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Top Tech & Gadget Gift Ideas (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Top Tech & Gadget Gift Ideas for 2018

 

 

Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablets are a must for anyone interested in design or photo editing. Each tablet can be registered with software that suits the user’s needs.  The wireless pen has an impressive 4096 pressure levels, delivering precision and control.  There is a variety of sizes of tablets, starting at just $79.

 

Jaybird RUN True Wireless Earbuds – these wireless earbuds would make a great gift for the runner and music lovers out there.  They are water resistant and the case holds another 8 hours of charge for recharging on-the-go.  After giving them a try myself, I can say that they are comfortable and have great sound quality.  

 

 

Nomad Rugged Universal Cables – I cannot stop raving about these cables! They are truly my favorite.  With a 3-in-one connect, durability, and fast (4.5A) charging capability, these cables have it all. They come in two sizes – 0.3m and 1.5m.  

 

 

myCharge Wireless Power Bank – this item is all about convenience!  Simply pull this little device out and set your Qi compatible phone on top…voila, instant quick charging anywhere!  This power bank is about the same size 2 phones stacked on top of each other, and the 10k version packs enough power to charge most phones about 5 times before having to recharge the power bank itself. 

 

 

Turtle Beach Recon 200 – every gamer needs a reliable headset and Turtle Beach makes just that.  There are several to choose from with different features, game console compatibility, and price range.  The Turtle Beach Recon 200 is a great medium range set that works with multiple gaming platforms. 

 

 

Lynktec Reeljuice  – This all-in-one power bank has a built-in cable and requires no additional pieces.  There are two versions – the 3x and the 5x – each charging the typical phone just that.. 3 or 5 times.  The Reeljuice can plug directly into the wall to recharge and has as a built in 4 ft micro USB cable with lightning adapter.  

 

 

Gear Best Universal Cell Phone Lanyard – I often find myself without pockets and this cell phone lanyard is a life (or phone) saver!  It keeps your phone accessible and safe from drops, but hands-free when you need to be.  Comes in a variety of colors and a pocket style that even has a pocket to hold your card or money!  Gear Beast also has other hands-free accessories such as running arm bands and bottle holders.  

 

Echo Dot  – this voice controlled speaker allows you to play music on command, will tell you the weather, call or message anyone (hands-free of course!), and even connect to other smart devices.  If your recipient already has one, they can pair them to have stereo sound throughout the house.  Check out the Kids Edition for those with little ears around – it even comes with access to over 1000 kid-friendly Audible books, ad-free music, and fun activities.   

 

KiiPix Smartphone Picture Printer – print pictures on-the-go straight from your phone with the KiiPix printer.  Simply place phone, place film, and print!  This is such a fun device for all ages.  

 

 

Tile Anything Finder – I know a lot of people who could use this!  The Tile device helps you find lost items.  Connect it to your keys and the phone app can tell you where to find them or play a loud tune on the Tile.  You can even press the button on the tile device to find your phone.  

 

 

Healbe GoBe2 – doing what most smart bands don’t, the Healbe GoBe2 has several impressive features.  Not only can it detect your calorie intake (without bothersome counting on your part) but it can also detect your hydration levels, quality of sleep, and stress level.  It is a fantastic all-in-one wellness tracker.  

 

 

Olloclip Active Lens Kit – add more creativity to your iPhone camera shots with this fun clip on lens set.  Comes with Fish-eye, Super-Wide, and Macro.  

 

WD 1TB My Passport Portable External Hard Drive – everyone needs an external hard drive to back up their important photos and documents.  You can fit massive amounts of photos and videos in the palm of your hand with the My Passport External Hard Drive. It will back up automatically, can be password protected, and is more than enough space for the typical user.  This is a great gift idea for anyone from students to professionals.  

 

Lifeproof FRE Case – if you know someone getting a new phone for Christmas, this is the perfect gift!  Lifeproof cases are known for their quality.  They are waterproof, shock proof, and come with a built in screen protector.  New phones deserve the kind of protection Lifeproof offers.  Please note: be sure to get a case for the correct phone model as they are not interchangeable.    

 

 

Kontrol Freek Thumbsticks & Grips – a gift your gamer will appreciate!  Kontrol Freek makes a variety of controller thumbsticks and grips for PS4, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.  These increase precision, accuracy, and control.  

 

Top Gift Ideas for the Crafters & Artists (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Gift ideas for the crafters and artists - there's something for everyone!

 

Crafters and artists are some of the hardest to shop for because they may be picky about their supplies or already seem to have it all.  Here are a few fun gift ideas, including top brands and products for various levels.  

 

Tombow Advanced Lettering Set – this set is perfect for the hand lettering beginner or expert.  Pair it up with one of the suggested books below and you may be receiving cute hand lettered gifts from your recipient by next year! 

 

Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablets are a must for anyone interested in art or design. Each tablet can be registered with software that suits the artists style (Graphic Drawing, Photo Editing, and Comic/Manga.)  The pen has an impressive 4096 pressure levels, delivering precision and control.  There are a variety of sizes of tablets, starting at $79.  I have had a chance to try the smaller Bluetooth model and it has been such a fun experience.  My husband has a passion for art and has already put it to use multiple times.  

 

 

Super Simple Hand Lettering Set – pair this book with a set of brush markers to give your gift recipient hours of creative fun.  

Cricut Explore Air 2 – listed as one of the best cutters for beginners by Amazon, the Cricut Explore Air 2 is also one of the more affordable cutting machines.  This machine cuts over 100 materials, and even connects to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. 

 

 

Honey Can Do Rolling Cart – every crafter needs organization for all their supplies.  Perhaps this is just what your gift recipient needs!  

