‘Tis the season for holiday parties. Some of us just like to get together with close family and friends. Others look forward to the ratchety rambunctiousness of their annual corporate function. There are more festive folks who love those “Ugly Sweater” parties, while there are people like me who are doing push-ups and crunches right now in order to jettison that Thanksgiving weight to get into “suit and tie” shape for a swanky, ‘dress code strictly enforced’, shindig…ya dig?
If you’re planning a holiday event, you on the other hand, might be currently stressing out over RSVP numbers, event locations, whether or not to go open bar, getting contracts signed…and all the other little (but major) intricacies that make up a successful or dreadful event.
Have no fear, there is some cool technology that can make your holiday event planning easier to execute, and more enjoyable to attend.
I know, I know…Shopping for a tech geek (like me) can be hard when they either already has all the gadgets and gizmos, or plan on getting the hottest devices before you can even blink.
Mrs. Tech can vouch for the level of difficulty that goes with buying the perfect gift for the somebody like me. So I decided to do some digging and come up with some cool tech devices that just I’m sure I would dig as gifts (I hope a certain somebody is reading this).
More importantly, these are gift ideas that you may not find on any other holiday season gadget gift-list:
Slim Wallet by Supr
Brookstone Stick-N-Find Bluetooth Location Tracker
Viper SmartAlarm System
Revolv Home Automation Hub
Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector
Parrott AR.Drone Quadricopter
Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote
There is a good chance these items aren’t in the crosshairs of the tech geek in your life. Check out my “Not Your Average 7 Tech Gifts For Dad” on Babble to find out why I picked these dope gifts.
Every year around this time, Mrs. Tech stresses out about sending holiday cards. Making an appointment with a photographer/studio, finding matching outfits for us (lame), and making sure everybody smiles (and stays clean) can prove to be a overwhelming for her. That’s not counting the time it takes to create and mail the cards. But every year, she powers through…That’s why I call her “Michelle Huxtable” Or “Claire Obama”.
As a tech geek, I’m always trying to find ways to make her job easier. My low-tech suggestion is “They will be alright if they don’t get a holiday card this year” As you can imagine, that suggestion doesn’t make it to the final cut. My technology suggestion would be to use all these gadgets, apps, and websites that I’m familiar with that will cut down on the amount of effort (and cash) it takes to create those admittedly pretty cute holiday cards she sends out every year.
During college, and shortly thereafter, I worked in retail at one of those big-box electronics superstores. While the extra money was great around the holiday shopping season, I equally hated it with a passion deep down in the depths of my soul. Why you ask? Because not only could I not kick it with family and friends for the entire holiday, I was stuck dealing with the normally nice customers turned crazed monsters infected with the terminal disease of missing out on a deal-itis.
Here’s a little secret – The store will ALWAYS run out of those uber-cheap door buster deal that was in the newspaper circular. They do that to get you in the door and convince you to buy something else — It’s called “bait and switch” and it works because people literlly run up in the store looking for a deal, only to buy twice as much stuff in order to not waste a trip.
This is not really a tech-related story, but having been on both sides of the coin (retail employee and shopper) during the most busiest times of the year, I thought I would give you some low-tech “Do’s and Don’ts” to make the most of holiday shopping to while still remembering that giving thanks and spending time with family and friends is the reason for the season and NOT maxing out credit cards to buy gifts for random people:
DON’T expect 99.9% off
DO look for good secondary deals
DON’T shop for the sake of shopping
DO have a shopping list
DON’T feel rushed to buy
DO try to shop local
DON’T let hunting for deals mess with your holiday spirit