With graduation season upon us and Father’s Day less than two weeks away, now is the perfect time to shop for that perfect last minute gift that your dad or grad will love. Tech expert Mario Armstrong joined me this week to share his top six last minute gifts for dads and grads!
Candace Rose: What do you like right now in smart phones?
Mario Armstrong: “I’m loving the price, but also what this phone can do – the Microsoft Lumia 640. It’s got great speed, the latest in Windows experience on here, beautiful photos on here too, Candace. It’s available at Cricket. If you buy it before June 30th, you can get it for only $129. That’s a steal for smart phone prices. You also get a one year subscription to Office 365 Personal, free OneDrive Storage, and 60 minutes of Skype per month. Not only that, Windows is going to upgrade (for those that don’t know on July 29th) and this phone will automatically be able to upgrade for free, so no worries about having to pay extra for that.”
Candace Rose: Do you have ideas for a practical and affordable gift?
Mario Armstrong: “Yes, my favorite! Candace, check this out, this is awesome (please see video above for details) this is made by Energizer, it’s called the high performance headlight. These things are super bright and super awesome at night for running, jogging, walking the dog. I give it to my kid all the time for that. Some people have even said they use it in bed to read a book. Basically it’s all about being handsfree and giving you the light where you need it, and it only costs $10, so I have like three of these in the house!”
Candace Rose: Do you have anything for Star Wars fans?
Mario Armstrong: “Yes, Star Wars and Lego fans you’re going to love me for this, I guess you’ll love Lego! Lego has come out with Star Wars Death Star Final Duel. This is the ability to relieve the epic battle scene with Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and all of your other favorite Star Wars characters while you build out this awesome Lego set. It costs $79.99 and you can find it at Shop.Lego.com.
Speaking of Star Wars and Lego stuff, don’t miss out with Disney’s XD premiere happening on July 6th of their TV show (of the animated series) the Droid Tales.”
Candace Rose: What’s the best way to keep track of your fitness while on the go?
Mario Armstrong: “There are so many different fitness trackers out there, so I definitely advise people to try them out. I love this one that I’ve been trying out lately, it’s called the Basis Peak smart watch because it’s more than just a tracker, it does my sleep as well, calorie intake, notifications to make sure I’m hitting my lifestyle goals. What’s really cool is you just wear this. It automatically detects when you’re running, walking, biking, sleeping and more. You don’t have to worry about what buttons to push. It comes in different looks and different editions from standard to titanium, and one with leather straps. It starts at $199.”
Candace Rose: What’s a must have for men who want to look sharp every day?
Mario Armstrong: “For the guy, you’ve got to look sharp every day by joining the Gillette Shave Club. Head over to GilletteShaveClub.com. For as little as $5 per month you not only get access to getting blades to you at no extra cost to you – the blades are shipped to your home so you don’t have to worry about that. It’s totally convenient, and not only that, you get access to coupons and since you’re a club member, you also get exclusive access to sporting events and more.”
Candace Rose: Which 2-in-1 would make a great gift?
Mario Armstrong: “A lot of people ask me, Candace, all the time ‘Should I get a laptop for someone or should I get them a tablet’? And that’s where I say 2-in-1s are great for that decision. This is an Acer Aspire Switch 10 E (please see video above for details). It does both. You have the power of a laptop, but you also have the fun of a tablet. It has a detachable keyboard with a magnetic hinge, so it’s very easy to detach it. It’s also very lightweight, long battery life – 13 hours of battery life on that. It comes in lots of colors, but you also get a free upgrade when Windows 10 comes out on on July 29th as well. Now that 2-in-1 starts at $280.”
Candace Rose: Well, thank you as always Mario. Where can we go for more information?