Let’s mix things up around here and talk about my 18 favorite things on Amazon. An Amazon gift guide of sorts that’ll help you discover some of the coolest things they sell. From tech products and gadgets to the more practical, this gift guide has you covered, especially when shopping for people who’re “hard to shop for” and seem to already have everything.
1. SodaStream Crystal Sparkling Water Maker
The folks at SodaStream sent me one of these to test out and I gotta say it’s pretty darn awesome.
The Soda Stream Crystal lets you quickly turn regular tap water into delicious sparkling water in a matter of seconds.
You can even add the flavor of your choice for a really refreshing treat. If you regularly buy sparkling water, this unit will pay for itself in a few short months.
The best part? No batteries or electrical cords are required.
2. Bose SoundLink Speaker
You’ll be hard pressed to find a better sounding Bluetooth speaker for the price than the Bose SoundLink.
It come in 5 colors so you can showoff your personal style to the world.
It’s a pretty rugged speaker too with a soft-touch silicone exterior that will hold up over time.
Setup is also a breeze as it has voice prompts that walk you through the Bluetooth pairing process.
3. ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 (N705UQ-EB76)
The 17.3″ full HD display on this ASUS Laptop will turn heads.
It also comes with the 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U 2.7GHz (Turbo up to 3.5GHz) processor that makes it an absolute speed burner.
Need storage too? Not a problem as it comes with a 1TB hard drive.
Not sure why you would spend over twice the amount on an Apple MacBook Pro when this system beats it in every way possible.
4. Nest Thermostat 3rd Generation
The smartest (or warmest) thermostat you’ll ever own.
The Nest Thermostat actually learns the temperatures you like to keep your home at and programs itself in about a week.
It’ll also help you save on your energy costs as “Nest automatically turns itself down when nobody’s home.”
You can also turn up (or down) the temperature remotely with your smartphone so your home will be warm (or cool) when you get home.
5. Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)
I really wish I had waited for the 2nd generation Amazon Echo.
Not only is it cheaper than the original, but has a better speaker with Dolby processing.
It’s also better integrated to work with other smart devices in your home.
I also love the new colors and designs that come with the 2nd generation Echo.
6. Belkin BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad
Designed to work with Apple for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, this Belkin Charger is pretty sweet.
Just set your device on top and the magic begins. There’s even a green light that comes on telling you that your device is being charged properly.
It’ll even work with lightweight phone cases which is a cool surprise.
7. Ember Temperature Control Mug
This Ember Temperature Control Mug will change your life.
Ember keeps your coffee or tea at the same exact temperature from first to last swig.
No buttons or complicated instruction manual either. Just turn the dial on the mug to your desired temperature and you’re GOOD to go.
8. Insta360 Nano 360 Degree Camera
The Insta360 Camera is WAY cool and compatible with the iPhone 7, 7 plus, and iPhone 6/6S, 6 plus/6S plus, or can be used alone.
With a 3040 x 1520 resolution @ 30fps it takes your smartphone’s camera to a whole new level and allows you to shoot amazing 360 degree videos and photos.
Check out the Amazon product page as it does a great job breaking down exactly what they Insta360 does.
9. LIFX (A19) Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb
The LIFX Wi-Fi Smart Bulb would make for a great gift idea for any gadget or tech lover.
It works seamlessly with Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant, no hub required as it has built in wi-fi.
Oh, and did I mention it has 16 million color combinations along with warm and cool whites?
It’s pretty much the coolest light bulb you’ll ever own.
10. Ring Video Doorbell 2
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 lets you see, hear and speak to anyone at your door from your phone, tablet or PC.
Amazingly, the video feed is in HD quality as well.
You’ll also get an instant alert when someone presses your doorbell or triggers built-in motion sensors within the device.
11. Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch
Water resistant up to 50 meters, the Samsung Gear Smartwatch is a lot smarter than most humans.
It comes standard with “all-day fitness tracking, easy calorie entry and personal coaching.”
Compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones, you’ll also get updates and receive and reply to calls and texts with a turn of the smartwatch’s bezel.
Plus, it’s WAY cooler looking than the square Apple Watch and lets you download and listen to Spotify.
12. Ultimate Ears BOOM 2
This 360-degree Bluetooth speaker, known as Ultimate Ears BOOM 2, sends out terrific sound in every direction.
It’s also really cool looking and comes in 9 fashionable colors.
The rechargeable battery is also pretty legit with 15 hours of playback.
13. WyzeCam 1080p HD Wireless Smart Home Camera
The WyzeCam Camera is priced right and has a TON of cool features.
Not only is it 1080p full HD (with live stream direct to your smartphone), but has night vision from up to 30 feet away (even in total darkness).
It also comes with motion and sound detection with free rolling 14-day cloud storage.
Installation is a breeze with the magnetic base and adhesive metal plate that lets you mount your WyzeCam anywhere (no screws required).
14. Robo R2 3D Printer with WiFi
The Robo R2 3D Printer is a technological marvel.
With best-in-class print quality, a print range from 300-20 micron in layer height, the Robo R2 is pretty slick.
Plus it comes with an onboard camera so you can check on your 3D printing projects when away from home.
15. Beer Growler for Craft Beer or Water Bottle
This Beer Growler from The Laughing Leprechaun is really easy to fill, clean, carry, and most importantly pour.
Amazingly, it will actually keep drinks hot or cold for up to 20 hours with no “sweating”.
It’s also made from “food grade” stainless steel and built to stand-up to many drops and fumbles.
16. OjO Commuter Scooter for Adult
The OjO Commuter Scooter is so dang cool it will make any Dumb & Dumber fan a little envious.
With a top speed of 20 mph, and a range of 25 miles on a single charge, you’ll be riding this scooter for days (with NO license required).
It’s bike lane friendly and even comes with dual integrated Bluetooth speakers so you can rock your next ride.
17. BB-8 Hero Droid (Fully Integrated)
Standing at over 16 inches tall, this BB-8 Hero Droid comes to life with voice and sound responses, along with an intuitive motion sensor.
What makes it really cool are the authentic lights and sound effects, plus true-to-film animations that will blow away any Star Wars geek who receives it.
18. Wearhaus Arc Bluetooth Headphones
Most people have never heard of the Wearhaus brand but that’s all about to change.
These Wearhaus Arc Bluetooth headphones are game changers. Not only do they sound great and come in at under $100, but they have some cool on-board technology as well.
They call it “Bluetooth 4.0 technology with aptX Codec that allows users to wirelessly sync and share audio with other Wearhaus units.”
So if you love to seamlessly share music with friends, this “wireless sharing” technology is a must-have.
By Kyle James
All product images credit to Amazon.com.
Disclaimer: While all thoughts are my own, I get a small kickback from Amazon if you go through the links on this page and make a purchase. Also, be aware that Amazon prices fluctuate frequently, so the prices I have posted may be a little different than current pricing.