategically-timed exposure to identically natural bright light from indoors. They use LED lights to provide bright light while also filtering out dangerously harmful UV rays. Exposure to bright light in the early part of the day stimulates receptors in the eyes and calibrates the body clock for the rest of the day. Morning light is also most effective in helping people stay awake, alert and energetic throughout the day. So these attractive desktop lamps are an easy means towards this end.
Tension Releazzzer (www.TensionReleazzzer.com)
Have you ever wanted that strong thumb right in the back of your neck to release the tension, but not even your masseuse has the strength or goes deep enough to achieve the release you are craving? Enter the Tension Releazzzer—an invention by chiropractor Dr. Brant Stock. He specializes in releasing patients’ tension headaches in his practice with the method known as Sub-Occipital Release Technique (SORT), and this gadget helps do just that. Stock decided to produce something that would replicate the internationally-used SORT technique that could be used by those in need from anywhere: at home, in the office or while traveling. It gives a deep therapeutic massage on the neck base muscles, restoring blood flow in the surrounding vessels and nerves. The product has two strategically-placed hypo-allergenic knobs on its base. The user simply lays the neck on the knobs—and can simply remove the blue rubber cover pieces for an even deeper tissue release. While laying down, the gravitational pull of one’s head weight applies the pressure safely, naturally and precisely where needed. Be warned though: it is not a typical “spa massage” feeling; it is meant to be a therapeutic device and designed to bring relief to tension headaches.