Believe it or not but the holiday season is upon us and Christmas is just a few weeks away! If you’re on the hunt for the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list, but don’t have much time to shop, you are in luck. Tech expert Katie Linendoll is the master when it comes to shopping for the perfect gift for every occasion and she was kind enough to join me for an interview on Friday to dish six must have gifts that kids and adults will enjoy for years to come.
Candace Rose: Do you have any gift suggestions for kids who are into technology?
Katie Linendoll: “Yes, and I love me some tech savvy options for the kids in your life! Lego Mindstorms is something I’ve picked up a few times. It’s a no fail option because Lego’s and robots are the perfect combination. What’s cool is you can actually build up to 17 different robots from a rattlesnake to a six legged scorpion. You create, control and command the box to actually move, talk and think. It doesn’t get better than that! After you’re done building the 17 robots, you can actually just let them have at it, whatever their imagination desires they can build. Love this because kids are learning robotics and engineering and then they can also keep rebuilding the Lego’s. There’s tons of different options to play with.
Candace Rose: Do you have any advice for safe and fast shopping?
Katie Linendoll: “Lots of holiday shopping and all of us shopping online want to do it fast and secure – all things PayPal. I like PayPal because with a few clicks you can order and pay seamlessly. It’s something you probably use often. So whether you’re shopping online or in store, also take advantage of the PayPal app that you can put right on your smartphone. It’s a very cool option to do things fast, to do things secure and to do it easy.
They have a really cool option called a Holiday Hub, they have over 800 different offers, so if you’re looking for a really unique gift check out Paypal’s Holiday Hub – from diving with sharks to riding bulls to being able to fly a plane, it’s all there. So for those hard to buy for, gotcha covered.”
Candace Rose: What tablet stands out for you?
Katie Linendoll: “I like the ASUS MeMO Pad 8 because of the practicality and the price point. It’s only $199. Tablets are going to be very popular on the wish list, take advantage of one that’s sleek and compact. This is only .7 pounds and eight millimeters thick with nine hours of battery life and powered by Intel. It’s going to give you speed, power and efficiency that you need. I know you’re going to love this option – there are a wide range of colors from gold to purple to black. Very cool and under that $200 price point.”
Candace Rose: Is there anything new for those of us who love classic boardgames like Monopoly?
Katie Linendoll: “Take that classic board game and give it a digital twist – now from Ubisoft the Monopoly family fun pack for Xbox One and PS4 couldn’t be cooler. It puts a whole twist (a digital version) on the Monopoly game in a 3D animated board. It’s so fun, you can have up to six players join, great for the family around the holidays. Also, if you have an Xbox 360 or a PS3, you can also get Monopoly Plus. Check that out on the Hasbro Channel from Ubisoft.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any gift ideas for the workspace?
Katie Linendoll: “I know this one’s kind of nerdy but I think it’s very practical – this is Logitech’s Color Collection of mice for 2014. You’re using your computer nonstop, you might as well do it stylishly. It has a different design and pattern for every personality and style, and of course comfortable and work great…under $30 price point.”
Candace Rose: What’s a good holiday gift for the music lover?
Katie Linendoll: “I love this for the music lover, you’re going to have to fire up your PayPal app and get a cha-ching on this bad boy, the UE Boom is a no fail option. It’s $199 and has 360 sound quality. 15 hour battery life, water resistant skin around it so you can’t be afraid to take this outside, take it to the beach. There are tons of different color options, this one was designed by DJ Skrillex (please see video above for details). Take advantage of a great speaker that’s a no-fail option.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Katie Linendoll: “Head over to ThunkNews.com/EasyShopping for all these gadgets.”