 

 

Everyday Macrame Kit – Macrame is such a beautiful way to decorate your home and not as often commonly practiced, making it a perfect “new hobby” for someone.  This book has 10 beautiful projects for your gift recipient to try out.  Be sure to include some macrame cord as well! 

 

Assorted Metallic Paper – what paper crafter can’t use more paper? And metallic!  This could make for some fun new projects!  

 

 

Canson 180 Degree Art Book – this sturdy sketch book contains high quality 65 pound paper, perfect for sketch artists and those using markers.  With strong stitch binding, you can lay this book open flat, making it ideal for artists.  

 

 

Even the crafter or artist that has it all probably doesn’t have these amazing Chameleon markers, and if they do, they will be excited for more!  These pens can make shading, blending, and color transitions look phenomenal with their unique blending chamber.  I have seen a few videos of these in use and the results are beautiful!  There are quite a few varieties of colors, so be sure to take a look around and see the choices.  

 

 

Prismacolor produces artist quality colored pencils that come in a variety of sizes of sets.  Whether you want to spend $15 or $100, there is a set available at almost any art store or online.  

 

 

Metallic markers are a must for any crafter.  These Pilot Gold & Silver Extra Fine Point Markers make a great stocking stuff or gift basket item.  BIC also makes a fun set of metallic markers, containing a variety of colors!  

 

 

I’ve always been intrigued by string art – there are so many projects you can create, whether you take a simple approach or a more detailed approach.  This DIY String Art book by Jesse Dresbach is a great place to start.  

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Coming Soon!

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Coming Soon!

 

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I love putting together holiday gift guides and product reviews for my readers! 

A few products have rolled my way to test out and introduce you to (such as Honolulu Cookie Company, Lakeshore Learning, and Turtle Beach), and I will also be scouring the stores and internet for other ideas to share with you.  My gift guides often include products from small businesses as well as larger brands you may have heard of, to give you the best of both worlds. 

We are looking for products for the whole family – that includes mom, dad, the kids, the pets, and grandma and grandpa even!  If you are a small business owner, a PR representative for a large brand, or even have a recommendation of a product to include, send me an email at familycentsability@gmail.com and I would be glad to hear from you.  There is no fee to be included in the holiday gift guide! 

Easy Ways to Encourage Physical Activity

Easy ways to encourage physical activity (in the digital age)

 

In the past few decades childhood obesity has tripled in the United States and it is now believed to impact the lives of more than 12 million adolescents and children. It has become a particularly sensitive subject, which has left many parents looking for practical ways to help their kids get a grip on their weight and steer clear of the many weight related health conditions.

So as a parent, what can you do to help your children stay fit and healthy?  As well as adopting healthy eating habits as a family, another fundamental goal is to encourage kids to maintain an active lifestyle. This certainly isn’t an easy task in the age of the internet, where computer games and smart phones are unavoidable, but with a little effort, it is certainly doable.  

 

Stop Driving Everywhere

The modern car revolutionized the way society operates and made getting to work, school, and seeing friends and family so much easier. Yet that does not mean we are obliged to use our cars for every journey.

Is it really necessary to drive to a friend’s house that lives just around the corner? Walking whenever possible is a sure way to encourage your kids to get active and appreciate the outside world. Even better, it will help you save on fuel and avoid additional wear and tear of your vehicle.

 

Make it a Family Event

Another great way to make exercise fun is to make it a family event where every generation of the family can feel involved. Instead of planning a day out at the cinema or going for a meal, consider activities such as a family bike ride.

This will allow kids of all ages to get involved and it can be made into a fun fuelled adventure that doesn’t feel like exercise one bit. Not only are bikes a great way to get active, but allow you as a family to explore local environments and make treasured memories.

 

Consider Garden Activities

Don’t just allow your kids to play on their computer games or watch TV all day. Ensure you are limiting their screen time to a healthy amount. The rest of the time they should be taking part in other activities, such as study, socializing and physical activity. Of course, sports aren’t for everyone, so if your child really isn’t a fan, then there are still many other opportunities.

For instance, my kids have various outdoor toys in the garden, including a trampoline, climbing toys and swing sets. These are affordable and a fun way to get kids outdoors and active.

 

Keep Play Fun

If you are playing a sport outside, don’t get too wrapped up in the details and rules of the game,  especially with regards to younger kids. Allowing your children to let loose without any restrictions is likely to be much more fun for them.

As kids get older, they will organically become more and more familiar with the rules, so for now just let them concentrate on having as much fun being active as possible. This can be a difficult task for sports fans, but still an important factor to bear in mind.  

 

Age Appropriate  

Another thing to consider is whether or not an activity is age appropriate. The most important part of encouraging kids to stay active is to ensure they enjoy it. The reality is that if they find it boring or too difficult then they are going to become dissatisfied with the activity and lose interest.

As a parent, you main role is to ensure they stay motivated and engaged. Younger kids and tots can really benefit from simple activities such as kicking a ball around the yard. Not only will this help them burn off some steam, but will also help them develop hand eye coordination and motor skills. Older kids and teens tend to find sports such as soccer and baseball more rewarding and the social aspect can also greatly aid them in their development.

 

Be a Motivational Parent

As the parent, you have the responsibility of ensuring your kids stay motivated to participate in physical activity including sports. Often, all a child needs is a little bit of encouragement from their loved ones and they will find the confidence to participate. As they get involved, continually let them know how proud you are and praise them whenever they make progress. The influential effect of a parent’s compliment should never be taken for granted.

 

The Bottom Line

Keeping kids motivated is arguably more difficult than ever with so many distractions from the digital world, but it that makes it even more important. Exercise is not only essential for a healthy and well balanced body and mind, but it can also help in a myriad of other ways too. This can include childhood development, confidence building and acquiring social skills.  You may even find that it builds a closer relationship between you and your child! 

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